Marc Innes-Brown (IEP 91-93) appointed Australian Ambassador to Iran

Congratulations to Mr. Innes-Brown in his appointment as Australian Ambassador to Iran.

Prior to taking up his position as Ambassador to Iran, Mr Innes-Brown was Australia’s Ambassador to Iraq, a position he held since August 2006. Prior to this appointment, he was the Head of the Iraq Task Force during 2005-06. In Canberra, he has held a range of positions including Director, Indonesia Section and Director, East Timor Section (2003-05). From 2001 to 2003, Mr Innes-Brown was seconded to the International Division of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet where he worked on South-East Asia and Americas policy issues.

During the years 1991 to 1993, Mr. Innes-Brown completed a Master of Arts in Political Science at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa through the East-West Center’s Program on International Economy and Politics. The EWC Graduate Degree Fellowship provides funding for graduate study to participate in educational and research programs at the East-West Center while pursuing graduate study at the University of Hawai‘i. The types of study covered under the Graduate Degree Fellowship are the Master’s (up to 24-month fellowship) and the Doctoral degree (up to 48-month fellowship).


EWC Referenced in NY Times Cover Story on Obama Family’s Diversity

On the day of President Obama’s inauguration, the East-West Center received several mentions in a front page story in The New York Times exploring the First Family’s diverse roots. The article mentioned the Center as a place where Obama’s mother, Ann Dunham, spent time and also where the president’s half-sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, met her husband, Konrad Ng. (Click the link above to read the full NYT article.)

President Obama’s mother and stepfather, Lolo Soetoro, were both East-West Center grantees, although at different times. Konrad Ng worked from for several years as a graduate research intern in the International Cultural Studies Certificate Program, a joint program between the East-West Center and the University of Hawaii.