Issue 5
Monday, 01 July 2019
Charles Darwin University
CDU Provost Professor Sue Carthew welcomes guests at the Adelaide event
CDU Provost Professor Sue Carthew welcomes guests at the Adelaide event

Roadshow reaches out to alumni in three cities

CDU and ICHM alumni gathered in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney recently to mark a renewed networking and support initiative aimed at maintaining closer ties with the university’s former students.

Led by Provost and Vice-President Professor Sue Carthew, with Advancement Officer David Macbain stepping up as MC, the receptions were held at Adelaide Oval, the MCG and CDU’s Sydney campus.

“There was an excellent turn-out of Alumni both from CDU and ICHM for these inaugural events. ICHM is a controlled entity of CDU, based in Adelaide,” Professor Carthew said.

“I was delighted to be a part of the roadshow and to witness people’s enthusiasm for a closer and continuing relationship with our institutions.”

Distinguished students and alumni from each state delivered keynote presentations at the networking gatherings. 

Current Laws student Nikki Govan, who spoke in Adelaide, was elected Chair of Business SA in October 2018. She also owns the nationally renowned Star of Greece restaurant in Port Willunga and has an extensive background in tourism and marketing. 

The Melbourne get-together heard from Shane Dwyer, who graduated from CDU with a Bachelor of IT Business Information Systems and is an international senior leader on online and media networks. He is now Chief Data Architect at Telstra. 

And in Sydney, CDU alumnus Dr Mark Englund spoke of being an agile technology entrepreneur. He is the founder and CEO of FiberSense, an optical fibre sensor company based in Sydney, and has 20 years’ experience as an engineer and an entrepreneur in optical fibre network and sensor systems.