Four of Australia’s most promising public servants win Harvard scholarships
The Harvard Club of Australia has announced the following recipients of the 2018 Sir James Wolfensohn Public Service Scholarship:
10 August 2018
Richard Bolt, Secretary, Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transports and Resources, Rebecca McGarrity, Executive Director, Social Policy, Damon Rees, CEO, Service NSW and Darren Foster, Director General, Department of Premier and Cabinet are the 2018 recipients of the Sir James Wolfensohn Public Service Scholarship.
The scholarships will allow Mr Bolt, Ms McGarrity, Mr Rees and Mr Foster to undertake an executive education program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in 2018 or 2019.
With the support of the former chairman of the World Bank, Jim Wolfensohn, the Harvard Club of Australia established the Wolfensohn Scholarship in 2012 to promote the development and delivery of good public policy. Each of the candidates was chosen on the basis of their potential to contribute to the benefit of Australian society.
Mr Bolt’s chosen course is Leadership for the 21st Century: Chaos, Conflict and Courage, Ms McGarrity’s chosen course is Driving Government Performance: Leadership Strategies that Produce Results, Mr Rees’s chosen course is Senior Managers in Government and Mr Foster’s course is Senior Management in Government.
The four recipients were chosen from a wide field of candidates, all nominated by a Commonwealth, state or territory department or agency head. A shortlist of candidates was interviewed by a panel of Harvard University alumni comprising Naomi Flutter (Wesfarmers), Nick Whitlam (Port Authority of NSW) and Peter Thompson (the Australia and New Zealand School of Government).
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The 2018 HCA Program for Nonprofit Leaders was held 25-27 July, 'The Future of Work in the Digital Age: winning through talent, technology and improved productivity'
It was presented by Harvard Business School Professor Felix Oberholzer-Gee and attended by over 50 non-profit leaders.
The program was based on a Harvard Executive Education program, each day starting with discussion groups before case study discussion and lectures with the Professor. Shared meals allowed for more networking among the participants. Lisa George, Global Head, Macquarie Group Foundation was guest speaker.
HCA Dinner Club
We are excited to launch the HCA Dinner Club and hope that this will be a wonderful opportunity for club members to get to know each other over a more intimate meal with a smaller group.
Like the "small group dinners" or "dining around" you experienced at Harvard, you will be matched via email with around 8 other club members from varying backgrounds.
Each Dinner Club will decide amongst themselves when and where is the best to dine within an initial 2 month period. This is a pilot launch and the next round will be a multi-dinner series where we shuffle groups for each dinner.
If you would like to participate, please complete the survey by 31 July 2018, and we look forward to dining with you!
For any questions, please contact: Sarah Tesar at firstname.lastname@example.org
It was an honour to be elected President of the Harvard Club of Australia at our AGM on 12 June 2018. I’m very much looking forward to working with the new Board and Council in extending the activities and impact of the Club. Our recently completed strategic review clarified the Club’s mission as “To make a difference as a Harvard community in Australia”. This mission is delivered in ways that benefit Harvard, Australia and our members.
It is an exciting time for the Club and for me as President. The strategic review has provided us with clarity as to Club direction and also, importantly, an operating model that allows for much broader engagement and contribution.
My predecessor, Justin Greiner, not only led the Club through two years of growth but was also the champion of the strategic review. Under Justin’s leadership, The Harvard Club of Australia was awarded Harvard’s international club of the year recognition in 2017, we hosted a gala event with Prime Minister Turnbull and grew the reach of the scholarship programs. On behalf of all members of the Club, I would like to formally thank Justin for his exceptional leadership and contributions to the Club’s success.
The strategic review process involved the commitment and input of many. However, two Club members played key leadership roles in this process, Chris Smith and Tom Saar. Both Chris and Tom gave their time, experience and expertise in a manner that is above and beyond any expectation of volunteer members. At the AGM, Chris and Tom were both elected Life Members of the Club and presented with a small gift and certificate to acknowledge the long-term impact they have both had on the health of the Club.
The new Board is:
President ...................................................Charles Graham MBA ‘01
Vice President for Chapters & Sigs...............Elizabeth Carr MPA ‘04
Vice President for Harvard ..........................Peter Hasko PMD ‘93
Vice President for Members........................Kimberly Everett MUP ‘98
Vice President for Australia .........................Christopher Smith MBA ‘77
Vice President for Club and Treasurer..........Tom Saar MBA ‘87
I encourage all members to participate as a leader or attendee in as many of the Club’s activities as possible. That is how we will deliver on our mission of making a difference.
