The ANU Women's* Alumni Network is a forum for women to share and learn from one another, reconnect with the University and current students, and celebrate the achievements of women alumni.
Josephine Janssen says that she was inspired to establish the network along with Monica Dalton and Masaba Gofran after being involved in gender equality initiatives at ANU with a community of passionate and inspiring women. As a new graduate, she wanted to create a similar community for alumni.
"We believe that by empowering each other in our respective fields we can create a better and more equal society."
Read about the launch of the Women's* Alumni Network at the 2019 Alumni Weekend.
There are many opportunities to be involved with the network, including by volunteering as a mentor, sponsor, panellist, moderator, workshop presenter or venue host. If you would like to find out more or be involved and support women of ANU contact email@example.com.
*This network is open to all female-identifying and non-binary alumni of ANU.
The current WAN Steering committee members are:
Josephine Janssen (BA '17, BBA '17)
Chair of the Women's* Alumni Network
Originally from Sydney, Josephine decided to leave her comfort zone and begin a new adventure by studying at ANU. "I wanted to attend ANU for its excellent education system and its opportunities to learn and grow. Coming from a large metropolitan city I was looking for something that felt more like a community and a home which fortunately is exactly what I found".
Alicia Lillington (BIntR '13)
Co-Chair of the Women's* Alumni Network
Anya Bonan (LLB(Hons) '19, BA '19)
Nicole Foronda (MInt&DevEc ‘20)
Caoimhe McEnallay (BComm '19, BIntR '19)
Shamaruh Mirza (PhD ’10)
Dr Shamaruh Mirza is a senior scientist working for the Therapeutic Goods Administration. In addition to her professional role, Shamaruh is founder of the not-for-profit organisation SiTara’s Story. Dedicated to the well-being of the Canberra community, Shamaruh supports women to participate in social, cultural, economic and civic life. She has been awarded the 2021 ACT Mental Health Month Award, was a finalist for the Canberra Community Spirits Award 2021, and was awarded 2023 ACT Local Hero, for this work.