Our governance

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

Director's Office

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


(Chair) Director
UNESCO Chair, Cultural Diversity and Social Justice
Professor Fethi Masouri

Deputy Directors

Deputy Director (International)
Professor, Middle East and Central Asian Politics
Professor Shahram Akbarzadeh

Deputy Director (Research)
Professor Andrea Witcomb

Administration Team

Senior Administration Officer
Yvonne Williams        
Engagement and Communications Officer
Matthew Guy
Administration Assistant,
(UNESCO Chair) for Comparative Research on cultural diversity and Social Justice
Tara Brennan
Research & Partnerships Coordinator
Dr Patrick Guay
Academic Editor
Jenny Lucy
Administration Assistant
Arlene Pacheco
Research Assistant to the UNESCO Chair
Enqi Weng
Digital Content Assistant
Giles Campbell-Wright


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

Executive Group

(Chair) Director, UNESCO Chair, Cultural Diversity and Social Justice
Professor Fethi Masouri
Deputy Director (International) and Globalisation Research Professor, Middle East and Central Asian Politics
Professor Shahram Akbarzadeh
Deputy Director (Research)
Professor Andrea Witcomb
Senior Lecturer, School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Associate Professor Chad Whelan
Research Professor
Professor Anita Harris
Senior Lecturer (International Law)
Dr John Morss
Lecturer Politics and Policy Studies
Dr Zim Nwokora (ECR)

Ex Officio

Executive Dean Faculty Arts and Education
Alfred Deakin Professor Christine Ure
Head of School, School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Professor Matthew Clarke
Executive Officer, Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation
Geelong Convenor, ADI and Professor of Australian Studies, School of Humanities and Social Studies
Professor Louise Johnson
Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of Arts and Education
Professor Jack Reynolds

Advisory Board

Our Advisory Board provides us with high-level advice on a range of strategic matters including advising us on our strategic research plan.

Dr B. (Hass) Dellal AO

Chair, ADI Advisory Board
Dr B. (Hass) Dellal AO

Dr B. (Hass) Dellal AO is the Executive Director of the Australian Multicultural Foundation and Deputy Chairman of the SBS Board of Directors. He has over 25 years experience in policy, management, community development and programming for cultural diversity. 

Dr Dellal has extensive experience nationally and internationally in multicultural affairs. He serves on various boards and committees and has spearheaded initiatives for the development of the general community. He has also prepared programs on community relations on behalf of government authorities and the private sector.

He has extensive experience nationally and internationally in multicultural affairs. He serves on various boards and committees and has spearheaded initiatives for the development of the general community. He has prepared programs on community relations on behalf of Government authorities and the private sector. Hass is Chair of the Centre for Multicultural Youth, Co-Chair of the Victoria Police Multi-faith Council, Member of the Australian Multicultural Council, Board Member of the European Multicultural Foundation, a Fellow of the Williamson Leadership Program and an Australia Day Ambassador. He was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for services to Multiculturalism, the Arts and the Community in 1997, and the Centenary of Federation Medal in 2003. He was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate in Social Sciences by RMIT University in 2006. In 2015, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to the multicultural community through leadership and advisory roles, to the advancement of inclusiveness and social harmony, to youth, and to the broadcast media.

Professor Jane Den Hollander (AO)

Vice-Chancellor and President, Deakin University
Professor Jane Den Hollander

Professor Jane den Hollander has been Vice-Chancellor and President of Deakin University since July, 2010. 

At Deakin, Professor den Hollander introduced LIVE the future, an aspiration for Deakin to drive the digital frontier in higher education, harnessing the power, opportunity and reach of new and emerging technologies in all that it does. Professor den Hollander holds a BSc (Honours) First Class in Zoology and a Master of Science degree from Wits University, Johannesburg. Her PhD is from the University of Wales, Cardiff. Professor den Hollander is a Board member of Universities Australia, Education Australia Limited and UniSuper Limited. She is Deputy Chair and Trustee of the Geelong Performing Arts Council and Chair of Skilling the Bay, an organisation focussed on ensuring the skills and jobs of the future in a transitional economy. She is also an External Advisory Board Member of the Victorian Government Regional Economic Development and Services Review and on the Kardinia Park Steering Committee. Prior to taking up her appointment as Vice-Chancellor of Deakin University, Professor den Hollander was Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at Curtin University in Western Australia.

Professor Joe Graffam

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research, Deakin University
Professor Joe Graffam

Professor Joe Graffam is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research at Deakin University leading a portfolio that includes responsibility for:

  • Deakin Research
  • Deakin Research Innovations
  • Institute for Frontier Materials
  • Institute for Intelligent Systems Research and Innovation

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research provides academic leadership to advance Deakin’s distinctive research and research training both nationally and internationally.  This includes research development, industry-focused research and commercialisation and research promotion.

