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2012 Distinguished Alumni Awards Finalists

  1. 1. Amitav AcharyaPhD 1987Arts, Education and Creative Media Amitav Acharya is currently Professor of International Relations at the School of International Service, American University, Washington, DC. He is also the UNESCO Chair in Transnational Challenges and Governance and Chair of American University’s ASEAN Studies Centre. Previously, Dr Acharya was Professor of Global Governance at the University of Bristol, Professor at York University, Toronto, and at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, Fellow of the Harvard University Asia Center, and Fellow of Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Professor Acharya has received a multitude of awards and scholarships including, most recently, the American University Faculty Award for Outstanding Scholarship, Research, Creative Activity and Other Professional Contributions.
  2. 2. Amitav AcharyaPhD 1987Arts, Education and Creative Media He also received the National Talent Scholar Award from the Indian Government in 1978 and held the Award until 1983; this is India’s most prestigious student Award. He has worked as a consultant for the United Nations and the World Bank and as an advisor for core international committees and groups. He currently holds (2012 – 2013) the Nelson Mandela Visiting Professorship in International Relations at Rhodes University, South Africa. Over the course of his career Professor Acharya has written extensively in the field of international relations, making an outstanding contribution to that field. His publications include over 25 books, including the award winning volume, Whose Ideas Matter: Agency and Power in Asian Regionalism (Cornell University Press, 2009), and 200 journal and magazine articles and hundreds of current affairs op-eds in newspapers worldwide. He was a Vice-President of the International Studies Association (2008-9), the world largest professional association in international studies. He is also the founder and coordinator of TRANSCEND (Transnational Challenges and Emerging Nations Dialogue), a Global Partnership for Research and Action on Transnational Challenges, Multilateralism and Governance, set up under the auspices of his UNESCO Chair.
  3. 3. Carina HoangBA(Hons) 2011Arts, Education and Creative Media Carina Hoang demonstrated amazing courage by escaping war-torn Vietnam on a small wooden boat with her two younger siblings and 370 other people when she was just 16. After 10 months in a refugee camp in Indonesia, Hoang was finally able to begin the next phase of her life in the United States. Over the next 20 years, Hoang earned a Bachelor of Chemistry, Masters in Business Administration, and Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Gender and Cultural Studies at Murdoch University. She went on to hold management positions in the semi-conductor, biotechnology, and healthcare industries in the areas of marketing, human resources, and administration.
  4. 4. Carina HoangBA(Hons) 2011Arts, Education and Creative MediaHoang’s on-going work as a publisher and refugee advocate saw her publish the book“Boat People” in 2010, which provides a moving account of the Vietnamese boatpeople experience of the late 1970s and 1980s. “Boat People” won an InternationalIndependent Publisher Award as Australia and New Zealand region best non-fiction,also was nominated for the Human Rights Book Award, and the WA Premiers’ BookAward. Hoang has become an influential advocate for refugees and helps Australiansto understand the issues surrounding the modern-day boat people arrivals.Since the middle of last year, Hoang has spoken to almost 3,000 high school studentsand nearly 2,000 adults about the experiences of Vietnamese boat-people. Since2009, Hoang has committed to return annually to the sites of former refugee campson now-uninhabited islands in Indonesia, to help Vietnamese families from France,Canada, Vietnam, Australia and the U.S. search for graves of loved ones who diedduring the exodus. Hoang was an Inductee to Western Australia Women’s Hall ofFame in 2011, recipient of the City of Belmont’s ‘2011 Volunteer of the Year Award’,and was nominated for the 2012 Western Australian of the Year Award.
  5. 5. Kim ScottBA 1979, DipEd 1984Arts, Education and Creative Media Kim Scott is currently Professor of Writing, Media Culture and Creative Arts at Curtin University. He is a well-known Indigenous Australian author, having published eight books throughout his career as well as a host of short fiction, poems and non-fiction. Professor Scott won both the Fiction Award and the Premier’s Award at the Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature in 2012. He received the Miles Franklin Literary Award for his novel “That Deadman Dance” in 2011 and in 2000 he was the first Indigenous author to win the prize for his novel “Benang”.
  6. 6. Kim ScottBA 1979, DipEd 1984Arts, Education and Creative Media He has also won the WA Premier’s Book Awards and Premier’s Prize in 2010 and 1999; the Vance Palmer Award for Fiction in 2011, the Victorian Premier’s Literary Prize in 2011; the Kate Challis RAKA Award in 2011 and 2000; the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize in 2011; the Association for the Study of Australian Literature Gold Medal in 2010; the Braille Book of the Year in 2011; the Patricia Hackett Prize for best contribution to Westerly in 2009; the Matilda Award for Cultural Excellence in 2007 and the Centenary Medal in 2003. “That Deadman Dance” was recently presented to US President Barrack Obama as part of a gift package from the Australian Government. Professor Scott has served as both a judge for prestigious awards and competitions and as a member of committees such as the Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies. Professor Scott has dedicated much of his energy and time toward the consolidation and enhancement of Noongar culture through the Wirlomin Noongar Language and Stories Project Inc of which he is Chair and Convenor.
