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Brookes Scholars

Each year Deakin’s top two MBA graduates are awarded the Brookes Medal.

Brookes Scholars

The Brookes Medals honour Sir Wilfred Brookes, grandson of Alfred Deakin, the second prime minister of Australia, for whom Deakin University is named.

Past Brookes Scholars

2022 – Cherie Frances and Lauren Langley
2021 – Adam Etherington and Gemma Anderson
2020 – Alexander Ramsey and Gavin Matanis
2019 – Laura Woulfe and James Wall  
2018 – Dr Kim Hansen and Kym Pfitzner
2017 – Dr Daniel Jolley and Dr Jewel Huang
– Vanessa Rowe and Michael Bryant
2015 – Michael Ladewig and Joanne Alker
– James Hood and Kane Hooper
– Kathie Barwick and Warren Makin
2012 – Christopher Griffiths and Michael Jenkins  
2011 – Timothy Pryde and Janine Reid
2010 – Juliet Coles and Sands Skinner
2009 – Glen Donohue and Kenneth (Ross) Carlton
2008 – Craig Stapleton and Patricia Cham
2007 – Chris Latcham and Diana Raspe

2006 – Vanessa Waddell and Bradley Roe
– Ching Yee Teo and Vicki Golsby
– Ong Siew Chin and John Elcock
2003 – Mark Rivers and Juan Vidovic
2002 – Bo Jacobsen and Thi Minh Hien Dinh
2001 – Graham Hawke and Louise Knowles
2000 – Lynne Gehrke and Jane Sinclair
1999 – Jenny Karavolos and Nicolas Andriopoulos
1998 – Peter Darkin and Barry Telford
1997 – Grant Croghan and Daniel Wong
1996 – Robert Larry Brand and Peter Allan Andrews
1995 – Maneesh Kumar Chaurasia and Gary William Tickle
1994 – John Carran and Ian Pye
1993 – Cindy Tilbrook and Michael Cooney
1992 – Peter Cuk and Richard Sargeant

Brookes Oration

The Brookes Oration was established in 2006 by Deakin Business School (formerly the Deakin Graduate School of Business) to encourage thoughtful debate about the contribution of corporate Australia in the global community.

The address to our first MBA class on 21 March 1981 was delivered by Sir Wilfred Brookes.

Recent Brookes Orations

2023Lord Mayor of Melbourne Sally Capp AODo cities matter anymore?
2022Andy PennThe Decisive Digital Decade
2021Not held 
2020John Denon AOThe long-term impact of COVID-19 on international trade and its ramifications for Australia in a post-COVID global economy
2019Honourable Michael Kirby AC CMG“Law, love, life and their challenges”.
2018Annabel CrabbFamily matters: why we need to redefine domestic balance in Australia
2017Honourable Anna Bligh AC“Trust, Reputation and Consumer Empowerment”
2015 Mr Bernard Salt Changing Lifestyles: How Australians are choosing to live today
2014 Ms Ita Buttrose, AO, OBE The Importance of Ethics: Making business good business
2013 Mr Paul Bassat The Times they are a Changing
2012 Mr Allan Asher Fair Go: A journey to fairness in commerce

If you would like a copy of any of past Orations (subject to availability) please contact Deakin Business School.

Please note, some Orations are not recorded at the request of the speaker.

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