Thank you all for your trust in electing me as President and I look forward to working with you through my term.
2018 R.G. Menzies Scholarship to Harvard
Our flagship scholarship program, The Harvard Club R.G. Menzies Scholarship marked its 50th birthday last year with a celebratory event at the Heritage Ballroom at the Westin Hotel in Sydney. Almost 200 members and guests attended and heard our keynote speaker, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, provide an insight into his own philanthropic ideals and efforts.
As part of the club’s strategic review over the last 12 months it was found that the selection of Menzies scholars is quite representative of our club as a whole. As shown in the following charts.
This year’s scholars were selected in April from an initial candidate pool of 50. These were short-listed to 11 and 7 of these were interviewed by the selection panel. The selection panel is comprised of representatives from ANU and HCA. HCA members included Kimberly Everett, Program Leader for the R.G. Menzies Scholarship, Jon Chambers, and former Menzies scholar Alexandra West.
The selection panel was chaired by another former Menzies scholar Kim Rubenstein who represents ANU. It is worth noting that this was Kim’s 10th year as chair and she has requested to step down from this position. The HCA wishes to thank her for her deep commitment and unstoppable enthusiasm to this panel and scholarship. She will be missed.
The 2018 scholars are Scott Bolton and Simon Dickson. A brief description of each follows:
Scott will be studying at the Graduate School of Education pursuing a Master of Education (school leadership). His goal is to return to Australian and help to lead a turnaround school in educationally disadvantaged parts of Australia.
Scott is a teacher and education researcher who is passionate about educational reform, solving educational disadvantage and educational neuroscience. Before completing two years as an associate in the selective Teach for Australia program, Scott undertook a Bachelor’s degree in Science and Commerce and Honours in Neuroscience at the Australian National University. After his placement in the northern metropolitan region of Melbourne, he continued in his leadership role at the school for a following year as Head of the Science Department. While instituting changes around accurate assessment of the science curriculum, he completed his Master’s thesis on Educational Neuroscience. Most recently he has been gaining policy and educational consultancy skills before returning to the classroom and gaining international experience in the United Kingdom.
Simon was awarded the scholarship to undertake a Masters in Public Policy at the Kennedy School of Government. While at Harvard he plans to explore the relationship between media, politics and public policy, and in particular, the role the media can play in fostering cross-cultural and bipartisan dialogue.
Simon is currently a solicitor working in Sydney. He was formerly the inaugural associate to Justice Stephen Burley in the Federal Court of Australia, and has worked at both the SBS and the ABC networks. Simon graduated from the ANU with a Bachelor of Laws (first class honours) and a Bachelor of Arts, and was a recipient of the Supreme Court Judges’ Prize.
The present endowment managed by ANU plus grants from Harvard University provide enough income to support an average of one and half scholarships every year, or a rolling program of alternating one and two scholarships a year. We have launched a campaign to add to the endowment fund to enable the HCA to fully support two (2) scholarships every year. In 2018, the HCAP donated an additional $25,000 to top up the available endowment income to support the award of two scholarships in this anniversary year. The current standing of endowments at ANU are:
· HBS (Class of 1970) – total asset of $280,795 with $8,807 distributable 31/12/17
· RG Menzies – total asset of $1,833,793 with $77,753 distributable.
The Non-profit Fellowship Awards event is an annual highlight in HCA’s calendar. This year, nearly 100 Club members and guests gathered at Macquarie Group’s global headquarters in Sydney for the luncheon hosted by HCA Nonprofit Chair Lisa George, to meet the 2018 recipients and hear from guest speaker, Scott Faarquhar, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Atlassian.
The Non-Profit Fellowships of A$12,500 each have been generously supported by Bill and Lea Ferris since their inception in 2001. The fellowships enable two outstanding Australian non-profit CEOs to attend the renowned Harvard Business School course titled “Strategic Perspectives in Non-Profit Management” (SPNM) which is held each year in July.
The 2018 panel was chaired by Lisa George (former HCA Co-President), and included Club members Patrick Regan (former HCA President), Ben Sebel, Anita Kumar (2012 Non-profit Fellow), and Tony Massaro.
Mr. Justin Greiner, HCA President, had the honour of presenting the Awards. The recipients were Annabelle Daniel CEO Women's Community Shelters and Brendan Cox CEO Legacy Brisbane.
