We help people tell great stories

The Judith Neilson Institute supports and celebrates quality journalism and storytelling around the world. Our grants and education programs equip journalists with the resources they need to produce outstanding work. Our events are forums to discuss the issues shaping the world.

The Institute was established in 2018 by Australian philanthropist Judith Neilson. We are based in Sydney but work with journalists and media organisations around the world. We are non-partisan and governed by an independent board.

Board of Directors

The board of directors oversees the Institute’s activities, and provides governance and strategic direction.

The Hon. Jim Spigelman AC QC

The Hon. Jim Spigelman AC QC

Chairman

The Hon. Jim Spigelman AC QC

Chairman

The Honourable James Spigelman AC QC is a former Australian judge who served as Chief Justice of New South Wales from 1998 to 2011. He was also Lieutenant-Governor of New South Wales from 1998 to 2012. He was appointed to the Court of Final Appeal of Hong Kong in April 2013 as a non-permanent judge from other common law jurisdictions. He also served as chairman of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation from 2012 to 2017.

Bridget Fair

Bridget Fair

Director

Bridget Fair

Director

Bridget Fair is Chief Executive Officer of Free TV Australia. She previously held several senior roles with Seven West Media, most recently Group Chief of Corporate and Regulatory Affairs. Prior to joining Seven, Ms Fair worked as General Counsel for SBS, legal counsel for the ABC and in private legal practice. She is also a former Chairman of Screenrights and has served on the Boards of OzTAM and Freeview.

Edward Jewell-Tait

Edward Jewell-Tait

Director

Edward Jewell-Tait

Director

Edward Jewell-Tait is a member of the Investment Committee of the Judith Neilson Family Office. He has more than three decades experience in the financial markets including 24 years at Macquarie Bank covering a diverse range of activities including derivatives trading, funds management and investment and private banking. He has served as Chairman of the Western Australian Biomedical Research Institute, Trustee of the Western Australian Museum and an affiliate of the Securities Institute of Australia.

Paul Kelly

Paul Kelly

Director

Paul Kelly

Director

Paul Kelly is Editor-at-Large at The Australian. He was previously Editor-in-Chief of the paper and he writes on Australian politics, public policy, and international affairs. He has covered Australian governments from Gough Whitlam to Scott Morrison and is a regular television commentator on Sky News. He is the author of nine books, including The End of Certainty on the politics and economics of the 1980s.

Mark Ryan

Mark Ryan

Executive Director

Mark Ryan

Executive Director

Mark Ryan undertook the initial study that resulted in the establishment of the Judith Neilson Institute and led its early development. He is a former journalist and was senior political adviser to Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating. For 25 years he was a senior executive at Westfield Corporation, an adviser to the Lowy family and a number of major public companies and institutions. He is a director of the Lowy Institute and an Ambassador of the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute. He consults to the Judith Neilson Family Office, the Lowy Family Group and major public companies.

Jonathan Teperson

Jonathan Teperson

Director

Jonathan Teperson

Director

Jonathan Teperson is chairman of the Judith Neilson Family Office and chairman of the JNFO Investment Committee. He has more than 40 years’ experience as a senior financial executive, including 15 years as director of Finance of Westfield Group and later as Chief Financial Officer of the Lowy Family Group. He has also held a number of leadership roles in philanthropic and community organisations.

Kate Torney

Kate Torney

Director

Kate Torney

Director

Kate Torney is CEO of the State Library of Victoria. She is a former Director of ABC News and Head of Asia Pacific News. She has worked as a radio and television reporter and producer, bureau chief, executive producer and news editor. In 2001 she helped launch Insiders, the ABC’s flagship weekly national affairs program. She was also involved in establishing Offsiders, Inside Business, Newshour (for Australia Network) and ABC News Breakfast. She has a Bachelor of Arts (Media Studies) from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and also serves on two ministerial Advisory Committees in Victoria.

Tim Walsh

Tim Walsh

Company Secretary

Tim Walsh

Company Secretary

Tim Walsh is a consultant lawyer and business specialist.

International Advisory Council

The International Advisory Council supports the board with strategic advice and insights into current journalism practices and developments. They play a crucial role helping the Institute connect with journalists and media experts around the world.

