Hall of fame

Join us in celebrating the awards, achievements and career milestones of Business School staff, students and alumni.

Our passionate academics are experts in their field and have won more national awards than teaching staff at any other Australian university. They don’t just keep up with the current trends in business, they work directly with industry to set the pace and shape leaders of tomorrow. Our alumni network is a vibrant and supportive global community of more than 60,000 graduates, and we have over 12,000 students. Here, we recognise and celebrate their outstanding efforts.

ARC Linkage grant recipient 2021
August 2021

Congratulations to Prof Sara Dolnicar, Dr Monica Chien, Dr Ya-Yen Sun and Dr Faith Ong who were successful in obtaining an ARC Linkage grant in collaboration with researchers in Austria and Slovenia. The project is entitled Reducing plate waste in hotels - which interventions are most effective? The amount of funding awarded was $360,758.

2020 University Medallist recipients announced
July 2021

Congratulations to all 2020 University Medal recipients on being acknowledged for your outstanding academic results! Business School alumni recognised this year are Emma Beal, Olivia Sun and George Emmerson (Bachelor of Advanced Finance and Economics (Honours)), Dai Le (Bachelor of Business Management (Honours)), and Piao Zhirong, Mitchell Quinn and Cinzia Wu (Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)).

Tara Osborne named one of AFR’s 2021 BOSS Young Executives
June 2021

We're so proud of Bachelor of Commerce and Economics alumnus, Tara Osborne, who is the second Business School alumnus to be named a 2021 BOSS Young Executive! Tara has been making strides in her career as a general manager of strategy and investor relations at Bingo. Read more.

UQ initiative wins international tourism research award
June 2021

UQ’s ‘Low Harm Hedonism Initiative’ has received the 2021 Through Research award at the Alimara CETT Awards in Barcelona, Spain. Led by ARC Laureate Fellow Professor Sara Dolnicar, this initiative aims to entice people to behave in more environmentally sustainable ways in enjoyment-focused contexts (such as staying in a hotel while on holiday). It is part of the Australian Institute for Business and Economics’ Sustainability research area and the Business School’s Business Sustainability Initiative.

Fahim Khondaker named one of AFR’s BOSS Young Executives
June 2021

Bachelors of Commerce and Economics alumnus Fahim Khondaker has been named one of six BOSS Young Executives by The Australian Financial Review based on his involvement in the Royal Commission into Aged Care and Safety. Congratulations, Fahim! Read more.

Queen’s Birthday Honours for Associate Professor Dr Sarah Kelly
June 2021

A massive congratulations to Associate Professor Dr Sarah Kelly, who was awarded the Medal in the General Division (OAM) for her contribution to teaching and research as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Read more.

Malcolm Broomhead Chair in Finance – Professor Stephen Gray
April 2021

Congratulations to Professor Stephen Gray, who has been selected as the new Malcolm Broomhead Chair in Finance. The Chair is sponsored by businessman, philanthropist and UQ MBA alumnus Malcolm Broomhead, and was established to help develop executive leaders of the future by providing training and research opportunities with a strong industry focus. Professor Gray is a finance expert, celebrated academic and leader in his field who has shown a strong commitment in empowering and inspiring the next generation of financial leaders. Read more.

Academy of International Business Fellows in 2021: Professor Peter Liesch
April 2021

Professor Peter Liesch has been inducted into the Academy of International Business Fellows in 2021. The AIB Fellows are a select group of distinguished scholars who have significantly contributed to AIB and international business. Congratulations, Peter!

2020 UQ Awards for Excellence in Teaching and Learning: Dr Cle-Anne Gabriel 
March 2021

Congratulations to Dr Cle-Anne Gabriel who has been awarded the 2020 UQ Awards for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. Gabriel was recognised for her work in creating exceptional learning experiences and preparing students for real-life management decisions.

Financial Review Top 100 graduates finalist: Ellen Derbyshire
February 2021

Congratulations to Ellen Derbyshire, who has been awarded the BP Commercial Award and named as a finalist in the Financial Review Top 100 graduates 2021! Ellen is a Master of Business student in her final year of study. Good luck, Ellen! 

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2020 Ericsson Innovation Award winners, Tom Bizzell and Jack Anderson
December 2020

Current students Tom Bizzell (Bachelor of Commerce / Bachelor of Law) and Jack Anderson (Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)), have taken out first place at the 2020 Ericsson Innovation Awards, claiming a prize of €25,000 Euros (A$40,000). The annual global competition calls on students to set major change in motion by addressing current and future climate challenges. The pair’s software startup, WakeShare, uses bow-wave sharing as an efficient way to improve shipping fuel efficiency. Congratulations!

