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.

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.

Angela Heise, General Member

Angela Heise is a leadership coach and social, emotional and cultural intelligence trainer, who works with individuals and organisations in all industries. Angela was a Fulbright scholar in 1986-87 at the University of California at Berkeley where she completed her Masters in Chinese American history with a thesis on the origins of the stereotype of the Chinese laundryman. She was subsequently awarded the Fulbright Cultural Enrichment grant to work at the New York Chinatown History Project.

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.

Rod Kennett, General Member

Dr Rod Kennett is Senior Manager for STEM Content at Questacon where he leads the exhibition design teams, visitor programs and research and Indigenous engagement. With a PhD in Zoology, Rod has held teaching, research and management roles at the University of Canberra, Kakadu National Park; the North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance; and the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torre Strait Islander Studies. In 2013 he was a Fulbright Scholar in Alaska studying Indigenous Conservation-based Livelihoods.

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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