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Glyn Davis

Chair, ANZSOG Research Committee, CEO and Distinguished Professor

ANZSOG, Paul Ramsay Foundation and Australian National University

Crawford School of Public Policy

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Glyn Davis

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Find out more about ANZSOG’s Future public sector leaders’ series, featuring Professor Glyn Davis

Glyn Davis is Chief Executive of the Paul Ramsay Foundation, the largest philanthropic fund in the nation.

He also holds a part-time role as Distinguished Professor of Political Science in the Crawford School of Public Policy and Chair of the ANZSOG Research Committee.

In 2018 Professor Davis was elected a Visiting Fellow at the Blavatnik School of Government and a Visiting Fellow at Exeter College, Oxford. Professor Davis holds visiting appointments at Kings College London, Manchester University and the Faculty of Arts, University of Melbourne.

Professor Davis was educated in political science at the University of New South Wales and the Australian National University, before undertaking post-doctoral appointments as a Harkness Fellow at the University of California Berkeley, the Brookings Institution in Washington DC and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

He served as Vice-Chancellor of Griffith University from January 2002, and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Melbourne from January 2005 until October 2018.

Professor Davis teaches and researches in the field of public policy. His public-sector service includes terms as the Director-General of the Department of Premier and Cabinet in Queensland and Foundation Chair of the Australia and New Zealand School of Government.

He is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and a Companion in the Order of Australia.  He has served as Chair of the Group of Eight, Chair of Universities Australia and Chair of Universitas 21.

In 2008 Professor Davis co-chaired the Australia 2020 Summit. He currently serves as a member of the Independent Review of the Australian Public Service.

In 2010 Professor Davis presented the Boyer Lectures published as The Republic of Learning. In 2017 he published The Australian Idea of a University and the 6th edition of The Australian Policy Handbook with Catherine Althaus and Peter Bridgman.