Australian Fulbright Alumni Association (AFAA)

The Australian Fulbright Alumni Association (AFAA) is governed by a National Committee of elected AFAA members.  AFAA has local chapters in each Australian state and territory.  To get involved in local activities make sure to nominate your local chapter affiliation in your member profile.  Each chapter hosts a number of events each year including public lectures, dinners and informal get togethers.

Iain Butterworth, President

Dr Iain Butterworth is trained in community psychology with a strong interest in the interrelationship between urban design, planning, governance and well-being. In 2003-2004 Iain was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the School of Public Health at the University of California at Berkeley. His mentor was Prof Leonard Duhl MD, Professor of Public Health and Urban Planning. In 2017, Iain returned to Berkeley as recipient of the Australian-American Fulbright Commission's Fulbright Alumni Initiative Grant. Iain explored opportunities for UC Berkeley to become the first North American hub for delivering the UN Global Compact -- Cities Programme, which is led internationally from RMIT University in Melbourne.

Rosalind Hearder, Vice President

Dr Rosalind Hearder works for the Department of Veterans' Affairs and has a PhD in military history from the University of Melbourne.

Rebecca Smith, Secretary

Rebecca E. Smith is an award winning Australian composer who specialises in collaborative media and concert works. She works primarily with orchestra and large ensembles of acoustic instruments (at times electronically manipulated and set alight with found sounds) and the human voice, exploiting its full spectrum of sound from speech to song.

Vanessa Adams, Treasurer

Dr Vanessa Adams is a conservation biologist and is a lecturer at Macquarie University.  She was an American Fulbright Scholar in 2004-2005 visiting the University of Queensland. Her research applies economic concepts and social consultation to make environmental policy more effective.

Peter Jarvis, General member

Dr Peter Jarvis is a Reader at the School of Physical Sciences at the University of Tasmania. His main research interests are in algebraic structures in mathematical physics and their applications.

Harris Eyre, General Member

Dr Harris Eyre completed his medical degree at James Cook University (JCU) and his PhD at the University of Adelaide and was a 2014 Fulbright Postgraduate Scholar (WG Walker) at UCLA.  Harris specialises in psychiatry and neuroscience innovation and is a co-founder of CNSDose, an Australian medtech startup.

Jonathan Paget, General Member

A Fulbright and Hackett scholar, Dr Jonathan Paget completed masters and doctoral studies at the Eastman School of Music (USA). An acclaimed performer on the classical guitar, he has won first prize in several national and international competitions and has appeared at significant festivals such as the Darwin International Guitar Festival, the Perth International Arts Festival, the Australian Festival Baroque, and the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival.

Daniel McNamara, General Member

Daniel McNamara is a PhD candidate in the Research School of Computer Science at the Australian National University. His current research focus is on machine learning and fairness. Daniel visited Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh as a Fulbright Postgraduate Scholar in 2016-17. His work experience includes internships at Microsoft and Google, and working on campaign data analytics for the Australian Labor Party.

Australia Fulbright Alumni Association. ACT Registered No. A01934. ABN 99 730 723 674. PO Box 5037, University of TAS LPO, Sandy Bay, TAS 7005.

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