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The Menzies Brief - Vol 18, No. 1, 2015

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  Vol 18 No. 1 | 19 May 2015  
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This is the latest issue of the Menzies Brief - Vol 18, No. 1, 2015

May 2015

President's Report

Dariel de SousaGreetings! It is hard to believe almost six months has elapsed since we caught up at the MMSA annual gathering in Melbourne in November. On the other hand, a lot has happened since.

We have been working closely with the Menzies Foundation to re-vamp the MMSA website, which is almost ready to unveil. Among other things, the new website will help to operationalise the MMSA Mentoring Framework. This Framework will allow intra and inter-disciplinary connection between MMSA members. We hope it will enhance the impact of the Menzies scholarship program by allowing us to share our knowledge and experiences with each other.

The new website will also make it easier for Josie and I to communicate with you. The new look Menzies Brief is one example of that. We will be including news and events of relevance to the MMSA on the website, which you will be able to access at your leisure.

A great feature of the new site will be the ability to update your own profile. The profiles will also help mentors and mentees to find each other. In due course, you will be contacted to seek information to populate these profiles. We would be very grateful if you could take the time to provide the information.

The other piece of exciting news is that, with the invaluable assistance of 1984 Menzies Scholar in Law, Mark Darian-Smith (Partner, King & Wood Mallesons), we have made significant progress with the Menzies Legal Sector Alliance for Academic Excellence and Thought Leadership. There will be more information about this initiative on the MMSA website soon. We hope to hold the Alliance's inaugural seminar later this year. We will keep you posted on details.

We are aiming to build on the success of last year's MMSA annual event by encouraging as many of you to come along for the 2015 annual gathering as possible. If you have any ideas about inspirational speakers you would like to hear from at that event, please let us know.

I wish you all a very rewarding, productive and healthy year ahead.

Dariel De Sousa

Secretary’s Report

Hello everyone and welcome to the first edition of The Brief for 2015! It certainly has been a very busy year already for the Foundation and MMSA.

An incredibly exciting new Health Institute was launched in April – a collaboration between the Menzies Foundation and Griffith University – the Menzies Health Institute Queensland (MHIQ). The MHIQ will place Griffith as a leader in world-class allied health research, and the Menzies Foundation as an active collaborator and supporter of this world-class institute. The MHIQ is the fourth prestigious institute to carry the Menzies Foundation name, which will enable further world-class health research to be conducted in Australia. The director of this institute is Professor Sheena Reilly, and Professor Suzanne Chambers has just been appointed as the Inaugural Menzies Foundation Professor in Allied Health Research. 

I was fortunate enough to attend the launch of the MHIQ by the Governor General at the Griffith campus on the Gold Coast, along with Chairman of the Menzies Foundation, Brian Doyle, Deputy Chair Prof Simon Maddocks, CEO Sarah Hardy, board member Sandra Mackenzie and our wonderful Menzies Foundation team of Pam Shearman and Kate Nolan. Kate is the newest addition to the Menzies Foundation as Communications Manager. She will be helping to spread the word about the achievements of our scholars, so if you have ideas for stories, have published (or are about to publish) a paper, or are working on something interesting or inspiring in your career or the community, contact Kate to let her know at

Looking ahead for the rest of the year, Dariel and I will continue to work on the goals of the MMSA strategic plan, including the Mentoring Framework, which we hope you will all be a part of in the coming year. 

Josie Barbaro


From left:
 Assoc Professor David Morgan OAM, 1985 Menzies Scholar in Medicine, Director of the Queensland Bone Bank; Dr Josephine Barbaro, Director Menzies Foundation; Ms Sarah Hardy, CEO Menzies Foundation, Ms Sandra Mackenzie OAM, Director Menzies Foundation, Professor John Mathews AM, former Executive Director, Menzies Foundation, Professor Simon Maddocks, Deputy Chairman Menzies Foundation (and President and Vice-Chancellor, Charles Darwin University) and Mr Brian Doyle AM, Chairman of the Menzies Foundation at the launch of Menzies Institute of Health Queensland. (Photos courtesy of Griffith University and Ryan Rix photography)

We’re social!

You may have noticed the Menzies Foundation is now active on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Follow us to keep up with the latest happenings of the Foundation and our scholars.

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Our number grows

Dr Si Ming ManDr Si Ming Man is this year’s recipient of the NHMRC/RG Menzies Fellowship.

In 2013, Si Ming completed his PhD and was appointed a postdoctoral fellow in one of the leading labs in the field of innate immunity, located at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, USA.

Si Ming is already making his mark at St Jude’s as the first author of some ground-breaking research on deadly infectious diseases, published recently in leading scientific journal Nature Immunology. Read our story about his research.

