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1990s

Srinivasiah Muralidhar (PhD Educ 1990), Associate Professor in the School of Education at the University of the South Pacific, has also been appointed Adjunct Professor at the University of Fiji.

Wessley Edgar (BSc(Hons) 1991) has returned to Australia from Portugal and is now exploration manager for Castlemaine Goldfields Limited, which searches for gold in Central Victoria.

Now retired, researcher Edwin Westaway (DSc 1991) was responsible for patenting a virus vector RNA, suitable for use as a safe expression system for vaccines.

Richard Zhong (PhD Sci 1992) in June of this year received the prestigious 2006 International Business Award (IBA) in the Corporate Image Video category.

Marcus Wigan (MBA 1993, MA 1994), of the Transport Research Institute and School of Computing at Napier University, Edinburgh, has been appointed a Visiting Professor at Imperial College London for 2006 and 2007.

Carolyn Thompson (GradDipEd 1993) recently spent time working for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority as its Education Officer, coordinating education programs in its aquariam for pre-school to university students.

After spending the past 13 years as a microbiologist at Murray Goulburn's food safety laboratory, Catherine Chambers (BAppSc 1993) has returned to her old stomping ground at Monash Gippsland, conducting sessional demonstrating and laboratory work.

Jon Cattapan (MA 1994) this year held a survey of his work, titled The Drowned World, at the Ian Pottter Museum of Art. The exhibition includes a selection of paintings and works on paper that Cattapan has produced over the past 30 years.

Elliot Kotek (BSc 1994, LLB 1996) is Editor-in-Chief of Moving Pictures Magazine in the US which, under his direction, won a Maggie Award for Best Trade Magazine -- Communications, Advertising.

Paul Chin (BCom 1995) is Senior Portfolio Manager for Barclays Global Investors at its San Francisco head office in the US.

In the short decade since graduating, Christopher Wright (MBA(IntBus) 1996) has held high-level positions at BA Systems Australia, British Aerospace and Siemens. His current appointment is as Senior Trade Commissioner Shanghai with the Australian Trade Commission.

Previously an equity analyst, Danny Chang Choon Hing (BCom 1996) is now heading Investment Business for Wealth Management Banking at Citibank's headquarters in Malaysia.

Edward Buckingham (BSc 1996) will return to consulting after having worked for a French packaging firm to pioneer a new form of packaging for glucose test strips used by diabetics.

Serel Ogten (BE 1996) is Electrical Engineering Manager for Suzlon Energy Australia Pty Ltd, suppliers and installers of wind turbine generators.

Cameron McLean (BBus(Bkg&Fin) 1996, BBus(IntTrade) 1998) has been appointed Director of Business Development of online payment business PayPal Europe, based in London.

Bruce Shelley (BA 1997, BBus(IntTrade) 2005) manages a team of sales executives at Nestle.

After landing engineering positions in Norway, Singapore and the UK, Duncan Eley (BE(Mat)(CI) (with hons) 1997, BSc 1997) has returned to Melbourne, joining Deacons Consulting as a Senior Consultant.

John Raciti (BA(Craft) 1997) has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in London, a society that has recognised individuals such as inventor of the modern radio Gugliemo Marconi.

Edward Giudice (BCom 1997) is working for a global investment consulting firm, providing investment advice on pension plans to institutions in the UK.

Dr Isabelle Hoong (BA 1997, BSc(Hons) 1997, PhD 2004) is conducting research into animal reproduction as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at AgResearch Limited in New Zealand.

Jill Young (MEd 1998) teaches children with autism and developmental delay on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria using a world-renowned teaching approach called Applied Behaviour Therapy.

Ian Campos (MBA 1998) has worked in Australia and the US over the past eight years as a management consultant with Capgemini (formerly Ernst & Young Consulting).

Director of the Phoenix Centre's Torture Trauma Service, Andrew Harris (GradDipSocSc(CounsPsy) 1998) is now based in Hobart.

Pennie White (BA 1998, GradDipEd 2004, Med(I&CT ED) 2005), Development Manager at Yarra Valley eLearning Centre, works with secondary school teachers to integrate information and communication technologies into student-centred curriculum.

Fotis Kapetopoulos (GradDipA(Tourism) 1999, MA 2003) runs his own Melbourne-based consultancy, Kape Communications, and is a consultant for national arts leadership program Multicultural Arts Professional Development.

Shellie Testaz (BEd(SchLib) 1999) has established from scratch a resource centre for a new government high school, where she works as a teacher librarian.

Starting up a hot company

Toby MacKelden (BA(SocSc) 1993) says he has always been driven to succeed, which is possibly why Indigo Media Group Pty Ltd, a business he founded in 2001, was earlier this year listed by Business Review Weekly as one of the “75 hot start-up companies” on BRW's 2006 ‘Upstart' business list.

The list looks at the fastest growing start-up companies, measured by revenue taken over a period of three years.

Mr MacKelden, who graduated in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts in social science, says the wide-ranging skills he learnt as a student at Monash have contributed to his success.

These include communication, critical thinking and presentation and analytical skills, which are paying off in an industry where

Mr MacKelden experiences face-to-face contact on a regular basis.

"Having these general skills is so critical for business," he says. "They have provided me with a foundation for my current career."

Mr MacKelden's Indigo Media Group consists of two business lines -- his management consultant business Lumina Consulting and a magazine publishing business that developed the successful Real Weddings magazine, in which his wife, Kirsten, is heavily involved.

Through his consultancy, he offers sales and executive coaching to private industry staff and has recently provided his services to companies such as Deutsche Bank Asset Management, Sun Microsystems and Oracle.

-- Penny Rankin