John Monash Scholars
Recipients of the John Monash Scholarships are recognised as John Monash Scholars. 165 Scholars have been selected to date, all of whom possess significant leadership potential, are outstanding in their chosen fields and aspire to make the world a better place. John Monash Scholars are already demonstrating their value by contributing to Australia’s future as scientists, academics and business people, as well as contributors to policy in key areas such as water, health and Indigenous affairs.
John Monash Scholars 2018
William Witheridge John Monash Scholar
COMMONWEALTH BANK OF AUSTRALIA JOHN MONASH SCHOLAR
PHD ECONOMICS, PRINCETON UNIVERSITY
Will holds a Bachelor of Economics with First Class Honours, a Bachelor of Commerce and a Master of Economics from the Australian National University. He works for the OECD Chief Economist conducting research on global economic challenges and policy recommendations for the G20. He will undertake a PhD in Economics with a special interest in macroeconomic policy. Will is passionate about improving Australian economic policy particularly through taxation reform and aims to be a senior economic adviser to Government.
Dr Kevin Tan John Monash Scholar
SUSAN AND ISAAC WAKIL JOHN MONASH SCHOLAR
MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION AND INNOVATION IN HEALTHCARE, COPENHAGEN BUSINESS SCHOOL
Kevin completed his medical degree and holds an MBBS (Hons)/BMedSc from the University of Melbourne. He was also recently awarded a Master of Public Health through the University of Sydney, and spent a semester at Lund University, Sweden. He currently works as an advanced trainee and Chief Radiation Oncology Registrar at the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre, the largest cancer hospital in Australia. During his training, Kevin developed an interest in cancer survivorship. While over 1 million Australians are living with or beyond their cancer diagnosis, many survivors continue to face unmet needs. These include elderly patients and long term survivors of childhood malignancies. At Copenhagen, Kevin will combine his medical knowledge with skills in economics, policy, innovation and design to tackle this public health challenge.
Ahmad Shah Idil John Monash Scholar
AUSTRALIAN UNIVERSITIES’ JOHN MONASH SCHOLAR
PHD IN MEDICAL PHYSICS AND BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON
Ahmad has a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechatronics with First Class Honours and a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Linguistics from the University of New South Wales. He is currently a biomedical engineer with University College London, where he is designing the world’s first optogenetic cortical implant for the treatment of focal epilepsy. Prior to this, he worked with Bionic Vision Australia, the $50 million Australian research consortium developing a bionic eye. Through his PhD research Ahmad will continue to develop neural implant technologies to treat neurological medical conditions.
Brighid Sammon John Monash Scholar
SUSAN AND ISAAC WAKIL JOHN MONASH SCHOLAR
MASTER OF SCIENCE, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON
Brighid is passionate about inclusive and equitable cities. Through her volunteering, advocacy and promotion of the planning profession she hopes to shed light on the need for diversity in decision making and how this could reframe the way we see and shape our cities. Through her work for not-for-profit organisations, universities, local government and the private sector Brighid is developing an approach to her work that she hopes will see more cross-collaboration between different built environment disciplines.
Heather Muir John Monash Scholar
ANZAC CENTENARY JOHN MONASH SCHOLAR
PHD IN SCIENTIFIC COMPUTING, UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
Heather has a Bachelor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering with Honours from the University of Queensland and graduated as Valedictorian. She has worked in engineering consulting, STEM education research and is currently doing an MPhil at the University of Cambridge. She will undertake her PhD at the Cambridge Centre for Scientific Computing, which is developing world leading computational methodologies across the sciences and collaborations between industry and research. Heather is also particularly committed to developing science teaching in Australia.
Sonia Loudon John Monash Scholar
HELEN AND MICHAEL GANNON JOHN MONASH SCHOLAR
MASTER OF EDUCATION POLICY AND MANAGEMENT, HARVARD UNIVERSITY
Sonia has a Bachelor of Laws with Honours and a Bachelor of Science from the Australian National University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching from the University of Melbourne. She is a Leading Teacher and Head of Science in a multi-campus secondary school in Epping, Victoria. She founded Boundless, a social enterprise that provides outer suburban and regional students with access to professional work experience placements. Her studies will help her develop a model for effective education in disadvantaged communities. Sonia’s goal is to reverse the widening inequality and segregation in the Australian school system.
Louis Klee John Monash Scholar
AUSTRALIAN CULTURAL JOHN MONASH SCHOLAR
PHD LITERATURE, UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
Louis has a Bachelor of Philosophy with Honours from the Australian National University, a Master of Fine Art in Writing for Performance from the University of Melbourne, and a Master of Philosophy from Cambridge University. He is an established playwright, poet and critic. At Cambridge he will specialise in the prose fiction of W.G Sebald. After the completion of his postgraduate study, Louis will contribute to Australian cultural life through an academic career and a life of public writing and criticism
Marianne Haines John Monash Scholar
ORIGIN FOUNDATION JOHN MONASH SCHOLAR
PHD GEOSCIENCE, UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY
Marianne has a Bachelor of Biological Science majoring in Microbiology and Biochemistry from La Trobe University. She is completing her Honours year. At the University of Calgary, she will specialise in energy bioengineering and photobioreactor systems. Her particular focus will be on developing biotechnology that harnesses and engineers micro-organisms such as bacteria, fungi, and algae to develop a new source of sustainable energy. Marianne plans to work at the intersection of industry and academia.
Major Nathan Johnson John Monash Scholar
PRATT FOUNDATION COMMEMORATIVE DEFENCE AAA JOHN MONASH SCHOLAR
PHD ELECTRONIC AND CYBER WARFARE, ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY
Nathan is a military officer with a Bachelor of Science from the University of New South Wales and Master of Science in Military Electrical Systems Engineering from Cranfield University, UK. Nathan served in Special Operations Command in Afghanistan, lead multinational United Nations forces in South Sudan and provided technical support to the Australian Defence Force’s counter terrorism unit in Sydney. He is Project Manager for Army Headquarters in Canberra, leading a project to procure new Electronic Warfare technology for the Army. Nathan will research Cyber security as part of his PhD and anticipates a future leading the technical development of Cyber and Electronic technology for the Army.
Steven Ettema John Monash Scholar
WOODSIDE JOHN MONASH SCHOLAR
DPHIL IN ENGINEERING SCIENCE, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
Steven has a Bachelor of Civil Engineering with first class Honours from the University of Queensland. He works as a numerical modeler and coastal engineer at BMT Group (an engineering science and technology consultancy), providing engineering and scientific services on a range of projects. This has included modeling a wide variety of coastal systems to improve environmental outcomes, such as developing numerical models for how turtle hatchlings interact with the environment. Steven’s research at Oxford will focus on improvements to tidal and wind turbines by applying principles used in the aerospace industry. Steven aims to inform energy policy and further develop renewable energy technologies in Australia.
Jordan English John Monash Scholar
2018 ZELMAN COWEN JOHN MONASH SCHOLAR
BACHELOR OF CIVIL LAWS, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
Jordan has a Bachelor of Laws with first class Honours and the University Medal in Law and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Queensland. He is currently an Associate to Justice Edelman of the High Court of Australia. He has experience and interest in anti-bribery, anti-corruption and anti-money laundering laws. As an Indigenous Australian, Jordan is committed to increasing Indigenous representation in the law, being a role model for other Indigenous Australians and positively influencing the perspectives of non-Indigenous Australians.
Amy Dennison John Monash Scholar
WOODSIDE JOHN MONASH SCHOLAR
MASTER OF LAWS, HARVARD UNIVERSITY
Amy has a Bachelor of Engineering with first class Honours, a University Medal and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of New South Wales. She has a Master of Laws with a University Medal from the Centre for Energy, Petroleum, Mineral Law and Policy at the University of Dundee, UK. She is Director Legislation and Policy in the Northern Territory Government and a visiting Lecturer at Charles Darwin University Law School. Amy will specialise in energy and environmental policy to contribute to the development and implementation of policy and regulation in the Northern Territory.
Felix Donovan John Monash Scholar
RODEN CUTLER NSW JOHN MONASH SCHOLAR
MASTER OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION, LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS
Felix has a Bachelor of Arts with Honours and the University Medal in Government from the University of Sydney. While at university Felix coordinated the academic assistance program at Matraville High School and was a Director of Communications for the G20 Young Entrepreneurs Alliance Summit. He works in the NSW State Department of Education as the Manager of Data and Insight, developing evidence-based early childhood education policy. His study at the London School of Economics will enable him to lead education policy in the future.
Emma Dale John Monash Scholar
CHAIRMAN’S CIRCLE JOHN MONASH SCHOLAR
DPHIL IN ZOOLOGY, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
Emma has a Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Conservation with Honours and a University Medal from Griffith University. After working with endangered Red Pandas in Nepal, Emma founded the Red Panda Trust, a conservation venture. She then worked as an ecologist for the Zoological Society of London in Mongolia for fourteen months. At Oxford she will study the behavioural ecology of carnivores with a focus on conservation and preservation. Emma plans to return to Australia to lead research initiatives to protect Australia’s carnivores, including the Tasmanian Devil and Spotted-tail Quolls. These native Australian animals play a vital role in Australia’s food chains and their extinction would unbalance supporting populations with serious implications for Australian ecology.
Ryan Carters John Monash Scholar
ROTH/SEGAL JOHN MONASH HARVARD SCHOLAR
MASTER OF PUBLIC POLICY, JOHN F. KENNEDY SCHOOL OF GOVERNMENT, HARVARD UNIVERSITY
Ryan was an award winning professional cricketer who left the sport to focus on his Economics degree at the University of Sydney and leadership of the charity he founded, Batting for Change. This charity supports educational opportunities for young women living in poverty in the developing, cricket playing world. Ryan hopes postgraduate study will give him the skills and experience to consolidate a career in policy and public service. He intends to address inequality, including economic growth and gender equity. Ryan is particularly committed to addressing critical issues of domestic violence, the gender pay gap, the paucity of women in leadership and inadequate childcare.
James Campbell John Monash Scholar
VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT JOHN MONASH SCHOLAR
MASTER OF LAWS IN PUBLIC INTEREST AND SOCIAL JUSTICE, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY
James has a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws with Honours from Monash University and was awarded the University Medal and the Supreme Court Prize for the highest achieving Law student. He is a lawyer at King & Wood Mallesons, Melbourne. At Berkeley James will specialise in community legal practice and policy development. He will examine how the Australian community legal sector can harness new technologies to provide access to justice for Australians most in need. James has significant leadership experience as Convenor of the LGBTI organisation, Minus18.
Amy Burton John Monash Scholar
ZELMAN COWEN JOHN MONASH SCHOLAR
MASTER IN LAWS IN PUBLIC INTEREST AND SOCIAL JUSTICE, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA BERKELEY
Amy has a Bachelor of Arts with Honours and Bachelor of Laws with Honours from Monash University. She works at Salvos Legal Humanitarian and was recently announced as the 2017 Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year at the Women in Law Awards. At Berkeley she will research the growing use of social enterprise law firms to improve access to justice for individuals who are not eligible for legal aid but cannot afford a private lawyer. Amy then plans to develop and launch a similar program in Australia, which she hopes will also increase employment opportunities for graduate lawyers who aspire to work in humanitarian law.
Nicola Bilton John Monash Scholar
BHP JOHN MONASH SCHOLAR
PHD IN QUANTUM PHYSICS, IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON
Nicola has a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Laser physics and Technology from the University of Adelaide and was awarded the University Medal. At Imperial College she will work on the development of a cutting-edge quantum accelerometer, a component of next generation navigational systems. She intends to return to her current employer, Defence Science and Technology Group, to use quantum sensing technologies in next generation technology.
Damon Binder John Monash Scholar
CHAIRMAN’S CIRCLE JOHN MONASH SCHOLAR
PHD IN THEORETICAL PHYSICS, PRINCETON UNIVERSITY
Damon has a Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours and the University Medal from the Australian National University. His research encompasses quantum field theory, particle physics phenomenology and category theory. He is a member of the Bruce Hall leadership team at the Australian National University, and an academic mentor. He is an endurance runner and raised funds for the School of St Jude in Tanzania. His research at Princeton will address the underpinnings of particle physics and cosmology. He plans to have an academic career at an Australian university while also promoting public engagement with science.
Zulpha Styer John Monash Scholar
AUSTRALIAN UNIVERSITIES’ JOHN MONASH SCHOLAR
MASTER OF PUBLIC POLICY AT THE HARVARD KENNEDY SCHOOL OF GOVERNMENT
Zulpha has a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of New South Wales, a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice and is completing a Master of Laws from the Australian National University. She sits on the Multicultural NSW Regional Advisory Council for South West Sydney, has worked in the Australian Government Attorney-General’s Department, and now works for the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet. Zulpha was awarded an Australia Day Achievement Medallion in 2015. Zulpha plans to study for a Masters of Public Policy and will study effective policy interventions and community engagement strategies, with a focus on relationships with minority communities and social cohesion.
Mark Brooke John Monash Scholar
IAN POTTER FOUNDATION JOHN MONASH SCHOLAR
DPHIL IN ONCOLOGY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
Mark has a Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours from The University of Adelaide, focused on high performance computational physics. During his Honours he developed new treatment and imaging algorithms for proton therapy. Mark won a Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Award to undertake an internship at the Queen Mary Hospital (Hong Kong). He has been learning Cantonese and Mandarin, French and Swedish; and plays tennis to a high level. His DPhil at Oxford University aims to develop proton therapy for cancer treatment, to improve effectiveness and reduce damage from radiotherapy, allowing treatment of paediatric, spinal and eye cancers.
Dr Trung Ton John Monash Scholar
SUSAN & ISAAC WAKIL FOUNDATION JOHN MONASH SCHOLAR
DPHIL IN INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
Trung holds a Bachelor of Medicine from the University of Newcastle, a Master of Public Health from Harvard University, a Diploma of Child Health from the University of Sydney, and an International Diploma of Humanitarian Assistance from Fordham University. Trung is a graduate of the Royal Military College Australia, where he was dux of his class.
Trung is an emergency medicine registrar and a military engineering officer in the Army Reserve. He has been involved global health leadership and mentoring for medical students and junior doctors, volunteers as a doctor in East Timor, is involved in several IT start ups, and is a photographer.
Trung has conducted research on humanitarian health coordination in Syria. His DPhil will equip him to develop new frameworks for international response to complex humanitarian crises.
Dr Ida Whiteman John Monash Scholar
HELEN & MICHAEL GANNON JOHN MONASH SCHOLAR
MASTER OF SCIENCE IN INTERNATIONAL HEALTH AND TROPICAL MEDICINE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
Ida holds an MBBS with honours from Monash University, and a Diploma in Child Health from the University of Sydney with High Distinction. She is now a paediatric doctor at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. Ida is driven by a fundamental belief that every child deserves the chance to be healthy and obtain an education in order to achieve their full potential. She has volunteered in Papua New Guinea, Nepal after the earthquake crisis of 2015, and most recently with Specialists Without Borders in Malawi and Zimbabwe. In 2014, Ida worked for a year in the Northern Territory of Australia, where her passion for Indigenous Health began. Outside of work, Ida speaks French, has taught flying trapeze to children in New York State, and enjoys singing in choirs. Ida will study a Master of International Health and Tropical Medicine at Oxford, with a focus on managing effective health programs. After completing the Masters, she intends to work as a paediatrician with Australia’s Indigenous children and to guide public policy to address the root causes of infectious diseases and poor health outcomes in the Indigenous community.
