Our alumni community

We are proud of our UNSW Law alumni community, which comprises approximately 18,000 people from all over the world. Among this group are countless leaders and innovators who have made a significant contribution and impact in their chosen field. This page features a selection of our inspiring alumni leaders sharing their journeys and insights, and is refreshed quarterly to showcase the breadth of alumni talent.

Juliet Bourke

Degree: BA LLB UNSW 1988

Juliet has over 30 years' executive experience as a lawyer, entrepreneur and workplace consultant. For the first third of her career, Juliet worked as a lawyer in (Australian) State and Federal Governments (in Criminal Law, Human Rights Law, Discrimination Law and Employment Law). For the second third, she co-founded and led a boutique workplace Consulting firm which she successfully sold into Deloitte. And for the final third, she was a partner in Deloitte, providing strategic workplace advice to global leaders and board members on a broad range of people issues including culture, leadership and the future of work, as well as diversity and inclusion. Her clients included the UN, BHP, Apple, Qantas, Gilead Sciences, Johnson & Johnson, APRA and the Reserve Bank of Australia. 

Rachel Davis

Degree: BA LLB UNSW 2003

Rachel is the Vice President and Co-Founder of Shift – a non-profit organisation and the leading centre of expertise on the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Shift’s mission is to transform how business gets done in order to ensure respect for people’s lives and dignity, and its team of experts work globally with business, government, investors and civil society stakeholders to put the UN Guiding Principles into practice. Rachel has led work at Shift for the last decade on standard-setting, human rights and sports, financial institutions, conflict and international law.

Suwanee Dharmalingam

Degree: BCom LLB UNSW 1987

Non-executive director of The Diplomacy Training Program (DTP) and member of the Finance, Audit and Fundraising Committee: DTP is an independent, Australian NGO committed to advancing human rights and empowering civil society in the Asia Pacific region through quality education and training, and the building of skills and capacity in non-governmental organisations and for individual human rights defenders and community advocates. The DTP was founded in 1989 by HE José Ramos-Horta, 1996 Nobel Peace Laureate and former President of Timor-Leste with Emeritus Professor Garth Nettheim (ex-Dean of UNSW law school). Since January 1990, the DTP has provided practical human rights training to over 3000 human rights defenders and community advocates in the Asia-Pacific and MENA (Middle Eastern and North Africa) region. 

Danny Gilbert AM

Degree: HonLLD UNSW 2019

Danny Gilbert AM is co-founder and Managing Partner of Gilbert + Tobin, which he co-founded with Tony Tobin in January 1988.  The firm is now one of Australia’s leading corporate law firms with over 80 partners, 390 lawyers and a total staff of 830 with offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.

In his role as co-founder and Managing Partner of Gilbert + Tobin, Danny has been the recipient of many awards over the past 20 years.  More recently he received the Australasian Law Award for Law Firm Leader of the year 2020, the Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards Managing Partner of the Year 2018 and the 2017 Financial Times Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers first ever Special Achievement Award for his extraordinary contribution to law and commitment to innovation.

Nicole Green

Degree: BCom LLB UNSW 1996

Nicole currently leads MinterEllison's Infrastructure Industry team nationally, and is also a Partner in the Infrastructure, Construction & Property team at MinterEllison.  She has also previously held the positions of:

  • National Government Practice Leader
  • Sydney Office Managing Partner

His Honour Judge Matthew Myers AM

Degree: BA LLB UNSW 1997

His Honour Judge Myers AM sits as a Judge of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia in its Family Law Division.

Judge Myers was appointed as an ALRC Commissioner in February 2017 to lead the inquiry into the incarceration rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Judge Myers was appointed to the Federal Circuit Court of Australia in 2011. He is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of New South Wales and holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of New South Wales, a Master of Applied Law (Family Law) from the College of Law and a Vocational Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution from Bond University.

Michael Rose AM

Degree: LLB UNSW 1995

Michael is Chairman of the Committee for Sydney, an independent think tank that provides research, thought leadership and advocacy on economic, social, cultural and environmental issues relevant to Sydney.  He is also Chairman of Greater Sydney Parklands which is responsible for managing major urban parklands is Sydney.  He also sits on the boards of the Westmead Institute for Medical Research and the Sydney Harbour Trust.

Jonathan Stambolis

Degree: MILIR UNSW 2010

Jonathan Stambolis is the Chief Executive Officer of Zenysis, a Silicon Valley startup that helps governments harness the power of big data and AI to transform their delivery of healthcare and humanitarian aid.

