Alumni Voices
Founder, Principal Podiatrist, Pharmacist & Lecturer Marie Ishak-Lewis [GradDipPharmSc ‘06, MPharm ‘08]

Founder, Principal Podiatrist, Pharmacist & Lecturer Marie Ishak-Lewis [GradDipPharmSc ‘06, MPharm ‘08]

July 8, 2019

Marie Ishak-Lewis, principal podiatrist and pharmacist, is the founder of Elite Podiatry and co-founder and co-inventor of Synxsole, a patented orthotic (shoe insert or insole) that was featured on Channel 10’s hit TV show Shark Tank where she and her co-inventor, landed a deal with the "Shark", Andrew Banks.

Marie is actively involved in the community, presenting and public speaking at conferences, seminars and universities as well as appearing on Curtin FM with Jenny Seaton and the ABC Radio, talking about common podiatry related complaints.

Whilst working in the field of community podiatry, Marie became interested in the field of community pharmacy and promptly applied and completed a Grad.Dip.(Pharmaceutical Science) and Master of Pharmacy at the University of Western Australia (UWA), graduating as a qualified pharmacist in July 2007. With both professions under her belt, she has been actively involved in lecturing at the prestigious University of Western Australia as well as being a regular examiner in their School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Marie currently works actively in both professions and finds they compliment each other well. However Podiatry is certainly her passion. She has invested a lot in building up her Elite Podiatry practice over the past 14 years to make it a successful and advanced podiatry clinic. Marie is passionate in the field of sports podiatry and has years of experience in the advanced biomechanics of the lower limb, treating all sport-related conditions.

In the past few years, Marie has travelled extensively attending various conferences and workshops in an effort to further her skills in advanced orthotic therapies and learn further treatment techniques.

Marie, as both a practitioner and lecturer, strongly believes in participating in the continued education of both Podiatry and Pharmacy professions. She strives to keep up with the latest literature and is dedicated to keeping up with the latest advancements to ensure that the patient is provided with the best possible treatment plan to achieve success.

www.elitepodiatry.com/perth

https://www.facebook.com/ElitePodiatryAU/

https://www.facebook.com/ElitePodiatryPerth/

Instagram: @elitepodiatryperth

www.synxsole.com

https://www.facebook.com/synxsole

Instagram: @synxsole

UNICEF Advocacy Consultant - Harriet Riley BA(CommSt) ‘09

UNICEF Advocacy Consultant - Harriet Riley BA(CommSt) ‘09

June 24, 2019

Harriet is a climate specialist and award-winning writer who works in Communications and Advocacy for UNICEF at the UN. Prior to this, she was a senior strategist with Purpose, a consultancy advising NGOs like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Doctors of the World, and UN Environment on challenges from international development to renewable energy. She was a consultant on Years of Living Dangerously, James Cameron’s Emmy-winning series about climate change, and has written five screenplays for TV /film projects about social and environmental themes.

She holds a Masters in Investigative Journalism from Columbia University in New York and studied International Security and Intelligence at Cambridge University under former head of MI6 Sir Richard Dearlove, where she addressed the response of the intelligence community to climate change. As an undergrad at UWA, she spent a year abroad at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, and completed her Honours at ANU.

To Infinity and Beyond - Conrad Pires [MBA ‘16]

To Infinity and Beyond - Conrad Pires [MBA ‘16]

June 13, 2019

Conrad Pires has had a life-long fascination with technology and what the future might hold. What started as a childhood dream of being an astronaut has evolved into a vision of making space accessible and affordable for everyone. Following an international career in emerging technologies and the completion of his MBA at UWA, he co-founded Western Australia’s first space company building small satellites, Picosat Systems. It takes advantage of advances in technology that has seen space become more commercialised in recent years. Conrad is excited to be a part of Australia’s growing space economy, which will bring benefits to the nation as a whole.

Conrad is a strong advocate for space. He’s a space consultant, a member of the advisory council of the Space Industry Association of Australia and co-ordinator of Space Hub Perth. He’s also a public speaker, speaking about all things space at conferences, schools and through his TEDxUWA talk. He won the 2016 Perth NASA Space Apps Challenge and the 2017 Woodside Oil and Gas Encouragement Award at the WA Innovator of the Year Awards. He has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Curtin University, and he’s also a graduate of the International Space University and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Conrad is currently a not-for-profit board member and he is also an educator, teaching entrepreneurship, innovation, design thinking and governance.

International Women’s Day 2019

International Women’s Day 2019

March 15, 2019

Gender equality in your lifetime?

The World Economic Forum estimates that women will not reach economic parity with men until 2234. That’s two centuries away.

In 2017, the global gender gap widened for the first time in ten years. While we may disagree on the best ways to get there, it’s rare indeed to find a man or woman in Australia openly opposed to equal opportunity. So what’s the hold up?

Join UWA on International Women’s Day 2019 for an insightful examination of what’s holding us back and how we could speed the rate of change.

Personal brand: what’s yours?

Personal brand: what’s yours?

March 5, 2019

Your brand tells the world - employers, customers, contacts - who you are, what you're passionate about and what you're capable of. It defines you and shapes the opportunities you attract.

