Image: Chad Hughes, Burnet Institute Discipline Head for International Development
Burnet Institute has appointed Chad Hughes as the new Discipline Head for International Development.
Mr Hughes, who has previously worked as Deputy Program Director, Disease Elimination, and Acting Regional Director, Mekong Program at Burnet, will take the reins from Dr Chris Morgan.
Burnet Director and CEO, Professor Brendan Crabb AC, said Mr Hughes’ people management skills and extensive experience working in international development abroad made him an ideal choice for the role.
“He has extensive experience in international development, having worked in numerous countries and settings with a range of different health challenges, especially in HIV, sexually-transmitted infections, and harm reduction,” Professor Crabb said.
“In addition to his great depth of knowledge and expertise, Chad has a strong understanding of the needs of staff working in international development, including staff in our country offices and in Melbourne.”
Mr Hughes said he was excited to take on the role and support Burnet’s projects throughout Asia-Pacific and Africa.
“I’m really looking forward to supporting people in International Development in their career development, plus continuing to uphold Burnet’s role as an NGO, because that’s an important part of who we are."
Mr Hughes said a key part of the role would be to ensure Burnet’s development work was backed up by implementation science and research.
“One of the great things about Burnet is that we’re both an Australian medical research institute but also an accredited NGO, that has all of the benefits that come through being affiliated with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID).”