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2012 Winners

USQ would like to congratulate and recognise the 2012 Alumnus of the Year Faculty winners.

Mark Willacy
Alumnus of the Year & Faculty of Arts

Bureau Chief/North Asia correspondent for ABC TV and Radio, based in Tokyo

Bachelor of Arts (USQ)

‘The Faculty of Arts really did challenge me to think. That was where I found my intellectual home. It’s truly an honour to receive this award and to be back in my hometown. This award is truly up there with some of the highlights of my career. I am amongst some very talented and esteemed company.’


Dr Khalid Al-Mabrouk Abdalla
International Alumnus of the Year

Executive Vice-Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of the Libyan Government’s Investment Promotion Fund
Chairman of the Libyan Investment Holding Company in Africa

Doctor of Philosophy (USQ)
Master of Project Management (USQ)
Master of Business Administration (CQU)
Graduate Certificate in Management (CQU)
Master of Accounting (Academy of Postgraduate Studies – Libya)
Bachelor of Accounting (University of Gar Younis – Libya)

Key to success: 'Dedication, commitment and a hard work ethic.'


Katrina Hobbs
Young Alumnus of the Year

Chief Executive Officer of Eden Farms Family Group

Diploma in Corporate Governance, The Australian Institute of Company Directors (scholarship position)
Bachelor of Business (Major: Strategic Human Resource Management) (USQ)
Diploma in Export Management, Australian Institute of
CND38 Small Business Course, Open Learning Institute of TAFE

Key to success: 'Being humble always and willing to listen to others whether they be customers, suppliers or employees. Also, lots of hard work and dedication and enjoying what you do!'


Atalina Enari
Faculty of Business and Law Alumnus of the Year

Governor of the Central Bank of Samoa

Bachelor of Business (Major: Economics, Banking and Finance) (USQ)
Masters in Science (MSc) in International Economics, Banking and Finance (University of Wales, UK)
Bachelor of Law (LLB) (USP)
Professional Diploma in Legal Practice (USP)

Key to success: 'Make the most of opportunities that arise even if you only have limited resources available.'


Victoria Close
Faculty of Education Alumnus of the Year
Nursing Student Support Officer at the Centre for Australian Indigenous Knowledges (CAIK)

Aboriginal Research (Melbourne University)
Master’s in Education (USQ)
Bachelor of Arts with Distinction (CQU)

Key to success: 'You have to be committed or you never get anywhere.'


Tony Brun
Faculty of Engineering and Surveying Alumnus of the Year

Chief Executive Officer of the City of Greater Geraldton in Western Australia

Company Directors Diploma, Australian Institute of Company Directors
Master of Business Administration (Tech Mgt), Deakin University, Victoria
Graduate Diploma of (Technology) Management, APESMA/Deakin University, Victoria
Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) (USQ)

Key to success: 'Integrity: do what you say you are going to do no matter what. Be creative with your position and think outside the box in applying skills and experience attained.'


June Henry
Faculty of Sciences Alumnus of the Year

Medicare Care Registered Clinical Psychologist in her own private practice, Health Journeys Australia, based in Toowoomba.

Doctor of Philosophy, Faculty of Science (USQ)
Master of Applied Psychology, Faculty of Science (UQ)
Diploma in Psychology (UQ)
Bachelor of Arts with Distinction (USQ)

Key to success: 'A love and thirst for knowledge, to seek answers to problems whether in a traditional or alternative sense.'