Meet our alumni

Our former students, near and far, are making a huge mark on the world. These are some of their stories.

Remarkable alumni

Chris Eigeland

Global shaper

Chris Eigeland

Law/arts

Griffith graduate Chris Eigeland is a serial entrepreneur, international lawyer and Australia’s Youth Representative to the United Nations for 2016.

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Dami Im

Pop icon

Dami Im

Music

Queensland Conservatorium graduate Dami Im has soared to international fame and is now one of Australia’s most iconic pop idols.

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Jodie Fox

Fashion forward

Jodie Fox

International business

Jodie Fox is the co-founder and Chief Creative Officer at Shoes Of Prey, the world’s first website where women can design their own shoes.

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Judd Armstrong

Big business

Judd Armstrong

Business

Griffith business graduate Judd Armstrong, who harnessed the technological expertise of Griffith researchers for his line of wearable fitness trackers, recently sold his company for $US 95 million to Logitech.

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King of kids

Aaron Bailey

Human services

A year studying at Griffith’s Logan campus proved a personal and professional milestone for Aaron Bailey, who is now putting his Bachelor of Human Services degree to valuable use in Canada.

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Stroke of success

Abbey McCulloch

Visual arts

With a research masters in visual arts from the QCA, Abbey was a finalist in the Archibald Prize in both 2007 and 2009.

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Bright lights

Amanda Eyley

Film and screen media production

Since graduating in 2011, Amanda Eyley has been forging a film career in Sydney, working across many popular films including Mad Max: Fury Road and Blinky Bill.

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Star struck

Andrew Stone

Business

The Gold Coast native regularly mixes it with names like Lady Gaga and Guns 'n' Roses in the challenging world of event management.

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Ange Anderson

A familiar voice

Ange Anderson

Communications

Ange is the energetic voice and newsreader on Nova 106.9's Brisbane radio breakfast show “Ash, Kip and Luttsy" and has spent close to a decade working in newsrooms across Australia.

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Anita Kuiper and Alejandra Vidal.

Design for change

Anita Kuiper and Alejandra Ramirez Vidal

Digital media

After spending three months volunteering in Kenya, Alejandra teamed up with fellow Griffith graduate Anita to create designs with a difference.

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Anthony Lister

Pushing boundaries

Anthony Lister

Fine arts

Anthony Lister has been a pioneering force in the development of street art in Australia and is renowned for his provocative work, which parodies real life and pop culture.

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Ben Norton

Quantum breakthrough

Dr Ben Norton

Photonics and nanoscience

Griffith photonics and nanoscience graduate Dr Ben Norton photographed the shadow of a single atom, a breakthrough that is helping leading scientists around the world build quantum computers.

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Global thinker

Ben Pole

Business/communications

Ben is a strategist and destination marketer leading the integrated programs and performance of Ipswich as the city’s chief operating officer—development and marketing.

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brittany Laidlaw

Born leader

Brittany Laidlaw

Business

Recipient of the Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Endeavour Award, Brittany was also the Australian Youth Delegate to the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development.

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Brodie Greig

eLearning

Brodie Greig and Jak Heymink

Multimedia

Dynamic duo Griffith graduates Brodie Greig and Jak Heymink started their company worktrainweb in 2011 and haven’t looked back.

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Cameron McEvoy

Swimming success

Cameron McEvoy

Science

Olympian and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Cameron McEvoy is studying a Bachelor of Science and has recently been named an ambassador for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

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Caitlin Knapper

Health promoter

Caitlin Knapper

Public health

Caitlin Knapper is using her degree in Public Health to help children live happy and healthy lives through a balanced diet and regular physical activity.

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Chris Owen

Global initiative

Chris Owen

Engineering science

Chris Owen is business group manager—water, for one of the world’s leading engineering and consulting companies in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

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Corey Allen

Civil leader

Corey Allen

Justice

Long-serving Brisbane police officer, Senior Sergeant Corey Allen, was Griffith University's Arts, Education and Law 2013 Outstanding Alumnus of the Year and the 2013 Criminology and Criminal Justice Outstanding Alumnus of the Year.

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Christine Anawati

Global perspective

Christine Anawati

MBA

MBA graduate Christine Anawati used her studies to gain an international outlook on today’s business world.

