A global business executive and a human rights lawyer have been recognised at the University of Queensland 2019 awards. Ms Christa Davies, global business executive and a pioneer for women in leadership will be presented with the Alumni Excellence Award, and Ms Clare Brown, a human rights lawyer with a focus on securing justice for sexual abuse survivors in Africa and the Middle East will be presented with the 2019 Distinguished Young Alumni Award.

Davies has helped position Aon plc as a world leader in guiding clients to make and execute better strategic decisions. Serving as Aon’s chief financial officer and executive vice president, global finance, Davies oversees global financial operations and plays an integral role in developing and implementing the strategy for the firm’s 50 000 colleagues serving clients in 120 countries. Davies has been instrumental in establishing the foundation for Aon’s momentum with a series of strategic actions over the past decade. She has directed the firm’s largest acquisitions and divestitures, including the complex $4.8 billion sale of an outsourcing business.

Brown has conducted most of her work through Legal Action Worldwide (LAW), a not-for-profit organisation of lawyers providing legal aid for survivors of human rights violations in conflict-affected areas. Following a relocation to Beirut, Lebanon, Brown commenced her current role of programme manager at Legal Action (LA), a Lebanese non-government organisation funded by LAW. Her current work provides legal aid to survivors of sexual violence in Lebanon, with a focus on particularly vulnerable demographics including domestic workers and Syrian refugees, and increasing their access to justice through innovative legal solutions.

Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj said the awards were an opportunity to highlight the outstanding talent of alumni and the widespread impact of their work. “We are honoured to recognise an incredible group of alumni who are making an impact in a diverse range of industries,” Professor Høj said.

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