Alumni of Distinction Awards

Announcing the 2017 Alumni of Distinction Award Recipients

The 2017 Alumni of Distinction Awards were presented at the Melbourne Foundation for Business and Economics Annual Dinner on Thursday 9 March.

Congratulations to:

  • Colin Carter AM - Outstanding Achievement Award
  • Paula Dwyer - Leadership Award
  • The Hon Jim Short - Contribution to Faculty or University Award
  • Christopher Lock - Rising Star Award for Young Alumni

Read more about our award winners here and watch the video below to hear more about your 2017 Alumni of Distinction.

About the Program

The Faculty of Business and Economics wishes to recognise alumni who have achieved excellence in their chosen profession, and who have made a considerable contribution to the Faculty, the University and their communities through their endeavours. To this end, the Business and Economics Alumni Council has established an annual Alumni of Distinction Awards program.

Alumni of this Faculty reflect our important legacy, with more than 50,000 alumni around the world. The Alumni of Distinction Awards program raises awareness of our alumni and honours their outstanding contribution to government, business and the not-for-profit sector.

Alumni of Distinction awards are presented annually and are not limited or extended to one per category; rather, they are awarded based on merit. As such, the number of awards may vary from year to year.

Award categories

Rising Star Award for Young Alumni

An individual who is under 35 years of age and has demonstrated an outstanding level of professional achievement and community involvement since graduating from the University of Melbourne and/or recognition by colleagues and peers of outstanding leadership and impact as a global citizen.

Contribution to Faculty or University Award

An individual who has made a significant and sustained contribution to the Faculty or the University, either through philanthropy, research, student impact or outstanding leadership, and which has benefited the reputation of the Faculty or University.

Leadership Award

An individual who who has achieved significant and recognised impact in business, government or the non-profit sector through leadership in career to date.

Outstanding Achievement Award

An individual who has achieved long-term, sustained and outstanding achievement and leadership in business, government or the non-profit sector.

Nominations and the selection process

All alumni of the Faculty of Business and Economics in any location are eligible to be nominated for an award subject to the selection criteria listed below. Nominations for candidates to be considered for an Alumni of Distinction Award are sought from the alumni community. All alumni of the Faculty of Business and Economics are eligible to nominate a candidate, and are not limited as to the number of nominations put forward.

A committee, including representatives from the Business and Economics Alumni Council and the Faculty, will review all nominations and prepare a short-list of candidates to put forward to the full Alumni Council for a vote.

We encourage all alumni to submit candidates who fulfil the requirements and whom they believe should be considered for an award.

Selection criteria

  • Recipients must be alumni of the Faculty;
  • Recipients must have demonstrated excellence in the category for which they are nominated;
  • Recipients must have made an outstanding contribution to the Faculty, the University or the wider community and have achieved recognition by colleagues and/or peers as providing outstanding leadership in their area of endeavour;
  • Current Faculty staff and members of the Business and Economics Board or Alumni Council are not eligible for an award (nominations for past members are permitted).

Not sure if someone is an alum of the Faculty?

If you would like to nominate a candidate for an award but are not sure if they graduated with a degree from the Faculty of Business and Economics at The University of Melbourne, we can check this information for you. Just send an email to our alumni relations team at and we'll let you know.

Alumni of Distinction Award recipients

View past recipients of this award.