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David Heartley

Higher learning

David Hartley

Education

David was awarded Gold Coast Teacher of the Year in 2009 for establishing programs to enhance mathematics education and social and emotional wellbeing.

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David Morgan

Fitness guru

David Morgan

MBA

Since relocating to Australia in 1998, David has become a leading contributor to the Australian fitness, sport and recreation industry.

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Elise Giles

Young blood

Elise Giles

Business

Elise received the Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Endeavour Award, which allowed her to study and work in Hong Kong for seven months in 2013.

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Elliot Nash

Big break

Elliot Nash

Information and technology/MBA

An IT degree from Griffith was the start of an amazing journey for Elliot Nash, who is now a technical program manager for Amazon in Seattle.

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Emma Jones

Dream location

Emma Jones

Engineering

Emma landed her dream job in Central Queensland after graduating from a Bachelor of Engineering as a geotechnical engineer for BHP Billiton.

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Eva Milia

News hound

Eva Milic

Business/arts

TV anchor Eva Milic is one of the most familiar faces of the Channel Nine News team in Queensland.

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Georgia Sands

Jet setter

Georgia Sands

Law/arts

Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Endeavour Award recipient Georgia Sands has used her degree to developer her passion between culture and language.

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Greg Phipps

Google guy

Greg Phipps

Informatics

Unable to attain his childhood dream of becoming a fighter pilot, Greg Phipps instead forged a career in technology just as things began to heat up with the internet revolution.

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Greg Story

International success

Dr Greg Story

Modern Asian studies

Dr Greg Story was among the first cohort to study Griffith University’s groundbreaking Modern Asian Studies program and has since forged a flourishing career in Japan.

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Harry Harding

International stardom

Harry Harding

Arts

Harry Harding is now a global star, working as a journalist and presenter at GDTV World channel in Guangzhou, South China.

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Jake Anson

Bold ambition

Jake Anson

Urban and environmental planning

As an infrastructure and planning manager at AFL Queensland, Jake Anson is using his degree to keep our communities healthy and active.

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James Novak

Future insight

James Novak

Design

Design graduate and current PhD student James Novak is making great strides in new technology.

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Jan Olaf

Marine protector

Dr Jan-Olaf Meynecke

Science

Co-founder of Humpbacks & High-rises, Dr Jan-Olaf Meynecke is using his passion for marine biology to create awareness for urban marine mammal research and protection.

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Janelle Campbell

Building a career

Janelle Campbell

Architecture

Juggling full-time work and study, Janelle Campbell is embarking on a career in architecture with one of the Gold Coast’s leading architectural firms.

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Jason Kam

Global connections

Jason Kam

International business

Jason recently graduated from a Bachelor of International Business from Griffith University and completed his financial analyst internship with a hedge fund company in Singapore.

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Jeramy Hartley

International scale

Jeremy Hartley

Business

Jeremy Hartley is attracting consumers from across the globe, with his business ventures forecasted to turnover more than $1 million in 2016.

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Joel Rea

Picture of success

Joel Rea

Fine arts

Internationally renowned artist Joel Rea has exhibited his work across the globe and in 2015 had his first solo international exhibition at the prestigious Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York.

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Jordan Bartlett

What’s on the box

Jordan William Bartlett

Animation

After graduating in 2007, Jordan Bartlett secured a position with Place Design Group in Brisbane where he developed a production pipeline for the creation of medium to large-scale projects.

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Joshua Creamer

A voice for Indigenous

Joshua Creamer

Law

Just two years after graduating, Joshua Creamer applied his education, knowledge and determination to become, at the time, one of only four Indigenous barristers in Queensland.

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Kara Cook

Historic move

Kara Cook

Law

Kara Cook was awarded the 2014 Young Lawyer of Year Award after establishing Queensland’s first specialist domestic violence and family law practice.

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Rising to the challenge

Karlie Gleeson

Marketing

Karlie Gleeson successfully juggled her Masters degree and a full-time job when returning to postgraduate study ten years after graduating.

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Siri-ous business

Karen Jacobsen

Music

As the voice of Siri, Queensland Conservatorium graduate Karen Jacobsen speaks to an audience of 400 million people on a daily basis.

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Health leader

Dr Kat Goodall

Medicine

Supporting young doctors as an educator and trainer is Dr Kat Goodall's passion.

