Australian Fulbright Alumni Association (AFAA)


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  • 19 Oct 2021 1:19 PM | Iain Butterworth (Administrator)

    We recently invited AFAA members to share their news. Listed alphabetically, here's a snapshot of member activity! 

    • Prof James Arvanitakis has taken on the role of Executive Director of Fulbright Australia. "I started on 1 June and though working remotely, am  loving the role"

    • During the bleak depths of this year's Victorian COVID lockdowns, Dr Iain Butterworth decided to set himself a challenge to write and self-publish a series of articles on one of his favourite topics, "sense of place". Recently, a colleague at Vanderbilt University, who edits a book series for The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, invited Iain to turn this series into a book proposal.  

    • Dr Jane Hardie is a musicologist with an expertise in Spanish liturgical music and manuscripts from the Medieval and Early Modern period. Jane is currently Honorary Associate of the Medieval and Early Modern Centre at the University of Sydney. She is also a member of an interdisciplinary and international research team (musicology, art history, history, archivists) on a four-year Spanish Grant (Corpus Processionarium Hispanarum, CPH) led by Dr David Andrés Fernández at the Complutense University, Madrid. You can read more about Jane here

    • Eliza Howard has established her own consultancy. "Working with academics, academic and university teams, postgraduates, and some corporate clients, I run interactive and entertaining workshops which gather qualitative data for use in organisational goal setting and strategic planning. I also run research training workshops for academics and HDRs."

    • Dr Rod Kennett, Senior Manager for STEM Content at Questacon (and incoming AFAA National President) writes: "Way back in pre-history (2019) I hosted Professor Robert De Salle at Questacon - The National Science and Technology Centre in his role as the 70th Anniversary Distinguished Chair. Rob is an extraordinarily clever and generous genius and his 6 months at Questacon has left a lasting impact." You can read more here about Rob De Salle's collaboration with Rod. 

    • In May this year, after three years of working in the NSW Government as Principal Energy Advisor and Executive Director in Energy Policy (DPIE), Cameron O'Reilly joined Marsden Jacob Associates as an Associate Director. It is an economics and public policy firm specialising in water, energy, recycling and climate change. "I am doing an energy project for the Asian Development Bank (ADB) on the Central Asian Region Economic Community (CAREC) – which takes in 11 countries in Central Asia running from China through to Georgia. If there are any Alumni with a knowledge of the region I’d be delighted to hear from them."

    • Professor Kim Rubenstein (postgradraduate Fulbrighter 1991-1992 and Senior Fulbright Scholar 2002-2003) has recently announced her intention to run as an Independent to represent the ACT in the Senate in the next Federal election. In order to be above the line on the Senate ballot paper she formed the Kim For Canberra party. Her application, containing over 1500 members, is currently being processed by the Australian Electoral Commission. 

    • Professor Mark Tompkins is Professor of Infectious Diseases and Director at the Center for Influenza Disease and Emergence Research at the University of Georgia in the United States. Mark writes: "  It has been a busy couple of years for me, with working on the pandemic and with the award of a new center". The University of Georgia and five other institutions has received funding through the National Institutes of Health to establish Center of Excellence for Influenza Research and Response. As part of this, in April 2021 Mark estavblished the Center for Influenza Disease and Emergence Research (CIDER), based at UGA. CIDER has investigators at several instituitons, including the University of Melbourne. You can read more from Mark about CIDER here

    We will invite further member updates soon. 

  • 06 Sep 2021 4:26 PM | Iain Butterworth (Administrator)

    This week we mourn the passing of Dr Earl Dudley, AFAA's Public Officer since 2012. Earl passed away on 1st September following a long illness.

    Earl was awarded a 1970 Travel Scholarship to undertake doctoral studies in mathematics at the University of Washington in Seattle. Following this, Earl pursued a career in academia and the Australian Public Service.

    Earl had a long history of making important contributions to AFAA, the most recent of which were treasurer and public officer. Earl had detailed knowledge of procedural matters for volunteer Associations, which he shared as a patient mentor to less experienced committee members.

    For many years, Earl and his partner, fellow Fulbright alum Susanita Dudley, contributed actively to alumni enrichment and offering support to both incoming US scholars and returning Australian alumni.  Their home base in Canberra ensured that Earl and Susanita were able to link AFAA closely to the team at Fulbright Australia.

    We will be forever grateful for Earl's outstanding service to AFAA and the Fulbright community. We pass our sincere condolences to Susanita. 

  • 23 Aug 2021 12:27 PM | Iain Butterworth (Administrator)

    We are delighted to advise that Dr Aiden Warren has joined AFAA's national Committee, and has also taken over the reins as Victoria's network. 

    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).

    Aiden 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 (ideas, institutions, contemporary and historical), International Relations (especially great power politics), issues associated with Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) proliferation, non-proliferation and arms control and emerging technologies.

    Aiden is the sole author of The Obama Administration’s Nuclear Weapon Strategy: The Promises of Prague and Prevention; Pre-emption and the Nuclear Option: From Bush to Obama; and co-author of Governing the Use-Of-Force in International Relations, Presidential Doctrines, and Weapons of Mass Destruction: The Search for Global Security, and US Foreign Policy and China. Dr Warren is Editor of Rethinking Humanitarian Intervention in the 21st Century (Edinburgh University Press), Nuclear Modernization in the 21st Century (Routledge), and is also the Series Editor of the Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) book series with Rowman and Littlefield, New York, NY.

