Meet our Fulbright scholars

Together with the Australian-American Fulbright Commission and Australian Scholarships Foundation, we’ve established the Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Non-Profit Leadership – a world first.

The scholarship is an exceptional opportunity for an emerging leader, working in the not-for-profit sector, to improve their skills and knowledge, exchange information with peers and join the prestigious alumni of Fulbright Scholars worldwide.

Recipients receive $40,000 to undertake a program of research and/or professional development in the U.S. for 3-4 months.

The Origin Foundation has funded this scholarship until 2017.


Dr David Ireland

Dr David IrelandDavid is a former scientist and start-up founder who is now an innovation consultant and adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland Business School (UQBS). He will use his scholarship to address some of the world’s biggest challenges – how to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all.

David will spend time at Stanford University, establishing a formal relationship with UQBS, and will also develop practical methods, tools, and initiatives for people and organisations to use towards achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Gordon Duff

Gordon Duff

Gordon is currently General Manager, Sector Development and Research for National Disability Services, the peak body for non-government disability services. He has over 20 years’ experience in human services and advocacy in a career spanning New Zealand, Canada, the UK and Australia.

With his scholarship Gordon will gather insights from, and establish partnerships with U.S. agencies that promote, stimulate and reward innovation in service delivery for people living with disability. A particular focus of his research will be how evidence about ‘what works’ is generated and mobilised within the service system. This will support the development of innovation policy in Australia.


Professor Matthew Clarke

Professor Matthew ClarkeMatthew is Head of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Deakin University and an executive member of the Centre for Humanitarian Leadership (CHL). The CHL has been responsible for training around 400 people, building the capacity of development workers who are among the frontline when disaster strikes. Disasters are increasing in both number and intensity, and that has been felt most noticeably in the Asia Pacific region where 41% of natural disasters occurred over the past decade. With the region also the world’s most populated, the human impact of disasters is significant. Professor Clarke will use his Fulbright Scholarship to spend three months in the United States at Save the Children USA, Harvard University and Tufts University, to develop formal relationships between these institutions and the CHL. These partnerships will enhance the professional development of humanitarian workers in responding to complex humanitarian emergencies.


Hichem Demortier

Hichem DemortierHichem is currently Director of Strategy and Corporate Services at the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre (NCCTRC) in Darwin, the government agency responsible for Australia’s health emergency response.

Hichem came to Australia in 2009 after working for the French Development Agency and Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) in Africa and the Middle East. He continued his not-for-profit journey in Indigenous health and employment, before joining the Global and Tropical Health division of Menzies School of Health Research.

Hichem is also a director of the board of MSF Australia, a representative of MSF Australia on several international platforms, and contributes to impact investment projects in France.

He will use his Fulbright scholarship to study leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School and will establish a formal partnership between the NCCTRC and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. This partnership, as well as the existing partnership with the World Health Organisation, will position the NCCTRC and Northern Australia as the regional centre for health emergency response in the Asia-Pacific region.


Annette Stewart

Annette StewartAnnette, whose career spans the information technology and financial service industries, is now a conservation systems specialist at Bush Heritage Australia, where she has found innovative ways to connect conservation projects into core business processes of financial management, people management, and fundraising.  

Annette used her Fulbright scholarship to work closely with the Conservation Measures Partnership (CMP), an active consortium of leading conservation organisations, agencies and funders in the U.S. and to produce a series of case studies to demonstrate to the senior leadership of conservation and donor organisations the benefits obtained through systematic project planning and implementation.

Annette is passionate about using insights to empower conservation organisations around the world to achieve better protection for the world’s wildlife and landscapes.


Karen Hart

Karen HartMelbourne-based Karen was awarded the scholarship for her ongoing and dedicated work as an emerging leader in the not for profit sector, in particular youth services. Karen will study the critical success factors for implementation and operation of co-located not-for-profit (NFP) centres at the Alliance Centre in Denver, USA. Karen is currently completing a PhD at Victoria University and hopes to apply that knowledge to build effective centres in Australia upon her return.


Due to the outstanding caliber of applicants, we committed to fund two individuals to receive the inaugural Fulbright Scholarships.

Dr Tessa Boyd-Caine

Dr Tessa Boyd-Caine Tessa is the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS), the peak body of the community services and welfare sector.

She spent time in New York and Washington DC to research issues around how not-for-profit organisations can strengthen and lead trust and confidence in the sector.

She is also investigating the work of the Foundation Center, an organisation instrumental in building openness within the American non-profit sector, and its partnership with the National Center for Charitable Statistics.

Watch Tessa’s interview with Amy Lyden, CEO of the Australian Scholarships Foundation.

Read Tessa’s blog post on Pro Bono Australia

Read Tessa’s final report

Andrew Tyndale

Andrew Tyndale Andrew is Director and Founder of Grace Mutual Limited, and went to The Milken Institute in the U.S. to further his research in social investment. Grace Mutual Ltd is a not-for-profit organisation that was formed to generate financial solutions for other NFP organisations.

Andrew’s research, “Innovations in Social Finance”, will be on methods to attract wholesale capital into infrastructure for social services such as aged care, disability accommodation, housing affordability plus education and health. It is estimated that more than $100 billion is needed in Australia over the next 5 years for aged care and housing alone.

Watch Andrew’s interview with Amy Lyden, CEO of the Australian Scholarships Foundation.