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Graduate Certificate in Management,
Master of Business Administration (Finance Management)

After completing his undergraduate studies in New Delhi, India, Ravi decided to pursue post-graduate studies at CQUniversity. He undertook a Graduate Certificate in Management at the Rockhampton campus, before completing a Master of Business Administration (Finance Management) on the Sydney campus in 1997. Ravi's career is based in the international education industry. He has previously been a member of the Association of Australian Education Representatives in India (AAERI) and an Administrative Director with The Princeton Review, an American company which assists international students prepare for American exams and English-language tests. Currently, Ravi is a Business Unit Manager for IDP Education, based in their Dubai office in the United Arab Emirates..


SIEW MOY NG (Samantha)

Graduate Diploma of Accounting, 2008

Samantha completed her studies at the Gold Coast campus. After graduation, Samantha returned home to Malaysia, and was offered employment with the Siemens Group. After working in this position, she wanted to return to Australia, so she secured a position as an Account Officer in Elite Customer Solution Pte Ltd (part of BP Group) in Melbourne. Samantha states that her education background with CQU helped her to prepare herself with skills and knowledge in her field of study, and to find work as a professional in a corporate environment.



Bachelor Engineering (Civil), 1990 & Master Business Administration, 1996
Principal Consultant, MRCagney

Steven is an engineer and urban strategist who completed an Engineering degree on the Rockhampton campus in 1990, and later undertook a Master of Business Administration, which he completed in 1996. He has managed a range of projects in the transport and urban redevelopment sectors for more than 20 years, including many complex inner urban revitalisation projects. His key experience is in assessing the impacts of movement and access and its potential to progress and revitalise urban centres and he has done extensive work on the long-term relationships between urban form, transport, parking, and vitality. He is the author of a significant number of papers and publications, is regularly called on as an expert witness or keynote speaker, and has been involved in revitalisation and redevelopment projects for a large number of towns and cities, predominantly along Australia's eastern coastline.



Master Business Administration, 1998
  Director of Marketing and Business Strategy, Arabian Entertainment Company Ltd

Kamran Khan feels his CQUniversity education is a major factor in his career success, putting him on the path to achieving a senior management position only a short time after graduation. On completion of his MBA, Kamran was offered the position of Marketing Analyst for ACCOR (hotel management group) based in Saudi Arabia. His career progressed swiftly, as Kamran moved to a different company within the group to become the Marketing Coordinator within a year, and then progressed again to become the Marketing Manager. He is now the Director of Marketing and Business Strategy for Arabian Entertainment Company Ltd, a subsidiary of SEDCO Holding.



Master Business Administration (Marketing), 2009
Executive - Marketing and Communication, IndiGo Airlines

Abhishek Khare was a very high-achieving student who completed his MBA on the Gold Coast campus in 2009. He received a scholarship to assist him with his studies, and found the small class sizes and accessibility of his lecturers was instrumental in helping him achieve his academic goals. Upon graduation, he returned to India and spent some time carefully researching companies that would offer him the type of experience that will eventually lead him to his ultimate goal of owning his own marketing consultancy. He credits knowledge gained during his studies as being instrumental in assisting him to succeed in his job interview, and landing his current position of Executive ? Marketing and Communication for IndiGo Airlines.



Doctor of Philosophy, 2000

Since graduating from CQUniversity, Dr Tsang has established and maintained strong collaborative working relationships with students, faculty, staff, administrators, professional bodies and the media. Dr Tsang is now full professor and Vice President (Academic and Research) of the Caritas Institute of Higher Education. The Caritas Institute is a newly-accredited degree granting higher education institute with 40 years of history. It aspires to become the first Catholic university in China. Before joining Caritas, Dr Tsang worked his way up from lecturer to become Associate Professor in Communications Technology at the Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK). He gained the prestigious OUHK President's Award for Distinguished Achievement over three years between 2007-2009. He has been associated with acknowledged 'father of the web' Sir Tim Berners-Lee, as both are founding members of the International World Wide Web Conference Committee, (IW3C2) and is currently on the organising committees of ICT2011 and IC2012 Stockholm Challenge Summit.



