Meet Dr Stephanie Fahey

Qualifications: PhD(ANU),  BA(Hons)USyd, FAICD             

Why did you join the University Council?

The University of Newcastle is committed to working with others to augment regional prosperity and as someone born in the Manning Valley I’m keen to offer my experience and support. My career has focused on building sustainable, international partnerships and engagement between universities and business.  I hope to leverage this experience to support the University’s ambition to strengthen research and graduate outcomes.

What do you look back on most fondly when it comes to your own education?

As first in family to University, I highly valued my university experience which opened up my world to a myriad of possibilities which I grabbed with both hands. The university supported my ambition to go to the Pacific to study and encouraged me to take risks. But my fondest memories of my university life was the engagement with my teachers and to them I will always be grateful.


Over her 40 years in leadership positions of universities, the private sector and the Australia Public Sector Dr Stephanie Fahey has driven strategic change.  From 2017-2020, she was the first female Chief Executive Officer of Austrade, the Australian Government agency responsible for promoting trade, investment and international education, and tourism policy, programs and research. Previously she was EY’s lead strategy partner for education in the Oceania region, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Global Engagement) at Monash University and Director of the University of Sydney’s Research Institute for Asia and the Pacific. She started her academic career at Victoria University in Melbourne.

Dr Fahey brings an international perspective to her work and a wealth of experience across business and academia. She currently serves as a Trustee of The Asia Foundation, and on the Board/Council of the Asia Society, the Australia Design Council and the European Australian Business Council.  Dr Fahey has also served on the Australia China Business Council, the Australia China Council, the NSW International Education Advisory Board, the Board of Canberra Institute of Technology, the Foreign Affairs Council, and the Australia Korean Foundation.

Stephanie holds a PhD from the Australian National University and BA (Hons) from the University of Sydney. She speaks Melanesian Pidgin and some Vietnamese. She was inducted as a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors in 2011.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.