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)


Alix Ziebell

Director Policy and Government Relations

Justine OBrien

Justine O'Brien

Director Strategic Communication

Gita Karwal

Ms Gita Karwal

Director Engagement

Engagement and Communication

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