Here are your nominees for the Alumni Council from the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences.
Dr Maria Dudycz - MB BS (1987), LLB(Hons) (1993)
As a member of the Alumni Council, I would add value by extrapolating ideas for Council policies, promotions and activities from my knowledge, insights and skills derived from a culturally diverse, low socioeconomic background; my University experience in attaining degrees in Medicine and Law(Honours) and my wide experience in the Government and medical sectors.
I have extensive experience in contributing to representative organisations including being an inaugural Director of the National Breast Cancer Centre, Chair of the Advisory Panel on Marketing in Australia of Infant Formula (WHO obligation), and Victorian Chair of the Australasian College of Legal Medicine. Along with governance experience, I was awarded the inaugural Women's Leadership Scholarship to undertake the Australian Institute of Company Director's Course so am upskilled on current governance issues facing organisations.
I’ve served as a Senior Member of VCAT and my societal contributions were recognised by the Victorian Government when I was inducted onto the Victorian Honour Roll of Women.
As an Alumna, I’ve mentored Law students for a number of years and in the past, mentored in the “Welcome to Melbourne” program. I informally mentor University students living in western Melbourne.
With my engagement amongst students, professional experience contributing to advisory bodies and diverse experience, I can contribute to the work of the Council in being relevant to and meeting the needs of the Alumni in a rapidly changing world.
Dr Yijia Li - PhD – Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sci (2014)
As an international student, I am very grateful to study at University of Melbourne. Because of the training, I know how to dream large and become the director of a biotech company leading 40 people to find a cure of lupus with stem cell. I was awarded as Young Australia China Alumni of the Year Award in 2016 and one character in the series of Australian by Degree in 2018.
Back at the university, my friends and I established a non-profit organisation called Melbourne Pioneer (MP) in 2011. MP aims to help Chinese students smoothly and quickly assimilate into University and Australian society. In cooperation with Australia's top companies, MP held several job-hunting events to help Chinese overseas students find jobs or internship opportunities. MP also provides volunteer services to high-end international conferences and other significant activities. So far, Melbourne Pioneer has more than 30,000 followers.
When I came back to China, I also joined the alumni association. Through this network I gained more friends and even business opportunities. Therefore, I would like to join the Alumni Council and use my experience to help more and more students and alumni to engage with each other and dream large together.
Mr Umesh Nair - BBiomed(Hons) (2013)
The last eight years of my life have been based around the University of Melbourne, where I completed both my undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Life Sciences. These eight years have given me sufficient exposure to understand well the core values and principles imbibed by the University of Melbourne into her students and I believe I will be able to bridge any gaps between the University and its alumni.
Given my significant lengthy journey with the University of Melbourne, I have gained and nurtured many friendships and established many new professional contacts; many of whom are now University of Melbourne alumni themselves. One of my main goals, if inducted into the alumni council, would be to develop more creative avenues/activities, hence motivating the participation of our alumni population and therefore enriching the networking among these young professionals; something I strongly believe in to succeed in today's world. As well, I trust my experience from my previous tenure as the events manager for SOBR (Students of Brain Research) 2017, will help me excel as a member in the Alumni Council.
Lastly, I would like to take this opportunity to be part of the Alumni Council to give back my time and service to my alma mater, the University of Melbourne.