After graduating from UNSW with a Masters of International Law and International Relations, Jonathan was posted to the Australian Mission to the United Nations in New York. Jonathan represented Australia in international negotiations on global health, development and humanitarian affairs.

Anne Collins

Degree: BA UNSW 1984 LLB UNSW 1986

Anne Collins has been practising as a lawyer for more than 30 years and has broad experience across the various arms of the profession including private practice, at the Bar and now in-house.

Before starting in the role of KPMG International General Counsel in January 2016, Anne was the General Counsel to KPMG in Australia for six years. She gained experience dealing with a range of professional services firms in private practice and understands the many diverse and challenging legal issues which arise for global organisations at both the local and international level.

Anne is known as a champion of diversity, and for building and sustaining teams of commercially astute and capable lawyers, focused on delivering business outcomes.

Ingrid Gubbay

Degree: BA LLB UNSW 1993

Ingrid Gubbay is a skilled litigator and campaign lawyer with 25 years’ experience. She graduated from UNSW in 1993 with a BA LLB, and has since won awards for her ground-breaking cases, both in Australia where she ran test cases and class actions at the legal Aid Commission of NSW, and in the UK, where she formerly worked as Principal Campaign lawyer at the NGO Which?

Jennifer Mar Young

Degree:BA UNSW 1996 LLB UNSW 2003

Jennifer Mar Young is Director, Client Relationships with Arrilla Indigenous Services, a majority Indigenous owned and staffed management consulting firm (a joint venture with KPMG). Arrilla’s vision is to create a culturally competent Australia, one workplace at a time. This is achieved through the provision of face to face and online cultural competency training as well as strategy advice and support.

Karl Chong

Degree: BCom LLB UNSW 2005

Karl Chong is a finance geek turned entrepreneur. He is the co-founder of Cocoon, a second home for families in New York City. Cocoon was designed during the COVID-19 pandemic to help provide families with an expert-led community and guide parenthood and family life through holistic programming and events, both virtual and in real life.

Nicholas Carney

Degree: BCom LLB UNSW 2005

Nicholas Carney is a Partner at Herbert Smith Freehills.

Nicholas advises governments and the private sector on complex infrastructure projects. He has experience across transport, health, social housing, defence and smart cities.

Richard Alcock AO

Degree: BCom LLB UNSW 1981

In 2007 Richard joined Merrill Lynch after a 19 year career as an M&A and Competition Law Partner at Allens. For a decade Richard led the Transport, Infrastructure, Power & Utilities team as Managing Director, Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Since 2018 Richard has been Vice Chairman, Global Banking & Markets across the Investment Banking, Corporate Banking, Capital Markets, Global Markets and Global Treasury Services divisions.

Shirley Chowdhary

Degree: LLB UNSW 1994

Shirley has been the CEO of the GO Foundation since 2016. The GO Foundation was founded by Sydney Swans Legends, Adam Goodes and Michael O’Loughlin, and provides cultural and aspirational mentoring, financial assistance and access to opportunities for Indigenous students. At the heart of the GO Ecosystem is a burning desire to strengthen our students’ cultural identity - to connect them in a meaningful way to their history, culture and heritage. In addition, by sharing our students’ perspective and their culture with our Ecosystem partners, we hope to create workplaces that are truly inclusive and welcoming of all Australians.

Stuart Fuller

Degree: BCom LLB UNSW 1990

Stuart is Global Head of Legal Services for KPMG and is also its Asia Pacific Regional Leader for Legal Services. In those roles, he leads a team of more than 2,400 legal professionals across 79 jurisdictions in KPMG’s global legal network. Prior to joining KPMG in March 2018, Stuart was the inaugural Global Managing Partner of King & Wood Mallesons, based in Hong Kong, having led the combination of those law firms in a unique “east-west” professional services firm business model. As a consequence, Stuart is recognised for his strategic thinking, his ability to lead, manage and significantly grow a business and implement significant change programmes in terms of clients, practice teams and individuals.

The Hon Justice David Wong

Degree: BCom UNSW 1976 LLB UNSW 1977

David received his primary education in then North Borneo/ Sabah till 1965 and in 1966, at the age of 11 years old, came to Australia to do his secondary education in St John’s College, Woodlawn, Lismore, NSW till 1971. Then in 1972 he read law at University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. He also obtained a B.Com (majoring in accountancy) from the same university. From 1978 to 1979 he was attached to a Public Accounting Firm in Sydney as a qualified auditor. In 1979 he was admitted as a barrister of the New South Wales Supreme Court in Australia. In 1980, he was admitted to the Sabah Bar and he practiced as an advocate and solicitor in Sabah until 1992. In 1992, he practiced as a solicitor in Sydney until 1996. In 1997 he returned to Sabah and practiced as an advocate and solicitor until 2005.

