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(2011 Archive) Workshop Presenters

The following ANU executive leaders, researchers and professional staff will be speakers at FRLP related workshops in 2011.

Their short bios where available are presented below.

The 2011 workshops were developed and facilitated by Charles Tambiah (FRLP Program Convener and ARC Researcher).

Professor Mandy Thomas

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Research Training)

Professor Mandy Thomas has broad research and research training responsibilities which include Higher Degree Research (HDR), Research Integrity and Equity.

Professor Thomas is a member of both the University's Education and Research Committees, and works closely together with Pro Vice-Chancellor (E-Strategies) Professor Robin Stanton, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Students) Professor Elizabeth Deane, and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Lawrence Cram, in developing the University's strategic approach to Research and Education. She is also the Chair of University's Human Research Ethics Committee.

Mandy Thomas took up the position of Pro Vice-Chancellor at ANU in November 2006. Prior to this she worked for the Australian Research Council as Executive Director, Humanities and Creative Arts and as the co-ordinator of the Discovery Projects scheme. An anthropologist by training, she has published widely on political and social change in Vietnam, Asian cultural production, migration and regional cultural traffic.

Professor Jayne Godfrey

Dean and Director, ANU College of Business and Economics

Professor Jayne Godfrey is the Dean of the ANU College of Business and Economics.  Prior to joining ANU recently, Jayne was President of the Academic Board of Monash University, and a member of the Monash University Council and the Vice-Chancellor’s Group. Previous roles at Monash University include Deputy Dean – Research in the Faculty of Business and Economics and Head of the Department of Accounting and Finance.

Jayne serves on the Australian Accounting Standards Board and is currently a member of Australia’s national Water Accounting Standards Board.  She was a member of the Tasmanian Financial and Business Services Industry Council and has also been Australian President of the Accounting Association of Australia and New Zealand. A Fellow of CPA Australia, The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, and the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Jayne has served on numerous Boards and Advisory Boards, and has consulted to some of Australia’s largest companies.

She has held appointments at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and at the Universities of Queensland, Melbourne, Sydney, Tasmania, Monash, Bordeaux, Auckland and Arizona.

Jayne is a lead participant on successful Australian Research Council (ARC) and other research-related funding.

Professor Aidan Byrne

Dean of Science / Director, ANU College of Physical & Mathematical Sciences

Professor Byrne completed a BSc and MSc degrees at the University of Auckland before commencing a PhD degree at the ANU in 1981. Following the completion of the degree in Department of Nuclear Physics he held positions with the University of Melbourne and spent over two years in Bonn, Germany as a von Humboldt fellow. He returned to the ANU in 1989 as a Research Fellow and in 1991 commenced a joint appointment between the Department of Physics, in the Faculty of Science and the Department of Nuclear Physics, Research School of Physical Sciences and Engineering.  He was Head of the Department of Physics from 2003 to 2007.

He is currently the Dean of Science at the ANU and the Director of the ANU College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences.

His research interests involve the use of gamma-rays as probes to determine the structure of heavy nuclei and as probes in the examination of the atomic level structure of materials (especially semiconductors); he has published over 200 papers. Professor Byrne has been an active educator at all levels in the University.

Dr Simon Bain

Director, Office of Research Integrity

Dr Simon Bain joined the ANU in 1982, employed in a veterinary capacity, and based in the John Curtin School of Medical Research. He previously worked in veterinary private practice and for four years as research and development veterinarian in a multinational company. At JCSMR he was involved in a number of biomedical research projects. He has had associations with the ANU Animal Experimentation Ethics Committee since he joined the University and has been its Executive Officer since 1993.

In 2005 Dr Bain became Director of the newly formed ANU Office of Research Integrity with that office having responsibility for human research ethics, animal ethics, recombinant DNA ethics and the responsible conduct of research. He has a strong interest in the latter and coordinated the 2008 review of the ANU policy, Responsible Practice of Research. He delivers regular animal ethics seminars and runs responsible conduct of research workshops for PhD scholars on a frequent basis. He has a keen interest in fostering a responsible research culture at ANU and takes the opportunity to participate in international conferences that include the disciplines that contribute significantly towards this end.

