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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Daniel Moss

Daniel Moss BA '89 »

Daniel Moss is a columnist for 'Bloomberg Opinion' and a Director of the ANU Foundation USA. Previously he was Executive Editor of 'Bloomberg News' for global economics and has led teams in Asia, Europe and North America. As a globe-trotting...
Dr Jodie Ward

Dr Jodie Ward PhD '07, BSc (Hon) '03 »

The Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence Awards recognises women who are championing change in business and society, have dedicated their time and energy to help and encourage other women in their industry, and are fighting for change...
Louise Taylor

Louise Taylor LLB '01, BA '01 »

Magistrate Louise Taylor was recently appointed the ACT's newest Magistrate and the first Aboriginal judicial officer. Louise is a Kamilaroi woman who graduated from ANU with a combined Arts Law degree in 2001. Louise initially came to ANU as her...
Martin Bureau

Martin Bureau PhD '99 »

Before Martin Bureau became a leading expert on the formation and evolution of galaxies at the University of Oxford, he was taught how to brew beer by none other than ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt. Originally from Canada, Martin...
Ian Douglas

Ian Douglas PhD '67 »

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 places to achieve my goal might be ANU. I was lucky enough to...
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Conor Horgan BEn (R&D) (Hon) '15 »

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  »

2018 Student Volunteer of the Year (Postgraduate) 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...
Andrew Harper AM

Andrew Harper AM  »

2018 International Alumnus of the Year Andrew Harper has dedicated his career to helping refugees and those suffering in the face of natural disasters. Andrew has worked with the UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, for over two decades. He began his...
Omar Musa

Omar Musa »

2018 Young Alumnus of the Year 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...
The Hon Susan Ryan AO FAICD

The Hon Susan Ryan AO FAICD  »

2018 Alumna of the Year 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...
Jackson Bursill

Jackson Bursill  »

2018 Student Volunteer of the Year (Undergraduate) 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...
Megan Davis

Professor Megan Davis »

2018 Indigenous Alumna of the Year 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....
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...

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