Asialink is proud to announce the recipients of the 2022 Asialink Leaders Program Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop Fellowships: Yola Bakker – Founder, LANAH; and Émilie MacIsaac – Project Adviser, Regional Australia Institute.
The Fellowships are awarded annually to two outstanding leaders from the NFP or Arts sectors who have a keen interest in building Australia-Asia engagement. The Fellowships provide recipients with the opportunity to participate in the Asialink Leaders Program – Australia’s flagship program for developing Asia-capability.
The Leaders Program seeks to improve Asia-Australia relations through a rich personal and professional development opportunity for outstanding Australian leaders who have been selected through a rigorous application process.
Dunlop Fellow Yola Bakker, multidisciplinary practitioner and founder of the Australia and Indonesia-based social enterprise LANAH, intends to build on her experience in the arts and sustainability spaces and broaden her engagement with the region across new sectors.
Dunlop Fellow Émilie MacIsaac, who drives and supports key initiatives at the Regional Australia Institute (RAI), sees Asia capabilities gained contributing to RAI’s vision: for regional Australia, Australia’s economic backbone, to reach its true potential.
The Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop Asialink Fellowships are awarded to two individuals from the not-for-profit sector who will join emerging and established leaders in the Asialink Leaders Program. Lieutenant Colonel Sir Ernest Edward 'Weary' Dunlop, AC, CMG, OBE (12 July 1907 – 2 July 1993) was an Australian surgeon who was renowned for his leadership in Australia-Asia relations. In 1993, a Dunlop Trust was established as a perpetual fund or trust with its activities occurring on an on-going basis as a memorial to Sir Edward Dunlop's vision for fostering meaningful and constructive engagement between Australia and Asia. The Fellowships will be conferred by Weary’s granddaughter, Diana Dunlop, at the welcome reception of the Asialink Leaders Program Foundation Week.