    Welcome, Aiden! 

  • 02 Jul 2021 3:15 PM | Vanessa Adams (Administrator)

    We held our 2021 AGM via Zoom on Wednesday 14th April. At this meeting, Iain Butterworth reminded attendees that his term as President was due to expire in 2021 and that the time had come to recruit a new President. (A purpose of the Leadership Summit is to help engage alumni in preparing for AFAA leadership roles.)

    We also discussed the Leadership Development Program proposal and voted to invest $5000 of AFAA’s funds to kick-start the Mentoring program (see below for more information). Soon we will be forming the Leadership Steering Committee to support Peter Jarvis to lead this initiative.

    The following people accepted the following roles:

           Iain Butterworth- President (for 6 months)

           Vanessa Adams - Treasurer

           Caroline Smith - Secretary

           Angela Heise - General member

           Peter Jarvis - General member

           Rod Kennett - General member

           Jon Adams - General member

  • 02 Jul 2021 3:14 PM | Vanessa Adams (Administrator)

    Committee members were sad to learn of Tom’s impending departure. At our meeting with Tom on 10th June, we had an opportunity to thank Tom for his significant contribution to the Australian Fulbright program during the last five years. And we say it again here - Thank you Tom for your leadership to the Fulbright community. It has been a pleasure working with you.

  • 02 Jul 2021 2:56 PM | Vanessa Adams (Administrator)

    AFAA has been developing a leadership program including a mentorship scheme and leadership summit. Our survey to members last year indicate wide support for both. At the 2021 AGM the membership voted to approve piloting the mentorship scheme.

    Steps for starting our AFAA Fulbright Mentoring Scheme are currently underway, with the design of new links and information for our AFAA web pages, and its subsequent expansion to build or adapt our member database. Members will be advised as soon as these functions are implemented, and invitations for the matching process can commence.

    At the 2021 AGM the membership also voted to support further development of the summit proposal by seeking funding. We continue to develop our business proposition for these events and seek funding to support them.

  • 02 Jul 2021 2:53 PM | Vanessa Adams (Administrator)

    After six years, Iain Butterworth’s time as President is drawing to a close. We invite you to consider nominating for the role.

    Since 2015, Iain has been part of the original management committee that helped to stabilise and consolidate AFAA following its move to an independent volunteer organisation. In that time, AFAA has clarified and strengthened its value proposition as the only independent, self-funded Australian organisation run by and for Fulbright Alumni. With Tom Dougherty at the helm, we have built a productive relationship with Fulbright Australia during this time

    The President role provides a Fulbright alumnus with an opportunity to provide symbolic and practical leadership at a national level. It’s an enjoyable role, with a chance to build strong ties with our leadership team on AFAA’s national Committee; other alumni; Fulbright Australia; universities; industry; potential funders; and other stakeholders. This is a ‘do-able’, greenfield opportunity, even for busy people (which Fulbrighters tend to be).  Typically, the President might spend 2-3 hours per month on this volunteer role.

    Opportunities for the President to lead the next phase of AFAA include:

    • Supporting AFAA members across Australia to build, strengthen or refresh national and local alumni engagement activities post-COVID
    •   Rolling out the Mentoring components of the Leadership Program
    • Securing funding to deliver our Leadership Development program
    •  Building a relationship with Professor James Arvanitakis, Fulbright Australia’s incoming Executive Director and new Board of Directors.


    Other available Committee roles include:

    • Vice-President
    • General Committee member

    We invite interested AFAA members to nominate. Please send your nominations to Our final date for nominations will be Friday 16th July.

  • 02 Mar 2020 1:37 PM | Vanessa Adams (Administrator)

    One of our members, John Dracup, has a new book out: 'Clean water for Developing Countries'

    About John:

    John Dracup was born and raised in Seattle, Washington, where his parents settled because the climate reminded them of their native Glasgow, Scotland. He is a civil engineer and hydrologist. He holds degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Washington, Seattle, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge and the University of California, Berkeley. In 2001, he was a Fulbright Scholar to Australia. He has taught water resource engineering and hydrology at both the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of California, Berkeley for over 50 years.

    If you want your own copy of the book it's available on 39,000 sites including major sellers:

  • 27 Feb 2020 11:40 AM | Vanessa Adams (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Alice Yan for receiving the WG Walker Scholarship. A little bit about Alice:

    Alice has significant expertise in environmental law, having worked across the world, including in Japan, Germany and the U.K. She is a dual-qualified lawyer, in Australia and England & Wales. For the past few years, Alice has served in senior legal positions in the Australian government. Recently at the NSW Environment Protection Authority, Alice acted as the lead counsel for the state’s largest litter reduction initiative. Alice was appointed a member of the Australian delegation to the World Social Forum in Tunisia. 

    As a Fulbright Scholar, Alice will explore the world-leading and often audacious environmental policies pioneered in the U.S. Over two years, she will specialise in the ground-breaking science that has driven these policies. Alice hopes to apply this learning to help shape the future of Australian environmental policy. 

  • 27 Feb 2020 11:38 AM | Vanessa Adams (Administrator)

    Hello All

    We are pleased to be holding our 2020 AGM in Melbourne April 2. We will make relevant papers available to members shortly. Please RSVP to our event to let us know if you are planning on joining.

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