Dr Ling San Lau John Monash Scholar
HELEN & MICHAEL GANNON JOHN MONASH SCHOLAR
MASTER OF PUBLIC HEALTH AT COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY
San has a Bachelor of Medical Science and an MBBS from the University of Tasmania with First Class Honours and works as a Paediatric Doctor at the Royal Children’s Hospital and Monash Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. She enjoys adventure sports including white-water rafting and rock climbing. Through her medical role, volunteer work and research, she serves vulnerable and disadvantaged populations including children with cancer, refugees, migrants and Indigenous Australians. She helped establish an international research collaboration involving institutions in Australia and Washington DC for children with brain tumours. After her MPH at Columbia, San will return to undertake paediatric infectious diseases specialist training.
Timothy Delport John Monash Scholar
WESFARMERS JOHN MONASH SCHOLAR
DPHIL IN ENGINEERING SCIENCE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
Tim holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Geotechnical) with First Class Honours from the University of Queensland, and an A.Mus.A on Piano. He has volunteered extensively, holding leadership positions in a number of organizations, and has provided academic and coaching support for indigenous students. He currently represents Australia for his age group in triathlon, and was previously a professionally ranked men’s squash player (PSA).
Tim is currently a graduate geotechnical engineer with WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, performing consulting services predominantly for the transport and resource sectors. His PhD will aim to address technical (coupled flow, deformation and fluid/heat transport), social, environmental and economic constraints to the application of enhanced/engineered geothermal energy, of which Australia has considerable resource potential. Tim intends to pursue postdoctoral studies and further development and career opportunities, ultimately leading to a contribution to Australian politics and policy around energy and the environment.
Brett Parkinson John Monash Scholar
WOODSIDE JOHN MONASH SCHOLAR
DPHIL IN ENGINEERING SCIENCE AT IMPERIAL COLLEGE, LONDON.
Brett completed a Bachelor and Masters of Chemical Engineering with First Class Honours at the University of Queensland. He was actively involved in the University of Queensland Clubs and Societies as President of the Chemical and Environmental Student Society and coordinated the Student Unions Mental Health week. Brett has worked at Incitec Pivot, Momentive Specialty Chemicals and currently works at the Dow Centre for Sustainable Engineering Innovations. His research efforts have been focused on an integrated process for the economic production of zero CO2 iron and petrochemicals. Brett’s passionate about sustainability and innovation in engineering, currently leading the Student Innovation Initiatives at the UQ Dow Centre. His DPhil will address sustainable energy generation through chemical synthesis for energy storage and ultimately hopes help develop sustainable manufacturing industries and energy policy in Australia. Brett also has a deep commitment to mental health issues within the community, being an active volunteer with Drug Arms Street Outreach Service.
Arlie McCarthy John Monash Scholar
DAVID TURNER JOHN MONASH SCHOLAR
PHD IN MARINE BIOLOGY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE WITH THE BRITISH ANTARCTIC SURVEY
Arlie graduated from the University of Melbourne with First Class Honours in both her Bachelor of Science (Zoology) and her Diploma of Languages in German (she also speaks Spanish). Arlie has a Master of Marine and Antarctic Science from the University of Tasmania; she graduated with a High Distinction. Her Masters project focussed on an aspect of mollusc farming in Tasmania. Arlie’s work has resulted in several academic papers, and has been included in advice to governments on marine farming. Arlie’s research has taken her around the world, including Costa Rica, Mexico, Svalbard and several remote islands off Australia. She has travelled the globe hiking and rock climbing, and has a strong commitment to volunteering and sharing her passion for the natural world. Her PhD will focus on soft-bodied marine predation, which has implications for our understanding of marine ecosystems, climate change and marine industries.
Vafa Ghazavi John Monash Scholar
COMMONWEALTH BANK JOHN MONASH SCHOLAR
DPHIL IN PUBLIC POLICY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
Vafa has a Bachelor of Economic and Social Sciences with First Class Honours and the University Medal from The University of Sydney. Vafa joined DFAT in 2008 and served as a diplomat in Kabul and Vienna. In Vienna, he covered UN affairs, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, as well as relations with Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo. He has worked on trade negotiations with ASEAN, for the International Commission on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament, and on the Iraq Taskforce. He was International Cyber Policy Adviser in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. Vafa is passionate about Indigenous education and has mentored school students through AIME, university students at ANU, and completed a Jawun secondment in the East Kimberley. He is completing a Master in Public Administration at Harvard University, and his DPhil at Oxford will equip him to address ethics and policy on complex global challenges.
Maja Arsic John Monash Scholar
BHP BILLITON JOHN MONASH SCHOLAR
PHD IN PLANT SCIENCES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF COPENHAGEN
Maja has a Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours and the University Medal from Griffith University. She works in the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, and volunteers in alpine vegetation research. She helped found the online magazine North. Maja’s research into plants will contribute to development of new crop varieties to address food security. Maja has worked with the WWF and the university initiative, Green Steps, and attended the International Youth Leadership Conference in Prague in 2015. After her PhD, she will pursue a career improving crop yields and providing policy advice on Australian agriculture.
Catherine Richards John Monash Scholar
ORIGIN FOUNDATION JOHN MONASH SCHOLAR
PHD IN ENGINEERING AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
Catherine has a Bachelor of Civil Engineering and Bachelor of Environmental Engineering, both with First Class Honours and University Medals from the University of Newcastle. She believes each individual has a responsibility for human wellbeing and the natural environment; and that her career is an opportunity to improve the lives of others and make a positive impact on our world. Catherine has over 8 years’ domestic and international experience securing resources for society, having worked full-time as a water resource engineer while completing her studies and subsequently with one of the world’s largest energy companies. She has delivered multi-billion dollar projects, led up to 180 people with diverse backgrounds and received over 25 academic and industry awards. Catherine is actively involved in engineering leadership and education as well as an outstanding sportswoman who enjoys a range of sports, including kiteboarding for which she was a sponsored rider. At Cambridge, her work will address multi-disciplinary issues regarding the energy-land-water nexus and sustainable development. Catherine’s vision is to bridge the gap between STEM, policy-making and business on critical world issues, and lead Australia’s sustainable resource future.
Dr Garang Dut John Monash Scholar
ROTH/SEGAL JOHN MONASH HARVARD SCHOLARSHIP
MASTER OF PUBLIC HEALTH AT HARVARD UNIVERSITY
Garang was born in South Sudan and grew up in a Kenyan refugee camp; he moved to Australia when he was 17. He has a Bachelor of Biomedical Science from Monash University and an MD from The University of Melbourne; and is a surgical resident at the Alfred Hospital. He is a Fellow of the Williamson Community Leadership Program. Garang volunteers in public health education, and has been an Australia Day Ambassador for the last four years. The Master of Public Health program will equip Garang to develop surgical care systems and improve access to quality surgical care in resource-poor settings in Australia.
Hannah Barber John Monash Scholar
ROTH/SEGAL JOHN MONASH HARVARD SCHOLARSHIP
MASTER OF EDUCATION IN HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND PSYCHOLOGY AT THE HARVARD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION
Hannah has a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and International Studies and a Master of Teaching with First Class Honours from The University of Melbourne. Hannah was a rower, winning a silver medal at the Australian National Rowing Championships. She is an early childhood teacher at Gowrie Victoria, and was a member of the Gowrie Leadership and Learning Consultancy Team. She has also worked with Early Childhood Australia, the peak national body for early learning. The Master of Education from Harvard will equip Hannah to drive systemic change in early childhood education.
Miranda Gronow John Monash Scholar
ANZAC CENTENARY JOHN MONASH SCHOLAR
MPHIL IN ARCHAEOLOGY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
Miranda has a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours in Classics and the University Medal in Arts, and a Diploma of Languages from The University of Melbourne. She is a Choral Scholar at Trinity College and a classical alto. She currently works in a Melbourne based archaeological consultancy. Her MPhil from Oxford will equip Miranda to be a heritage professional. She is interested in heritage interpretation and ‘the archaeology of contact’ which examines the period of first European settlement in Australia. Her work will improve Australia’s management of urban archaeology, while connecting local communities with their heritage.
Mark Shelton John Monash Scholar
ZELMAN COWEN JOHN MONASH SCHOLAR
MASTER OF SCIENCE IN COMPUTER SCIENCE AT STANFORD UNIVERSITY
Mark is completing a BPhil (Hons) at The University of Western Australia in Computer Science. His research explores success factors for technology startups. Mark leads Bloom, a non-profit that supports more than 50 young entrepreneurs with mentoring, workshops, advisory services and co-working space at St Catherine’s College, UWA. He is also a Director of StartupWA and was previously Deputy CEO for Teach Learn Grow. He has interned for Goldman Sachs, Boston Consulting Group, the Fogarty Foundation and the Telethon Kids Institute. Mark intends to study a MSc with a focus on artificial intelligence; he hopes to return to Australia to continue fostering the local technology industry.
Dr Katherine Franklin John Monash Scholar
ZELMAN COWEN JOHN MONASH SCHOLAR
MASTER IN INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH AND TROPICAL MEDICINE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
Katherine has a Bachelor of Behavioural Science with First Class Honours from La Trobe University, and an MBBS from The University of Melbourne. She is an advanced paediatric trainee and published author who has volunteered extensively overseas. Last year she worked as supervisor of Neonatal Services with Médecins San Frontières in Afghanistan, and is currently working as supervisor of an MSF-run paediatric hospital in South Sudan. The Master in International Public Health will strengthen her knowledge of tropical diseases and improve skills in data collection and research.
Bridget Hickey John Monash Scholar
ZELMAN COWEN JOHN MONASH SCHOLAR
MASTER IN JOURNALISM AT COLUMBIA GRADUATE SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM
Bridget has a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Tasmania, and is completing her honours in Asian Studies addressing Japanese cultural responses to the Fukushima nuclear disaster. She is a radio producer, documentary storyteller and painter who co-founded the Tasmanian arts radio show Plain Air, and also works as producer for ABC local radio. Bridget has received numerous academic awards throughout her studies, and received national recognition for her work with the Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) program. She has a number of radio works in progress including Our Unwritten Books, which addresses the barriers women face in publishing creative writing. Her Masters in Journalism would focus on radio and podcasting, which will equip her to make a significant contribution to journalism across the Asia Pacific Region.
Dr Martin Seneviratne John Monash Scholar
RODEN CUTLER NSW JOHN MONASH SCHOLAR
MASTERS IN BIOMEDICAL INFORMATICS AT STANFORD UNIVERSITY
Martin completed a Bachelor of Science (Physics) with First Class Honours and the University Medal and an MBBS with First Class Honours, both from The University of Sydney, followed by a medical residency at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. Martin’s main passion is digital health – how software and data science can transform healthcare. He has worked on mHealth research with the George Institute for Global Health, developed a checklist app for hospital ward rounds (WardConnect) and was CTO of Australia’s leading cancer support app (CancerAid). Martin was elected as the youngest board director of the Health Informatics Society of Australia and serves as a Clinical Reference Lead to the Australian Digital Health Agency. At Stanford, Martin is researching how health AI tools can be better distributed and integrated into clinical workflows. He is a Digital Health Fellow with Stanford Medicine X, which supports collaboration between startups and academia. Martin publishes and presents widely about health technology, and has represented Australia at the World Economic Forum in both Manila and Davos.
Shevaun Wright John Monash Scholar
AUSTRALIAN CULTURAL JOHN MONASH SCHOLAR, SUPPORTED BY MR TIM FAIRFAX AC
MASTER OF FINE ARTS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES
Shevaun holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws from Macquarie University, a Master of Laws from The University of Melbourne and a Master of Arts from the University of New South Wales. She worked as a commercial lawyer for five years and is now a practicing artist. An Indigenous Australian, she was the first recipient of the Parliament of NSW Aboriginal Postgraduate Scholarship. She completed a residency at the Art and Law Program in New York, and the prestigious Whitney Independent Study Program. Her study at UCLA will use art to explore areas of gender, domestic violence and Indigenous rights.
Anirudh Mukkavilli John Monash Scholar
WOODSIDE JOHN MONASH SCHOLAR
Ani has a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) with First Class Honours and a Bachelor of Commerce from UNSW, as well as a Master of Philosophy in Engineering for Sustainable Development from Cambridge University (where he studied on a Cambridge Commonwealth Scholarship). Ani has worked as a business analyst at McKinsey & Company and is currently an executive at Fairfax Media in their Australian Community Media unit responsible for building their digital business. He actively volunteers, most recently as a mentor for social enterprises, and has done so with Engineers without Borders, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and the Mara Foundation. He also represented Australia at the International Youth Leadership Conference in Prague in 2010. Inspired by his father’s interest, Ani is an avid amateur astronomer and astrophotographer. Ani’s goal is to be a leader in clean energy business in Australia. Ani is completing an MBA at INSEAD, dividing his studies between their French and Singapore campuses.
Emma Howard John Monash Scholar
ORIGIN FOUNDATION JOHN MONASH SCHOLAR
Emma is an aspiring atmospheric scientist and talented mathematician. She has a Bachelor of Philosophy with First Class Honours from the ANU. Her distinguished academic record earned her the University Medal. After her degree she worked for Windlab, a CSIRO spin-off, using cutting edge computational atmospheric models to identify and develop wind farm sites across the world. She was a member of Scouts Australia, earned the Queen’s Scout Award and is active in encouraging sustainable living practices in those around her. Emma has strong commitment to science with local and global benefits. She is currently at DPhil student at the University of Oxford studying the understand the regional impact of climate change across the world. Her work focuses on using science to help predict future climate more accurately so that its impact, both economic and humanitarian, may be assessed.
Samuel Williams John Monash Scholar
AUSTRALIAN CULTURAL JOHN MONASH SCHOLAR
SPONSORED BY THE AUSTRALIA COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS AND TIM FAIRFAX AC
Samuel has a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Creative Writing) with First Class Honours and was awarded the University Medal from Flinders University. He is a fiction writer who studies and advocates for the representation of sexual and gender diversity in young adult literature. His fiction, poetry and non-fiction has been published in Australia. He is an enthusiastic teacher of writing to young people, and a volunteer with LGBT youth in his home town of Adelaide.His passion is books. He is an aspiring author, has had his poetry and short stories published in Voiceworks magazine and has edited the literary journal Dubnium (South Australia Writers Centre). Samuel is also a bookseller, tutor, drama teacher and debating coach. He is currently undertaking a PhD in Creative Writing at Cambridge University where he will write about Australia and the Australian experience, in particular to focus on the representation of gender and sexuality diversity in young adult literature.
Harriet Mercer John Monash Scholar
ANZAC CENTENARY JOHN MONASH SCHOLAR
Harriet graduated from the ANU with First Class Honours in her Bachelor of Philosophy and was awarded the University Medal for history. She went on to do a Masters in Global and Imperial History at The University of Oxford where she received the Beit Prize for most outstanding dissertation. Harriet’s passion for history is underpinned by the belief that the makeup of the contemporary world can only fully be understood by an investigation of its past. She is currently a doctoral student at the University of Oxford in history, with a focus on the history of migration, nationality and citizenship laws of the Australasian region, and how these inform policy today. Prior to her DPhil she woked as a research assistant for Professor Stuart Ward’s Embers of Empire project at the University of Copenhagen. She hopes to become a leading Australian historian, promoting the history of the Australasian region both at home and abroad, and using this understanding to inform policy today.
Timothy Matthews John Monash Scholar
ZELMAN COWEN JOHN MONASH SCHOLAR
Tim has a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours in Government and International Relations and First Class Honours in Law from The University of Sydney. He has an outstanding record of community leadership evidenced by the positions he has held in a number of organisations including UN Youth Australia, the UN Association of Australia, The University of Sydney Union and the Australian Youth Affairs Coalition. For his contributions, Tim is the youngest ever recipient of the Pro Bono Australia “25 Most Influential People in the Not For Profit Sector” award. Over the last two years, Tim has worked as a Legal Officer at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, which has made a lasting impression on him and helped shape his goals for the future. Tim is completing an LLM at Cambridge University and plans to study criminal law with a view to better understand and improve the State’s approach to punishment and security.
