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Our former students, near and far, are making a huge mark on the world. These are some of their stories.

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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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Malaria Researcher

Professor Alan Cowman AC

Science

As Deputy Director and Head of Infection and Immunity at The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, Professor Alan Cowman gets to live and breathe his lifelong passion while working towards saving lives from malaria.

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International Businesswoman

Amanda Hodges

International Business Relations

Amanda Hodges has travelled the world as an international strategic business, investment and government affairs executive leader.

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Andrew Brewer

Rising Talent

Andrew Brewer

Architecture

Griffith alumnus, Andrew Brewer, draws on his passion for mid-century architecture and South East Queensland’s unique lifestyle and design, to create the next generation of Gold Coast buildings and urban spaces.

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Australia's best metro newsreader

Ange Anderson

Bachelor of Communications

Ange is the energetic voice and newsreader on Nova 106.9's Brisbane radio breakfast show and has spent over a decade working in newsrooms across Australia.

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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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Health Innovator

Barry Thomas

Commerce

Barry Thomas has more than two decades of international leadership experience in the medical device and pharmaceutical industries.

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Benjamin Werner

International artist

Benjamin Werner

Fine Arts

Benjamin has forged a career communicating complex scientific concepts through his art and leading his own international arts company.

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Fundraising Success

Caitlin Pearson

Business

Caitlin Pearson never intended to work in the charity or not-for-profit sector but her time at Griffith University played a big part in changing her philosophy.

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Cameron Bray

Superyacht management

Cameron Bray

Bachelor of Business

Cameron's decision to try his luck in France working as crew on yachts, changed the direction of his life.

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Cameron McEvoy

Swimming success

Cameron McEvoy

Science

Olympian and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Cameron McEvoy is studying a Bachelor of Science and has recently been named an ambassador for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

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Cassandra Nest

Birthing stories

Cassandra Nest

Midwifery

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

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Art Exchange

Catherine (Dandan) Niu

Arts

Griffith Queensland College of Art graduate Catherine (Dandan) Niu provides a platform for art exhibitions and projects between China and Australia.

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Griffith’s growing footprint

Chanel Dunn

Health

After four years of post-graduate study at Griffith, Chanel Dunn’s graduation day was the first time she met her peers and teachers in person.

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Cultural innovator

Clinton Schultz

Psychology

A desire to help people and deep connection to culture has led this psychologist and social entrepreneur to do things a little differently.

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Climate Change Health Expert

Professor Cunrui Huang

Public Health

Professor Cunrui Huang is a research leader and public health pioneer addressing some of the world’s most pressing global health problems.

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Dami Im

Pop icon

Dami Im

Music

Queensland Conservatorium graduate Dami Im has soared to international fame and is now one of Australia’s most iconic pop idols.

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Excel 'Dummie'

Danielle Stein Fairhurst

International Business

The Principal Consultant at Plum Solutions has built an international consultancy based on her expertise in on of the world's most popular software programs, Excel.

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Respiratory Scientist

Darren Smith

Clinical Physiology

Darren Smith has been a respiratory scientist for more than 20 years and is a senior respiratory scientist at Sunshine Coast University Hospital.

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Energy Policy Entrepreneur

Dr David Crossley

PhD

A 40-year career dedicated to sustainable energy policy and programs started when a young man took his interest in environmental sciences to Griffith, joining the University’s first PhD cohort.

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Classical Moments

David Quah

Tenor

Winner of the coveted Marianne Mathy Australian Singing Competition, David Quah made his professional debut singing Don Ottavio in Mozart’s Don Giovanni with Opera Queensland.

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Pride in Law

Dean Clifford-Jones

Law

Dean Clifford-Jones has achieved remarkable success in the legal profession, as a crown prosecutor and a principal child protection lawyer.

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Renowned Artist

Delvene Cockatoo-Collins

Aboriginal tourism and arts

Delvene Cockatoo-Collins received international recognition after designing the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games medals.

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Dr Denise Powell

Class communicators

Dr Denise Powell

EdD in Teacher Education

Griffith Doctor of Education (EdD) alumnus Dr Denise Powell wants to revolutionise deaf or hard of hearing (DHH) education in New Zealand.

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Elise Giles

Young blood

Elise Giles

Business

Elise received the Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Endeavour Award, which allowed her to study and work in Hong Kong for seven months in 2013.

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Beth Hamilton

Promoting health equality

Dr Elizabeth Hamilton

Medicine

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

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Eva Milia

News hound

Eva Milic

Business/arts

TV anchor Eva Milic is one of the most familiar faces of the Channel Nine News team in Queensland.

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Site seeing

Fabienne Wintle

Tourism and Hotel Management

A strong Wi-Fi and mobile connection is all it takes for digital tourism coach Fabienne Wintle to empower small business operators to make a living in a competitive, multi-billion-dollar tourism industry.

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Freshwater Ecosystems

Dr Fen Guo

Research

Dr Fen Guo is interested in understanding how changes in land use and water quality influence the availability of high-quality sources of food for freshwater animals.

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AFLW Pioneer

Fiona McLarty

Master of Sport Management

Bachelor of Exercise Science

Gold Coast Woman of the Year 2018 and Head of Women's Football, Gold Coast SUNS.

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Children’s Advocate

Gabrielle Quilliam

Nursing

Gabrielle Quilliam is an international thought leader in paediatric palliative care, and with her husband, co-founded the only children's hospice in Queensland, Hummingbird House.

