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Alumni awards reflect contributions from local culture to corporate integrity

July 05, 2017
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SFU will recognize four distinguished alumni in September—among them, an Indonesian government minister, the founder of a European ethical investment equity firm, a top-rising global economy thinker, and the co-creator of the iconic Vancouver Folk Festival.

Outstanding alumni awards are given annually by SFU and the Alumni Association. The awards recognize those whose accomplishments and contributions reflect the University’s mandate of engaging the world. Nominations in several categories are received from alumni, faculty, staff, students and SFU’s many friends in the community.

The four will be honoured at the association’s Outstanding Alumni Awards event in Vancouver on Sept. 13. This year’s recipients include:

Yohana Yembise (MA ‘94, education), for her role in public service. Yembise is the first Papuan female to hold a seat in the Indonesian government, as Minister of Women Empowerment and Child Protection. She is also the first Papuan woman to achieve the highest academic rank as a distinguished professor by the Minister of Education, and advocates for improved quality of life for women and children and access to education, health care and social services;

Gary Cristall (BA ’78, history honors/LAS), for service in arts and culture. He co-founded the Vancouver Folk Festival—celebrating its 40th year in July—the same year he graduated from SFU. He is a long-serving advocate for arts and culture and has been instrumental in supporting the rights of artists. Cristall is the founding president of the Canada Council local of the Public Service Alliance of Canada. He also served as acting head of the music section of the Canada Council for the Arts. He continues to mentor and assist artists in building their careers;

Frode Strand-Nielsen (BA ’80), for achievements in professional development. He is the managing partner of FSN Capital Partners in Oslo, Norway, where the corporate culture radiates integrity, transparency and trust. The company currently manages approximately two billion USD for a global client base, and last April was awarded the Corporate Citizenship Award at the 2017 Private Equity Awards in London;

Nathan Nunn (BA ‘ 98 Economics hon., Communication) for academic achievement (Rising Star award). Nunn is the Frederic E. Abbe professor of economics at Harvard University. According to the International Monetary Fund, he is one of 25 economists under the age of 45 who are “changing the way we think about the global economy.” A young academic with a growing reputation, his work includes articles investigating the impact of Fair Trade certification, CIA interventions during the Cold war, industrial policy and foreign aid.