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Alumni in Australia
Shahni Wellington - Journalist, storyteller and co-host of Australia’s first all-Indigenous breakfast show, Big Mob Brekky
Shahni Wellington is a proud Jerrinja woman of the Wandi Wandian people. As a journalist and storyteller, Shahni works tirelessly to elevate the voices of Indigenous Australians in the media. This is Shahni’s story. What's yours?
Growing up surfing the waves of Merewether Beach, Steven was drawn to science from a young age. After taking an interest in biology at high school, Steven went on to study science at the University of Newcastle and was soon offered a job as a technical officer in an IVF laboratory.
Edging on close to 200 appearances for the club, the Newcastle local sat down to chat about what it's like to play for his home team, juggling a professional football career and uni, and how the spirit of community has kept him going through the years.
A contemporary artist and curator based in Newcastle; Brett completed a Bachelor of Visual Communication Design at the University of Newcastle in 2004.
Ruth Lopert is a public health physician, pharmacoeconomist, teacher, researcher, and independent consultant in global health, pharmaceutical policy, and health technology assessment. She is a strong advocate in the intersecting areas of trade, globalization, and intellectual property.
Bhavi Ravindran was recognised for his outstanding contribution to the medical profession at such a young age.
Adele Martin is an award-winning financial adviser giving back to her community through the University of Newcastle’s Student Hardship Fund. By donating a percentage of her business’ profit to supporting the purchase of laptops for students in need, she combines business with philanthropy.
Alumni across the world
Noni Purnomo is a widely 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.
Dr. Kira Mileham is ‘match-maker’ for the world’s leading species conservationists. Kira works to connect 9,000+ scientists from 163 countries with organisations, governments, donors, and practitioners to collectively ensure species survival. This is Kira's story. What's yours?
The University of Newcastle doesn't just give you a world-class education, it changes lives. Hear from two couples who met their best friends, their partners, and started the careers of their dreams here at the University of Newcastle.
Tandin Wangmo is currently the Head of Office and the National Project Coordinator for the Regional Office of South Asia, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), working out of Bhutan. Her focus is on leading anti-human trafficking programs.
Alumnus, Dato' Ir Dr Abu Bakar Bin believes that the best part of his life was spent at the University of Newcastle. Hear how he passed on his University of Newcastle legacy to his daughter and alumnus Siti Hajar A Bakar.
Indian-born Pavan Kumar says his Master of Information Technology from the University of Newcastle played an important part in getting him where he is today.
Hear from alumnus Faiz Kamaludin; a pilot, astronaut, founder of the Astronautical Association of Malaysia, and proud Global Alumni Ambassador for the University of Newcastle.
Dr Seeseei Molimau-Samasoni is an expert in biotechnology. She is currently investigating the pharmaceutical applications of native plants in her home country Samoa.
Ronnie is proud that he can provide a positive impact for the Samoan people on a national level, but it’s not something he would have had the courage to do before studying at the University of Newcastle.
Yifan Wang came to the University of Newcastle through the Sichuan International Studies Double Degree Program and graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce in 2017. She describes her experience as ‘transformational and life changing’.
Kanishk Kumar is a business development and market entry consulting professional, with a reputation for helping businesses grow. With interests in both India and Australia, Kanishk was awarded the Excellence in Service Award by Austrade.
University of Newcastle alumni Caik Leng Chua and LP Yap run a successful architectural practice in Kuala Lumpur. When looking to recruit, they turned to the University of Newcastle to find their next talented architect, Nur Saliza Zakaria.
Karan Gupta’s passion in life is to help his clients plan and achieve their life goals by providing sound financial services. Karan first found his passion at Sykes & Ray Equities, a firm founded by his father 30 years ago, while in his undergraduate years.
The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.