Meet our alumni

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

Our stories

Sarah Bairstow

Career progression

Sarah Bairstow

Bachelor of International Business / Bachelor of Laws

Working with Santos Limited on their flagship $18.5 billion Gladstone Liquefied Natural Gas project, at the age of 30, Sarah has achieved a level of success envied by those many years her senior.

Mark Bignall

Coffee connoisseur

Mark Bignall

Bachelor of International Business

Mark is co-owner of Bellissimo Coffee, a Brisbane-based boutique coffee roasting business that has won multiple awards over the years to become the highest awarded coffee roaster in Australia.

Kent Chambers

Policy advisor

Kent Chambers

Bachelor of International Business / Bachelor of International Relations (Honours)

Kent Chambers won a prestigious graduate position as a Policy Officer with the Department of Veterans Affairs in Canberra after completing double degree at Griffith which included an internship with Deloitte Australia and an overseas exchange to Argentina.

Annabelle Chaplain

High flyer

Annabelle Chaplain

Bachelor of Asian Studies

Annabelle is the Chairman, Queensland Airports Limited after her career in investment banking led to her appointment to a number of government boards and advisory positions at state and federal levels.

Clinton Dines

China executive

Clinton Dines

Bachelor of Asian Studies

In 1988 he was recruited by BHP to be the company’s senior country executive for China and stayed with the group for more than 21 years, retiring as President of BHP Billiton China in July 2009 to become Principal, Moreton Bay Partners.

Greg Ellis

Ethical entrepreneur

Greg Ellis

Bachelor of International Business

Greg is co-founder of money lending company Nimble, a company dedicated to lending to working people without getting them into a cycle of debt.

Kylie Hargreaves

Trade expertise

Kylie Hargreaves

Bachelor of International Business (Honours)

Kylie Deputy Secretary, Resources and Energy, NSW Department of Industry having spent ten years overseas as Australia's Senior Trade Commissioner.

Paul Hodgson

Enterprise connections

Paul Hodgson

Bachelor of International Business

Paul is the State Director, Enterprise Connect at the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, having previously held several high profile positions in economic development.

Olivia Loadwick

Strategic leader

Olivia Loadwick

Bachelor of International Business

Olivia is a nationally and internationally recognised corporate finance and strategy specialist with vast experience in takeovers, acquisitions, strategy, capital management and equity capital markets, and has advised some of the world's leading companies.

Estelle McCabe

Negotiating Japan

Estelle McCabe

Bachelor of Asian Studies

Estelle McCabe's degree and interest in Asian business has positioned her strongly to pursue a career in Japan. Her ambition to work as a communications specialist fostering Japanese—Australian relations in the resources sector was also boosted by a New Colombo Plan Scholarship.

Judy Spence

Political impact

The Hon Judy Spence

Bachelor of Asian Studies

The Hon Judy Spence is the longest serving woman ever in the Queensland Parliament having entered politics in 1989 and accomplishing several Ministerial roles.

Greg Story

International success

Dr Greg Story

Bachelor of Asian Studies / Doctor of Philosophy

Dr Greg Story was among the first cohort to study Griffith University's groundbreaking Modern Asian Studies program and has since forged a flourishing career in Japan.

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