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UQ Business, Economics and Law Employee Excellence Awards 2020
December 2020

More than 50 outstanding teachers, researchers and professional staff were honoured at the 2020 Faculty of Business, Economics and Law Employee Excellence Awards in recognition of their efforts over the past 12 months. View the full list of winners.

Association for Information Systems, Early Career Award - Dr Marten Risius
December 2020

Congratulations to Dr Marten Risius for being selected as a winner of the Association for Information Systems, Early Career Award. The AIS Early Career Award was established in 2014 and was granted for the first time in 2015. This award recognises individuals in the early stages of their careers who have already made outstanding research, teaching, and/or service contributions to the field of information systems. Well done Marten!

ANZAM Innovative Educator of the Year Award - Dr Stuart Middleton
December 2020

We’re so proud of Dr Stuart Middleton, who has won the prestigious Australia New Zealand Academy of Management Innovative Educator of the Year Award for 2020! Stuart joins two past UQ Business School winners - Associate Professor April Wright in 2011 and Associate Professor Neil Paulsen in 2006. Stuart was recognised for his work on various teaching innovations including a murder mystery podcast, podcasts with leading strategic thinkers, campus scavenger hunts and an escape box challenge. Congratulations, Stuart!

UQ Business School Staff Awards 2020
November 2020

Despite all that has happened this year, our staff have achieved amazing things! A massive congratulations to all the award winners who went above and beyond for the School in 2020. View the full list of winners.

ARC Discovery Grant Recipients 2020
November 2020

Congratulations to Associate Professor Paul Spee, Professor Matthew Hornsey, Associate Professor Sabine Matook, Professor Peter Popkowski-Leszczyc, Dr Cassandra Chapman and Dr Ya-Yen Sun, whose 2020 ARC Discovery Grant applications were successful! This year, the Business School had five successful ARC projects across business and management, marketing, tourism, psychology and information systems. Learn more.

UConn International Business Case Challenge winners
November 2020

Four Business School students participated in the recent UConn (University of Connecticut) International Business Case Challenge. Under the tutelage of Associate Professor Sunil Venaik and Dr Dongming Xu, two students, Joey Lim and Nalin Batra, and their teams won second and third place. Joey Lim also won an individual award for Best Q&A - final round. Congratulations all!

UQ Honorary Professor David Gann’s new appointment at the University of Oxford
November 2020

Congratulations to Professor David Gann, UQ Honorary Professor and Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Oxford’s Said Business School, who has been appointed as Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Development and External Affairs) at the University of Oxford. Professor Gann has been visiting UQ Business School for nearly 20 years, where he works closely with Professor Mark Dodgson AO. Their most recent book is Philanthropy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship: An Introduction, and they are currently writing two new books: China’s Innovation Machine (with Marina Zhang), and The Hottest Place in the Universe

Lara Berge - UQ Startup Academy winner
October 2020

Congratulations to Bachelor of Advanced Business (Hons) student, Lara Berge, who recently won the UQ Startup Academy final pitch. Lara’s winning innovation, Hirely, is a subscription-based designer clothing rental platform for young professional women that aims to reduce fashion consumption and make fashionable garments available to everyone. Read more.

UQ Business school awards

Global Business Challenge: Commendation for UQ team
October 2020

Congratulations to Smart Harvest, the UQ team that received a commendation for their work during the recent Global Business Challenge. The team, including Dr Zhong Xiang Cheah, Ms Lusi Ou, Ms Xin Gao and Mr James Nguyen, made the finals after competing against around 160 teams from around the world. Mentored by Dr Belinda Wade and Victor Galea from SAFS, the team developed a program to minimise food waste by enabling clarity of the supply/demand for particular crop types for agricultural producers.

Advertising Capstone Challenge: Business School students come first at national competition
October 2020

Five students from UQ Business School took out first place for the second year running at the annual Advertising Capstone Challenge. Charlotte Wright, Samuel Jackson, Chelsea Johnson, Tom Clark and Elise Logan formed team ‘Ignite’ and won the competition with their innovative pitch connecting millennials with the Suzuki brand. Read more.

