Exceptional alumni achievements recognised


A multi-award winning Australian author, an international finance leader and medicine and research trailblazers have been recognised in The University of Queensland 2019 Alumni Awards.

Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj said the awards were an opportunity to highlight the outstanding talent of alumni and the widespread impact of their work.

“We are honoured to recognise an incredible group of alumni who are making an impact in a diverse range of industries,” Professor Høj said.

“Between them, their achievements include breaking ground in humanitarian law, halting deadly viral outbreaks in their tracks, pioneering women in executive leadership, and more.

“The impact of their work locally, nationally and internationally simply cannot be overstated.”

The UQ Alumni Awards and the UQ Sportswoman and Sportsman of the Year awards will be presented at the annual Courting the Greats ceremony on 16 October.

The 2019 Vice-Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Awards will be presented to:

The award recipients were nominated by their peers and selected by a committee led by Professor Høj.

“Each of these winners drives success through their work and for communities around them, often by taking on community and philanthropic endeavours outside of their professional careers,” Professor Høj said.

“Many of them have taken on the challenge to leverage disruption and embrace opportunities they may not have considered in their initial aspirations - an agility we are proud to instil in all our graduates to prepare them for an increasingly fast-paced professional environment.”

The 2019 Distinguished Young Alumni Award recipients are:

International Alumnus of the Year: Emeritus Professor Dato' Dr Sai Kit Lam - a leading infectious viral disease researcher who headed the medical team that discovered the Nipah virus.

Indigenous Community Impact Award: Dr Lilla Watson - respected artist, writer, educator and researcher working towards better outcomes for Indigenous peoples.

Colleges’ UQ Alumni Award: The Honourable Justice Martin Daubney AM (King’s College 1980-81) - Supreme Court of Queensland judge.

At the same event, the Alumni Friends of The University of Queensland Inc will present its Alumnus of the Year award to a leading clinical haematologist, oncologist and co-founder of Icon Cancer Care, Dr Paul Eliadis .

Dr Eliadis is well known as a philanthropist; in 2013 he made a multi-million-dollar donation to establish UQ’s Chair in Classics and Ancient History.

The Alumni Friends’ Graduate of the Year award will be presented to Jason Lejcak , a Citigroup analyst in markets and security services. Mr Lejcak was University Medallist and class valedictorian when he was awarded a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) in 2018.

Swimmer Lakeisha Patterson will receive the UQ Sportswoman of the Year award. She is a gold medallist and world record holder after representing Australia at two Commonwealth Games and the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games.

Touch footballer Justin Cridland will receive the UQ Sportsman of the Year award. He is a World Cup-winning member of the Australian Touch Football mixed team, and a two-time National Touch League Elite Men’s premiership winner with the Queensland Cowboys.

Full details of the 2019 Alumni Award recipients are here.

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