  7. 7. Una RyanPhD 1996Health Sciences Dr Una Ryan is Professor of Biochemistry at Murdoch University, Perth Western Australia. As head of the molecular epidemiology group in the Veterinary School she directs a large research team to lead research programs under the Animal Research Institute and the Integrated Health Research Institute. Dr Ryan has achieved exceptional success through her study of Cryptosporidium and Giardia, which are the most commonly detected protozoan parasites in the world’s drinking water and are resistant to chlorine. Dr Ryan was the first person to identify that human cryptosporidiosis was primarily caused by two morphologically identical but clinically and genetically different species of Cryptosporidium; C. parvum and C. hominis.
  8. 8. Una RyanPhD 1996Health Sciences Dr Ryan recently took out a worldwide patent on a DNA method for detecting Cryptosporidium in clinical and water samples. She has been the recipient of many professional awards including the Federal Science Minister’s Prize for Achievement in Life Sciences in 2000. Dr Ryan has made significant contributions to the development of the Biomedical Science program of the University by actively promoting the program in her research activities; acting as biomedical Science Student Liaison Officer from 2001 – 2007 and coordinating Biomedical admissions from 2001 – 2003. She has established many international collaborations and works closely with scientists from the US Centers for Disease. She has been a Biological testing assessor for the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) in Australia since 2003. Dr Ryan has also been a member of the ARC/NHMRC Research Network for Parasitology Executive Committee since its inception in 2004. Dr Ryan is a leading international authority in her research area and is a specialist editor for Experimental Parasitology.
  9. 9. Mark SchippBSc 1985, BVMS 1989, BSc(Hons) 1993Health Sciences Dr Mark Schipp is the Australian Chief Veterinary Officer and the Australian Delegate to the World Organisation for Animal Health for the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. Dr Schipp joined the Western Australian Department of Agriculture in 1989 as a District Veterinary Officer in Katanning and Geraldton. In 1994 he joined the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service as an official veterinarian overseeing the preparation of meat for export. In 2006, he took on the task of leading the technical market access for food commodities into all markets and establishing market access and certification requirements for Australian food exports.
  10. 10. Mark SchippBSc 1985, BVMS 1989, BSc(Hons) 1993Health Sciences Dr Schipp has made significant contributions to Australian agriculture through improved market access for meat, livestock and other agricultural commodities. He has worked to improve the welfare outcomes for the more than one million live animals exported from Australia each year whilst retaining an industry which is integral to rural communities in many parts of Australia. He is currently leading work to improve Australia’s own preparedness to detect, respond to and eradicate an incursion of foot-and-mouth disease should it ever enter Australia. Most recently, he has been appointed as the Australian delegate to the World Organisation for Animal Health. In July 2000 he was successful in becoming the second Agriculture Counsellor posted to the Australian Embassy in Seoul, South Korea. In 2003 he was asked to establish the first Agriculture Counsellor position in Beijing, China as Australia embarked upon free trade negotiations with that country.
  11. 11. Stephen Van MilBSc 1983, BVMS 1984Health Sciences Dr Van Mil has dedicated his life to animals, veterinary science and conservation. He has made an outstanding contribution to his field and to the Australian community at large through his veterinary skills, his popularity in media and through his many documentaries and films. Dr Van Mil currently oversees Impian Films Pty Ltd, a feature film and television production company he established in 2008. Dr Van Mil established three major vet hospitals in Sydney in his early career, Riverview Animal Hospital, Mosman Veterinary Clinic and North Randwick Veterinary Clinic. He was the resident vet at Channel Nine’s The Today Show for 14 years, from 1991 – 2004 and is most well-known for his appearances on shows such as, Burke’s Backyard and A Current Affair.
  12. 12. Stephen Van MilBSc 1983, BVMS 1984Health Sciences In 2007 Dr Van Mil established Animal Media Australia Pty Ltd, a film production company that specializes in raising awareness about endangered animals. Documentaries produced through this company include White Lions: King of Kings for Animal Planet and distributed worldwide; Saving Orangutans: for the Ten Network and the award-winning The Last Trimate, narrated by Mel Gibson. The Last Trimate won the Special Jury Award, the Best Newcomer Award and Merit Awards for Best Editing and Best Conservation Message at the 2008, 31st International Wildlife Film Festival in Montana. Animal Media works closely with the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and ECOCEAN. Dr Van Mil is the Patron of the Peru Zoo and conducts annual eco tours to Borneo, raising funds for the Orangutan Foundation International. He is the foundation board member of Assistance Dogs and acted as President from 1998 – 2003. This organisation trains dogs in community settings to assist people with physical disabilities.
