UTS Luminaries

Shining a light on inspirational alumni

While they come from diverse backgrounds and operate in many different arenas, all UTS Luminaries are united by two things: a shared UTS education experience and their reputation for excellence.

Informed and passionate advocates of, and ambassadors for, the University, UTS Luminaries are a shining example to current and future students, recent graduates and UTS staff of what can be achieved with education and vision.

This remarkable group has expanded each year since the launch of UTS Luminaries program in 2011. For information on the selection criteria for UTS Luminaries please click here.


Russell Balding, AO

Mr Russell Balding AO
DipTech Commerce (1976) BBus (1978)
Chair, Visitor Economy Taskforce; Chair, Racing NSW

Martin Bean CBE

Mr Martin Bean CBE
BEd Adult Education (1992)
Vice-Chancellor, RMIT

Luca A Belgiorno-Nettis, AM

Mr Luca Belgiorno-Nettis AM
Grad Dip Urban Estate Management (1983)
Founder, The newDemocracy Foundation; UTS Vice-Chancellor’s Industry Advisory Board Member


Nina Blackwell

Ms Nina Blackwell
LLB (2003)
  San Francisco-based Executive Director, Firelight Foundation; former Senior Director of Global Public Affairs, Yahoo! Inc.; former Press Secretary to former Senator Hillary Clinton

Maile Carnegie

Ms Maile Carnegie
BBus (1992)
Digital and Australia Transformation, ANZ Banking Group; Chair, UTS Vice-Chancellor’s Industry Advisory Board

Rob Castaneda

Mr Rob Castaneda
Bachelor of Science in Computing Science (2001)
Founder and CEO, ServiceRocket


Neil G Chatfield

Mr Neil G Chatfield
MBus (1994)
Chair, Costa Group Holdings Ltd; Chair, HomeGround Real Estate; Non-Executive Chair, Seek Ltd; Non-Executive Director, Transurban Group

Kai Chen

Mr Kai Chen
MEM (1998); MBA (1999)
Shanghai-based CEO, Jiangsu Aucksun Co. Ltd

Rob Coombe

Mr Rob Coombe
Bachelor of Law (1990)
Chair, Craveable Brands Ltd; Executive Chair, Generation Development Group; Deputy Chair of Australian Indigenous Education Foundation and Surfing Australia; UTS Law Advisory Board Member


Michael P Coutts-Trotter

Mr Michael Coutts-Trotter
BA Comm (1995)
Secretary, NSW Department of Family and Community Services

Mark Fitzgibbon

Mr Mark Fitzgibbon
MBA (1991)
CEO and Managing Director, nib Health Funds Ltd

Anna Funder

Dr Anna Funder
DCA (2012)
Author and winner of the Miles Franklin Award for 'All That I Am'


Mr Todd Greenberg

Mr Todd Greenberg
MM Sport Management (1998)
CEO, National Rugby League

kate grenville

Dr Kate Grenville
Doctor of Creative Arts (2005)
Author and winner of Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Literature for 'The Secret River'

Martin Hill

Mr Martin Hill
GradDip UEstM (1988); MProDev (2006)
Founder and Director, HillPDA


Senator Sekai Holland

Dr Sekai M Holland
BA Comm (1979); Doctor of Letters (Honoris Causa) (2013)
Zimbabwe-based Human Rights Activist; former Zimbabwean Senator and Co-Minister of State for National Healing, Reconciliation and Integration; Winner of the 2012 Sydney Peace Prize; 2014 Advance Global Australian Alumni Award recipient

Huang Zhenhai

Dr Zhenhai Huang
PhD (China Studies) (2007)
Guangzhou-based Director and General Manager, Guangdong Yudean Group Co. Ltd

Dr Frances Hughes ONZM

Dr Frances Hughes ONZM
Doctor of Nursing (2003)
Wellington-based Executive Director, Cutting Edge Oceania


Jason Hui

Mr Jason Hui (Hui Sai Tan)
BBus (1998)
Hong Kong-based Vice-Chair and Executive Director, Shimao Property Holdings Ltd

Hugh Jackman

Mr Hugh Jackman
BA Comm (1991)
New York-based Actor and Producer

Christopher Johnston

Mr Christopher Johnson AM
MBEnv (1993)
CEO, Urban Taskforce Australia


Lance Kalish

Mr Lance Kalish
Bachelor of Business (2000)
Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Beach House Group; Co-Founder and Chair, Yoobi; Co-Founder and CFO, Cheeky Home; Co-Founder, Yes To Inc.

