Russell Taylor AM

Russell Taylor AM

Master of Business Administration (1993)

Chief Executive Officer, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

UTS: Indigenous Australian Alumni Award 2016

Throughout his life, Russell Taylor has been a tireless campaigner for promoting knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) cultures, traditions, languages and stories, past and present.

Taylor is Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), a world-renowned research, collecting and publishing organisation focused on affirming and raising awareness of the richness and diversity of ATSI cultures and histories. AIATSIS act as custodians for a priceless collection of documentary and audio-visual records, undertake scholarly research across a range of sectors, and publish outstanding written works promoting Australian Indigenous cultures.

Under Taylor’s leadership since 2009, AIATSIS has become the pre-eminent institution for ATSI studies internationally, and the trusted keeping place for the world's most significant collection of ATSI cultural heritage materials.

"I believe that improved education and intercultural knowledge and understanding are important pathways to achieving a rosier future for my mob, and for all Australians"

“AIATSIS’s research, publications and irreplaceable collections form part of the broader and complete story of Australia and our national identity,” explains Taylor. “Stewardship of this important resource has been at the core of my leadership as CEO, and as an Indigenous Australian.”

Taylor is passionate about the value and integration of education and inter-cultural understanding. He currently serves on the UTS Council, and is Chair of the UTS Vice Chancellor’s Indigenous Advisory Committee and a member of Charles Darwin University Vice Chancellor’s Indigenous Advisory Committee. He is a board member of the Lowitja Institute and the ATSI Healing Foundation, and was a founding director of the Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre.

A Kamilaroi man born and raised on Sydney’s waterfront at Millers Point, Taylor was made a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia in the 2015 Queen's Birthday Honours for significant services to the community as a cultural leader and public sector executive in the field of Indigenous affairs.

“I believe that improved education and intercultural knowledge and understanding are important pathways to achieving a rosier future for my mob, and for all Australians.”

2016 Alumni Awards Winner Russell Taylor AM


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