Susan Alberti

Susan is the co-founder and Managing Director of the DANSU Group based in Wheelers Hill in Melbourne’s east. Approximately forty years ago, Susan and her late husband Angelo established the company as an industrial and commercial builder and developer of industrial estates and business parks. DANSU Group successfully completed substantial commercial, industrial and property development projects, especially in Melbourne's south eastern suburbs, including Hallam, Dandenong, and surrounds.

Susan has supplemented her successful business career with a major contribution and commitment to fund-raising and promotion of juvenile diabetes research. She was National President of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Australia. In 1994 she founded the Melbourne and Sydney annual "Walk for the Cure" around Albert Park Lake, a significant annual fundraiser which to date has raised more than $30 million toward the search for a cure for diabetes. It is now held in every state and in regional areas around Australia. In 1995 Susan was invited to join the International Board of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International (JDRFI) and in 2008 accepted an invitation to becomeJDRFI’s International Patron. 

In 2004 Susan became a Board Member of the Western Bulldogs Football Club and in December 2012 was elected Vice President of the Club. Following the Western Bulldogs Football Club's 2016 premiership she stepped down from the board.  

Susan's leadership and support for women in sport, in particular Australian Rules Football, was one of the key reasons behind the establishment of an elite Australian Football League's Women's competition in 2017, and she was appointed its inaugural ambassador in 2017.

Her biography "The Footy Lady" was published in October 2017. 

Her long list of recognition includes:

  • being appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 1997 for her contribution towards the cause of diabetes
  • being appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2007 in recognition of her long and outstanding contribution to major medical research institutions, particularly as a philanthropist, fundraiser and advocate for juvenile diabetes care and research
  • state finalist in the senior division of the Australian of the Year Award in 2009
  • winning the Humanitarian Award at the 5th Annual Gold Harold Awards in 2012 which are designed to honour achievements made by leading Australian individuals and organisations that have contributed to the health and well-being of Australia's children and young people
  • having the Victorian Women's Football League Premier Division Cup named in her honour
  • receiving the Research Australia's Great Australian Philanthropy Award in 2013
  • being inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women in 2014
  • being awarded life membership of the Western Bulldogs Football Club in 2015
  • being appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2016 for eminent service to the community, particularly through philanthropic and fund-raising support for a range of medical research, education and sporting organisations, as an advocate for improved health care services for the disadvantaged, and to young women as a role model and mentor
  • being awarded Melbournian of the Year in November 2017
  • receiving the Award for Leadership at the Australian Institute of Sport Awards in 2017

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