Dr Gilbert Fan undertook a Professional Doctorate in response to a need to develop tools that would allow him to explore and address the many issues facing him in his role as President of the Singapore Association of Social Workers. Dr Fan is a a Clinical Supervisor (Satir), Life Diplomate in Psychotherapy with the American Psychotherapy Association (USA), and Registered Social Worker with the Social Work Accreditation Board (SWAB, Singapore). He has extensive experience as a medical social worker, having worked in both general and tertiary hospitals and having had a short teaching stint at the Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) lecturing in the Behavioural Sciences, in both the basic and advanced diploma programs. He is currently the Deputy Chair for Patient Support Programs and Head of the Department of Psychosocial Oncology, National Cancer Centre Singapore. His main interests include exploring the application of experiential counselling with cancer patients, especially those with advanced cancers



Bachelor of Accounting, 2010
Partner in McLaren Knight

Jarmille was inspired to undertake a B. Accounting after starting her working life as a receptionist in a public accounting firm. In order to continue working in an accounting environment while undertaking her studies, Jarmille undertook her entire degree via external study. She credits the support and encouragement she received from CQUniversity staff and other students, along with her own dedication, for achieving highly in her degree, and giving her an edge in her career. Jarmille is now well established in her career, due to the opportunity she accepted in early 2011, to become a partner (at age 23) in McLaren Knight. She gained her Tax Agent Registration, and now manages one of the offices of the practice, and provides accounting services for individuals and business organisations.



Bachelor of Business (Marketing), 1999 and Graduate Certificate in Management, 2000
Marketing Development Manager of Central Java, Edlink + Connex Indonesia

Alfin began his career three months after graduating from CQUniversity. Primarily he is responsible for the development of the Central Java area by providing information to prospective students for studying abroad, organising education seminars, schools and university visits, along with the coordination of the career fairs day. He also manages marketing strategies which analyse what the market needs and the industry demands, whilst also focusing on the quality of services and best practices in student counselling, as well as student and parent satisfaction.



Doctor of Philosophy, 2007
Head of Technology Division, PT INKA (Indonesia Railway Industry)

As a former research student at the Centre for Railway Engineering of CQUniversity and completing a PhD in Engineering in 2007, Yunendar returned to Indonesia to undertake the role of Head of Technology Division at PT INKA. He is primarily responsible for all design and engineering work within the company including the production engineering. PT INKA is the only industry within South East Asia, which manufactures rail vehicles including Freight Wagon, Coaches, Electric and Diesel Railcar, as well as Locomotives.



Graduate Diploma of Information Systems, 2001 and Master of Information Systems, 2002
Senior Software Engineer, Union Pacific Rail Road

Suneel is currently pursing his career in the United States and is working for one of the largest rail road companies.  Within his role, Suneel has a wide range of responsibilities from gathering functional requirements to successful implementation of the applications.  He commenced his role as the Junior Programmer and has now reached the position of Team Leader.   Information Technology is his passion and he believes CQU is one of the best universities he has attended, as it provided the practical knowledge to kick start his career.



Bachelor of Business, 1994
Director, Smerdon Enterprises; Chairman, Natures Fruit Company; President, Australian Custard Apple Growers Association
Australian Rural Woman of the Year, 2008 and Young Leader in Horticulture Award, 2007

Ros owns and manages a family business, which has been operating for over 50 years encompassing a mechanical orchard pruning business with three machines throughout QLD and NSW and grows avocados, custard apples and macadamia nuts.  As both a grower, and representative of grower organisations, Ros has a sound understanding of the issues and concerns of growers in relation to industry matters and regulatory requirements.  She actively encourages growers to work together and with industry, to ensure best possible outcomes for horticulture.



