About us

Meet the team

The Academy’s head office is in Melbourne. Staff work on policy development, including preparing Government submissions, inquiries and consultations.

Staff also help organise and run workshops, seminars, delegations and briefings, supporting the work of our Fellows.

Senior leadership


Dr Margaret Hartley FTSE

Chief Executive Officer

Matt Wenham

Dr Matt Wenham

Executive Director, Policy

Dr Irene Kourtis

Dr Irene Kourtis

Executive Director, Corporate Strategy and Innovation

Peter Pentland

Peter Pentland

Executive Manager, Academy Schools Program

Policy, support and programs team

Dr Carolyn O’Brien  Senior International Relations Associate
Alix Ziebell Principal Policy Analyst
Robyn Lawford   Policy Support Officer
Dr Michelle Low Policy Analyst
Riajeet Kaur Policy Analyst
Jasmine Francis STEM Policy Intern
Sara Madderson  Governance Secretary
Elvira Copur Senior Coordinator, Membership and Awards
Pennie Stoyles STELR Program Manager

Amelia Dean Events Coordinator & Division Support Officer
Elizabeth Geddes Digital and Design Officer
Benjamin Hickey Communications Officer
Dr Mark Bradley  Manager, International Innovation Connect
Sarah Hayward  International Mentoring Officer
Maria Pridham  Finance Officer
Amy Kuivalainen Project Administrations Officer
Ashleigh Dunston Office Administrator