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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.

Dr Rod Kennett, President

In November 2021, Dr Rod Kennett became AFAA's President. Rod is Director - Discovery and Engagement at Geoscience Australia where leads teams responsible for education and outreach, library and research support, collections, visitor services 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; and Questacon - The National Science and Technology Centre. In 2013 he was a Fulbright Scholar in Alaska studying Indigenous Conservation-based Livelihoods.

Angela Heise, Vice President

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.

Dr Vanessa Adams, Treasurer

Dr Vanessa Adams is a conservation biologist and is an Associate Professor in Conservation and Planning at University of Tasmania.  Her research applies economic concepts and social consultation to make environmental policy more effective. She was an American Fulbright Scholar in 2004-2005 visiting the University of Queensland and has remained engaged in the program as an alumnus. She joined AFAA in 2012 and has served as an NT chapter contact, National Committee Secretary, and National Committee Treasurer.

Dr Farrukh Mateen, General Member

In Aug 2022, Dr. Farrukh Mateen became the Secretary of AFAA. Farrukh proudly co-runs the AFAA Mentoring program along with fellow committee members Peter Jarvis and Vanessa Adams. Farrukh is an Engineering Team Lead at Cook Medical and has multiple years of experience in developing cutting edge medical devices from abstract ideas, to research and development (R&D), to product development and commercialization in the academic, tech-startup and industrial settings. Farrukh holds a bachelors in Mechatronics Engineering from Pakistan. He received the Fulbright Scholarship for a Masters in Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University (2006-2008) as part of the Fulbright Pakistan program. He completed his doctoral degree at Boston University with a specialization in bio-tech devices.

Prof Jon Adams, General Member

Prof Jon Adams is Distinguished Professor of Public Health, Director of the Australian Research Centre in Complementary and Integrative Medicine (ARCCIM) and Deputy Head of School (Research) at the School of Public Health, UTS. Jon was recently awarded a prestigious Fulbright Senior Scholarship (Fulbright Commission, 2019-2020) and he holds a number of national and international leadership positions/appointments with leading associations such as the PHAA and APHA and he has led work commissioned by a range of Health Ministries/Dept of Health and the World Health Organization amongst others.

Dr Aiden Warren, General Member

Associate Professor Aiden Warren is a Fulbright Scholar in Australia-United States Alliance Studies, sponsored by the Australian Government's Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT). He completed his Fulbright at the Arms Control Association in Washington DC investigating the United States’ nuclear modernization plans and the impact this will have on global security. He is an Associate Professor in RMIT University's School of Global, Urban and Social Studies. Aiden’s teaching and research interests are in the areas of International Security, US national security and foreign policy, US Politics, International Relations, issues associated with Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) proliferation, non-proliferation and arms control and emerging technologies.

Dr 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.

Dr Iain Butterworth, Past President

In November 2021, Dr Iain Butterworth completed six years as AFAA President. Iain 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. Iain is an Honorary Associate Professor at RMIT's Centre for Urban Research. 

Dr Caroline Smith, Past Secretary

Dr Caroline Smith served as secretary from 2019-2022 and brought the committee a depth of experience inpolicy and strategy, executive leadership, and not for profit boards.  

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