Foundation USA

Supporting research and education in the USA and Australia

The University of Tasmania Foundation USA was created in 2006. The purpose of our 501(c)(3) charitable organization in the United States is to provide support and promote research and education in the USA and Australia, with a specific focus on the University of Tasmania.

The University of Tasmania Foundation USA Board of Directors meets quarterly to plan alumni outreach and fundraising activities. We are building the network of University of Tasmania alumni in the United States, seeking out support for international exchange, and facilitating connection points between US-based alumni, current staff, students and friends of the University. Each year alumni and former students of the University of Tasmania gather at multiple events across the USA. Our community is growing and becoming more connected.

If you are in the United States or considering a move there, you can keep your address updated and watch for our events, or please get in touch through giving@utasfoundationusa.org.

Donate

By making a gift to The University of Tasmania Foundation USA, you play an important part in the success of the University of Tasmania programs you choose to support. However large or small, your gift is important, and your participation makes a difference. A receipt will be issued for all gifts.

All gifts to The University of Tasmania Foundation USA are processed in US dollars and are tax-deductible in the United States to the extent allowed by law. The US Federal Employer Identification Number (EIN) for the 501(c)(3) is 20- 4173622.

You can donate securely via the Foundation USA Online Donation Form, or alternatively, you may print and complete the Foundation USA Donation Form (PDF 99KB).

This scholarship was established through the generosity of the Foundation USA Board of Directors and other University of Tasmania Alumni and Friends in the USA. Two scholarships are available to recognise and celebrate student exchange and study abroad - one to support a current University of Tasmania student to study in the USA (outbound) and one to support a student from the USA to study at the University of Tasmania (inbound).

To donate securely to this scholarship, please visit Foundation USA's Online Donation Form and select 'UTAS Foundation USA Exchange Scholarship' from the drop-down list under 'Designation'. Alternatively, you may print and complete the Foundation USA Donation Form (PDF 99KB).

The Save the Tasmanian Devil Appeal (STDA) is the central fundraiser for the Tasmanian devil, administered through the University of Tasmania. Working in partnership with the Tasmanian and Australian governments and the Zoo and Aquarium Association, the Appeal is the philanthropic arm of the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program and delivers funds to high-calibre research and monitoring programs.

You may donate securely via the Save the Tasmanian Devil USA Appeal Online Donation Form, or alternatively, please print and complete the Save the Tasmanian Devil USA Appeal Donation Form (PDF 206KB).

Directors

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

Mark Habner

Mark Habner earned his combined degree in the Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of Tasmania in 1992. He graduated with a MBA with Distinction from Northwestern University (Kellogg) in 1997. He is a CPA (Australia).

Mark is CEO and Co-founder of Beckway Group, which provides experienced talent, search and software services to the private equity sector. He has over 25 years’ experience in both the private equity and operations consulting sector in the USA, Australia and Europe.

Previously Mark was a Senior Managing Director with SSA & Company where he led the firm’s Capabilities Practices. Prior to SSA Mark was a Partner with RMB Capital Partners, a leading mid-market private equity fund in Australia, where he led and managed investments in healthcare, industrial products and business services. Mark began his career at Booz & Company.

Mark lives in the New York metro area with his wife Pam and twin sons.

Conrad Axelrod

Conrad Axelrod earned his combined degree in the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Tasmania in 2002, and the Graduate Certificate in Legal Practice in 2003. He went on to complete a Master of Laws in 2006 at the Humboldt University of Berlin.

Conrad is an attorney at Schulte Roth & Zabel, a multidisciplinary law firm, and serves as Special Counsel, Investment Management. His professional focus areas include the formation and structuring of private equity and alternative investment funds, with a particular emphasis on buyout, real estate, credit and infrastructure funds.

Conrad is based in New York City, where he lives with his wife Sofia and two young children.

Dr Nicholas Direen

Nicholas (Nick) Direen earned his Bachelor of Science (Honours) from the University of Tasmania in 1995, and was awarded the University Medal. He graduated as a PhD in Geology & Geophysics from the University in 1999.

Nick also holds graduate certificates in Applied Finance from the Securities Institute of Australia, and Tertiary Education from the University of Adelaide.

Nick is currently a Business Analysis Advisor at ExxonMobil Upstream Development Company, seconded to Esso Australia until 2021. He has worked as a research geoscientist at Geoscience Australia in Canberra; Lecturer in Geophysics at the University of Adelaide; and as a petroleum geology consultant working worldwide with FrogTech Pty Ltd, based out of Hobart. Nick has published over 60 scientific papers, and has contributed to the discovery of new oil and gas fields in Argentina, India, Sri Lanka and Papua New Guinea.

Nick is currently based in Melbourne. His eldest daughter graduated from UTAS in Hobart in 2018.

Christine Hawkins

Christine Hawkins earned her degree in Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours from the University of Tasmania in 1993. She received her Six Sigma Black Belt from BHP in 2001 and graduates from the Stanford School of Business Innovative Leaders Program in 2018.

Christine is Director of Incubations in the HP Inc Office of the CTO. She has led various teams across Asia and USA during her career at HP and currently leads the wearables incubation whilst also assisting the HP Megatrends team to inspire HP and HP customers to look to the future. Christine consultants to the Australian Institute of Management on Lean Six Sigma curriculum and assessments and prior to HP, she was a Master Black Belt for Qantas, Telstra, Westpac and BHP.

Christine lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her partner Adam.

Dr Nicholas Hope

Nicholas “Nick” Hope received undergraduate degrees from the University of Tasmania and Oxford University, and graduate degrees from Oxford and Princeton, where he completed a PhD. He was awarded the Tasmanian Rhodes Scholarship in 1965.

Nick recently retired from his position as Director of the Stanford Center for International Development (SCID). He directed SCID's China research program for two decades. His research focus is private enterprise development in China and progress of reforms in China, especially in the financial sector. His interests are in East Asian economies, especially China and Indonesia, the development of Asian economies, and the role and effectiveness of international financial institutions.

Nick is based in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he lives with his wife Ellen.

Geoff Stanley

Geoffrey “Geoff” Stanley earned his Bachelor of Science (Honours) from the University of Tasmania in 1982.

Geoff is a highly accomplished capital markets advisor, financier, director and chairman. Over 30 years of experience in industry, capital markets, and board rooms brings with it a broad array of contacts and knowledge across the mining, technology, finance, government and philanthropy landscapes.

Geoff is based in the New York Area.