Here are your nominees for the Alumni Council from the Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Fine Arts and Music.
Mr Ziauddin Ahmed - MPPM(CW) (2011)
I am Zia. I would be a valuable Alumni Council member, as I understand:
- I discharged my duties as the President of Graduate Students Association (GSA) Council for the year 2011 and hence I understand the University of Melbourne.
- During my studies in Master of Public Policy and Management in the years 2010-2011 I started leading the international students initially and later in 2011 I led the GSA Council.
- I was a board member of Melbourne University Student Union Ltd (MUSUL). I attended monthly meetings of the University Council and used to raise students' issues.
- In 2012 I relocated to Bangladesh, my country of origin. I started to get engaged in the alumni network and became a member of Australia Alumni Association, USA Alumni Association and Netherlands Alumni Association. I continue to build upon my network and professional relationships attending several meetings and workshops of these associations.
- I have been involved in organising alumni networking events and understand the associated key issues and challenges. Currently, I am the President of the Australia Alumni Association Bangladesh and I have been elected for the years 2018-2019.
- I am a public servant and my passions are alumni leadership, education network development and innovative entrepreneurship.
Why Support Me?
I would like to harness the fantastic diversity, links, innovative ideas and talent in global alumni to strengthen social and economic development for the community.
I am eagerly seeking your support. Please, vote for me.
Ms Rebecca Brown - BA (2012)
As an actively involved member of the alumni community, participating in the Faculty of Arts Mentoring Program, I continue to pursue engagement with the university and its students, eager to offer what I can to those on an earlier phase of the journey than find myself now.
Having graduated after six years of study on the Parkville campus and moved straight into work in my ideal field, I consider myself a fantastic candidate to join the Alumni Council and continue to give back to the university.
My work in the film and television industry requires regular networking and interaction with industry leaders all over the country – offering excellent opportunity, not only to promote the university to industry, but also to keep in touch with their priorities, needs and concerns.
I am particularly interested in promoting alumni-led career opportunities for students and alumni on account of the fact that it is a constant challenge to find the right candidates for jobs in my field. In a similar vein I have volunteered for more than ten years at the two high schools I attended in Melbourne – working with students to find their ideal career paths.
Mr Scott Clarey - BA (Hons) (2005), BCom (2004)
My association with the University began 20 years ago when I completed a first-year history subject as part of my VCE studies. I went on to complete a combined BCom/BA (First Class Honours) degree and enrolled in a PhD in the then Political Science Department. I have also taught at the University, as a tutor and teaching assistant, and more recently as a lecturer and subject coordinator in both undergraduate and postgraduate subjects. My education prepared me well for an international career, first with the United Nations in Cambodia, and later as a policy officer and diplomat in Australia's Department of Foreign affairs and Trade.
My work with DFAT took me to Canberra, shorter-term assignments in a range of countries including China, Korea, Pakistan and Switzerland, as well as a long-term posting to Australia's High Commission in Singapore. I am currently a Member in the Migration and Refugee Division of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal where my work includes hearing appeals of asylum seekers whose applications have been refused by the Australian government.
During my time in Singapore, I saw firsthand how effectively managed international alumni networks can be leveraged for immense benefit to the university (and the country). The University has made great strides in this area in recent years but has a long way to go to compete with international best practice. I believe my unique mix of skills and experience would be a valuable asset to the University as it seeks to develop its capacity in this competitive and important area.
Ms Christine Croyden - BA (1997)
As a graduate (Arts 1997) I am happy to be back at the University of Melbourne studying a Diploma of Languages (French). I recently returned from Paris after a six-month playwriting residency with a French theatre company. Since graduating I've continued to study, first a Graduate Diploma in Education at Monash followed by a Diploma of Arts (writing and editing) at RMIT. I worked in publishing for several years (Spinifex Press) before moving to Canada with my family for one year. On my return I began teaching (academic writing at VU). I've written two novels for Young Adults (published) and had twelve full length plays produced professionally in Australia and US. I'm currently in development for my new play, which is based on Nancy Wake, Australian special agent during WW2 AKA 'The white mouse'. This play will be produced in five theatres in and around Melbourne during 2019.
I'd like to be on the Alumni Council as I know I could make a worthwhile contribution through involvement in planning and policy for the arts. And by providing views in regards to pathways, particularly in theatre, publishing or professional writing. I'd also like to be part of a group of diverse individuals with a cross section of experience for my own learning, and for the purpose of working towards a common goal.
Ms Ruby Crysell - BA (1984)
I am a passionate alumna of the University of Melbourne, where I completed a combined Music performance and Arts degree in the mid 1980’s.
Since University, I have gained extensive experience in sales, marketing, community engagement and team management, across a very broad range of advertising, real estate, architectural and cemeteries industries around Australia.
While at university I was a resident of Trinity College, the University of Melbourne, where I currently work as the Engagement and Alumni Relations Manager. My role at Trinity involves developing and executing the strategy to engage with our 27,000 residential and Foundation Studies alumni, and managing the Alumni Relations team. I work very closely with and have developed a very good understanding of the needs of our international alumni, the majority who are also alumni of the University of Melbourne. Central to our strategy is maximising the student experience and career opportunities by linking them with willing alumni both here and overseas.
