2014 Alumni Awards

Distinguished. Dedicated. Diverse.

As a university known for its diversity its little wonder that this year's La Trobe University Alumni Award recipients are such a mixed ensemble.  But it's what they share in common that sets them apart  - their passion to make a difference to their communities, their dedication and their influence to effect change.

Among the recipients this year are an internationally renowned geneticist, an advocate for suicide prevention, a federal MP, founder of a humanitarian organisation, leading Australian entrepreneur and an international aid leader. Each of them are extraordinary individuals who have made their mark on the world and demonstrated significant community and/or professional achievement.

Distinguished Alumni Award recipients

Andrew Abercrombie - BEc Economics 1976
Founding Director, The Abercrombie Group
Zoos Victoria Foundation Board
Florey Institute of Neuroscience Board

Cornelia Lenneberg - BA Politics (Hons) 1978, MA Politics 1989
Regional Leader, Middle East and Eastern Europe, World Vision International
Former Acting Deputy CEO, World Vision Australia
Former Co-Chair, Australian Council for International Development (ACFID), Development Practices Committee (DPC)

Emeritus Professor John McKenzie AM, FAA - BSc Biological Sciences (Hons) 1970, PhD Genetics 1974
Former Deputy Chancellor, La Trobe University
Chair of Reviews of Faculty of Science (Adelaide and Monash Universities) and CSIRO Division of Entomology
Chair, Scientific Advisory Panel and Board Member (Educational Advisor) IGS

The Honourable Andrew Robb AO MP - BEc Economics (Hons) 1977
Australian Minister for Trade and Investment
Federal Member for Goldstein
Board Member, Garvan Medical Research Foundation, Menzies Research Centre, Big Brother Big Sister

Cr Oscar Yildiz JP - BA Legal Studies 1992, Diploma of Education 1994
CEO, Bully Zero Australia Foundation
Councillor, Moreland City Council
Former Mayor, Moreland City Council

Young Achiever Award recipient

Yanti Turang (pictured)- BA Indonesian Malay Sociology 2002, BN Nursing 2009
Founder and Director, LearnToLive
Registered Nurse - Orthopedics and Gastriontestinal, Children's Hospital New Orleans

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