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International networks

Our alumni networks stretch across the globe

Get involved with an international network to expand your social and professional connections around the world.

Be sure to keep your details up to date so you don't miss out on anything, including invitations to international events and other news.

If you're interested in becoming more involved with your local network, find out more information below or contact us.

Glocal Meetups

Bring the University of Sydney spirit to your city

Whether you’re looking to spark some new friendships or expand your professional networks, Glocal Meetups present a unique opportunity to meet like-minded University of Sydney graduates wherever you are in the world.
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Connect through our WeChat Mini Program

Our alumni in China can stay connected and informed about upcoming events by registering for our WeChat alumni mini program, USYD+, using the QR code. 

China Alumni Network

The China Alumni Network consists of alumni groups in major cities in China. Vincent Lam (林德兴) (BSc '84) is the Patron of the network.

Stay up to date by registering for our WeChat Mini Program. You can also contact the Centre in China at or through one of the city coordinators listed below.

City City coordinator Contact
Beijing Anthea Li (MCom '14)
Chengdu Ludan Jing (MCom '11)
Dalian Ursula Wang (LLM '10)
Fujian Tim Qiu Chen (BCom '14)
Guangzhou Gloria He (MCom '10 MPAcc '10)
Hangzhou Kelvin Zhao (B.E Hons '12 MPhil.E '16)
Ningbo Cicy Yang (MDCC ‘13)
Shanghai Echo Xie (MCom '07 MIntBus '07)
Shenyang Muhan Li (MFlimDigImag '10)
Shenzhen Yihan Xiao (MPAcc '08)
Suzhou Yanjie Shen (BEc '10)
Wuhan Jing Li (MEnvSc '12)
Xian Hannah Wang (MCom '08)
University of Sydney Hong Kong Alumni Association

Since it was established in 1989, the University of Sydney Hong Kong Alumni Association has built a strong alumni community in Hong Kong.

Our aim is to further strengthen our alumni network by providing programs that enrich graduates’ social and professional experience and help them reconnect with the University.

All Hong-Kong-based alumni are automatically members of the Hong Kong Alumni Association.

Wendy He (BSc '04 GradDipComm '05), President, Hong Kong Alumni Association

Japanese Alumni Network

The Japanese Alumni Network has recently launched to support alumni living in Japan.

Lia Yamada (B.V.A. '08), Chairperson, Japan Alumni Network

Korean Alumni Network

The Korean Alumni Network has recently launched to support alumni living in Korea.


Shin-Wouk (Johnny) Joen (BE(CompEng) '06), President, Korean Alumni Network

Sydney University Graduates of Malaysia Association

Established in 1988, the Sydney University Graduates of Malaysia Association (SUGMA) supports alumni working and living in Malaysia.

Ken Lim (BSc(Arch) '91 BArch '94)

University of Sydney Singapore Alumni Network

The University of Sydney Singapore Alumni Network has recently re-launched and is looking for volunteers for its Alumni Steering Committee.

If you’re interested in finding out more about volunteering for this committee, please contact us.

Elaine Wong (MHlthScEd '05), Convenor, Singapore Alumni Network

University of Sydney UK Alumni Association

The University of Sydney UK Alumni Association (USUKAA) encourages its members in the United Kingdom to engage in the life of the University and with each other. Alumni in other European countries are also welcome to participate in the association's events. 

Stay in touch and receive invitations to events and other news by updating your contact details. You can also find out about upcoming events on our event calendar.


Full association membership costs £15 annually, or £7.50 for students studying in the UK, and entitles you to discounts to USUKAA alumni events.

Younger Members' Group

The USUKAA Younger Members' Group (YMG) aims to provide a social and cultural network for University of Sydney graduates and their friends who are interested in more regular casual and networking events in and around London.