Jacqueline Pitt John Monash Scholar
ZELMAN COWEN JOHN MONASH SCHOLAR
Jacqueline graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) with a First Class Honours and Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degrees from The University of Melbourne. She most recently worked as the senior legal adviser in the Family Violence Reform Unit of the Department of Premier and Cabinet (Government of Victoria). Previously, Jacqueline was the Associate to The Hon Justice Linda Dessau AM of the Family Court of Australia and she has also worked as a lawyer. In 2014, she was named one of 50 “rising stars” of the Australian legal profession by Australasian Lawyer Magazine and was a finalists for the Law Institute of Victoria’s “Rising Star of the Year” award. While studying, Jacqueline was the National Head of Fundraising for The Oaktree Foundation where she led campaigns to raise over $500,000 to reduce extreme poverty. Outside her profession, Jacqueline loves every aspect of the theatre. She was the founding President of a not-for-profit theatre company for the legal industry, has produced several critically acclaimed comedy shows, and is a classically trained singer. With her John Monash Scholarship, Jacqui completed her Master of Laws at Columbia University and is now a women’s rights lawyer based in New York.
Harrison Steel John Monash Scholar
RODEN CUTLER NSW JOHN MONASH SCHOLAR
Harry has been interested in science and engineering from an early age and is anticipating First Class Honours for his Bachelor of Mechanical (Space) Engineering and Bachelor of (Advanced) Science in Mathematics and Physics from The University of Sydney. He has received a great number of academic awards from both The University of Sydney and Wesley College (where he resided for three years). Harry represented his university at the International Genetically Engineered Machine competition in Boston and the Inter-collegiate Rocket Engineering competition in Utah. He has competed in inter-collegiate athletics, soccer, choir, music and dance teams and enjoys language including Russian and German. He has also undertaken leadership roles in a variety of contexts, providing practical help and inspiration to future Australian scientists and engineers, particularly those from disadvantaged groups. Harry has published in his field, worked as a research assistant for NASA (California) and DESY (Germany), and has presented his work at conferences and on ABC radio. Harry is doing a DPhil at Oxford University in the development of control systems for use in synthetic biology at a DNA level. Synthetic biology is an emerging area of research combining computer science, medical research and biology which will be a strong contributor to an innovation economy.
Abigael Mawby John Monash Scholar
CHAIRMAN’S CIRCLE JOHN MONASH SCHOLAR
Abigael graduated with a combined Bachelor degree in Arts Law and First Class Honours in Law from The University of Queensland. While at university, she has worked as an Associate in the European Court of Human Rights, was part of the Australian Team that won the World Championships of the Jessup International Law Moot, and worked on anti-money laundering and financing of terrorism for the Law Council of Australia. Abigael has travelled extensively and has volunteered both at home as a Migration Support Officer for the Red Cross and internationally for the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, travelling to Iran with the ICRC to work on improving the impartiality of their judicial system. She is an accomplished skier, enjoys French novels and continues to write music and play the piano, clarinet and drums. With her John Monash Scholarship Abigael completed her LLM at Columbia University focusing in the area of anti-corruption strategies and international law and sanctions She now works at White & Case as an Associate practicing investment treaty arbitration to advise states on protections offered to individuals within bilateral investment treaties.
Michael Grebla John Monash Scholar
ZELMAN COWEN JOHN MONASH SCHOLAR
Michael has a combined Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and Bachelor of Music Composition with First Class Honours from UWA. During his time at UWA, Michael received the JM Wolff, Knight and WA Wagner Society’s Bayreuth Scholarships. He is a composer and in 2016 premiered a new work titled “Euler’s Music” for chamber orchestra as part of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra’s Young and Emerging Artists Program. Michael’s achievements in composition and contributions to the University were recognised with UWA Convocation’s prestigious Bryant Stokes Matilda Award for Cultural Excellence in Music. Michael also founded and ran a comprehensive music program as the Director of Music at St George’s College targeted at engaging the local community and providing performance opportunities for emerging artists. In this role he founded a highly successful Emerging Artists initiative to provide gifted young artists with peers, musical challenge and exposure. Michael would like to establish himself as an active professional composer and producer of cultural events, and to this end is pursuing his Masters in Music Composition at the New England Conservatory of Music. He hopes to make a significant contribution to establishing Australia as a cultural centre for the region.
Giles – Dunseath Hamilton John Monash Scholar
CHAIRMAN’S CIRCLE JOHN MONASH SCHOLAR
Giles has a Bachelor of Laws with Honours and a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) with First Class Honours from The University of Adelaide where he received several academic prizes and scholarships. He has served as a Captain in the Australian Army Reserve and has led a variety of Defence projects in South Australia. For his work as a Troop Commander in 2009 he was recognised with a Division Level Commendation for leadership and service. Since 2012 he has worked for one of the world’s largest oil company as an operations lead, concept engineer and process engineer on major energy and infrastructure projects in Australia and the South China Sea. An impressive sportsman, Giles has competed in the World Ultra-Trail Marathon events and has rowed for both Australian and American universities. Giles is an accomplished pianist and clarinettist, and performed lead roles in amateur theatre productions in both French and English. He is interested in engaging further in the energy policy debate, and to this end, he is studying for an MSc in Environmental Change and Management at Oxford University. His vision is to lead change in Australia through a better understanding of commercial relations with the energy sector and responsible export of our energy resources.
Sasha Zegenhagen John Monash Scholar
SUSAN & ISAAC WAKIL FOUNDATION JOHN MONASH SCHOLAR
Sasha has a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours, a Bachelor of Commerce and a Diploma in Modern Languages from The University of Melbourne. She has completed a number of internships including at the Nossal Institute for Global Health, an experience which cemented her interest in the area of health and human rights and supported her belief that everyone has the right to access quality health services. Sasha works in the health economics and social policy team at Deloitte Management. While there, she has worked to raise awareness at the firm of inequalities experienced by Indigenous Australians and is a member of their Reconciliation Action Plan committee. Sasha loves the outdoors, is fluent in French and plays the trombone. Her ambition is to use policy and economics to tackle health problems. With her John Monash Scholarship, Sasha has completed her Masters of Health Policy, Planning and Finance at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (part of the London School of Economics). Sasha aims to use her studies to improve organisational effectiveness within the health industry.
Katherine Mansted John Monash Scholar
HARVARD JOHN MONASH SCHOLAR
SPONSORED BY JOHN ROTH AND JILLIAN SEGAL AM
Katherine holds a Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours and a Bachelor of International Relations (Business) from Bond University. Katherine was associate to The Hon Justice Kiefel AC QC of the High Court of Australia in 2013, has worked as a lawyer in the area of financial and corporate advisory and as a policy advisor for The Hon Josh Frydenberg MP, Minister for Resources, Energy and Northern Australia. The recipient of numerous awards for her academic studies, Katherine was awarded the Sybil AM Vise Graduate Achievement Award for Queensland women who excel in the fields of education and community affairs. At university, Katherine was a successful debater and twice participated in the Jessup International Law Moot. She is a classically trained violinist, a self-taught pianist and has led various orchestras and musical groups. She also has a strong interest in languages and has spent time at the Goethe-Institute’s language school in Mannheim, Germany. Katherine is studying for a Master of Public Policy in the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She is interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the global economic and social context in which technology-driven markets such as the new sharing economy operate, their regulation and future development.
Eloise Hamilton John Monash Scholar
BHP BILLITON JOHN MONASH SCHOLAR
Eloise holds a Bachelor of Philosophy in Science with a First Class Honours in Mathematics from the Australian National University. With her exceptional academic record, Eloise has received numerous awards during her Bachelor degree. She is talented in languages, speaking French, Japanese, Spanish and currently learning Mandarin, and has a keen interest in sport. Whilst Eloise certainly has other fortes, she is passionate about mathematics. She is currently undertaking a DPhil in the area of algebraic geometry at the University of Oxford. In the longer term Eloise wishes to contribute to reforming the way that maths is presented to students at all levels, and in particular to girls, as well as to the mathematical community and the broader community. She believes there is scope for better communication of mathematical concepts and, most importantly, their relevance.
Arjuna Dibley John Monash Scholar
WOODSIDE JOHN MONASH SCHOLAR
Arjuna has a Bachelor of Asian and Pacific Studies, and a Bachelor of Laws, both with Honours from the ANU. He worked as a solicitor at Baker & McKenzie with a specialisation in International Climate Change Law, a topic on which he has published in academic journals and guest lectured at the law faculties of The University of Melbourne and The University of Sydney. He is an Advisory Board member of the Australia Indonesia Youth Association (an organisation which he co-founded), a Fellow of the Asialink Leaders Program and an Asia Literacy Ambassador of the Asia Education Foundation. Arjuna is the recipient of numerous awards including the Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Endeavour Award and the Australian Davos Connection Australian Leadership Award. He has been recognized by the Lowy Institute for International Policy as a “new voice” in Australian foreign policy and contributes to these issues in policy blogs as well as the popular press. Arjuna is studying for a Master of the Science of Law at Stanford University focusing on climate change law and policy in Indonesia, and examining innovative ways that such laws could be more effective.
Andrew Frampton John Monash Scholar
AUSTRALIAN UNIVERSITIES’ JOHN MONASH SCHOLAR
Andrew has a First Class Honours degree and a Master of Music in musicology from The University of Melbourne, and a Bachelor of Music from the Australian Catholic University. He is a musicologist, concert pianist, teacher, accompanist, conductor, and composer. Andrew studied the piano since the age of 3, and he also plays the harpsichord, pipe organ and recorder. He worked as a research assistant and tutor in musicology at The University of Melbourne; his research focused on manuscript sources of German music from the time of J.S. Bach. He has received numerous awards for his research work and several academic prizes. Andrew is in the first year of his DPhil in musicology at Oxford University where he is researching the life and activities of Berlin court composer Johann Friedrich Agricola. He wants to undertake further studies in classical music history with the intention of pursuing research that also engages with other musical disciplines, while continuing to inspire the public with his own performances. Passionate about ensuring all Australians have access to a quality music education, Andrew intends to live his philosophy that classical music is not just for an elite few, or confined to the realm of the academic – but for everyone of all ages.
Reuben Finighan John Monash Scholar
CBA JOHN MONASH SCHOLAR
Reuben holds a Masters of Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, which he attended as a Fulbright Scholar and Frank Knox Fellow. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science from The University of Melbourne, with double First Class Honours. Reuben is interested in helping change the way we think about policy problems by forging a cross-disciplinary synthesis across economics, psychology and philosophy. He was part of Harvard Professor Robert Putnam’s research team for the book “Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis” (a ground-breaking examination of the growing inequality gap) and has co-authored papers with both Putnam and Lord Nicolas Stern (London School of Economics). He currently works as a Senior Research Officer at the Melbourne Institute at The University of Melbourne, and is co-authoring a book on the history and future of capitalism and democracy with Professor Ross Garnaut AC. Reuben will commence a PhD in Economics in 2017 at the London School of Economics with the intention of becoming a thought leader in Australian policymaking. As a recipient of the additional Leverhulme Trust scholarship, Reuben will also be affiliated with LSE’s new International Inequalities Institute which provides strategic leadership and co-ordination on the inter-disciplinary analysis of inequalities. He hopes to research how decision-making strategies, both in the market and in the political arena, affect our economy and political systems.
Stephen Dietz John Monash Scholar
SUSAN & ISAAC WAKIL FOUNDATION JOHN MONASH SCHOLAR
Stephen has a Bachelor of Laws with Honours and a Bachelor of International Business from Bond University and a Master of International Affairs from the ANU. In 2015 Stephen held an appointment as a Congressional Fellow in the American Political Science Association’s Congressional Fellowship Program in Washington D.C., as the only Australian in the program, and as a Visiting Researcher and Senior Fellow at the Institute of International Economic Law at Georgetown University. Stephen has also worked in the Office of Trade Negotiations, DFAT, and prior to that was a diplomat at the Australian Permanent Mission to the United Nations and World Trade Organisation in Geneva. He has been Associate to The Hon Justice John Dowsett AM QC of the Federal Court and a researcher at the Tim Fischer Centre on Global Trade and Finance. Stephen is studying for an LLM and MPA at Columbia University in international economic law and policy. Stephen hopes to enhance Australia’s position with respect to finance policy and trade in services.
Dr Brent O’Carrigan John Monash Scholar
Brent, recipient of the 2015 NSW Premier’s John Monash Scholarship, graduated with BSc, MBBS (1st class Hons) at UNSW and won the Bryan Hudson AO Medal for the Royal Australian College of Physicians specialty examinations. He has completed a Masters in Medicine at University of Sydney, worked as a medical oncology registrar at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, and most recently as Clinical Trial Fellow at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London. He was an integral member of the Medical Student Aid Project, fund raising and delivering medical supplies to under-resourced countries. He and his wife (a paediatric oncology registrar) delivered a cache of medications and medical supplies to the Mosvold Hospital, Ingwavuma in South Africa.
Brent is a Clinical Research Training Fellow at the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute and is pursuing a PhD focusing on the role of circulating tumour DNA in breast cancer. This has the potential to be used as a ‘liquid biopsy’ in diagnosis and treatment of breast and other solid cancers. His aim is to become a clinician scientist at an academic cancer centre.
Dr Phoebe Williams John Monash Scholar
Phoebe, recipient of the 2015 ANZAC Centenary John Monash Scholarship, has an MBBS (Hons) from the University of Sydney, a BCom and BSci from the ANU, and Masters in Global Health Science with Distinction from Oxford. She was the founder of the “Hands of Help” student organization, building 5 primary schools, establishing a community health project (run by Ugandans, for Ugandans) and creating a trust fund to allow socially disadvantaged children in Kenya and Uganda to study at a tertiary level. In 2013 Phoebe was cited as one of Australia’s “100 women of Influence”. She is a marathon runner, and plays in the Australian Doctors’ Orchestra. She was a Clinical Paediatric Registrar at the Sydney Children’s Hospital lectures and tutor at The University of Sydney (Masters Programme); and is an appointee to the Guardianship Division of the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal. Phoebe has six publications in peer-reviewed medical journals, including a recent article on outcomes in multifocal neuroblastoma, and a view on interferon-gamma assays in the diagnosis of tuberculosis among migrant children to NSW.
Phoebe is studying for a DPhil at Oxford focusing on the treatment of infections in paediatric hospital admissions. Her research work will be done at the University of Oxford field unit in Kilifi, Kenya.
Grace Keesing John Monash Scholar
Grace, recipient of the 2015 Zelman Cowen John Monash Scholarship, has a Bachelor of Laws with 1st Class Honours, a Bachelor of Economics and Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies from the ANU. She received numerous prizes during her studies including first place in law. Grace has worked as Associate to Chief Justice French AC at the High Court of Australia and as a lecturer at ANU. She is currently a solicitor at Gilbert & Tobin Lawyers. Her work has recently focused on legal protection of marginalised groups, in particular refugees.
Grace has held a number of roles in Australian youth leadership, including as a member of the NSW Executive Council for Amnesty International. She is a state champion rower, amateur actor, classical ballet dancer and teacher, and long distance ocean swimmer.
Grace will study for an LLM at NYU University, commencing in 2017. Her interest is in improving private law protections for vulnerable people. She will work as a barrister and academic after completing her degree.
