Fulbright Team

Fulbright Commission Team

The Australian-American Fulbright Commission office is based in Canberra and is run by a small but dedicated team. Please contact us if you have any queries about the scholarship program, eligibility, application advice, Fulbright alumni network, or to find out how you can support the Commission.

Thomas Dougherty

Executive Director, U.S. Ambassador (ret.)
Email: Thomas.Dougherty@fulbright.org.au

Tom was appointed as Executive Director of the Commission in August 2016.
A career diplomat, Tom served in Africa, the Middle East, Europe, Australia, and Washington. He was U.S. Ambassador to Burkina Faso from 2010-2013, and most recently was the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Canberra from 2013-2016. After joining the State Department in 1989, he served overseas in Dakar, Senegal; Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo; Asmara, Eritrea; Bonn, Germany; and Yaounde, Cameroon. He then served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Lilongwe, Malawi, and as Deputy Chief of Mission in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo. He directed Fulbright programs in several countries, including the very large program in Iraq where he served as Minister-Counsellor for Public Affairs in 2009-2010. Prior to joining the U.S. Foreign Service, Tom worked in international schools in Belgium and Switzerland, and was a Fulbright grantee himself in Indonesia and Singapore in 1988.

A native of Wyoming, Tom graduated from Brown University, and did postgraduate work in Italy and California. His foreign languages are German, Italian, Arabic, and French. He is a member of the American Academy of Diplomacy and is active in not-for-profit development projects in Africa.

Mark Hardy

Business Manager
Email: Mark.Hardy@fulbright.org.au  Mark Hardy

Mark joined the AAFC in Nov 2017 as Business Manager. He is a dynamic business manager, leader and team player, who has developed a unique blend of management skills and experience in helping proactive businesses and organisations improve their efficiency, systems and profitability.

He has over 30 years experience in marketing and business management positions with multi-nationals and SME’s in Australia and has worked in various industries including the petroleum/oil, IT, occupational health and accounting industries. Mark is a versatile, resourceful and dedicated person who is motivated by new challenges and enjoys being part of a progressive team.

Pablo Jiménez, PhD CMgr FIML

Alumni Relations Manager
Email: pablo.jimenez@fulbright.org.au


Pablo is the Alumni Relations Manager at the Australian-American Fulbright Commission. He holds seven university degrees, including a PhD in political philosophy, three professional certifications in management and university teaching, and working knowledge or proficiency in five languages. He has sixteen years experience in international education (seven at Fulbright), eleven of them holding managerial positions, as well as nineteen years experience in academic teaching and publishing. He is currently a member of the Chartered Management Institute and the Institute of Managers and Leaders, and holds an adjunct lecturing position at the University of Notre Dame Australia. Having visited thirty countries for work or study and lived in four of them, Pablo is convinced and passionate about the power of education and cultural exchange to improve people’s lives, foster meaningful communication and build a better world.

Alex MacLaurin

Program Manager
Email: Alex.Maclaurin@fulbright.org.au

Alex joined the Australian-American Fulbright Commission in February 2015 after graduating from a double-degree in International Studies and Communications at the University of Canberra. His specialisations in the fields of interpersonal and intercultural communications bring a unique background to the diverse Fulbright team, and his expertise in journalism and graphic design has been put to good use in the development of the Commission’s new flagship publication, Minds and Hearts.

Two years of study in Japan at St Paul’s College, Tokyo and Aichi Shukutoku University have fostered within Alex an avid interest in, and deeper understanding of, the wider Asia-Pacific region, as well as fluency in Japanese language.

As a beneficiary of international scholarships, Alex is enthusiastic and motivated to help facilitate the same study abroad programs that helped him develop his skills in intercultural communication. The Fulbright community is the perfect environment for him to achieve these aspirations.

Karen Coleman

Scholarships Officer: Scholarships & Engagement
Email: Karen.Coleman@fulbright.org.au

Karen joined the Australian-American Fulbright Commission in April 2017 and manages all U.S. & Australian scholars during their programs in Australia and America.

Karen came to the organisation with a strong administration background having worked in various positions for over 11 years, and in the not-for-profit sector for the past four years. Karen likes to travel with friends and enjoys following the netball.

Meggan Fitzgerald

Program Officer: Scholarships & Communications
Email: meggan.fitzgerald@fulbright.org.au

Meggan joined the Australian-American Fulbright Commission in November 2019 and manages both the Australian postdocs and Australian student researchers. In addition to scholarship management, Meggan also assists with communications and content development.

Meggan brings to the Fulbright team considerable administrative, project management, and volunteer resource management skills developed over ten years in the not-for-profit sector in Sydney, New Orleans, and Washington D.C. Meggan holds a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in History and Political Science with a specialisation in International Relations.

As a dual Australian-American citizen, Meggan is excited to use her experience and expertise to facilitate cultural and educational exchange between her adopted and birth countries.

Lauren Bullman

Program Officer: Scholarships & Content Design
Email: Lauren.Bullman@fulbright.org.au

Lauren manages all U.S. & Australian students during their programs in Australia and America.

Having lived and worked overseas Lauren has a true passion for travel and understands the importance of people’s desire to challenge themselves.

After obtaining degrees in Design at The University of Canberra and Canberra Institute of Technology, Lauren has found her passion in project management, promotion and event specialisation. Having worked in the Tourism industry for 8 years Lauren is inspired to apply this knowledge to promote a motivating, exciting and collaborative environment with the Fulbright Commission.

Tracy Thomas

Partnerships Officer/Executive Assistant
Email: Tracy.Thomas@fulbright.org.au

Tracy joined the Australian-American Fulbright Commission bringing with her a strong administrative background with over 20 years-experience in government administration spanning across relationship management, program management, project management, governance and risk management. Tracy is responsible for building and enhancing long-term relationships with partners and stakeholders; including universities, government agencies, business sponsors and private donors, to ensure the continued success and sustained impact of the Australian Fulbright scholarship program. She also provides support to the Executive Director and the Board. Tracy holds a number of qualifications, Diploma of Project Management, Diploma of Risk Management and a Bachelor of Education (primary teaching).