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CQUniversity announces 2020 Alumni Award winners

Published:11 February 2020

2020 CQUniversity Alumni Award winners (top) Sean O'Donnell, Tanya O'Shea, (bottom) Do Van Huong and Leslie Lowe.

Master of Business Administration alumnus Sean O’Donnell leads CQUniversity’s 2020 Alumni Award winners' lineup having been announced as this year’s Outstanding Alumnus of the Year.

Mr O’Donnell, the Global Markets Executive for IBM, was commended for his role in promotion of good governance and inclusiveness throughout his career in the business and banking sectors, and for his significant leadership contributions to philanthropic and community organisations.

He is a highly experienced executive and a philanthropist who is passionate about equity causes, especially homelessness.

CQUniversity also awarded Tanya O’Shea its 2020 Alumnus of the Year – Industry Excellence award in recognition of her significant leadership in community services.

Ms O’Shea is the Chief Executive of IMPACT Community Services and is a sought-after board and committee member who has made substantial contributions to her community and industry.

She has been recognised for her important role in employment, disability, mental health, social innovation and training services through exceptional leadership and management.

Managing Director and Co-founder of TECKnology Indigenous Corporation (Traditional Ecological and Cultural Knowledge) Leslie Lowe has been awarded CQUniversity’s 2020 Alumnus of the Year – Social Impact award.

Mr Lowe is recognised for his work to preserve, educate and develop modern business models for sustainable Indigenous industries and for his commitment to preserving the knowledge of Australia’s First Peoples and educating young people to respect and understand the world’s longest surviving civilisation.

Do Van Huong has been awarded CQUniversity’s 2020 Alumnus of the Year – Early Career Achievement award for his contribution to research, education and innovative practical application of embryo transfer technologies.

Dr Van Huong’s research into the development of embryo transfer technologies in cattle has provided both the Australian and Vietnamese cattle industry with practical measures that have improved breeding programs. He has also provided training to local veterinarians and technicians in Vietnam.

CQUniversity’s Deputy Director of Advancement and Alumni Relations, Anthea Cuddihy said the 2020 award winners are a testament to the outstanding contribution CQUniversity graduates are making to industries and communities throughout Australia and the world.

“Every day across the globe, our graduates are making an incredible impact in their professions and communities – and our 2020 Alumni Award winners are outstanding examples of this," said Ms Cuddihy.

"Each is making significant impacts, and on behalf of the University, I commend their hard work and congratulate them on their achievements.”