  13. 13. Theodora IssaMEC 2003Law, Business and Information Technology Dr Issa is currently Lecturer and Unit Coordinator in Comparative Management and International Management at Curtin University. Dr Issa has an outstanding record of academic research with many refereed journal articles, reports, conference and seminar presentations. She is dedicated to pursuing and furthering academic studies in the areas of equity, social justice, sustainability and global responsibility. Dr Issa’s academic research has provided an original contribution to the field of business ethics through an empirical study of ethical mindsets in the Australian Services Sector.
  14. 14. Theodora IssaMEC 2003Law, Business and Information Technology Her PhD thesis won the Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research award in 2010. Dr Issa received ‘best paper awards’ for papers presented at conferences in 2009 at Society for Global Business and Economic Development (SGBED), the 2010 Global Science and Technology Forum, and in 2011 at SGBED. In 2011, Dr Issa received ‘The 2010 Curtin Business School New Researcher of the Year Award’. Dr Issa is a Member (by invitation) of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Management and Strategy in Canada. In 2012, Dr Issa was invited to act as a Co-Editor for the special journal “Social Networking and Education as a Catalyst for Social Change”. Dr Issa continues her commitment to social justice through her work with charities and communities.
  15. 15. Tim MarneyBEcon(Hons) 1991Law, Business and Information Technology Tim Marney is currently the Under Treasurer of Western Australia. He is also Chair of the Western Australian Treasury Corporation Board and a former chair of the State Supply Commission Board. Mr Marney is also currently the Deputy Chair of the Board of Beyondblue: the national depression and anxiety initiative. He was the youngest ever graduate appointed to the Western Australian State Senior Executive Service at the age of 26 and the youngest person ever appointed as Western Australia Under Treasurer at age 35.
  16. 16. Tim MarneyBEcon(Hons) 1991Law, Business and Information Technology In 2008 Mr Marney was named a winner in the 40 under 40 awards and named among the top four contenders for the prestigious ‘First Among Equals’ title. He serves as an ambassador for Beyond Blue, has promoted greater understanding of anxiety and depression through openly sharing his own experiences with these illnesses. He has served as Executive Sponsor of the Anxiety Disorders Foundation of Western Australia and a mentor for the Institute of Public Administration Australia Young Professionals. He is also a former member of the Murdoch University Business School Advisory Board and the Western Australian Sports Centre Trust. He is also a former board member of Desert Knowledge Australia, an organisation that identifies partnerships and programs to give better opportunities to Indigenous people. Mr Marney has recently demonstrated his strong commitment to community values by introducing to the Department a staff support program to encourage staff to engage in voluntary work in the community. He has a keen interest in Indigenous socio-economic issues and initiated an Indigenous Trainee program at the Department of Treasury.
  17. 17. Casta TungarazaGradCertAusMigLaw 2008Law, Business and Information Technology Dr Casta Tungaraza is currently the Equal Opportunity and Social Justice Manager at Murdoch University. She works to promote an understanding of the issues faced by women and their families in culturally and linguistically diverse communities and has had significant input into state, national and international anti- discrimination policy. She has won a multitude of awards for her service to the community, including, most recently, the Individual Excellence Award at the Western Australian Multicultural Community Service Awards in 2012. The Multicultural Community Service Awards recognises individuals and organisations who achieve excellence and innovation in advancing multiculturalism, inclusiveness and participation through substantive equality in the provision of services to culturally diverse communities.
  18. 18. Casta TungarazaGradCertAusMigLaw 2008Law, Business and Information Technology She has also won the Premier’s Certificate of Merit for being nominated for the Employer of the Year Award in 2003; Murdoch Universitys Telstra Employer of the Year Award in 2001; Murdoch Universitys Prime Ministers Employer of the Year Award in 2000 and Telstra Employer of the year Award in 2000 and 2001. In 2012, Dr Tungaraza was inducted into the WA Womens Hall of Fame. Most recently in March 2012, Dr Tungaraza was also appointed by the Tanzanian Government to be the Tourism Goodwill Ambassador for Tanzania in Australia. She is the first person to be honoured with such a position in Australia by the Tanzanian Government. She is the currently a member of the WA Governments Multicultural Advisory Group, former member of the Multicultural Advisory Council of Australia, the Patron of the Centenary of International Womens Day in Western Australia, President of the African Womens Council of Australia, and a member of other Boards or groups dedicated to achieving greater equality in Australia for minority communities. She is a founding member of the newly established Australia Tanzania Chamber of Commerce.
