Vice-Chancellor's Professorial Fellows - current

Vice-Chancellor's Professorial Fellows are persons of national and international eminence, involved in development and implementation of strategic, student, research and operational activities of the University. They are integral to Monash's outreach in encouraging public intellectual discourse and  debate, leadership development and mentorship to students and staff. Vice-Chancellor's Professorial Fellows are bestowed with the title of Professor for the duration of their appointment at the University.


Warwick Anderson, AM

Warwick Anderson, AM

Warwick Anderson is much lauded for eminent service to health and medical research, as both researcher and administrator. Former CEO of the National Health and Medical Research Council, Warwick was foundation head of Monash University's School of Biomedical Sciences and Deputy Director of the Baker  Medical  Research  Institute.  He  was  made  a Member of the Order of Australia, for service to health and medical research through leadership roles with the National Health and Medical Research Council, to the development of medical science at Monash University, and to hypertension and renal physiology research.

Warwick's Vice-Chancellor's Professorial Fellow role includes provision of strategic advice to the Vice-Chancellor and to the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.


John Bertrand, AM

John Bertrand, AM

An international sportsman, businessman and philanthropist, John Bertrand is a distinguished Monash alumnus. John skippered the winged keel Australia 2 to victory in the 1983 America's Cup, overcoming 132 years of American domination to break the longest running record in the history of modern sport.  His  leadership  roles  include  Chair  of  the Alannah and Madeline Foundation, Chair of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame and Chair of selectors of the Australian Olympic sailing team, the highest ranked at the 2012 Olympics.

As a Vice-Chancellor's Professorial Fellow, John is involved in the development of an intensive leadership program at Monash for postgraduate students and Monash alumni.


John Brumby

John Brumby

A former member of the Australian and Victorian Parliaments, John Brumby served as Premier of Victoria, Victorian Treasurer and Leader of the Victorian Opposition. Since retiring from politics, John has accepted a number of board positions, including Chairman of the COAG Reform Council and Chairman  of  the  Motor  Trades  Association  of  Australia Superannuation Fund. Among his community involvements has been his work as Chairman of Trustees of the Joe Welch Bursary Trust, as an Australia Day Ambassador and an active member of the Fred Hollows Foundation.

John's Vice-Chancellor's Professorial Fellow role includes board membership of the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute and the Monash Business Policy Forum, staff mentoring, and student and public lectures.


Mick Dodson, AM

Mick Dodson, AM

Distinguished Monash alumnus Professor Mick Dodson, member of the Yawuru peoples, is Director of the National Centre for Indigenous Studies and a Professor of Law at the Australian National University. The Australian Human Rights Commission’s first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social  Justice  Commissioner, Mick has worked extensively as a legal advisor in native title and human rights. He is internationally renowned as an advocate on land rights and other issues affecting Indigenous peoples locally and globally. His awards include Membership of the Order of Australia (awarded in 2003)  and  Australian of the Year, 2009.

Mick's role as a Vice-Chancellors Professorial Fellow includes providing advice, leadership and mentoring on matters relating to Indigenous affairs.


Mark Joiner

Mark Joiner

Mark Joiner brings extensive, executive-level experience in strategy, finance and corporate development to leadership of environmental and social sustainability initiatives. His business positions have included: Executive Director Finance, NAB; global Chief Financial Officer, Citigroup's wealth management  division;  and  global  head  of  Corporate  Development, Boston Consulting Group.A founding member of Flora and Fauna International (Australia), Mark participates on its Advisory Board and is a member of the National Sustainability Council.

Mark's involvement as a Vice-Chancellor's Professorial Fellow includes assisting with business and strategic planning activities of the Monash Sustainability Institute.


Leon Kempler, OAM

Leon Kempler, OAM

Businessman Leon Kempler's prominent honorary roles include: Chair of the Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce; Chair of the Advisory Council of the National Science and Technology Centre (Questacon); Director of the Royal Children's Hospital Foundation; and Director of the General Sir John Monash Foundation.  He  is  Chair  of  Ducere,  Director  of Launcher Services and International Adviser to Mesoblast Ltd. His awards include the prestigious Jerusalem Prize.

In his role of Vice-Chancellor's Professorial Fellow, Leon assists the advancement of Monash's national and international profile and strategy, particularly in Israel.


Simon Molesworth

Simon Molesworth, AO QC

Distinguished Monash alumnus Simon Molesworth is an eminent QC specialising in environmental, planning, heritage and natural resource law. His appointment as foundation Chairman of the International National Trusts Organisation followed his long-standing positions as Councillor of the National Trust  of  Australia  (Victoria)  and  Member  of  the Australian Government's National Cultural Heritage Committee. A founder and former President of the Environment Institute of Australia, he has been an advisor to Australian governments on environmental policy, resource management and town/regional planning.

