Meet our alumni
Our former students, near and far, are making a huge mark on the world. These are some of their stories.
A desire to help people and deep connection to culture has led this psychologist and social entrepreneur to do things a little differently.
On the frontline
QFES Commissioner Katarina Carroll APM
Australia’s first female fire chief holds the torch for the next generation of leaders.
Dr Jessie Christiansen
The great unknown of outer space is the ideal playground for a NASA astronomer.
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King of kids
A year studying at Griffith’s Logan campus proved a personal and professional milestone for Aaron Bailey, who is now putting his Bachelor of Human Services degree to valuable use in Canada.
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.
Stroke of success
With a research masters in visual arts from the QCA, Abbey was a finalist in the Archibald Prize in both 2007 and 2009.
Dr Ajitha naidu Sugnanam
Ms Sugnanam has excelled in her chosen profession of dentistry and dedicated herself to humanitarian work nationally and internationally.
Professor Alan Cowman
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.
Film and screen media production
Since graduating in 2011, Amanda Eyley has been forging a film career in Sydney, working across many popular films including Mad Max: Fury Road and Blinky Bill.
International Business Relations
Amanda Hodges has travelled the world as an international strategic business, investment and government affairs executive leader.
The Gold Coast native regularly mixes it with names like Lady Gaga and Guns 'n' Roses in the challenging world of event management.
Design for change
Anita Kuiper and Alejandra Ramirez Vidal
After spending three months volunteering in Kenya, Alejandra teamed up with fellow Griffith graduate Anita to create designs with a difference.
Anthony Lister has been a pioneering force in the development of street art in Australia and is renowned for his provocative work, which parodies real life and pop culture.
Barry Thomas has more than two decades of international leadership experience in the medical device and pharmaceutical industries.
Dr Ben Norton
Photonics and nanoscience
Griffith photonics and nanoscience graduate Dr Ben Norton photographed the shadow of a single atom, a breakthrough that is helping leading scientists around the world build quantum computers.
Brodie Greig and Jak Heymink
Dynamic duo Griffith graduates Brodie Greig and Jak Heymink started their company worktrainweb in 2011 and haven’t looked back.
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.
Caitlin Knapper is using her degree in Public Health to help children live happy and healthy lives through a balanced diet and regular physical activity.
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.
Catherine (Dandan) Niu
Griffith Queensland College of Art graduate Catherine (Dandan) Niu provides a platform for art exhibitions and projects between China and Australia.
Griffith graduate Chris Eigeland is a serial entrepreneur, international lawyer and Australia’s Youth Representative to the United Nations for 2016.
Chris Owen is business group manager—water, for one of the world’s leading engineering and consulting companies in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Long-serving Brisbane police officer, Senior Sergeant Corey Allen, was Griffith University's Arts, Education and Law 2013 Outstanding Alumnus of the Year and the 2013 Criminology and Criminal Justice Outstanding Alumnus of the Year.
Climate Change Health Expert
Professor Cunrui Huang
Professor Cunrui Huang is a research leader and public health pioneer addressing some of the world’s most pressing global health problems.
MBA graduate Christine Anawati used her studies to gain an international outlook on today’s business world.
Darren Smith has been a respiratory scientist for more than 20 years and is a senior respiratory scientist at Sunshine Coast University Hospital.
Energy Policy Entrepreneur
Dr David Crossley
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.
David was awarded Gold Coast Teacher of the Year in 2009 for establishing programs to enhance mathematics education and social and emotional wellbeing.
Since relocating to Australia in 1998, David has become a leading contributor to the Australian fitness, sport and recreation industry.
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.
Queensland Conservatorium graduate Dami Im has soared to international fame and is now one of Australia’s most iconic pop idols.
Pride in Law
Dean Clifford-Jones has achieved remarkable success in the legal profession, as a crown prosecutor and a principal child protection lawyer.
