Inaugural International Alumnus from Timor-Leste

FedUni's Inaugural International Alumnus of 2014 is Alfredo Pires, Minister for Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Timor-Leste.

Alfredo Pires studied at the former University of Ballarat (now Federation University Australia) and became the first Timorese national to graduate as a geologist. Since returning to Timor-Leste, Alfredo Pires has used the knowledge and experience gained to advocate for sustainable resource management and to design policies intended for equitable development.

Alfredo Pires was appointed Minister for Petroleum and Mineral Resources following the re-election of the Gusmao Government in 2012. In this role, Minister Pires has spearheaded the development and reform of the petroleum sector, whilst also fostering the profession of geology among young Timorese.

This award was presented at FedUni on 3 April 2014.