Professor Trevor Breusch

Deputy Director, Crawford School, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

Professor Breusch is a leading Australian econometrician of the past two decades. His research interests are varied and include econometric methods and computational tools in econometrics, applied social and demographic research, labour market participation and earnings, and data archives and replication studies.

Recently he has published extensively on the engaging topics of underground economic activity estimations, and does marriage improve the wages of men and women in Australia (with Edith Gray).

Professor Breusch is a Fellow of the Econometric Society, Chair of the Standing Committee of Australasian Region Econometric Society, Member of the Methodology Advisory Committee of the Australian Bureau of Statistics and member of the ANU Human Research Ethics Committee.

Ms Rachel Vance

Deputy University Counsel/Solicitor, University Legal Office

Rachel's role as part of the in-house legal team involves advising the University on a wide range of complex legal issues including; intellectual property, employment, corporate structures, commercial transactions, disputes and administrative law.  As the Deputy University Counsel, Rachel has an increased responsibility for management of the Office including mentoring other lawyers.

Rachel has been employed in the Legal Office at ANU since the mid 1990s, originally as the University’s Copyright Officer and paralegal until she completed her legal studies and was admitted to legal practice in 2000.  Also in 2000 she was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to research Copyright and Universities which was undertaken in the US, UK and Europe.  In 2006 Rachel became an accredited mediator through completion of the LEADR mediator's training.  Rachel plays an active role within the University Sector and since 2008 she has been the Eastern Regional Representative (QLD, NSW and ACT) on the National Executive for the Society of University Lawyers (SOUL).

Mrs Nancy Eyers

Director, Risk Management and Audit Office (RMAO)

In her role as RMAO Director, Nancy oversees the University's internal audit and risk management functions.

The RMAO provides both independent and objective assurance and business improvement counsel designed to add value and improve the University's operations. As RMAO Director, Nancy provides support and advice to the ANU Executive, Audit and Risk Management Committee (on behalf of Council), College Deans and Directors, and Heads of Service Divisions.

Nancy took up the position of RMAO Director in March 2010. Nancy has had many years experience in the areas of risk management, governance and compliance, business continuity management, company integrations and finance transformation initiatives.

Ms Samantha Gilbert

Associate Director, Information Services Planning and Project Support Office

Samantha studied Information Technology at the University of South Australia and Management at Deakin University, and she is currently undertaking a Masters in Business Administration at ANU.  She worked in both the public service and private enterprise before joining the education sector in 2004.

Samantha took up the position of IS PPSO Associate Director in 2009.  Prior to this she managed the Enterprise Systems Group within the Division of Information.  She has many years experience in the fields of information technology and project management.

In her role as IS PPSO Associate Director, Samantha consults with the ANU Executive to develop processes for raising, funding and managing information service projects within the University.

The IS PPSO provides information, advice and mentoring support to University staff undertaking project activities.  It maintains an informative web presence as well as registers of proposed and active information service projects and coordinates a Project Management Community of Practice.

Mr Marco Feris

Project Management Specialist, Information Services Planning and Project Support Office

Marco Antônio Amaral Féris is Project Management Specialist at DOI and PhD Candidate at CBE. He is developing a design science research that aims to improve the quality of planning of software Development Projects in order to increase project success rate.

Marco has worked as a Project Manager in such companies as HP, Dell, Altus and Chronos, enabling him to gain significant experience in R&D, IT, manufacture e industrial automation.

Marco has a Master’s Degree in Computer Sciences from Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), a Lato Sensu Graduate Course in Business Management from Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV), a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Sciences from Pontifícia Universidade Católica (PUC-RS), a Green-Belt Six Sigma Certification from Dell and a Black-Belt Six Sigma Certification from Programa Gaúcho da Qualidade e Produtividade (PGQP).

Professor Mick Cardew-Hall

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Innovation and Advancement)

Professor Michael Cardew-Hall has portfolio responsibilities for Innovation and Advancement at the ANU.  This includes commercialisation, technology transfer, philanthropic development and business development activities.