Scott Farquhar spoke of Atlassian's Pledge 1% movement, whereby Atlassian donates 1% of profit, product, equity and employee time to charity.
Tony Massaro concluded the event with a vote of thanks.
Outstanding School Principals are heading to the Harvard Graduate School of Education
Media Release: 5 April 2018
The Public Education Foundation, Teachers Mutual Bank and the Harvard Club of Australia are honoured to announce the recipients of the 2018 Principal’s Scholarships. The four outstanding principals will travel to the Harvard Graduate School of Education to undertake a professional education program tailor-made for school principals
This year’s Harvard Principals Scholars are:
- James Kozlowski, Endeavour Sports High, NSW
- Paul McDermott, Blue Haven Public School, NSW
- Jennifer Parrett, James Fallon High, NSW
- Hamish Woudsma, Banksia Road Public School, NSW
“This year’s Principals Scholars are stand-out leaders in their education communities. We are proud to be able to support them through the unparalleled opportunity that the Principals Scholars program provides,” Brad Hedgman, Teachers Mutual Bank Limited’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer, said.
“These public school principals have demonstrated exceptional leadership skills, a proven record of transforming educational outcomes and a strong capacity for leadership into the future,” David Hetherington, Executive Director of the Public Education Foundation, said.
Each Harvard Club of Australia Education Scholarship is valued at approximately $14,000 and includes program tuition for one of two prestigious Harvard Graduate School of Education programs: Improving Schools: The Art of Leadership or Leadership: An Evolving Vision.
The Harvard Club of Australia Education Scholarships were established by the Public Education Foundation in 2013 offering principals around Australia the opportunity to ‘reflect, focus and recharge’ through professional leadership programs.
Harvard Club of Australia: Since its founding in 1961, the Harvard Club of Australia (HCA) has dedicated itself to the mission of furthering exchange between Australia and Harvard. HCA aims to promote fellowship among alumni of Harvard University in Australia.
Teachers Mutual Bank provides key financial services to Australian educators. TMB is one of Australia’s largest mutual banks with over 193,000 members and $6.9 billion in assets.
The Public Education Foundation works in collaboration with the schools, communities, business and both the state and federal governments to provide equity and excellence scholarships for students and educators in public education; and enhance the value and reputation of public education.
For more information please contact: Melanie Morrison, Public Education Foundation
Tel: 02 9266 8247 I Email: email@example.com
Fellow Harvard Alum and Harvard Club members,
Last week I attended the Harvard Alumni Association Spring Board Meeting in Cambridge in my capacity as the Director representing Australasian Clubs and Special Interest Groups (SIGs). And I am excited to communicate that at last week’s Board meeting Dr. Alice Hill (AB ’81, PhD ’91) was elected HAA’s First Vice President for the 2018-2019 academic year. This election positions her for the post of HAA President in the 2019-2020 academic year. This will be the first time, in 10 years, that the role of President has been held by a member from an International Club and the first time a President has come from the Asia Pacific Region (or indeed the Southern Hemisphere).
As many of you who know Alice, she has spent over a decade serving the Alumni of this Region. She has served as the President of the HCV and the Regional Director of Australasia to the HAA. Currently Dr Hill serves as a member of the HCV council, chairs the HCV Non-Profit Fellowship Committee and for the last 3 years has served on the Executive Committee of the HAA.
This appointment is a recognition of her passionate commitment to our Harvard community. And for those of you who have worked beside her, know that this honour is well deserved.
Please join me in congratulating Alice!
Lisa Ray Hennessy MBA '97
HAA Director, Australasia Clubs and SIGS
Members are invited to watch this 11 minute video summarising the presentation: The Next Era for the Harvard Club of Australia. Presented by Aaron Patrick, featuring Justin Greiner.
The Clive Gard Scholarship is for current financial Harvard Club of Australia Members to receive a fully funded place at the HCA Leadership Program.
Member Applications for 2018 are now open.
The 2018 Clive Gard Scholarship
Receive a fully funded place at the HCA 2018 Leadership Program
The Future of Work in the Digital Age: winning through talent, technology, & improved productivity
Presented by Harvard Business School Professors Felix Oberholzer-Gee and Ethan Bernstein
Venue RACV Healesville, Victoria
Dates 2pm Sunday 29 July – 1.00pm Friday 3 August 2018
Cost free for the Scholarship winner. Full price $10,750 + GST
Applications - please apply on the Online Form (button below).
Applications Close Friday 18 May, interviews taking place by phone shortly thereafter.
