Alumni Profiles

Alumni Profiles

From Canberra, to every state in Australia, and all corners of the globe our Graduates are making a positive impact on the world in which we live.
Read some of their stories and see how a degree from the University of Canberra can truly be transformational.

Kate Shepherd

Continuing the UC legacy of world-class architects

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Glenn Grant

Glenn is keeping us safe online through ethical hacking

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Locky Gould

Practitioner and Business Manager for The Pillar Practice

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Oliver Vidinovski

On the cutting edge of digital media with Google

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Brendan Maher

CEO of suicide prevention organisation, R U OK?

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David Wommelsdorff

Award-winning Creative Director and philanthropist.

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Tara Huntly

Road to Rio! Tara Huntly, National Team Coach of the Para-Rowing Team, heads to the Paralympics.

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Ben Barnett

Senior Marketing and Community Manager for Yelp.

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Kathleen Rayment

Making a splash as the Senior Media and PR Coordinator for Swimming Australia.

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Tim Dunlop

Tim Dunlop's blog 'Road to Surfdom' is now archived in the National Library of Australia.

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Bee Smith

Bee Smith made the change from an accounting career to build her own online fitness business.

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Kenny Heatley

An honest and real guide to landing your dream job on air with Kenny Heatley.

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Kate Mason

From Canberra to Coca-Cola; Kate Mason's rise to Chief Transformation Officer.

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Danielle Dal Cortivo

‘Raizing the Roof’ and building a future for children

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Rosemary Church

Award-winning international news anchor with CNN

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Aidan Brown

A love of sport has taken Aidan all the way to the sporting world-stage

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Hema Patel

Hema has conquered America as an award winning Creative Director and innovative product designer

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Rani Wynn

A passion for both media and law has taken Rani all the way to London as Head of Legal at Digital UK

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Patricia Cooper

Mrs Cooper decided to study teaching as a “mature age student” in 1971

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Trent Hopkinson

Trent has followed his passion to a dream job in sport

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Shane Anderson

‘Peach & Co.' Shane's construction company builds custom homes

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Shane Walsh-Smith

Public servant by day - Graphic novelist by night!

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Pamela Rusell

Oncology extraordinaire with UC roots

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Gwenda Trueman

Sewing the threads of change from Brisbane

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Emma Macdonald

Emma won two Walkley Awards for breaking the Reith Telecard scandal

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David Dudderidge

“Graduating is not the end of your learning.”

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Melanie Portelli

Melanie has worked on some of the world's biggest advertising accounts

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Suzie Hoitink

Suzie founded the Clear Complexions Clinic in 2005

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Kristy Oberg

Kristy worked in HR for some of the world's largest investment banks

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Matthew Favier

My advice to athletes is to consider and plan for ‘life-after-sport’

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Matthew Luther

Matt has demonstrated excellence in emergency nursing

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Tanzeal Rahim

Writer and director, Tanzeal's film debuted at Cannes Film Festival

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Peter James

Peter has been part of the Australian IT landscape for over 30 years

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Christine Macauley

Christine is the co-owner and director of Robbo’s Motorcycles Pty Ltd

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Chris Millman

I chair Cox Architecture, the country's largest architectural firm

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Kiri Delly

"Events are incredibly hard work but can be so rewarding"

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Brennon Dowrick

Brennon is one of Australia’s most successful male gymnasts

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Sarah Oakes

In 2008 Sarah became editor of CLEO, where she repositioned the title

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Claire Connelly

Claire was named 2010 ACT Business Woman of the Year by CWB

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Michael Piggott

Michael gained his love of archives from “Archives and Manuscripts"

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Danielle Harmer

Danielle has worked at IBM, the New York Times and is now with Fairfax

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Erna Ratnaningsih

Erna works tirelessly to draw attention to human rights issues

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Lisa Schroeter

UC helped me establish a great network within the Physio community

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Stephanie Owen Reeder

Successful author involved with the University for over 35 years

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Chris Jones

UC poet takes readers on a ride through his imagination

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Catherine Townsend

Catherine's contribution to architecture in Canberra is outstanding

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Helen Berry

“UC shaped my career. It gave me chances. Simple as that.”