Professor Cardew-Hall is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and Institution of Engineers Australia.  He has held technical and management positions with GEC and Rolls-Royce Aero Engines in the UK prior to joining the ANU in 1993.  He has been an active researcher in the area of CAD, Computer Aided Manufacture, application of machine learning and knowledge based systems to manufacturing and optimisation of manufacturing processes, in particular sheet metal forming.  Much of this work has been carried out in collaboration with industry partners, particularly in the automotive sector.  He is involved with the Auto CRC being a member of their expert panel.

He has ongoing interest in technology transfer, commercialisation and industrial policy and has been involved in a number of spin off start up companies.  He is currently CEO of ANU Connect Ventures, a pre-seed venture capital fund associated with the ANU.

Professor Cardew-Hall has held the position of Head Department of Engineering, Deputy Dean, and Acting Dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at the Australian National University.

Dr Mark Matthews

Executive Director, HC Coombs Policy Forum, Australian National Institute for Public Policy

Dr Mark Matthews is the Executive Director of the HC Coombs Policy Forum – a strategic collaboration between the Australian Government and The Australian National University tasked with improving the connections between government policy making and academic expertise.

Mark’s own research focuses on the potential for using insights from engineering management and finance to inform how uncertainty and risk are managed in public policy settings (including science and innovation policy) and on geopolitical aspects of national differences in science and innovation capability. 

He has extensive private sector experience in public policy consulting in both the United Kingdom and Australia. He has held academic positions in the universities of Sussex (Research Fellow, Science Policy Research Unit), Bath (Research Fellow, School of Management) and Warwick (Senior Fellow, Warwick Manufacturing Group, Department of Engineering).

His major qualifications include a B.A. (Hons) in Geography, an MSc. in Science, Technology and Industrialisation and a Doctorate (D.Phil) in Science and Technology Policy, all from the University of Sussex, UK.

Dr Sarah Pearson

Director, ANU Edge / Visiting Fellow, College of Business and Economics

Dr Sarah Pearson joined ANU in 2010. She is Director of a new knowledge transfer entity, ANU Edge, and Visiting Fellow at the College of Business and Economics at ANU.

Sarah has had an eclectic career spanning industrial innovation, academia, management consulting, government, and science communication. Her involvement in innovation started when working as a strategic management consultant at McKinsey & Co in Sydney, where she devised strategies for high tech industries and co-authored a book chapter on innovation. She then went on to develop and patent new methods for cancer diagnosis whilst a tenured Physics academic, and later moved into industrial innovation, where she was the inaugural Open Innovation Champion at Cadbury and part of the leadership team at their long term R&D unit in the UK. Sarah has also spent time working in government, as acting Director of Science in the Office of the Chief Scientist where, amongst other things, she managed the Expert Working Groups and Secretariat for the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council. She has a DPhil from the University of Oxford in particle physics, and has published her research in the areas of particle physics, medical physics, artificial intelligence, innovation, and science policy.

Sarah has published extensively through the media of TV, radio, books, journals, magazines and newspapers, and is an author on seven international patents, for cancer diagnosis and novel confectionary. She is passionate about innovation (along the whole value chain), especially Open Innovation, and keen to support its uptake and growth in Australia.

Ms Joan Uhr

Director, ANU Endowment for Excellence

Joan Uhr has been the Director of the ANU Endowment since 2004 and during that time has had responsibility for alumni development, advancement services and managing philanthropic support to the university. Prior to this appointment, Joan was Director of Executive Programs at the ANU Business School and Director of the Office of the Vice Chancellor.

Prior to coming to the ANU Joan held senior executive positions in three different Australian Government portfolios- Industry, Education, and Employment- and with the US Department of Labor, Washington, for two years. Joan represented Australia at a range of APEC and UN forums and has been a company director on several business service organisations.

Joan was awarded the Public Service Medal in the Australian Honours List, 1994, and awarded a Centenary Medal for Service to the Public Sector in 2001.

