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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Lisa LaMaitre BSc ‘96 »

Lisa LaMaitre is a multi-award-winning businesswoman, at the helm of Therapy Masters for over 23 years and the architect of a network founded on supporting people.  With Bachelor of Science, majoring in Biology, Psychology and Neuroscience and an...
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Alison Osmand BA ’88, LLB ’91 »

Alison Osmand is a partner in the local Canberra law firm Dobinson Davey Clifford Simpson, specialising in family law, as well as a member of the ANU Women's Alumni Network steering committee. Having grown up in the Newcastle area, Alison was drawn...
Marcia-Devlin

Marcia Devlin BA ‘87 »

Marcia Devlin, PhD, is an education and leadership consultant, a board director, a psychologist, an author, a professional speaker, and an Adjunct Professor at Victoria University in Melbourne. Among other accolades, Marcia was the 2016 National...
Rose Clifford

Rosemary Clifford B Arts and B Psych (Hons) ‘18 »

An Academic and Mental Health Advocate, ANU Alumna Rose Clifford is studying a Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology, underpinned by a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science (Psychology) and Honours in Psychology from ANU. Rose aims to one day work in a...
Erani Fernando

Erani Fernando, B Med Sci ‘13  »

With a Bachelor of Medical Science from the ANU, Erani Fernando is an advocate for the next generation. "Teach young girls their worth - Be a role model to the younger generation. Remind women in your life that they are strong, independent, capable...
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Mudhita Lawania BSc ’18, BEng (Hons) ‘18 »

Mudhita Lawania, known by her friends as MD, is a systems engineer who loves learning and empowering other women. Having received the first year guarantee with acceptance into the ANU Research and Development program in 2014, Mudhita studied a...
Ashleigh Streeter-Jones

Working to change the face of leadership »

Ashleigh Streeter-Jones (MDipl '18) is incredibly passionate about diversity in public decision making. A writer, speaker and activist, she believes women and persons of all genders deserve a seat at every table where decisions are being made....
C Moore

C Moore BSc ‘15 »

Article written by Josephine Janssen (B Bus Admin, BA'17), from the ANU Women's Alumni Network. C Moore has two great passions, science and advocacy, and has managed to combine the two into a values-based purpose. As a gender queer and disabled...
Emily Fisher

Emily Fisher, BA ‘99 »

Article written by Josephine Janssen (B Bus Admin, BA'17), from the ANU Women's Alumni Network. Emily Fisher led the award-winning Women in Leadership (WIL) Strategy under the direction of Secretary Frances Adamson at the Department of Foreign...
Alicia Lillington

Alicia Lillington B International Relations ‘13 »

Article written by Dr Alex Schumann-Gillett (PhD '19), from the ANU Women's Alumni Network. Changing the world one conversation at a time, Alicia Lillington works to empower people to embrace change where culture meets technology. Her current role...
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Ashley St George BA, BVA ’15 »

Article written by Josephine Janssen (B Bus Admin, BA'17), from the ANU Women's Alumni Network. With winter well underway, the pandemic seems to be running a marathon and not a sprint meaning for many of us, especially the elderly, the very young...
Dr Rushika Wirasinha

Dr Rushika Wirasinha BMedSc (Hons) ‘08 »

Article written by Dr Alex Schumann-Gillett (PhD '19), from the ANU Women's Alumni Network. The new Kambri precinct at the heart of ANU is uncharacteristically quiet at the moment, with the COVID-19 pandemic impacting our work, study and travel...
Jean Sum portrait photo

Jean Sum BComm ‘04, BActS ‘04 »

Article written by Dr Alex Schumann-Gillett (PhD '19), from the ANU Women's Alumni Network. As we adapt to the cooler months and new ways of working and living, I chat with ANU Alumna Jean Sum (BComm '04, BActS '04) about her time at ANU and...
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Emma Chappell BA ‘09 »

Article written by Katherine Quinn (LLB '13, BA '13), from the ANU Women's Alumni Network. Emma Chappell is an ANU graduate currently working as a nutritionist with the Arnhem Land Aboriginal Progress Association (ALPA). Her role involves...
Emily Tighe sitting at her work desk in front of a computer

Emily Tighe GDLP ‘14, BA ‘13, LLB (Hons) ‘13 »

Article written by Katherine Quinn (LLB '13, BA '13), from the ANU Women's Alumni Network It's a sunny autumn afternoon in Canberra when I video chat with Emily Tighe from DDCS Lawyers, an award-winning law firm specialising in family law and wills...
David Mac Laren

Saga of an exquisite journeyman »

Through raging bushfires and the current global pandemic, David Mac Laren OAM (BA '66) and his woodworks gallery have lived and thrived to tell the tale. In the early 70s, David Mac Laren was pursuing a career as a playwright in Manhattan. A few of...
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Sarah Backhouse - A voice for sustainability »

Sarah is a global communications leader, who graduated from ANU in 1995 with a Bachelor degree in Economics and Japanese Studies. She shares her career journey of over 20 years as an eco-journalist, broadcaster, entrepreneur and executive. Why did...
Leonard Weiss BMus '14: Masterclass with Maestro Noseda and the NSO at the Kennedy Center

Hitting the high notes in his international symphony »

In August 2019, talented conductor, carillonist and ANU School of Music graduate, Leonard Weiss, moved to Baltimore. He had secured a highly competitive opportunity to study a Master of Music, Conducting, at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns...
Katherine Quinn (LLB, BA ’13)

Katherine Quinn (LLB, BA ’13) »

Katherine is Director of Partnerships for the ANU Women's Alumni Network.  A Canberra native, she currently works in international policy at the Department of Defence. Her role involves managing defence relationships between Australia and other...
Alex Schumann-Gillett (PhD ’19)

Alex Schumann-Gillett (PhD ’19) »

Alex is Director of Social Media for the ANU Women's Alumni Network. Alex studied a Doctor of Philosophy (computational biochemistry) and graduated from ANU in 2019. She currently works as a technology consultant. Originally from Brisbane, Alex...

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