Our Board

Executive Chairman

Robert Johanson

Robert Johanson is a consultant at corporate advisory firm Grant Samuel where he has worked since 1993. Robert has 30 years’ experience in corporate finance and investment banking. He is the Chairman of Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Limited, Deputy Chancellor at the University of Melbourne and Chairman of the Melbourne University Fund. He is Chairman of the Australia India Institute and of The Conversation, a member of the Takeovers Panel and a director of the Robert Salzer Foundation, an arts foundation. Robert is also a sheep farmer.

Deputy Chair

Susan Elliott

Professor Susan Elliott studied Medicine at the University of Melbourne. She was awarded Dux of the Austin and Repatriation General Hospital’s Clinical School and was the recipient of the Senior Medical Staff Prize. Her specialist training is in gastroenterology, for which she completed her MD by thesis in 1993. She worked as a consultant physician at the Austin and Western Hospitals from 1994 to 1997 whilst concurrently pursuing her interest in medical education. Professor Elliott was appointed Lecturer in Medicine from 1991-95 and Senior Lecturer in Medicine from 1995-97 at the University of Melbourne. As Director of the Faculty Education Unit, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences since 1997, Professor Elliott has been instrumental in the development of the new undergraduate medical curriculum for the University of Melbourne. She has also acted as a consultant to several universities, both nationally and internationally, in developing medical curricula.

Since 2003, Professor Elliott has also undertaken the role of Associate Dean (Academic) for the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, chairing a range of committees and advising on matters regarding student selection, progress, teaching and learning, and equity. She took up the position of Pro Vice-Chancellor (Teaching, Learning and Equity) in August, 2005 and was appointed as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement) in October 2009.

Honorary Director, AII @Delhi

Amitabh Mattoo

Professor Amitabh Mattoo is the Honorary Director of the Australia India Institute @Delhi. He concurrently serves as Honorary Professor of International Relations at the University of Melbourne and Professor at the School of International Studies Jawaharlal Nehru University. Professor Mattoo was the CEO and Inaugural Director of the Australia Institute from 2011-2015.

Professor Mattoo has been the CEO and Director of the Australia India Institute, a Member of the National Knowledge Commission, a high-level advisory group to the Prime Minister of India and the National Security Council’s Advisory Board. He was the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Jammu from 2002-2008. He received his Doctorate from the University of Oxford and has been a visiting Professor at Stanford University, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Illinois, and the Maison des Sciences de l'Homme in Paris. He has published extensively including eight books and more than a hundred articles. He was awarded the Padma Shri, one of India's highest civilian awards, for his contribution to education and public life.

CEO & Director

Craig Jeffrey

Craig Jeffrey is Director of the Australia India Institute and former Professor of Development Geography at the University of Oxford and Official Fellow of St. John's College. He is a leading authority on South Asian youth and also writes on Indian democracy, educational transformation, globalization, and the 'social revolution' that he sees occuring across India in the Twenty-First Century.
Craig has spent a total of five years since 1995 conducting anthropological fieldwork in western Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. He is author of numerous journal articles as well as six books, including Timepass: Youth, Class and the Politics of Waiting in India (Stanford University Press, 2010) and Keywords for Modern India (with John Harriss; Oxford University Press, 2014). Oxford University Press have recently commissioned Craig Jeffrey to write A Very Short Introduction to Modern India, part of its prestigious Very Short Introduction series.

Professor Jeffrey is currently leading a large project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council on educated unemployed youth in South Asia. Craig Jeffrey was recently elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and, in addition to his academic work, is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4, Times Literary Supplement, The Guardian, Sydney Morning Herald, Australian Financial Review and The Conversation.
Craig's partner, Jane Dyson, has made a film about their work in India: www.lifelinesfilm.com


Nick Bisley

Nick Bisley is Executive Director of La Trobe Asia and Professor of International Relations  at La Trobe University.  His research and teaching expertise is in Asia’s international relations, globalisation and the diplomacy of great powers.  Nick is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Australian Journal of International Affairs, Australia’s oldest scholarly journal in the field of International Relations. Nick is a director of the Australian Institute of International Affairs, a member of the Council for Security and Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific  and has been a Senior Research Associate of the International Institute of Strategic Studies and a Visiting Fellow at the East West-Center in Washington DC. Nick is the author of many works on international relations, including most recently ‘A Rebalance to Where? US Strategic Geography in Asia’ in Survival: Global Politics and Strategy 55.5, 2013, pp. 95-114, Issues in 21st Century World Politics (Palgrave, 2013, 2nd edition edited with Mark Beeson), Great Powers in the Changing International Order (Lynne Rienner, 2012),  and Building Asia’s Security (IISS/Routledge, 2009, Adelphi No. 408).  He regularly contributes to and is quoted in national and international media including The Economist, Voice of America and Sky News.

Ross Fitzgerald

Ross Fitzgerald is a Director of Visy Industries, and the Founding CEO of Spectrum Venture Management. Ross is committed to promoting greater friendship, mutual understanding and co-operation between Australia and India. To this end, he is:

  • Co- Chairman, the Australia India Leadership Dialogue; and the IndiaAustralia Israel Food and Water Security Dialogue
  • Board member of the Australia India Institute;the Australian Friends of ASHA; and the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne.

Ross was formerly a consultant with McKinsey & Co., and he has an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Adam Luckhurst

Adam Luckhurst is the Branch Manager, Policy and Systems Branch within the International Group of the Australian Government Department of Education and Training.  In this role Adam is responsible for overseeing regulatory arrangements relating to the provision of international education and the bilateral education relationship with South and South East Asian countries.


Vice President International, UNSW Australia

Fiona Docherty

Fiona Docherty is part of the University of New South Wales' Senior Management Team and is responsible for driving forward UNSW's bold and ambitious strategy to 2025, delivering transformative change in the areas of academic excellence, social engagement and global impact. Directly accountable for UNSW's international goal to become Australia's most international university through innovative partnerships and a borderless approach to education.