Bachelor of Human Movement Science, 2000
Chief Executive Officer, Triathlon Queensland
Board member of QSport, Queensland Outdoor Recreation Federation and Queensland Olympic Council

As the Chief Executive Officer for Triathlon Queensland, Joanna manages two-full time, one part-time and 12 casual staff, with a dedicated team of 115 volunteers.  During the 2009-2010 competitive season there were over 35,000 event participants competing in 62 sanctioned events and 52 clubs and squads throughout Queensland, which are based from Cairns to Southport and as far west as Mt Isa and Goondiwindi.  The sport is experiencing rapid growth, with a 10% increase in membership annually.  Triathlon Queensland's mission is to ensure the existence of quality participation opportunities, servicing of members, and pathways within the sport of triathlon.  As an organisation the core values of all our programs are healthy, enjoyment, belonging, and achievement.



Master of Accounting, 2008
Logistics, Billabong Australia

As a past recipient of the VC' scholarship, Hasan is currently working for Billabong Australia within the Logistics business unit.  He plans to undertake a PhD and work part-time as a lecturer, as he has a passion for education and would like to pass on his skills and expertise to other like-minded students.  Prior to moving to Australia, Hasan was an Observer for the United Nations in East Timor.



Graduate Diploma of Information Systems, 2005 and Master of Information Systems, 2006
Dean, School of Computer Studies, Treston International College, Philippines

Since his childhood, Ryan has always dreamt of being a college professor and after graduating from his Masters he returned to the Philippines and commenced his academic career as an Assistant Professor at a university in Manila.  Over the years, he has consulted with different organisations providing international education, where he was able to practice within the industry.  He currently handles 150 students and 14 faculty members at Treston International College.  He credits his success to his education and experience obtained from CQUniversity.



Graduate Diploma of Management, 2010 and Master of Management (Marketing), 2010
Volunteer Coordinator, The Smith Family

CQUniversity's slogan 'Be what you want to be' attracted Joanne to the Sydney campus, hoping that it could be a place where she could learn and improve.  Joanne is currently undertaking an internship with The Smith Family as a Volunteer Coordinator, which includes administration support and assistance with marketing projects.



Graduate Diploma of Management, 2009
Senior Executive/Business Analyst, Lilliput Kidswear Limited

Rajiv is currently working for India's largest retail company within the children's wear market, which he contributes his success to the hard work and education received from CQUniversity.  In the future, he hopes to explore as much opportunities as possible in order to gain higher recognition in the corporate world.



Bachelor of Arts, 1996
Communication Specialist, Rockhampton Regional Council

Having a degree has opened many doors for Kirsty, including a career in local government and working in various marketing and corporate communications roles, which also includes a two year adventure, living and working in South Korea teaching English.  A working visa can only be obtained after completing a degree and Kirsty credits the University for providing this opportunity.  Kirsty is proud of the work she currently undertakes which includes writing keynote speeches for the Mayor, writing the content for Council's community newsletter and feature articles promoting Council achievements that have been published in national publications such as 'LG Focus', 'Water Engineering Australia', 'Council Leader' and 'Sister City News'.



Bachelor of Business, 2008
Event & Recruitment Development Advisor, CQ Health Service District
Recipient of Queensland Health Award for Excellence, 2010

Tracey has had a successful start to her career.  Upon completion of her degree she attained her current position at Queensland Health as the Event and Recruitment Development Advisor for the Central Queensland region.   She manages the engagement activities, both internally and externally for the health facilities.  As part of this role, Tracey implemented a Rockhampton Hospital Nursing Recruitment campaign, which achieved an increase of over 350% on past strategies.  As a result, Tracey won the overall prize and the Corporate Innovation section at the CQ Awards of Excellence, which is Queensland Health's based staff recognition awards.  In 2007, Tracey also represented Queensland in the Miss World Australia finals.



Bachelor Accounting, 2010
Graduate Accountant, Peabody Energy Australia

Jenna has only recently completed her degree and has already secured a graduate program position commencing in January for Peabody Energy Australia.  For six months she will undertake her position in Brisbane and six months she will be posted to another location in Australia (which has yet to be confirmed).  She is extremely excited to commence her job and to use her knowledge gained from her degree



Bachelor of Computing, 1995; Bachelor of Information Technology (Honours), 1997; Doctor of Philosophy, 2003
Senior Lecturer in Information Technology, CQUniversity AUSTRALIA
Recipient of University Medal, 1997

'CQU has taught me to think, to love learning and most of all it has taught me that I can do anything.  I have long since learned that attitude, application and commitment are the basic elements of success.'  Appointed the Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning) in 2005, Elizabeth is now able to provide the opportunity for new students, what lecturers did for her - show they can succeed and to show that 'difficult' is not the same thing as 'impossible'.