Prior to his appointment in 2018, Professor Joe Graffam was Pro Vice-Chancellor Research Training and Performance Enhancement at Deakin University. Prior to that he was Pro Vice-Chancellor Research Development and Training and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic).  Joe is also Professor and Chair in Psychology.  He has worked in higher education for more than 30 years. Joe held early career positions as a researcher in the Neuropsychiatric Institute, School of Medicine, UCLA.

Alfred Deakin Professor Christine Ure

Executive Dean Faculty Arts and Education Alfred Deakin Professor Christine Ure

Alfred Deakin Professor Christine Ure is the Acting Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Education. She commenced the position of Head of the School of Education at Deakin in 2012 . The School has established a strong reputation for research and teaching and was ranked 4, or above world standard in the 2015 ERA ranking, and 30 in the world in the 2018 Quacquarelli Symonds discipline ranking for Education and 5 in Australia.

Professor Ure is a leader in the national debate around teacher education policy and reform and is National convenor of the Network of Associate Deans of Professional Experience and member of the board of the Australian Council of Deans of Education. She is also a member of the Victorian Government Teacher Supply and Demand Reference Group and the Minister’s Expert Panel for Schools, and was from 2012 to 2017, the President of the Victorian Council of Deans of Education.

Professor Ure has led major initiatives in teacher education at Deakin, including the development of the Teaching Academies Model for professional experience in initial teacher education. This model sets a new standard and approach for school and university partnerships in teacher education. She is committed to improving quality outcomes for schools and has provided leadership for the development of two new Graduate Certificate programs for Education Business Leadership and Education Research that are designed to promote greater use of evidence in the provision of teaching and resources for learning in schools. In 2014-2017 she had oversight of the Skilling the Bay Project, Successful Students – STEM Program, that was designed to build teaching capability in secondary schools and promote student awareness and future employment opportunities in STEM related industries.

Professor Ure has extensive experience in the management of teacher education projects in Australia, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, India and Vietnam. Her most recent research and development activities have focused on how the learning goals and design of services and programs meet the educational needs of users and systems. In 2017 she was a lead investigator for a major research consultancy regarding the professional development of senior educational managers in Vietnam.

Professor Fethi Mansouri 

Director, Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation
Professor Fethi Mansouri

Professor Fethi Mansouri holds a Deakin University Alfred Deakin Research Chair in migration and intercultural studies and is the Director of the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation.

In 2013 he was appointed Chair-holder, UNESCO Chair in comparative research on ‘Cultural Diversity and Social Justice’. He is the editor of the Journal of Intercultural Studies and founding co-editor of the international journal of Social Inclusion. His most influential books include: ‘Islam and Political Violence: Muslim Diaspora and Radicalism in the West’, (2007); ‘Political Islam and Human Security’ (2008); ‘Identity, Education, and Belonging: Arab and Muslim Youth in Contemporary Australia’ (2008); ‘Youth Identity and Migration: Culture, Values and Social Connectedness’ (2009); ‘Australia and the Middle East: A Frontline Relationship’ (2011, second edition); and ‘Migration, Citizenship and Intercultural Relations: Looking Through the Lens of Social Inclusion’ (2011). His most recent books include: ‘Muslims in the West and the Challenges of Belonging’ (2012); ‘The Arab Revolutions in Context: Civil Society and Democracy in a Changing Middle East’ (2012); ‘Global Perspectives on the Politics of Multiculturalism’ (2014) and ‘The Multicultural Challenge’ (2015). Professor Mansouri’s 2004 book ‘Lives in Limbo: Voices of Refugees under Temporary Protection’ was short-listed for the 2004 Human Rights Medals and Awards.

Ms Carmel Guerra (OAM)

Member, ADI Advisory Board
Ms Carmel Guerra

Carmel Guerra is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY). Carmel has over 25 years experience in the community sector and trained as a Youth Worker in the 1980s.

She was part of a collective of youth workers concerned with addressing the needs of newly arrived and refugee young people which was later funded and in 1988 Carmel became the first Youth Worker of the Ethnic Youth Issues Network, the predecessor of CMY. Carmel has contributed to a range of research reports and Australian Research Council projects relating to multicultural youth. She sits on a number of government committees on issues as diverse as youth mentoring to illicit drug use. Carmel convenes the national Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network (MYAN) and recently served as a member of the Australian Multicultural Council. She is currently a member of the Youth Parole Board and the Refugee Resettlement Advisory Council and she is also a Director of the Migration Council Australia. Carmel has been awarded a Churchill Fellowship, earned a Centenary Medal for services to young people, migrant and refugee communities, and was entered into the Victorian Women’s Honour Roll for her services to the community.

Mr Ahmet Keskin

Member, ADI Advisory Board
Mr Ahmet Keskin

Ahmet is the Executive Director of the Australian Intercultural Society.