Lydia Braunack-Mayer John Monash Scholar
Lydia, recipient of the 2015 Commonwealth Bank John Monash Scholarship, completed a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and Bachelor of Mathematical and Computer Sciences from the University of Adelaide. She contributed to the University’s mathematics outreach and served as an executive member of the youth association Lutheran Students and Friends. Lydia also worked with the Fraser Mustard Centre, analysing national education data to improve early learning outcomes for Australian children.
Lydia is studying for a Master of Science in Statistics at ETH Zürich. Her passion, is in finding solutions to problems in global healthcare and epidemiology. She is especially interested in how statistical modelling can be used to manage infectious disease outbreaks. Lydia is also a keen cook, a lover of classical music and opera, and an enthusiastic seamstress. She is learning German, Swiss German and how to ski.
Thomas Williams John Monash Scholar
Tom, recipient of the 2015 Woodside John Monash Scholarship, has attained a Bachelor of Arts in Chinese (with 1st Class Honours in Asian Studies) from the University of Western Australia with the support of a Fogarty Scholarship and a Prime Minister’s Australia-Asia Endeavour Award. He has also been a visiting scholar at Renmin University and Peking University. He is the President of the Australia-China Youth Association, a member of the New Colombo Plan Reference Group, and was a delegate to the Australia-China Forum.
He has worked as a technology and biotechnology research analyst at 3rd Wave Capital, a private family fund based in Perth and is currently pursuing entrepreneurial opportunities in China. He runs a Chinese to English and Spanish translation house. He speaks Chinese and Spanish, has performed on Chinese TV and plays Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and basketball.
Tom is undertaking an EMBA in Finance at the China European International Business School (CEIBS) in Shanghai.
Alies Sluiter John Monash Scholar
Alies, recipient of the 2015 Australian Cultural John Monash Scholarship, has a Bachelor of Music Performance from the Victorian College of the Arts and a Master of Arts from the Australian Film Television and Radio School. She is a composer for feature films, documentaries, television (CNN, ABC, BBC, Foxtel, SBS), music, theatre and dance productions and has guest lectured at the Elder Conservatorium of Music, University of Adelaide and Central Saint Martins University of the Arts London. As a violinist and musical director she has performed in over 50 countries performing with leading artists including Nitin Sawhney, Akram Khan, Sylvie Guillem and the Shaolin Monks of China. In 2011 she founded The Picture Box Orchestra who have performed at festivals such as WOMADelaide.
Alies is studying for a Master of Fine Arts in Film at Columbia University in New York. She has a strong commitment to telling Australian stories, and hopes to establish a production company in Adelaide.
The Australian Cultural John Monash Scholarship is sponsored by the Australia Council for the Arts and Mr Tim Fairfax AC
Lauren Ward John Monash Scholar
Lauren, recipient of the 2015 BHP Billiton John Monash Scholarship, is an audio and signal-processing engineer, with a focus on eHealth and medical applications. She commenced her study at the University of Wollongong, and completed a Bachelor of Engineering with First Class Honours, majoring in Electronics and Communications, from the University of Tasmania. She has a Cert III – Music Technical Production and Cert III – Media. She has undertaken electives at the University of Tasmania Conservatorium of Music in order to gain skills in audio and acoustics. Lauren also worked as a radio producer, and volunteered with the University of Tasmania STEM Education and Outreach Team developing engagement strategies and delivering STEM programs for school children and the general public.
Lauren worked as part of a CSIRO eHeath project, developing a prototype screening tool for the assessment of speech disorders in children. She is currently studying for a PhD in Acoustics and Audio Engineering at the University of Salford, UK, renowned for its Acoustics Research Centre. She is utilising spatial sound principles to develop improved digital signal processing methods for use in assistive hearing devices and in the delivery of hearing testing.
Laura Diment John Monash Scholar
Laura, recipient of the 2015 Australian Universities’ John Monash Scholarship, holds a Bachelor of Biomedical Engineering with 1st Class Honours from Flinders University and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Engineering Science at the University of Oxford. Previously, Laura worked for 2 years as a biomedical engineer for the Medical Device Partnering Program in South Australia, where she designed, prototyped and tested novel medical and assistive devices. She has also lectured and tutored at the School of Computer Science Engineering and Mathematics at Flinders University. In a volunteer role with Motivation Australia, Laura has worked as a biomedical engineer in Papua New Guinea to train technicians in wheelchair assembly and fitting, and with Engineers Without Borders to develop partnerships between South Australian Engineering companies and local Aboriginal communities. Laura is also an artist, actively involved in the Brasenose College arts community. Her virtual art program, Splashboard, has gained international recognition for its benefits for people with disabilities.
Her particular interest is in increasing the capacity of developing countries to design, maintain and use assistive technologies – particularly mobility technologies, and she is developing protocols for heat mapping in prosthetic sockets.
Dr Dylan Morris John Monash Scholar
Dylan, recipient of the 2015 Zelman Cowen John Monash Scholarship, holds an MBBS (Hons) from James Cook University, and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Anatomy and Dissection. He developed a keen interest in cardiovascular research and clinical trials while working at the Queensland Research Centre for Peripheral Vascular Disease; he has published nine papers on cardiovascular disease including a first author paper in Heart. Dylan was Editor-in-Chief of the Australian Medical Student Journal, Co-founder of the James Cook University Surgical Interest Group, and a Coordinator of the 2012 AMSA Global Health Conference.
Dr Dylan Morris completed his medical internship at The Townsville Hospital in 2015, before moving to the UK in January 2016 to commence a DPhil at the Clinical Trial Service Unit and Epidemiological Studies Unit, Oxford. Dylan’s current research involves using big data sets to better understand the prevalence and risk factors of carotid artery disease, and its association with stroke. In addition, Dylan is assisting with the Asymptomatic Carotid Surgery Trial-2, and conducting a meta-analysis of completed clinical trials to clarify the role of surgery in managing asymptomatic carotid disease.
Claire Daniel John Monash Scholar
Claire, recipient of the 2015 Commonwealth Bank John Monash Scholarship, has a Bachelor of Regional and Town Planning (1st Class Honours and the University Medal, and the Ministers Town Planning Prize) from the University of Queensland. She has five years of professional experience and worked full time for Brisbane City Council. Claire’s interests lie in the application of big data analytics to the planning and management of cities. Claire is studying for a Masters at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) at University College London (UCL) to learn technical skills in coding and data analysis and the current theory around the concept of the ‘smart city’ with the aim of assisting to bridge the divide between information technology specialists and the urban planning profession in Australia.
Claire is a champion fencer (was #1 ranked women’s foil in 2012), and Athlete’s Commissioner for Australian Fencing. She is also a lay minister, plays violin and viola, and speaks conversational Japanese.
Dr Victoria Cox John Monash Scholar
Victoria, recipient of the 2015 Chairman’s Circle John Monash Scholarship, has an MBBS and BMedSci with 1st Class Honours from Adelaide University. She is a former SA Open Breastroke Champion (holding current state swimming records) and now enjoys competing in Ironman events, open water swims and playing violin with the Australian Doctors Orchestra. She is committed to long-term generational change in Indigenous health and has undertaken a number of placements in the Northern Territory with a focus on paediatric skin diseases, as well as a Medical Internship at the World Health Organisation in Geneva.
Victoria is studying for a combined MSc in Evidence Based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation/MBA at Oxford University. She is interested in the development and implementation of community healthcare programs in Indigenous communities. On completion, she will continue working with Operation Flinders, complete paediatrics training and move to a public health policy and leadership role.
Victoria is a keen sportswoman, in particular in ocean swimming; in 2017, Victoria completed the ‘triple crown’ of open water swimming (the English Channel, Catalina Channel California, and the Manhattan Island Swim). Victoria is also plays on the Oxford University Australian Rules Football Club, is the Junior Dean at Jesus College and President of the Oxford University Australia New Zealand Society.
Jack Muir John Monash Scholar
Jack, recipient of the 2015 Origin Foundation John Monash Scholarship, is completing a Bachelor of Philosophy (Science) with Honours from the ANU. He is active in the Australian Conference of Undergraduate Research, and has worked with Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), and the Australian Astronomical Observatory (AAO), and student science and engineering organizations. He is a bassoonist with local orchestras, and a sportsman.
Jack’s interests are in the interface between statistical methods and the natural sciences, and he is studying for a PhD at the California Institute of Technology (CalTech). His PhD uses tomographic imaging to understand the Earth’s mantle and core. Understanding of these features may provide benefits for minerals exploration, seismic activity – including the continuing goal of producing accurate advice in regards to seismic hazard reduction – and other geophysics challenges.
Hugh Passmore John Monash Scholar
Hugh, recipient of the 2015 Harvard John Monash Scholarship, has a Bachelor of Economics from Macquarie University and a Bachelor of Asian Studies with 1st Class Honours and the University Medal from the Australian National University. Hugh is passionate about strengthening Australia’s engagement with Asia, and has supported this through his work as a policy adviser in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, a co-founder of the Australia-Indonesia Youth Association, a development volunteer in Indonesia and Timor-Leste, as Manager of Strategy for Asialink. He participates in a wide variety of sports, speaks fluent Indonesian, and is learning the ukulele.
Hugh is studying for a Masters of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. He is majoring in international relations, with a particular emphasis on Southeast Asia, working from the Kennedy School’s Belfer Centre, the top-ranked university-based think tank in the world. Upon completing his Masters, Hugh plans to work in both the government and non-government sectors focusing on how Australia can most effectively capitalise on the opportunities of the Asia-Pacific region.
The Harvard John Monash Scholarship is sponsored by Mr John Roth and Ms Jillian Segal AM
Macushla Robinson John Monash Scholar
Macushla, recipient of the 2015 Australian Cultural John Monash Scholarship, has a BVA (Visual Arts) and a BA (Philosophy / Art Theory) from the ANU, and 1st Class Honours and the University Medal from her Honours year completed at the University of Sydney. She was Assistant Curator at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, and has worked on projects including the launch of the John Kaldor Family Gallery and Francis Bacon: Five Decades. She is on the directorial and editorial boards of Runway Australian Experimental Art, and undertook a residency in Beijing. She is learning German and Mandarin, and will pursue writing along with her work as a curator.
Macushla is studying for a Masters in Liberal Studies at the New School for Social Research, in New York, exploring the ‘dissident aesthetic’ emerging in contemporary art. This proposal is born out of an exhibition she is curating at the Art Gallery of NSW “See you at the barricades”, scheduled for early 2015. She plans to publish a book or collection of essays from the research in New York.
Kathryn Parker (née Roberts) John Monash Scholar
Kathryn, recipient of the 2014 Australian Cultural John Monash Scholarship, has a Bachelor of Arts (1st Class Hons) from the University of Sydney, and a Bachelor of Music Studies from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. She is a professional musician, has worked as a dramaturg, musician, and event coordinator for ABC Radio National, and founded Matriark Art Theatre. She completed an MA in Shakespeare Studies at Kings College London, and also participated in excavations of the Rose Theatre in London. She has returned to Australia to do a PhD in Shakespeare Studies at Sydney University, and is also working to increase public engagement with literature and theatre. The Australian Cultural John Monash Scholarship is supported by the Australia Council and Mr Tim Fairfax AM.
James Kwiecinski John Monash Scholar
James, recipient of the 2014 Zelman Cowen John Monash Scholarship, has a Bachelor of Science (Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics) with 1st Class Honours and the University Medal from Monash University; his honours study addresses chaotic phenomena in the classical and quantum domain. He has done research in a number of diverse fields, from optical physics to cellular biology; he is a musician, and has German & Latin languages. He is passionate about science and mathematics education, having worked with the CSIRO to provide high-school research projects on theoretical neuroscience, chaos theory, and the modelling of infectious diseases. He is currently the Alan Tayler Scholar of Mathematics at St. Catherine’s College and works as the Tutor of Mathematical Mechanical Biology and Tutor of Modelling in Mathematical Biology at the Oxford Mathematical Institute.
Alexa Morcombe John Monash Scholar
Alexa, recipient of the 2014 Woodside John Monash Scholarship, has a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws (Aboriginal & Islander Studies) from Murdoch University. She has worked for five years in WA Legal Aid, and the last seven years with Fortescue Metals Group. She has significant achievements in indigenous training, employment, and business ownership, and is a key member of Fortescue’s senior management team. Alexa studied for her Executive MBA at INSEAD (Singapore), and is currently Government and Community Manager for Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) in Perth.
Fernando do Campo John Monash Scholar
Fernando, recipient of the 2014 Australian Cultural John Monash Scholarship, has a Bachelor of Contemporary Arts from University of Tasmania, and a Bachelor of Visual Arts from the ANU. Fernando (born Mar del Plata, Argentina, 1987) is an artist, writer and curator based in Tasmania. Fernando is a graduate of both the University of Tasmania and the Australian National University, Canberra. From 2009-2013 he was the Director of Sawtooth ARI. Fernando has been the recipient of numerous awards, including in 2012; a studio residency at the Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris, an Arts Tasmania grant, and an Artstart and Jump Mentorship (with Paul O’Neill, UK) both from the Australia Council for the Arts, and earlier this year was named Young Tasmanian of the Year (Arts). During 2012 he presented solo exhibitions at Firstdraft ARI, Sydney, Devonport Regional Gallery, Tasmania and tcb Art Inc. Melbourne. In early 2013 he presented Nuclei, a collective project at FELTspace, Adelaide and at MoMa (MONA Markets, Hobart) and mounted a major solo exhibition titled Onomatopoeia at the Academy Gallery, University of Tasmania. Fernando was the Team Leader during the vernisagge of the Australian Pavilion’s presentation at this year’s 55th Venice Biennale and has just completed a three-month studio residency at Schloss Laudon, Vienna through BMUKK, the Austrian Ministry of Culture. Fernando is represented by Mclemoi Gallery, Sydney. Fernando will study for a Masters of Fine Arts at Parsons New School, New York. (The Australian Cultural John Monash Scholarship is supported by the Australia Council and Mr Tim Fairfax AM.)
Sarah Lux-Lee John Monash Scholar
Sarah, recipient of the 2014 NSW Premier’s John Monash Scholarship, has a Bachelor of Science (Mathematics) and Bachelor of Law (1st Class Hons) from the University of NSW. She co-founded the Professional Women’s Forum and The Social Interface. She currently manages copyright for Australian schools and TAFEs, and has published articles on a variety of topics. Her primary interest is in Copyright Law for education and creative industries. Sarah will study for a Masters of Public Administration at Columbia.
Jim Round John Monash Scholar
Jim, recipient of the 2014 Australian Universities John Monash Scholarship, has a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) and a Bachelor of Commerce from The University of Melbourne. He was an economic analyst for Deloitte Economic, and Economic Advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister and the Prime Minister, playing a leadership role developing the Government’s response to the Bradley Review. Prior to his post-graduate studies he was Chief of Staff to the Attorney General. Jim completed a Masters degree in Economic History at the London School of Economics and focus on concepts of full employment. He returned to Australia in 2015 to work as Director, System Intelligence and Analytics, Department of Health and Human Services (Victoria), and leads a branch of over 50 staff to provide rigorous research and analytic work that helps inform policy making in the Department of Health and Human Services.
Genevieve Martin John Monash Scholar
Genevieve, recipient of the 2014 Wesfarmers John Monash Scholarship, has a MBBS (1st Class Honours) and Bachelor of Medical Science (1st class Honours) from Monash University. She is currently studying for a DPhil in Clinical Medicine at the University of Oxford. Her research is focused on the immunology of early HIV infection, and the implications of this for HIV cure strategies. She intends to become a physician/researcher, and would seek to make Australia a leader in the study of infectious diseases.