Hiroko Ito

Degree: JD UNSW 2014

Hiroko Ito received a Juris Doctor from UNSW in addition to her Masters of Laws in Tokyo. Hiroko was born in Japan, however she has spent most of her life living and working abroad; including in Bangladesh, Russia, France, and finally Australia. Through these contrasting cultural experiences, as well as her hard work and dedication, she now speaks English, Japanese, Russian and French.

The Hon Justice Barnabus Fung

Degree: BCom UNSW 84 LLB UNSW 85

The Hon Mr Justice Barnabas FUNG was born in Hong Kong in 1960. He obtained the Bachelor of Commerce and LL.B. from the University of New South Wales, Australia in 1984 and 1985 respectively. 

Katrina Rathie

Degree: BCom LLB UNSW 1985

Katrina Rathie is Partner in Charge, Sydney at King & Wood Mallesons which has been named Best Law Firm in Australia for the fourth year in a row by the AFR. Katrina is a member of the firm’s senior leadership team and is responsible for leading KWM’s Sydney office.

Katrina was recently named the Winner of the Board & Management category in the AFR 100 Women of Influence 2019.

Matthew Reilly

Degree: BA LLB UNSW 1998

Born in Sydney in 1974, Matthew Reilly wrote his first novel, Contest, at the age of 19 during his first year studying law at the University of NSW. Matthew self-published that book and was discovered by a publisher. He wrote his second novel, Ice Station, during his final year at UNSW Law.

The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG

Degree: HonLLD UNSW 2008

When he retired from the High Court of Australia on 2 February 2009, Michael Kirby was Australia’s longest serving judge.

He was first appointed in 1975 as a Deputy President of the Australian Conciliation & Arbitration Commission. Soon after, he became inaugural Chairman of the Australian Law Reform Commission (1975-84). Later, he was appointed a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia, then President of the New South Wales Court of Appeal (1984-96) and, concurrently, President of the Court of Appeal of Solomon Islands (1995-6). His appointment to the High Court of Australia followed in 1996 and he served thirteen years. In later years, he was Acting Chief Justice of Australia twice.

Photographer credit: Mr Sasha Hadden

Nicholas Gray

Degree: BCom LLB UNSW 1997

Nicholas Gray is Managing Director of The Australian, NSW & Prestige Titles.

He was first appointed CEO of The Australian in 2013, and has been responsible for top and bottom line improvements fuelled by digital subscription growth and an expanded focus on digital products. His role expanded to include the Prestige Titles (Vogue, Vogue Living and GQ) in 2018 and all NSW titles (The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Telegraph and Community titles such as The Wentworth Courier) in 2019. He first joined News Corp in 2012 following the acquisition of Business Spectator, of which he was GM and Publisher.

Shemara Wikramanayake

Degree: BCom LLB UNSW 1985

Shemara has been Macquarie Group’s Managing Director and CEO since late 2018.

Macquarie is a global financial group providing clients with asset management, banking, leasing, advisory and risk and capital solutions. Headquartered and listed in Australia, Macquarie operates in 31 markets and has over $A560 billion in assets under management.

Terri Janke

Degree: BA LLB UNSW 1995

Terri Janke is an Indigenous woman with Wuthathi/Meriam heritage. She graduated from UNSW in1995 with a BA LLB. She is the Solicitor Director of Terri Janke and Company, a unique Australian law firm specialising in Indigenous intellectual property and business law. Terri is an international authority on Indigenous Cultural Intellectual Property (ICIP) and has written the leading protocols and ICIP models in the film, arts, museum and archival sector. In 2019, Terri completed a PhD thesis at the Australian National University. Terri has received numerous awards including the 2011 NAIDOC person of the year and the 2019 NSW Women Lawyers Community Lawyer of the Year.

Nicola Wakefield Evans

Degree: BJuris LLB UNSW 1984

Nicola is a qualified lawyer and independent non-executive director. She graduated from the University of New South Wales in 1984 with a BJuris/LLB. Nicola is a mergers & acquisitions and equity capital markets lawyer and spent nearly 30 years at King & Wood Mallesons (20 years as a partner). Nicola was involved in a number of significant and ground-breaking M&A and capital markets transactions (including the acquisition of Bond Brewing by Lion Nathan, the demerger of OneSteel & Bluescope Steel from BHP and the sale of 11 Australian airports by the Federal Airports Corporation) and advised some of the largest companies in Australia, Asia and globally.