This is a 5 day executive education program, fully residential organised by the Harvard Club of Australia’s philanthropic arm – HCA Philanthropy Pty Ltd.
Please think about making an application yourself or recommending to another Harvard Club of Australia Member. Applications are open to all current financial members of the HCA.
For full details or queries, please email Suzie Ruse, Program Manager for a Brochure
The Scholarship is named after Clive Gard, long-standing administrator of the Harvard Club of Australia and Director of the HCA Leadership Programs.
Peter Hasko, HCA Councillor & past HAA representative, urges you to vote and support “our” Rita and Geraldine in the upcoming Harvard Alumni Board Elections!
For the first time in a long time, our part of the world has candidates on the ballot for Harvard Overseer and for Elected Director of the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA).
Rita Pang from Hong Kong - Elected Director ("Our" Rita from Hong Kong is the only overseas candidate!)
Geraldine Acuna-Sunshine from Boston / the Philippines - Overseer
These elections are often decided by fewer than ten votes, so our participation as Hong Kong alumni is significant. Please consider using your votes to support these candidates. (Deadline: Must be received in Cambridge by May 15).
This is a formidable challenge as many of the votes outside US do not make it back before the deadline. Our Club has arranged for special ballots pick-up so they can be sent back by FedEx in one batch. See below.
Collection of Ballots
By Mail to our Club's Address in Hong Kong (must be received by May 7, 2018, Monday, at The Harvard Club Hong Kong, G.P.O. Box 1723, HK)
2 dates for pick up / collection of paper ballots
If you lose your ballot or never receive one: Call Election Services help desk 1-866-720-4357 to request a replacement ballot. Or email the help desk firstname.lastname@example.org. Include name, mailing add, degree & graduation year.
See Rita and Geraldine's biographies below and attached.
Rita Pang (Hong Kong, the SAR of the Republic of China)
A.B. ’96 cum laude; J.D. ’99, Duke Law School
Harvard Alumni Association, Committee Co-Chair
Harvard Alumni Association, Director for Asia 2014-2017
Harvard Club of Hong Kong, Co-President 2014-2016, Co-Secretary 2016-present
Geraldine Acuna-Sunshine (the Philippines / Boston)
A.B. ’92 ; M.P.P. '96 Harvard Kennedy School; J.D. '99 Columbia University
Harvard Alumni Association, College Director
Co-chair, 20th and 25th Class of 1992 Reunions
Member, Harvard Kennedy School Dean's Council
Member, Joint Commmittee on Alumni Affairs and Development
VOTE FOR RITA PANG. She is:
- the only overseas candidate for Elected Director
- an alumni representative for Asia with a long record of alumni service
- an entrepreneur dedicated to implementing innovative ideas
As an Elected Director, Rita will:
- bring international & diverse perspectives and experiences to the Board to strengthen One Harvard,
- provide another bridge between Harvard and Asia, and enable collaboration among different alumni clubs and alumni around the world.
VOTE FOR Geraldine Acuna-Sunshine. She is:
- the only overseas candidate for Overseer
- an alumni representative for Asia and the US with a long record of alumni service
- brings diverse experiences from the field of law, medicine, public health, and research
As an Overseers, Geraldine will:
- help deepen the programmatic partnerships among the Schools in Harvard
- help Harvard harness its synergistic power to resolve our world's most intractable problems
The Harvard alumni community provides stewardship for the University by electing the Overseers and Elected Directors. The alumni who participate in the elections are choosing the leaders who will guide the University and the Alumni community. International alumni – i.e. you -- need to vote to be a part of this process.
Elected Directors provide leadership for the HAA and its various committees, a capacity often demonstrated by a record of service to Harvard and an ability to communicate widely and effectively with other alumni.
The Board of Overseers is one of Harvard’s two governing boards, the other being the President and Fellows, also known as the Corporation. Drawing on the diverse experience and expertise of its members, the Board of Overseers exerts broad influence over the University's strategic directions, provides essential counsel to the University’s leadership on priorities and plans, has the power of consent to certain actions such as the election of Corporation members and appointment of the President, and directs the visitation process by which a broad array of Harvard Schools and departments are periodically reviewed. The more than 50 visiting committees directed by the Board, on which Overseers serve with others, play a principal role in assessing the quality of Harvard’s programs and assuring that the University remains true to its charter as a place of learning.