Alexandra Readhead John Monash Scholar
Alexandra, recipient of the 2014 BHP Billiton John Monash Scholarship, has a Bachelor of Arts from Murdoch University and a Bachelor of Law (with 1st Class Honours) from Monash University. She was National Director of Overseas Projects for Oaktree Foundation; and Campaign Manager of Save the Children in Sierra Leone. She is currently Advisor to the Chief of Staff in the office of the President of Sierra Leone on delivery of the President’s flagship projects, with a particular focus on extractive industries. Her MPP at Oxford would support her focus on development of extractive industries in developing countries.
Kumaran Nathan John Monash Scholar
Kumaran, recipient of the 2014 Origin Foundation John Monash Scholarship, has a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering, with 1st Class Honours and the University Medal from the University of Newcastle. He was sponsored by Ausgrid (formerly EnergyAustralia) throughout his degree and undertook a number of work placements. After graduating he undertook research work at the University of Newcastle before moving to the UK. He is currently undertaking a PhD in Engineering at the University of Cambridge. He is investigating the in-home integration of solar photovoltaics, battery storage, electric vehicles, and DC reticulation.
Kumaran is also a keen ice hockey player and is the first Australian to play in the British Universities Ice Hockey Association (BUIHA). He represents the University of Cambridge in Division 1 of the league.
Bridget Healy John Monash Scholar
Bridget Healy is a 2014 Woodside Asia John Monash Scholar. Bridget completed her Masters of Business Administration at INSEAD School of Business in December 2014. During her MBA she studied at both the Singapore and French campuses and also completed an internship at Woodside’s Yangon, Myanmar office. In 2015 she returned to the Boston Consulting Group as a Consultant, undertaking projects in the U.K. and U.S.A., before moving back to Australia in early 2016 to join KKR, a global private equity investment firm. Bridget hopes to encourage broader participation by women at more senior levels in business management and finance in the Asia Pacific region. Bridget also holds a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) and a Bachelor of International Relations (Business) from Bond University.
May Samali John Monash Scholar
May Samali, recipient of the 2014 NSW Premier’s John Monash Scholarship, has a Bachelor of Economic and Social Sciences (1st Class Hons, University Medal), and LLB (1st Class Hons) from the University of Sydney. She was President of the Sydney University Law Society, and was Deputy CEO of 180 Degrees Consulting. Her study for a Master in Public Policy at Harvard focused on financing of social enterprises.
As a part of her MPP May worked at Tumml in San Francisco; Tumml is a start up hub for urban technology. She joined them as a Director in San Francisco after her degree, and has since moved to the Urban Innovation Fund, a new venture capital firm that invests in early-stage urban impact entrepreneurs.
Ben Mylius John Monash Scholar
Ben, recipient of the 2014 MDBA John Monash Scholarship, has a Bachelor of Law with 1st Class Honours and the University Medal, a Bachelor of Arts (English), and a Diploma of Languages (French) from the University of Adelaide. He is proficient in four languages, is a writer, and has a track record in leadership for emerging writers in South Australia. He will study for an LLM and JSD in Earth Law at Yale, and his work has relevance to reform proposals for the Murray-Darling Basin.
Chelsea Tabart John Monash Scholar
Chelsea, recipient of the 2014 Zelman Cowen John Monash Scholarship, has a Bachelor of Laws with 1st Class Hons and University Medal from the University of Sydney, and a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) from the University of Queensland. She was successful in the Jessup Moot, and was Vice-President of the Sydney University Fine Arts Society. She has worked at King & Wood Mallesons, as an Associate to Justice Heydon AC at the High Court of Australia and is currently at the Public Interest Advocacy Centre. Her focus is on strategic litigation to address rights and justice issues. Chelsea will study for a Masters in Public Policy and BCL at Oxford.
Catherine Drummond John Monash Scholar
Catherine, recipient of the 2014 Chairman’s Circle John Monash Scholarship, has a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Queensland. She has worked in the UN International Criminal Tribunal in Rwanda; the Office of Public Prosecutions; and Qld Court of Appeal. She was Australian High Jump Champion in 2008, and was nominated for Australian of the Year in 2012. Her focus is on international war crimes and justice. Catherine will study for an LLM at Cambridge.
Emma McIntosh John Monash Scholar
Emma, recipient of the 2014 BHP Billiton John Monash Scholarship, is an ecologist with a desire to improve the way innovative science is used to resolve environmental challenges. She holds a Bachelor of Advanced Science (1st Class Hons, University Medal) from the University of Sydney. She has worked on various projects involving natural resource conflicts and was previously Science Convenor with the Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership (GHHP), coordinating the development and implementation of an annual report card for Gladstone Harbour, in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.
Emma is currently completing a PhD on the effectiveness of tools and processes used to undertake land use trade-offs in relation to biodiversity conservation around the globe.
Ms Stephanie Pow John Monash Scholar
Stephanie has a Bachelor of Commerce, with First Class Honours and the University Medal in Finance from the University of New South Wales. With support from the John Monash Scholarship, Stephanie completed a Master of Public Policy at the Kennedy School at Harvard University and a Master of Business Administration at Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Stephanie now works for Vend, a New Zealand-based start-up, on strategy and commercial projects for the executive team.
Ms Jessica Mathie John Monash Scholar
Jessica has a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master of Arts in Linguistics, and has worked as a Linguist then Senior Linguist in Port Hedland for the last four years. During this time she worked with the Yinhawangka people to record and document their critically endangered language, spoken today by only a handful of people. She has played a leadership role in her region and her discipline, and her work addresses the loss of indigenous linguistic diversity in Australia (only 20 of 250 languages are still being passed on to children).
Mr Huw Pohlner John Monash Scholar
Huw has completed an MPhil in Geography and the Environment (Distinction) from the University of Oxford. His dissertation research analysed the political economy of China’s South-North Water Transfer Project, the world’s largest water infrastructure megaproject. His findings have been published in the journal Global Environmental Change and on several blogs. Huw is currently a water resource management and Asia engagement specialist. He is a Senior Consultant at Aither, Australia’s leading water economics and policy advisory firm, responsible for the development of Aither’s business in the Asia-Pacific region and contributes to a range of projects for government and for-profit clients. Huw is a Board member of the Asia-Pacific Youth Organisation and a co-founder of the Australia-China Youth Association. Prior to moving to Oxford, Huw worked for Asialinkat The University of Melbourne, where he contributed to the landmark report ‘Developing an Asia Capable Workforce’ and the successful lobbying of the Australian Government to secure a major investment in Asialink Business. Huw has also worked in China, and studied Chinese at Liaoning University in 2005 and at Renmin University in 2008.
Ms Jillian Kilby John Monash Scholar
Jillian has a Bachelor of Civil Engineering with First Class Honours, who was the Australian Young Professional Engineer of the Year and Sydney University’s Young Alumni of the Year. She established a project management and civil engineering firm in 2009, that continues to serve regional NSW. Jillian used her scholarship to study a Master of Business Administration and Master of Public Policy at Stanford University. Upon graduation, Jillian founded The Infrastructure Collaborative, a US-based Public Benefit Corporation where she is a strategic adviser to public agencies and private sector clients. Jillian’s mission is to move horizon infrastructure projects from planning shelves to be shovel ready. She splits her time between San Francisco and regional NSW.
Flt Lt Cavin Wilson John Monash Scholar
Cavin is a Flight Lieutenant in the Air Force with a Bachelor of Business from UNSW and ADFA, and a Graduate Diploma of Economics from ANU. He is an all-round sportsman, and has served in Afghanistan and the Middle East. In 2011 he co-founded SOLDIER ON, a charity supporting veterans wounded on operations. His interest in economics includes public economics and labour economics.
Dr Kate Mitchell John Monash Scholar
2013 John Monash Scholar Dr Kate Mitchell completed her DPhil in Law at Oxford, where her research focused on how international law can balance the protection and promotion of human rights and public welfare reform with the protection of international investment. Kate completed a Bachelor of Civil Law with Distinction from Oxford and graduated from Bond University with the University Medal and a Bachelor of Law with First Class Honours. Kate is the Principal Research Officer to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights.
Flt Lt Alexander Barbaro John Monash Scholar
Alex is a Flight Lieutenant in the RAAF, who commanded a communications node in Afghanistan, he led a diverse team that deployed tactical communication systems in support government operations. He has a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering with First Class Honours and the University Medal from UNSW at ADFA. He is currently a DPhil candidate in the Department of Materials at the University of Oxford, where he investigates quantum readout of spin resonance in silicon nanostructures. This work has applications to technologies like quantum sensing, quantum computing and photovoltaics.
Alex is a member of the university triathlon team, a college rower and scholar, and co-founded Oxford’s Engineers Without Borders chapter.
Ms Alexandra Phelan John Monash Scholar
Alexandra has degrees in law and biomedical science at Monash University, and is completing a Masters of Law at ANU. She was a Director on the Council of Monash University and on the Academic Board. She has worked as an intern for WHO, and until recently worked as a lawyer for the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation in Geneva. She currently works as a lawyer at King & Wood Mallesons.
Ms Sarah Bourke John Monash Scholar
Sarah is an Aboriginal woman from Canberra, descended from the Djaru, Ongkomi and Gamilaroi peoples of Indigenous Australia. She was the National NAIDOC Scholar of the Year in 2012 and graduated from the ANU in 2013 with a BSc (Psychology) and BA with First Class Honours in Biological Anthropology. Her honours thesis examined the repatriation and study of Indigenous ancestral remains. She is active in Indigenous youth and women’s leadership at a national level, and is an accomplished rower. Sarah completed an MPhil in Medical Anthropology at the University of Oxford on a John Monash Scholarship in 2015. Her masters thesis addressed the complex social issues around obesity for Indigenous Australians. She is now studying for a DPhil in Anthropology at Oxford funded by the Roberta Sykes Scholarship. Her work focuses on the historical, social and political factors which influence the measurement of Indigenous health and wellbeing in Australia.
Ms Kate Smith John Monash Scholar
Kate has a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts (Environmental Studies) from the University of Melbourne. She speaks five languages including Mandarin. She has considerable experience volunteering for environmental and social causes, including in China and Chile. Kate was Victorian and National winner of the Pride of Australia Young Leader Medal in 2009. She has completed a Masters in Environmental Engineering at Tsinghua University, a world-ranked engineering university in Beijing. She was a delegate in the China Australia Millennial Project (CAMP) and at the Australia China Youth Dialogue in 2015. In 2016 she coauthored a book on her experience of living in China; the book explores China mainland and Taiwan from a foreigners perspective and is published entirely in Chinese. In 2017 she will do an internship at Prime Minister & Cabinet in Canberra.
Dr Sam Brophy-Williams John Monash Scholar
Sam has a medical degree (MBBS) from the University of Western Australia, and is currently a Resident at Royal Perth Hospital. He took a year away from his medical studies to manage Uni Camp for Kids, a charity providing for about 500 disadvantaged kids each year. He has worked as a researcher at the Institute of Child Health Research, worked in Sierra Leone’s only paediatric hospital, where his interest in public health was stimulated, and in Broome and the remote Kimberley region. He has recently launched a new charity group, Uni Camp for Teens. He is an eager surfer, cyclist, swimmer and cook. At Oxford, Sam will study approaches to public health to equip him to address indigenous child health issues in Australia.
Ms Madeline Gleeson John Monash Scholar
Madeline holds a Bachelor of International Studies and a Bachelor of Laws with first-class honours from the University of New South Wales and a Diploma of Political Studies from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po) in Aix-en-Provence, France. Madeline speaks French and Spanish. She has worked as a solicitor in Sydney, led human rights projects in South Africa and Australia and worked as a lawyer for the Jesuit Refugee Service in Cambodia. Madeline completed a Masters in International Law from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Geneva); she specialised in the law as it relates to human trafficking, people smuggling and refugees. Madeline is the Director of the State Responsibility and Borders, Offshore Processing, Protection of Children and Regional Cooperation and Protection projects at the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law.
Madeline’s 2016 book Offshore: Behind the Wire on Manus and Nauru was longlisted for the 2016 Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism, won the prestigious 2017 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for non-fiction, and is long-listed for the 2017 Stella Prize.
Ms Kate Griffiths John Monash Scholar
Kate completed a Bachelor of Philosophy (Science) with first-class honours and the University Medal from the Australian National University. She received numerous prizes during her academic career and has conducted significant research at the ANU, CSIRO, Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens and the University of Copenhagen. Kate has been active in promoting science as a Science Ambassador, a tutor of indigenous students and in her current work with the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research. She is a Queen’s Scout, an outstanding runner and triathlete, and a top AFL umpire. Kate is studying for a Masters in Conservation at Oxford University, before returning to Australia to contribute to the conservation and management of Australia’s vulnerable ecosystems.
Mr Iwan Walters John Monash Scholar
Iwan Walters is a 2012 John Monash Scholar. He returned to Australia in late 2015 after completing an MPhil in Economic and Social History at the University of Oxford, and a Master of Public Policy at Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government.
Before going to Oxford, Iwan was a teacher in Victoria’s Grampians region and an inaugural Associate of the Teach for Australia program. This initiative counters educational disadvantage by providing high-quality learning opportunities for all Australian students. In Iwan’s first year as a teacher, his students received the highest Year 12 results in the school’s history. Iwan was also a faculty chair and pastoral coordinator at his school. Iwan’s subsequent research at Oxford focused on the economics of education and was particularly concerned with improving access to higher education from socially and economically disadvantaged areas.
Since returning to Australia, Iwan has consulted to a number of universities and state governments to strengthen Australia’s education systems by improving funding structures and the effectiveness of central government support for schools, principals and classroom teachers. Iwan is currently Chief of Staff at Laureate International Universities ANZ and Torrens University Australia – part of the world’s largest higher education organisation.
In addition to his studies at Oxford as a Monash Scholar, Iwan holds a Bachelor of Arts with first-class honours in History from the University of Melbourne, along with a Diploma of Teaching from the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, where he was dux of his graduating cohort.
Mr Fergus Green John Monash Scholar
Fergus Green is a climate policy consultant and a researcher at the London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE). Previously (2014-2015), Fergus was a Policy Analyst and Research Advisor to Professor Nicholas Stern at the LSE’s Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy, where his work focused on international climate cooperation, China, and topics relating to climate change mitigation. He has also taught Global Energy & Climate Policy in the Centre for International Studies & Diplomacy at SOAS (2013–14). Fergus is currently undertaking a PhD in the LSE Department of Government, focusing on transitional justice and politics in major economic policy reforms. He is also an Associate of the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute at the University of Melbourne.
Ms Claudia Newman-Martin John Monash Scholar
Claudia holds an Arts degree and first-class honours degree in Law from the Australian National University, and has numerous academic and legal prizes. She was President of the ANU Students’ Association in 2007, has worked in a variety of positions in the legal industry (including working for a native title body and a human rights NGO in India), and is currently working for the Chief Justice in the NSW Supreme Court. She is an outstanding debater, being recognized as the best speaker in the world at the World Universities Peace Invitational Debating Tournament in 2010. Her love of debate led her to undertake capacity-building projects with teachers and students in Bangladesh, Bulgaria and Bosnia. Claudia’s study of public policy and international affairs will prepare her to advance the rule of law and improve justice systems in Australia and abroad.
Flt Lt Christopher Lowe John Monash Scholar
Originally from North-East Tasmania, Flight Lieutenant Chris Lowe holds a Bachelor of Engineering with first-class honours and the University Medal from the University of New South Wales, which he attended through the Australian Defence Force Academy in the Chief of Defence Force Student Program. He has been a member of the Royal Australian Air Force since 2005, and was deployed to Kandahar in Afghanistan for the majority of 2011. Through the Australian Defence Force he has helped provide humanitarian relief following the Queensland floods, Cyclone Yasi, the Victorian bushfires, Padang earthquake and tsunami, Samoa tsunami, Pakistan floods and Haiti earthquake. He is an outstanding rower and active footballer. At MIT, Chris will conduct research with the Aerospace Controls Laboratory and explore decision making and control algorithms for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.