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Finding a healthy balance

Hamish Vickerman

Physiotherapy and Exercise Science

An active passion for sport and a few nasty rugby injuries led Hamish Vickerman to pursue a career in physio therapy.

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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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Dr Hung Huynh Quang

Scoring a new life

Dr Hung Huynh Quang

PhD in Sport Recreation

A life-long passion for soccer led Dr Hung Huynh Quang to quit his engineering career, move countries and enrol in a PhD at Griffith University.

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Ian Freckelton

Raising the bar

Dr Ian Richard Lloyd Freckelton QC

Justice

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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The 24 year old CEO

Jackie Babbage

Business

Jackie Babbage is disrupting the international gifting experience market via her online business 'Gifting Owl'. Raised and educated on the Gold Coast, she is a contemporary, tenacious and enterprising CEO who is building her career one experience at a time.

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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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Dr Jeff Thompson

No stranger to conflict

Dr Jeff Thompson

PhD

From managing terrorist incidents to hostage negotiations to crisis counselling – Dr Jeff Thompson backs his boots on the ground experience with data and science to save lives.

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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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Planet hunter

Dr Jessie Christiansen

Science

The great unknown of outer space is the ideal playground for a NASA astronomer.

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Johanna Nalau

Social scientist

Dr Johanna Nalau

Science

A facilitator of discourse about climate change nationally and abroad.

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Legal matters

Julian Barclay

Law

Working at a bustling Gold Coast law firm, Griffith alumnus and senior associate Julian Barclay, has a talent for helping companies navigate the legal complexities of growing a business.

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Fluent Facilitator

Julie-Anne Nichols

International Business

Julie-Anne Nichols is the Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner for Hong Kong and Macau, promoting business and investment partnerships between Australia and Greater China.

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On the frontline

Katarina Carroll APM

Public Administration

Australia’s first female fire chief holds the torch for the next generation of leaders.

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Something to sing about

Kate Miller-Heidke

Music

Kate Miller-Heidke’s remarkable voice has mesmerised audiences across the world, where she has been awarded numerous awards and ARIAs.

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Katie Noonan

High note

Katie Noonan

Music

Four-time ARIA award-winning and six-time platinum-selling vocalist, composer and pianist has been part of multiple successful musical collaborations.

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Cyber defender

Kenneth Ho

Information Technology

Kenneth Ho is a cybersecurity specialist tasked with strengthening cyber resilience for local and global organisations in Malaysia.

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Cultural capability

Dr Kerry Bodle

Business

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

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Koichi Ito

Follow the research

Dr Koichi Ito

PhD in Biochemistry and Cell Biology

Dr Koichi Ito never imagined his thirst for a research career in cancer immunology would lead him to Griffith and a new life.

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Lauren Panrucker

Tide Productions

Lauren Panrucker

Bachelor of Film and Screen Media Production

Lauren Panrucker has achieved early career success by working with the Queensland Ballet to produce an eclectic campaign for an international hotel chain.

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Focus on fundraising

Lewis Brimelow

Bachelor of Business

Financial administration, share registry, acquisitions and … philanthropy are rarely seen in the same sentence. But for Griffith Business School alumnus Lewis Brimelow, the unlikely symmetry couldn’t be more perfect.

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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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Megan Washingtion

Centre stage

Megan Washington

Music

Since graduating, Megan Washington has made a huge mark on the Australian music scene, winning two ARIAs and working as a mentor on The Voice.

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Something to smile about

Dr Mohit Tolani

Dentistry

A confronting tooth extraction at a dental hospital in north east Victoria, drove Griffith alumnus Dr Mohit Tolani to take oral health care and education into rural communities.

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Dr Norbert Lenz

The lure of discovery

Professor Norbert Lenz

PhD in Environmental Science

Almost thirty years ago, Professor Norbert Lenz was crawling through the scrub on the edge of Australia’s Lamington National Park. Now, he spends his days uncovering the origins of the world in one of Germany’s oldest natural history museums.

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Energy Expert

Professor Paul Simshauser

Energy Economics and Policy

Paul Simshauser is an energy economics and policy expert with more than two decades of experience in the energy sector.

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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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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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European Film Producer

Petr Tichý

Film and Television

Petr Tichý is chief executive officer and chairman of the Barrandov Studios in Prague, one of the biggest and oldest film studios in Europe.

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Coffee King

Adjunct professor Phillip Di Bella

Commerce

Professor Phillip Di Bella’s passion and entrepreneurial spirit led him to start Di Bella Coffee when he identified a gap in the coffee market.

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International scientist

Professor Qiyong Liu

Health

Top scientist and public health specialist who has dedicated 30 years to combating health threats in
poor and vulnerable communities.

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Water warrior

Dr Rachelle Willis

PhD in Environmental Engineering

On the world’s driest continent, the sustainability of Australia’s water resources has never been more crucial.

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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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Sabrina Aripen

Gender equality advocate

Sabrina Aripen

Commerce

Changing the perceptions and expectations of parental care in Malaysia.

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Shirley Tay

Advancing nursing

Shirley Tay

Nursing

Shirley is currently Director of Nursing at Mount Alvernia Hospital, Singapore, and also has a message for anyone considering returning to University as a mature student.

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Hospitality Pro

Thanuj de Alwis Goonewardena

Hotel Management

Thanuj De Alwis Goonewardena has 27 years’ experience in hospitality, planning, design, construction and hotels.

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Sweet Gains

Dr William Chen

Finance

A leader in Hong Kong and China’s food and beverage sector, Dr Chen has more than 20 years’ financial and business management experience and is general manager of dessert chain, Hui Lau Shan.

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