Alumni excelling in research and corporate leadership were winners at this year’s Australia China Alumni Awards (ACAA) held in Beijing on the weekend.
In its tenth year, the ACAA recognised the outstanding accomplishments of Australian university graduates based in China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.
It was a big night for Griffith alumni with Dr Jennifer Cronin and Professor Cunrui Huang, selected from a group of high calibre candidates to win in their categories.
Dr Cronin won the Australia China Alumni Award for Corporate Achievement for her incredible leadership in Asia and Australia’s hospitality sector. Dr Cronin is president of Wharf Hotels, a premium hotel company with 15 hotels in China, Hong Kong and the Philippines.
Professor Huang won the Australia China Alumni Award for Research and Science for his remarkable work in public health research and climate change. Professor Huang has produced a large volume of publications in top scientific journals, won multiple grants and is chair of Sun Yat-sen University’s Health Policy and Management Department.
Griffith University Vice Chancellor and President Professor Ian O’Connor AC said he was thrilled Griffith alumni were so well represented at the awards.
“Congratulations to Dr Cronin and Professor Huang for their awards. They are truly remarkable Griffith alumni and very worthy award recipients,” he said.
Eight Griffith alumni with backgrounds in business, research and the arts were also in the running for awards.
“I would also like to acknowledge all our outstanding ACAA finalists. It is wonderful to see so many exemplary Griffith alumni doing remarkable work in the region.”