Our remarkable alumni are making a significant contribution to the world in which we live. These are just a few of their stories.
Rachelle St Leger
Bachelor of Commerce
Rachelle is the Australian CEO for EML, a company that processes billions of dollars per year. After experiencing incredible support from her employers throughout her career, Rachelle now inspires the next generation by offering Griffith students internship opportunities at EML.
Bachelor of Business
Vice President of Business Development, WatchMojo
After successfully starting and selling a digital media company in Sydney, Thomas set off overseas to further his career. At 30 years old Thomas is now one of the youngest executives at WatchMojo, one of the fastest growing digital media companies in the world with up to 16 million subscribers and about 50 million unique views monthly across their channels.
Thessy and Yiota Kouzoukas
Bachelor of Business
Co-owners Sabo Skirt
The incredibly stylish best friends turned sisters-in-law started out with a humble fashion blog, posting daily photos of their outfits. Now their Instagram has more than 1.6 million followers, they’ve had their brand Sabo Skirt featured on the runways of New York Fashion Week and they’ve been named in Forbes’ prestigious 30 Under 30 list. Not to mention having outfitted celebrities such as Demi Lovato, Ariana Grande and Gigi Hadid, to name a few.
Bachelor of Business/Law
Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer at ShoesOfPrey.com
Jodie is the co-founder and Chief Creative Officer at ShoesOfPrey.com - the world's first website where women can design their own shoes. Launched in 2009, Shoes of Prey hit multimillion dollar revenue in less than two years and is now an international multimillion dollar business, with stores in David Jones and Nordstrom.
Bachelor of International Business
Greg is co-founder of money lending company Nimble. Ethical business has always been important to Greg and when he and his friend and co-founder Sean noticed a sizeable gap in the finance market, they started the company with the goal of lending to working people without getting them into a cycle of debt.
Bachelor of Communication and Master of International Business
Chief Operating Officer - Economic Development and Marketing at Ipswich City Council
In Ben’s current role as CEO, Economic Development and Marketing at Ipswich City Council he is responsible for the strategic and operational direction delivering vital corporate services and generate new growth for the City of Ipswich.
Previous to this Ben was Director, Strategy, Marketing and Communications at Gold Coast Tourism Corporation.
Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing)
Owner, Matthew Thomas cafés and retail stores
Matthew Cox completed a Bachelor of Commerce with a Marketing major at Griffith University. He is the founder and owner of Matthew Thomas, a progressive and specialist omnichannel retail concept. Matthew Thomas prides itself on customer service of yesteryear, and its point of difference is the unique blend and array of homewares, fashion, art, furniture, jewellery, house-made confectionary, with a cafe/restaurant under the one roof.
Bachelor of Asian & International Studies.
President, Dale Carnegie Training Japan
In the course of his career, Dr Greg Story has moved from the academic world, to consulting, investments, trade representation, international diplomacy, retail banking and running his own corporate training company in Tokyo. With a Griffith University PhD in Japanese decision-making, he is a 28 year veteran of Japan.
Councillor Shayne Sutton
Bachelor of Arts (Political Science and Public Administration)
Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)
At 25, Shayne was the youngest woman ever to be elected to Brisbane City Council. She is currently Councillor for the Morningside Ward. Before joining Council, she was an adviser to the Queensland Government and prior to this worked for former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. Shayne is the deputy Chairperson of the Urban Planning and Economic Development Committee and a member of the Finance Committee and Roads, TransApex and Traffic Committee.
Professor Paul Simshauser
Bachelor of Commerce
Master of Commerce (Accounting and Finance)
Professor Paul Simshauser is Director-General of the Department of Energy and Water Supply. Paul has over 20 years experience in the energy industry. Paul commenced his career with the Queensland Electricity Commission and since then, he has held senior executive positions at AGL, Stanwell Corporation Limited, NewGen Power and Babcock and Brown.
Bachelor of Business
Director at Dematic
Bob Chua is Director at Dematic, a global leader providing a comprehensive range of intelligent intralogistics. He also supports London based Co's interested in Growth + Asia as Mayor of London's International Business Programme.
Prior to this, Bob was founder and CEO of Pulse Group PLC, a Digital Research Agency. He has held a number of significant roles within Fortune 500 organisations. He also won the prestigious ‘Ernst & Young Emerging entrepreneur of the Year Award 2009’.
Bachelor of Business (Accounting)
Queensland President of CPA Australia in 2011, Pamela Pointon has held various roles in the CPA. She has also been involved in many national CPA taskforces and has had a wide and varied career to date. After working in the Queensland public sector in the areas of superannuation and law, Pamela worked in both a large private practice as a senior manager with KPMG and as a partner and Managing Director in private accounting and tax practice. She has been an owner of small businesses and has been CEO of an ASX listed company. Pamela is currently Managing Director, Australian Taxation Accountants and CFO, Q Property lawyers.
Bachelor of Asian Studies
Principal, Moreton Bay Partners
On completing his degree Clinton Dines left Australia on an 18 month postgraduate program arranged by Griffith. Through this Clinton developed a love for China and it’s people and has been working in the Greater China Region ever since. During his career Clinton has occupied management positions with major companies in the region, including 21 years as the senior country executive for BHP and the president of BHP Billiton China. Clinton is now Principal, Moreton Bay Partners and Non Executive Director at Fonterra Cooperative Group Limited.