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 December 2017

Celebrating our outstanding alumni

OAA winnersOn Friday 3 November at our 12th Annual Alumni Gala Dinner four successful graduates were presented with 2017 Outstanding Alumnus Awards.

The event was held at Sofitel Brisbane Central, and saw more than 430 industry partners, staff, and students past and present gather to celebrate the remarkable achievements of the School’s graduates.

Outstanding Alumni of the Year 2017
Barry ThomasBarry Thomas | Outstanding Alumnus
As Vice President of Cook Incorporated, and Director of Cook Medical in Asia Pacific, Barry has more than two decades of international leadership and expertise in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. As well as working tirelessly to ensure people in Asia have access to high-tech medical devices, he also created the Young Leaders program to inspire a new generation of Cook Medical Employees.

Penelope TwemlowPenelope Twemlow | Young Outstanding Alumnus
Penelope started out as a warfare officer in the Royal Australian Navy and worked her way up to Navy Chief of Staff, also holding a position as a Police Investigator for the Australian Defence Force. Now, as a successful executive she Chairs both the Queensland Electrical Safety Committee and Women in Power, a not-for-profit promoting and empowering women.

Bob ChuaBob Chua | International Outstanding Alumnus
Bob has built himself an impressive international career, living and working across the Asia-Pacific, Europe and the US. He is currently a Director of global technology and innovation company Dematic, a global leader providing a comprehensive range of intelligent intralogistics and Industry 4.0 Automation and Robotic Solutions.

Kim McCoskerKim McCosker | Outstanding Entrepreneurial Alumnus
Kim never imagined writing a book to make cooking easy would see her career soar. As the recipient of the Outstanding Entrepreneurial Alumnus award, she’s thrilled to have her hard work recognised. Her book 4 Ingredients has sold more than 9 million copies and she’s scored a seven-book deal in the US—a very difficult feat.
Social impact key for MBA scholarship winner

MBA ScholarshipMahommed Tilly strives to provide positive social and financial outcomes for Aboriginal Australians. As the Investment Manager for Indigenous Business Australia, he makes decisions creating value for Australian communities.

Mahommed is the winner of the 2017 QBM Griffith MBA Responsible Leadership scholarship, valued at $51,000.

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Griffith Business School attracts more than $850,000 in research funding through ARC Discovery Program

research-paperA trio of Griffith Business School researchers has been awarded significant funding through the Australian Research Council’s Discovery Program, collectively attracting more than $890,000 in grant money for their projects.

GBS academic Dr Kerry Bodle and the Centre for Governance and Public Policy’s Dr Lee Morgenbesser and Professor Renee Jeffery will be conducting projects on a diversity of topics, from Indigenous financial literacy to sociopolitical issues in southern Asia.

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$250,000 Student Investment Fund launched

SMIFGriffith Business School has launched Queensland’s largest Student Investment Fund. The fund is worth $250,000 and will be invested in socially responsible, ASX listed companies.

The opportunity to be part of the Student Investment Fund will be offered to outstanding third-year Bachelor of Commerce students, as well as postgraduate finance students.

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OzHarvest founder Ronni Kahn awarded Griffith honorary doctorate

Ronni KahnLauded social entrepreneur Ronni Kahn has been awarded an honorary doctorate by Griffith University.

As the founder of food-rescue charity OzHarvest, the South Africa-born Kahn was recognised last month by Griffith Business School for her considerable work and leadership in the realms of entrepreneurship, sustainability, innovation and social impact; all key tenets of her decorated career over the past two decades.

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