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

Briony Sowden

Broadcast Journalist, BBC World News, London
An alumna from AUT

Claire Starkey

Editor in Chief, Cleo magazine, Singapore
Daniel Zhou

Daniel Zhou

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

Diane Abad-Vergara

Communications Officer, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland
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
Jessica Satherley

Jessica Satherley

Digital Content Specialist, External Relations, Westpac NZ

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
An alumna from AUT

Lucie Sutichunta

Fashion & Lifestyle Writer, Vogue Thailand, Bangkok
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

Wenrui (Dorothy) Dai

Director, Shanghai Matamata Film Production, Shanghai, China
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