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Outstanding Alumni award winners

The recipients of the 2018 Outstanding Alumni Awards were officially announced at the awards night on 12 September. Congratulations to all nominees for their notable achievements.

A special thank you goes to the people who took the time and effort to nominate them – fellow alumni, family, lecturers, colleagues, friends - without their support, this initiative wouldn’t be possible.

Nominations for the 2019 Outstanding Alumni Awards will open in May-June 2019 with the 2019 nomination guidelines confirmed then. The awards will be presented in October. Details will be updated once nominations open.

Outstanding Alumnus of the Year

Sean Hurley

Bachelor of Business 2005

Since leaving USC and moving overseas 18 years ago, Sean has built a career in retail, finding a passion for global trade and cross-cultural relationships. All of which has led him to his current role as a Country Director for Spanish company, Mango, based between Barcelona and Dubai, responsible for 80 countries, in Africa, the Middle East and South Asia.

Mango is one of the largest fashion brands worldwide present in 113 countries. Under Sean’s supervision, the Middle East became the number one region for Mango in growth and profitability.

He opened four new countries – Iran, Pakistan, Iraq and Sri Lanka – starting from scratch and each with their unique challenges. Adding Africa to his portfolio in 2014 meant taking on 14 operational countries. He has since opened in another seven countries, such as Namibia and Kenya.

As a founding member of the USC Barbarians, another passion of Sean’s that he managed to continue simultaneously was rugby union. He has played for various teams around the world and raised funds for charities such as the Christina Noble Children’s Foundation.

He helped establish the Dubai Dragons Rugby Football club as one of the leading clubs in the region, and had an international career representing the Arabian Gulf, UAE in 7s and 15s, and more recently, was invited to play with the Australian Classic Wallabies a number of times.

Retiring from all forms of playing in 2017, Sean took up ultra-running, completing the gruelling Marathon Des Sables, a 252 km race over six days, and continues to challenge himself by competing in other ultra-races.

In the words of Mango Board member, Antonio Batllo, “beyond his professional skills, I would like to highlight Sean’s personal qualities of transparency, honesty, a willingness to help, resilience and perseverance”.

Alumnus of the Year, Rising Star

Ashleigh Morris

Bachelor of Environmental Health Science 2015

In just a few years since graduating from USC as a Chancellor’s Medallist and the first USC student to receive the Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Undergraduate Award, Ashleigh has been unstoppable in her mission to reduce global waste.

Alumnus of the Year, Regional Achievement

Angela Harrison

EMBA 2018, Bachelor of Business (International Business) 2013

From leaving school at 14 to working in senior levels of business management, Angela’s path to success has been anything but ordinary. With no formal fundraising education, Angela has raised several millions of dollars through a heart and passion for local community.

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