Aboriginal tourism and arts
Delvene Cockatoo-Collins received international recognition after designing the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games medals.
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.
Healthcare and education
Donisha Duff has worked tirelessly to improve pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, as an advocate for health and supporter of girls’ and women’s educational and career opportunities.
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.
Information and technology/MBA
An IT degree from Griffith was the start of an amazing journey for Elliot Nash, who is now a technical program manager for Amazon in Seattle.
Emma landed her dream job in Central Queensland after graduating from a Bachelor of Engineering as a geotechnical engineer for BHP Billiton.
TV anchor Eva Milic is one of the most familiar faces of the Channel Nine News team in Queensland.
Unable to attain his childhood dream of becoming a fighter pilot, Greg Phipps instead forged a career in technology just as things began to heat up with the internet revolution.
Dr Greg Story
Modern Asian studies
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.
Harry Harding is now a global star, working as a journalist and presenter at GDTV World channel in Guangzhou, South China.
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.
Urban and environmental planning
As an infrastructure and planning manager at AFL Queensland, Jake Anson is using his degree to keep our communities healthy and active.
Design graduate and current PhD student James Novak is making great strides in new technology.
Dr Jan-Olaf Meynecke
Co-founder of Humpbacks & High-rises, Dr Jan-Olaf Meynecke is using his passion for marine biology to create awareness for urban marine mammal research and protection.
Dr Jay Gambetta
Dr Jay Gambetta is one of the world's foremost researchers in practical quantum computing, co-leading a team at IBM to develop a large-scale quantum computer.
Dr Fen Guo
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.
Building a career
Juggling full-time work and study, Janelle Campbell is embarking on a career in architecture with one of the Gold Coast’s leading architectural firms.
No stranger to conflict
Dr Jeff Thompson
PhD in Legal Practice
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.
Hotelier rises to the top
Dr Jennifer Cronin
A dynamic career in Asia’s luxury hotel industry started with a Griffith degree and a job in room service at an iconic Brisbane hotel.
Jeremy Hartley is attracting consumers from across the globe, with his business ventures forecasted to turnover more than $1 million in 2016.
Dr Kat Goodall
Supporting young doctors as an educator and trainer is Dr Kat Goodall's passion.
Picture of success
Internationally renowned artist Joel Rea has exhibited his work across the globe and in 2015 had his first solo international exhibition at the prestigious Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York.
What’s on the box
Jordan William Bartlett
After graduating in 2007, Jordan Bartlett secured a position with Place Design Group in Brisbane where he developed a production pipeline for the creation of medium to large-scale projects.
A voice for Indigenous
Just two years after graduating, Joshua Creamer applied his education, knowledge and determination to become, at the time, one of only four Indigenous barristers in Queensland.
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.
Rising to the challenge
Karlie Gleeson successfully juggled her Masters degree and a full-time job when returning to postgraduate study ten years after graduating.
As the voice of Siri, Queensland Conservatorium graduate Karen Jacobsen speaks to an audience of 400 million people on a daily basis.
Something to sing about
Kate Miller-Heidke’s remarkable voice has mesmerised audiences across the world, where she has been awarded numerous awards and ARIAs.
Forget me not
Kate van Doore
Lawyer and Griffith University lecturer Kate van Doore made headlines in 2011 when she helped rescue 39 Ugandan children from a corrupt orphanage.
Four-time ARIA award-winning and six-time platinum-selling vocalist, composer and pianist has been part of multiple successful musical collaborations.
Sparkle of hope
Through jewellery, Keight Davis provides an escape from the hopelessness of prostitution and gives local women in China hope for a future.
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.
A love of working with children was the inspiration for education graduate Kylee Ahlan.
Lauren King was the first in her family to study at university after being offered a Griffith scholarship and moving from her hometown in Albury, NSW.
With a pedigree going back four generations, teaching runs Leah Hallett’s family.
