The Indigenous Alumni Award serves to recognise outstanding talent, achievement and / or contribution made by an Indigenous graduate in their chosen field that demonstrates initiative and excellence.
Chief Executive, Radio Larrakia Darwin Doctor of Philosophy (2011) Master of Philosophy (2002)
Dr Donna Odegaard is the chief executive of Radio Larrakia 94.5FM Darwin and an active representative of Indigenous communities on issues including native title, indigenous heritage, education, training and employment.
Donna oversaw the restructure and redevelopment of Radio Larrakia as the “Voice of Larrakia” and continues to present a weekly radio program Larrakia Talk.
Since becoming chief executive in 2005, Donna has made a number of significant contributions to Indigenous media. She is the primary founder and chairperson of Larrakia TV, Australian Indigenous Radio, the Indigenous College of Business and Media Australia and InDiGiTel. She played a key role in the development of cultural protocols and ethics that underpin Indigenous media and the strategic direction of the newly established Indigenous Media Centre, Aboriginal Broadcasting Australia in Darwin.
Donna is committed to increasing indigenous employment and training opportunities in all facets of indigenous media.