UniMelb alumni around the world: what can we learn from our global community?

When you study at Melbourne, you join a community that spans across the globe. Melbourne alumni are creating, discovering, innovating and leading in a range of industries, fields and countries.

To some extent, we’ve always been a community connected, despite being physically apart. Before COVID-19 health restrictions, our alumni community came together for two panel discussions in Los Angeles and New York.

Now we’ve decided to share these with you online.

Why? They speak to resilience, creativity and innovation - ideas that matter to us all, now more than ever.

Building community resilience: where do we start?

Maybe you’re prepping for exams, experiencing busy times at work or feeling the impact from the global pandemic? We all face stressful situations; the question is, how do we maintain a sense of resilience during these times?

Our panel looks to research and discusses how we can foster both individual wellbeing and community resilience

Meet the panellists

Professor Lisa Gibbs is an international expert on disaster resilience and recovery who led the 10 years Beyond Bushfires study. This study provided insight into how people were coping ten years on from the 2009 bushfires and influenced disaster planning and recovery strategies. The findings and recommendations were circulated by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and the Australian Red Cross.

Professor Lindsay Oades is the Director of the Centre for Positive Psychology at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education.  His research interests concern wellbeing in workplace, health and education systems. His current research program focuses on wellbeing literacy, personalised wellbeing planning and his new comprehensive wellbeing theory, Thriveability Theory.

Alum, Jackie Gossip is the Global Head of Continuity of Business and Crisis Management for the Consumer Bank at Citigroup. Prior to joining Citigroup, Jackie led crisis management and business continuity programs for JPMorgan, UBS and Macquarie Group.

Alum, Alyssa Trometter, Deputy Director of External Affairs, Clinton Foundation (moderator).

Creative enterprise on the global stage

The cultural and creative industries are rapidly growing economic sectors. How do creatives and executives contribute to this fast-evolving landscape? Our panellists sat down in LA to discuss.

Meet the panellists

Alum, Alison Bell is the co-creator, co-writer, producer and star of The Letdown, an ABC/Netflix International co-production. Alison is currently developing a new television series for FX in the USA. She is also developing a mini-series with film and television production company, Revlover and her first play for Malthouse Theatre.

Alum, Rob Bell is the Executive Vice President of International New Media for NBCUniversal. Rob oversees the licensing of Universal films and TV series to global digital platforms.

Sandra Sciberras is Senior Lecturer and Head of VCA Film and Television at the University’s Faculty of Fine Arts and Music. Sandra is a professional screenwriter and director. She has most recently directed the Sci Fi Thriller The Dust Walker, soon to be released in Australia, Japan, and the USA.



To discover more panel discussions, visit our Alumni and Career Insights page.

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