From Rhodes Scholars to disability education innovators and social justice leaders — the finalists in this year’s Griffith University Outstanding Alumni Awards are impressive.

The awards showcase the high calibre of Griffith alumni from across the globe, with judges given the difficult task of hand-picking 15 finalists, who will now vie for the overall university alumni awards, to be held in September.

Of the four university-level award categories, alumni award finalists represent a broad spectrum of disciplines from Arts, Education and Law, Griffith Business School, Health and Science.

Introducing this year’s award finalists:

Outstanding Alumnus Award

Outstanding First Peoples Alumnus Award

Outstanding International Alumnus Award

Outstanding Young Alumnus Award

Outstanding Alumnus Award finalists in focus

Dr Ian Freckelton

Dr Ian Richard Lloyd Freckelton QC

Dr Ian Freckelton QC | Arts, Education and Law PhD graduate, 1998

With a distinguished 30-year career in law, Dr Ian Richard Lloyd Freckelton QC has overseen some of the country’s most complex cases of the time, using his expert knowledge to balance the scales of justice.

Dr Freckelton is known for his outstanding contributions to the international development and evolution of coronial law, and his work in the technical and complex law of evidence. He is a senior silk at the Victorian Bar and a Judge of the Supreme Court of Nauru.

Dr Jennifer Cronin

Dr Jennifer Cronin

Dr Jennifer Cronin | Griffith Business School, 1980

Hotel openings, cybersecurity and architectural blueprints are a few of the daily items on the agenda for Dr Jennifer Cronin, president of Wharf Hotels.

Dr Cronin’s 35 years of industry experience and intimate knowledge of hotel operations from her early career help her to navigate the dynamic and complex nature of decision-making. Dr Cronin has held many senior leadership roles throughout her career and is now president of Wharf Hotels in Hong Kong, a premium hotel company with 17 hotels in China, Hong Kong and the Philippines and three under development.

Dr Barry Kirby

Dr Barry Kirby

Dr Barry Kirby AO | Health, 1995

An unlikely hero, Dr Barry Kirby AO was a carpenter in Papua New Guinea (PNG) when he witnessed a woman die in child birth. The traumatic experience was the catalyst for Dr Kirby to change the course of his life and profession.

Based in PNG, Dr Kirby is now a general practitioner, specialising in obstetrics devoting much of his time to offering maternal health checks, training midwives and changing the lives of women.

Peter Horne

Dr Peter Horne

Dr Peter Horne | Science, 1980

Dr Peter Horne has dedicated most of his career to solving the world’s biggest challenges around agricultural production, food security and sustainable farming practices.

Dr Horne’s international research partnerships in Indonesia, China, Vietnam and Laos have led to widespread and sustained improvements to farming in many of these countries, helping to reduce poverty and improve people’s lives.

Read more about this year’s winners in their categories.