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Something to sing about

Kate Miller-Heidke

Music

Kate Miller-Heidke’s remarkable voice has mesmerised audiences across the world, where she has been awarded numerous awards and ARIAs.

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Kate van Doore

Forget me not

Kate van Doore

Law

Lawyer and Griffith University lecturer Kate van Doore made headlines in 2011 when she helped rescue 39 Ugandan children from a corrupt orphanage.

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Katie Noonan

High note

Katie Noonan

Music

Four-time ARIA award-winning and six-time platinum-selling vocalist, composer and pianist has been part of multiple successful musical collaborations.

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Keight Davis

Sparkle of hope

Keight Davis

Fine arts

Through jewellery, Keight Davis provides an escape from the hopelessness of prostitution and gives local women in China hope for a future.

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Kylee Ahlan

Full potential

Kylee Ahlan

Education

A love of working with children was the inspiration for education graduate Kylee Ahlan.

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Lauren King

Family first

Lauren King

Psychology

Lauren King was the first in her family to study at university after being offered a Griffith scholarship and moving from her hometown in Albury, NSW.

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Leah Hallet

Fourth generation

Leah Hallett

Education

With a pedigree going back four generations, teaching runs Leah Hallett’s family.

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Liam Faithful

Footy fanatic

Liam Faithful

Sport management

A degree in sport management enabled Liam Faithful to combine his love of sport with a future career.

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Liesl Capper

Technology innovation

Liesl Capper

Business

Liesl Capper and fellow Griffith graduate John Zakos have developed technology that provides human-machine interaction superior to that of smartphones.

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Lisa Mair

Changing lives around the world

Lisa Mair

Criminal justice

Lisa Mair, a criminology alumnus, is fulfilling her dream of changing lives around the world.

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Louise Bezzina

Artistic approach

Louise Bezzina

Applied theatre

Director of the largest arts and cultural festival on the Gold Coast, Louise is responsible for creating a sophisticated, contemporary and innovative artistic program that connects art within a community.

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Lyle Fielmich

Intern progression

Lyle Fielmich

Communications

Through his career in communications, Lyle Fielmich has travelled to some of the best surfing destinations in the world.

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Marek Kochout

Big screen success

Marek Kochout

Animation

When Marek Kochout was just halfway through his studies, he was recruited by Walt Disney, Sydney, before accepting a job at Fox Animations in Arizona.

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Matthew Cox

Eye for detail

Matthew Cox

Commerce

Matthew Cox took his passion for retail and founded his own company specialising in dining and exclusive homewares.

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Matthew Schofled

Animation sensation

Matthew Schofield

Animation

Matthew works for Film Roman, the Burbank-­based animation studio responsible for some of the world's best-­known animated shows, including The Simpsons.

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Megan Hess

Designer drawings

Megan Hess

Visual arts

After finding her start in graphic design at Brisbane advertising agency MOJO, it was Megan's work illustrating New York Times number one bestseller, Sex and the City, that put her on the international stage.

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Megan Washingtion

Centre stage

Megan Washington

Music

Since graduating, Megan Washington has made a huge mark on the Australian music scene, winning two ARIAs and working as a mentor on The Voice.

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Michael Baker

Creating smiles

Dr Michael Baker

Oral health

Dentistry graduate Dr Michael Baker is using his education to support better oral health in Indigenous communities through his own dental practice.

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Mimi Venker

Dream job

Mimi Venker

Exercise science

In 2002 Mimi Venker ran away with arguably the greatest circus in the world after securing her dream job with Cirque du Soleil.

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Miria Bastock

Shaping Queensland

Miria Bastock

Arts

Miria Bastock has been working in the criminal justice and policing sector for 10 years and was named Griffith’s Arts, Education and Law 2012 Alumnus of the year.

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Mirusia Loewerse

Worldwide fame

Mirusia Louwerse

Music

Mirusia Louwerse, the youngest ever winner of the prestigious Dame Joan Sutherland Opera Award has gained recognition across the globe.

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Naomi Edwards

Beach happiness

Naomi Edwards

Environmental science

Naomi Edwards is a passionate advocate for Australia's coast and is involved in coastal community mobilisation at the Griffith Centre for Coastal Management.