I would bring to the Alumni Council a wealth of experience in Alumni Relations, knowledge of university and college life, both historic and current. I am excited about the opportunities alumni can offer each other, current students and the University as a whole.
Ms Jenna Davey-Burns - BA (2006), DipML(Ital) (2006), MIntPol (2011)
When I was studying at Melbourne University I was an active member of the University community, participating in programs such as SALP and Faculty of Arts International Students Welcome Sessions. I was a recipient of the Dean of Arts grant for leadership in 2005.
I have represented the University of Melbourne internationally in 2005 at the International Youth Leadership Conference in Prague and in 2006 was one of 12 Australian students selected, nationally, to participate in the US Capitol Hill Internship program spending two months representing the University of Melbourne in the House of Representatives, US Congress.
In 2015 I was chosen by the Department of Premier and Cabinet (Vic) to represent the Department and Victoria at the anniversary of the Aichi-Victoria sister state relationship in Japan. In 2013 I was awarded the University of Melbourne Rising Star Award for excellence in social justice advocacy.
I have extensive and diverse community engagement experience and excel at engaging with communities to represent their needs in formal settings such as advocacy to government, which I have done through my work at the Victorian Multicultural Commission and Djirra (Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention & Legal Services Victoria).
I am a member of the Queen Victoria Women's Centre Trust and have also sat on a number of non-for profit boards in the past, all of which have allowed me to gain significant board governance experience.
I am passionate about higher education and a strong advocate for access to education.
Ms Wanda Dopierala - PGradCert - Arts (2014), MArts&CulturalMgmt (2017)
I will bring to the Alumni Council extensive and diverse work, study and life experience. I am an educator, business leader, education ambassador, arts and cultural manager and mother. I understand the opportunities and challenges of today's students and alumni. I want to help shape the future of higher education in our city while boosting the role of alumni at the University of Melbourne. I have successfully mentored and sponsored alumni, students, colleagues and employees throughout my career. I was born in Poland, raised in Israel and educated in Australia. My parents were holocaust survivors who taught me the importance of education, cultural values, resilience, optimism and, above all, respect for people and their communities. I am passionate about the learning and expanding access to higher education as widely as possible. As a University of Melbourne graduate I have recently embarked on a new and challenging career in Advancement of Education. I ask for your support as I seek to serve the interests of Melbourne students and alumni through membership of the Alumni Council.
Ms Ruhie Kumar - MGMC (2011)
Building communities and sustaining them – it’s not just my work but also my passion. At University of Melbourne, while doing my Global Media Communications Masters, I learnt crucial concepts in humanities; I met some of the most interesting people in my journey to become what I am today – climate change communicator. Right now, I am creating narratives and strategies, collaborating and working with people, communities to talk about the urgency of climate change, and how it is not only affecting our future but our present. If I become the alumni council member: I will be able to strengthen this existing diverse network, focus on making our connections stronger, to create new spaces for the alumni network. My expertise in communications, socio-political understanding of key environment issues, my network in the sustainability sector, which is deemed to be the next leap in the global economy, will be an added value to the alumni council. My global experience from Australia, Africa and Asia is also relevant to a holistic cultural understanding of diverse and multicultural alumni of the university alumni.
Mr Andrew Saunders - BA(Hons) (1999)
My name is Andrew Saunders, a graduate of the Arts faculty and an educator.
Since graduating in 1999, I have worked in and around education as a student, teacher and as a professional in the education industry. I firmly believe that education is empowering and beneficial to individuals and society.
As a student, I have worked as a researcher and teacher: while pursuing my Masters Degree I was the Postgraduate President at the University if Tasmania where I earned an insight into the postgraduate student experience, designing programs to enrich the university experience.
As an educator, I have taught secondary school students in China and in Australia, learning what students expect from their tertiary education and what they want to achieve with their qualification.
As a professional in the education industry, I have worked in student attraction and retention and in the design of products for to enhance the study experience of international and domestic students.
I want to be part of the Alumni Council because I fundamentally believe in the excellence of our University and in an Alumni Council with a purposeful, open, global outlook.
Thank you for your consideration.
Ms Inna Zaitseva - PGDipArts(Hist) (1997), MA(AustSt) (2003), MPPM(CW) (2009)
I am also keen to share the experience gained in my corporate roles as the Deputy Chair of Staff Advancing Gender Equality Network, Reconciliation Ambassador for the Department of Home Affairs and authorship of publications on cultural identities. We all have a stake in the future: to envision the culture of tomorrow and to shape the prosperity of our nation. With change being the hallmark of the future, we should measure success by the lives we change. A former skilled migrant, I have succeeded in an unfamiliar environment, combining full-time employment with postgraduate studies and raising two children, also graduates of the University of Melbourne.
An honest, reflective, life-long student, I am enthused by the opportunity to serve on the Council represented by diverse individuals all working together towards a common goal: shaping innovative strategies and helping to produce the next generation of charismatic leaders thus contributing to Australia’s success on the global stage.