Mr John Thorne

Director, Office of Commercialisation

While originally working as a geologist in the research group of an Australian mineral exploration company, John has worked in research commercialisation for over twenty-three years for CSIRO (twice), ANUtech Pty Ltd, the Grains Research and Development Corporation and has operated his own commercialisation consultancy business.

John has extensive experience in marketing of a wide range of new research based technologies in Australia and internationally including identification and development of business relationships with new partners, research, development and commercialization planning, winning investment funds and management for commercial research programs.  He has in-depth experience in identification, protection and management of intellectual property, transfer of technology from researchers to business in all forms including negotiation and management of license agreements, design, establishment and initial implementation of high tech business units, incorporated and unincorporated joint ventures and start up companies.

Professor Lawrence Cram

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)

Professor Lawrence Cram is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at The Australian National University. He has broad research and education responsibilities, with a particular focus on undergraduate education, commercialisation, sponsored research and the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy.

His career spans more than 30 years of research and teaching in engineering, mathematics, astronomy, physics and computing. Prior to taking up his position at ANU, Professor Cram was Professor of Physics (Astrophysics) at the University of Sydney. He was appointed to this Chair in 1987 from the position of Assistant Chief of the CSIRO Division of Applied Physics. He has been employed as an astronomer in several institutions in the US,  Germany and France.

Professor Cram’s current research activities include the analysis and interpretation of observations of star formations in galaxies, and the development of computer programs to create and investigate radio astronomical images. He has published over 125 scientific papers, and has co-authored a number of books on astronomy and popular science. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Physics, and the Royal Astronomical Society, as well as a member of the American Astronomical Society, the International Astronomical Union and the Astronomical Society of Australia.

Professor Cram has extensive experience in research management and public sector research funding, having worked for three years as Executive Director in the Australian Research Council. He has also been extensively involved in the practice and management of education in universities. Professor Cram has extensive involvement in the successful commercialisation of research, through experience at CSIRO and the University of Sydney as well as ANU. He is currently a non-executive director on six companies involved in the commercialisation of research.

Professor Timothy Senden

Department of Applied Mathematics, College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences

Tim is graduate of the ANU, completing his BSc(Hons) in Physical Chemistry in 1989 at RSC, and subsequently his PhD in Atomic Force Microscopy in 1993 at RSPE.  He held positions at the College de France (Paris), Institute Charles Sadron (Strasbourg), and UNSW (ADFA) before returning the Department of Applied Mathematics, RSPE in 1997.

Tim uses his training in experimental surface science to teach undergraduate chemistry, and also to bridge into a range of other disciplines.  Using his principal technique, the Atomic Force Microscope, he has investigated surface phenomena at the nanometre scale covering topics including the colloidal nature of alluvial gold deposits, the stretching of single polymer chains, mechanical deformations in biological membranes, ceramics processing and measuring forces on nanoparticles. Over the past decade he has branched into X-ray micro-Tomography applying his surface chemical background to the board study porous and granular materials. These two techniques have allowed Senden to collaborate in a variety of fields including oil recovery, biomineralisation, wood composites and fluid flow in paper. X-ray tomography has also afforded him the opportunity to work alongside paleontologists and contribute to the study of early evolution vertebrate life (Devonian period).  His third area of research explores the use of radioactive encapsulated nano-particles to aid medical diagnosis of diseases such as Deep Vein Thrombosis, liver therapy and diagnostic imaging.  He has had the opportunity to commercially develop some of these research activities, and in particular is part of the spin-off company, Digitalcore.

Mr Michael Curtotti

Senior Lawyer, University Legal Office

Michael Curtotti works as a Senior Lawyer in the Australian National University Legal Office, providing a variety of legal services to the ANU including in the fields of intellectual property.

Previously, Michael worked as Associate Legal Counsel at the University of Western Sydney and he has run his own IP law practice.  Earlier in his career, Michael worked in the human rights sector for the Australian Baha’i Community, and served as Secretary of the Australian Forum of Human Rights Organisations, undertaking advocacy on issues such as racism, human rights education and religious persecution.  He is currently President of the United Nations Association of Australia (ACT) and Vice Chair of the Human Rights Council of Australia and continues work in the human rights field on a voluntary basis.  He has worked in legal and policy roles in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (including in respect of the ozone layer, the Antarctic Treaty and climate change) and in the Royal Australian Navy.  

