ANU Foundation USA Board

The ANU Foundation USA Board was established to promote excellence in education and research at the Australian National University, including the exchange of knowledge, faculty and students between Australia and North America.

The Board is comprised of ANU alumni and staff, and friends of the University, who are committed to strengthening the global impact and presence of Australia's national university.

A message from the Chair

I was drawn to study at ANU because of its world-class economics and Asian studies programs. As a student, I discovered experiences beyond course work, from co-editing the student newspaper, Woroni, to studying abroad. These experiences made student life memorable and prepared me for a global career. I am honoured to be Chair of the ANU Foundation USA because, through this position, I can help create opportunities for ANU students to have their own life changing experiences.

As a board, our mission is to connect with our alumni and friends in the US and create opportunities to share ideas and experiences with this community. Our current focus is to establish the US Alumni Scholarship to create opportunities for more students to attend ANU.

Thank you for your interest in our mission, and your support of our work.

Sarah Backhouse

Board members

Sarah Backhouse
Sarah Backhouse

Sarah Backhouse (Chair)

Sarah is a global communications leader, who graduated from ANU in 1994 with a Bachelor degree in Economics and Japanese Studies.

With a career spanning over 20 years, Sarah has worked as an eco-journalist, broadcaster, entrepreneur and executive.

Sarah founded Future360.tv, an online video platform showcasing sustainable innovation. She is currently Executive Director at World 50, overseeing several private communities of CEOs, Chief Communications Officers and Chief Finance Officers from the world’s biggest companies.

 

Simon Anderson
Simon Anderson

Simon Anderson

Simon has been innovating in open source software and cloud computing for nearly two decades.

He has played a major part in funding and leading companies that have helped entrepreneurs create new web applications that have transformed our lives.

He is the Founder and CEO of Mission, a managed cloud services and consulting company.

Simon graduated from ANU with a Bachelor of Science in 1991 and a law degree in 1993, specialising in international and environmental law.

 

Sasho Bogoevski
Sasho Bogoevski

Sasho Bogoevski

Sasho has extensive history working in the financial service industry, in areas such as asset consulting, client management and sales, in Australia, UK and USA. He is currently working in investor relations.

Sasho holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Economics from ANU. The foundational studies in Economics and Politics were ideal for a career of advice and engagement with some of the largest and most sophisticated investors around the world.

 

Paul Harris
Paul Harris

Paul Harris

Paul is the Director of the ANU North American Liaison Office in Washington, DC. Prior to this appointment, Paul was Counsellor (Education and Science) at the Australian Embassy in Tokyo.

He has also worked in publishing, the Crawford School of Public Policy at ANU, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), and the Australian Parliament, supporting the work of Senate Committees.

Paul holds a Masters of International Affairs from ANU.

 

Scott Leeb
Scott Leeb

Scott Leeb

Scott has over 15 years of experience creating, managing, and expanding the knowledge management and business intelligence functions at four fortune 500 companies and at one of the leading global philanthropic organisations, The Rockefeller Foundation.

Scott holds a Master of Arts, Strategic Studies from ANU.

 

Barbara Miles
Barbara Miles

Barbara Miles (ex-officio)

Barbara was appointed Vice-President (Advancement) at ANU in February 2018. Before coming to Australia, Barbara served as the Vice-President, Development and Alumni Engagement for ten years at the University of British Columbia (UBC), where she led with great success, what was at the time, the most ambitious fundraising and alumni engagement campaign in Canadian history (2008-2015).

Barbara has worked in fundraising and advancement at institutions such as the University of Florida, Florida Philharmonic, New World Symphony (Miami), and the Florida Grand Opera.

 

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