He was one of the co-founders of the NSW based Affinity Intercultural Foundation and also a NSW Centenary ANZAC Ambassador. He was a recipient of the UWS Community Service Award in 2013. He also started the UTS MSA where he studied Bachelor of Telecommunications Engineering. He has recently completed his Masters of Islamic Sciences with ISRA Australia.

Mr Frank McGuire

Member, ADI Advisory Board
Mr Frank McGuire

Frank McGuire is a Member of Parliament, internationally acclaimed social innovator, businessman and dual-winner of Australian journalism’s most prestigious honour, the Walkley Award.

He founded the Global Learning Village to build smarter, healthier, better-connected and sustainable communities, a model nominated for the International Metropolis Award and showcased to 150 cities around the world. It co-ordinates the three tiers of government, civil society and business and won the support of world leaders in information and communications technology, Microsoft, Intel and Cisco Systems. The Global Learning Village delivers lifelong learning and Australia’s first multiversity in Frank’s heartland Broadmeadows, the community which elected him in 2011 as its first home grown representative in the Victorian Parliament, following the retirement of former Premier, John Brumby.

In his first term Frank was the deputy chairman of the joint Parliamentary Committee on Economic Development, Infrastructure and Outer Suburban/Interface Services. He was also deputy chairman of the Parliamentary Inquiry into child sexual abuse that produced the landmark report "Betrayal of Trust."

In Government, Premier Daniel Andrews has appointed Frank as Victoria’s first Parliamentary Secretary for Medical Research.

Ms Inga Peulich 

Member, ADI Advisory Board
Inga Peulich

Inga Peulich is an experienced Member of Parliament and is the current Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Shadow Minister for Scrutiny of Government.

Inga brings a depth of experience in government and opposition and across both chambers of the parliament. She is committed to supporting and driving policies which build social and physical capital and deliver the best outcomes for individuals, families and the community without diminishing essential freedoms or shirking social and financial responsibilities.  From 2010-2014 Inga served as Parliamentary Secretary for Education and was subsequently appointed Cabinet Secretary. After serving 10 years in the Victorian Legislative Assembly from 1992 -2002 as the Member for Bentleigh, Inga was re-elected to the Victorian Parliament as Liberal Member for the South Eastern Metropolitan Region in the Legislative Council in 2006, 2010 and 2014. Before being elected to the Victorian Parliament, Inga was an English Faculty Head at Cleeland and Eumemmering Secondary Colleges, teaching VCE English and Psychology. She is an International Teaching Fellow and is well qualified with a BA and M. Ed Studies. Inga also has many years of involvement in small business and believes that small and medium sized businesses are the life-blood of our economy.
Inga was born in Bosnia-Herzegovina and migrated to Australia with her family when she was 10 years old. She is married to Savo, a small business owner and has one adult son, also in local government and former Mayor of Kingston.  Inga was first elected to local government in the south-east of Melbourne and began her political life as a childcare activist.

Professor Fazal Rizvi 

Member, ADI Advisory Board
Professor Fazal Rizvi

Fazal Rizvi is a Professor in Education at the University of Melbourne, as well as an Emeritus Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

Fazal Rizvi is a Professor in Education at the University of Melbourne, as well as an Emeritus Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. He had previously held academic and administrative appointments at a number of universities in Australia, including as Pro Vice Chancellor (International) at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and as the founding Director of the Monash Centre for Research in International Education. He is an advisory board member of the Asia Education Foundation and a fellow of the Australian Academy of the Social Sciences and Australia India Institute. He has written extensively on globalisation and education policy, issues of identity, difference and culture in transnational contexts, Indian higher education and Australia-Asia relations. His most recent books include: Globalising Education Policy (Routledge (2010) and Encountering Education in a Global Era (Routledge 2014)

Professor Peter Spearritt 

Member, ADI Advisory Board
Professor Peter Spearritt

Born in Melbourne, and educated at North Sydney Boys High School, the University of Sydney and ANU, Peter Spearritt is Professor of Urban History at the University of Queensland.

Contact the Executive Officer to the Advisory Board.

Yvonne Williams
+ 61 3 9251 7467
Email Yvonne Williams

International Reference Group

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


Founding Director, University Research Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship University of Bristol, United Kingdom
Professor Tariq Modood
Director of the Centre for the Study of Culture and Politics Swansea University, United Kingdom
Professor Roland Axtmann 
Professor of Critical Race, Gender and Leadership Studies Antioch University, United States of America
Professor Philomena Essed
Chair of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Welfare Augustana College, United States of America
Professor Peter Kivisto
Presidential Professor, Graduate Centre City University of New York, United States of America
Professor Bryan Turner
Director, Global Governance Programme European University Institute, Italy
Professor Anna Triandafyllidou
University Research Chair in Socio-Cultural Changes in Canada University of Ottawa, Canada
Professor Patrick Imbert
Professor of Religious Studies Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Professor Paul Morris