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Board members

Joseph Keenan
Chairman, ANCLAS Board
Joseph Keenan is the Chief Operating Officer at Pacific Hydro where he leads the company’s corporate functions. Pacific Hydro is a renewable energy company with assets in Australia, Brazil and Chile.   Joseph previously held senior management positions at Orica Mining Services including President of Orica Latin America, Senior Vice President of Global Marketing and General Manager of Orica Canada.   Joseph has a degree in Geology from Laurentian University in Canada and an MBA from the Edinburgh Business School in the UK. He is also a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program in the USA.

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.

Dr Alberto Calderón
Dr Alberto Calderón has been associated with the resource industry for the past 15 years. He has been CEO of an oil company, Ecopetrol, CEO of one of the largest coal open pit operations in the world, Cerrejon, and worked for the past 7 years with BHP Billiton, most recently as Chief Executive of Nickel, Aluminium and Corporate Development. Alberto has led operations and businesses in Australia, China, Japan, Korea, Canada, US, South America, South Africa, Mozambique and Angola.

His Excellency Mr Rubem Correa Barbosa
Mr Robert M. Hosking
Appointed Executive Chairman Karoon Gas Australia on 11 November 2003.  Robert is the founding Director of the Company and has more than 35 years of commercial experience in the management of several companies. Robert has been involved in the oil and gas industry for 17 years and was the founding director/shareholder of the Nexus Energy Limited.
Robert also has a background of more than 17 years commercial experience in the steel industry. He jointly owned and managed businesses involved in the transglobal sourcing, shipping and distribution of steel-related products, with particular expertise gained in Europe and the Asia/Pacific Rim.

Martine Letts
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.

She served 9 years as a Councillor on the Council on Australia Latin America Relations (COALAR), an advisory board to the Australian government. Martine holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Political Science and German) from the Australian National University. She speaks French, German and Spanish.
Professor Catherine Travis
Catherine Travis is Chair of Modern European Languages, and Head of the School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics at the ANU. She holds a Bachelor of  Asian Studies with First Class Honors in Linguistics and Japanese from the ANU, and a PhD in Linguistics and Spanish from La Trobe University. She came to ANU in 2012 from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, USA, where she worked for 10 years, for five as head of the Hispanic Linguistics program in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese. Catherine’s primary research interest lies in the study of grammatical variation in spontaneous speech, in both monolingual and bilingual communities. She is a specialist in Spanish, and has also worked on Portuguese, Japanese and English. Her current research projects include the Spanish of a bilingual community in New Mexico, USA (deriving from a project funded by the NSF), the English of immigrant communities in Australia (as part of the ARC funded Centre for Excellence on the Dynamics of Language), and the creation of a national language studies portal for Australian universities (funded by the OLT).
H.E. Pedro Villagra-Delgado
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
Bernard Wheelahan was inaugural Chairman of the Council on Australia Latin American Relations (COALAR) from 2001 to 2010.
The Council was established in 2001 by the Australian Government to enhance political, social and economic relationships between Australia and the whole of Latin America. Bernard is an independent company director. He spent his executive career with the Royal Dutch Shell Group, and worked as President of Shell Venezuela from 1996-1999. He is Chairman of Pacific Hydro Pty Limited which has renewable energy projects in Chile and Brazil and was previously Director of Normandy Mining Limited which has had gold mining and exploration interests in Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Peru. His business interests include corporate governance, sustainable development, resources exploration and the systematic management of health safety and environment.
Bernard holds a science degree and a diploma of education. He is a fellow of The Royal Australian Chemical Institute, The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, The Australian Institute of Company Directors, and The Australian Institute of Energy. He is  a Life Member of the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association.


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