Spotlight

Our success starts with our alumni whose achievements are a direct reflection on our standing as one of the best education and research institutions in the world. Many have gone on to prominence. They have made – and continue to make – their marks and achieve excellence in a variety of fields such as business, medicine, arts, and the government.

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Ian Douglas

Ian Douglas »

From Oxford to ANU - with lifelong ties to the Asia Pacific As an undergraduate at Oxford in the 1960s, Ian Douglas became enthusiastic about studying geomorphology in the humid tropics for a PhD. "My geomorphology tutor suggested that one of the...
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Conor Horgan »

From Bermuda to Australia to the UK, CECS Bachelor of Engineering (R&D) alumnus Conor Horgan has travelled far globally and professionally.  When Conor was 11, he moved from Bermuda to Melbourne. He came to Canberra after high-school to pursue...
Michael Moore - Alumni Spotlight

Michael Moore »

Michael Moore is CEO of the Public Health Association of Australia, President of the World Federation of Public Health Associations and a former Minister of Health and Community Care in the ACT Government. He has a Master of Population Health (1997...
Sam Cheah - Alumni Spotlight

Sam Cheah »

Sam Cheah has a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) (2015) from ANU where she was also a Tillyard Prize recipient. Sam cofounded Engage: University Outreach, a Canberra based not for profit for high school students in regional areas. She is also involved...
Alumni Spotlight - Georgina Vallance

Georgina Vallance »

Georgina Vallance is a Senior Consultant with EY with a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (2014), a Bachelor of Asia-Pacific Studies (2013) and a Bachelor of Law (Hons) (2013) from ANU. She is the 2016 ACT Poetry Slam Champion and a Council Member...
Anthony Moore BA'15 on graduation day

Anthony Moore »

Despite growing up in Canberra, there were still some aspects about ANU that surprised Anthony Moore when he commenced his Bachelor of Arts degree. "I was surprised by what an actively engaged and intellectual community it was and still is. I...
Francesca Maclean

Dr Francesca Maclean  »

During her time at ANU, Francesca Maclean has been a champion for gender equity in STEM. She co-founded Fifty50, a student-run volunteer organisation that develops an equitable and inclusive environment for STEM students at ANU, and provides a clear...
Andrew Harper AM

Andrew Harper AM  »

Andrew Harper has dedicated his career to helping refugees and those suffering in the face of natural disasters. Andrew grew up in Wagga Wagga and has worked with the UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, for over two decades. He began his professional...
Omar Musa

Omar Musa »

Omar Musa is a Malaysian-Australian author, rapper and poet from Queanbeyan. His poetry and music are concerned with the way racist and misogynistic language impacts marginalised communities. "Australia is a young nation that is trying to figure...
The Hon Susan Ryan AO FAICD

The Hon Susan Ryan AO FAICD  »

Susan Ryan has had a remarkable career advancing equal opportunity legislation and policies for women as well as the rights of older Australians. Susan graduated with an MA from ANU in 1974 despite having to interrupt her studies several times for...
Jackson Bursill

Jackson Bursill  »

While undertaking a double degree, Jackson Bursill combined his passion for fitness and helping others by establishing two endurance events to raise money and awareness for social causes. As a Youth Ambassador for the Australian Himalayan...
Megan Davis

Professor Megan Davis »

Megan Davis is one of Australia's most highly regarded lawyers specialising in public law and public international law. She is a Cobble Cobble Aboriginal woman from the Barrungam nation in south-west Queensland. In June 2017 Megan became the first...
Frank Gafa

Frank Gafa »

Hello everyone, I hope you had a fantastic NAIDOC week. I am both a former staff member and an alumnus of ANU, and have been given the privilege of steering the Indigenous Alumni Network through the first stages of its life. I graduated in 2015...
Fiona Tilley

From ANU to Wall Street to luxury jewellery: Meet alumna Fiona Tilley »

From university bookworm to Wall Street to luxury jewellery, Fiona Tilley's life and career have been rich and varied.   The Arts/Law alumna grew up as an Army brat, living in 13 different places in Australia and abroad across her first 11 years....
Athalia Irwansjah

Athalia Irwansjah - One in 100,000 – ANU graduates its 100,000th student »

Athalia Irwansjah graduated with a Master of Arts Asia Pacific Studies and the unexpected accolade of being the 100,000th student to graduate from ANU. Athalia commenced her studies at ANU in 2008 and spent two years in Korea during her...
Karliea Decker

Inspirational women of ANU: Karliea Decker – a burlesque adventuress »

Karliea's journey to ANU and subsequent creative ventures into neo-burlesque and clowning are indicative of a woman who sets her own rules. Karliea says: "I was never ever going to go to University. I was going to drop out in Year 10." Karliea quips...
Robert Williams

Robert Williams »

Rob Williams is passionate about the preservation of Indigenous heritage and traces this back to going with his father, an Aboriginal Elder and Traditional Owner, to investigate Canberra's national parks for cultural materials. He saw the...
Ms Caitlin Figueiredo

Ms Caitlin Figueiredo »

Caitlin Figueiredo is a force to be reckoned with. Among her many accomplishments, she recently became the youngest person chosen as one of the '100 Women of Influence' sponsored by Westpac and the Australian Financial Review. The national award...
Andrew (Creel) Price

Andrew (Creel) Price »

Creel Price is a high-octane adventurer who has been very successful in business as an entrepreneur. He has scaled some of the highest mountains in the world, worked with Richard Branson on the future of philanthropy, and captained Australia in the...
David Johnston

David Johnston »

When David Johnston was a boy, he keenly explored the caves near his home, leading his mother to suggest he might become an archaeologist. Later, he became one of the first Indigenous Australians to gain a degree in archaeology, graduating from ANU...

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