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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Benjamin Gill

Benjamin Gill »

Ben Gill is a passionate champion for wellbeing on the University campus and has consistently advocated in areas such as mental health, LGBTIQ rights and non-residential student engagement. He has been an excellent mentor and has been described as...
Justice Richard Refshauge

Justice Richard Refshauge »

Justice Richard Refshauge is a distinguished jurist who has been a leading figure in the local and national legal profession since graduating from ANU in 1975. He has used his legal expertise and experience for the betterment of society and, in...
Elizabeth Bryan AM

Elizabeth Bryan AM »

Transformation has been the hallmark of the career of Elizabeth Bryan, one of Australia's most successful businesswomen. Elizabeth was the first woman to run a large financial institution in Australia when she was appointed to manage the New South...
Kim-Marie Spence

Kim-Marie Spence »

Kim-Marie Spence has been a strong advocate for international students, highlighting the unique problems faced by postgraduate students from overseas. She has helped shape students' University experience, the academic program of HDR students and...
Dr Gaye Sculthorpe

Dr Gaye Sculthorpe »

Dr Gaye Sculthorpe is an experienced museum curator with a long-standing involvement in Indigenous issues. From 2000 until early 2013, she was a Member of the National Native Title Tribunal, mediating native title applications and facilitating...
Xiao He (Helen) Zhang

Xiao He (Helen) Zhang »

Helen Zhang gave up a position with a commercial law firm in China to pursue a career in the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). Her Law and Asian Studies degrees at ANU have been invaluable for her diplomatic career where...
Dr Dongxiang Zhang

Dr Dongxiang Zhang »

Dr Dongxiang Zhang is the President of Bank of China Jiangxi Branch. He previously worked in varied branches within Bank of China, including 5 years in Frankfurt Branch, Vice-President of Hamburg Branch, Vice-President of China Henan Branch and...
Melissa Kirby

Melissa Kirby »

Melissa Kirby is a lawyer and strategist and the founder of Sharpe & Abel, a Melbourne-based law and strategy firm. Melissa's firm, Sharpe & Abel, has introduced an annual scholarship worth $5,000 for undergraduates in the disciplines of Law...
Anna Zubrzycki

Bringing Mindfulness to a wider audience - Anna Zubrzycki »

Anna is a leading theatre actress based in Poland. She has been a performer, artistic director, production theatre founder and performing arts teacher. She is currently completing a Masters in Mindfulness at Aberdeen University. Anna's mindfulness...
Will Davies

Following your heart: the vision of Will Davies »

Will Davies has built an impressive career as a documentary producer and historian by following his heart. After arriving in Canberra to study a combined Arts Law degree at ANU in the late 1960s, Will soon realised that law was not his passion: "I...
Elissa Sursara

An Advocate for Environmental Stewardship - Elissa Sursara »

"I love wildlife and believe the preservation of the environment is paramount to developing and maintaining a healthy human population". Elissa Sursara is a naturalist and environmentalist who believes that the environment and equality are deeply...
Oliver Garrett-Jones

Oliver Garrett-Jones »

Oliver Garrett-Jones is an Economic Adviser at the Australian Treasury in London.  He has worked on domestic and international economic policy in the Australian Public Service in both the Department of Finance and the Department of the Prime...
Jeremy Carew-Reid

Bringing nature back - Dr Jeremy Carew-Reid »

Dr Jeremy Carew-Reid is Director General of ICEM - the International Centre for Environmental Managament. ICEM promotes ecological sustainability with a focus on the Mekong region. Jeremy is based in Hanoi, Vietnam, a city which he has called home...
Anna Frebel

Searching for the Oldest Stars: Anna Frebel »

Anna Frebel is a Professor of Physics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and works as an astronomer. Anna's work involves searching for the oldest stars in the universe to learn about how stars and galaxies first formed soon after the big bang...
Molly Huxley Building

Inspirational ANU Women - Molly Huxley »

Molly Huxley was a pioneering historian at ANU with a diplomatic knack for breaking down barriers between colleagues. The Molly Huxley Building is located in the University House Precinct and was constructed as the gatehouse to University House in...
Coral Bell

Inspirational ANU Women - Coral Bell »

Coral Bell was one of Australia's most distinguished analysts of international politics who broke down barriers for women in international relations. The Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs is located in the Hedley Bull Building and is home...
Dr Ethel Tory

Inspirational ANU Women - Ethel Tory »

Ethel Tory was a passionate supporter of French and Drama who left a lasting philanthropic legacy at ANU The Ethel Tory Centre is located in the Baldessin Precinct Building. It is a state-of-the-art languages centre that promotes student...
Professor Hanna Neumann

Inspirational ANU Women - Hanna Neumann »

Hanna Neumann was an inspirational mathematics professor who made abstract ideas accessible. The Hanna Neumann Building houses Schools and Centres of the College of Business and Economics. Professor Hanna Neumann (1914-1971) was Professor and Head...
Beryl Rawson

Inspirational ANU Women - Beryl Rawson »

Beryl Rawson was a path-breaking professor of Ancient History who built a new picture of family life in the early Roman Empire. The Beryl Rawson Building is occupied by the  ANU  College  of  Arts  and  Social  Sciences  (CASS),  the  Research ...
Margaret Adamson

A Career Promoting Australia's Interests and Gender Equity - Margaret Adamson »

Ms Adamson pursued a career with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, where she has championed human rights, gender equality and the right of women to work as equal players in international affairs and politics. Throughout her career, she...

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