Meet our alumni
Our former students, near and far, are making a huge mark on the world. These are some of their stories.
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Beating the odds
Just one sentence triggered a life changing ripple effect for disabled learners.
Professor Alan Cowman AC
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.
International Business Relations
Amanda Hodges has travelled the world as an international strategic business, investment and government affairs executive leader.
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.
Australia's best metro newsreader
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.
Positive maternal influence
Dr Barry Kirby AO
An unlikely hero in a landscape of overburdened and unsupported PNG healthcare workers.
Barry Thomas has more than two decades of international leadership experience in the medical device and pharmaceutical industries.
Benjamin has forged a career communicating complex scientific concepts through his art and leading his own international arts company.
Beny uses restorative justice principles to resolve conflict and build resilience in immigrant youth communities.
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.
Bachelor of Business
Cameron's decision to try his luck in France working as crew on yachts, changed the direction of his life.
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.
Passed down learnings from the Ngunnawal women has led to cultural safe havens in the birthing suite.
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’s growing footprint
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.
A desire to help people and deep connection to culture has led this psychologist and social entrepreneur to do things a little differently.
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.
Queensland Conservatorium graduate Dami Im has soared to international fame and is now one of Australia’s most iconic pop idols.
Danielle Stein Fairhurst
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Promoting health equality
Dr Elizabeth Hamilton
A young doctor’s inspiring journey on the road to global health advancements.
TV anchor Eva Milic is one of the most familiar faces of the Channel Nine News team in Queensland.
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.
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.
Master of Sport Management
Bachelor of Exercise Science
Gold Coast Woman of the Year 2018 and Head of Women's Football, Gold Coast SUNS.
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.
Finding a healthy balance
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.
Dr Hum Gurung
An environmental mission has spread from a remote village to the world.
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.
The 24 year old CEO
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.
Jacob Hansen Karaduman
Through the generation of 'warm leads' an entire industry has been changed.
No stranger to conflict
Dr Jeff Thompson
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.
International hotelier rises to the top
Dr Jennifer Cronin
Hotel openings, cyber-security threats and cultivating young talent is all in a day's work.
Dr Jessie Christiansen
The great unknown of outer space is the ideal playground for a NASA astronomer.
Dr Johanna Nalau
A facilitator of discourse about climate change nationally and abroad.
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.
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.
On the frontline
Katarina Carroll APM
Australia’s first female fire chief holds the torch for the next generation of leaders.
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.
Five-time ARIA award-winning and six-time platinum-selling vocalist, composer and pianist has been part of multiple successful musical collaborations.
Kenneth Ho is a cybersecurity specialist tasked with strengthening cyber resilience for local and global organisations in Malaysia.
Dr Kerry Bodle
The first Indigenous Certified Practising Accountant who became an 'accidental' academic.
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.
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.
Focus on fundraising
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.
A desire to simply 'do something' led to the creation of a highly acclaimed cultural mecca.
Challenging gender sterotypes
Bachelor of Nursing
A registered nurse who is saving lives in the Princess Alexandra Hospital Intensive Care Unit.
Human rights advocate
Matilda is a human rights lawyer, specialising in human rights and anti-discrimination for Legal Aid Queensland. She also teaches prison law at Griffith University.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Law / Arts
From the sand dunes of Stradbroke Island to the law courts of Victoria, social change is coming.
International research partnerships
Dr Peter Horne
A career of applying science to agriculture has benefited international communities.
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.
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.
Professor Qiyong Liu
Top scientist and public health specialist who has dedicated 30 years to combating 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.
Ricky Patlunag Bunayog
Training and Development
Facilitating and sustaining the peace through education and training.
Gender equality advocate
Changing the perceptions and expectations of parental care in Malaysia.
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.
Thanuj de Alwis Goonewardena
Thanuj De Alwis Goonewardena has 27 years’ experience in hospitality, planning, design, construction and hotels.
Raising the bar
The Hon Justice Ian Freckelton QC
Law and justice
A distinguished 30 year career in law including oversight of some of the country's most complex cases of the time.
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.