International Alumni Award

Honouring the exceptional impact our alumni are having on our island and the world.

Read about our International Alumni Award recipients or browse our other award category listings.

Distinguished Alumni Award Young Alumni Award Foundation Graduate Award

Mr Greg Vines graduated from University of Tasmania with a Bachelor of Laws with Honours in 2000.

Mr Vines has over a decade’s experience at the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and has extensive industrial relations experience, which unusually spans both sides of the employer-union divide. Throughout his career he has held statutory roles in Tasmania, senior roles in the Victorian public service, as well as having experience as a trade union leader and as a diplomat.

Mr Vines is currently a Deputy Director-General at the ILO in Switzerland, where he provides leadership and represents the ILO across the UN and multilateral system. Monash University awarded him a Fellowship in recognition of his international contributions in 2017.

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Ms Diana Butler OAM completed a Bachelor of Nursing in 2001 and a Graduate Certificate Nursing in 2004 at University of Tasmania. She has provided nearly 40 years of service working in the Tasmanian Health Service.

While working as an Emergency Nurse in the Launceston General Hospital in 2006, she met a doctor from Tanzania and heard about the extreme poverty in that country. Diana’s altruistic nature, passion for social justice and innate belief in respecting and empowering others led her to co-found Care for Africa Foundation.

Diana is the Chief Executive Officer for the not-for-profit charity which advocates, in collaboration with the community, to address issues of poverty due to the lack water, education, medical, and enterprise services in Tanzania. Care for Africa now supports about 32,000 people in Tanzania’s Tarime district through mobile health clinics, the establishment of water bores and water harvesting systems, sanitation and hygiene programs, education (sponsorship of vulnerable children, teacher education and adult education programs, and educational supplies), the build of a school, and a social enterprise with the focus of the empowerment of women.

Diana continues to work as the after-hours nurse manager at the Launceston General Hospital, whilst running the not-for-profit charity during the day.

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Professor Dale Fisher

Professor Dale Fisher is one of the world’s leading experts on the COVID-19 outbreak, advising the World Health Organisation as a professor and senior consultant in infectious diseases at Singapore’s National University Hospital. When Dale was a 16-year-old he won a prestigious scholarship to study in Singapore for two years and, 44 years later, he is playing a key role in saving the lives of thousands of people in Singapore and internationally in a pandemic which has swept the globe.

Dale graduated from the University of Tasmania with a Bachelor of Medical Science in 1982 and a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery in 1985. Among many awards, in 2018 he received Singapore’s Minister of Health Award.

He is currently Chair of the National Infection Prevention and Control (NIPC) Committee in Singapore and group chief of the National University Health Systems Cluster. He sits as Chair of the Steering Committee of WHO’s Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN) which helps to coordinate over 250 institutions working in international outbreaks. He contributes to countless other international efforts in Infection Prevention and Control and outbreak response research and training. He has over 200 publications in peer reviewed medical literature and has given over 100 invited and plenary presentations at academic conferences.

Dale has shown leadership, courage, and skill throughout many global health emergencies including the Bali Bombings, the SARS outbreak in 2003, and several Ebola outbreaks in Africa. He has dedicated his career to caring for others and to mentoring the next generation of healthcare workers.

Aram Mirkazemi

Mr Aram Mirkazemi has been a driving force at Altium, an American, Australian-domiciled owned public software company, which had its genesis in Tasmania, since the mid-1980s. Aram commenced his career with Altium while still at university. He was appointed as Director of Research and Development from 1991-1999 and has continued a long and influential history with the company. He was appointed Head of Engineering in 2010, and later Chief Technology Officer. Aram was appointed Chief Executive Officer in January 2014 and is an Executive Director of the Board.

Aram leads the development of Altium’s strategic direction and is responsible for leading the company’s global business strategy.  Altium is a $4.4 billion business, which creates software to help people design circuit boards for electronic devices and operates a search engine for electronic parts called Octopart.

Aram arrived in Tasmania as an 18-year-old refugee following the Islamic Revolution of 1979.  He started a Bachelor of Engineering at the University of Tasmania within weeks of his arrival in Australia, despite his lack of English, and he graduated in 1990. Aram remains most passionate about enterprises that combine technology and people to drive business innovation and deliver value. At the heart of his visionary approach to transform the electronics industry, Aram has led Altium’s strong financial performance and its ability to form strategic partnerships.

The Alumni Committee also considered that several special Distinguished International Alumni Awards should be made in 2001 to overseas alumni to mark the golden jubilee of the Colombo Plan. These were not seen as continuing awards, but as special acknowledgment of an outstanding contribution to alumni relations on the part of overseas alumni who were also former Colombo Plan scholars. Awards were made to Datuk Verus Aman Sham, President of the Sabah branch of the University of Tasmania Alumni; Ibu Koesmarihati Sugondo, President of IKAMA, the Australian Alumni Association in Indonesia; and, Pak Jonathan Parapak, former President of IKAMA, and Chairman of IKAMA's Board of Advisers.

The Alumni Committee also considered that several special Distinguished International Alumni Awards should be made in 2001 to overseas alumni to mark the golden jubilee of the Colombo Plan. These were not seen as continuing awards, but as special acknowledgment of an outstanding contribution to alumni relations on the part of overseas alumni who were also former Colombo Plan scholars. Awards were made to Datuk Verus Aman Sham, President of the Sabah branch of the University of Tasmania Alumni; Ibu Koesmarihati Sugondo, President of IKAMA, the Australian Alumni Association in Indonesia; and, Pak Jonathan Parapak, former President of IKAMA, and Chairman of IKAMA's Board of Advisers

The Alumni Committee also considered that several special Distinguished International Alumni Awards should be made in 2001 to overseas alumni to mark the golden jubilee of the Colombo Plan. These were not seen as continuing awards, but as special acknowledgment of an outstanding contribution to alumni relations on the part of overseas alumni who were also former Colombo Plan scholars. Awards were made to Datuk Verus Aman Sham, President of the Sabah branch of the University of Tasmania Alumni; Ibu Koesmarihati Sugondo, President of IKAMA, the Australian Alumni Association in Indonesia; and, Pak Jonathan Parapak, former President of IKAMA, and Chairman of IKAMA's Board of Advisers.