Stephen Taylor, Deputy Chair of the Foundation for Development Cooperation (FDC) is pleased to announce that Annmaree O’Keeffe, AM, has been elected as Chair of FDC. Ms. O’Keeffe is well known throughout Asia and the Pacific and with extensive experience in international relations and development. As well as diplomatic postings, Ms. O’Keeffe was Australia’s first ambassador for HIV/AIDS and formerly Deputy Director General of AusAID, and serves on several boards including as chair of Australia’s national commission for UNESCO and is a founding director of the Asia Pacific Business Coalition for AIDS.
“I am pleased that my first function as Chair is to announce the appointment of Ms. Michelle Curry as FDC’s Chief Executive Officer” said Ms. O’Keeffe. “Michelle is a senior business executive, with extensive experience in global and regional market development and business management roles, blending entrepreneurial, general management and strategic program leadership, including in the development context.”
FDC’s distinguished Chairman of 10 years, Bob Lyon, retired recently from the Chair and Board. “Bob’s steady and insightful leadership enabled FDC to deliver fresh and productive initiatives in a rapidly changing development environment, and extend its sphere of influence” said Mr. Taylor. “Bob leaves the organisation in good shape and remains a close friend of FDC.”
“With these two dynamic leadership appointments FDC is well placed to continue leveraging its 26 years of productive partnerships and programs that foster cooperation as well as embark on new initiatives to build prosperity in Asia and the Pacific” he concluded.
The Foundation for Development Cooperation (FDC) is an independent Australian foundation making a distinctive contribution to building prosperity in developing countries in the Asia Pacific region by pursuing initiatives that reduce poverty and promote equitable growth. FDC achieves this by researching, piloting and promoting development initiatives that are market-based and innovative, drawing on the collective skills, knowledge and resources of organisations from across the public, private, NGO and academic sectors. Established in 1990, FDC has its head office in Brisbane.