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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Dr Gaye Sculthorpe

Dr Gaye Sculthorpe »

Dr Gaye Sculthorpe is an experienced museum curator with a long-standing involvement in Indigenous issues. From 2000 until early 2013, she was a Member of the National Native Title Tribunal, mediating native title applications and facilitating...
Xiao He (Helen) Zhang

Xiao He (Helen) Zhang »

Helen Zhang gave up a position with a commercial law firm in China to pursue a career in the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). Her Law and Asian Studies degrees at ANU have been invaluable for her diplomatic career where...
Dr Dongxiang Zhang

Dr Dongxiang Zhang »

Dr Dongxiang Zhang is the President of Bank of China Jiangxi Branch. He previously worked in varied branches within Bank of China, including 5 years in Frankfurt Branch, Vice-President of Hamburg Branch, Vice-President of China Henan Branch and...
Melissa Kirby

Melissa Kirby »

Melissa Kirby is a lawyer and strategist and the founder of Sharpe & Abel, a Melbourne-based law and strategy firm. Melissa's firm, Sharpe & Abel, has introduced an annual scholarship worth $5,000 for undergraduates in the disciplines of Law...
Anna Zubrzycki

Bringing Mindfulness to a wider audience - Anna Zubrzycki »

Anna is a leading theatre actress based in Poland. She has been a performer, artistic director, production theatre founder and performing arts teacher. She is currently completing a Masters in Mindfulness at Aberdeen University. Anna's mindfulness...
Will Davies

Following your heart: the vision of Will Davies »

Will Davies has built an impressive career as a documentary producer and historian by following his heart. After arriving in Canberra to study a combined Arts Law degree at ANU in the late 1960s, Will soon realised that law was not his passion: "I...
Elissa Sursara

An Advocate for Environmental Stewardship - Elissa Sursara »

"I love wildlife and believe the preservation of the environment is paramount to developing and maintaining a healthy human population". Elissa Sursara is a naturalist and environmentalist who believes that the environment and equality are deeply...
Oliver Garrett-Jones

Oliver Garrett-Jones »

Oliver Garrett-Jones is an Economic Adviser at the Australian Treasury in London.  He has worked on domestic and international economic policy in the Australian Public Service in both the Department of Finance and the Department of the Prime...
Jeremy Carew-Reid

Bringing nature back - Dr Jeremy Carew-Reid »

Dr Jeremy Carew-Reid is Director General of ICEM - the International Centre for Environmental Managament. ICEM promotes ecological sustainability with a focus on the Mekong region. Jeremy is based in Hanoi, Vietnam, a city which he has called home...
Anna Frebel

Searching for the Oldest Stars: Anna Frebel »

Anna Frebel is a Professor of Physics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and works as an astronomer. Anna's work involves searching for the oldest stars in the universe to learn about how stars and galaxies first formed soon after the big bang...
Molly Huxley Building

Inspirational ANU Women - Molly Huxley »

Molly Huxley was a pioneering historian at ANU with a diplomatic knack for breaking down barriers between colleagues. The Molly Huxley Building is located in the University House Precinct and was constructed as the gatehouse to University House in...
Coral Bell

Inspirational ANU Women - Coral Bell »

Coral Bell was one of Australia's most distinguished analysts of international politics who broke down barriers for women in international relations. The Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs is located in the Hedley Bull Building and is home...
Dr Ethel Tory

Inspirational ANU Women - Ethel Tory »

Ethel Tory was a passionate supporter of French and Drama who left a lasting philanthropic legacy at ANU The Ethel Tory Centre is located in the Baldessin Precinct Building. It is a state-of-the-art languages centre that promotes student...
Professor Hanna Neumann

Inspirational ANU Women - Hanna Neumann »

Hanna Neumann was an inspirational mathematics professor who made abstract ideas accessible. The Hanna Neumann Building houses Schools and Centres of the College of Business and Economics. Professor Hanna Neumann (1914-1971) was Professor and Head...
Beryl Rawson

Inspirational ANU Women - Beryl Rawson »

Beryl Rawson was a path-breaking professor of Ancient History who built a new picture of family life in the early Roman Empire. The Beryl Rawson Building is occupied by the  ANU  College  of  Arts  and  Social  Sciences  (CASS),  the  Research ...
Margaret Adamson

A Career Promoting Australia's Interests and Gender Equity - Margaret Adamson »

Ms Adamson pursued a career with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, where she has championed human rights, gender equality and the right of women to work as equal players in international affairs and politics. Throughout her career, she...
Dr Enku Kebede-Francis

An Alumna with a Cause - Dr Enku Kebede-Francis »

Since graduating from ANU in 1999 with a MS in Environment and Development, Dr Kebede-Francis has been dedicated to both advancing healthcare in her professional capacity and advancing her alma mater as an active ANU alumna. Dr Kebede-Francis feels...
Dr Geoff Mosley

A Conservationist’s Tale - Dr Geoff Mosley, AM »

Dr Geoff Mosley, AM, completed his PhD at ANU in 1963 and pioneered the teaching of natural resource conservation in Australia while lecturing at ANU. Dr Mosley's memoir, Repaying my Debt - A conservationist's Tale, will be launched in March 2017...
Alex Andrews

Alex Andrews »

"I don't want to leave my values at the door every day when I walk into work. I hope to create and be part of workplaces that not only allow this but encourage it." Alex Andrews is an ANU alumna with a knack for transforming the skills and...
Jenna Roberts

Dr Jenna Roberts »

Jenna Roberts lived at Bruce Hall at the Australian National University as a Bachelor of Science candidate from 2004-2006, after moving to 'the big city' from regional Victoria. In 2007 she completed an honours year at the Research School of Earth...

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