Liesl Capper and fellow Griffith graduate John Zakos have developed technology that provides human-machine interaction superior to that of smartphones.
Changing lives around the world
Lisa Mair, a criminology alumnus, is fulfilling her dream of changing lives around the world.
Through his career in communications, Lyle Fielmich has travelled to some of the best surfing destinations in the world.
Big screen success
When Marek Kochout was just halfway through his studies, he was recruited by Walt Disney, Sydney, before accepting a job at Fox Animations in Arizona.
Matthew works for Film Roman, the Burbank-based animation studio responsible for some of the world's best-known animated shows, including The Simpsons.
After finding her start in graphic design at Brisbane advertising agency MOJO, it was Megan's work illustrating New York Times number one bestseller, Sex and the City, that put her on the international stage.
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.
Dr Michael Baker
Dentistry graduate Dr Michael Baker is using his education to support better oral health in Indigenous communities through his own dental practice.
In 2002 Mimi Venker ran away with arguably the greatest circus in the world after securing her dream job with Cirque du Soleil.
Miria Bastock has been working in the criminal justice and policing sector for 10 years and was named Griffith’s Arts, Education and Law 2012 Alumnus of the year.
Mirusia Louwerse, the youngest ever winner of the prestigious Dame Joan Sutherland Opera Award has gained recognition across the globe.
Something to smile about
Dr Mohit Tolani
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.
Forensic science/criminology and criminal justice
Nicole’s love for CSI sparked her passion for forensics and into a career as a forensic biologist with the Northern Territory Police Fire and Emergency Service.
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.
Lights, camera, action
The Spierig brothers
Film and graphic design
Twin brothers Peter and Michael Spierig graduated from Griffith’s Queensland College of Art in 1997 before writing and directing their first feature film in 2000.
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.
While studying a double degree, Peta Wilton travelled to 30 countries, gaining valuable experience and global knowledge.
European Film Producer
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.
Flight path to success
Phil Carpenter now calls Canada home after moving overseas to pursue his career in aviation.
Adjunct professor Phillip Di Bella
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.
Global health crusader
Professor Qiyong Liu
Top scientist dedicates 30 years to combatting health threats in poor and vulnerable communities.
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.
Raymond Seims along with three other Griffith graduates developed a unique travel app, which is now valued at more than $2 million.
Ross Jauncey is using his Griffith MBAto help manage creative industry relationships at Google.
Vision for success
Captain Sam James
Captain Sam James’ time at Griffith led him to his dream job as an aviation psychologist with the Australian Army, where he works with the most senior military psychologist in the country.
Dr Samarra Toby
Dr Toby completed her medical degree in 2008 and is now based in Rockhampton, where she is fulfilling her ambition to make a positive contribution to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.
Working with Santos Limited on their flagship $18.5 billion Gladstone Liquefied Natural Gas project, at the age of 30, Sarah Bairstow has achieved a level of success envied by those many years her senior.
Not so scary
Sarah’s love for sharks took her interstate where she studied a Bachelor of Science majoring in Marine Biology and Eco Tourism at the Gold Coast.
Stephanie Oates has used the flexibility of the MBA program to begin her own electronic music school.
Thanuj de Alwis Goonewardena
Thanuj De Alwis Goonewardena has 27 years’ experience in hospitality, planning, design, construction and hotels.
Tracy Lamb’s affection for aviation began in 1996 when she was given a joy flight as a gift.
Gallery of success
Tracey Moffatt is one of Australia’s most successful and revered Indigenous artists, nationally and internationally.
Tyson Illingworth (DJ TyDi)
Voted Australia’s number one DJ two years in a row and also one of the Top 100 DJs of the World, Tyson Illingworth has had a stellar career, releasing his very first album at just 19.
Dr Vanessa Lee
In 2016, Vanessa Lee graduated from the Griffith University School of Medicine as its first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Public Health PhD graduate.
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.
Dr William Chen
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.