HCA 2018 Mentoring Program
As part of our club's ongoing commitment to helping our members succeed and fostering stronger links across generations of Harvard alumni, the Harvard Club of Australia is offering mentors to a small number of Harvard graduates.
Applicants should ideally hold a 3 year membership of the Harvard Club, or intend to remain a member for 3 years, and have graduated from one of the Harvard schools relatively recently. You will be matched with senior members of the Harvard Club of Australia based on your answers to the application questions. So please take time to consider your answers and be as specific as possible.
The program is scheduled to be launched with a kick-off & networking event (likely to be in June), and will formally run until the end of year. Mentors & Mentees will form their own agreements about meetings and conversations and we will support each mentoring pair by providing some guidelines at the beginning of the program. We will also check in on each mentoring pair every few months and be available throughout the program to discuss any issues that might arise.
Interested in participating? Please see details below.
Applications are due by Friday 27 April 2018.
Any and all questions, please contact us. We look forward to this year's program!
Yu Zhang & Susan Overall
What to do next:
1. Send your CV to Club Administrator Suzie Ruse
2. Answer the Application Questions for Mentees - please click here for the Google Forms link.
The Harvard Club of Australia congratulates Norma Ingram, the first Indigenous woman to graduate from Harvard, and winner of the First State Super Lifetime Achievement Award.
First State Super Lifetime Achievement Award
The First State Super Lifetime Achievement Award is new in 2018 and recognises an outstanding woman who has dedicated her life towards the advancement of women in NSW.
Norma Ingram is a Wiradjuri woman born in Cowra, NSW. She has lived most of her life in inner-city Redfern.
With a life-long passion for education and Aboriginal politics, Norma has been part of the Aboriginal political movement since the Foundation for Aboriginal Affairs in the 1960s. A natural networker, Norma uses any occasion to share her culture with others and educate non-Aboriginal people about its importance in today’s society.
The first Aboriginal person to graduate from Harvard University attaining a Master’s Degree in Education, Norma continues to update her qualifications. She believes that education and healthy lifestyle is key for Aboriginal people and Norma has developed programs that focus on helping provide this for Aboriginal women. These programs are used in Aboriginal communities as well as in TAFE.
Norma has a rich and varied resume: she has been CEO of both the Metropolitan Local and the State Aboriginal Land Councils; she managed projects with NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet and has run training programs at QANTAS, TAFE and the University of Technology, Sydney.
Norma has also shared her expertise sitting on numerous committees and boards of Aboriginal organisations. Her role as Chairperson of the Wyanga Aboriginal Elders Program continues to remind her that Aboriginal stories are essential to the continuation of Aboriginal culture and must be passed on to the younger generation.
Norma lives in Redfern.
The Harvard Club of Australia congratulates Prof. Hala Zreiqat, Australia-Harvard Fellow (2013), and Winner of 2018 NSW Premier’s Award for Woman of the Year.
NSW Premier’s Award for Woman of the Year
The NSW Premier's Woman of the Year Award recognises NSW women who have excelled in their chosen career, field or passion. These women are exceptional achievers who have made a significant contribution to NSW and whose accomplishments make them a strong role model for other women.
Professor Hala Zreiqat
Hala Zreiqat grew up, studied and worked in Jordan before moving to Sydney to do a PhD in Medical Sciences – a decision that transformed her life. Today she is recognised internationally for her extraordinary contributions to regenerative medicine and translational orthopaedic research.
Hala is Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Sydney, where she founded the Tissue Engineering and Biomaterials Research Unit in 2006. Pioneering the invention of new biomaterials and biomedical devices, the unit’s work is giving NSW a place at the table in the highly competitive global orthopaedic market.
Described as a trailblazer in championing opportunities for women, Hala was the first female president of the Australian and New Zealand Orthopaedic Research Society. A Senior Research Fellow of the National Health and Medical Research Council for the last 10 years, she was also the first person in NSW to receive a prestigious Radcliffe Fellowship from Harvard University.
Hala is also known for her work in developing the younger generation and is an avid supporter of upcoming Australian researchers; having mentored many postdoctoral researchers and supervised almost 70 PhD, Masters and Honours students. While at Harvard, Hala founded a new international network called IDEAL Society, dedicated to improving opportunities and recognition for women around the world.
The Harvard Club of Australia is seeking expressions of interest from members who wish to convene the Harvard Monday Club lunch series.