Simon's role as a Vice-Chancellor's Professorial Fellow is in leadership development of students and Faculty of Law activities, especially in environmental, planning and natural resource law.


Maudie Palmer, AO

Maudie Palmer, AO

Eminent curator and director in Australian modern art and contemporary visual art Maudie Palmer was Founding Director of both the Heide Park and Art Gallery (now the Heide Museum of Modern Art) and the TarraWarra Museum of Art. She was project director for the development of the vision and architectural  briefs  for  construction  of  major  buildings  at both museums and has been integral to the development of sculpture parks at Heide and Herring Island. Among her awards is her Life Membership of the National Gallery of Victoria.

Maudie's role as a Vice-Chancellor's Professorial Fellow in the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture includes providing advice in fine arts and curatorial studies.


Paul Ramadge

Paul Ramadge

In his career of leadership in the media industry, Paul Ramadge has held editorial posts including: Editor-in-Chief and other editorial roles at The Age; Editor-in-Chief, The Newcastle Herald; Editor with Macquarie Publications; and Guest Editor at The Guardian (UK). Among his external roles have been  as  a  delegate  to  the  Australian  American Leadership Dialogue, his board membership of the Australian Science Media Centre and as a member representative on the Committee for Melbourne.

A Vice-Chancellor's Professorial Fellow, Paul is providing leadership in Monash's engagement with Indonesia and is involved in leadership programs and mentoring in Journalism.


Graeme Samuel, AC

Graeme Samuel, AC

Lawyer, banker and former President of the National Competition Council and Chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Graeme Samuel is a distinguished Monash alumnus. His extensive community involvement has included: Chairman of the Playbox Theatre and Opera Australia; Commissioner  of  the  Australian  Football  League;  Chair  of the Melbourne and Olympic Parks Trust; and Chair of the Inner and Eastern Health Care Network. Graeme is Managing Director of independent investment bank Greenhill.

As a Vice-Chancellor's Professorial Fellow, Graeme is based in the Faculty of Business and Economics with particular focus on public policy, including reform and competition policy.


John Thwaites

John Thwaites

A distinguished Monash alumnus, John Thwaites is a former Member of the Victorian Parliament who served as Deputy Premier of Victoria and as Minister in portfolios including Health, Planning, Environment, Victorian Communities and as Victoria's first Minister for Climate Change. In these portfolios,  he  was  responsible  for  major  reforms  in social policy, health, environment and water. Since retiring from Parliament, his roles have included Chair of the National Sustainability Council of Australia, the Australian Building Codes Board and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image and infrastructure  adviser  to  Timor-Leste.

Located in the Monash Sustainability Institute as a Vice-Chancellor's Professorial Fellow, John is Chair of the Institute and Chair of ClimateWorks Australia.


Wing Thye Woo

Wing Thye Woo

Economist Professor Wing Thye Woo, University of California at Davis, has particular academic interests in globalisation, Asian economies and sustainable development. His professional affiliations include being: President, Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia; Distinguished Professor, Fudan University,  China;  Chang  Jiang  Professor,  Central  University  of Finance and Economics, China; Adjunct Senior Research Scholar, Columbia University, USA; Non-Resident Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution, USA; and Research Professor, Sunway University, Malaysia. He has acted as an advisor to US and Asian governments  and  international  organisations.

His role as Vice-Chancellor's Professorial Fellow is affiliated with the School of Business, Monash University Malaysia, and Monash Sustainability Institute, and is focused on assisting Monash University Malaysia's work in Southeast Asian Studies and sustainability.


Aibing Yu

Aibing Yu

Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science Aibing Yu has received prestigious awards for research, including an ARC Federation Fellowship, Ian Wark Medal (Australian Academy of Science) and NSW Scientist of the Year 2010 (in the Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Sciences category). His honorary  appointments  at  universities  in  China,  Japan,  UK and USA have enhanced his international collaborations. In Australia, he has sustained an active involvement with the Chinese-Australian academic community, leading to his honorary presidency of the Federation of Chinese Scholars in Australia.

As Pro Vice-Chancellor and President, Monash University-Southeast University Joint Research Institute (Suzhou, China), and Vice-Chancellor's Professorial Fellow, Aibing is further strengthening Monash's reputation for research, innovation and international focus.

Vice-Chancellor's Professorial Fellows

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