Mr Ashley Kingsborough John Monash Scholar
Ashley holds a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Engineering with first-class honours from the University of Adelaide, and a Masters of Science in Environmental Change and Management from Oxford University. He was a founding member of Engineers Without Borders in South Australia, an Australian Youth Ambassador with UNESCO in Vietnam, and worked with an international engineering firm between 2005 and 2011. He also worked with the International Centre for Environmental Management in Hanoi. Ashley’s DPhil at Oxford University addressed the challenges posed by climate change and urbanisation in the Asia-Pacific.
Ashley returned to Australia in 2016 to take up a position as Principal Policy Officer, Water and Climate Change, Department for the Environment, Water and Natural Resources, South Australia.
Ms Anita George John Monash Scholar
Anita holds first-class honours degrees in both Law and Psychology from the University of Tasmania, where she received numerous academic prizes and was President of the student Law Society. She was awarded a General Sir John Monash Foundation Scholarship in 2012 to complete a Masters of Public Affairs at Sciences Po Paris graduating Summa Cum Laude in 2014. She returned to Australia to work as a senior legal policy advisor at the McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer, focusing on the interrelationship between public health regulation and international trade and investment law. Anita is also a musician and has toured both nationally and internationally with her music.
Dr Thomas Cundy John Monash Scholar
Tom has a MBBS and BMedSci (Hons) from the University of Adelaide. In 2010, he was the South Australian Junior Doctor of the Year and received a First-Class (Dux) grading for his Honours thesis, which he completed concurrent with full-time clinical work at the Royal Adelaide Hospital.
As a 2011 John Monash Scholar he undertook a PhD studies as a Clinical Research Fellow at The Hamlyn Centre for Robotic Surgery based at Imperial College London, supervised by Professor Lord Ara Darzi and Professor Guang-Zhong Yang. Tom’s research addressed technological solutions to the challenges of performing complex key-hole surgical procedures in small anatomical spaces. This includes minimally invasive surgery in young children and new natural orifice ‘scarless’ surgical approaches. With engineer colleagues, Tom was engaged with the development of a bio-inspired flexible robotic surgical platform named the CYCLOPS. This platform was successfully filed for patent.
Tom is currently an accredited Surgical Registrar in Adelaide, and is training in Paediatric Surgery with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
Ms Melanie Bannister-Tyrrell John Monash Scholar
Melanie has a Bachelor of Philosophy with 1st Class Honours and the University Medal from ANU. She worked with the Prime Minister’s office on the ANU Vice Chancellor’s Unravelling Complexity program in 2009, has been an ANU Science Ambassador, and established the ANU Undergraduate Research Journal. In 2009, she worked in a public health institute in Tanzania. Through 2011 and 2012 she wrote and published several papers on the influence of climate change on disease spread. Melanie is completing a Masters of Science at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, addressing topics in infectious disease epidemiology both in Australia and internationally. In September 2012 she returned to take up a position as Senior Epidemiologist in the NSW Department of Health, with a particular focus on indigenous health issues.
Ms Laura Grant John Monash Scholar
Laura holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours from the University of Queensland. In 2010, Laura was the Associate to her Honour Justice White of the Queensland Court of Appeal, and she was admitted as a lawyer of the Supreme Court of Queensland in December 2010. Laura spent a year in South Africa, first working on a HIV/AIDS prevention programme with the Oaktree Foundation and then, working in the Peacebuilding Unit of the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) before undertaking a Masters in Peace and Conflict Studies at Uppsala University in Sweden on the John Monash Scholarship. Her particular research interests are transitional justice and the social and psychological processes by which individuals move from surviving to contributing in a post-conflict environment. After completion of her Masters Laura worked for Human Rights Watch in Paris, for Secours Islamique France in Ramallah, Palestine; and with the United Nations Mission in Timbuktu, Mali. She returned to Australia in 2016 to a senior role in World Vision Australia.
Ms Jodi Gardner John Monash Scholar
Jodi has a Bachelor of Law (Honours) and Bachelor of International Relations from Griffith University, receiving the University Medal, Law Medal, and International Relations Medal. She has also completed the Master of Laws at ANU with merit, and a BCL/M.Phil from Magdalen College, Oxford. Jodi has an extensive and ongoing commitment to community service and pro bono assistance for disadvantaged groups. She started her career as a consumer advocate at the Centre for Credit and Consumer Law in Australia, before qualifying as a solicitor and working at Caxton Legal Centre as a community lawyer specialising in consumer protection. She is currently completing her D.Phil at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, on the regulation of small amount credit (often referred to as ‘payday loans’), exploring the role that social minimums can play in determining an appropriate approach to regulating this area of law. Jodi is also a College Lecturer in Contract Law and the Law of Torts at Corpus Christi College.
Dr Davis McCarthy John Monash Scholar
Davis is a statistician and genomic scientist; graduating as the top-ranked student in statistics, Davis earned a Bachelor of Science with Honours (first-class) and a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in German) from the University of Melbourne. In 2015 he completed his DPhil in Statistics in the Department of Statistics and the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics at the University of Oxford. He was also the President of the Balliol College MCR. Under the supervision of Professor Peter Donnelly he worked on the analysis of genomic variation in human health and disease, with a focus on understanding the genetic contributions to risk for type 2 diabetes. He is currently working on understanding genetic regulation of human induced pluripotent stem cells at the single-cell level, working with Dr Oliver Stegle in the Statistical Genomics group at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) in Cambridge, UK, as an NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow. His interests lie in developing statistical methods and software for the analysis of single-cell genomic data and applying them to large biological datasets.
Mr David Smerdon John Monash Scholar
Originally from Queensland, David has a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Science from the University of Melbourne, and was Rotary Young Victorian Achiever of the Year in 2005. He worked as a Policy Analyst for the Federal Treasury in Canberra, and completed a Graduate Diploma in Economics at ANU. David completed a research masters in behavioural economics at the Tinbergen Institute in the Netherlands, and a PhD at the University of Amsterdam. His thesis has investigated different topics in behavioural economics, including social norms and income inequality, and his final project looks at the social effects of refugee resettlement on the community.
David is an International Chess Grand Master, the 2009 Oceania Chess Champion and Australian Chess Player of the Year, and former head coach of the Australian Junior Chess Team.
Ms Anna Rakoczy John Monash Scholar
Anna Rakoczy is an entrepreneur, and Co-Founder of Homemade Cooking. Anna has Masters Degrees from Stanford & UC Berkeley, was Australian Young Lawyer of the Year in 2008 and was a John Monash Scholar and a Fulbright Scholar.In 2013, she Co-Founded Homemade Cooking with a Stanford MD and raised a round of funding from Silicon Valley Investors.To date, Homemade Cooking, has taught Members to cook over 60,000 meals, lose tens of thousands of pounds and reverse high blood sugars, pressure & cholesterol.By the end of 2015, Homemade Cooking had grown to 8 California locations with a team of over 12 Holistic Chef & Nutritionist instructors. In 2016, Anna changed the model to an Online Course program, and is currently expanding throughout the United States, with plans to offer the program in Australia and to an international audience by 2018.
Ms Alison O’Connor John Monash Scholar
Alison has a Bachelor of International Studies with Honours from the University of New South Wales, and won the University Medal in Sociology. She was President of the United Nations Youth Association in NSW. A student journalist and playwright, she wrote a dissertation on Private Military Companies at the University of Exeter (UK). Her interest is in non-mainstream means of influencing political debate and democracy, and she intends to study the role of satire and comedic social commentary in political engagement at Oxford University.
Ms Zelie Heger John Monash Scholar
Zelie received a first class LLM from Cambridge in July 2011. Before moving to Cambridge, Zelie served as an Associate to the Hon Chief Justice French at the High Court of Australia. Upon her return to Australia, Zelie practised in Administrative, Constitutional and Native Title law at the NSW Crown Solicitor’s Office. She now practises as a barrister from Eleven Wentworth Chambers in Sydney, after having obtained the highest aggregate mark in the June 2012 Bar Exams.
Ms Sylvia Lockyer John Monash Scholar
Sylvia is an Indigenous woman with Ngarluma-Karriyarra and Yawuru Nyul-Nyul ancestry, raised in the Pilbara and Kimberley indigenous community and completed a BSc in Nursing from Curtin (Graduate Diploma in Indigenous Health). Sylvia commenced her Scholarship in February 2010, undertaking a Diploma in Public Health prior to the Masters of Public Health at University of Otago in Wellington NZ. Her work focused on tobacco control issues in indigenous communities, including those of Australia, British Colombia, and New Zealand. She completed an internship at Prime Minister and Cabinet in 2016 and still works in indigenous health.
Dr Sam Wills John Monash Scholar
Sam is lecturer in Economics at the University of Sydney. Prior to this role, he was an ESRC Future Research Leaders Fellow in Economics at the University of Oxford, specialising in how countries should manage their natural resource wealth. He has advised the governments of Norway, Ghana, Uganda, Iraq and Libya on natural resource policy with the International Growth Centre and the World Bank, and has also worked with the Bank of England, the Australian Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, McKinsey and Co., Westpac Bank and Taylor Fry Consulting Actuaries. Sam completed a D.Phil in Economics at Oxford in 2014, receiving the David Walton award for the top candidate in macroeconomics or finance. He also holds an M.Phil in Economics from Oxford and a B.Com in Actuarial Studies and Finance (Hons I and University Medal) from UNSW.
Ms Phoebe Downing John Monash Scholar
Phoebe graduated from a one year Masters in July 2011 and has just completed the first year of her DPhil in English Studies at Oxford. During 2011/12 Phoebe held the role of President of the Middle Common Room for Balliol at Oxford. Prior to departing for her studies, Phoebe met with Professor David de Kretser, the then Governor of Victoria and a Patron of the Monash Foundation.
Dr Nicole Bart John Monash Scholar
Dr Nicole Bart is currently studying a DPhil at Oxford University looking at the study of hypoxia- oxygen deprivation- and the clinical implications of this in acute and chronic disease. She is honorary medical Senior House Officer at the John Radcliffe Hospital and is also involved in the teaching of Oxford medical students through the Department of Physiology.
Dr Joseph Gattas John Monash Scholar
Joseph has a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) from the University of Queensland, and was awarded the University Medal in 2009. He had worked for two years with the Structural Assets Group at Hatch, and following graduation he worked for six months as a graduate engineer in the Building Structures Group with Arup, Brisbane. He is a proficient musician (cellist and pianist).
Joseph used his John Monash Scholarship to undertake a Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering Science, focused on advanced structural technologies, in the Special Structures Group at the University of Oxford. There he worked in an emerging field known as origami engineering. There are numerous applications of origami shell structures, including deployable and modular housing; energy-absorbing packaging and barriers; and lightweight automobile and aircraft components. He has completed projects looking at several of these applications for the UK Ministry of Defence and the US Air Force Office of Scientific Research. Joe was also President of the Magdalen College Middle Common Room during his time in Oxford.
Having completed his doctorate, Joe has returned to take up a position as a Lecturer at the University of Queensland.
Mr Jonathan Kummerfeld John Monash Scholar
Jonathan is undertaking a Doctor of Science at the University of California, Berkeley in Computational Linguistics, developing systems that use machine learning to enable computers to understand language, with a particular focus on syntactic parsing of text. He has published several papers in the leading publication venues in his field, including two that were the result of joint work in collaboration with Australian academics. Jonathan also recently completed an internship in Google Research, working on internal systems related to his academic research.
Ms Catherine Stubberfield John Monash Scholar
Catherine completed a European Masters Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation in 2011, based both at the European Inter-University Centre in Venice and at the University of Strasbourg. She holds a Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice with First Class Honours, an Honours Degree in German Studies, and a Diploma of Language in French. Admitted as a barrister and solicitor in 2009, Catherine has held various positions at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Australian Refugee Association, and the Australian Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. She has also worked in Africa for UNICEF and as Associate Protection Officer at UNHCR Khartoum, Sudan, where her role is focused on the urban refugee population, and refugee status determination.
Catherine is currently based in Canberra as External Relations Officer for UNHCR.
Dr Timothy O’Shea John Monash Scholar
Tim holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Medical Engineering and a Masters of Engineering Management from QUT. He received a John Monash Scholarship in 2009, using the award to pursue PhD study in Medical Engineering and Medical Physics within the collaborative Health Sciences and Technology (HST) program of the Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Tim’s PhD thesis research was performed under the guidance of Institute Professor Robert Langer and focused on the development of innovative injectable biomaterials to improve the delivery of reparative therapies for traumatic spinal cord injury. Tim’s work at Harvard and MIT was acknowledged with a number of awards including the Martha Gray Prize for Excellence in Research, the Langer Summit on Neurotrauma Prize, Society of Chemical Industry Perkins Scholarship and an HST Idea2 Fellowship. Upon completing his PhD in 2015 Tim took up a Postdoctoral fellowship position in Neurobiology and Bioengineering at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where he is currently the Craig H. Neilsen Fellow in Translational Spinal Cord Injury Research.
Mr Shaun Lin Yow John Monash Scholar
Shaun has commenced a PhD in Economics at the London School of Economics. His work will address application of public policy to address the economic implications of population ageing in Australia. This involves understanding how public policy such as taxation and social security reform can influence household savings and retirement behaviour and can stimulate the market for managing longevity risk. Shaun worked at BCG in Sydney through 2009 and 2010.
Ms Sarah Meyer John Monash Scholar
Sarah is a Rhodes Scholar from Victoria who has completed an MPhil at Oxford in Development Studies. With her John Monash Scholarship she is undertaking a PhD in International Development/Public Health at the Johns Hopkins University, USA. Sarah’s expertise lies in the area of humanitarian and health issues relating to refugees and displaced populations. At Johns Hopkins she was involved in a major project with the International Rescue Committee, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, examining mental health issues of children in refugee camps in Thailand (from Burma) and Ethiopia. She is currently working on a project, based on a collaboration between researchers at Johns Hopkins and Social Action for Women, a Burmese community-based organization, which examines risks and prevalence of labor and sex trafficking from Burma to Thailand. She works as a consultant for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, reviewing and evaluating their mental health programs for refugees. Sarah has also recently joined the
Colombia Group for Children in Adversity
Ms Rebecca Nelson John Monash Scholar
Rebecca has completed her JSM (Master of the Science of Law) at Stanford University (USA), with outstanding results. She has taken up a position as Water Law and Policy Specialist at the Woods Institute for the Environment and the Bill Lane Center for the American West. Rebecca is now in a multi-year groundwater law research project with a team researching the key priorities for water law reform in the American West, with the backing of a number of Californian foundations, and which draws upon the Australian experience. She has also been admitted as one of four students in Stanford Law School’s doctoral program (JSD).
Dr Katie Quinn John Monash Scholar
Dr Katie Quinn is a postdoctoral research scientist in Biomedical Informatics at Stanford University, developing methods to use emerging sources of electronic health data to improve patient health outcomes. Her current focus is characterizing health outcomes associated with multi-drug treatment, using large insurance claims databases. Prior to this, Katie completed her PhD at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where she used quantitative modelling to study the dynamics of gene expression.
