2019/20 Sir James Wolfensohn Scholarship Media release 2019

July 15, 2019


Four of Australia’s most promising public servants win Harvard scholarships

Anne Skewes, Deputy Secretary, Land and Housing Corporation NSW Department of Family and Community Services, Elizabeth Hefren-Webb, Deputy Secretary, Commonwealth Department of Social Services, Jason Ardler, Deputy Secretary and Head of Aboriginal Affairs NSW, Meredith Day Huntingford, Department of the Attorney-General and Justice, Northern Territory.

The scholarships will allow Ms Skewes, Ms Hefren-Webb, Mr Ardler and Ms Day Hungtinford to undertake an executive education program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in 2019 or 2020.

With the support of the former chairman of the World Bank and Harvard alumni, Sir James Wolfensohn, the Harvard Club of Australia established the Wolfensohn Scholarship in 2012 to promote the development and delivery of good public policy.  Each of the candidates was chosen on the basis of their potential to contribute to the benefit of Australian society.

Ms Skewe’s and Mr Ardler’s chosen course is Leadership for the 21st Century: Chaos, Conflict and Courage, Ms Hefren-Webb’s chosen course is Senior Managers in Government and Ms Day Huntingford’s chosen course is Creating Collaborative Solutions: Innovations in Governance.

The four recipients were chosen from a wide field of candidates, all nominated by a Commonwealth, State or Territory department or agency head.  A shortlist of candidates was interviewed by a panel of Harvard University alumni comprising Kimberly Everett, Nicholas Whitlam and Luke Woodward.


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