2016 Alumni Awards finalists announced

Victoria University is proud to announce the finalists for the 2016 Alumni Awards.

These Awards celebrate and formally recognise the outstanding achievements and contributions of members of the VU Alumni community to industry, VU and the broader community. We congratulate all nominees on being recognised by their peers for their accomplishments and attributes.

The winners in each category will be announced at the VU 2016 Alumni Awards Presentation Dinner on Wednesday 19 October 2016.

Distinguished Alumni Award

This preeminent award recognises the recipient’s exceptional contribution to a chosen field of endeavour, and their pursuit of excellence in everything they do.

Mr Brendan Joyce

  • Head coach of the Opals – the Australian Women’s Basketball team
  • VU Bachelor of Arts (recreation)

Tan Sri Dr Jeffrey Cheah AO

  • Chairman, Sunway University Malaysia
  • VU Honorary Doctorate and Diploma of Business

The Honorable Mr Telmo Languiller MP

  • Speaker in Victorian Legislative Assembly; State Member for Tarneit
  • VU Bachelor of Arts (Australian Cultural Studies)

Outstanding Leadership Alumni Award

This new award recognises the respect and acknowledgement that the recipient has earned within their profession and the broader community, and that they are well on the path to establishing themselves as am outstanding leader.

Ms Halinka Panzera

  • Founder and Managing Director – BDC Market Intelligence
  • VU Master of Business Administration

Mr Paul Booth

  • Director of Research, Blackrock Inc.
  • VU Bachelor of Business

Mr Simon Lloyd

  • Director of Coaching, Geelong Football Club
  • VU Master of Applied Psychology (Sport), Graduate Diploma in Applied Psychology (Organisational) and Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)

Young Achiever Alumni Award

This award recognises Alumni aged 35 or younger who have demonstrated significant achievements early in their career or chosen field of endeavour.

Ms Celia Tran

  • Engagement Officer, Capital City Local Learning and Employment Network
  • VU Master International Community Development

Mr Christian Williams

  • Primary School Teacher, Catholic Education Office (St Michael’s Primary School)
  • VU Bachelor of Education

Mr Rene Noguiera

  • Commercial Manager Level Crossings Removal Program, Metro Trains Melbourne
  • VU Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Engineering

Mr Vincent Shin

  • School Lawyer, WestJustice based at The Grange P12 College
  • VU Bachelor of Laws

Outstanding Student Alumni Award

This award will be presented to a current student who has demonstrated outstanding qualities in one or more of the following: student leadership, academic success, business initiatives, volunteer or community related work or extracurricular pursuits.

Dr Ancy Ramasamy

  • VU Doctor Of Philosophy and Master of Business (Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management)

Mr James Sorensen

  • VU Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science) Honours

Ms Anna Smith

  • VU Bachelor of Laws

Mr Francis Killackey

  • VU Bachelor of Laws

Outstanding Service Alumni Award

The recipient of this award will have offered exceptional service to their local community or the Victoria University, Alumni or student community.

Mr Nasir Sobhani

  • Barber, Brother Wolf Barbershop
  • VU Certificate III in Hairdressing

Dr Peter Condliffe

  • Barrister and Mediator
  • VU Doctor of Philosophy

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