The Hon Dr Justice Tricia M Kavanagh

The Hon Dr Tricia Kavanagh
LLB (1981); PhD Law (1998)
Barrister; Arbitrator, Court of Arbitration for Sport; Governor, The University of Notre Dame; former Justice, Industrial Court of NSW; former Deputy President, NSW Industrial Relations Commission

George Koukis

Dr George Koukis
Dip Tech Commerce (1978); Doctor of Business (Honoris Causa) (2017)
Switzerland-based Founder and Non-Executive Director, Temenos


Ian Lee

Mr Ian Lee
Master of Management (1998)
Shanghai-based Board Executive Director and CFO, TKK Capital

Ido Leffler

Mr Ido Leffler
Bachelor of Business (2000)
San Francisco-based Co-Founder and Chair, Brandless Inc. and Beach House Group; Co-Founder and CEO, Yoobi; Co-Founder, Yes To Inc. and Cheeky Home

Peter Le Lievre

Mr Peter Le Lièvre
BDesign (1987)
San Francisco-based Executive Director, Renewable Technology Developments Inc.; 2013 Advance Global Australian Alumni Award for Manufacturing recipient


Geoff Lloyd

Mr Geoff Lloyd
Masters of Law (Distinction) (1998)
CEO, MLC; former CEO and Managing Director, Perpetual Ltd

Troy Lum

Mr Troy Lum
BBus (1995)
Executive Vice-President of International Productions, eOne; Co-Founder and Managing Director, Hopscotch Features

Graeme Mason

Mr Graeme Mason
Bachelor of Arts (Communications) (1987)
CEO, Screen Australia


Carolyn McGregor AM

Dr Carolyn McGregor AM
Bachelor of Applied Science in Computing Science (1991); PhD in Computing Sciences (2003)
Ontario-based Canada Research Chair in Health Informatics, University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Kim McKay, AO

Ms Kim McKay AO
BA Comm (1981)
Director and CEO, Australian Museum; Founder and Managing Director, Momentum2; Co-Founder, Clean Up Australia; UTS Vice-Chancellor’s Industry Advisory Board Member

David Murray

Mr David V Murray AO
BBus (1977); HonDBus (UTS) (2008)
Senior Financial Adviser, Credit Suisse Group AG; Independent Chair, AMP Ltd; Chair, Financial System Inquiry; former CEO, Commonwealth Bank of Australia


Michael Myers

Dr Michael Myers OAM
BE Mechanical Engineering (1979)
Founder and Executive Chair, Re-Engineering Australia Foundation

Warwick Negus

Mr Warwick Negus
BBus (1985)
Co-Founder, 452 Capital; former Managing Director, Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

Timothy C Palmer

Mr Timothy Palmer
BA Comm (1991)
Journalist, ABC; Gold Walkley recipient; winner of the United Nations Association of Australia Media Peace Prize



Mr Andrew Penfold AM
LLB (1995)
Founder, CEO and Director, Australian Indigenous Education Foundation; Advisory Council Member, Centre for Social Impact

The Hon Tanya J Plibersek MP

The Hon Tanya Plibersek MP
BA (Hons) Communication (1993)
Deputy Leader of the Opposition; Federal Member for Sydney

Gregory J Poche

Dr Gregory Poche AO
Dip Tech Management (1976); BBus (1979); Doctor of Business (Honoris Causa) (2013)
Philanthropist; Founder and former Chair, StarTrack


Nasima Rahmani

Ms Nasima Rahmani
LLM (2007)
Afghanistan-based Director of the Women’s Empowerment Centre, Gawharshad Institute of Higher Education; 2015 Advance Global Australian Alumni Award recipient

George Savvides

Mr George Savvides
MBA (1985)
Chair, Kings Transport; Chair, Macquarie University Hospital; Deputy Chair, SBS; former Chair, World Vision Australia; former Managing Director, Medibank Private Ltd

Guy Templeton

Mr Guy Templeton
MBA (1992)
President and CEO, Australia and New Zealand, WSP Global Inc.; UTS Vice-Chancellor’s Industry Advisory Board Member


Adrian Turner

Mr Adrian Turner
B Business (1997)
CEO of Data61, CSIRO; Co-Founder, Borondi Group; Co-Chair, Australian Cyber Security Growth Network; Australian e-Health Research Centre Board Member; Co-Founder and former CEO, Mocana Corporation

Dr Simon Walsh

Dr Simon Walsh
PhD Science (2009)
National Manager of Specialist Operations, Australian Federal Police

David Wang

Mr Weixian Wang (David)
BBus (1992)
Shanghai-based Chair, Peninsula Shanghai; Founder and Chair, SPG Land (Holdings) Ltd


Rachel Ward AM

Ms Rachel Ward AM
Grad Dip Comm (1995) Grad Cert Writing (1996)
Actor, Director, Writer and Producer

Scott Wharton

Mr Scott Wharton
LLB (2009)
Group Executive - Program Delivery, Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Scott Wharton

Mr Richard White
Master of Business in Information (Technology Management) (2002)
CEO and Founder, WiseTech Global; Fellow of UTS, 2017



Selection Criteria

For information on the selection criteria for UTS Luminaries please click here.