Bachelor of Music Theatre, 2003
Performing in the Las Vegas production of 'Jersey Boys'

Singer and actor Peter Saide won the part this year of Bob Gaudio in the Las Vegas production of 'Jersey Boys'.   Peter has been working solidly in the business from 2005 and his first job was at Tokyo Disneyland, where he was the principal singer in a Broadway review playing to 10,000 people weekly.  Since his time working in the US, Peter has had the privilege of working with many Tony Award winning members of the business, celebrities from Current Disney TV stars to Neil Diamond.



Bachelor of Accounting, 2010
Senior Analyst, Stockland Property Group

Stuart is in charge of the Finance Division for the Stockland Property Group's eight Gold Coast residential communities, which he has been undertaking the position for nearly three years. He has recently been promoted into a Senior Analyst role. As a result, he will shortly be moving to Head Office in Sydney CBD to implement the Finance Transformation process, which will involve designing, testing and implementing new finance models and systems to be used throughout Stockland nationally. Stuart originally commenced studying in Mackay, then moved to Brisbane to continue his studies whilst at the same time working as a Project Accountant with the Packer family company, GRM International on several overseas International projects. He is currently undertaking a CPA and he plans to commence his Masters at CQUniversity upon completion.



Master of Information Technology, 2009
Consultant, Dialog Information Technology

In charge of preparing a workshop program for 100 volunteer managers ready for delivery across Queensland, provided Sandra with the stepping stone to secure her position at Dialog Information Technology. Sandra found it hard to believe she was charged with developing a program for over 100 volunteer managers, which she created a set of workshops for managers to facilitate an understanding of Web 2.0 and its technologies. Since undertaking her current position at Dialog from May 2010, Sandra is at home and feels the company values match her own. In the first two weeks, she was provided extensive training and coaching in consulting skills, which she has found very useful for undertaking various client projects.



Master of Letters (History), 2000
Army Chaplain and State Chaplain Mission Australia
Australian Centenary Medal, 2001
Knighthood of the Holy Sepulchre, 2006

Ordained four and a half years ago, chaplaincy provides non-judgemental pastoral care to workplaces and individuals and enables ethical reflection on work and how we navigate respectfully and compassionately in the world. At Mission Australian, Peter has the immense privilege of supporting staff and volunteers who work to see a fairer Australia by enabling people in need to find pathways to a better life. Peter has postgraduate degrees in commerce, ministry, theology, history, counselling and studies in ethics, executive coaching and resilience and he is currently undertaking a PhD. Prior to Peter's current role, he has 25 years experience within banking, corporate governance and finance and he has sat on peak bodies and various boards in health, education and housing, whilst assisting to lead and/or form charities for disability and young people. For services to business research and youth support, Peter was awarded the Australian Centenary Medal in 2001.



Graduate Certificate in Maintenance Management, 2000
  Graduate Diploma of Maintenance Management, 2001
Master of Maintenance Management, 2006
Senior Asset Management Consultant, MPE

Dunstan's role provides strategic and tactical support to improve practices and effectiveness in asset management. His previous experience encompasses positions within various multinational manufacturing companies with increasing responsibilities from technical, supervisory and managerial positions. The combination of industry experience and postgraduate study has given him the opportunity to work in various global geographies and cultural settings. Having assumed increasing managerial responsibilities in his youth, Dunstan decided it was time to undertake postgraduate study to progress his career in management and develop his personal and professional skills.



