Honorary Alumni

Mark Bouris

Chairman of Yellow Brick Road,

Leading Australian entrepreneur and talented translator of finance for the masses, Mark Bouris, has been recognised for his distinguished service with an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University. Mark established Wizard Home Loans in 1996 to challenge the big banks in the home loan market. Within eight years Wizard had expanded to 300 branches across Australia and New Zealand.He sold Wizard to GE in 2004 and went on to establish Yellow Brick Road Wealth Management in 2007.

Mark, who grew up in Punchbowl, established Yellow Brick Road to bring first class financial advice to the suburbs. He has also increased financial literacy through books, Wealth Wizard and The Yellow Brick Road to Your Financial Security, and a busy schedule of media commitments including writing columns for leading publications including Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, BRW, Real Living, Smart Property Investment and Business Spectator. Mark is also host of Channel 9's The Apprentice and Celebrity Apprentice Australia.

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The Hon. Marie Bashir

David Elliott

Former Governor of NSW

The University is pleased to be awarding Her Excellency Professor the Hon. Marie Bashir an Honorary Doctorate of Letters as part of this ceremony. Professor Bashir has been the Governor of New South Wales since 1 March 2001, and is the first woman to be appointed to that role. She has made a distinguished and lifelong contribution to Australian public life and in her professional service to improving mental health services. 

Professor Bashir's widespread involvements and interests are extensive and diverse and include Indigenous health, juvenile justice, research on adolescent depression, health issues in developing countries, education for health professionals and telemedicine, and new technologies for health service delivery. Her list of awards is numerous and wide-ranging. 

 Professor Bashir is a National Living Treasure and an Honorary Commodore of the Royal Australian Navy. In 2006, Professor Bashir was invested by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO).

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Hazem El Masri

Former NRL Player

He is the NRL's highest-ever point scorer, a passionate and tireless community leader, and an inspirational role model to many – now rugby league legend Hazem El Masri can add the title 'doctor' to his list of many achievements.

Western Sydney University is pleased to award Hazem El Masri an Honorary Doctorate of Letters, honoris causa, in recognition of his distinguished service to the communities of western Sydney and for being a role model and leader in the Arabic community.

Hazem grew up in war-torn Tripoli in Lebanon, and came to Australia with his family at the age of 12, settling in western Sydney. From 1996 until his retirement in 2009 he spent his professional rugby league career playing with the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, as well as representing NSW and Australia at an international level and captaining Lebanon in their World Cup side.

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