Our 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award Winners

26 January 2016

Congratulations to the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award Winners.

They are:

  • David Mitchell, National Institute of Creative Arts and Industries (award-winning architect)
  • Graeme Wheeler, Business (Governor of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand)
  • Professor Karen Willcox, Engineering (Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT)
  • David AR Williams QC, Law (international commercial arbitrator)
  • Young alumna of the year Dr Divya Dhar, FMHS (doctor and social justice campaigner)

 

David Mitchell
David Mitchell

David Mitchell, BArch 1964

David Mitchell is one of New Zealand’s foremost architects. His influence has been as educator, author and commentator, as well as designer and practitioner. David has received many awards for his architecture, including the New Zealand Institute of Architects Gold Medal in 2005. In 2014 he was the Creative Director of New Zealand’s first-ever exhibition at the Venice Biennale of Architecture.

Graeme Wheeler
Graeme Wheeler

Graeme Wheeler, BCom Well. 1972, MCom 1973

Graeme Wheeler is Governor of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, a position he has held since 2012. He was employed by the World Bank for 14 years including as Treasurer and later Managing Director, Operations, based in Washington DC. In this role he led the World Bank’s interactions with the International Monetary Fund on the Global Financial Crisis.

Professor Karen Willcox
Professor Karen Willcox

Professor Karen Willcox, BE 1994, SM MIT 1996, PhD MIT 2000

Karen Willcox is Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and co-Director, Center for Computational Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is making a global impact through her research and teaching on the development of computational models for data to decisions in engineering systems, and through her passion for mentoring the next generation of engineering leaders.

David AR Williams QC
David AR Williams QC

David AR Williams QC, LLB 1965, LLM Harv. 1966

David Williams QC is New Zealand’s leading international arbitrator. He has served as a Justice of the NZ High Court and the Court of the Dubai International Financial Centre.  He is presently the President of the Cook Islands Court of Appeal.  He is the co-author with Professor Amokura Kawharu of New Zealand’s leading text book on Arbitration. He is an Honorary Professor of Law at the University of Auckland.

Dr Divya Dahr
Dr Divya Dahr

Dr Divya Dhar, MBChB 2010, MBA Penn. 2014, MPA Harv. 2014

Divya Dhar is a doctor and social justice campaigner. She is CEO and co-founder of Seratis, a care coordination mobile application for patients and healthcare providers, and founder of the P3 Foundation, the largest youth-for-youth not-for-profit organisation engaged in international development in New Zealand. In 2010 she was named Young New Zealander of the Year.