Professor Tom Calma AO

PROGRAM CHAIR

Professor Tom Calma AO is an elder from the Kungarakan tribal group and a member of the Iawidja tribal group. He has been deeply embedded in Aboriginal issues for the past four decades, shedding light on inequity between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians in areas such as education, employment, and health.

In 2010, 2011 and 2014, Professor Calma received honorary doctorates from Charles Darwin, Curtin and Flinders Universities. He received the Officer of the Order of Australian (AO) Award in 2012 for distinguished service to the Indigenous community as an advocate for human rights and social justice, through his contributions to government policy and reform, and to cross cultural understanding. In 2013, he was appointed Chancellor of the University of Canberra, only the second Indigenous Australian to have served as a university chancellor.

Currently, he is co-Chair of the Commonwealth Government's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Advisory Group, the National Advisory Committee of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Evaluation Project, and the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership in Mental Health.

Professor Calma is also Co-Chair of Reconciliation Australia, the Cooperative Research Centre for Remote Economic Participation and of numerous other national boards, committees and campaigns.

Christopher G. Oechsli

BOARD MEMBER

Christopher G. Oechsli is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Atlantic Philanthropies. He has led Atlantic’s final grantmaking phase, including the development and launch of the global Atlantic Fellows program to culminate the foundation’s long history of investing in people and in their vision, opportunity and ability to realize a fairer, healthier, more inclusive world. 

Over the past 35 years, Mr. Oechsli has worked in international business, law, philanthropy, and policy development across multiple continents. He has served as Atlantic’s President and CEO since June 2011. Mr. Oechsli previously served as Counsel to U.S. Senator Russ Feingold, whom he advised on legislation and a range of domestic and international issues.

Mr. Oechsli was previously a senior staff member at The Atlantic Philanthropies and related companies for 17 years. From 2000 to 2005, he served as Atlantic’s Population Health Program Director, during which time he developed and directed work to strengthen the health systems in Vietnam, South Africa and Cuba.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Oechsli worked with private law firms in Seattle, Shanghai, San Francisco and Taipei. In 1985, he became the first US resident visiting law professor in the People’s Republic of China. A passionate advocate for empowerment across all societal groups, he has served on the boards of the Center for Democracy in the Americas, Project on Middle East Democracy and The Washington Office on Latin America.

Professor Jim McCluskey FAA, FAHMS

BOARD MEMBER

Professor James McCluskey has been Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at The University of Melbourne, since 2011. Professor McCluskey trained in Perth as a physician and pathologist before spending four years at the National Institutes of Health in the USA. On returning to Australia in 1987 he worked at Monash University until 1991 before joining Flinders University and the Australian Red Cross Blood Service. Professor McCluskey joined the University of Melbourne in 1997 as Chair in Microbiology and Immunology.

He has been a consultant to the Australian Red Cross for more than 25 years leading transplant services and advising on organ transplantation matching. He led technological innovation in donor-organ matching and established the South Australian node of the Australian Bone Marrow Donor Registry in 1992. 

He has previously been a director of the Burnet Institute, the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health and two national Cooperative Research Centres. He led the conception, construction and development of the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, a AUD $210M joint venture between the University of Melbourne and Melbourne Health.

He is currently a Director of the Walter and Eliza Hall Medical research Institute, Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre, Bionics Institute, UoM Commercial, Friends of ASHA for Indian Slums and is Chair of the Board of Nossal Institute Limited.

Professor McCluskey was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2012 and Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences in 2015.

 

Professor Marcia Langton AM

BOARD MEMBER

Professor Marcia Langton is a leading academic and Indigenous spokesperson who has held the Foundation Chair of Australian Indigenous Studies at the University of Melbourne since February 2000. An anthropologist and human geographer, Langton has made a significant contribution to Indigenous studies as a discipline and to government and non-government policy and administration throughout her career.

Born in Brisbane, Queensland and raised in a number of outback towns 'along the road to Cunnumulla' (Marcia Langton Blog) Langton was schooled in Brisbane and attended her first year at the University of Queensland before travelling overseas. She returned to Australia in 1975 and combined tertiary education with paid work, advocacy and activism, including in Aboriginal organisations such as the Aboriginal Medical Service in Sydney, the Federal Council for the Advancement of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders in Canberra, the Central Land Council in Alice Springs and the Cape York Land Council in north Queensland. She also worked for the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody and the Queensland Government.

Professor Langton's work in anthropology and the advocacy of Aboriginal rights was recognised in 1993 when she was made a member of the Order of Australia. She became a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia in 2001 and was awarded the inaugural Neville Bonner Award for Indigenous Teacher of the Year in 2002.

