Recipients of the 2019 Arts Alumni Awards announced

Each year the Arts Alumni Awards event is an opportunity to celebrate Faculty of Arts alumni making a difference locally and internationally. Awards recognise excellence in a recipient’s chosen field, their contribution to the Faculty, the University or in their communities.

In the event's opening address, Dean of the Faculty of Arts Russell Goulbourne spoke of the far-reaching impact students have on society.

"You only need to look at the shelves in our best book stores, or the boards of our nation’s top corporations or not for profit enterprises, at government or public service and community sectors, in federal and state parliaments, or at media, film and television to realise the great and diverse array of achievements of students with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Melbourne."

Arts Alumni Awards are presented in four categories:

  • The Rising Star Award for Young Alumni
  • Contribution to the Faculty and University Award
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Leadership Award

We’re proud to announce the following recipients:

The Rising Star Award for Young Alumni

Dirgayuza (Yuza) Setiawan

After completing a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne in 2011, Yuza has pursued his passion for sharing the life-changing potential of computer and internet literacy.

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Mohamed Khairat

Mohamed is the founder of media organisation Egyptian Streets - one of the most important independent voices in Egyptian media. In 2018, he was named '30 Under 30 in Media & Marketing' by Forbes Europe and '30 Under 30 Arab' by Forbes Middle East.

Learn more about Mohamed

Contribution to the Faculty and University Award

Dr Ted Gott

Having held curatorial positions at the National Gallery of Victoria, the National Gallery of Australia, and the Heide Museum of Modern Art, Ted has curated and co-curated over 25 exhibitions over the past 30 years.

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Lifetime Achievement Award

Joanna Murray-Smith

Australia's most successfully produced female playwright, Joanna has forged a hugely successful writing career working across multiple genres including theatre, screen, opera and prose.

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Leadership Award

Kon Karapanagiotidis

The CEO and founder of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC), Kon is a fierce advocate for the rights of people seeking asylum, refugees and Indigenous Australians.

Learn more about Kon

Dean's Honours List and sponsored awards

The Dean’s Honours List and a number of sponsored awards were also presented on the night.

Congratulations to all award recipients!

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In attendance at the 2019 Arts Alumni Awards

In attendance at the 2019 Arts Alumni Awards