His research interests include the application of computational technologies, such as artificial intelligence, to support the drafting of contracts and he is studying part-time towards a Master of Philosophy in the ANU Research School of Computer Science.  He holds a Master of International Law (ANU) and a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws (UNSW).

Dr Brok Glenn

Executive Director (Administration and Planning)

Dr Brok Glenn graduated from London University with a BSc (Hons) in 1985 and a PhD in psychopharmacology in 1988.  He held postdoctoral positions in the United Kingdom before returning to Australia in 1991 to take up a research position at ANU.  Since joining ANU Dr Glenn has held a number of senior administrative positions and represents the University on a number of external committees and development projects.

Dr Glenn was appointed Executive Director (Administration and Planning) in 2009.  In this role he is responsible for the overall administration of the University and its information systems, and coordinates the University's budget, resource allocation and planning processes.

Mr Ron Watts

Director, Human Resources

Ron has been the Director, Human Resources at The Australian National University for some five years and has held senior HR roles at Deakin University and Australia Post.

Ron Watts has been in HR for over thirty years. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Human Resources (AHRI), is the President of the ACT AHRI Council and a non-executive director on the AHRI National Board. He has also held positions on a number of other Boards, notably, the Royal Melbourne Dental Hospital (Deputy Chair); the Australian Post Tel Institute and the Labour Relations Advisory Board of Melbourne University.

He has a Bachelor of Business, a Master of Commerce, a Graduate Diploma in Management, a Graduate Certificate in Human Resources Management and he recently completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors Diploma.

Mr Wayne Ford

Associate Director (Facilities Planning), Facilities and Services Division

Wayne has over 20 years experience in the property and construction sectors. Coming from an engineering and technical background , Wayne has been involved in property planning and development, risk management, technical due diligence and asset and life cycle planning. He has extensive experience in Green Buildings from design, development, commissioning  and ongoing management within large property portfolios. Wayne has developed Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability strategies for publicly listed property groups and managed the associated Greening up of their property portfolios. One company was subsequently awarded a place in the Top 100 Sustainable Companies in the world. He has been involved in the development of many iconic buildings within Australia and New Zealand including:

  • 30 The Bond Sydney
  • Governor Phillip and Macquarie Towers, Sydney
  • Bond One, Windmill Street, Walsh Bay
  • Lumley House, Auckland
  • 1 Bligh Street, Sydney
  • SA4 - Lena Karmel Lodge ANU, Canberra

Wayne has a Masters Degree in Building Services and Diplomas in Civil Engineering and Property Operations and was a member of the Property Council’s National Sustainability Committee. He maintains an active role within the property industry, contributing to industry associations and the development of industry standards.

Professor Ian Young

Vice-Chancellor and President

Professor Ian Young was appointed Vice-Chancellor of The Australian National University in March 2011, having previously been Vice-Chancellor of Swinburne University of Technology for 7 years (2003 to 2011). He was Executive Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences at the University of Adelaide from 1999 to 2003. For part of this time he simultaneously held the position of Pro Vice-Chancellor (International). 

Professor Young has held the positions of Chair of Education Australia Ltd and Director of IDP Education Pty Ltd. From 2009 to 2011, he was a Member of the Australian Qualifications Framework Council. 

Following a PhD at James Cook University of North Queensland, Professor Young began his academic career at the Max Planck Institut fur Meteorologie, Hamburg Germany, ultimately becoming Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of New South Wales. Professor Young’s research interests are in Coastal and Ocean Engineering and Physical Oceanography. He has a distinguished academic career, having published three books and more than 100 refereed papers. He has had sustained research support from the Australian Research Council and has been a consultant to the US Navy and the offshore oil and gas industry in Australia, Asia and North America. 

He has won numerous awards including: The C.N Barton Medal and Lorenz G. Straub Medal. In 2003 he was awarded the Centenary Medal for services to Australian Society. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Australia and a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.

