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August 31, 2012: - A senior United Nations official was today named as James Cook University’s 2012 Outstanding Alumnus.
A former student and lecturer in the early days of JCU’s Cairns campus, Dr Rose Evaster-Aderolili is Chief of the Human and Social Development Program for the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).
Now based in Addis Ababa in Eithiopia, Dr Evaster-Aderolili still has strong connections with Cairns – her son Peterson Opio graduated from Smithfiled this year with a BA in politics and international affairs.
Dr Evaster-Aderolili will present a special lecture in the Crowther Theatre at JCU Cairns next Tuesday night (6.15pm, September 4).
She was named Outsatanding Alumnus by JCU’s Chancellor Lt Gen John Grey at a special breakfast today in Townsville that honoroured eight Outstanding Alumni from JCU’s four faculties and four Outstanding Early Career Alumni.
JCU’s Vice Chancellor Professor Sandra Harding said that the University’s aim was to produce graduates and discoveries that make a difference.
“Listening to the profiles of today’s awardees shows that JCU is producing outstanding alumni all around the world and they are doing an outstanding job,” Professor Harding said.
Lt Gen Grey said that choosing one of the 12 as the Outstanding Alumnus had been very hard but Dr Evaster-Aderolili had an extraordinary record of achievement.
After working as an economist in Uganda and a lecturer in Papua New Guinea, Dr Evaster-Aderolili joined JCU’s fledgling Cairns campus in 1991 as a student and was also the first lecturer in economics.
She helped increase the number of economics graduates from Cairns and was awarded her Graduate Certificate of Education (Tertiary) and PhD in 1996.
Joining the UN in 2001 as Economic Affairs Officer at UNECA, she was promoted to Chief Economist at the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) where she dealt directly with humanitarian issues, advising on the needs of refugees.
She has been Chief Advisor to the UN as Special Representative of the Secretary General on humanitarian matters and reconstruction in Southern Sudan, and Acting Director/Officer in Charge for UNECA of the African Center for Gender and Social Development.
Dr Evaster-Aderolili now heads the biggest program at UNECA, delivering research, policy advice and technical support to all 54 African countries in areas such as education, employment, health, gender, migration and youth.
Her vision is for an Africa without poverty, disease or conflict and she wants to increase the economic and social development of a continent she believes has much potential. She also hopes to see Australia become more involved in international development agenda discourse.
Last year the Human and Social Development Program, which she heads, became the first program to achieve 100 per cent delivery, with the least resources.
The African Union and UN also recently recognised Dr Evaster-Aderolili and her team for their significant contribution to Africa’s development.
The other Outstanding Alumni honoured today are:
Early Career awards:
Winsome Denyer – ABC journalist
Dr Mariana Fuentes – turtle and dugong researcher and children’s book author
Ali Jimmy Drummond - Indigenous Nurse Advisor in the Nursing and Midwifery Office of Queensland Health.
Diane Ruhl - Associate in Family Law at Boulton Cleary & Kern Lawyers in Townsville
Outstanding Alumni :
Dr Ngiare Brown - foundation chief executive officer with the Aboriginal Indigenous Doctors Association and currently a Medical Officer with the Association
Judith Ketchell - Executive Principal at Tagai State College in the Torres Strait
Traven Lea - Special Adviser to the Australian Government initiative, Australian Medicare Local Alliance
Professor Ian Mackinnon - executive director of the Institute for Future Environments at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane.
Bill Mitchell - Principal Solicitor and Registered Migration Agent at the Townsville Community Legal Service
Professor Clive Moore - Head of School in History Philosophy, Religion and Classics at the University of Queensland
Dr Richard Smith – producer and director of natural history documentaries
Issued: August 31, 2012
JCU Media Liaison, Jim O’Brien 07 4781 4822 or 0418 892449