The lunch events are conducted as informal forums for Harvard Alumni and their guests to engage with a diverse group of accomplished guest speakers. They provide an opportunity for members from all schools to discuss and debate topical issues in the true Harvard spirit. The Monday Club lunch is held at the offices of JBWere or the Union Club in the Sydney CBD on the first Monday of each month.
The convenor (or group of co-convenors) invite, coordinate and host guest speakers with the full support of HCA administrator Suzie Ruse and HCA councillors. We are looking to have a transition period for the new convenors starting from April 2018. Please contact Suzie Ruse at email@example.com to express your interest or for further information.
New year Welcome Message from Justin Greiner & Harvard Club Membership Renewal Now Due
Thank you for your support of the Harvard Club of Australia in 2017. Your membership is now due for renewal.
In 2018, our focus is simple. We want to make a difference as a Harvard community in Australia:
For Members – to extend the unique Harvard experience (event details below)
For Harvard – to enhance Harvard’s reputation in Australia
For Australia – to make a worthwhile contribution to Australian society
Your membership is now due for renewal and I’m asking you to take two minutes and renew your subscription which remains at the same cost.
Please consider the 3 year membership option, $200 (a saving of $25).
Any queries regarding your membership, username or password, please email Suzie Ruse, HCA Administrator or call 0424 243 369.
EVENTS & PROGRAMS
Some of the Club's notable upcoming events and programs include:
Non-Profit Awards Lunch, 2 May, Macquarie, with guest speaker Scott Farquhar, Atlassian
2018 AGM Dinner, June, with guest speaker Mike Baird, investment banker and former Premier of New South Wales
2018 Program for Leaders 'The Future of Work in the Digital Age: winning through talent, technology and improved productivity', 29 July – 3 August with Professor Felix Oberholzer-Gee. Clive Gard Scholarship applications open soon for a fully funded place for a member.
The Mentoring Program.
Regular Monday Club lunches. Upcoming speakers include novelist Ceridwen Dovey (5 March) and Australian adventurer Michael Smith (9 April).
Events and Drinks and for Young Alumni - 2018 Kick Off drinks on Friday 16 Feb, details here - All Welcome.
Whether you make it to one or all of our events, I look forward to seeing you in the Harvard Club in 2018.
President, Harvard Club of Australia
Harvard Club of Australia is proud of its association with Sydney’s Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, most recently awarding a Fellowship to Professor Calum MacRae, a distinguished cardiology researcher and clinician from Harvard Medical School.
Cardiovascular disease is the world’s leading cause of death. When it comes to fighting it, VCCRI stands in the front row of change agents. In one or more of its forms, the disease claims the life of an Australian every 12 minutes; it can affect anybody, irrespective of age or gender. Labelled Australia’s most expensive disease, it currently costs us more than $7.6 billion in healthcare expenditure annually. VCCRI is dedicated to finding cures for it.
To date, our Club has awarded three Fellowships to VCCRI’s cause. Professor MacRae was a special invitee to VCCRI’s signal international event last December, the newly rebadged Sydney Cardiovascular Symposium, now bigger and better with the collaborative sponsorship of the Heart Research Institute. By delivering its annual Princesses’ Lecture, MacRae followed a stellar cast of the world’s leading clinicians and scientists. (The Lecture is named for Princesses Mary and Diana, both of whom were strong supporters of the Institute’s research.) Professor MacRae is the Chief of Cardiovascular Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Associate Professor of Medicine at HMS. In addition to running a busy Cardiology department, he is actively engaged in clinical and basic research, and was catapulted to the spotlight on the world stage two years ago when he became the recipient of One Brave Idea, a one-off $75 million grant funded by the American Heart Association and others. His visionary research project looks at coronary artery disease and its consequences, with potential applications to a broad set of human diseases.
Professor MacRae’s recent visit fostered longstanding collaborative links between HMS and Australia, first established by interactions between Professor Bob Graham AO and Professor Christine Seidman at Mass. General Hospital. Seidman and her husband have been mentors and collaborators of VCCRI’s Professor Diane Fatkin for over 20 years. In 2012, our Club’s Foundation awarded Diane an Australia-Harvard Fellowship to undertake sabbatical studies in the Seidman Laboratory. She worked closely with Professor MacRae for nearly five years when they were both research fellows there, undertaking studies with results now firmly defined in prestigious journals.
Harvard Club’s association with VCCRI began in 2004, when the Club’s Foundation awarded an Australia-Harvard Fellowship to Professor Charles I. Berul, at that time the world leader in adapting mouse models to cardiology research conditions.
by John Turner