Professor Brian Schmidt

Nobel Prize Winner for Physics / ARC Australian Laureate Fellow / Mount Stromlo Observatory and ANU College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences

Professor Brian Schmidt is a Nobel Prize Winner for Physics and ARC Australian Laureate Fellow at the Mount Stromlo Observatory. He grew up in Montana and Alaska, USA, and received undergraduate degrees in Physics and Astronomy from the University of Arizona in 1989. He completed his Astronomy Master's degree (1992) and PhD (1993) from Harvard University.

In 1994 he formed the HighZSN Search team, a group of 20 astronomers on 5 continents who used distant exploding stars to trace the expansion of the Universe back in time. This group's discovery of an accelerating Universe was named Science Magazine's Breakthrough of the Year for 1998.

Professor Schmidt joined the staff of ANU in 1995, and was awarded the Australian Government's inaugural Malcolm
McIntosh award for achievement in the Physical Sciences in 2000, The Australian Academy of Sciences Pawsey Medal in 2001, the Astronomical Society of India's Vainu Bappu Medal in 2002, and an Australian Research Council Federation Fellowship in 2005. In 2006 he was jointly awarded the US$1M Shaw Prize for Astronomy, and shared the US$0.5M 2007 Gruber Prize for Cosmology with his High-Z SN Search Team colleagues. In 2008 he was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the United States National Academy, and Foreign Member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Sciences.

The ANU Vice-Chancellor wrote when Professor Schmidt was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics that: "Brian’s work on the expansion of the universe has changed the face of astronomy. His work has helped to unveil a universe that, to a large extent, was unknown to science.  He has shown that what we see in the skies is but a tiny fraction of what is really out there.  Brian reminds us of the infinite mysteries yet to be understood."

Professor Schmidt is continuing his work using exploding stars to study the Universe, and is leading Mt Stromlo’s effort to build the SkyMapper telescope, a new facility that will provide a comprehensive digital map of the southern sky from ultraviolet through near infrared wavelengths.

Dr John Wellard

Director, ANU Research Office

Dr John Wellard graduated from Latrobe University in 1988 with a BSc in Biochemistry, and pursued postgraduate studies in Neuroscience at the Australian National University where he graduated in 1992 with a Grad Dip Sci and in 1997 with a PhD. He held a number of postdoctoral research positions in the United Kingdom and Germany, before returning to Australia in 2004 to take up a research position at the ANU. In 2005 Dr Wellard moved from academia to take up the role of Executive Officer to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research).

Since 2005, Dr Wellard has held a number of senior administrative positions in the research portfolio, primarily in the areas of policy, planning and assessment. In 2008 he was seconded to the Commonwealth Department of Industry Innovation Science and Research as an advisor in the Research Policy and Funding Branch with responsibility for the development, implementation and management of programs and projects relating to research costing and funding.

Dr John Wellard was appointed to the position of Director, of the Australian National University Research Office in 2009. As Director, he is responsible for the delivery of research services in support of the University’s strategic goals. Dr Wellard has responsibility for the delivery of services in research policy, sponsored programs, research integrity, data collections, assessment and systems and technology transfer.

Ms Michelle Searle

General Manager, ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment and ANU College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences

Michelle Searle completed a Bachelor of Arts (Majors in Geography & Economics) at James Cook University in 1986, following which she joined the (then) Commonwealth Department of Industry, Technology and Commerce as a Graduate Economist based in Canberra. After three years Michelle returned to North Queensland to join the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and held a number of roles, one of which was responsible for establishing the external consulting arm of the Authority. During this time Michelle completed a Graduate Diploma of Public Sector Management.


Michelle moved from the Public Service to the Higher Education Sector in 1995 joining the University of New South Wales (UNSW) as Executive Officer to the Deputy Vice Chancellor Research and International. She held this role until 2000 when she joined UNSW’s commercial arm, New South Global, as Project Manager, International Projects.


In 2002 Michelle moved back to Canberra and joined the ANU initially as Executive Officer for the National Institute for Asia and the Pacific and then moving to a role as Finance and Development Manager at the Research School of Social Sciences. In 2006, Michelle moved to the College of Engineering and Computer Science taking the position of College General Manager.