Dr Daisung Jang – 2020 NTR-Peterson Research Grant recipient
July 2020

Dr Daisung Jang obtained a 2020 NTR-Peterson Research Grant for his proposal “Validation of the Negotiation Behavior Inventory” and was awarded funding of $9803. Negotiation and Team Resources (NTR) are a not for profit corporation founded to encourage scholars undertaking research and teaching in the areas of negotiation, conflict, dispute resolution and teams. 

Professor Jarzabkowski appointed Fellow of the Academy of Management
July 2020

Professor of Management, Paula Jarzabkowski is one of a select few Australian scholars to be elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Management. The Academy cited her exceptional contributions to the science and practice of management as a key factor for her nomination, with a reputation for ground-breaking and highly impactful research on strategically important organisational issues. Read more.

Commerce student is a finalist in Australian Accounting Awards
July 2020

Congratulations to Bachelor of Commerce student and UQ Business Association President Hannah Olsson who was a finalist in the Australian Accounting Awards 2020 by AccountantsDaily for Accounting Student of the Year. Hannah was considered for demonstrating outstanding commitment to success in a future career in the accounting industry and was the only student in Brisbane to reach the finals.

Professor Janet McColl-Kennedy, Professor of Marketing and Director of Research - Finalist
June 2020

Janet’s paper titled “Gaining Customer Experience: Insights that Matter,” was one of three finalists selected for the best Journal of Service Research paper. The Journal of Service Research is the lead journal in customer service thought, with a 5-year impact factor of 7.067 and in the 99th percentile (Scopus).

Isabella Ye, Casual Academic (Tourism) and Charissa Gawn (Bachelor of Commerce student) - National Innovation Games 2020
June 2020

Isabella, in collaboration with Binna Burra Lodge and an interdisciplinary team of experts including Bachelor of Commerce student Charissa Gawn, won first prize at the National Innovation Games (June 2020), providing them with of $10,000 of startup funds. Isabella also received a prize as best presenter on the day for her pitch, discussing digital solutions to engage customers and community, and industry issues associated with bushfire recovery.

Commerce student receives prestigious Order of Australia Medal
June 2020

A massive congratulations to Bachelor of Commerce student Lucas Patchett OAM for receiving a Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division. Lucas and his Orange Sky Australia co-founder Nicholas Marchesi were awarded for their inspiring service to people experiencing homelessness by connecting communities through clean clothes, warm showers and genuine conversation.

Business School researcher awarded the Rama Krishna Sastry Pappu Memorial Prize
June 2020


Dr Danni Zheng has been awarded the Rama Krishna Sastry Pappu Memorial Prize in Business for 2019. The Prize was established by Dr Ravi Pappu in memory of his grandfather and is awarded to the PhD student with the best thesis ranked by international recognition and research impact. 

Queens Birthday Honours for UQ MBA and Commerce alumnus
June 2020

Congratulations to our alumni who were awarded Queen's Birthday Honours for 2020. UQ MBA alumnus Donald Griffin OAM was awarded for his service to the accounting profession and to athletics. Bachelor of Commerce alumnus David Slater AM was awarded for his significant service to the community for social welfare and arts organisations.

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UQ MBA alumna appointed to faculty Alumni Ambassador Council
March 2020

Congratulations to MBA alumna Jane Hill (2015) on her appointment to the BEL Melbourne Alumni Ambassador Council.

Marketing researcher wins ANZMAC honour
February 2020

Dr Usha Pappu who won the ANZMAC Layton Dissertation of the Year award for 2019. Usha was recognised at the Australian & New Zealand Marketing Academy Conference in Wellington for the high-quality of her PhD dissertation.

Professor Roy Ballantyne was named a Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa. ​
January 2020

Roy has been involved in undertaking environmental and heritage research in South Africa for the past 40 years. As a born and raised South African, Roy started his academic journey in Environmental and Geographical Science at the University of Cape Town, before emigrating to Australia 30 years ago.

Professor Sara Dolnicar and Professor Peter Clarson receiving Fellowships to the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA).
November 2019

Professor Sara Dolnicar from the tourism discipline and Professor Peter Clarkson from the accounting discipline will join 37 of Australia’s leading economists, lawyers, psychologists and philosophers at a formal welcome on 11 November in Canberra, at the Academy’s Annual Symposium.

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Ecotourism Australia scholarship
November 2019

After an extensive and competitive process which saw The University of Queensland (UQ) receive 42 applications from around the world, three PhD candidates have now been awarded scholarships to begin research into some of the most pressing issues facing Australia’s ecotourism industry.

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