Bachelor of Music Theatre, 2008
Currently performing for Australia's newest premier ensemble 'Formidable'

Paul travels extensively performing both nationally and internationally.  He has been involved in Opera Queensland as an emerging artist, starred as 'Pavorotti' in the tribute 'Pavarotti Viva' and with The Ten Tenors 'Tenorissimo!' as well as performing with many orchestras and large scale national and international events.   During 2010, Paul was also in the Top 30 finalists for the UK Serenata Classical Music Festival in the UK



Master of Business Administration, 2008
Finance Manager, Mines Advisory Group (MAG), Sri Lanka

Jehan undertakes a senior management position within the British de-mining agency MAG Sri Lanka next to expatriate staff, with the position providing an opportunity to put his knowledge and experience gained from his experience at CQUniversity to action. MAG has a workforce of approximately 290 staff (excluding their global operations) and they are actively involved in humanitarian de-mining in post conflict areas of the Northern Province in Sri Lanka.



Graduate Diploma of Management, 2006; Master of Business Administration, 2007
Senior Manager, Strategic Partnerships & Key Accounts, Q2AMedia
2008 Rising Star of the Year

As a very proud alumnus of the University, Amandeep has gone from strength to strength since completing both his courses. He has been undertaking senior management roles within the publishing and media production industry and has been the recipient of three awards, one of which includes the 2008 'Rising Star of the Year' award for exceeding sales objectives. Currently within his role at Q2AMedia - an education content development company, he undertakes strategic business relationships, key account management, business development, consultative selling, sales budgets and forecasts and marketing. Previous to this role, Amandeep undertook the management of account development and developing marketing strategy for Reed Elsevier.



Graduate Diploma of Learning and Teaching, 2009
Year 1 Teacher, Mary Immaculate Primary School

Whilst only in her mid twenty's, Kate is already being groomed as a leader within Brisbane's Education Community. Kate was inspired to follow her passion of teaching and completed an Arts degree followed by her GradDip at CQUniversity. Kate is delighted to be one of an eight-member teacher delegation sponsored to attend the Blessed Mary MacKillop's canonisation in Rome. From a young age, Kate learnt about Mary MacKillop and was inspired by her unique spirit, determination and courage. Kate hopes the pilgrimage will inspire her to be a better teacher and pass the knowledge on to her students. During the Brisbane's Pray 2010 event, Kate was honoured to be invited to lead a workshop. In addition, she was asked to present for a Seeds of Change conference to assist other Early Years teachers.



Bachelor of Arts, 2007; Bachelor of Arts (Honours) First Class, 2009
Recipient of University Medal

Charles has been lifelong reader of history and when he retired from full-time work he decided to undertake an Arts Degree. Encouraged by his results, he enrolled in an Arts Honours Degree specialising in history and is now undertaking a PhD in sociological history. Along with Charles receiving the University Medal for his Honours Degree, he also received a History Prize, Humanities Staff Prize and the Humanities Honours Prize.



Bachelor of Arts, 1998; Graduate Diploma of Management, 1999; Master of Business Administration (Information Systems), 2000
Founder of Hotel Ratna in Biratnagar, Nepal
Chief Executive Officer of South Asian School of Tourism and Hotel Management

After Roshan completed his MBA he returned home and with assistance from his family he opened a 38-room, three star hotel in Biratnagar, Nepal. Business growth is more than 20 percent per annum and plans are in place to expand the hotel into 100-rooms, with a shopping mall and movie miniplex. After establishing the hotel, Roshan and his team created the idea to commence a hotel school, so they undertook feasibility studies on colleges in Biratnagar and commenced construction in 2004. The South Asian School of Tourism and Hotel Management (SASTHM), opened with affiliation from Purbanchal University of Nepal and they now have 300 students enrolled into the program. Roshan and his team are currently working on plans to develop a Hile Mountain Resort, 7,000 feet above sea level in the Eastern Hills of Nepal. In addition, they are in the process of developing tourism by incorporating issues of sustainable development to enrich the livelihood of the indigenous community within the region. Roshan's credits the University for providing the education and learning experience to enable him to achieve his success to date.



