Alumni excellence award

Annie Lim

2022 Alumni Excellence Award

In 2022, we are delighted to award the Monash Business School Alumni Excellence Award to Annie Lim, Vice President Human Resources, Hummingbird Bioscience.

Annie doesn’t need to jump out of a plane or go bungee jumping to get an adrenaline rush – all she has to do is go to work.

She says finding the right talent at the right time, that’s also the right fit for Hummingbird Bioscience, a biotechnology company developing treatments for cancer and autoimmune disease, gives her the ultimate high.

“HR is a people business, it’s about manifesting relationships that help others grow, learn and build their careers,” she says.

“My passion for people drives me to create the right environment to foster opportunities for people to be successful and unleash their potential.”

In her current role, finding the right fit could make a difference in finding a cure for cancer, or a better treatment for an autoimmune disease.

“To work for an organisation that is trying to find a cure for cancer empowers me to develop others to be successful,” she says.

“And to build a strong culture where diversity, inclusion, and belonging thrive.”

"Change can be daunting, but when you embrace change, you will begin to see it as an opportunity for growth."

Annie is this year’s Monash Business School Alumni Excellence Award winner – an honour she describes as an “incredible experience”.

“It’s inspired me to push harder, to contribute further to the STEM communities, and to ‘pay it forward’,” she says.

The Monash Business School Alumni Excellence Award was established in 2017 to celebrate alumni who have achieved excellence in their profession or working life, and demonstrated leadership or innovation in their particular field.

Annie is a proud Monash alumna, completing her Bachelor of Business in 1998 and later completing a Master of Counselling in 2021. She says Monash Business School taught her to be curious, inquisitive and courageous.

“The support we received from lecturers encouraged us to push our limits and not fear failure,” she says.

“Change can be daunting, but when you embrace change, you will begin to see it as an opportunity for growth.

“As Kakuzo Okakaura says, ‘The art of life lies in a constant readjustment to our surroundings’.”

Describing herself as a life-long learner, Annie says her best advice to current students is that there are no ‘bad experiences’, only opportunities to gain wisdom.

“Learning is a continuous journey and I encourage all to be bold and build your resilience,” she says.

Read more about Annie Lim here.