Our students arrive at AUT with so much potential. It’s our job to help them unlock that potential and use it to find the greatness within them. For many of our graduates, it was an influential lecturer, a conversation with a student mentor, or an educational experience inside or outside the classroom that gave them clarity and opened up new possibilities. Some of our great graduates now share their stories of how their time at AUT helped them uncover what drives them and inspired them to turn that passion into something rewarding and meaningful.

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Great graduates

Around the globe, our remarkable and influential alumni are making an impact on their communities, countries and professions. Here are a few of their inspiring stories, with more exciting news and profiles to come.

Aaron Lawton

Aaron Lawton

CEO, Counties Manukau Rugby Football Union

Andrew McKechnie

SVP, Chief Creative Officer at Verizon, New York
An alumna from AUT

Claire Starkey

Editor in Chief, Cleo magazine, Singapore
Colin McClean

Colin McClean

General Manager NZ Hotel Operations, SKYCITY Entertainment Group
Daniel Zhou

Daniel Zhou

Managing Director, Huawei, Shanghai, China
Diane Abad-Vergara

Diane Abad-Vergara

Communications Officer, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland
Elizabeth Berryman

Elizabeth Berryman

CEO & Founder, chnnl Limited
An alumni from AUT

Gary Wang

Founder of LockInChina, Beijing, China
An alumni from AUT

Hongtu (Sam) Li

Founder/Owner, Dr Sam Li Sport and Rehabilitation Hospital, Beijing, China

Ivan Fuyala

Senior Vice President Commercial Partnership, Vevo, New York City
An alumna from AUT

Jenny Joblin

Creative Director, Federation
Joanne Mahon

Joanne Mahon

Chief Communications & Brand Officer, Southern Cross Group

Kate Taylor

International strategy and operations, Program manager at Pinterest, San Francisco
An alumna from AUT

Kerrin Leoni

Founder of Mana Aroha Charity / Contract Social Worker
Louie Hu

Louie Hu

Asia Pacific Regional Marketing Manager, Huawei
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Mary-Ellen Redmayne

Founder/Director, The Foot Stop Podiatry Services, Gold Coast, Australia

Michele Cox

Chief Executive, New Zealand Football Foundation
An alumna from AUT

Nadeesha Godamunne

Freelance Illustrator, New York
Sara Dwen

Sara Dwen

Head of Production, Warner Bros NZ

Sarah Wood


Tee Twyford

Founder, HUSTLE + hush
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Todd Hewitt

General Manager of Commercial, Blues Rugby

Wenrui (Dorothy) Dai

Director, Shanghai Matamata Film Production, Shanghai, China
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