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Monday Club Lunch with Richard Potok, Indigenous Scholarships "Closing the Gap"

Monday Club Lunch with guest speaker Richard Potok, Chief Executive Officer, Aurora Education Foundation

The critical role of the Indigenous scholarship in “Closing the Gap”

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Date: Monday 7 March

Time: 12:15pm for 12:30pm - 2pm

Venue: Union Club, 25 Bent Street, Sydney

Price: $30.00, includes sandwich lunch & coffee

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Dress: Business Attire

As chief executive officer of the Aurora Education Foundation Richard leads programs for the provision of educational opportunities to Indigenous students through a high school Academic Enrichment Program and the annual Aurora Indigenous Scholars International Study Tour. The foundation aims to create a pipeline of young scholars prepared for higher education overseas.

During his tenure of 6 years as trustee of the Charlie Perkins Scholarship Trust, he has overseen the acceptance of 32 Indigenous postgraduates to Oxford and Cambridge including Australia’s first Indigenous Rhodes Scholar. 

Prior to setting up Aurora, Richard was based in London with Potok & Co in the area of law reform, and was Legal Advisor to the Hague Conference on Private International Law for the Hague Securities Convention. He has published in the area of conflict of laws, including as editor of a book comparing the law in 25 jurisdictions.

Richard has commerce and law degrees from UNSW and a BCL from Oxford University where he studied on a Rhodes Scholarship.  He is an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Law at University of Technology, Sydney and a Visiting Fellow at UNSW Law School.

Richard Potok is also trustee and executive director of the Roberta Sykes Indigenous Education Foundation in collaboration with the Harvard Club of Australia, where his efforts are centered on replicating the success of the UK programs to ensure greater opportunities are created at Harvard and other leading US universities.

We hope you and your guests can join us for an engaging discussion.