Dr Amy McLennan John Monash Scholar
Amy is currently a Senior Analyst in the Project Office of the Australian Government Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. She completed her MPhil and DPhil in Anthropology at the University of Oxford, where she investigated lifestyle change, sociocultural change and obesity emergence in one of the most obese nations in the world. She is an enthusiastic cross-disciplinary collaborator, driven by the view that collaborative work which crosses ‘traditional’ boundaries is vital for understanding and addressing today’s major global health issues. Having journeyed from the biomedical to social sciences in her university studies, she has co-published on topics ranging from anatomy to online food activism.
Amy is fluent in French and is getting there with German. She is passionate about food, and carries out regular experiments in the kitchen. She is also a rower, and represented the University of Oxford in the reserve boat ‘Osiris’ in the 2012 Boat Race.
Mr James Daniell John Monash Scholar
James is a geophysicist, geologist and engineer, holding a doctorate in Civil Engineering from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany, for which he won the KIT Doctoral Award for the best doctoral thesis of 2014. James now works as a Lecturer & Doctoral Supervisor at KIT as well as being a Senior Disaster Risk Analyst with the World Bank. In his research, James has undertaken over 50 country earthquake risk assessments in Eastern Europe, Central Asia, South-East Asia, Central America and the Caribbean; as well as various policy documents and technical reports for GFDRR (Global Facility for Disaster Risk Reduction). Since 2010, he has co-managed the online reporting platform Earthquake-report.com. He works on social media data analysis, real-time loss analysis, information synthesis, mapping and graphic visualisation for natural disaster events. He also manages the collaborative Future Energy Risks and Disaster Analysis projects of CEDIM (Center for Disaster Management and Risk Reduction Technology). James has some startups that deal with varying risk issues, including; Riskslayer, a company dealing with risk analysis and management, Resilienz, hotel and tourism risk analysis, and Winerisk, dealing with risk and mitigation for wineries.
Major General Roger Noble John Monash Scholar
Roger was the first member of the Australian military to receive a John Monash Scholarship. Roger completed his Masters of International Public Policy at Johns Hopkins University, USA in 2009; his focus was on strategy in conflict management.
Roger enlisted in the Army in 1984 and began military life as a staff cadet at the Royal Military College. From 1989 to 2004, he served in a variety of regimental appointments in cavalry, APC and tank units. In 2007, he was promoted to the rank of Colonel and appointed Director of Studies at the Australian Command and Staff College. After his studies, in 2010, he was promoted to Brigadier, and has completed appointments as Commander 3rd Brigade, Director Special Operations Capability in Special Operations Command, and Director General Land Development, Capability Development Group. He was promoted to Major General in November 2016 and deployed with the US 101st Airborne Division as Deputy Coalition Land Force Commander, Iraq. In this role he was effectively second-in-command in the international fight against IS in Iraq. He will be posted as Deputy Commander US Army Pacific with effect 1 March 2017.
Dr Johnathon Ehsani John Monash Scholar
Johnathon is the current Leon S. Robertson Faculty Development Chair in Injury Prevention at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Johnathon has a BA in Medical Science from UTS, a Masters in Public Health from the University of Sydney, and a Master of Health Science from La Trobe University. His John Monash Scholarship allowed him to study for his PhD at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health and Transportation Research Institute with world experts in road safety. He did his postdoctoral training at the National Institutes of Health, where his research on driving behavior continued. Dr. Ehsani’s current research examines the role of policy and technology on driver behavior and safety. He has ongoing studies examining the effectiveness of Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) systems and distracted driving policies on crashes and injuries at a population level. He is also collaborating on a number of naturalistic driving studies that examine individual-level driver behavior in a variety of contexts (e.g. while teens are learning to drive). Most recently, he has directed the development of a smartphone application that measures risky driving behavior.
Mr Hugh Evans John Monash Scholar
Hugh used his Scholarship to complete a Masters of International Relations at Cambridge University, UK. Prior to taking up the Scholarship, he was a founder of the philanthropic organization the Oaktree Foundation, organized the Melbourne Make Poverty History concert, and was Young Australian of the Year in 2004. In 2008 Hugh was Co-Chair of the inaugural Youth 2020 Summit in Canberra. He is also a Director at The Human Race, a social change consultancy. Following completion of his Masters, Hugh has taken up the position of CEO at the Global Poverty Project in New York, supported by the Gates Foundation and a number of philanthropists. Hugh is currently preparing for a multi band concert in Central Park New York to raise awareness and funds for addressing global poverty.
Ms Frances Voon John Monash Scholar
Frances completed a Bachelor of Arts with first class honours and a Bachelor of Law at the University of New South Wales. With her John Monash Scholarship, Frances undertook an MPhil in Development Studies at Oxford University. Her research addressed policy and assistance for self-settled refugees in protracted situations. Upon completion of her MPhil in 2010, Francis was approached by the UN World Food Program to take on a role as Head of Sub-Office in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, managing the food aid to the Rohingya refugee camps. The World Food Program in Cox’s Bazar provides food to 28,000 refugees, including a nutrition program for malnourished children and a feeding program for refugee school children.
Frances joined the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law in 2015 as Executive Manager, following a period with the UNHCR Policy Development and Evaluation Service in Geneva.
Ms Dilani Kahawala John Monash Scholar
Dilani is completing a PhD in theoretical physics at Harvard University, USA. Dilani’s area of interest is theoretical particle physics, and she works with eminent particle physicist Lisa Randall on projects associated with the Large Hadron Collider and the newly discovered Higgs boson. She has published three papers in the Journal of High Energy Physics on topics ranging from hypothetical Supersymmetric particles called R-hadrons, to searching for anomalous signals of new physics at the Large Hadron Collider. She is currently developing better numerical algorithms to enhance scientists’ ability to discover and refine new particle physics signals, with a particular focus on narrowing down the properties of the Higgs boson.
Mr David Hume John Monash Scholar
David was awarded a John Monash Scholarship and a Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship to study for a LLM at Harvard Law School in 2009. His thesis explored areas of public law and political philosophy with a particular focus in constitutional and human rights law. Before coming to the Bar, David practised at Freehills and the Australian Government Solicitor; he was also an Associate to the Honourable Justice Gleeson, Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia. David has appeared in a number of High Court cases, including cases regarding free speech, offshore detention, boat turnbacks and the right to trial by jury. He has co-authored two books, Human Rights under the Australian Constitution and People Power: The History and Future of the Referendum in Australia. David is a fellow of the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law at UNSW.
Mr Brendan Lim John Monash Scholar
Brendan completed JSD and LLM degrees at Yale Law School. His doctoral dissertation, in the field of constitutional law, was awarded the John Addison Porter Prize by Yale University. Brendan practises as a barrister at Eleven Wentworth Chambers in Sydney and was previously Counsel Assisting the Solicitor-General of the Commonwealth. He is also a Visiting Fellow at UNSW. Brendan’s research appears in leading law journals and he won the Federal Law Review’s 2012 Zines Prize for Excellence in Legal Research. Brendan is a graduate of the University of Adelaide, with degrees in law, music, and mathematics and University Medals for both law and music.
Dr Alice Chang John Monash Scholar
Alice completed her Masters Degree in Public Health at Cambridge University in 2009, specialising in rural public health issues, particularly on chronic diseases in rural Australia. Alice is a recipient of both the John Monash Scholarship and the Gates Cambridge Scholarship. Her passion for youth health started at a young age, and in 2003 Alice was named Young Queenslander of the Year, and she was subsequently a Young Australian of the Year finalist in 2004 and 2006. Alice is currently a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in Cairns, and is passionate about health and wellbeing of Indigenous children and young people in regional and rural communities. She has a subspeciality in infant mental health and is establishing the first infant mental health service in Far North Queensland. She is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatry, a coordinator of a Far North Queensland rural eye health program, and an Associate Lecturer of University of Queensland and James Cook University.
Dr Rosie Dawkins John Monash Scholar
Rosie completed a Masters of Public Health at Harvard University in 2008. She returned to Melbourne, and is working as a vitreoretinal surgeon at the Royal Victorian Eye & Ear Hospital. After Harvard, Rosie worked with the World Health Organisation in Switzerland, in Alice Springs and at the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service. More recently she worked for a year in Timor-Leste and undertook a Fellowship in Cambridge UK.
Mr Owen Siggs John Monash Scholar
Owen pursued a joint PhD/DPhil at The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, USA and Oxford University, UK in the field of medicine. Owen plans to discover the genes required for protection from infectious disease. He commences the Oxford DPhil in 2011. Owen has completed 8 publications in peer-refereed journals in the last four years.
Dr Kirsty Kuo John Monash Scholar
Kirsty holds a Bachelor of Engineering with First Class Honours and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Western Australia. She completed her PhD with the Dynamics and Vibration Group in the Department of Engineering at Cambridge University, UK in 2011; her research area involved developing innovative methods for reducing noise and vibration generated by railway trains, especially in underground tunnels.
Kirsty is currently a Post-doctoral Research Fellow of the Research Foundation -Flanders, and has been based at KU Leuven in Belgium since May 2015. Prior to this she spent 8 years at the University of Cambridge, completing her PhD and then as a post-doctoral researcher on the UK’s first publicly funded climate engineering project – SPICE. Her current research involves the development and use of computational methods for the analysis of engineering structures, to ensure safe, efficient and cost-effective design. These engineering structures range from underground railway tunnels and multi-storey buildings, to high-altitude balloons and soap bubbles. She also has a keen interest in the ethical, social and legal aspects of new technologies.
Dr Joseph Suttie John Monash Scholar
Joseph has completed a DPhil at Oxford University, UK in medicine. Joseph’s thesis looked at “Novel Techniques in Cardiac Imaging for the detection of ischaemia and cardiac failure”. He has published widely, and was awarded an Early Career Awards by the Society of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance.
Joseph is an Associate Professor at the University of NSW and teaches at the UNSW and Notre Dame Medical schools. He runs a research group interested in various aspects of heart failure, and is also the director of the Royal Agricultural Society Public Health Unit. He works to promote rural access to specialist care and expanding medical research capacity in rural and remote centres.
Mr Jeremy Bell John Monash Scholar
Jeremy is completing the fifth year of his PhD with the Committee on Social Thought and the Philosophy Department at the University of Chicago. His thesis addresses the question of free will and mind-body interaction in the thought of Elizabeth Anscombe. He is presently in Munich, returning to Chicago in March 2013, and he hopes to have completed his dissertation by the end of 2013.
Dr Gemma Sharp John Monash Scholar
Gemma completed her MSc in the Department of Oncology at Cambridge University in 2010. Her research focused on identifying the cellular origin of the various types of breast cancers, and the tumour-initiating mechanisms employed by these cells. Her analysis and thesis demonstrated that the existence of breast cancer stem cells is not certain, and therefore that the design of therapeutics targeting breast cancer stem cells requires a better understanding of tumour-initiating mechanisms. Since returning to Australia, Gemma has studied psychology and completed a DPhil in Clinical Psychology at Flinders University. She has a strong interest in body image and women’s health research. Her DPhil thesis focused on women’s motivations for female genital cosmetic surgery and the psychological outcomes of this surgery. Her research findings have been widely publicised in both national and international media. Gemma is also a clinical psychologist (registrar), specialising in the treatment of eating disorders and body image concerns. After completing a one- year Post-Doc at Curtin University, Gemma started an NHMRC Early Career Research Fellowship at Monash University in 2018 where she is continuing her research on female genital cosmetic surgery.
Mr David Clarke John Monash Scholar
David completed his Masters of Public Administration at Harvard University in 2009. He is a former Principal in the Melbourne office of The Boston Consulting Group and holds a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Melbourne and a Masters of Public Administration from Harvard University. His prior work experience includes economic development advisor to the Cape York Institute for Policy and Leadership and change consultant to CARE International, a leading humanitarian NGO. David is a Director of the General Sir John Monash Foundation and sits on the Investment Committee and the Finance, Risk & Audit Committee of the General Sir John Monash Foundation. He is the founder of InLife Independent Living, a new non-profit organisation supporting people with disability to live fuller and more fulfilling lives.
Dr Timothy Trudgian John Monash Scholar
Tim studied for a BSc at ANU. He took up his John Monash Scholarship at Oxford University where he obtained a DPhil in mathematics in 2010. He returned to ANU in 2012, after a two-year post-doc at the University in Lethbridge, as an ARC Early Career Research Fellow. He is currently an ARC Future Fellow at UNSW in Canberra. His research is in analytic number theory, which, along with two sons who love sport, reading and cooking, keeps him busy.
Dr Sally Thompson John Monash Scholar
Sally completed her PhD in Environmental Science at the US’s Duke University in 2010, studying the interaction of water and vegetation using pattern analysis to observe and predict changes to ecosystems. As part of her doctorate she developed ecohydrological models to simulate vegetation pattern formation. She worked as a Postdoctoral Associate at Duke University, and as a Visiting Scholar at Princeton University and Teaching Scholar at Purdue University. In January 2012, Sally took up a position as an Assistant Professor in Surface Water Hydrology in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UC Berkeley. Her research focuses on vegetation as a major driver of the water balance
Dr Mark Dawson John Monash Scholar
Mark Dawson is a clinician-scientist at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. He is the program head of the Translational Haematology Program, Group leader of the Cancer Epigenetics Laboratory and Consultant Haematologist in the Department of Haematology. His research interest is studying epigenetic regulation in normal and malignant blood cells. He is a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia. After completing his clinical training in Melbourne, Australia he was awarded the prestigious General Sir John Monash Fellowship and Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Fellowship, which he used to complete his PhD at the University of Cambridge. Following his PhD, he was the top ranked applicant for a career development fellowship in the UK and was awarded the inaugural Wellcome Trust Beit Prize Fellowship to pursue his research into epigenetic regulation of leukaemia stem cells. This research identified a new therapeutic strategy for acute myeloid leukaemia and helped set the platform for clinical trials around the world with this first in class epigenetic therapy. His research has been published in world leading journals including Nature, Cell, Science and New England Journal of Medicine. He is currently a Professor in the Sir Peter MacCallum Department of Oncology and Centre of Cancer Research at the University of Melbourne. He is also the Senior Research Fellow for the Leukaemia Foundation of Australia and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute International Research Scholar.
Dr Kate Manne John Monash Scholar
Kate completed a PhD in philosophy at MIT, Cambridge MA in 2011. She works primarily in moral philosophy, and on the nature of practical reasons. Kate was elected a junior fellow of the Harvard Society of Fellows in 2011. In 2011, Kate also accepted a tenure-track position at the Sage School of Philosophy at Cornell University.
Dr Justin Moore John Monash Scholar
Justin completed a DPhil at Oxford, UK in 2010 looking at research into repair of the brain, covering diseases such as Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, and Motor Neuron and acute brain injury, such as trauma and congenital abnormalities. Justin has returned to Australia and working on training rotations in Melbourne and Adelaide.
Dr Hsien Wern Chan John Monash Scholar
Hsien is completing a D.Phil at Oxford in Medicine in 2010. Hsien’s research focused on preventative therapies for conditions such as asthma, eczema, dermatitis and hay fever. In early 2011 Hsien will take up a position at the John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle, NSW.
Dr Bridget Vincent John Monash Scholar
Bridget completed her PhD in Literature at Cambridge University, UK studying writers as agents for social and political change; her work on the poet Geoffrey Hill was cited in the Times Literary Supplement. After completing her PhD in 2010, she taught at Selwyn College and Magdalene College in Cambridge and then was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne from 2012 to 2015. In 2014 she founded the Australian Youth Humanities Forum, a humanities counterpart to the National Youth Science Forum, designed to further public dialogue about the civic role of the humanities and, in particular, to encourage participation by students from underrepresented backgrounds. Bridget now works as an Assistant Professor in Modern and Contemporary Poetry at the University of Nottingham. Her research lies in the field of twentieth-century British and Irish literature, with particular emphases on poetics, modernism and the civic role of writing. At Nottingham she is working on a public program about poets and civic representation called Laureates Then and Now, which also aims to foster academic, creative and community dialogue. In 2016 she was shortlisted for the AHRC/BBC New Generation Thinkers program. She is currently in Australia conducting archival research as a Fellow of the National Library of Australia.
