It was announced on the 24th June that Dr Matthew Miles, Chief Executive Officer of MS Research Australia, is one of the recipients of the Harvard Club of Australia Non-profit Fellowship Awards for 2015. The presentation of the national fellowships took place at a lunch in Sydney’s Martin Place. On hand to present the two fellowships was Mr Hugo Llorens, Consul General, The United States of America.
The program was first initiated in 2001 and presents an opportunity for non-profit leaders to attend a two week university course in Boston, fully funded and to then pass on their learnings from the fellowship through a two year acquittal process.
‘On behalf of the Board of MS Research Australia, we would like to congratulate Matthew for receiving this prestigious fully-funded fellowship. We know that Matthew will be following in the footsteps of other not-for-profit leaders who have won this award and who have been able to lever their own experience to benefit the Australian community in general,’ said Mr Paul Murnane, Chairman, MS Research Australia.
Mr Ted Blamey, Chairman of the Harvard Club of Australia’s Nonprofit Fellowship program said ‘Our Fellowships aim to bring enhanced leadership skills and performance to the Australian nonprofit sector. They reflect the Harvard Club of Australia’s commitment to learned exchange between Harvard University and Australia and our recognition of the strong social and economic significance of the non-profit sector to our community. We are delighted to make this coveted annual award to Dr Matthew Miles, Chief Executive Officer of MS Research Australia’.
‘He will be one of two CEOs to attend the highly-regarded Harvard course Strategic Perspectives in Non-profit Management next month. The prestigious fellowships are generously funded by Harvard Club of Australia member, Mr. Bill Ferris AC and his family’.
The fellowships have three aims; to bring enhanced leadership skills and performance to the Australian non-profit sector; to assist non-profit leaders improve the effectiveness of their organisations and to assist all Australians to help our communities by utilising the experience of those who are selected for the award.
Dr Matthew Miles said ‘I am honoured to receive the Harvard University Club of Australia non-profit fellowship for 2015. This is a wonderful learning opportunity which I will be able to share with the team, and use to refine our strategic direction so that MS Research Australia can achieve the best outcomes for people with MS.’
Past winners of the fellowship include the Executive Director of Neuroscience Research Australia, Professor Peter Schofield AM, Anita Kumar, CEO of the infant’s home and Mike Wilson, CEO and MD of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.