Celebrating UTS game changers with the 2022 Alumni Awards
Each year, the UTS Alumni Awards recognise and celebrate the hard work and enormous impact of our outstanding graduates. We honour an alumni from each faculty, an amazing community contributor and an outstanding young, Indigenous, and international graduate. We’re proud to announce the recipients of the 14th annual UTS Alumni Awards.
I'm just so pleased that we're actually all able to be here in person to recognize the the achievements of our
award winners. Your vital contributions are just so important and your commitment on the social justice to
improving the lives of others not just in Australia but but globally.
Tonight's event is a real highlight of the year. It makes you amazed to see all of the achievements of alumni what
they've done the diversity of those achievements both within their professions and also the work that they do
for the wider community.
I didn't see UTS just as a University but an institution of hope providing a platform to young adults to fulfill their dreams,
allowing them to catapult themselves into the limitless possibilities.
I'm very pleased to present the 2022 UTS Young Alumni Award to Angelique Wan.
The leadership opportunities the personal and professional development opportunities and the work ethic that it instilled
with me I feel is unrivaled between what other universities could offer.
I was given that jump board to fly high at UTS and with the belief that there is nothing impossible because impossible in
my dictionary means I am very much possible.
Thank you UTS for recognising, empowering and motivating me to be stronger and better an agent of positive change in
I feel so incredibly honoured and humbled to be here amongst such incredible alumni who are also receiving Awards.
I feel really proud actually to be associated with UTS because it's influenced so much of the choices I've
made over the course of my career. We have such shared interest in wanting to make business a force for good so I am
really really proud but really delighted to be here tonight.
This award, it's very humbling I think is probably the best way to put it. You never do it for awards but I think
acknowledgment is important when you put your life into a particular area of work like I have in
terms of Human Rights so it does mean a lot.
The inspiration that comes from the contributions that our award winners have made to their
professions and society is just quite extraordinary and it's very humbling actually to hear about the scale of the
aspiration. There don't seem to be any boundaries that we've heard tonight there are no limits and if UTS can inspire
that it's certainly done its job.
This year, Professor Jack Beetson is the winner of the prestigious UTS Chancellor’s Award for Excellence, along with the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Award. Professor Beetson is a proud Ngemba man whose life-changing work has been recognised by the United Nations. He co-founded Literacy for Life, an organisation that aims to boost Aboriginal adult literacy.
As a Chancellor’s Award winner, he will join the UTS Luminaries. This group was launched in 2011 to show current and future students what’s possible at UTS. This esteemed and diverse group includes actor Hugh Jackman, The Hon Tanya Plibersek MP and many other inspirational graduates.
"Our 2022 Alumni Award winners demonstrate the immense talent within the UTS alumni community, both professionally and in broader society. These alumni exemplify our core values of commitment to excellence, innovation, entrepreneurship and social justice. Congratulations to all the winners, and thank you for continuing to inspire the UTS community.” Professor Andrew Parfitt, UTS Vice-Chancellor and President.
The winner of the 2022 Community Alumni award is Sumeet Tappoo. Now an internationally acclaimed entertainer living in Mumbai, Sumeet is also the Director of Sai Prema Foundation in his home nation of Fiji. The foundation supports the country’s most vulnerable through healthcare initiatives, scholarships, disaster relief, food distribution and social support.
Solicitor Rebecca Dominguez is the recipient of the 2022 Faculty of Law Alumni Award. A solicitor specialising in human rights and access to justice, Rebecca works to reform laws around modern slavery, forced marriage and human trafficking, while also guiding the next generation of lawyers as a Clinical Supervisor.
CEO of Unilever Australia and New Zealand Nicky Sparshott is this year’s Faculty of Business Award winner. She believes in the power of business to contribute to the greater good. Nicky advocates for positive change by spearheading business sustainability agendas that benefit people and the planet – such as Unilever's goal to reach net zero emissions by 2039. She also has active roles in sustainability bodies such as the Champions of Change National Group and the Climate Leaders Coalition.
2022’s Faculty of Architecture and Building Award recipient Belinda Bentley is a leader in the built environment sector and an advocate for affordable housing. Driven by her family’s experiences, Belinda fights for housing accessibility by donating her time and skillset to a range of organisations. She also works to unlock the community-changing potential of not-for-profits in her role as Director of independent property investment, advisory and project management group 9Springs.
Jaime Cheuk is a powerhouse civil engineer and the winner of the Faculty of Engineering and IT Award. She’s helped transform Sydney across multiple mega infrastructure projects, including as NorthConnex, WestConnex and Sydney Metro City. Her curiosity and willingness to learn and collaborate are helping change the face of New South Wales.
Another exceptional woman in the STEM field is Tania Notaras, an experienced analytical chemist, respected businesswomen and this year’s Faculty of Science Award winner. Tania is the founder and managing director of Envirolabs – Australia’s largest private chemical testing and analytical laboratory group. She uses her expertise and passion for chemistry to assist in environmental investigations and establish industry testing standards.
This year’s winner of the Faculty of Health Alumni Award is women's rights and health advocate Dr Sabera Turkmani. Dr Turkmani is renowned for her life-changing work as a public health practitioner for vulnerable populations in under-resourced environments. A long-time advocate for women's health in Afghanistan, she co-founded the Afghan Midwives association and helped develop the country’s new national reproductive health policies and midwifery education strategies.
International Alumni Award winner Aisha Jalil is also fighting for women’s rights in her home country. She hopes to close the gender gap in sports and pave a future for girls who want a career in the industry. As one of Pakistan’s first female international cricket players, Aisha develops cricket talent programs for girls, helping them grow as elite athletes and learn valuable life skills.
Our 2022 Indigenous Alumni Award winner Clarence Slockee shared his vast Indigenous horticulture knowledge with the public on Gardening Australia for over 10 years. Today, this proud Cudgenburra/Bundjalung man continues to weave his culture’s teaching into urban green spaces as the founder and director of Jiwah.
This year's final award winner is Young Alumni Angelique Wan. At just 19, Angelique co-founded thriving not-for-profit Consent Labs before eventually becoming CEO. She and her team are blazing a trail to change what consent and sex education looks like in schools, ensuring it reflects Australia’s diverse cultures and all expressions of gender and sexuality.
UTS is proud to call each of these amazing individuals alumni, and we’re thrilled to have been able to recognise their outstanding work in person again this year. Congratulations to this year's winners and thank you for your many contributions to the UTS community and beyond.