Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation from the start of 2017, Annemarie is an experienced not-for-profit executive with a passion for the world of education. Prior to joining the Foundation, she was CEO of Schools Connect Australia, a NFP which brought businesses in partnership with disadvantaged schools. She led this organisation for 4 years, strengthening its marketing and economics and ultimately guiding its merger with the Australian Business Community Network (ABCN).
Annemarie previously worked with the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) initially in Sales and Marketing followed by three years as General Manager and publisher of ACER Press. In support of her passion about the role of arts in the community she has produced a documentary, Dare To Be Different, which showcases the impact of an arts based curriculum on the learning of children with a range of disabilities at the Port Phillip Specialist School.
She is Deputy Chair and non-executive board director of Creative Art Therapy Australia (CATA).
Annemarie has a diverse global perspective and has lived, worked and studied in Fiji, Indonesia, New Zealand and the USA.
She has a BA English Lit. (Hons, cum laude) CofC, USA; MA Monash University; Grad. Dip. Education and Training, Victoria University and has completed the AICD Company Directors Course.
Chief Financial Officer
As Chief Financial Officer, Chuan is responsible for the Foundation’s financial functions including accounting, audit, investments and governance. He also leads all human resources activities. His career spans over 25 years of varied experience in financial management, business leadership and information technology delivery.
Before joining the Foundation in early 2018, Chuan served as Treasurer and Finance Operations Manager at an Australian University and as Company Secretary for its subsidiaries. He has held senior positions in investment banks, transportation, mining, agricultural and tertiary education organisations.
Chuan has a Master of Finance and Bachelor of Business in Accountancy from RMIT University and holds CPA and CFTP (Snr) memberships.
Director, Scholarships and Alumni
Alexandra is the Director, Scholarships and Alumni at the General Sir John Monash Foundation; she has been working with the Foundation since July 2017.
Prior to joining the General Sir John Monash Foundation, Alexandra worked in the finance sector in compliance and planning whilst concurrently completing her Bachelor of Arts (International Studies and Italian) 1st Class honours, from Swinburne University of Technology. She was the recipient of the Swinburne Medics Award for excellence in Italian studies and received the Charles D’Aprano Memorial Scholarship, which supported her honours thesis project and a period of research in Italy in 2016.
Alexandra’s professional interest is in fostering positive social impact through access to leadership development opportunities and education. She is completing a Master of Social impact through Swinburne University of Technology and the Centre for Social Impact. She volunteers for Fight MND in their annual big freeze campaigns. Alexandra is also currently a Board Director for the Spirit of Australia Foundation.
Serena is the Marketing Manager at the General Sir John Monash Foundation. Serena has 10 years of international experience working within the education sector across Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States and Asia. She has a Bachelor of Contemporary Arts from Deakin (focussing on Journalism, Political Science and Dramatic Arts), and a Graduate Certificate in Marketing (RMIT).
Her professional values include supporting both students and educators to create fulfilling career pathways that encompass lifelong learning. Serena enjoys collaborating with stakeholders to develop best practice through sharing knowledge, which enables the best outcomes for all partnerships. She brings to the team an ideal range of skills, experience and qualities to make a great contribution to the Foundation.
Office and Events Administrator
Jacinda Liau joined in 2018 as the Executive Assistant and Office Administration for the General Sir John Monash Foundation.
Jacinda graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Arts in Japanese Language. Following her exchange studies at Meiji Gakuin University in Japan, she worked both in Japan and Australia for leading Intellectual Property firms specialising in patents and trademarks.
Her interests include furthering the understanding and education of Japanese culture and has worked with local communities and organisations in popular interest fields.