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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Ms Frances Mary Lisson PSM

Ms Frances Mary Lisson PSM »

Ms Frances Lisson was awarded a Public Service Medal (PSM) in the Queen's Birthday 2015 Honours for her outstanding public service in the establishment of free trade agreements with China, Japan and Korea. Ms Lisson, First Assistant Secretary in the...
Dr Heather Smith PSM

Dr Heather Joy Smith PSM »

Dr Heather Smith was awarded a Public Service Medal (PSM) in the Queen's Birthday 2015 Honours for her outstanding public service as Australia's 'sherpa' for the G20 (2014). Dr Smith has performed at the highest level in support of government...
David Buckingham

David Anthony Buckingham »

Alumnus David Buckingham was awarded the Order of Australia, the nominations for which come directly from the community and is awarded for oustanding acheivement and service. David boasts a diverse resume. Internationally, he served as Vitoria's...
Lucia Cipullo

Lucia Cipullo »

In her own words, Lucia Cipullo shares her journey from her time at ANU to where she is now: When I enrolled at the ANU I had absolutely no idea what I wanted to do. I just finished a GAP year in London, working as a teaching assistant at a private...
Dr Noel Barnard

Dr Noel Barnard »

Born in New Zealand on 1922, Noel completed his undergraduate studies in History and Geography at Victoria University of Wellington. He then moved to Sydney and was awarded one of the first PhD scholarships offered by the Australian National...
Chuxin Huang

Chuxin Huang  »

Chuxin Huang graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce in 2013 with majors in accounting and finance. Alumni Relations caught up with Chuxin who is now living and working in Hong Kong. How did your studies at ANU shape your career? The knowledge I...
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Sarah Lynch »

Tell us about your career? I graduated from ANU and worked as a legal officer in the Federal Government. In two and half years I had worked my way up to acting director level. I felt I had achieved all my goals that I had set for myself and decided...
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Frank Exon »

When I arrived at ANU in 1992 I wanted to study science. I was interested in how people interacted with the environment and how it shaped their lives. I was not sure where it would lead but I was happy to go along for the ride. My studies opened my...
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Zoe Piper »

Zoe Piper has over 16 years' experience across management consulting, technology, manufacturing and investment. She has a strong interest in cross-sector interaction and is actively engaged in a range of roles and appointments. Alumni Relations...
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Nigel Snoad »

Nigel is a product manager for Google's Crisis Response team, which is changing how citizens stay informed during crises by providing information and tools to help people collaborate during emergencies and build resilient communities. Before joining...
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Dr Leigh Ellis »

Dr Leigh Ellis graduated with a PhD in Medical Science from The Australian National University (ANU) in 2008. He was recruited to the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins to start his postdoctoral training. With his mentor, Dr. Roberto Pili,...
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Robert Foster »

It is with great sadness that the ANU alumni community farewells Robert Foster, artist, designer, friend, mentor and loved one. Rob passed away on Wednesday July 13th after a tragic car accident. We extend our heartfelt condolences to Gretel, and...
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Phillip Williamson and Michelle Melbourne »

As a dynamic team taking technology ideas from the drawing board to the business boardroom, Phillip Williamson and Michelle Melbourne have used knowledge gained at ANU to realise their career dreams. Trained as a biochemist, Phillip is an...
2015 ANU Alumnus of the Year: Michael McRobbie

Professor Michael A. McRobbie AO »

During the past four decades, Professor Michael McRobbie has developed an international reputation as an information technology innovator and a global leader in higher education. From Canberra to the US, Michael has been at the forefront of a...
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Dr Victor Pantano »

Much is made of the commercial successes that academics achieve but what is rarely mentioned is those who enable their path to success. Dr Victor Pantano is one of those people. Through fostering relationships and leading companies, Victor has...
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Theresa Foo-Yo Mie Yoen »

From banking to the arts, the career of Theresa Foo-Yo Mie Yoen has always been of the highest standard and she has been an integral part of Singapore’s rise to become an Asian powerhouse. Theresa was the first Singaporean woman to study at ANU and...
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Professor Paul Sanberg »

With a blend of high impact scientific contributions, success in commercialising biotechnology inventions and effective direction on an international level, Dr Paul Sanberg is a stand-out leader. As Senior Vice-President for Research, Innovation...
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Professor Howard Morphy »

Over the past 40 years, Aboriginal art has gained recognition as one of the world's most dynamic, diverse and enduring traditions. Through his research, Professor Howard Morphy has made a significant contribution to the reception, recognition and...
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Dr Phoebe Williams »

Building hope for a brighter future has been behind the success of Dr Phoebe Williams, whose energy and determination has improved the lives of thousands of people in eastern Africa. In 2004, while she was completing her undergraduate degree at ANU...
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Henry Makeham »

Building links with the future leaders of the world’s most populous country can be daunting but the vision, energy and leadership of Henry Makeham has proved it can be done. Through founding a number of leading China-focused public diplomacy and...

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