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Nicole Gardiner

Forensic future

Nicole Gardiner

Forensic science/criminology and criminal justice

Nicole’s love for CSI sparked her passion for forensics and into a career as a forensic biologist with the Northern Territory Police Fire and Emergency Service.

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Niki Broadrick

Change of career

Niki Brodrick

Midwifery

After an 11-year corporate career, Niki graduated from a Bachelor of Midwifery in 2014.

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Spierig brothers

Lights, camera, action

The Spierig brothers

Film and graphic design

Twin brothers Peter and Michael Spierig graduated from Griffith’s Queensland College of Art in 1997 before writing and directing their first feature film in 2000.

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Peta Wilton

Global outlook

Peta Wilton

Law/finance

While studying a double degree, Peta Wilton travelled to 30 countries, gaining valuable experience and global knowledge.

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Phil Carpenter

Flight path to success

Phil Carpenter

Aviation

Phil Carpenter now calls Canada home after moving overseas to pursue his career in aviation.

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Raymond Siems

Travel tech

Raymond Siems

Engineering

Raymond Seims along with three other Griffith graduates developed a unique travel app, which is now valued at more than $2 million.

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Ross Jauncey

Google relations

Ross Jauncey

MBA

Ross Jauncey is using his Griffith MBAto help manage creative industry relationships at Google.

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Sam James

Vision for success

Captain Sam James

Psychology

Captain Sam James’ time at Griffith led him to his dream job as an aviation psychologist with the Australian Army, where he works with the most senior military physiologist in the country.

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Samarra Toby

Health drive

Dr Samarra Toby

Medicine

Dr Toby completed her medical degree in 2008 and is now based in Rockhampton, where she is fulfilling her ambition to make a positive contribution to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.

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Sanesie Dukuly

Heart of gold

Sanesie Dukuly

Psychology

After spending 14 years in and out of a refugee camp in Guinea, Sanesie Dukuly has inspired hundreds of young people in the Logan and Brisbane areas and is living proof you can achieve amazing goals if you set your mind to it.

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Sarah Bairstow

Career progression

Sarah Bairstow

Business/law

Working with Santos Limited on their flagship $18.5 billion Gladstone Liquefied Natural Gas project, at the age of 30, Sarah Bairstow has achieved a level of success envied by those many years her senior.

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Sarah Marsanich

Career versatility

Sarah Marsanich

Engineering

Sarah’s degree in civil engineering has led her to a multinational company that operates in more than 150 countries worldwide.

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Sarah Richmond

Not so scary

Sarah Richmond

Science

Sarah’s love for sharks took her interstate where she studied a Bachelor of Science majoring in Marine Biology and Eco Tourism at the Gold Coast.

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Shane Kamphuis

Surgical success

Dr Shane Kamphuis

Medicine/surgery

Approaching his thirties, Shane opted for a career change, and decided to study nursing, specialising as an anaesthetic nurse on the Gold Coast.

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Stephanie Oates

Flexible study

Stephanie Oates

MBA

Stephanie Oates has used the flexibility of the MBA program to begin her own electronic music school.

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Tim Gibson

Among the stars

Tim Gibson

Commerce

Tim Gibson’s training, preparation and resilience paid off after being selected from 105 finalists from around the world to fly to space.

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Tracey Lamb

High flyer

Tracy Lamb

Aviation/aviation management

Tracy Lamb’s affection for aviation began in 1996 when she was given a joy flight as a gift.

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Tracey Moffat

Gallery of success

Tracey Moffat

Fine art

Tracey Moffat is one of Australia’s most successful and revered Indigenous artists, nationally and internationally.

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Tyson Illingworth

International stage

Tyson Illingworth (DJ TyDi)

Music technology

Voted Australia’s number one DJ two years in a row and also one of the Top 100 DJs of the World, Tyson Illingworth has had a stellar career, releasing his very first album at just 19.

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Vanessa Lee

Enhancing health

Dr Vanessa Lee

Medicine

In 2016, Vanessa Lee graduated from the Griffith University School of Medicine as its first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Public Health PhD graduate.

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Shirley Tay

Advancing nursing

Shirley Tay

Nursing

Shirley is currently Director of Nursing at Mount Alvernia Hospital, Singapore, and also has a message for anyone considering returning to University as a mature student.

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