President


Our current President is Professor John Fitzgerald FAHA.

John was elected to Fellowship in the Academy in 2000, taking up the role of President in November 2014. He was a member of Council from 2005–07, and International Secretary in 2006–07 and again in 2013–14.

Australians love reading about our history and archaeology. We enjoy poetry and music and we are keen to learn about other peoples and countries. Preserving and sharing these skills and pleasures is what the humanities are all about. As a country we also face big challenges that call for big thinking. We all have a part to play in meeting these challenges. The Academy is here to help.John Fitzgerald

John is Director, Centre for Social Impact, Swinburne Program for Asia-Pacific Social Investment and Philanthropy, at Swinburne University of Technology. Before joining Swinburne in 2013 John served five years as Representative of The Ford Foundation in Beijing where he directed the Foundation’s China operations. He is also currently President of the Australian Council of Learned Academies.

His research interests centre on Chinese politics and history; philanthropy and social investment in Australia, USA, China and Asia; and multiculturalism and Chinese diaspora in Australia.

To learn more, view Professor Fitzgerald’s profile.