Board of Directors

Australian/American Fulbright Board Members

The Australian-American Fulbright Commission is governed by a Board of Directors appointed annually by the Minister of Education and Training under the delegated authority of the Australian Prime Minister, and five Americans, appointed by the U.S. Ambassador to Australia. The Prime Minister and the Ambassador serve as joint Honorary Co-Chairs of the Commission, while the Board of Directors elects a Chairperson each year from its members.

Honorary Co-Chairs

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP
Prime Minister of Australia

Her Excellency Caroline Kennedy
United States Ambassador to Australia

Board of Directors

Larry Lopez  (Chair)
Director, Accelerating Commercialisation,
Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
Partner, Australian Venture Consultants

Jeff Anderson (Treasurer)
Minister-Counselor for Public Affairs
U.S. Mission, Australia

Christian Bennett
Group Head of Government Relations & Industry Affairs
Woolworths Limited, Melbourne

Christine Elder
Consul General
U.S. Consulate, Sydney

James Fisher
Assistant Secretary, United States Branch
Australian Government, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Sara James
Author and Journalist

Dr Varuni Kulasekera
Consultant Scientist, Hobart

Peggy O’Neal AO
Non-Executive Director
President, Richmond Football Club

Karen Sandercock
Group Manager, International Group
Australian Government, Department of Education

Professor Brian P. Schmidt AC FAA FRS
Vice Chancellor & President
The Australian National University