Alumni Notes March 2016

21 March 2016

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Dr Heather Smith PSM (MEc '90, PhD '94) has been appointed as the head of the Department of Communications and the Arts. Dr Smith is an experienced and distinguished public servant and was previously a deputy secretary in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) prior to this appointment.

Samantha Cheah (BEng (Rsch) '15), an engineering graduate with a passion for reaching out to school students has won the University's most prestigious prize for undergraduates, the Tillyard prize. Samantha initially worked with the Robogals program which encourages girls to pursue science, technology and engineering. But when the equity program supporting Robogals was shut down she jumped in and started an outreach program Engage to fund it and other outreach programs.

Martine Letts (BA (Hons) '83) has been named as the new chief executive of the Committee of Melbourne, one of the city's most influential lobby groups. Martine's career includes several years running the Australian Red Cross and 17 years with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Karen Lanyon (BA '85, LLB '88) has been assigned as Consul-General to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and John Richardson (BA (Hons) '76) has been appointed as the Australian Ambassador to Brazil. Both diplomats have extensive experience as career officers in Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, with which the ANU has a long-standing and deep relationship.

Iain Sinclair (BA (Hons) '95) was awarded Best Director of an Independent Production (Of Mice and Men) at the 2015 Sydney Theatre Awards held in January this year. The play also won Best Independent Production and Best Stage Design of an Independent Production.

Edward Loy (BComm '92) has been appointed as the Managing Director of Kone Malaysia, a global leader in the elevator and escalator industry. Edward brings a wealth of international and management experience. He will join KONE from Saint-Gobain Construction Products, where he has held various senior management positions during his 11-year stint.

Claire Tracey (BA(Visual) (Hons) '04) 2.5-metre-tall sculpture celebrating the Year of the Monkey was on display at the National Library as part of Canberra's Chinese New Year celebrations. Claire's work focuses on recycling and sustainable energy, reflected by the use of plastic bottles to make the giant red monkey sculpture.

Hannah Ryan (GDLP '15) has been awarded a 2016 Fulbright Scholarship. Ms Ryan, who is interested in the protection of civil liberties, plans to use the scholarship to study in the United States, with the institution yet to be confirmed.

Professor John Makeham (BA (AsianStudies) (Hons) '83, MA (AsianStudies) '86, PhD '92) has been appointed as the Director and Chair of the China Studies Research Centre, College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce at La Trobe University. Professor Makeham is one of Australia's most recognised China Studies scholars and will bring with him substantial international experience in teaching and research at universities across Australasia and East Asia, including appointments at Victoria University of Wellington, University of Adelaide, National Taiwan University, Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Australian National University.

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