Victoria University honours leading alumni

Victoria University honoured the success of a distinguished group of graduates and current students, in four categories at the annual Alumni Awards Presentation on Wednesday 31 October 2012.

The award recipients and finalists are:

Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient

Mr Kevin Qiang Li graduated from a Master of Business Administration in 1996. He is a strong and ethical leader in business and the community, and encourages his peers to join him in philanthropic work. He has contributed to fostering Australia-China relations, in particular promoting VU's relationships in China. Kevin is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Concorde Investment Management Co., and Chair of the Board of Kunlin Advertising Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of Concorde Investment Management. He is President of the Australian Chamber of Commerce – South China, and the Australia China Alumni Association – South China, an organisation open to China-based alumni of all Australian universities. 


Ms Halinka Panzera
Managing Director, BDC Research
Master of Business Administration, 2001

Mr Ted Horner
Managing Director, EH & A Hospitality Technology Consultants
Diploma of Catering and Hotel Management, 1976

Dr Allan Manning
Managing Director, LMI Group; Adjunct Professor, Victoria University
Doctor of Business Administration, 2005

Honorary Lifetime Alumni Service Award Recipient

Long-time public sector employee, Mr John Thompson, is a three-time graduate of Victoria University and an active contributor to the VU Alumni Community, a past member of the Alumni Advisory Group, and a mentor to current students in the University's Career Bridge Mentoring Program. For seven years he worked at the Urban Land Corporation assisting in the development of sustainable housing for Victorians of all ages. For the past 10 years, John has focused his career on helping make Victoria's roads safer as Senior Manager of the Transport Accident Commission's road safety and marketing campaigns, which has resulted in a significant decline in Victoria's road fatality toll. He also volunteers at Global Road Safety Partnership, an organisation that has helped develop road safety programs in Vietnam and Thailand.


Mr Eugenio Lemos
Director, Permatil; Lecturer/Curriculum Developer, Sustainable Agriculture,
Aileu Sciences and Technology Institute, Timor Leste
Master of Arts (International Community Development) 2010

Mr Peter Pal
Bachelor of Art (International Community Development) 2011
Diploma of Business (Legal Services) 2010

Young Achiever Alumni Award Recipients

Innovative young lawyer, Mr Nussen Ainsworth, a graduate of the Bachelor of Laws in 2011, has demonstrated significant early achievement in his legal career through his passion for technology and social media, and how he incorporates them into his profession. Nussen is a popular and regular speaker on the topic, and has presented at the Victorian Bar and the Law Institute of Victoria about the importance and benefits of modern technology, taking into account the profession's concerns about security and client confidentiality. Before he graduated, Nussen helped develop an application that allows barristers to store and retrieve casework on an ipad. This application is now being used by many in the profession. Earlier this year, Nussen was nominated for the 2012 Law Institute of Victoria President's Award in the Rising Star of the Year category.

Ms Chelsea Hatherall, a graduate of Certificate IV in Business in 2010, volunteered her time and skills in many community organisations and charities, including Amnesty International, the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation, the Cancer Council, the Victorian Flood Appeal and the Laverton Community Kitchen. As Marketing and Communication Coordinator at Footscray Community Arts Centre, Chelsea has a keen interest in offering the diverse communities of Melbourne's West a place for cultural expression. She was named Hobson Bay Council's Young Citizen of the Year, and Maribyrnong City Council's Emerging Community Leader in 2012. 


Mr Maradine Tep
Personal Banker, ANZ Bank
Bachelor of Business (Banking and Finance/International Trade) 2009

Outstanding Student Alumni Award Recipient

PhD Candidate, Mr Garry Kuan, originally from Malaysia, is a high-achieving student in many ways. He is a world-class musician who has performed as first violinist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and is a well-respected sport psychologist. His PhD research – which looks at how music and imagery can improve athletic performance – was recently used by some of Australia's elite weightlifters and air-pistol shooters to prepare for their events at the London Olympics. In early 2012 Garry was named Australia's International Student of the Year for his academic excellence and his contributions to the community. These contributions include the free weekly violin lessons he offers at VU, as well as fundraising activities with his local church for children's music therapy programs at refugee camps in Burma.


Mr Victor Victor
Diploma of Liberal Arts (Current in 2012) 

Ms Fatai Veamatahau
Certificate IV in Music (Current in 2012) 

Ms Sarah Osborne
Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedic) (Current in 2012) 

Mr Sam Rassaei Kashuk
PhD Candidate (Current in 2012)


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