Griffith University has announced the 16 academic group winners of its 2020 Outstanding Alumni Awards, who will now progress as finalists for the overall University Outstanding Alumni Awards which will be announced in September.
The winners are currently located in eight countries around the globe and represent the remarkable impact Griffith alumni are making to their chosen professions and communities.
Alumnus Dr Maxwell Moody was deployed in Afghanistan when he received the news that he was named the 2020 Griffith Health Outstanding Young Alumnus.
“I feel extremely humbled and honoured to have been selected as the Griffith Health Outstanding Young Alumnus for 2020!
“I’d like to congratulate my fellow alumni and celebrate the achievements of all alumni nominees. I’m also grateful to the people that have helped shape this journey so far, including family, friends, teachers, colleagues and mentors,” said Dr Moody.
On a rainy day in Germany, Professor Norbert Lenz was delighted to learn that he was named the 2020 Outstanding Alumnus for Griffith Sciences.
“Even though I live and work many miles away from Australia now, back in Germany, I think of my years as a PhD student at Griffith often and consider that time as one of the best of my life.
“To receive this award tells me that not only do I appreciate how important Griffith University has been for my career, it also tells me that Griffith appreciates I had been there!” exclaimed Professor Norbert Lenz.
Arts, Education and Law’s Outstanding First Peoples Alumnus, Jayde Geia, has recently relocated back to the Gold Coast and hopes her award will inspire others.
“Griffith University and the GUMURRII Student Success Unit really set my career up for success, so I am so grateful to receive this award and am proud to be among an inspiring group of First Nations alumni.
“My time at Griffith provided me with the skills to make a positive impact in the community,” Jayde said.
Griffith University wishes to congratulate all academic group winners:
Arts, Education and Law winners
- Professor Cephas Lumina (Outstanding Alumnus)
- Jayde Geia (Outstanding First Peoples Alumnus)
- Dr Jeff Thompson (Outstanding International Alumnus)
- Matthew Hanger (Outstanding Young Alumnus)
Griffith Business School winners
- Lyn Melcer (Outstanding Alumnus)
- Cameron Costello (Outstanding First Peoples Alumnus)
- Dr Padmavadee Thanacoody (Outstanding International Alumnus)
- Elise Stephenson (Outstanding Young Alumnus)
Griffith Health winners
- Nicholas Marshall (Outstanding Alumnus)
- Dr Blake Jones (Outstanding First Peoples Alumnus)
- Zhariff Afandi (Outstanding International Alumnus)
- Dr Maxwell Moody (Outstanding Young Alumnus)
Griffith Science winners
- Professor Andrew Knight (Outstanding Alumnus)
- Dr Troy Byrnes (Outstanding First Peoples Alumnus)
- Professor Norbert Lenz (Outstanding International Alumnus)
- Dr Louise Ashton (Outstanding Young Alumnus)
Director, Development and Alumni Ms Gillian French congratulated the winners and expressed her delight that alumni achievements could still be celebrated despite the global pandemic.
“This year’s award nominations opened during particularly challenging times, however we decided to proceed as normal and were extremely pleased to receive such a high calibre of nominations.
“Once again, the University awards program has unveiled truly unique and inspiring individuals who we can all be incredibly proud to call Griffith alumni,” said Ms French.
Nominees were assessed on their alignment with the broad selection criteria including their sustained remarkable success in, and contribution to, their chosen industry/profession and their substantial contribution to the community at local, state, national or international levels.
Also assessed was their demonstration of outstanding character with attributes in alignment with the values of Griffith University.
The Griffith University Alumni Relations Team is working towards a hybrid gala event model with further details to be released in early August.
Learn more about the 2020 Outstanding Alumni Awards academic group winners.