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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Ian Darling

Ian Darling AO, BA ‘85 »

Alumnus of the Year Ian Darling has been awarded the 2020 ANU Alumnus of the Year Award for creating positive social impact and advocating for a more inclusive society through his work. Ian is an award-winning documentary film maker, who studied a...
Asmi Wood

Asmi Wood, PhD ‘12, LLB (Hons) ‘03, GradDipLegStu ‘98 »

Indigenous Alumnus of the Year Asmi Wood has been awarded the 2020 ANU Indigenous Alumnus of the Year for his profound effect on informing public policy on Indigenous affairs through research and educating the next generation. His research has...
Angella Ndaka

Angella Ndaka, MPubPol PolAn (Hons) ‘15, GDPA (Hons) ‘14 »

International Alumna of the Year Angella Ndaka has been awarded the 2020 ANU International Alumna of the Year Award for her important contribution to gender and social inclusion in Kenya, and leadership on programs empowering women and girls. Her...
Farzana Choudhury

Farzana Choudhury, LLM LegPrac (Hons) ‘16, GDLP ’14 »

Young Alumna of the Year In her short legal career thus far, Farzana Choudhury has already made a big impact on many lives. Her legal education programs have supported and empowered women in prison and raised awareness of some of the ACT's most...

Elijah Buol OAM, JD (expected '21) »

Student Volunteer of the Year (Postgraduate) "I have always been motivated to make my community and the world a better place," says Elijah Buol. A former refugee who lost both his parents by the age of nine in the Sudan War, Elijah's story is one...
Yasmin Poole

Yasmin Poole LLB, B International Relations (expected '21) »

2020 Student Volunteer of the Year (Undergraduate) Yasmin Poole developed a strong sense of justice at a young age. After growing up in a low income family in country Victoria, she was instilled with the desire to stand up for the disadvantaged and...
Sally Melhuish, then (left) and now (right)

Sally Melhuish BMus '87 »

My musical life began as a violinist. It was wonderful growing up in Canberra with such a rich musical and cultural scene. While I was still at school I was performing with many different groups, including the Canberra Symphony Orchestra and all of...
Alexandra Clare

Alexandra Clare LLB '12 »

I would never have imagined that just three years after graduating from the ANU College of Law, I would find myself in Iraq watching one of the worst humanitarian and displacement crises unfold before my eyes. I arrived on 10 June 2014 - the day...
Kieran Pender

Kieran Pender BA (Hon) '16, LLB (Hon) '18 »

In the short time since he graduated, Kieran Pender has led the largest global survey on bullying and sexual harassment in the legal profession, and helped establish a scholarship and legal internship opportunities for ANU Law students at the...

Meet the ANU alumni team: Louis Summerfield »

Get to know the ANU alumni team, starting with star Duck Ambassador and ANU Science alumnus, Louis Summerfield. Louis works on Graduations, the Indigenous Alumni Network and alumni who are based in the United States,  Western Australia, South...

Magistrate Louise Taylor BA ‘01, LLB ‘01 »

2019 Indigenous Alumna of the Year Louise has been awarded the 2019 Indigenous Alumna of the Year Award for the impact of her contribution to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights and access to justice for women in the community. She is the...

Alexandra Clare LLB ‘12 »

2019 Young Alumna of the Year Alexandra has been awarded the 2019 Young Alumna of the Year Award for her contribution to humanitarian advocacy through creating opportunities for youth in conflict-affected countries across the Middle East. She is...

Lauren Dreyar JD ‘18 »

2019 Student Volunteer of the Year (Postgraduate) Lauren has been awarded the 2019 Student Volunteer of the Year (Postgraduate) Award for her volunteer efforts to provide assistance to people in need in Canberra.

Hannah Gadsby BA ‘03 »

2019 Alumna of the Year Hannah has been awarded the 2019 ANU Alumna of the Year Award for the impact of her work on the public discourse around respect and inclusion. Hannah Gadsby is a Tasmanian-born, internationally-renowned comedian who studied...

James Connolly BAS ‘18, LLB '19 »

2019 Student Volunteer of the Year (Undergraduate) James has been awarded the 2019 Student Volunteer of the Year (Undergraduate) Award for his work and advocacy in creating a safer and more supportive University campus.

Sir Mike Brady FRS PhD ‘70 »

2019 International Alumnus of the Year Mike has been awarded the 2019 International Alumnus of the Year Award for his contribution to science, particularly the impact of his medical research on diagnostic imaging patients worldwide. He is an...

Lauren Booth PhB (Hon) ‘18 & Morgan Marshall BA '18, Bsc'18 »

2019 Vice-Chancellor's Commendation - Student Volunteer of the Year (Undergraduate) Lauren and Morgan are recognised for their efforts to improving gender equity in STEM, through providing professional development opportunities for young women.
Kathryn Cooper

Kathryn Cooper LLB (Hons) ’05, BA ‘05 »

Kathryn Cooper is highly attuned to the complementarities between Australian and American work cultures. Currently the Executive Director of the American Australian Business Council (AABC), Kathryn first moved to New York to work for the...
Anthony Murfett Questacon

Anthony Murfett BSc ‘02 »

Anthony Murfett is the Deputy Head of the newly established Australian Space Agency, the public service agency responsible for developing Australia's space industry. As the Deputy Head of an agency that aims to triple the size of the Australian...
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...

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