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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Julie Melrose

Community advocate, political activist and graduate student in international environmental law and legal practice, Julie Melrose has made an outstanding contribution to ANU and the community. As the…

Aditya Chopra

Aditya is a science communicator extraordinaire. As a PhD candidate in the Research School of Earth Sciences focusing on the elemental composition of life, Aditya has been an energetic ambassador for…

Ray Lovett

Ray, a Wongaibon man from far west New South Wales, has a passion for Indigenous health and is the first Indigenous PhD candidate at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health (NCEPH…

Katrina Marson

The strong sense of community that Katrina, a Canberra native, brought with her when she enrolled at ANU in 2008 contributed to the founding of ANU Volunteers. Now known as ANU V, the group is one…

Jennifer Robinson

A passionate commitment to human rights is the common thread throughout Jennifer’s studies and career. Best known for her work as a pro bono legal adviser to Julian Assange and WikiLeaks, Jennifer,…

Sebastian Robertson

The founder of Batyr, a not-for-profit organisation that supports university and school students struggling with mental health challenges, Sebastian, turned a personal struggle into a national…

Dr Cheong Choong Kong

Dr Cheong has carved out an extraordinary career as an academic, a business leader, and a community leader. He came to Australia from Malaysia to pursue university education as a Colombo Plan Scholar…

Danny Bishop & Chris Duffield

With a shared entrepreneurial spirit, Danny’s systems engineering expertise and Chris’s business acumen, the two co-founded Organic Response, an innovative Australian engineering company that is…

Dr Anne Gallagher AO

Anne has built a formidable career as a lawyer, practitioner, teacher and scholar with a significant international reputation in human rights and the administration of criminal justice. After…

Dr Martin Parkinson PSM

A public policy powerhouse, Martin is an inspirational figure both as a high-profile alumnus who has contributed to real public policy change, and for his active involvement in supporting education…

Tony Hartnell AM

Tony started his studies during the University’s very early days, and has many fond memories and entertaining stories about life on campus. One of the first residents of Bruce Hall, Tony can recall…

Areti Metuamate

Sharing his passion for his Māori and Pasifika heritage has always been at the forefront of Areti’s studies. Always quick to identify himself as a Kiwi, he is just as quick to promote ANU as a great…

Bettina Söderbaum

Bettina has had a lengthy career as a policy adviser and senior manager in the Australian Public Service and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris, in fields as…

JuE Wong

Business leader, innovator, advocate for women in business and volunteer, JuE has lived by the maxim of never taking the easy option. Originally from Singapore, JuE chose to do her undergraduate…

Huy Nguyen

A humanitarian engineer, advocate for people with a disability, mentor, entrepreneur and traveller, Huy is changing the face of disability access in Australia and the Pacific. Having contracted polio…

Jamila Rizvi

In the three years since graduating from ANU, Jamila has taken the Australian political and media world by storm. She is fast becoming the leading voice for young Australian women, breaking down…

Rizalyn Sarda Albarracin

Rizalyn has not let her humble beginnings stand in the way of her education. Growing up in a remote and impoverished village in a tropical jungle in the Philippines, she is a true example of how…

Tess Kelly

Tess has changed the way that ANU residence John XXIII College contributes to Indigenous reconciliation. A resident of the College from 2011 to 2013, Tess gave to the College community through her…

Thérèse Rein

Head of a successful international business that now spans ten countries and has helped hundreds of thousands of people battling disability or social disadvantage to find work, Thérèse has raised…

Dr Michael Brand

Michael’s commitment to the arts is evident through his contributions to both Australian and international art. Specialising originally in the art of India and the Islamic world, Michael’s…