Alumni stories - Archive

Ridyawan Amnar
Ridyawan Amnar (MApplFin, 2005) manages AirAsia Indonesia’s investor relations program and works closely with AirAsia’s management team to maintain, deepen and expand the investor relationship.

Jie Wang
Associate Professor Jie Wang (MMus 2004) has dreamed of being a professional performer since the age of five.

Rick Tudor
Since graduating from Monash University, Mr Rick Tudor (BSc(Hons) 1972) has gone on to become one of the most esteemed educators within Melbourne's independent school system.

Hazel Edwards
If you have children under the age of 30, chances are you'll know the book There's a Hippopotamus On Our Roof Eating Cake. The book's author Hazel Edwards (BA 1971, BEd 1974, MEd 1980) has written more than 200 books in her 35-year career.

Sue Noble

As CEO of Volunteering Victoria, Sue Noble (BA 1982) is working in an area close to her heart.

Syafique Shuib
Television journalism is one of the last professions you would expect to encounter someone who is a self-confessed “shy guy”. But that is exactly where alumnus Syafique Shuib (BA 2007) finds himself.

Dr Priya Mendis
Dr Priya Mendis (MBBS 1986) doesn't remember when she decided to study medicine, although having parents who were both very dedicated and conscientious doctors may have had some influence on her career choice.

Professor Ron Johnston
Professor Ron Johnston (PhD 1967, HonLLD 1999) is an eminent geographer and political scientist.

James Lam
He is the jet-setting host of one of China’s most popular television programs and the founder of burgeoning clothier Michelozzo. It would be understandable if alumnus James Lam (BA 2004, LLB 2004) had little time for anything else.

Tom Quinlan
Tom Quinlan (BBus(Acc) 1998, BComp 1998, MBA 2007) is an advocate for work-life integration. He says that it’s not the same as work-life balance. It’s where work is integrated around your life rather than vice versa. But that doesn't mean he isn't busy.

Dr Paul Fraser
Dr Paul Fraser’s (BSc(Hons) 1969, PhD Chemistry 1972) seven years as a Monash student set him up to become one of the world’s most renowned atmospheric chemists.

Lesley Gillespie OAM
As the co-founder, executive director and joint CEO of Bakers Delight - Australia's most successful bakery franchise - Lesley Gillespie, (BSc (Hons) 1977, DipEd 1978) is an inspiring woman, not to mention humble and generous.

Brett Gosper
Former ad man and international rugby player Brett Gosper (BEc 1981) says he owes his success to the support of his family. He has recently taken over the helm of the International Rugby Board and it couldn't come at a more exciting time for the sport, with rugby set to be re-introduced to the Olympic Games in 2016.

Scarlett Lucero
Scarlett Lucero (MEd 2008) managed to complete her Master of Education at Monash without ever meeting a lecturer or fellow student. Yet her experience with Monash was so positive and life changing that it inspired her to donate to the Faculty of Education.

Komal Sangha
It was during the second year of her degree that aerospace engineering graduate Komal Sangha (BAeroEng(Hons) 2011) set her sights on a career in the Australian Defence Force. Four years later at age 24, she is a fully-qualified aviation engineer in the Royal Australian Navy.

Jon Liow
By harnessing the power of the sun, Monash alumnus Jon Liow (BID(Hons) 2011) designed a simple, sustainable and affordable water-purification device, which has the potential to help eradicate disease and save lives.

Stan Krpan
Ensuring   a healthy, liveable environment for future generations is a high priority for alumnus Stan Krpan (BEc 1991, LLB 1992, LLM 2006). He has   followed this passion along a diverse career path to his current   position as head of Sustainability Victoria.

Deborah GlassWhere do you see yourself in five years time? It’s a common question asked at job interviews and many of us have the answer - a series of goals that we want to achieve across our careers. But Monash alumna Deborah Glass (BA 1980, LLB 1982) has done things a little differently.

Thomas Woodroofe
Weekly plane travel, leading organisations, radio appearances, Young Victorian of the Year, honours graduate... they’re all part of the extraordinary life of the driven Thom Woodroofe (BA(Global) 2011).

Berna Wake
A fortuitous meeting at a Monash University careers fair has led  to a   28-year career at Unilever for alumna Berna Wake (BEc 1983).

Rod Harris
Monash   alumnus Rod Harris (BE 1969) is a successful engineer, adventurer, and   athlete. Across his career Rod admits to mixing his work and travel   whenever possible in an effort to satisfy his other passions in life: adventure and the great outdoors.

Humaira Maheen
Working in maternal and child health research is a dream come true for Humaira Maheen (MAppSocRes 2011).

John Paxinos
John Paxinos (MAdmin 1988) talked to us about his 30-year career offering “assistance to the obsessed” in the Australian arts industry.

Kate Ashmor
At 12, Monash arts/law graduate Kate Ashmor (BA(Politics) 2005, LLB 2005) decided the best way to channel and make money from her argumentative tenancies was to become a lawyer.

Aaron Joyner
Aaron Joyner (BPA 2000), from Melbourne-based musical theatre company, Magnormos, declares 2010 an extraordinary year. He hobnobbed with Broadway artists and received a personal email from award-winning American   composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim.

Jenny Everett
Jenny Everett (BA 1996, GradDipSocSc (CounsPsy) 1998) knows a thing or two about persistence. The South Australia psychologist did her Monash degree and graduate diploma entirely by distance education whilst working   full-time.

Bryan Lee
Bryan Lee (BID(Hons) 2010) is well on his way to making his dream career a reality. Since completing his degree, he has started work at Ford Australia and won the VACC's Target 2020 'Design the Car of the Future'   competition.

Duncan Sutherland
Duncan Sutherland (BA 1998, BSc(Hons) 1998, PhD 2005) has combined his passion for biology and the Australian outdoors into a successful research career. Duncan works as a research biologist at one of Australia's most popular wildlife attractions - Phillip Island Nature Park.

Carolyn Creswell
Carolyn Creswell (BA 1995) planned to be a politician or a human rights lawyer, but as John Lennon wrote "life is what happens when you're making other plans." In 1992 life took a turn when she bought a small business. Carman's Fine Foods is the stuff of entrepreneurial dreams.