Bachelor of Arts, 1999
Program Manager, Thailand Office of Norwegian Church Aid (NCA)

After graduating from CQUniversity Rockhampton in 1999, Chawee undertook a Master degree in her home country of Thailand. Chawee is currently working with the Thailand Office of Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) as the Program Manager. However, she is about to commence her PhD (Sociology) in Korea, with the aim of graduating within three years. Chawee spent nearly four years in Rockhampton and during this time she experienced the culture, people and social activities and had a very memorable time.



Master of Learning Management, 2005
Head Arts Teacher, St Mary's College

Rosemary has followed her dream and is currently working as the Head Arts Teacher at St Mary's College in Maryborough. Completing her Masters degree has certainly given her confidence, motivation and knowledge about how to continue obtaining the best out of her students. And over the past three years Rosemary has linked her students with the community by organising funded projects for photography exhibitions, science shows, visual arts displays, NAIDOC Week and Youth Week activities and a myriad of in-school residencies for short workshops and community art partnerships. Recently, she has taught all classes ranging from Prep to Transition and each year she focuses on an aspect of the Arts and plans units of work around the theme. Rosemary now has her own Arts Learning Facility equipped with craft and ceramic materials; papers and canvases to costumes for dance and drama. A challenging and constant job, but Rosemary thoroughly enjoys her role, as the students thrive on the extensive activities. Rosemary's career highlight to date is receiving the Excellence in Teaching Award (Rockhampton) and the Regional Innovators Award for an Arts Learning Facility.



Bachelor of Information systems, 2006; Master of Information Systems, 2008
Technical Support Coordinator, SAI Global-Esperon Ltd

Shakir is one of our most active graduates of the University and since completing his degree he has gained employment as a Technical Support & Client Service Coordinator in Sydney. This position encompasses management of all-round support to internal and external clients by using both Online and Domain applications (initiation to closure), which includes working closely with Systems Support and IT infrastructure teams; searching property service requests for internal and non-external clients; respond to search enquiries; and maintaining the internal client search database. During 2004, 2006 and 2007, Shakir was the recipient of the BOLJOY Pty Ltd excellence in customer care award. Shakir credits the University for his success to date, as the program provided an opportunity to extend his knowledge and skills at a professional level.



Graduate Diploma of Learning Management (Executive Leadership), 2010
General Manager, KAP Mining

Lorne began his career in the Royal Australian Navy and then moved into the Australian Federal Police. During his long career he received National Medals (Defence Service Medal, Long Service (15 years), Police Overseas Service Medal, UN medal (Cyprus) in both the Military/Police and a Police 10-year Service Medal). After 17 years, he moved into private enterprise and in 2004 Lorne began his career in the coal mining industry. Lorne has progressed from undertaking a Business Systems Coordinator role to his current role as General Manager for KAP.



Bachelor of Human Movement Science, 1998
Rehabilitation Consultant & Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Director & Founder of Merendi Health and Wellness Centre

During 2005, Merendi commenced her own health and wellness centre, which won the Quest Business Innovation Award in 2009, as well as being a finalist three years in a row. Recently, Merendi was nominated for the Telstra Business Women's Awards. Merendi is making a difference by being able to improve her clients' lifestyle and activity levels to best manage medical conditions and injuries.



Graduate of Diploma of Management, 2007; Master of Business Administration (MBA), 2008 Finance Analyst with GE

Since joining GE in 2006, Melvin has progressed through the ranks. He commenced his career as a Collections Officer and was able to move onto more senior roles within the business. Thanks to his MBA, he was appointed the Senior Operations Analyst focussing on process improvement and conducting audits on different motor processes. In early 2010, he accepted his position as Finance Analyst.



Bachelor of Education (LOTE) Japanese, 2000
Economic & Political Coordinator, Consulate General of Japan - Brisbane

Having undertaken both an undergraduate and postgraduate degree, Melinda is now completing a dissertation in order to commence her PhD. She is currently working within the Consulate General of Japan and is required to coordinate meetings with Government officials, organise Ministry visits and report on trade, economic and political affairs. Melinda is also organising a 10-year reunion for her CQUniversity class, which will be held in August.