Dr Aruna Sathanapally John Monash Scholar
Aruna completed Bachelor of Civil Laws and a Master of Philosophy at Oxford University in 2008, and completed her DPhil in 2010. Her doctoral research concerned constitutional and institutional design to support responsibility sharing for human rights between democratic representatives and courts. As a qualified lawyer, Aruna also spent her time at Oxford engaged in a range of pro bono legal work, and leading a major submission to the Australian Human Rights Consultation in 2009. She worked as a consultant to the Amnesty International Secretariat in London, examining the adequacy of the international framework surrounding gross environmental harm. In late 2010 she joined the London office of the international consultancy McKinsey and Company, specialising in sustainable development, public policy and regulatory strategy. Aruna’s doctoral research is being published in 2012 by Oxford University Press (‘Beyond Disagreement: Open Remedies in Human Rights Adjudication’).
Dr Sarah Milne John Monash Scholar
Sarah gained her PhD from the University of Cambridge in Human Geography. Her thesis examined the social impacts and political dimensions of transnational biodiversity conservation in developing countries, through the case of a high-profile protected area management project in the Cardamom Mountains, Cambodia. Sarah has now taken up a full-time position as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Resource Management Asia-Pacific Programme of the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University. Her current research focuses on efforts to mitigate climate change through reductions in tropical deforestation in Southeast Asia, with a focus on Cambodia and Indonesia. She regularly conducts fieldwork in villages at the forest frontier, investigating how community livelihoods and resource rights interact with the emergence of new markets for ‘forest carbon’.
Dr Olivia Thorne John Monash Scholar
Olivia focused her PhD at Cambridge on developing a practical methodology for undertaking climate change impact assessments for the water industry.
Olivia returned to Australia after her PhD to work in the area of water resource management, working as an Environmental Engineer in the Australian Water Quality Centre (the research/lab services division of SA Water). Her work focussed on monitoring and modelling salinity in the Lower River Murray. She also played a significant role in SA Water’s climate change strategy and led a project to develop a climate change impact assessment for Happy Valley Reservoir, SA Water’s most critical water supply reservoir.
In July 2011, Olivia left SA Water and took up a position as a senior water resources engineer at consulting firm KBR. KBR is one of the world’s premiere engineering, procurement and construction companies. In Australia, KBR has more than 1,700 staff, and has operated for 50 years. In addition to project work, Olivia also participates in KBR’s national climate change and sustainability team.
She continues to be a member of an international Project Advisory Committee for the Water Research Foundation in America.
Dr Matthew Baker John Monash Scholar
Matthew is currently a biophysicist in Sydney at the EMBL Australia Node for Single Molecule Science at the University of New South Wales, Australia. Matt completed his undergraduate science degree at ANU and went on to study for a DPhil at Oxford University as a 2005 John Monash Scholar studying the bacterial flagellar motor that makes nearly all bacteria swim, and now investigates the origins and self assembly of complex molecular machines. Matt develops new technologies to investigate protein machinery at high resolution to look at the interactions that govern complex behaviour.
Matt is active in radio: in 2015 he was named one of Australia’s Top 5 under 40 as part of an ABC Radio National and UNSW’s nationwide search. At the ABC he has produced and presented content for Radio National’s Health Report, Science Show, Saturday Extra, and Earshot, and is the regular science correspondent for ABC Nightlife broadcast throughout Australia on ABC Local Radio. In 2016 Matt collaborated with John Monash Scholar Ben Etherington to produce a feature documentary on Jamaican soundsystem culture, “Roast or Fry“, for Radio National. On community radio station Bondi Beach Radio he hosts his show “Sensible Dancehall” broadcast weekly since 2013. In other media, Matt was embedded as a data journalist and data scientist at Fairfax Media in 2016 as Australia’s inaugural Google Newslabs Fellow.
Matthew is an international fencer who has represented Australia in international competition from 2005-2015. In 2014 was selected to represent Australia in the Commonwealth Fencing Championships in Scotland.
Dr Katherine Daniell John Monash Scholar
Katherine undertook a joint PhD at the ANU and AgroParisTech-ENGREF, France, awarded in November 2008. Her thesis in the field of sustainable development and water management, specifically focused on developing and evaluating collaborative methods to involve community participation in policy making, was ranked in the top 10 in French Engineering and Management Schools. Katherine is now located in Canberra, as a Research Fellow in the ANU’s Centre for Policy Innovation and the HC Coombs Policy Forum. She has been involved in the writing of around fifty academic publications including book chapters, papers and reports, as well as the recent Cambridge University Press book entitled “Co-engineering and participatory water management: organisational challenges in water governance”, published in the UNESCO International Hydrology Series. In November 2010 she was elected a Fellow of the Peter Cullen Trust, which works on improvement in policy, science and politics in water and environment.
Dr Cathy Vaughan John Monash Scholar
Dr Cathy Vaughan is a Senior Lecturer in the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne. A 2005 Scholar, she used her scholarship to undertake a PhD in social psychology at the London School of Economics. For her doctorate she undertook research in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea, to better understand the social, structural and cultural factors shaping young people’s health, including gross economic inequality, few educational opportunities, and pervasive violence. Cathy now leads a team of researchers working to strengthen the evidence base for responses to gender-based violence in Australia and in Asia and the Pacific. Her current research includes leadership of the Australian team in a multi-country study looking at the impact of sexual and gender-based violence on Syrian and Iraqi refugees; examination of the role of settlement and multicultural services in supporting immigrant and refugee women; and building capacity of countries in Asia and the Pacific to accurately and inclusively measure violence against women. Cathy is the Acting Head of the Gender and Women’s Health Unit at the School, runs a WHO Collaborating Centre for Women’s Health, and leads a University wide program to build capacity in community-engaged research for the Melbourne Social Equity Institute.
Dr Ben Etherington John Monash Scholar
Ben graduated from the University of Cambridge with a PhD in English in 2010, where he stayed on for a further two years as a postdoctoral fellow in the Faculty of English. He is now a lecturer at the Western Sydney University and a member of their renowned Writing and Society Research Centre. He has two books coming out in 2017: Literary Primitivism, which will be published with Stanford University Press, and the Cambridge Companion to World Literature, which he is co-editing. From 2017-19 he will be working on an ARC Discovery Project ‘Other Worlds’, which will see him collaborating directly with highly regarded Australian writers including J.M. Coetzee and Alexis Wright. His work on creole poetics takes him regularly to the Caribbean, and he is a regular contributor to the Sydney Review of Books.
Mr Andrew Hudson John Monash Scholar
Andrew graduated from New York University School of Law with a Masters in Laws (LLM) in Global Public Service law. Prior to taking up his Scholarship, Andrew was a lawyer in Australia representing indigent clients and refugees and spearheading major law reform projects. For four years after NYU he was Manager of the Human Rights Defenders Program at Human Rights First, a human rights advocacy group in New York, leading their Latin American work and seeking policy change by engaging in field-based analysis and high level advocacy with the UN system, US and other governments. He has been quoted authoritatively in the international media on transitional justice issues in Latin America and has authored groundbreaking reports exposing human rights violations in countries as varied as Burma, Iraq, United States, Colombia, Guatemala and Indonesia. In July 2010 he joined Crisis Action and is now New York Director. At Crisis Action he has regularly briefed the UN Security Council and led the organisation’s work on the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Lord’s Resistance Army and has also engaged in extensive advocacy on Syria. He has also worked with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Ecuador, the UN Regional Commission in Thailand, the Australian delegation to the UN General Assembly, and the UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Executions.
Dr Thomas Hanna John Monash Scholar
Thomas holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Sydney and a Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours in Physics from ANU. He used his John Monash Scholarship to study for a DPhil in Atomic and Laser Physics in Oxford, before working as a postdoctoral fellow in the USA. Tom specialised in the theory of ultracold atomic and molecular collisions, and successfully collaborated with experimental groups around the world.
Transitioning to industry in 2011, Tom worked first as a technical consultant and is now the head of Supply Chain Analysis at Fortescue Metals Group. He has been a key part of Fortescue’s journey of cost-reduction, efficiency enhancement, and expansion. Toms career focus is using advanced analysis to achieve real-world benefits and shape a data-driven culture.
Tom enjoys being active in Perth’s big data community, building academic/industry links, getting outdoors, and chasing his two young children. He has served as a first reviewer and on the WA Selection Panel for the John Monash Scholarships.
Ms Lara Olsen John Monash Scholar
Lara Olsen is the Regional Manager- Business Development for Tesla Energy, Asia Pacific. Lara is responsible for developing and extending Tesla Energy’s commercial and grid scale storage business in Australia, New Zealand and the neighboring regional markets. Prior to this, Lara was Head of Strategy at CitiPower Powercor and Head of Strategy at the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). She also spent more than 5 years founding and leading energy start ups – including being the CEO of Cool nrg (where she oversaw the distribution of 25 million energy efficient light bulbs) and co-founding Billcap, an energy software as a service company. Lara is a Board member of the Clean Energy Council. The John Monash Foundation enabled Lara to undertake and complete an MBA from INSEAD, She also has a B.Eng/Arts from Melbourne University and Tokyo Institute of Technology.
Dr Katherine Rock John Monash Scholar
Katherine holds a BA in Engineering (Microelectronics) with honours and a BA in Information Technology from Griffith University, winning the University Medal in Engineering and the Microelectronics, Engineering and IT medal. She won her John Monash Scholarship for study in 2004, and completed her DPhil in Engineering Science in 2010 at the University of Oxford; her Scholarship was supported by Boeing Australia Limited. Katherine’s research was conducted at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering and her thesis focussed on the development and implementation of algorithms for the segmentation and analysis of blood vessels in medical images with a view to automating and quantifying diagnosis of circulatory pathologies.
Katherine returned to Australia in 2011, where she transitioned into intellectual property, completing a Master of Intellectual Property at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). Katherine is now a registered Trans-Tasman Patent and Trade Mark attorney, and in 2015 was awarded the prestigious Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia (IPTA) Institute Prize as the top graduating patent attorney in Australia. In the 2017-18 academic year, Katherine is reading for a Master of Business Administration (MBA) at the University of Cambridge, St John’s College, having been awarded the 30% Club Scholarship.
Katherine has served as a First Reviewer and on the Queensland Selection Panel, in the selection of the John Monash Scholars.
Dr Jean-Paul Carvalho John Monash Scholar
Jean-Paul completed his DPhil in Economics at Oxford in 2009. His Scholarship was supported by the Commonwealth Bank Foundation. He undertook postdoctoral work in the Department of Economics at Oxford and was awarded a Robert Solow Fellowship by the Cournot Centre for Economic Studies in Paris. In 2011, he took up a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of California Irvine, where he remains. Jean-Paul’s research uses game theory to understand social dynamics. He has studied the Islamic revival in Egypt, Jewish emancipation in 19th century Europe and is interested in tribalism and the transition to inclusive political institutions. He is a member of the Institute for Mathematical Behavioral Sciences at UC Irvine and a Faculty Fellow of the Association for Analytical Learning about Islam & Muslim Societies (AALIMS). He has given invited presentations around the US and UK, including at Harvard, Stanford and the Royal Economic Society’s “young talent” showcase session. His paper titled “Veiling” is forthcoming in the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the top ranked economics journal.
Dr Jacqueline Mowbray John Monash Scholar
Jacqui completed her PhD at the University of Cambridge in June 2008 and returned to Australia, to take up a position as a lecturer at Sydney University’s Law School. Her particular area of interest is international law and legal theory, with a focus on international human rights law. Her research focuses primarily on language policy and international law, looking at legal issues associated with accommodating linguistic minorities in multicultural societies. Jacqui also teaches in the area of commercial law and has a particular interest in international commercial issues. In 2009 she was awarded the University of Sydney Faculty of Law Award for Excellence in Teaching. Jacqui also teaches on the European Masters program in human rights at the University of Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. In addition, she practises pro bono as a barrister at the New South Wales Bar, and she has recently been appointed as the Revising Examiner in Public International Law for the Legal Profession Admission Board of New South Wales. She is closely involved with the Monash Foundation through membership of the National Selection Panel.
Dr Jacqueline Baker John Monash Scholar
Jacqui Baker specialises in politics and security in Southeast Asia. She holds a BA/BAS with first class honours from the Australian National University, a MSc with distinction in Social Anthropology and a PhD in Government from the London School of Economics. Jacqui was a Research Fellow at the Centre for Transnational Crime Prevention at the University of Wollongong where she researched and taught on patterns of corruption and violence in the region. She has worked and consulted on security and human rights issues for various international institutions and NGOs such as Timor Leste’s Commission for Truth, Reception and Reconciliation, The Asia Foundation, the European Commission, Amnesty International and the United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime. In 2014, a radio documentary, “Eat Pray Mourn“, based on her Indonesian research, was awarded a bronze medal by the New York Festivals Awards. Jacqui is currently a lecturer in South East Asian Studies at Murdoch University where she is President of the Indonesia Council; Jacqui also sits on the national board for the Australian Consortium for ‘In-Country’ Indonesian Studies (ACICIS).
Dr Danielle Malek Roosa John Monash Scholar
Danielle completed an LLM at Harvard in July 2005, focused on international law and human rights. She then took up a position as a legal counsel with the World Bank in Washington DC, where she worked first as a lawyer in the international and environmental law practice group and then as the Bank’s operational lawyer for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan. In June 2006, Danielle published an important analysis for the Global HIV/AIDS Program: Australia’s Successful Response to AIDS and the Role of Law Reform. As an operational lawyer, Danielle is solely responsible for drafting and negotiating international legal agreements with the Ministries of Finance of the countries in her portfolio. This included a $2.125 billion loan to Kazakhstan (the largest ever Bank loan at the time) and work with three governments on a highly sensitive international stolen public assets case. In 2010, Danielle was promoted to Senior Counsel and is now the Bank’s attorney for Egypt, Yemen, Libya, Russia and Turkey. With the events of the Arab Spring in 2011, Danielle was kept very busy negotiating with new governments and providing legal and policy advice to the Bank. In 2010, Danielle was awarded a Wesley College (University of Sydney) Foundation Medal -a ‘lifetime achievement’ medal awarded by the college to former alumni. In 2012, the Vice President of the Middle East and North Africa Region of the WorldBank awarded her a Vice President’s award for her work on the Bank’s re-engagement with Libya. Danielle also works pro-bono as a court appointed special advocate for abused and neglected children in the Alexandria/Arlingtoncounty court system.
Ms Aimée Heuzenroeder John Monash Scholar
Having received a BA with First-Class Honours from the University of Tasmania and an MPhil (Dean’s List) from the University of Queensland, Aimée commenced her doctoral research in English at the University of Cambridge in 2005. During her time at Cambridge, Aimée also served as President of the Cambridge University Australia and New Zealand Society.
Aimée’s career since her postgraduate study has centred on communications: first in the non-profit world, where she held senior roles in charities focusing on culture, education and international development, and then in the private sector. She now runs her own business as a communication and integral coach, based in London but working globally. Her extremely varied work supports clients – from young people to internationally recognized leaders – to speak with confidence and clarity, and to cultivate richly expressive lives.
Her long-standing passion for language and storytelling led Aimée to Columbia University in New York, where she recently took short courses in Narrative Medicine with the University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. She was a member of the National Advisory Council for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, has been a London reader for the Guardian First Book Award, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.