Dr John Minns
Dr John Minns is the Director of the Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies. He is also an Associate Professor in Politics and International Relations at the Australian National University.
He studied Spanish and Latin American Studies at the University of New South Wales where his Honours thesis on Mexico was awarded the University Medal. He later completed a Doctorate at the same University. He is a former Fulbright Scholar, taken at Texas A&M University - Kingsville. Before coming to the ANU in 2003, Dr Minns has been a lecturer at UNSW and the University of Wollongong. The main research interests of Dr Minns centre on the political economy of developing and newly industrializing countries. In pursuing these interests he has conducted research in Mexico, Taiwan and South Korea. His last book, The Politics of Developmentalism, dealt with the role of the state in the industrialization of these case studies.
Dr Minns teaches international political economy and development in Latin America. He won the ANU Students’ Association Award for teaching in 2008, the Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation for Teaching in 2009 with a prize of $10,000 and the Australian Learning and Teaching Council Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2010 with a prize of $25,000. He has been an Assistant Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Convenor of International Relations.
Dr Faye Bendrups
Acting Director, ANCLAS. Dr Bendrups has an academic background in two primary fields: Performance Studies and Latin American social history and cultural identity. Her recent research focuses on new social movements in Latin America. She has an extensive tertiary teaching record with a particular interest in experiential learning methodologies and over thirty years’ experience and public recognition as a performance-maker and composer. Dr Bendrups has also taught tertiary courses in Communications, Leadership for Social Justice and Pedagogies for Inclusion.
Dr Bendrups has a particular interest in the cultural anthropology of the Argentine Tango, developing the interdisciplinary project Takes Who To Tango with Australian and Argentine performers and academic researchers, which has produced both scholarly seminars and creative performance works in Buenos Aires, Melbourne, Barcelona and London. In 2003-2004 she was the first Australian recipient of the Paul Sacher Stiftung Award at the University of Basel for research into the work of Alberto Ginastera and has presented over 40 conference papers and guest seminars on Latin American research topics in international forums.
Martine Letts joined as Deputy Director of the Lowy Institute for International Policy in January 2005 following 4 years as the Secretary General (CEO) of Australian Red Cross and a 17-year career with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Martine served as Australian Ambassador to Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay, Deputy Head of Mission and Australian Deputy Permanent Representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna and was an adviser to Foreign Minister Evans from 1992 to 1994. She specialised in arms control and disarmament on postings in Geneva, Vienna and as a policy officer in DFAT. Martine was appointed to the ANU Council on 1 July 2004. She was a member of the Advisory Board of the just concluded International Commission on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament (ICNND), a joint initiative of the Australian and Japanese Governments to reinvigorate international efforts on nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament.
Born in Tucumán, Argentina in September 1952. He graduated with honours as a Lawyer from Universidad Nacional de Tucuman Law School in 1974.
He obtained his Master in Laws (LLM) in Public International Law at King´s College, University of London, in 1994. Career diplomat who joined the Argentine Foreign Service as Third Secretary, after graduating with honours from the Argentine Foreign Service Institute in 1978. Since October 2005 he is the Argentine Ambassador to Australia and non resident Ambassador to the Fiji Islands since 2007.
From 1980 to 1988 he served at the Permanent Mission of Argentina to the UN and from 1992 to 1996 as Consul General in London. At the Foreign Ministry in Buenos Aires he served at the Legal Advisers Office, as head of the Division for International Security, Nuclear and Space Affairs from 1996 to 2001 and as Chief of Cabinet of the Foreign Minister during 2001, Co-ordinator for Strategic Projects from 2002 to 2005.
Participated and headed numerous Argentine delegations to international negotiations and conferences as well as an expert for the AIEA in Vienna on nuclear matters.
He is a member of the Argentine Council of International Relations (CARI).
He teaches Public International Law at the University of Buenos Aires and has lectured and published on matters relating to international security, non-proliferation, disarmament and democracy and human rights.
Bernard Wheelahan was inaugural Chairman of the Council on Australia Latin American Relations (COALAR) from 2001 to 2010.