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2016 Alumni Achievement Awards

The Alumni Achievement Awards recognise Curtin graduates who are making significant contributions to society. This could be through the national or international community, in personal achievements or through their career. There are a number of categories in which alumni can be nominated.

Congratulations to our winners

2016-award-winners


2016 award recipients

Lifetime Achievement Award

Open to all Curtin graduates who, over the course of their lifetime, have built an outstanding reputation based on exceptional contributions to their field of endeavour and/or the community and inspired others to strive for excellence. This is the most prestigious and highest honour award of all the Alumni Achievement Awards.

Winner: Ms Freda Jacob AM (GradDip Hlth Scs, 1981)

Freda Jacob helped set the standards for the occupational therapy profession in WA, leaving a monumental legacy. She was a member of the first Occupational Therapy School Board in 1960 and founded the Independent Living Centre in 1977, which continues to provide information and advice, assessment, training and hire services to enable Western Australians of all ages and abilities to live more independent and fulfilling lives. She was also the first WA member of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.

Ms Jacob has already been heavily recognised for her contributions to her profession, having been awarded the 2012 Freda Jacob Award (named in her honour) from Occupational Therapy Australia, and included in the 2012 WA Women's Hall of Fame. She was also the first occupational therapist in WA to be awarded the Order of Australia (AM) for service to the disabled, which she received in 1981.

Community Service Award

Open to all Curtin graduates who have made a significant contribution to the wellbeing of others through voluntary service in the community, locally or globally.

Winner: Mrs Sherryn Reid (Dip Teaching Early Childhood, 1988)

After graduating with a Diploma of Teaching from Curtin in 1988 and working for a number of years as a teacher, Mrs Reid has furthered her passion for education and poverty alleviation at AdoptASchool.

The organisation was established in 2002 as a direct response to the first Bali Bombings to enrich and support the educational environment and community in both Bali and back home in WA. Mrs Reid works as AdoptASchool's Sponsorship Coordinator, which requires her to manage private and company educational sponsorships for Balinese children. Her commitment to the organisation is driven by her virtues of compassion, friendliness and generosity.

Young Alumna Award

Open to Curtin graduates aged under 30 years at the time of nomination, who have demonstrated excellence in their field of endeavour, and/or made a significant contribution to the community through volunteer service.

Winner: Miss Ashlee Harrison (BCom Mktg & Public Rltns, 2012)

Ashlee Harrison has positively impacted thousands of lives with her Perth-based, not-for-profit organisation, zero2hero, which aims to raise awareness and reduce the stigma associated with mental health issues. In doing so, she has worked to combat the prevalence of suicide in Australia, and encouraged students to speak up about mental health issues and support their friends if they are struggling.

Since graduating in 2012, Miss Harrison has become the Director of Social Say, a social media management consultancy, and achieved a number of awards, including the 2016 West Australian of the Year Youth Award and a Pride of Australia Medal in 2015, for her outstanding contributions to the community.

Young Alumnus Award

Open to Curtin graduates aged under 30 years at the time of nomination, who have demonstrated excellence in their field of endeavour, and/or made a significant contribution to the community through volunteer service.

Winner: Mr Nick Maisey (BSc Occupational Therapy, 2010)

Befriend Inc, founded by Nick Maisey, is a Perth-based social enterprise with a vision of creating an inclusive, connected world. His organisation has encouraged a strong community of 4,500 people to break down social barriers and form new friendships at events such as arts and crafts activities, barbeques, outdoor adventures and quiz nights. In 2014, Befriend won the Act-Belong-Commit Partner Organisation Award.

Mr Maisey's passion and interest in social inclusion, enterprise and community development was recognised when he was named a finalist for the 2016 West Australia of the Year Youth Award and the 2016 WA Volunteer of the Year Award.

Global Impact Award

Open to all Curtin graduates who have demonstrated significant contributions to society by improving or enriching the lives of others and the welfare of humanity on an international scale through outstanding professional contributions and/or volunteer leadership.

Winner: Mr Mohammed Zaheer Allam (BAppSc Architectural Sc, 2011)

Less than five years into his architecture and planning career, Zaheer Allam has worked towards fostering resilient communities around the world. He is currently the Island States Chapter Chair of the International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture and Urbanism, and is the African Representative for the International Society of Biourbanism - a group dedicated to transforming architecture and planning practice through the application of scientific theory.

