Alumni in running for global awards

Social movements campaigner Hugh Evans and entrepreneur Ryan Lee have been named finalists in the 2014 Advance Global Australian Awards. The annual awards celebrate Australians living overseas who exhibit remarkable...

Social movements campaigner Hugh Evans and entrepreneur Ryan Lee have been named finalists in the 2014 Advance Global Australian Awards.

The annual awards celebrate Australians living overseas who exhibit remarkable talent, exceptional vision and ambition.

Mr Evans (BSc 2008, LLB(Hons) 2008) is a humanitarian and an internationally renowned development advocate.

The current CEO of The Global Poverty Project, Mr Evans is working to help achieve the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals to end extreme poverty by 2025.

In 2002 Mr Evans founded the Oaktree Foundation, Australia's first youth-run aid organisation with a mission to empower young people in the developing world through education.

He was one of the leaders behind the successful Australian Make Poverty History campaign and in 2004 was named Young Australian of the Year.

Ryan Lee
Entrepreneur Ryan Lee

Ryan Lee (2002 MAppIEc) is the co-founder and CEO of XMI, the company behind the X-mini range of portable Capsule Speakers.

Mr Lee started the company in 2006 in his brother’s living room.

Within three months of launching the X-mini, Lee's company broke even on all first-year expenses; within six months of the launch, the product was selling in more than 25 countries.

The winners of this year’s Advance Global Australian Awards will be announced on 13 March.