The Scholars podcast is a show featuring scholars from the General Sir John Monash Foundation. Hosted by CEO of Mojo Media, Justin Kelly, he interviews the best, brightest, boldest and bravest across all fields of academia, business, science, humanities, and the arts. For the last episode of 2020, Justin interviews Chief Executive Officer of the General Sir John Monash Foundation, Annemarie Rolls.
Annemarie has been CEO of the Foundation since the start of 2017, and is an experienced not-for-profit executive with a passion for the world of education. Prior to joining the Foundation, she was CEO of Schools Connect Australia, a NFP which brought businesses in partnership with disadvantaged schools. She led this organisation for 4 years, strengthening its marketing and economics and ultimately guiding its merger with the Australian Business Community Network (ABCN).
Annemarie previously worked with the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) initially in Sales and Marketing followed by three years as General Manager and publisher of ACER Press. In support of her passion about the role of arts in the community she has produced a documentary, Dare To Be Different, which showcases the impact of an arts based curriculum on the learning of children with a range of disabilities at the Port Phillip Specialist School.
She is Deputy Chair and non-executive board director of Creative Art Therapy Australia (CATA). Annemarie has a diverse global perspective and has lived, worked and studied in Fiji, Indonesia, New Zealand and the USA. She has a BA English Lit. (Hons, cum laude) CofC, USA; MA Monash University; Grad. Dip. Education and Training, Victoria University and has completed the AICD Company Directors Course.
In this special episode, Annemarie chats with Justin about what it’s like leading one of Australia’s most prestigious foundations, a deep dive into the judging process for the scholarships, and how education can change peoples’ lives.