Desi Anwar

Desi Anwar

Indonesia

Desi Anwar

Indonesia

Desi Anwar is an Indonesian journalist. She worked for RCTI in Jakarta from 1990 to 1999. She then moved to news web portal Astaga.com before returning to television and joining Indonesia's first 24-hour news channel, Metro TV, in 2001. In 2015, she joined CNN Indonesia and was also awarded Honorary Fellows from SOAS University of London. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Sussex, England, and a Master of Arts degree from SOAS University of London. She was a Jefferson Fellow at the East-West Center, Honolulu, USA, in 1999 and speaks Indonesian, English and French.

Yuen-Ying Chan

Yuen-Ying Chan

China

Yuen-Ying Chan

China

Yuen-Ying Chan is an award-winning journalist, educator, e-learning advocate, and media strategist. She is a board member of the Media Development Investment Fund and a member of the World Economic Forum Future Council on Information and Entertainment. She served on the Global Board of Open Society Foundations from 2013-17. A Hong Kong native, Chan spent 23 years in New York City covering immigration, campaign finance and US China-relations for both Chinese and English language media, including the New York Daily News and NBC News. Since returning to Hong Kong in 1998, she has created two journalism schools as the founding director (1999-2016) and professor of the Journalism and Media Studies Centre at The University of Hong Kong, and the founding dean (2003-2012) of the journalism school at Shantou University in China. Both programs are early adopters of convergent media, data journalism and entrepreneurial journalism, while being grounded in the best international professional standards. Chan's honours include a Polk Award for Excellence in Journalism, a CPJ International Press Freedom Award, a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Asian American Journalists Association, and a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University. She currently mentors media startups in relation to China and cross-border projects, while conducting research on media in China and transitional societies.

Steve Coll

Steve Coll

United States

Steve Coll

United States

Steve Coll is the Dean of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He is a staff writer at The New Yorker, the author of eight books of nonfiction, and a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Between 1985 and 2005, he was a reporter, foreign correspondent and senior editor at The Washington Post. There he covered Wall Street, served as the paper’s South Asia correspondent in New Delhi, and was the Post’s first international investigative correspondent, based in London. He served as managing editor of the Post between 1998 and 2004. The following year, he joined The New Yorker, where he has written on international politics, American politics and national security, intelligence controversies and the media.

John Lloyd

John Lloyd

United Kingdom

John Lloyd

United Kingdom

John Lloyd is a Contributing Editor for the Financial Times, co-founder and former Director of Journalism at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford. At the Financial Times, he has been Labour Editor, Industrial Editor, East European Editor, Moscow Bureau Chief and founding editor of the FT Weekend Magazine. He is chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Moscow School of Political Studies.

Kyle Pope

Kyle Pope

United States

Kyle Pope

United States

Kyle Pope is Editor and Publisher of the Columbia Journalism Review. He has been an editor and foreign correspondent, including a decade at The Wall Street Journal, editor-in-chief of The New York Observer and deputy editor of Conde Nast Portfolio magazine. His work has been published in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and The New Republic. In the summer of 2017 he testified before Congress’s Judiciary Committee on threats to the press.

Bruce Shapiro

Bruce Shapiro

United States

Bruce Shapiro

United States

Bruce Shapiro is Executive Director of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, a project of Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism encouraging innovative reporting on violence, conflict and tragedy worldwide. An award-winning reporter on human rights, criminal justice and politics, he is a contributing editor at The Nation and U.S. correspondent for Late Night Live on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Radio National. He also teaches ethics at Columbia Journalism School where he is adjunct associate professor and Senior Advisor for Academic Affairs.

Siddharth Varadarajan

Siddharth Varadarajan

India

Siddharth Varadarajan

India

Siddharth Varadarajan is a journalist, editor, and academic. He is the former editor of The Hindu and has reported on the NATO war against Yugoslavia, the destruction of the Bamyan Buddhas by the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, the war in Iraq and the crisis in Kashmir. He is a member of the International Founding Committee of The Real News, a board member of the inter-governmental B.P. Koirala India-Nepal Foundation, a member of the Indian Council of World Affairs and member of the editorial board of India Quarterly.

