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24 Nov 2020

Sharon Lewin wins a 2020 Melbourne Achiever Award

The Committee for Melbourne’s prestigious 2020 Melbourne Achiever Awards were announced today, honouring Professor Sharon Lewin AO and RMIT University for their outstanding contributions to Melbourne.

Professor Lewin is a Melbourne based, globally recognised leader in Health and Biotechnology.

RMIT is a Melbourne based, global leader in Education, Design and City-Shaping projects which have had a lasting impact on Melbourne’s. RMIT is a Melbourne based, global leader in Education, Design Innovation and City-Shaping projects with lasting impact on Melbourne’s reputation as a design and education capital.

The recipients accepted the Award at the Committee’s Governor’s virtual Round Table E-Room event today, after Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria and Committee for Melbourne Patron addressed the Committee’s members with an inspiring oration about Melbourne’s Road to Recovery. Chairman Mr Scott Tanner presented the awards in a virtual ceremony.

Since 1993, Committee for Melbourne annually recognises and celebrates significant and sustained contributions to our city that will leave a lasting legacy through its Melbourne Achiever Award. Previous winners include the late Dame Elizabeth Murdoch AC DBE, the late Ron Walker AC CBE, the National Gallery of Victoria, VicHealth, The Australian Ballet and Peter Clemenger AO.

Committee for Melbourne CEO, Martine Letts applauded Sharon Lewin’s critical role inresponding to the major pandemic threats of our time, including HIV and COVID-19 and her significant contributions to Melbourne’s biomedical sector as inaugural Director of the The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity. Sharon has authored over 260 publications and given over 100 major international invited talks on a cure for HIV. Sharon has provided expert commentary and insights for Australians on COVID-19 as a trusted and respected health expert, including on a panel with Dr Anthony Fauci, Director of the American National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).

“I am delighted and honored to receive the prestigious 2020 Melbourne Achiever’s Award as a very proud Melburnian. Melbourne is a powerhouse for medical research, especially in infectious diseases and immunology," Professor Lewin said,

"Along with every Victorian who contributed to the COVID-19 response, I am thankful to all our medical research institutes, including the Doherty Institute, who worked together and with government and community to have such an impact on this virus. Getting to zero infections is an extraordinary feat! It’s the collaborative spirit in Melbourne that makes it such a special city to live and work in."