NECTAR Co-Chairs

The NECTAR Co-Chairs are appointed annually as the representatives of ECAs at ANU and leaders of NECTAR.

The Co-Chairs lead the advocacy NECTAR as a representative of the ECAs of ANU as follows:

  • Take a lead in NECTAR governance, particularly in relation to advocating the needs of ECAs.
  • Take turns to act as spokesperson and represent NECTAR at key meetings with the University Executive.
  • In conjunction with NECTAR staff, facilitate and maintain close working relationships between NECTAR and other stakeholders concerned with the welfare of ECAs at ANU.

Read the full role description here.

Rebecca Gidley

ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs

I graduated with my PhD from ANU in 2017 and since then have worked in the College of Asia and the Pacific on a series of short term and casual contracts. I was one of the NECTAR Co-Chairs in 2019 and am looking forward to continuing in a second term in 2020. I have two priorities as a NECTAR Co-Chair. The first is to promote an understanding of NECTAR’s inclusivity, shaped by my own experiences of casualisation. I think NECTAR is already an inclusive organisation but that not everyone who falls under that inclusive banner is aware of it, particularly if they don’t fit the traditional academic career path. The other is on support for ECAs in HASS disciplines, as in lean times this is often the area that is first to fall by the wayside.

Youssef Hafiz

ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science

Research School of Electrical, Energy and Materials Engineering

I am a PhD candidate at the Research School of Electical, Energy and Materials Engineering. My motivation to be a NECTAR Co-Chair is to support ECAs in their journey to establish their academic career, especially those who do not have a traditional academic career like myself.

Siva Karuturi

ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science

Research School of Electrical, Energy and Materials Engineering

ANU College of Science

Research School of Physics


I work jointly in RSPhys and RSEEME. My research interests lie primarily in the areas of materials engineering and solar energy conversion. As a NECTAR Co-Chair, I intend to contribute to the development of initiatives aimed at helping ECAs to successfully navigate the career progression challenges.

Sean Perera

ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences


Since 2004, I have been a research student and subsequently a staff member at ANU, which has become my second home. I am passionate about personal growth and committed to enable both peers and students to achieve their full potential. I embody this philosophy in my teaching in the Bachelor of Philosophy Program, which I convene at the College of Arts and Social Sciences, as well as the ANU-wide postgraduate program: Graduate Studies Select, of which I am the Sub Dean. I am also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and believe strongly in high quality learning and teaching experiences, especially scaffolded opportunities to improve one’s capabilities. I have been actively involved in PARSA (2004-2012) as its Student Consultant, and I was a pioneering member of the ANU Early Career Academics collective’(formally known as “Sidecars”, then convened by the Research Student Development Centre of CHELT in 2008).
I bring with me a wealth of knowledge about ANU and a committed passion to serve the ANU community. The opportunity to serve as NECTAR Co-chair will be invaluable training for me to contribute further to ANU.