If you are interested in attending an event, or volunteering with the YMG contact Linda Li (MEc '12) at

To join the association, download a registration form (pdf, 60KB). Membership enquiries and applications should be directed to:


Dolores Ditner, Chairman, USUKAA (BA '04 LLB '06)

Sydney University Graduates Union North America

The Sydney University Graduates Union North America (SUGUNA) is a not-for-profit organisation that promotes the interests of the University of Sydney and its engagement with alumni in North America.

Membership of SUGUNA is open to all graduates of the University, former students whose study did not proceed to the awarding of a degree, former faculty members or employees, and/or any other person who has, as goals, the promotion of academic excellence and material prosperity for the University. Download a copy of the SUGUNA bylaws (pdf, 90 KB).

Stay in touch and receive invitations to events and other news by updating your contact details. You can also find out about upcoming events on our event calendar.


To join, or update a previous SUGUNA membership, complete the online membership form.

Nominations for board members

Nominations are now open for SUGUNA board members. To find out more, and to nominate, read the nomination factsheet.



SUGUNA (North America) Board of Directors

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Dean and Distinguished Professor of Global Health Emeritus
The George Washington University

Dr Richard Southby completed his undergraduate degree at The University of Melbourne in 1965. During his graduate study at Cornell University from 1965-1967 he saw his future in the emerging field of health policy and developed a passion for putting more emphasis on public health on his return to Australia.

After receiving his doctoral degree in the Faculty of Medicine at Monash University in Australia, and holding teaching and research positions at Monash University and The University of Sydney, where he was Director of Health Services Research and Teaching, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and full-time commissioner on the Australian Hospitals and Health Services Commission, he continued his career at The George Washington University when he joined the faculty in 1979.  

He held numerous faculty and administrative positions, including Executive Dean and distinguished Professor of Global Health in the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Health Affairs at the GWU Medical Center; Dean of the School of Public Health and Health Services, Chair of the Department of Health Services Management and Policy; Foundation Gordon A. Friesen Professor of International Health; and the Walter G. Ross Professor of International Health, among others. 

Also at GWU he served as Chair of the Dean’s Council, College of Professional Studies, Founding Director and Senior Adviser to the Police Science Program and academic representative to the NROTC Unit. He is also Senior Adviser to the Army ROTC Battalion at Georgetown University. As Adjunct Professor of Military and Emergency Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, he directs the Interagency Institute for Federal Health Leaders.

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Director and Past President
BVSc(Hons) ’73

Wanda grew up in Singleton, NSW, graduated from the University of Sydney Faculty of Veterinary Science and practiced veterinary medicine in Brisbane and Sydney. She then went to the USA where she was awarded a PhD in veterinary pathology from Cornell University. She is currently Professor Emerita at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine where she served as a department head for 6 years. She is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP) and the American Board of Toxicology (ABT, retired), as well as a Fellow of the International Academy of Toxicologic Pathology (IATP). 

Wanda has over 30 years of experience in comparative and toxicologic pathology with over 100 scientific peer reviewed publications on the health effects of natural toxins, such as mycotoxins and algal toxins, with a focus on food safety. She is senior editor of four editions of the Handbook of Toxicologic Pathology and three editions of Fundamentals of Toxicologic Pathology published by Elsevier and has served as Associate Editor for the journals Toxicological Sciences and Toxicologic Pathology. She is a former President of the Society of Toxicologic Pathology (STP) and of the Society of Toxicology’s (SOT) Comparative and Veterinary Specialty Section. She has served as ACVP Councilor and ABT Director, as well as on committees for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Academy of Sciences. She was awarded the STP’s Achievement Award in 2007 and the SOT Midwest Regional Chapter’s Kenneth DuBois Award in 2011. 

Wanda is a longtime member of SUGUNA. In 2005, she hosted the SUGUNA Annual Conference in Champaign, IL, in association with the University of Illinois, and became a SUGUNA Director. She cohosted the SUGUNA Annual Conference in Chicago in 2010 and in Boston in 2012. Wanda served as the 2011-2012 SUGUNA President. She received the Jim Wolfensohn Achievement Award in 2013 and the University of Sydney Faculty of Veterinary Science Alumni Award for International Achievement in 2016. Wanda lives with her husband, Vincent Hock, English pointer, BJ, and cat, Pyewacket, in Mahomet, Illinois, USA. Her second home is in Forster, NSW.

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MIntPH '06

Dr Julia Elmer earned her Master of International Public Health degree from the University of Sydney in 2005. She originally moved from Brazil to Australia to complete part of her MBA degree at QUT in Brisbane and then remained in the country for over five years. She is now based in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, where she serves as Huntington National Bank's first Multicultural Banking Strategy Leader. 

Julia is grateful to have found opportunities to work on four continents and live on five while serving in the corporate, non-profit, and academic sectors over the past 25 years. An innately curious person with a strong desire to understand and remedy disparities, she also holds a Ph.D. in urban planning with a dissertation on immigrant entrepreneurship's role in the economic and social fabric of cities (antifragility). Her other Board work includes Teenspire Global Mission, the Community Advisory Board for her local public library, and the Editorial Board of Social Inclusion in Cities. Julia is passionate about animals of all kinds and is heavily involved with the Primate Rescue Center in central Kentucky.

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BA '69

Angela Wales Kirgo grew up the oldest of five children in Walcha NSW. After the family's move to Sydney, she attended the University of Sydney, graduating in English and Classics. She was Executive Director of the Australian Writers Guild for 10 years, after which she moved to the US and became Executive Director of the Writers Guild Foundation (the educational and charitable arm of the Writers Guild of America West) in Los Angeles. She returned to Australia in late 2013 to help take care of her elderly mother. 

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Director and Past President
BDS ’66, MDS ’70, DDSc ’92

Ron Ettinger is an alumnus of Sydney University: BDS, (1966); MDS, Prosthodontics – Sydney University (1970); Certificate Gerontology University of Iowa, (1983); DDSc, Prosthodontics –Sydney University (1990). Dr Ettinger is a fellow of the American and International College of Dentists, a Diplomate of the American Board of Special Care Dentistry. He is currently Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics and the Dows Institute for Dental Research at the University of Iowa.  He is the Director of Geriatric Dental Programs at the University. He is a past-president of the American Society for Geriatric Dentistry and a geriatric dental consultant to the 800 bed Veterans Administration Psychogeriatric Hospital at Knoxville, Iowa.  Dr Ettinger has published over 250 papers and over 20 chapters in textbooks.  He has lectured extensively throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Australasia. In 1995 he was appointed Editor of the Journal of Special Care in Dentistry. The International Association of Dental Research in 2001 named him the Distinguished Scientist in Geriatric Oral Research, and in July 2010 he was named by IADR as a Distinguished Scientist in Prosthodontics and Implant Dentistry. He is a past president of SUGUNA.

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BSc(Hons I) '82, PhD '87

Jenny Green is a clinical professor in the School of Molecular Sciences at Arizona State University. She is a native of Australia where she attended the University of Sydney and graduated with a BSc(Hons I) in physical chemistry and a PhD also in physical chemistry. She has taught various physical chemistry classes as well as undergraduate chemistry for engineers, for premed as well as chemistry 101. Her research focuses on the spectroscopy of liquids, notably water and its aqueous solutions, both ionic and molecular. The main paper from her thesis work is now a “famous” paper (cited over 1000 times), as are three others from her post-doctoral studies at Purdue University and ASU. She is best known for a short paper in J. Phys. Chem. in which she identified the high glass transition temperature of the disaccharide trehalose as a leading reason that insects and other small organisms living in dry climates like that of Arizona synthesize this sugar rather than others as they pass, in dry times, into states of suspended animation (revitalizing at the next rainfall).

 She is currently making her mark as a Science Publicist for the School of Molecular Sciences.

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BA '95, MCom '01

Louisa Teo is based in Cambridge, MA and oversees the American Australian Association’s programs in New England, including the ANZAC Day commemorative service and reception and the Association’s annual Boston dinner. She is a graduate of the Boston University Questrom School of Business and the University of Sydney. She joined the American Australian Association in 2008 and since 2015 has also served as Secretary of the Australian Independent Schools USA Foundation.

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BCom(Liberal Studies) '16

Patrick Ward is the Founder of NanoGlobals, an expert-led platform that helps mid-size tech companies tap into global markets through remote hiring, offshoring, and international market expansion.

A writer by trade, Patrick’s international brand & B2B marketing expertise has been featured in Forbes, Ad Age, Fast Company, Morning Brew, Hacker Noon, HuffPost & Business Insider. He is currently a member of the Forbes Communications Council, an invitation-only organisation for senior-level communications executives. He is also the co-chair of the Executive Marketing Channel at Pavilion, formerly Revenue Collective, a private, invitation-only community of sales & marketing executives at growth-focused companies. He also is the Co-Host and Founder of #LinkedInLocalLA, a networking meetup community in Los Angeles, with guest speakers that are LinkedIn Top Voices, Former Google employees, and Amazon best-selling authors.

Patrick is an accomplished public speaker, teaching marketing workshops at General Assembly, Nonprofit Learning Lab, Serendipity Labs & California Lutheran University and Guest Lecturing at the University of Southern California on AI and Technology Disruption along with the University of North Carolina on Leadership.

He is the author of “Marketing Transformation: Why Your Marketing Mindset is Holding Your Organisation Back”, featured in the Business Leaders Edition, Vol 3. of the Amazon Best-Selling Series “Money Matters”.

He earned his Bachelor of Commerce (Liberal Studies), majoring in Marketing and Government & International Relations, from the University of Sydney.

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BA '17

Isabella joined the American Australian Association in November 2020 as Events, Membership & Development Manager. Isabella provides event support and implementation for Association marquee events and management of general events. She also focuses on development of donor research, support outreach and solicitation and handles the individual membership management. Isabella came to the AAA from a similar position at the Sydney Opera House in Australia. 

Isabella spent a year in working in business marketing and teaching ESL in the small city of Wuhu, Anhui Province of China. She holds a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Chinese Studies and Anthropology from the University of Sydney.

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BSc '91, BE(Elec) '94

Dr Alex K Lancaster is an evolutionary biologist, engineer, writer and consultant. He is a Research Scholar at the Ronin Institute, a Research Affiliate at the University of Sydney, an Institute for Globally Distributed Open Research and Education affiliate, and a Partner at Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Amber Biology.

Dr Lancaster received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley in Computational and Genomic Biology and has been a researcher at the Santa Fe Institute, the University of Arizona and the Whitehead Institute at MIT and was a faculty member at Harvard Medical School. He also received a Bachelor of Science in Physics and Mathematics and a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering and has published over 30 peer-reviewed papers.  Dr Lancaster has over 15 years of experience in many aspects of computational and systems biology, including pioneering work in complex systems research, co-developing one of the first open-source tools for agent-based modelling, Swarm, and co-authoring a book on using Swarm with political scientist, Paul E Johnson. He has also worked extensively in genomics, including next-generation sequencing data and others and developed tools for clinical and population genomics, with a particular focus on immunogenetic applications.  He has also had stints in R&D in broadcasting and information technology industries.

He enjoys applying theoretical and computational approaches to biological problems and is passionate about the power of open approaches to software, data and science to accelerate discovery.

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MEd(Res) '16

Chris is the Regional Manager Americas and Europe at the University of Sydney. Chris holds a Master of Education (Research) from the University of Sydney. Coming from an education background, he has worked in teaching, teacher training, curriculum development and student recruitment in most parts of the world at one time or another.

Ten years in South Korea makes the Land of the Morning Calm his favourite place to visit, other than Sydney of course. 

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