Haiyan Wang

Haiyan Wang

China

Haiyan Wang

China

Dr Haiyan Wang is an Associate Professor at the School of Communication and Design at Sun Yat-sen University. She received her Ph.D. in Communication from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, MA in Communications Policy from the University of Westminster, UK., and a BA in Journalism from Fudan University, China. Before becoming an academic, she was the chief editor of Southern Metropolitan Weekly in China. She was a journalist fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University in 2008, an Endeavour fellow at the University of Sydney in 2012, and a SUSI fellow at Ohio University, U.S. in 2017. During her journalism career, Wang specialized in investigative journalism. She published a number of award-winning investigations on topics including SARS, Hepatitis B virus carriers’ mobilisation and underground food trading. She is the author of 'The transformation of investigative journalism in China: From journalists to activists'. Her article “Chinese Newspaper Groups in the Digital Era: The Resurgence of the Party Press” was published in the Journal of Communication. She is an editorial board member of journals Media, Culture and Society, and Feminist Media Studies.

Staff

The Institute’s staff manage its programs and operations.

Mark Ryan

Mark Ryan

Executive Director

Mark Ryan

Executive Director

Mark undertook the initial study that resulted in the establishment of the Judith Neilson Institute and led its early development. He is a former journalist and was senior political adviser to Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating. For 25 years he was a senior executive at Westfield Corporation, an adviser to the Lowy family and a number of major public companies and institutions. He is a director of the Lowy Institute and an Ambassador of the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute. He consults to the Judith Neilson Family Office, the Lowy Family Group and major public companies.

Anthony Bubalo

Anthony Bubalo

Chief Operating Officer

Anthony Bubalo

Chief Operating Officer

Anthony has worked as a diplomat, intelligence analyst, speechwriter, researcher and management consultant. As a Principal with Nous Group he helped to design the operating model for the Judith Neilson Institute. He was previously the Deputy Director and Research Director at the Lowy Institute. As one of the Institute’s founding researchers, he established its Middle East program and was a regular commentator on Middle Eastern politics in the Australian and international media. Before joining the Lowy Institute, Anthony was an officer of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade from 1991 to 2003. He served in Australian diplomatic missions in Saudi Arabia and Israel and was Middle East Analyst with the Office of National Assessments from 1996 to 1998.

Bonnie Bley

Bonnie Bley

Manager, Grants and Evaluation

Bonnie Bley

Manager, Grants and Evaluation

Bonnie manages the grants program of the Judith Neilson Institute, finding new ways to engage Asian media. Previously, Bonnie was a research fellow at the Lowy Institute, a foreign policy think tank based in Sydney, where she managed two large-scale data projects — the Asia Power Index and the Global Diplomacy Index. She has appeared in Australian and international media for her research on soft power and diplomacy. Bonnie began her career at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London.

Kate Sanfilippo

Kate Sanfilippo

Manager, Events and Engagement

Kate Sanfilippo

Manager, Events and Engagement

Kate has 12 years' experience across the not-for-profit and corporate sectors in corporate affairs and communications, marketing and events. Most recently she was a member of the Corporate Affairs team at Westfield Corporation. Prior to this, she was head of Events & Marketing at the Lowy Institute for International Policy.

Emma Bones

Emma Bones

Manager, Special Projects

Emma Bones

Manager, Special Projects

Emma has broad ranging skills across operations, strategy and finance with a focus on charities. In her previous role as a management consultant at Nous Group she developed strategies and designed operating models for government agencies and not-for-profits. She is a registered Chartered Accountant and spent four years working as a tax accountant and adviser.

Candice Pasion

Candice Pasion

Manager, Finance

Candice Pasion

Manager, Finance

Candice manages the finances of the Judith Neilson Institute. She was previously the finance manager of an ASX-listed cyber security company with operations in Australia, the US, UK and Germany. She began her career as a tax accountant and adviser. Candice is a Chartered Accountant.

Andrew Griffits

Andrew Griffits

Media and Communications Officer

Andrew Griffits

Media and Communications Officer

Andrew is the Institute’s Media and Communications Officer. He has worked as a journalist and in corporate communications. He started his career with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in Sydney and has worked as a reporter and producer in digital, radio and TV news.

Rebecca Joseph

Rebecca Joseph

Projects Officer, Events and Education

Rebecca Joseph

Projects Officer, Events and Education

Rebecca has more than 10 years' corporate event management experience across various industries, organising events ranging from large scale multi-day conferences and gala dinners to smaller corporate functions.

Rachel Stanley

Rachel Stanley

Executive and Office Coordinator

Rachel Stanley

Executive and Office Coordinator

Rachel is the Executive and Office Coordinator at the Judith Neilson Institute. She was previously an executive assistant at Seven West Media.