Fulbright Team

Australian/American Fulbright Board Members

The Board of Directors consists of five citizens of the United States of America who are appointed by the Principal Officer in charge of the Diplomatic Mission of the United States of America in Australia (currently the United States Ambassador to Australia); and five citizens of Australia who are appointed by the Prime Minister or his/her nominee (currently the Minister for Education). The Prime Minister of Australia and the United States Ambassador to Australia serve as joint Honorary Chairpersons of the Commission. The Board of Directors elects from its members a Chair with voting power each year.

Honorary Co-Chairs

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP
Prime Minister of Australia

Her Excellency Caroline Kennedy
United States Ambassador to Australia


Professor Brian P. Schmidt, AC, FAA, FRS
Vice Chancellor and President
The Australian National University
Chair of the Group of Eight Universities


Jeff Anderson
Counselor for Public Affairs
United States Embassy, Canberra

U.S. Representatives

Australian Representatives

Larry Lopez 
Partner, Australian Venture Consultants

Karen Sandercock
First Assistant Secretary, International Division,
Department of Education, Australian Government

Sara James

National Strategy Director, American Chamber of Commerce in Australia
Author and Journalist


Christine Elder

Consul General
United States Consulate, Sydney


Professor Harlene Hayne, PhD, HonDSc, HonLLD, FRSNZ
Vice-Chancellor, Curtin University



The Australian-American Fulbright Commission office is based in Canberra and is run by a small and dedicated team. Please contact us if you have any queries about the scholarship program (e.g., eligibility, application advice, timeline for applications, the review process), the Fulbright alumni network, or to find out how you can support the Commission through your donations and bequests.

Executive Office

Varuni Kulasekera PhD

Executive Director

Iroshani Rathnayake

Administrative Assistant


Brendan Greenwood
Finance Manager

Darianna Rubio
Assistant Accountant

Partnerships and Communications

Tara Hawley Whitfield

Partnerships and Programs Manager

Alex Mac1aurin
Communications and Marketing Manager

Scholarships Program Office

Tamara Manson
Program Officer

Christy Brooks
Program Officer