Hot off the press, we have just announced the Menzies Scholarships to Harvard – this year there are three scholarship recipients, as an additional place was fully funded by Harvard Business School Class of 1970 given the outstanding nature of the candidates:

  • Matthew Tyler – Matthew is enrolled in a MPP degree at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government specialising in social and urban policy
  • Patrick Mayoh – Patrick is to study for MPP at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government specialising in International and Global Affairs policy.
  • Andrew Thomas – Andrew has been awarded a Menzies Scholarship funded by the Class of 1970 to attend the Harvard Business School. He will study for a Masters in Business Administration with focus on Social Entrepreneurship.

Bios of these three are also on the Menzies Foundation website if you’d like to read about their plans to change the world. 

Have you applied for a Symposium Sponsorship grant?

The Menzies Foundation makes available $5000 for a Menzies Scholar to present their work at a major conference, workshop or symposium.  This sponsorship opportunity is open to all Menzies scholars. Have you applied?

If you have an idea for a symposium or conference presentation sponsored by the Menzies Foundation, take a look at the guidelines and submit a 1-2 page proposal outlining your idea to

Allied Health Sciences grant applications open

Menzies Allied Health Sciences Scholars who have completed their PhD within the last five years are eligible for a start-up grant of $25,000.

Grant applications close on 30 June 2015, so have a read of the guidelines to find out if you are eligible and contact the Menzies Foundation at for an application form.

This is not to be confused with the Menzies Scholarship for the Allied Health Sciences which opened for applications on 15 May. If you know anyone who is interested, please send them to our new online scholarship applications site.

Spotlight on… Sarah Beshar

Sarah BesharFor Law Week we thought it was appropriate to place the spotlight on 1982 Menzies Scholar in Law, Sarah Beshar. Sarah has lived in New York for 30 years now, works for global law firm Davis Polk and in a nice twist, daughter Isabel is following in her footsteps attending Oxford, where Sarah completed her Menzies Scholarship. Read about her involvement with the Whitney Museum of contemporary art which is moving to the new High Line.

What is your job? 

I am a senior partner in a global law firm called Davis Polk. We are a recognized leader world-wide and advise on complex matters ranging from global mergers and acquisitions to ground-breaking securities offerings to litigation and enforcement matters. We have offices in most of the leading financial centres around the world.

What is the most fulfilling aspect of your work?

Three aspects of my work are very satisfying.  First, the wide array of deals that we work on involving complex legal issues continues to be challenging, interesting and rewarding.

Second, hiring, training and mentoring new young lawyers. Our lawyers are smart and collaborative and it is pleasure to work with such high quality teams. We have a very diverse workforce and this results in an exciting and engaging work environment.

Finally, pro bono work is a core responsibility for our firm and our lawyers and we devote substantial effort in providing free legal services.

What is a favourite book/music/activity?

I have recently been named a Conservation Fellow of the Whitney Museum here in New York. The Whitney features American contemporary art. We have just moved to a new Renzo Piano designed Museum located downtown on the High Line, the elevated outdoor park – a former railway track – which winds through the city. I am very excited about this new chapter for the Museum and the upcoming grand opening.

Where in the world would you like to visit?

My favourite place to visit is wherever the family is located.  My three children are all now living away from New York with Isabel at Oxford, Henry is a junior at Northwestern University in Chicago and Sophie will attend Stanford in the Fall. And of course there is family in Perth to visit.

Although I have lived in New York for 30 years, my three children have visited Australia many times, including a brief time at boarding school in Perth. They call Australia their second home and are very proud of their Australian heritage.

How has the Menzies Scholarship helped?

The Menzies Scholarship helped me attend Oxford University which then allowed me to use that university degree to move to New York and join a preeminent law firm. I will be forever grateful for the professional and personal benefits for me that resulted from this scholarship.

CEO’s report

Menzies Foundation Annual Report 2014Hello Menzies Scholars. I hope you have seen our new-look annual report, the cover of which features 2014 Menzies Scholar in Engineering, David Bowly.  It’s easily viewed on your iPad or laptop and I hope you take the time to find out what the Menzies Foundation supported in 2014. Several of your peers feature in our ‘Scholars in action’ section.

There have also been some changes to the Menzies Foundation Board, so if you are keen to know about our new Directors read the story on our website.

Every week I receive updates from a scholar or fellow about their progress and exciting developments in your careers; keep them coming. We love to see what an impact you are all making. And if you have great photos like David did – even photos of you in action in your chosen profession – please send them through too!

By now you will have received our annual call for you to update your details with us and to make a contribution to the work of the MMSA. Our new online donations facility is now up and running which should make this simple.

Sarah Hardy
CEO, Menzies Foundation

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