About us

Meet the team

The Academy is based in Canberra and Melbourne. The secretariat work on policy development, including preparing Government submissions, inquiries and consultations, organise and run workshops, seminars, delegations and briefings to support the work of the Academy and Fellows.

Senior leadership

Peter Pentland

Peter Pentland

Executive Manager, Academy Schools Program (STELR)

Dr Irene Kourtis

Dr Irene Kourtis

Chief Operating Officer


Alix Ziebell

Director, Policy and Government Relations

Justine OBrien

Justine O'Brien

Director Strategic Communication

Policy, support and programs team

Dr Carolyn O’Brien  Senior International Relations Associate
Elvira Copur Fellowship Manager