Professor Annabelle Duncan was elected to the AARNet Board of Directors at its meeting on 8 June 2016 to fill a vacancy on the Board that arose when Professor Ian Young retired in 2015. We thank Ian for his invaluable contribution and wish him all the best.
Professor Annabelle Duncan is the Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer of the University of New England. She joined the University in September 2010, initially as Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and then as Deputy Vice-Chancellor.
Prior to joining UNE, Professor Duncan spent 16 years in the CSIRO, including 6 years as Chief of the Division of Molecular Science. She has also served in managerial roles within the Bio21 Institute at University of Melbourne and AgriBio Institute at La Trobe University.
Professor Duncan acted as an advisor to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on biological weapons control, representing Australia at international arms control meetings and acting as a biological weapons inspector with the United Nations in Iraq.
She was awarded a Public Service Medal in 1996, and Honorary Doctor of Science (DSc) from Murdoch University in 2005 for her work in arms control.
“It is an honour to join the AARNet Board. AARNet has a vital role to play in Australian research, connecting Australian Universities, the CSIRO and other organisations such as hospitals, schools and museums. It also connects Australia to other universities anywhere else in the world. As such, it is the enabler of our nationally and globally focused research. It is a dynamic Organisation, and I look forward to playing a role in its future.”