Arts, Education and Law alumni can be found in every field of endeavour
Our alumni work in fields as varied as policy advisers, opinion leaders, awarded educators, gifted musicians, famous artists, and pioneering social change advocates. We continue to be amazed by their impressive achievements, which we showcase annually at our celebration gala dinner and alumni awards night.
We encourage you to join our alumni community and participate in professional development activities, network, access careers services and alumni benefits, share research and expertise, and engage in social events.
2017 Young Outstanding AEL Alumnus of the Year
International lawyer, co-founder and Director of GO1. Entrepreneur and founder of The Schoolbag, described by the World Economic Forum as a ‘Global Shaper’. Australia’s 2016 Youth Representative to the United Nations and 2014 Australian Young Innovator of the Year. Arts, Education Law Young Outstanding Alumnus for 2017 is awarded to Griffith Law School Alumnus, Chris Eigeland.
2017 Arts, Education and Law School Alumni Award Winners
Graduating from Griffith University with a Bachelor of Communication in 1999, Suzie Brady is now the Director of Communications with Adobe Asia Pacific. She is developing the brand’s communication efforts across Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asian, India, Korea and China. With experience spanning both public and private sectors, Suzie has held media advisory roles in Government both in Australia and abroad.
Dr Brian Bumbarger
Dr Brian Bumbarger completed his PhD in Criminology at Griffith. He currently holds a position at Penn State University, and serves as a Public Systems Capacity Building Consultant for the Annie. E. Casey Foundation. Brian is is the Founding Director and Principal Investigator of the Prevention and Intervention Support Centre. He serves on U.S. Federal Expert Panels for federal agencies, including the White House.
Tony Kennedy is an outstanding educator and a dedicated leader in developing Australia’s standard in the teaching profession. Currently the Principal of Toowoomba State High School, he is also Assistant Regional Director for the Darling Downs South West region. He sits as a Member of the Council of International Schools, where he’s contributed to the accreditation of international schools.
The Honourable Dr Brett Mason was appointed Australian Ambassador to the Netherlands in 2015. In this role Dr Mason presided over Australia’s contribution to the three year commemoration of the MH17 air disaster. This prestigious posting followed a long career in politics as Liberal Senator for Queensland from 1999 – 2015. During his time in Parliament Dr Mason held two Ministerial appointments.
Barrandov Studios in Prague is one of the largest and oldest film studios in Europe. Petr Tichý is the CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors at this prestigious studio managing 160 employees across services, studio spaces, production and the world’s largest selection of costumes. Petr has heavily influenced the development of the Czech Republic as a prime destination for international film and television productions.
Queensland Conservatorium graduate Ryan Walsh is an internationally-renowned composer and producer. Since completing his Master of Music in 2012 he has collaborated on film scores and advertising campaigns, and his music has been the focal point of numerous concert series. Ryan is the founder of production house SST Workshop whose projects include commissions for Fox, NEC Japan, and C!rca ensemble.
Previous Arts, Education and Law Alumni Award Winners
Primary school science teacher Rebecca Johnson has published over 80 educational books and has won national awards for curriculum design.
Queensland Conservatorium graduate Dami Im has soared to international fame and is one of Australia’s most iconic pop idols.
Serving the public
Katarina Carroll APM
Commissioner Katarina Carroll has dedicated her career to public safety, serving with the Queensland Police Service (QPS) for over 30 years.
As CEO and Executive Producer of A Stark Production, Avrill has established herself as a leading independent producer and creator of global children’s film and television content.
Member for Logan
Linus Power is MP for the Logan Electorate. He currently holds the position of Senior Government Whip, and serves on the Transport and Utilities Committee.
Leader in law
As National Practice Group Leader of Clayton Utz’s Real Estate team, Nikki has played a lead role in some of Australia’s most high-profile urban renewal projects.
Tony Albert has achieved extraordinary international success since graduating from a Bachelor of Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art.
The voice of Siri
Karen Jacobsen is an international entertainer, singer, motivational speaker, voice over artist and songwriter. She is the voice behind Apple’s infamous Siri.
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