Among an impressive list of achievements, he received the 2014 Outstanding Young Person of the Year Award from JCI Mauritius. In addition, the Australian Institute of Architects selected his work for exhibition during the 2014 National Architecture Conference.

Volunteer Leadership Award

Open to all Curtin graduates who have demonstrated a significant contribution to Curtin University, including alumni chapters/associations, through the donation of their time, resources, committee membership or as an ambassador/advocate for Curtin.

Winner: Curtin Graduate School of Business Alumni Chapter Committee

The CGSB Alumni Chapter Committee is an active and enthusiastic group committed to giving back to the Graduate School of Business, its sponsors, alumni and students.

In 2016, the committee played an important role at the school's information evenings, inspiring prospective students with their anecdotes on how their Curtin degree enhanced their career and in some cases, changed their lives. They have also increased engagement with fellow alumni, which has helped secure the school's accreditation with several industry bodies.

The committee has an ongoing commitment to helping children in need, supporting Parkerville Children and Youth Care for the past three years. In 2015 the committee's annual Christmas comedy debate raised $1,000 and attendees donated more than 30 Christmas gifts to the charity.

The committee includes President Steven Nicols, Vice-President Mathew Ong, Treasurer Ian Williams and Committee Members Kaushal Jhaveri, Eduardo Valenzuela, David Kam, Russell Friedman, Erivanan Rao and Caterina Crucitti.

Professional Achievement Awards - Curtin Business School

Open to all Curtin graduates who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments and an exceptional standard of excellence in their field of endeavour.

Winner: Mr Benyamin Bin Ismail (BCom Banking & Info Systems, 2000)

Benyamin Bin Ismail, Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia X Berhad, has played a crucial role in AirAsia's growth by bringing a breadth of knowledge from different industry areas. He has helped AirAsia become one of the most covered stocks by domestic and international broking houses, and one of the most attractive companies on the Bursa Malaysia stock exchange in terms of transparency, investor returns and corporate governance.

Mr Ismail has been awarded Best Investor Relations Professional four consecutive times by Corporate Governance Asia. He is also a member of the Curtin Business School Advisory Network.

Professional Achievement Awards - Curtin Business School

Open to all Curtin graduates who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments and an exceptional standard of excellence in their field of endeavour.

Winner: Mr Alan Langford (BBus, 1985)

Following his graduation from the Western Australian Institute of Technology in 1985, Alan Langford forged a successful career in business, and has worked at Bankwest for the past 27 years. As the bank's chief economist, his primary role is to advise Bankwest and its clients on the implications of economic and financial market trends.

Mr Langford is a board member for a number of organisations, including the WA branch of the Economic Society of Australia, the Housing Industry Forecasting Group and the Curtin Business School Advisory Network.

He is also a former State Councillor of the WA branch of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia.

Professional Achievement Awards - Health Sciences

Open to all Curtin graduates who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments and an exceptional standard of excellence in their field of endeavour.

Winner: Mr Noel Fosbery (BPharm, 1981)

Noel Fosbery, a dedicated pharmacist and owner of Friendlies Pharmacy in High Wycombe and Falcon, works hard to ensure that his community receives high-quality pharmacy services. Since graduating from Curtin in 1981 with a Bachelor of Pharmacy, he has been instrumental in developing innovative solutions to ensure access of opioid maintenance therapy and providing an easy-to-use solution for pharmacists across Australia.

Mr Fosbery is the developer and director behind EasyDose Dispensing Solutions and was recently awarded the 2016 Pharmaceutical Society WA Pharmacist of the Year. He was also a finalist in the Guild Pharmacy of the Year Award for 2015.

Professional Achievement Awards - Science and Engineering

Open to all Curtin graduates who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments and an exceptional standard of excellence in their field of endeavour.

Winner: Ms Sabina Shugg AM (BSc Mining, 1993)

Since graduating from the Western Australian School of Mines in 1993, Ms Shugg has held senior roles within some of the largest resource and consulting organisations in Australia. She is currently National Lead, Mining Performance with KPMG Australia and specialises in business improvement, organisational development and mine management.

Among her many achievements, Ms Shugg is the founder and chair of Women in Mining and Resources WA.

In 2013, she was named a winner in diversity in the Australian Financial Review Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards, and in 2015 was awarded Member of the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM).