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The Distinguished Alumni Awards honour alumni who have made outstanding contributions to Massey University, to their professions, their communities or the nation.
Nominations for the ‘Distinguished Alumni Awards 2017’ have now closed. The winners will be announced in 2017.
Professor Graham Le Gros was appointed research director of Wellington's Malaghan Institute of Medical Research in 1994, following a three-year Fogarty Fellowship at the National Institutes of Health, Washington DC, and a five-year scientist position with Ciba-Geigy in Basel, Switzerland.
A Bachelor of Science graduate at Massey in 1978, he has been a recipient of an International Senior Wellcome Trust Fellowship and James Cook Fellowship. In 2005 he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand in recognition of his research contributions to the fields of immunology and asthma.
In June 2014, Professor Le Gros was made a companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.
Traci Houpapa has firmly cemented herself in New Zealand’s agribusiness industry, and has been instrumental in raising the profile of Māori agribusiness across the primary industry sector. She specialises in strategic and economic development, advising public and private sector clients. She is an experienced company director and holds a number of directorships and ministerial appointments.
Ms Houpapa is well known for her role in promoting the development of women’s leadership and diversity on boards. She has an MBA from Massey University, and is a Member of the Order of New Zealand, a Justice of the Peace and a marriage celebrant.
Named one of the 10 most influential women in New Zealand agribusiness in 2012. The New Zealand Listener named her a top 10 influencer in New Zealand in 2013.
Entrepreneur John-Daniel Trask always knew he wanted to use technology to make businesses more efficient and profitable, and the 33-year-old has done just that. While at Massey Mr Trask ran a computer parts and repair company, and since then the software developer, investor and philanthropist has gone from Massey graduate to global software superstar.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Information Sciences, majoring in computer science, he initially worked for ICT company Intergen. But within three years he had left and, with a couple of friends and $30,000 of their own savings, formed investment company Pervasive Group. The first company they kick-started was Mindscape, developing and marketing high-performance tools for software developers. Mindscape, recently renamed Raygun, now has more than 6000 clients in 100 countries, including giants Microsoft, Xero and Dropbox.
Iain Hay is Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor of Geography at Flinders University in Adelaide, South Australia. The former Australian Discipline Scholar for the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, is a recent past President of the Institute of Australian Geographers and is currently Vice-President of the International Geographical Union.
Professor Hay, who graduated from Massey with a Master of Arts in 1985, completed his PhD at the University of Washington as a Fulbright Scholar and received a Doctor of Literature (LittD)
He has been the author and editor of 10 books, and has held editorial roles with journals including Applied Geography, Ethics, Place and Environment and Social and Cultural Geography. He is currently editor-in-chief of Geographical Research.
In 2010 he was honoured with the New Zealand Geographical Society’s Distinguished New Zealand Geographer Medal.
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Last updated on Monday 07 November 2016