Celebrating our remarkable alumni

The University's Outstanding Alumni Awards recognise and celebrate the diverse achievements of alumni, across their fields of endeavour and in their communities.

There are two levels of winners:

  1. Academic Group Winners
  2. Overall University Winners

Outstanding Alumnus Award - Academic Group Winners 2019

Ian Freckelton

Raising the bar

Dr Ian Richard Lloyd Freckelton QC


A distinguished 30 year career in law including oversight of some of the country's most complex cases of the time.

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International hotelier rises to the top

Dr Jennifer Cronin

International Business

Hotel openings, cyber-security threats and cultivating young talent is all in a day's work.

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Barry Kirby

Positive maternal influence

Dr Barry Kirby AO

Biomedical Science

An unlikely hero in a landscape of overburdened and unsupported PNG healthcare workers.

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Peter Horne

International research partnerships

Dr Peter Horne

Environmental Science

A career of applying science to agriculture has benefited international communities.

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Outstanding Young Alumnus Award - Academic Group Winners 2019

Creative license

Louise Bezzina

Applied Theatre

A desire to simply 'do something' led to the creation of a highly acclaimed cultural mecca.

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Sabrina Aripen

Gender equality advocate

Sabrina Aripen


Changing the perceptions and expectations of parental care in Malaysia.

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Beth Hamilton

Promoting health equality

Dr Elizabeth Hamilton


A young doctor’s inspiring journey on the road to global health advancements.

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Johanna Nalau

Social scientist

Dr Johanna Nalau


A facilitator of discourse about climate change nationally and abroad.

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Outstanding First Peoples Alumnus Award - Academic Group Winners 2019

Pekeri Ruska

Community focused

Pekeri Ruska

Law / Arts

From the sand dunes of Stradbroke Island to the law courts of Victoria, social change is coming.

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Cultural capability

Dr Kerry Bodle


The first Indigenous Certified Public Accountant who became an 'accidental' academic.

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Cassandra Nest

Birthing stories

Cassandra Nest


Passed down learnings from the Ngunnawal women has led to cultural safe havens in the birthing suite.

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Outstanding International Alumnus Award - Academic Group Winners 2019

Aaron Bailey

Beating the odds

Aaron Bailey

Human Services

Just one sentence triggered a life changing ripple effect for disabled learners.

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Jacob Karaduman

Democratising finance

Jacob Hansen Karaduman

International Business

Through the generation of 'warm leads' an entire industry has been changed.

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Defense mechanisms

Ricky Patlunag Bunayog

Training and Development

Facilitating and sustaining the peace through education and training.

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Hum Gurung

International conservationist

Dr Hum Gurung

Environmental Science

An environmental mission has spread from a remote village to the world.

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