The 2013 Alumni Awards

Celebrating the outstanding achievements and contributions of our alumni.

Professional achievement

Jeremy G Davis AM (BEc ’64)
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Jeremy then returned to Australia and took up an appointment as the Dean of the UNSW Australian Graduate School of Management in 1980. He became a long-serving member of the UNSW Council and was elected President of the UNSW Academic Board, where he was a force for innovation.

Emeritus Professor Jeremy Davis receives the Alumni Award for Professional Achievement for his far-reaching impact on Australian business and the tertiary sector as a company director, scholar and thought leader.

After winning the University Medal in his economics degree, he went to Stanford University where he graduated with an MBA, coming first in his class, and a Master of Arts in Economics. As a young management consultant at Boston Consulting Group (BCG), he established the firm’s West Coast office and went on to reinvigorate its Paris office. He rose to become BCG’s Vice-President and Director-General for France.

Community achievement

Russell Dickens OAM (BVSc ’54 MVSc ’75)
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Dr Russell Dickens receives the Alumni Award for Community Achievement in recognition of his landmark efforts to protect Australian wildlife, as well as his 50 years of service to the people of Western Sydney as a veterinarian and in local government.

Russell has been described as the father of koala medicine. In the 1970s, he was one of the first veterinarians in the country to systematically study diseases of the koala and provide advice on their clinical management. His pioneering master’s research laid the foundation for today’s expanding discipline of wildlife medicine.

Russell is a founding board member of the Australian Koala Foundation, where he is an authority on koala research, conservation and policy. His dedication to the welfare of animals, especially the koala, was recognised with a Medal of the Order of Australia in 1992.

Young alumni - joint winner

Julie McKay (EMBA ’11)
Julie McKay

Julie McKay is a joint winner of the Young Alumni Award for Achievement for the outstanding role she has played in Australia’s non-profit sector as an advocate for gender equality, ending violence against women and social inclusion.

Though she initially embarked on a career in banking, Julie quickly realised her true passion lay in working for non-profit organisations. She went on to hold management roles at Homelessness Australia and the White Ribbon Campaign before being hired, aged just 23, as the Executive Director of UNIFEM Australia, now known as UN Women Australia. The organisation now commands a leading voice in the development sector and is a respected adviser to business and government on a range of important gender issues.

Young alumni - joint winner

Majok Tulba (MSW ’09)
Majok Tulba

Majok Tulba is a joint winner of the Young Alumni Award for Achievement for his internationally recognised achievements as an author as well as his efforts to contribute to global peace. When Majok was nine, Sudanese Armed Forces burnt down his village in what is now South Sudan, killing some of his close family members. Escaping on foot, he spent the next seven years moving between refugee camps before eventually gaining asylum in Australia in 2001, at the age of 16.

Upon arrival in Sydney, Majok had no knowledge of English and could not read or write in his own native tongue, Dinka. He educated himself and won a place in the University’s Faculty of Education and Social Work where he graduated with a Master of Social Work in 2009. Meanwhile, Majok had begun writing stories, partly as a way of dealing with the brutal violence he had witnessed in his country of birth. Over the course of a year and a half, he wrote a novel on the experiences of child soldiers during the Sudanese civil war.