2019 Alumni Awards
Meet our 2019 Alumni Awards Achievers
The University of Newcastle is proud to announce the Achievers for the 2019 Alumni Awards. The calibre of nominations this year was extremely high and we are thrilled to showcase and celebrate our 25 outstanding finalists from across the globe.
The University’s prestigious Alumni Awards celebrate the exceptional leadership and limitless innovation of our alumni who have inspired others and made a positive contribution to their local, national and international communities. The University is built on the successes of our alumni, and we are rightly proud of their legacy.
We will be celebrating the incredible achievements of all of our Achievers at the 2019 Alumni Awards Gala Breakfast on Thursday 5 September 2019 at Callaghan Campus. Join us and show your support for for our boundless world-changers - tickets for the event are now on sale!
Alumni Medal for Professional Excellence
Consultant, LWC Health
M Medical Science (Clinical Epidemiology) 2001; B Medicine 1995
Dr Ruth Lopert is a public health physician and independent consultant in global health, pharmaceutical policy and health technology assessment.
Scientific Director, Genea
B Science 1993
As Scientific Director at Genea, Steven McArthur has made a major impact in the world of fertility and his innovations have contributed to the doubling of successful IVF procedures since the 1990s.
Senior Associate at Gehry Partners
B Architecture 1992; B Architecture Design 1988
Gavin Langley is a seasoned architect who has worked across the world, bringing the elements of design and sustainability to everything he has accomplished in the past 30 years.
Director, Newcastle Writer's Festival
Grad Dip Education 1995; B Arts 1994
In 2012, Rosemarie Milsom, who was then working as a full-time journalist at the Newcastle Herald and juggling two small children, created and launched the inaugural Newcastle Writers Festival.
Indigenous Alumni Award
Associate Professor, Deakin University
As a proud Kaurna man from the Adelaide Plains, Dr James Charles is leading the way in the world of podiatry and Indigenous health.
Public Health Medical Advisor, Apunipima Cape York Health Council
B Medicine 1994
As one of the first Indigenous medicine graduates in Australia in 1994, Dr Mark Wenitong completed his medical studies as a mature-age student and proceeded to join World Vision and work in Central Australia where he encountered some of the harshest health challenges.
Director of IndigenousX
B Teaching 2004 / B Arts 2004
Luke Pearson is a Gamilaroi man, teacher, public speaker, and trainer and Founder of @IndigenousX, which uses the alternative media space and unique characteristics of the Internet to renegotiate the representation of Indigenous voices.
Beryl Nashar Young Researcher Award
ARC DECRA Fellow, University of Newcastle
PhD Behavioural Science 2014; B Nutrition & Dietetics 2009
Dr Serene Yoong is an award winning scientist who has developed an outstanding research track record and established a national and international reputation as an expert implementation scientist in the field of non-communicable disease prevention.
Assistant Professor, University of Delaware
PhD Sociology & Anthropology 2016; B Science Hons 2011
Dr Georgina Ramsay’s work and research has had significant global impact and has emerged as a leading critical voice regarding current issues of displacement, humanitarianism, and the global refugee regime.
Nutritionist Researcher, University of Newcastle
PhD Food Science 2016; M Science Mgt 2011; Grad Dip Clinical Epidemiology 2010; B Biomedical Science Hons 2007
Dr Emma Beckett is a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Early Career Fellow at The University of Newcastle. Her research area is in the field of molecular nutrition focusing on gene-nutrient-environment interactions
International Leadership Award
Consultant, the Resina Group
Dr Isiye Ndombi is an internationally recognised health development and social policy expert , a leader with over 25 years of international work in more than 20 countries.
National Leadership Award
CEO / Executive Director, RENEW
M Educational Studies 2010; Grad Cert Educational Studies 2010
Tandin Wangmo is CEO of the Bhutanese non-profit RENEW - Respect, Educate, Nurture, Empower Women - which works with families affected by domestic and gender-based violence (DV/GBV) and is the only Civil Society of its kind in Bhutan.
CEO, Blue Bird Group
B Engineering 1995
Noni Sri Ayati Purnomo is a highly recognised business leader and philanthropist in Indonesia. She is the President and CEO of the family-owned Blue Bird Group Holding, the largest taxi company in Indonesia.
Company Director, Board Member, various
PhD Mathematics 1986; M Mathematics 1980; B Mathematics 1977
With an exceptional career spanning more than three decades, Dr Eileen Doyle has led large corporations in executive roles, several Non-Executive Director roles and as Chairman.
Regional Leadership Award
PhD Chemistry 1998; B Science Hons 1993
As CEO of the Hunter Valley Coal Chain Coordinator (HVCCC), Kirsten Molloy leads the coordination of a globally-significant supply chain for a $23 billion industry.
Exceptional Community Service Award
B Education 1988
Philip Sketchley OAM has been an integral part of the Hunter region’s music community with over 50 years of service as a teacher, pianist, fundraiser, conductor, accompanist, and musical director.
Managing Director, Lee Shearer & Associates
UON Open Foundation Student
As an exceptional leader across sectors, Lee Shearer’s work has greatly impacted our region in her various roles, delivering strong tangible outcomes for communities.
Barrister, 13th Floor St James Hall Chambers
B Law 2007 / Dip Legal Practice 2007; B Biomedical Science Hons 2004
Renée Bianchi’s exemplary record of voluntary community service within and outside the legal profession has enhanced the reputation of the University through volunteering, mentorship and leadership for both the law profession and for the greater community.
Young Alumni Award
Group Account Director, Enigma
B Business 2008; B Economics 2008
Growing up in rural NSW, Brendan Swansborough has honed his exceptional talents in advertising, surrounded by some of the best advertising talent in the world.
Founding Director, The Learned Crew
B Law 2011 / Dip Legal Practice 2011; B Economics 2009
Jessie Porteus is an active young leader of the legal profession, and is dedicated to the development of our next generation of lawyers through mentoring and thought leadership.
Junior Medical Officer (Doctor)
B Medicine 2018; B Medical Science Hons 2017
Dr Vivak (Bhavi) Ravindran, is a Junior Doctor focused in the area of public health and infectious diseases. He has completed rotations in Chennai, India and an internship and consultancy with the World Health Organisation in Manila.