Mr Thomas Dougherty

Executive Director, U.S. Ambassador (ret.)

Tom was appointed as Executive Director of the Commission in August 2016.
A career diplomat, Tom served in Africa, the Middle East, Europe, Australia, and Washington. He was U.S. Ambassador to Burkina Faso from 2010-2013, and most recently was the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Canberra from 2013-2016. After joining the State Department in 1989, he served overseas in Dakar, Senegal; Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo; Asmara, Eritrea; Bonn, Germany; and Yaounde, Cameroon. He then served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Lilongwe, Malawi, and as Deputy Chief of Mission in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo. He directed Fulbright programs in several countries, including the very large program in Iraq where he served as Minister-Counsellor for Public Affairs in 2009-2010. Prior to joining the U.S. Foreign Service, Tom worked in international schools in Belgium and Switzerland, and was a Fulbright grantee himself in Indonesia and Singapore in 1988.

A native of Wyoming, Tom graduated from Brown University, and did postgraduate work in Italy and California. His foreign languages are German, Italian, Arabic, and French. He is a member of the American Academy of Diplomacy and is active in not-for-profit development projects in Africa.

Dr Ruth Lee Martin

Deputy Executive Director 

Ruth-068-Edit-2Ruth has been at the Australian-American Fulbright Commission since 2012. She is the Deputy Executive Director.

Ruth has a background in the creative arts receiving her PhD from the Australian National University in Musicology and Composition in 2000. She also has a Bachelor of Music Degree with Honours (university medal) from the University of New England, NSW (1995). She was Head of Musicology at the Australian National University’s School of Music and Manager of Honours and Graduate programs before joining the Commission.

Notable projects for the Australian Parliament House include the documentaries ‘A House for a Nation’ and ‘Pride of Place’. She recently collaborated with two of Australia’s best-known and internationally recognized poets, Alan Gould and Kevin Hart, on a series of vocal and choral works. In 2009 she was awarded a prestigious ArtsACT Creative Arts Fellowship in recognition of her contribution to Australian music. She is currently composing music for a web series funded by NBCU and the ABC.

Ms Tamara McKee

Business Manager

tamaraTamara joined Fulbright in September 2012 and is responsible for all financial matters within the organisation and preparing financial information for the Fulbright board. She is a qualified chartered accountant with extensive experience as a finance manager in the not-for-profit sector.

She has worked in accounting and finance for over 20 years.  She also brings with her expertise from a number of leading financial service organisations including Macquarie Bank, BT financial Group and St George Bank within Australia and also internationally. Tamara has a Bachelor of Financial Administration from the University of New England and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia.

Dr Pablo Jiménez

Alumni Relations Manager


Pablo has worked in international education for 13 years. As part of the Commission Team, Pablo has held positions in Partnerships (2013-2014) and Alumni Relations (2015 to present). His main responsibility is to connect with, and involve alumni as partners in the advancement of the Fulbright Program. Additionally, he has administered the East Asia Pacific Regional Travel Program (2013 to 2016) and the Fulbright Specialist Progam (2013 to present), and is the Commission Liaison for several universities in the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, the Northern Territory and Western Australia.

Pablo’s degrees have been in Economics, Liberal Arts, Philosophy and Family Studies. His doctoral thesis explored the problem of political identity in the European Union. For over 12 years he tutored and lectured at several universities in Mexico and Australia. He has published academic articles in journals in Australia, the UK, Germany, Mexico and Spain, and short pieces in several online journals. He belongs to the editorial board of an international philosophy journal, and is an Adjunct Lecturer at the Institute for Ethics & Society, University of Notre Dame Australia. Pablo is fluent in Spanish, English and Italian.

Ms Fiona Goggins

Australian Scholarships Officer

fionaFiona joined the Fulbright Commission in June 2014 and works closely with scholars from Australia during their Fulbright Program.

Fiona’s background is in politics, globalisation, human rights and social justice, having undertaken her Bachelor of International Studies at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), with an exchange component to the University of Tuebingen, Germany. She then completed a Masters of Human Rights Law and Policy, also at UNSW, and embarked on a life-changing internship with Amepouh, an NGO in the West African nation of Cote d’Ivoire, where she worked with HIV positive women and their children. Fiona has experience in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, and maintains ongoing relationships with Amepouh and Initiatives of Change International. Fiona is currently working on a diploma of project management, as well as a number of ongoing social entrepreneurship projects with partners in West Africa.

Alex MacLaurin

Communications & Media Officer

alexAlex joined the Australian-American Fulbright Commission in February 2015 after graduating from a double-degree in International Studies and Communications at the University of Canberra. His specialisations in the fields of interpersonal and intercultural communications bring a unique background to the diverse Fulbright team, and his expertise in journalism and graphic design has been put to good use in the development of the Commission’s new flagship publication, Minds and Hearts.

Two years of study in Japan at St Paul’s College, Tokyo and Aichi Shukutoku University have fostered within Alex an avid interest in, and deeper understanding of, the wider Asia-Pacific region, as well as fluency in Japanese language.

As a beneficiary of international scholarships, Alex is enthusiastic and motivated to help facilitate the same study abroad programs that helped him develop his skills in intercultural communication. The Fulbright community is the perfect environment for him to achieve these aspirations.

Tara Hawley

U.S. Scholarships and Events Officer


Tara is the U.S. Scholarships and Events Officer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Science (in Development & Culture Change) (2015) and is currently completing a Graduate Certificate in Social Impact Assessment from Macquarie University (2016). Tara will begin a Masters in Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development from the Australian National University (ANU) in 2017.

Her area of interest has been programs within the tertiary education sector. In this field she has worked in the Czech Republic for Leadership Exchange (2013-15), and with the Global Leadership Program at Macquarie University in Sydney (2014-15) and now the Australian-American Fulbright Commission (2016- current).

Internationally Tara has travelled extensively, having also worked in the USA and undertaken Spanish lessons in Mexico. As part of her undergraduate studies she also studied Human Rights and Social Entrepreneurship in Europe (2013) and was selected to participate in a Leadership Symposium to Brazil (2014).

Tara is passionate about developing and running innovative programs that will have a significant global and social impact.