Outstanding Achievements of Young Alumni Award

Young leaders
This award recognises outstanding alumni aged 35 or younger who have achieved significant success or impact in a short career span.

To be eligible, nominees must meet the following selection criteria:

  • Nominees must have graduated from the University of Sydney.
  • Nominees must be aged 35 and younger at the close of nominations and demonstrate significant achievement in industry, professional or research sectors.

2023 winner


Margaret Zhang wins Outstanding Achievements of Young Alumni Award

At 27, Margaret Zhang (BCom '17, LLB '18) was youngest person to be appointed Editor-in-chief in Vogue's history. In this special Q&A, she shares her thoughts on creativity, careers and combining her love of fashion with cross-disciplinary insight. 

About Margaret Zhang

Bachelor of Commercce '17, Bachelor of Laws '18
Editor-in-chief, Vogue China

Margaret Zhang has forged an unconventional path in the fashion industry. She launched her website, Shine By Three, at 16 years old and steadily grew her reputation as a photographer, filmmaker and consultant. While still studying her Bachelor of Commerce/ Bachelor of Laws, she attended her first New York Fashion Week. In 2021, Margaret was appointed the Editor-in-chief of Vogue China. At just 27 years old, she is the youngest Editor-in-chief in Vogue’s history. 

Bringing a unique cross-disciplinary insight to her role, Margaret has championed young Chinese creatives and pulled together diverse perspectives to rise to the challenges of her new role. Having achieved so much so early in her career, her future is sure to be worth following.

Clear, distinct, honest creatives will always be rewarded in the long-run - thinking too much about commercialisation or commoditisation too early will push you off-track. 
Margaret Zhang