This year's Distinguished Alumni

Congratulations to the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award winners.

Jan Beagle, BA 1971, MA 1974 (Arts)

Jan Beagle is the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Management. Beginning her career in the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs, she has some 40 years of experience of multilateral diplomacy, working across the peace and security, human rights, development, management and gender sectors. She is a committed advocate for gender equality and is an International Gender Champion.

Jennifer Gill ONZM, DipTchg 1974, BA Well. 1973 (Education and Social Work)        

As CEO of Foundation North and after 20 years as a board member of Philanthropy New Zealand, Jennifer Gill is a champion of effective philanthropy, playing a leading role in the development of the sector. In 2017, she won the inaugural Perpetual Guardian NZ Lifetime Achievement Award in philanthropy and was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to philanthropy.

Robert McLeod, BCom Otago 1980, LLB 1983. (Law)

Rob McLeod (Ngāti Porou) is a well-known New Zealand tax expert. He has sat on many Government advisory groups across a number of areas. He was chairman of the NZ Business Roundtable from 2002 to 2010 and, in 2006, he was awarded the University of Auckland’s Outstanding Māori Business Leader Award. He was CEO of EY Australasia from 2010 to 2014.

William (Bill) Robertson ONZM, DipTownPlan 1969, MPP Well. 1980, Hon DSurv Melb.1999 (Creative Arts and Industries)

Bill Robertson is a world-renowned figure in surveying and mapping. He was Director General/Surveyor General of the NZ Government Department of Survey and Land Information from 1987 until 1996 and a Director of Military Survey & Mapping for the NZ Army. He was President of the New Zealand Planning Institute and served two terms as President of the Commonwealth Institute of Planners.

Young Alumnus: Luke Willis Thompson, BFA(Hons)
2011, MFA 2011, Städelschule, Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Frankfurt am Main, Germany 2015 (Creative Arts and Industries)

In 2014 Luke Willis Thompson was awarded the Walters Prize, the youngest artist to have received this prestigious accolade. Through his work the Fijian-New Zealand artist tackles challenging subject matter such as race, violence and power. Recently, he spent a year in London on a residency with the prestigious Chisenhale Gallery. He has been nominated for the 2018 Deutsche Börse Photography Prize.

Bright Lights 2018

Join us at Bright Lights, the annual “chat show style” event showcasing the University of Auckland’s Distinguished Alumni Award recipients for 2018 on Thursday March 8. This candid, entertaining discussion will be led by alumnus Finlay Macdonald.

Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner 2018

On Friday 9 March we will celebrate the achievements of our 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award winners and the contribution that they are making in their respective fields, ranging from fine art to business leadership. Each of them has built on the knowledge and skills they acquired at our University, excelling in their chosen careers in New Zealand and around the world.