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The Go8 Board

The Go8 Board, which consists of the vice-chancellors (presidents) of its eight member universities, meets five times a year. The Chair of the Board rotates among member universities. The Chair of the Board is Professor Margaret Gardner AC, Vice-Chancellor, Monash University.

Professor Margaret Gardner AC

Chair of the Group of Eight Board | Monash University

Professor Margaret Gardner became President and Vice-Chancellor of Monash University on September 1, 2014. Prior to joining Monash, Professor Gardner was Vice-Chancellor and President of RMIT from April 2005 until August 2014. Professor Gardner was Chair of Universities Australia from 2017 to 2019 and a Director of the Group of Eight Universities. She is also a Director of Infrastructure Victoria, the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) and a member of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Inclusion and Diversity Committee.  Professor Gardner was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in recognition of service to tertiary education.

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Professor Brian Schmidt AC

Deputy Chair of the Group of Eight Board | Professor Brian Schmidt AC

Professor Brian P. Schmidt was appointed Vice-Chancellor and President of The Australian National University (ANU) in January 2016. Professor Schmidt is the 12th Vice-Chancellor of The Australian National University (ANU). Winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics, Professor Schmidt was an astrophysicist at the ANU Mount Stromlo Observatory and Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics before becoming Vice-Chancellor.

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Professor Ian Jacobs

UNSW Sydney

Professor Ian Jacobs is a doctor, researcher, charity worker, business entrepreneur and academic leader with an interest in bringing together people from diverse backgrounds to have a positive impact on society. He has been President and Vice-Chancellor of UNSW Sydney since February 2015. Since taking up his post Professor Jacobs has led the development of an ambitious ‘UNSW 2025 Strategy’ combining academic excellence in research and education, with equal priorities in social engagement, equality, diversity, thought leadership, knowledge transfer and global impact.

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Professor Deborah Terry AO

The University of Queensland
The University of Queensland

Professor Deborah Terry AO is Vice-Chancellor and President of The University of Queensland (UQ). Prior to commencing this role in August 2020, she served as Vice-Chancellor of Curtin University in Western Australia (from February 2014 to July 2020).

Professor Terry was made an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AO) in June 2015, in recognition of her distinguished service to education in the tertiary sector.

She is also Chair of the Board of Universities Australia; a Fellow and past President of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia; an appointed member of the Australian Research Council Advisory Council; and serves on the Australia and New Zealand School of Government Board and Australia’s Academic and Research Network Board.

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Dr Michael Spence AC

The University of Sydney

Dr Michael Spence graduated from The University of Sydney with First Class Honours in English, Italian and Law in 1985. At Oxford University, Dr Spence obtained his PhD and continued to develop his career there over the next 20 years. He became a Fellow of St Catherine and also obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Theology from the University of Oxford. He became Vice-Chancellor of The University of Sydney in July 2008.

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Professor Duncan Maskell

The University of Melbourne

Vice-Chancellor of the University of Melbourne since October 2018, Professor Duncan Maskell was previously Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor at the University of Cambridge. He is a Cambridge graduate and research specialist in infectious diseases, and an active entrepreneur. His career includes the University of Oxford, Imperial College London, and Wellcome Biotech.

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Professor Amit Chakma

The University of Western Australia
The University of Western Australia

Professor Amit Chakma is the Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Western Australia. He has served as President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Western Ontario from 2009-2019.  Prior to his tenure at Western, he served as Provost and Vice-President Academic at the University of Waterloo from 2001-2009.

In addition to his university leadership roles, Professor Chakma has served as Chair of the Council of the Association of Commonwealth Universities from 2017-2019. He was the Acting Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Asian University for Women from 2013-2015. He chaired Canada’s Advisory Panel on International Education Strategy from 2011-2013.

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Professor Michael Brooks

The University of Adelaide
The University of Adelaide

Professor Michael Brooks is the Interim Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Adelaide.

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