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2017 Belinda Ramirez (Class of 2002)

Belinda was presented with the Alumnus of the Year award in 2017 for her work in Autonomic Neuroscience and her passion to support anti-human trafficking organisations in the Philippines.
Belinda with husband Joel and eldest child
Belinda with husband Joel and eldest child

Belinda Ramirez (nee Bowman) completed her PhD in Autonomic Neuroscience in 2013 and commenced work at the world's largest medical device company, Medtronic, where she began as a clinical research specialist. 

Whilst working at Medtronic, Belinda co-founded and chaired the Medtronic Women's Network in Australia and New Zealand. During this time, she conducted self-research on cross-industry, national and international trends on women in leadership, as well as utilised internal company surveys and engagement scores, to create and deliver a women's network program tailored for Medtronic in Australia and New Zealand.

Belinda has been publicly recognised in a number of ways for her work and service in the medical technology industry, including having received the inaugural Medtronic Clinical Excellence award in 2016 for her outstanding contribution as a Clinical Research Specialist. She also led the Australia and New Zealand Hub of the Women’s Network to win Hub of the Year at their recent global awards.

Belinda has been an exceptional example of a Christ-centred woman who has never ceased in her hunger to learn and serve others. Through a lot of prayer and communication with church-based connections, Belinda was introduced to a number of anti-human trafficking organisations in the Philippines. Having researched current literature on the topic, she realised that there was very little by way of publications authored in Australia, and also specifically on South East Asia. Considering her love for the Philippines, and knack for photography and telling a story, Belinda and her husband visited the Philippines to conduct interviews and photo shoots of 14 sex trafficking survivors and the relevant anti-trafficking organisations, empowering them to heal, seek justice and find sustainable, meaningful careers. Each survivor felt it important that their story be told, for people around the world to hear what is happening and learn what can be done about it. Wildflowers, Belinda’s beautiful coffee table book, was published in 2020. It depicts these survivors as flourishing despite their previous circumstances, with real hopes and dreams for their futures. Copies of the book have reached as far as Japan, Germany, the Philippines and the US and it has also made its way into the hands of some influential people in Australia from banking to media, consulting firms and telecommunications companies.

Aside from her daily job, all of Belinda's work is voluntary, including organising, leading and speaking at Women in Medtech initiatives, speaking at STEM student careers days, her active involvement in the worship team and board of elders at Northside Community Church, creating the Wildflowers book and now serving on the advisory board for Regenesys, one of the Philippines’ anti-trafficking organisations featured in her book.

To find out more about Belinda’s work in the area of Human Trafficking and to order a copy of the book Wildflowers, please visit 

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