  19. 19. Andrew HighamBEnvSc 1995, MA 2010Science and Engineering Andrew Higham is an international expert in environmental policy and sustainable development. He specialises in international climate change policy and is responsible for the development of strategies to advance the multilateral negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). As Secretary to the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action under the Convention (ADP) he is responsible for coordinating support for negotiations to raise the level of mitigation ambition of all Parties to the Convention, and successfully conclude by 2015 the design of a legally binding agreement applicable to all Parties under the Convention.
  20. 20. Andrew HighamBEnvSc 1995, MA 2010Science and Engineering He is also Secretary to the UNFCCC Implementation Coordination Committee and in that role coordinates implementation activities across the Climate Change Secretariat. He was instrumental in the design and implementation of the UNFCCC Technology Mechanism. He previously worked as an International Expert in International Climate Change Policy at the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands, where he specialized in research and advice on the intersection between energy technology development and finance. In Australia, he has served as Strategies Director and Vice President of the Australian Conservation Foundation, Ministerial advisor in the fields of science, environment, water and climate change and has played a leading role in a wide range of Australian environmental policy reforms. He was previously an expert advisor to the UNEP International Environmental Technology Centre, and was instrumental in the establishment of the Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development. He has contributed to several publications on sustainable development, particularly on sustainable production and consumption, climate change and energy security, and climate finance and technology policy.
  21. 21. Brad NormanBSc 1992, MPhil 2000Science and Engineering Brad Norman is currently CEO of ECOCEAN Inc., a not-for-profit organisation he set up in 2001 to monitor whale sharks. In 1995, Mr Norman established photo-identification as an accurate tool to identify individual whale sharks and to monitor the population in WA (subsequently implemented in 46 countries). Some of his major achievements have included preparing the Species Report for the United Nations IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (2000) which resulted in the whale shark being assessed as ‘vulnerable to extinction’ and successfully nominating the whale shark for listing under Australian Legislation (EPBC Act) resulting in increased national protection for this species (2001).
  22. 22. Brad NormanBSc 1992, MPhil 2000Science and Engineering He assisted in the successful nomination to restrict international trade in whale shark products via the United Nations Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in 2002 - the first shark to be listed under this Convention and prepared UNEP ‘Best Practice’ whale shark ecotourism guidelines for the United Nations Environment Program (2007). In February 2010, ECOCEAN was part of an international meeting which initiated an MOU signed by over one hundred countries that are part of the United Nations Convention on Migratory Species to protect seven of the most vulnerable of migratory sharks (including the whale shark). Mr Norman and his team have won a host of awards for their innovative work with whale sharks: National Geographic Ocean Hero 2010; WA Science Awards Outreach Program of the Year 2009; National Geographic Emerging Explorer 2008; The Peter Benchley (JAWS) Shark Conservation Award 2007 (Science); Laureate – ROLEX Awards for Enterprise 2006 and the Sun Microsystems Duke’s Choice Award for Innovative Use of Java Technology 2005.
  23. 23. Julie ShuttleworthBSc 1995Sciences and Engineering Julie Shuttleworth has 18 years experience in the gold/copper mining industry in Australia, China and Tanzania, including 12 years with Barrick Gold Corporation. Her career has progressed from Plant Metallurgist, Senior Metallurgist, Process Superintendent, Process Manager to General Manager positions. In 2009, at age 35, she became a General Manager for Barrick in Tanzania and is currently General Manager at Barricks Granny Smith Mine in Western Australia. In 2007 she was awarded the Telstra WA Young Businesswoman of the Year Award and was a Finalist in the 2011 Chamber of Minerals & Energy Women in Resources Awards and Winner of the 2011 Australian Mining Prospect Awards Mine Manager of the Year.
  24. 24. Julie ShuttleworthBSc 1995Sciences and Engineering She was the recipient of the inaugural AusIMM Travel Grant, 1998 where she represented young Australian metallurgists and travelled to mine sites, research institutions and manufacturers in North America. She has served as an International Committee Member of the USA based Society of Mining Metallurgy & Exploration (SME), since 2007 and has been involved with the Queensland Government Women in Hard Hats initiative, since 2007. Julie has served as a mentor in the Women in Mining WA Mentoring Program and as a Member of the Mining & Resources Sector Advisory Board, for Australian Applied Management Colloquium. She works closely with the Laverton Community to promote and support local community initiatives on projects such as school visits to the mine, sponsoring girls country week netball team, helping with a school bicycle program, supporting local AusKick, providing breakfast programs to Mt Margaret’s Aboriginal Community and Laverton School, and supporting the Leonora Laverton Cross Cultural Association. In 2011 Granny Smith Mine was awarded the Gold Award at the Volunteer Employer Recognition Program for their support of FESA in Laverton. In 2011 Julie received the Barrick Corporate Social Responsibility Award.
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