Distinguished Alumni Award

The Distinguished Alumni Award recognises the outstanding and sustained contributions made by University of Adelaide alumni in their Australian communities.

Nominations for the 2024 Distinguished Alumni Awards will open mid-year. For further information please contact the Alumni Relations team at alumni@adelaide.edu.au, +61 8 8313 5800. 

2023 Distinguished Alumni Awards recipients

Adam Liaw

Adam Liaw is a celebrity chef, cookbook author, TV host and Unicef Australia Ambassador who has become an icon of modern Australian food culture. Before his rise to stardom as a chef, Adam was a successful lawyer, practicing both in Australia and internationally.

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John Scanlon AO

John Scanlon AO is an environmental lawyer, leader and policy maker who is dedicated to ending wildlife crimes on a global scale. Throughout his career, his leadership of international environmental organisations has helped reduce the impact of the $2-3 trillion illegal wildlife trade on ecosystems and societies around the world.

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Nik Nasha Damia

Nik Nasha Damia is a passionate humanitarian and leader, whose work as Director of the Rohingya Women Development Network aims to help the thousands of Rohingya refugee women in Malaysia find education, learn new skills, build their autonomy and significantly improve their quality of life.

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Dr David Lam

Dr David Lam is an award-winning young doctor who is making incredible contributions to Australian communities by providing medical care to vulnerable Australians, advocating for the importance of mental health care, and inspiring a new generation of doctors to work in rural and remote communities. 

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Further information

For more information about the Distinguished Alumni Award, please see the Distinguished Alumni Awards Rules or contact the Alumni Relations team at alumni@adelaide.edu.au or +61 8 8313 5800.