Michelle is Chair of the ANU Enterprise Systems Planning Advisory Committee, a member of the General Staff Development Endowment Committee, and Facilities and Services Operations Management Group.


Michelle’s professional interests are focused on developing efficient administrative processes through innovation; supporting research endeavours by minimising administrative overheads; turning good ideas into great results; and understanding how organisations work and making them work even better. She is a strong supporter of junior staff and their career development and has mentored numerous staff at ANU.

Mr David Akers

General Manager, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

David Akers is the General Manager of the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific with management responsibility for coordinating the finance and facilities, research management, student administration, marketing and development, HR and IT portfolios of the College, while contributing to the strategic planning objectives of the College Executive.

David was previously the Executive Officer to the then ANU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ian Chubb AC, from 2007 to 2011 during which time he was largely responsible for coordinating the University’s government relations portfolio. Prior to joining ANU, David worked in the Higher Education Group in the former Commonwealth Department of Education, Science and Training from 2001 to 2007. He earlier held positions as Faculty Registrar (Economics, Business and Law) and PhD/Postgraduate Scholarships Officer (Research Services) at the University of New England, and worked in administrative roles at both the University of Queensland and Queensland University of Technology.

Ms Elouise O'Toole

Manager - Research Management, Joint Administration Group, ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment and ANU College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences

Ms Ann Goldwater

Director, Office of Sponsored Research

Ann Goldwater has been at the ANU since 2006 and has been the Director, Office of Sponsored Research since 2007. Ann has been in the University sector for over 10 years and prior to moving to Canberra has worked at both Go8 and ATN universities with appointments at department, faculty and central positions, predominantly in the area of research management.
Ann has completed a Bachelor Arts (Design) and Graduate Diploma (Interactive Multimedia) the latter focusing on formal project management studies. She is a member of the Go8 FRLP Steering Committee and the ANU representative on the Murray Darling Basin Futures Partner Steering Group which forms part of DIISR’s Collaborative Research Network program. Her professional interests include adapting and implementing appropriate project management methodologies in order to improve business processes, developing and mentoring junior staff and understanding the complexities of large organisations in order to develop better ways of working and delivering outcomes.

Professor Margaret Jolly

ARC Australian Laureate Fellow, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific  / School of Culture, History and Language

Professor Margaret Jolly is an ARC Laureate Fellow and Professor in Gender and Cultural Studies and Pacific Studies in the School of Culture, History and Language in the College of Asia and the Pacific. She is also the Deputy Convenor of the recently established ANU Gender Institute.  She is an historical anthropologist who has written extensively on gender in the Pacific, on exploratory voyages and travel writing, missions and contemporary Christianity, maternity and sexuality, cinema and art.

Her research interests include Gender and sexuality in the Pacific and Asia; ethnography of the Pacific, especially Vanuatu; anthropology and colonial history; politics of tradition; indigeneity, diaspora and citizenship; feminist theory; photography and cinema; museums and material culture in Oceania.  She is the Primary Investigator in the ARC Research Network "Asia-Pacific Futures Network" (led by UTS).

Professor Jolly’s Laureate Fellow research will address a profound and long-debated question about the historical interaction between Oceanic and Western constructs of the person and contemporary controversies about the role of Christianity and commoditization in the emergence of modern individualism in the region. The research will further Australia’s pre-eminence in studies of Oceania, contribute to Australia’s capacity to deliver successful development assistance in gender justice, health and law, and strengthen Australia’s capacity to interpret and engage with regional and global environments through greater understanding of languages’ societies, politics and cultures.

Professor Jolly's career highlights include Head Gender Relations Project/Centre 1992-2009; Burns Distinguished Visiting Chair, History, University of Hawai'i at Manoa (1998); Promotion to Professor, Election to Academy of Social Sciences in Australia (1999); Visiting Professor, University of California at Santa Cruz (2002); Visiting Professor, Centre National de Recherche Scientifique and École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, France (2009).


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