In 2016 Professor Langton is honoured as a University of Melbourne Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor. In further recognition as one of Australia’s most respected Indigenous Academics Professor Marcia Langton AM has in 2017 been appointed as the first Associate Provost at the University of Melbourne.

Distinguished Professor Aileen Moreton-Robinson

BOARD MEMBER

Dr Aileen Moreton-Robinson is a Goenpul woman of the Quandamooka people (Moreton Bay). She is Distinguished Professor and Dean of Indigenous Research and Engagement at the Queensland University of Technology as well as Director of the Australian Research Council’s National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network (NIRAKN). NIRAKN’s vision is to develop a critical mass of skilled, informed and qualified Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers, to address the urgent needs of our communities through culturally appropriate research.

She is a member of the Executive of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Education Consortium (NATSIHEC), an advisory body to the Minister for Education and Training, Senator Simon Birmingham and is currently a member of the working party established to implement the recommendations of the ACOLA Review into Australia’s Research Training System. 

Professor Moreton-Robinson’s work has international standing and global reach. She was elected to the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association’s (NAISA) inaugural nomination’s committee as Chairperson in 2008 and to the NAISA board in 2012. She is the current President and founding member of the Australian Critical Race and Whiteness Studies Association (ACRAWSA).

Professor Cynthia Kiro

BOARD MEMBER

Professor Cynthia Kiro is the Director of the Starpath Project and is responsible for Maori education in the Faculty of Education at the University of Auckland. Prof Kiro is committed to promoting educational excellence and increasing student engagement among Indigenous and minority populations. Previously, Prof Kiro was Head of School Te Kura Maori at Victoria University and Director of Waiora Centre for Public Health Research at Massey University.

Child health and wellbeing is a major passion for Professor Kiro, who was New Zealand’s fourth Children’s Commissioner, establishing the Taskforce for Action on Family Violence, which was the country’s largest ever response to family violence. It has had enormous traction among the wider public.

Professor Kiro has had strong recognition for her body of work. In 2012, she received the US Fulbright Travel Awards as well as the Public Health Champion Award, and in 2013, she was awarded Maori of the Year: Community Service Award.

Professor Shaun Ewen

BOARD MEMBER

 

Professor Ewen is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous) at the University of Melbourne and Foundation Director of the Melbourne Poche Centre for Indigenous Health in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne

Indigenous health and health professional education are Prof Ewen’s passion and he is highly active in this area through research, teaching, and broader engagement. In 2005, he was awarded the School of Population Health Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. In 2011, he was the recipient of the Rio Tinto Award for Excellence and Innovation in Indigenous Higher Education.

Prof Ewen has provided academic and Indigenous leadership for the Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education (LIME) project, a bi-national project of Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand. He has a clinical background in physiotherapy and holds postgraduate qualifications in international relations and education from the University of South Australia and the University of Melbourne.

Adrian Collette AM

BOARD MEMBER

Adrian Collette is the Vice-Principal (Engagement) at The University of Melbourne, a role he has held since 2013.

Previously, Adrian was Chief Executive Officer of Opera Australia (OA) for 16 years. OA is Australia’s national opera company and is also the country’s largest performing arts company. Before joining Opera Australia, Adrian was Managing Director of Reed Books, a division of Reed Elsevier, a company at which he worked for 10 years. Adrian also performed regularly as a singer with the Victoria State Opera and was a member of their Young Artist Program.

He is a Board member of the Australia Council for the Arts; Chair of the Australia Council’s Major Performing Arts Panel; a Board member of the Committee for Melbourne and a Life Member of Live Performance Australia. He was also a Member of the Victorian Council for the Arts and a Trustee of Sydney Grammar School for 6 years. Adrian became a Member in the Order of Australia for services to the Arts in 2008.

Jason Glanville (Ex-Officio)

BOARD MEMBER (Ex-Officio)

Jason Glanville was appointed Program Director for the Atlantic Fellows for Social Equity program in April 2017. Jason, a Wiradjuri man from south-western New South Wales, is a senior leader who has spent more than 20 years working in a range of community-based Indigenous organisations, State and Federal Governments and non-government peak bodies. 

He has most recently served as inaugural CEO of the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence, has been Director of Programs and Strategy at Reconciliation Australia, and remains Chair of the Australian Indigenous Governance Institute. He was a member of the Steering Committee for the creation of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples.

In 2010, Jason was named in the (Sydney) magazine’s 100 most influential people of Sydney and in 2011 he was featured in Boss Magazine’s True Leaders list. Jason was appointed as an Associate Professor (Adjunct) at the National Centre for Indigenous Studies at the Australian National University in 2016.