Our Alumni Profiles and Stories

Our UNSW Canberra alumni are inspiring. They are contributing to and shaping Australia, the region and the international community.

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UNSW Canberra’s Bettina Stelzer was the first student to graduate with a Master of Workforce Planning at today’s Business, Humanities and Social Sciences Graduation Ceremony. 

Introduced at the start of the year, the School of Business Master of Workforce Planning degree aims to foster global business leaders, cultivating strategic development and capability within workforces.  

As the only master’s level degree in workforce planning in Australia, Bettina took the unique opportunity to specialise her skills and knowledge within this growing field.  

UNSW Canberra graduand Christopher Wise is on the rise after three years of balancing military training, sports, university studies, and socialising.  

Chris will graduate with a Bachelor of Computing and Cyber Security this month and is looking forward to pursuing Honours next year as part of an internship in Japan.  

“My honours project will focus on applying artificial intelligence to quantum computers,” Chris said. 

A desire for a more personal and dedicated learning journey led Lili Beacham to choosing to study at UNSW Canberra.

Lili’s journey into the military wasn’t a traditional one. After gaining a passion for business and management through her real estate career, Lili found herself craving a more personal and dedicated approach to learning and training. She soon joined UNSW Canberra, where her training and studies combined as a trainee officer.

Giulia Brotzu Chessa is proud to look back at the significant milestones she has achieved throughout her journey at UNSW Canberra. 

Completing a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Oceanography and Mathematics, during a pandemic was no easy feat for Giulia. However, she rose to the challenge and adapted to the unpredictable changes and different learning environments throughout her degree.  

When navy veteran and UNSW Canberra alumnus Stuart Alexander and his wife, Adele, floated the idea of buying a small tourism business in far North Queensland, they had no idea the positive impact it would have on the Great Barrier Reef.

Based in Mission Beach in Queensland, Great Barrier Reef Safaris offers marine biologist-led private tours of the Great Barrier Reef. Stuart and Adele, through Great Barrier Reef Safaris, look after and care for 5% of the Reef as well as dedicating 25% of their business to supporting scientific research by some of Australia’s world-class institutions. They are the only operator between Townsville and Cairns certified by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) to conduct reef health surveys.

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