Foundation USA


The Foundation's volunteer Board of Directors is comprised of five distinguished individuals, who all have Tasmanian connections and proudly support the University of Tasmania through the UTAS Foundation USA.

Derek Thomson was elected Chairman of the Board in January 2012, and has been a member of the University of Tasmania Foundation USA Board since 2007. A UTAS graduate in 1988, Derek is a CPA in both Australia and the USA, and he also holds an MBA from Melbourne University's Melbourne Business School and Duke University's Fuqua School of Business. Derek has lived in New York City since 1999 working in investment banking with JP Morgan & Co. and other financing institutions, and is currently helping to build a new capital markets advisory business within PwC's (PricewaterhouseCoopers) Transaction Services group.

Young Dawkins, Executive Director, Advancement, brings over 30 years of experience to his role at the University of Tasmania, including leadership positions at Dartmouth College, Oberlin College and the University of New Hampshire (all US), the University of Edinburgh (Scotland) and Save the Children UK (London). He lives in Sandy Bay with his wife, Ruth, and son, Tom.

Mark Habner is a UTAS alumnus (BCom, LLB Hons) who spent 10 years in Sydney as a partner with RMB Capital before moving to New York City in 2006. He was a partner with Crystal Lake Capital leading private equity transactions before joining SSA & Company as a Managing Director in early 2010, responsible for their private equity group. He lives with his wife, Pamela, and twin boys in Manhattan and is the UTAS Alumni Network Coordinator for the USA in New York.

Dr Nicholas Hope, holds degrees from UTAS, Oxford and Princeton. He served for a number of years in senior management positions at the World Bank. Currently, he continues a distinguished career at Stanford University where he served as Director of the Stanford University Center for International Development and, most recently, is the University's China Program Director.

David L Thun is a founding director of the UTAS Foundation USA and has had a distinguished business career, serving since 1987 as Chairman and CEO of Magnatech International, Inc. David's mother was Tasmanian, and his uncle, Sir John Cameron, served as the Chancellor of UTAS.