Notable alumni

Monash Arts students graduate with strong skills to be global leaders across a breadth of industries. Below are some of our notable alumni.

Business, Finance and IT

Annette Carey, CEO, Linfox Armaguard (Bachelor of Arts/Laws 1995)

Carolyn Creswell, Managing Director, Carman's Fine Foods (Bachelor of Arts 1995)

Brendon Gale, CEO Richmond Football Club (Master of Arts 1996, Laws 2002)

Wen Gu, CEO, Australia-China Business Council (Qld) (Master of Communication and Media Studies 2009)

Dr Naomi Milgrom AO, Executive Chair & CEO Sussan Group (Bachelor of Arts 1973)

Sue Noble, General Manager Carers' Voice and Capacity, Carers Victoria (Bachelor of Arts (Hons) 1982)

Karl Redenbach, Co-Founder & CEO Live Tiles (Bachelor of Arts/Laws 1999)

Helen Sawczak, National CEO, Australia-China Business Council (Victoria) (Bachelor of Arts/Laws 1990)

Dr Carol Schwartz AM, Board Member Reserve Bank of Australia (Bachelor of Arts 1977)

Dr Paul Sheard, Former Executive Vice-President and Chief Economist Standard & Poor’s Global (Bachelor of Arts (Hons) 1981)

Government and International Relations

The Hon Daniel Andrews MP, 48th Premier of Victoria (Bachelor of Arts 1994)

Dr Adam Bandt MP, Leader Australia Greens (PhD 2009)

Tal Becker, Legal Advisor to Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Israel (Bachelor of Arts/Laws)

Anna Burke AO, Member, Administrative Appeals Tribunal, Former Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives (Bachelor of Arts (Hons) 1988)

The Hon Dr Peter Costello AC, Longest-serving Treasurer of Australia; Former Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party of Australia (Bachelor of Arts/Laws 1982)

Julie-Anne Guivarra, Ambassador for Gender Equality, DFAT (Master of Foreign Affairs and Trade 1998)

H.E. Saleumxay Kommasith, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Lao People's Democratic Republic (Master of Arts 1997)

The Right Hon Simbarashe Mumbengegwi, Minister of State for Presidential Affairs and Monitoring Government Programmes, Zimbabwe (Bachelor of Arts (Hons) 1972)

Bill Shorten MP, Shadow Minister for the National Disability Scheme, Shadow Minister for Government Services (Bachelor of Arts/Laws 1992)

H.E. Arthur Spyrou, Ambassador for Greece (Master of Foreign Affairs and Trade 2000)

Professor Sharman Stone, Former Australia's Ambasssador for Women and Girls, Former MP (PhD 1999)

H.E. Dr Lachlan Strahan, Ambassador for Solomon Islands (PhD 1992)

The Hon Dan Tehan MP, Minister for Education (Master of Foreign Affairs and Trade 1999)


Professor the Hon Kevin Bell AM QC, Director of Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, Professor of Practice Monash University (Bachelor of Arts/Laws (Hons)1980)

The Hon Justice Anne Ferguson, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria (Bachelor of Arts/Laws 1982)

The Hon Justice Elizabeth Fullerton (Bachelor of Arts 1980)

Deborah Glass OBE, Victorian Ombudsman (Bachelor of Arts 1980/Laws 1982)

Her Honour Judge Felicity Hampel, Judge of the County Court of Victoria (Bachelor of Arts/Laws 1979)

Media and the Arts

Sarah Abo, 60 Minutes reporter (Bachelor of Arts (Hons) 2009)

Dr Waleed Aly, academic, writer, lawyer and broadcaster (PhD 2017)

Charles Caldas,  former CEO Merlin Bv (Bachelor of Arts 1987)

Dr Susan Carland, TV host, academic, writer and social commentator (PhD 2015)

Hazel Edwards OAM, author (Bachelor of Arts 1971)

Dr Max Gillies AM, actor (Bachelor of Arts 1966)

Yalda Hakim, BBC presenter (Bachelor of Arts 2009)

Professor Leslie Howard, pianist, musicologist and composer (Bachelor of Arts (Hons) 1973)

Vance Joy, singer-songwriter (Bachelor of Arts 2012)

Raghav Sachar, music producer, singer and multi-instrumentalist, India (Bachelor of Music 2003)

Dr Ahmad Sarmast, Founder & Director, Afghanistan National Institute of Music, Afghanistan (PhD 2005)

Annika Smethurst (Bachelor of Arts (Hons) 2015)

Dr Steve Vizard, TV radio presenter, lawyer, comedian, producer and author (PhD 2019)

Humanitarian, Philanthropic and Nonprofit Leaders

Christopher Varney, Founder & Chief Enabling Officer I CAN Network (Bachelor of Arts/Laws 2013)