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The Alfred Deakin Institute’s governance includes a Director’s Office, an Executive, Advisory Board and an International Reference Group.

Director’s office

The Director’s Office is made up of our Director, Deputy Directors and administrative staff.


Deakin Distinguished Prof Fethi Mansouri

Deakin Distingushed Professor and Director, Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation

Deputy Directors

Prof Shahram Akbarzadeh

Deputy Director (International) and Research Professor, Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation

Deakin Distinguished Prof Emma Kowal

Deputy Director (Research Development) Deakin Distinguished Professor of Anthropology

Administrative and Professional Team

Ms Ciara Barker

Communications Coordinator

Ms Maryanne Borg

Executive Assistant to the ADI Director and UNESCO Chair

Dr Jasmin Chen

Digital Project Officer UNESCO Chair

Ms Karly Stafford

Executive Officer

Mr Nazryn Samat

Grants and Contracts Officer

Ms Jennifer Stepanov

Senior Administrative Coordinator

Ms Kathryn Tafra

ADI Writer and Editor


Our Executive provides advice to the Institute Director on a range of strategic matters.

Executive Group

Dr Rose Butler

Senior Research Fellow

Dr Ali Mozaffari

Senior Research Fellow

Prof Anita Harris

Research Professor

A/Prof Holly High

ARC Future Fellow

Prof David Bright

Professor of Criminology

Dr Luke Heemsbergen

Senior Lecturer, Communication

Prof Michele Grossman

Research Chair in Diversity and Community Resilience

Dr Timothy Neale

Senior Research Fellow

Ex Officio

Prof Andrew Hope

Head of School, School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Prof Andrea Witcomb

Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of Arts and Education

Prof David Lowe

Alfred Deakin Professor and Chair in Contemporary History

Prof Miguel Vatter

Professor in Political Science

Dr Marian Abouzeid

Senior Research Fellow

Ms Karly Stafford

Executive Officer

Advisory Board

Our Advisory Board provides the Institute with high-level advice on a range of strategic matters including the Institute strategic research plan.

The Hon (MP) Brad Rowswell

Member for SanDringham

The Hon (MP) Katie Hall

Member for Footscray

Prof Iain Martin

Vice-Chancellor and President, Deakin University

Prof Fazal Rizvi

Professor in Education, the University of Melbourne

Prof Peter Spearritt

Emeritus Professor, University of Queensland

Prof Simon Tormey

Executive Dean, Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University

Dr B. (Hass) Dellal AO

Executive Director, Australian Multicultural Foundation

Dr Dalal Smiley

CEO, Wellsprings for Women

Ms Farah Farouque

Director of Community Engagement, Tenants Victoria

Ms Carmel Guerra

Chief Executive Officer, Centre for Multicultural Youth

Mr Ahmet Keskin

Executive Director, Australian Intercultural Society

Contact the Executive Officer, Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation:

Karly Stafford
+61 3 5227 2793

International Reference Group

The International Reference Group provides advice to our Director and Executive on a range of strategic matters.

Prof Roland Axtmann

Honorary Research Fellow, Swansea University, United Kingdom

Prof Philomena Essed

Professor of Critical Race, Gender and Leadership Studies, Antioch University, United States of America

Prof Patrick Imbert

University Research Chair, ‘Canada: Social and Cultural Challenges in a Knowledge-based Society’, University of Ottawa, Canada

Prof Peter Kivisto

Professor of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Welfare, Augustana College, United States of America

Prof Tariq Modood

Founding Director, University Research Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship, University of Bristol, United Kingdom

Prof Paul Morris

Emeritus Professor of Religious Studies, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Prof Anna Triandafyllidou

Professor, Canada Excellence Research Chair in Migration and Integration at Ryerson University, Canada

Prof Bryan Turner

Director, Institute for Religion, Politics and Society, Australian Catholic University, Australia

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