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Determination to live in country Victoria led alumni Michelle Jones and Ron Geritz to teaching and then to an unexpected business opportunity in China. Read more

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Philip Taffs
Adman Philip Taffs (BA(Hons) 1986) had a light bulb moment in Monash's audio library when he was an English literature student in the 1980s.

Andrew Cameron
A seven-hour round-trip through the Simpson Desert to retrieve an injured motorcyclist would discourage most. For nurse and midwife Andrew Cameron OAM (GradCertHealthEc 1996) it's these unexpected twists and turns as Director of Nursing at Birdsville Clinic in Queensland that reinforce his passion for nursing.

Dr Lydia Johns-Putra
Alumna Lydia Johns-Putra (MBBS (Hons) 1995) moved to Melbourne from Malaysia at 18 to study Medicine at Monash.

Andrew Probyn
The Canberra press gallery is a tough arena. Closely observing the trials and tribulations of Australia's federal parliament while competing for news stories alongside some of this country's most accomplished journalists is not for the faint hearted.

Matt Bebe
Have you ever met someone with bucket loads of energy and a great personality and come away thinking: that person could do anything! Meet alumnus Matt Bebe.

Kaine Grigg
Many people say their job feels like a prison. But what if you actually work in a prison? Kaine Grigg said the response he gets when he tells people about his career is regularly one of intrigue.

Annette Kimmitt
Antoinette (Annette) Kimmitt is the Global Middle Market Leader and the Asia-Pacific Accounts Leader at Ernst and Young, one of the world’s largest professional services firms with 190,000 employees in more than 700 offices covering more than 150 countries.

Graham Allan
Mr Graham Allan is the Group Chief Executive of The Dairy Farm Group and a member of the Board of The Consumer Goods Forum, an international industry body based in Paris.

Dion Weisler
Dion Weisler is Executive Vice President of Hewlett Packard’s (HP) Printing and Personal Systems organisation, a $60 billion annual revenue business that includes personal computers, mobility devices, technical workstations, printers, graphics solutions, managed-print services and internet services.

Foong Pik Yee
Alumna Foong Pik Yee’s (MBA 1990) passion for numbers started as a young girl. Her ability to master mathematics came naturally and by the time she was sitting in a university lecture theatre, she dreamed of nothing more than spending her working life preparing financial statements.

Kate Morris
Founder and director of Adore Beauty, Kate Morris says the two most important attributes you need to be successful in business are persistence and the ability to learn quickly from failure.

Matt Scully
There are two characteristics that Australians are known for – their passion for sport and their love of travel. Matt Scully (BCom 2005) has created a business that combines these two passions to give people a unique travel experience.

Michelle Jones and Ron Geritz
Determination to live in country Victoria led Michelle Jones (BSc(Hons) 1988, DipEd 1990) and her husband Ron Geritz (BSc(Hons) 1988, DipEd 1990) to teaching and then to an unexpected business opportunity in China.

Rob French
Rob French (BA 1990, DipEd 1991) is a dedicated teacher with a passion for social justice – an interest that began when he was a student at Dandenong High School.

Joan Ko
Joan Ko (BEnvEng(Hons) 2005, DipLang (Chinese) 2006) has dedicated her career to improving the sustainability of cities.

Kelly Sundberg
Fierce determination and supportive guidance from his supervisors ensured that Canadian alumnus Kelly Sundberg was not only able to reach his PhD milestones but his life goals too.

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