What is your personal brand? Spend time with a panel of UWA graduates who know their brand and how to use it.

Plastic, plastic everywhere! What’s a person to do?

Plastic, plastic everywhere! What’s a person to do?

February 5, 2019

Join us for a compelling exploration of the plastic pollution problem, featuring a panel of UWA research and graduate experts. Learn what you as a concerned citizen can do about it and how your University is leading positive change

Career Acceleration Strategies for Women with Shona Rowan -  International Speaker, Trainer and Success Coach

Career Acceleration Strategies for Women with Shona Rowan - International Speaker, Trainer and Success Coach

December 4, 2018

Would you like to inspire, develop and retain your female staff?   Or boost your own performance as a woman in business?

Shona Rowan is passionate about empowering women to step up, stand out and maximise their success in highly competitive environments. As an international speaker, trainer and success coach, Shona has spent the last 15 years helping thousands of women accelerate their success by increasing their influence, confidence, personal impact, visibility, networking and communication skills. Her practical programs and inspirational events equip women with specific mindsets, behaviours and strategies needed to claim the success they desire and deserve.

Shona’s unique and results-driven approach looks at both the internal and external aspects of success and draws on her qualifications in Psychology, NLP, Hypnotherapy and Peak Performance coaching and her real-life experience as an elite athlete, ranked 6th in the world as a competitive ballroom dancer.  Her clients include Gold Fields, Ashurst, DLA, Shell UK/Australia, Citi Bank, The University of Western Australia, Lockton London/Dubai, TATA UK and Women in Subsea Engineering.

If you would like to inspire, develop and retain your female staff, or accelerate your own success – see www.shonarowan.com/empowering-women or email support@shonarowan.com

Do not put off for tomorrow what can be achieved today - Bernard Chia [BE ‘04], Managing Director, Alyka

Do not put off for tomorrow what can be achieved today - Bernard Chia [BE ‘04], Managing Director, Alyka

November 13, 2018

In 2008, Bernie (B. Eng) founded Alyka, an agency specialising in digital marketing and web development. In just a few years, he transformed the business from a small start-up to an industry-leading firm with 45+ digital experts and an international presence.

As Managing Director, he brings more than 20 years’ experience to the business, and is widely regarded as a thought leader in digital strategy and technical innovation.

In 2014, Alyka was the only Western Australian digital marketing company to be listed in the BRW Fast 100 acknowledging the company’s average growth of 81% for each of the past five years. Bernie won a 40Under40 award in the same year, recognising his entrepreneurial skills and business success. Alyka continues to win awards for 2016 and 2017 – Business News Professional Services Rising Stars Award and AFR Fast 100 respectively.

Bernie holds a Bachelor of Engineering, majoring in Information Technology from the University of Western Australia.

The McCusker Centre for Citizenship’s Community Conversations series – Riley Dolman

The McCusker Centre for Citizenship’s Community Conversations series – Riley Dolman

November 6, 2018

The McCusker Centre for Citizenship at UWA, is a unique Centre that aims to inspire students and the Western Australian community to become active citizens in our local, regional and global communities through its internship program, academic units and events.

Riley recently completed a Bachelor of Science (Sports Science, Exercise and Health) at the University of Western Australia. With a particular interest in AFL, Riley completed his practicum placement at the West Coast Eagles Football Club and successful applied for an internship with Fair Game through the McCusker Centre for Citizenship at UWA. Through his internship, Riley delivered recycled sporting equipment and fitness programs to under-serviced remote Aboriginal and culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities. After travelling to Karijini National Park to run sport programs for local children from Tom Price, Karratha and Port Hedland, Riley became interested in sports development and he plans to return to UWA as a postgraduate student. Since completing his internship, Riley has undertaken leadership training with Fair Game and is on Fair Game’s board of directors and is a member of the McCusker Centre for Citizenship at UWA’s Student Advisory Committee through which he encourages students to be active members of their communities.

The McCusker Centre for Citizenship’s Community Conversations series - Shakira Donovan [BSc ‘17]

The McCusker Centre for Citizenship’s Community Conversations series - Shakira Donovan [BSc ‘17]

November 5, 2018

The McCusker Centre for Citizenship’s Community Conversations series – Shakira Donovan

The McCusker Centre for Citizenship at UWA, is a unique Centre that aims to inspire students and the Western Australian community to become active citizens in our local, regional and global communities through its internship program, academic units and events.

Shakira recently completed a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) at the University of Western Australia. During her undergraduate studies, Shakira became interested in the intersection of mental and physical health with international development, leading her to successfully apply for an internship through the McCusker Centre for Citizenship at UWA at the international advocacy organisation, Global Citizen, in New York City to work on their Global Health campaign. There, she became passionate about universal health coverage and health systems improvement which she now plans to explore as a postgraduate student.

Shakira went on to complete the Pathways to Citizenship unit at the McCusker Centre for Citizenship at UWA where strengthened her belief in the importance of active and global  citizenship and its positive impact on the community. Shakira dedicates much of her time to volunteering and is a member of the McCusker Centre for Citizenship at UWA Student Advisory Committee through which she seeks to help shape university-based citizenship initiatives and encourage students to be compassionate, active members of their communities.