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Sleiman Abou-Hamdan

Sleiman is using his triumph over adversity to help others

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Craig Sloan

Craig is a partner at KPMG, one of the largest prof. services firms

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Michael Miller

“Graduation is not the end of the journey, it’s the start”

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Bill Nicol

Helped lead the recovery from the 2004 tsunami for the Indonesian Govt

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Amber Standley

"I’m a true believer in co-creation and work with a variety of people"

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Linda Nguyen

Linda hopes to change the attitude towards PR in her home country

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Wayne Applebee

Wayne, a recent graduate is already making a difference

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Bob Ecclestone

Bob was the prestigious first recipient of an Honorary Degree from UC

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Thomas Skeehan

"Studying at UC taught me a broad range of design skills"

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Wanbil Lee

Wanbil’s computing career spans over five decades in various countries

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Sean King

UC graduate now Director of innovative legal practice

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Samantha Keane

In South Africa, Samantha worked with HIV affected orphans

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Daryl Pereira

A big picture person by nature and a numbers person by training

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Gabrielle Tozer

Accomplished author, magazine editor, journalist and copywriter

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David King

In 2010 David founded Teacher's PD to promote professional development

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Siobhan Fonti

“Midwifery is the most rewarding job in the world”

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Edwina Bone

Edwina is in Australia's women's national hockey team, the Hockeyroos

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Joanna Smith

Joanna is a primary school physical education specialist

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Mark de Luca

Mark is the co-founder and director of FOUND, an organic juice company

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Irma Gold

Irma is an award-winning and acclaimed writer and editor

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Ray Edmondson OAM

Ray is a pioneer of film and sound archiving and recipient of an OAM

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Claudia Borella

Claudia’s experience in the art and exhibition industry is extensive

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Hayden Woodhead

Hayden is an international movie director and writer

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Glen Brennan

Glen is one of Australia’s most senior Indigenous bankers

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Saad Mahmood

Saad is CEO of AEO Pakistan and the Honorary Consul General of Iceland

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Nathan Deakes

Australia's most successful race walker and 2012 Olympic athlete

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Neil Hobbs

Neil Hobbs is a master landscape architect and designer

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Christopher Hamon

Christopher is the general manager of Westlink Consulting

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Kirsty Cleburne

“Opportunities are boundless if the effort is invested.”

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Simone Tregeagle

Simone is deputy CEO at RT Health Fund

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Cassandra Cutler

Canberra Light Rail winner, two-time UC graduate, architect and artist

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Ingrid Jonach

Ingrid has established herself as a renowned author

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Julie Anderson

One of Australia’s most successful sports management officers

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Ted Quinlan

In 2010 Ted was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (AM)

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Lisa Herbertson

Lisa turned her love of sport into a full time journalism career

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Ben Snow

Ben is a four time Academy Award Nominee (Best Visual Effects)

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Robin Eckermann

Expert and visionary in the field of telecommunications in Australia

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Cha Jordanoski

Cha fast tracked her career by seizing opportunities and working hard

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Lynette Vey

4 UC degrees + 30 years of teaching = 1 awesome teacher

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Amanda Whitley

20 year Public Relations expert and founder of hercanberra.com.au

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Jillian Robson

“Have no regrets, work hard, and be happy with your achievement.”

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Nguyen Xuan Vang

Director-General of the Vietnam International Education Development

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Kate Gemmell

“I got jobs as a result of placements & internships organised by UC!”

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Katie Taylor

At just 28 Katie has developed a successful career as an author

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Dr Samantha Johnson

Samantha inspires her students to become leaders of the future

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Susan Alexander

Susan has helped build an education centre in Vanuatu

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An Nguyen

The TESOL education An received at UC opened the doors of opportunity

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Nuala Nuo Wu

International bilingual alumna has all the right credentials

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Sumaiya Lodi

“International student’s UC experience will last a lifetime”

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Paul Thompson MBE

Paul Thompson has helped his rowing teams win 5 Olympic Gold Medals

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Paul Nagy

Paul has received multiple Cannes Gold Lions and an Asian Grand Prix

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Luke McKee

Environmental Scientist with an eye and ear for quality

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Pierre Johannessen

“Pursue a profession which is also a passion.”

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Morris Gleitzman

World renowned children’s author and UC Alumni

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Betty Kitchener AM

Changing the way we think about mental health, one person at a time

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April Lear

Talented IT graduate aspiring towards global leadership

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George Gregan AO

Rugby legend, philanthropist and UC Alumni

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Shirley Randell AO

Educator, advocate, mentor, leader

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Zakes Quek

New business rainmaker in the international trade and marketing scene

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Karma Wangchuk

Breaking the boundaries of distance education

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Girija Chetty

Leading the way for women in Engineering and Science!

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Gail Freeman

Gail is a Canberra accountant and philanthropist

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Shariful Khan

“UC was so welcoming to international students like myself”

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Shelley Oates-Wilding

“Good things come to those who know what they want”

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Garth Nix

Garth is a world renowned bestselling author

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Wilson Kimani Kang’ethe

Playing his part in keeping the borders of Kenya safe

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Dr Rahul Mirchandani

“Studying at UC was the most cherished experience of my lifetime”

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Ann-Maree Hartley

Ann-Maree is a psychologist and suicide prevention specialist

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Ibrahim Ismail

Revolutionary leader of political and educational reform in Maldives

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