Michael Liffman

Michael Liffman
GEIR Team Leader
Region: Australia and New Zealand

Dr Michael Liffman  (BA hons., Melb; M.Sc [Social Admin], LSE; Ph.D, Melb;) is Founding Director of the Asia-Pacific Centre for Philanthropy and Social Investment at Swinburne University in Melbourne. The Centre offers a Master’s degree in grantmaking and social investment and undertakes research on the sector, one of few such Centre’s in the world. After working with a number of community agencies, Michael became CEO of one of Australia’s leading philanthropic foundations, The Myer Foundation. His book, A Tradition of Giving: Seventy-five Years of Myer Family Philanthropy, was published by Melbourne University Publishing in 2004. Michael serves on the board of WINGS (Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support) and formerly served as President of the Australian Association of Philanthropy and member of the International Network on Strategic Philanthropy. Michael’s involvements have included service to the Australian Institute of Multicultural Affairs, the Human Research Ethics Committee of the Government of Victoria’s Department of Human Services, and the Immigration Review Tribunal, among others. Michael’s other publications include Power for the Poor; Refugees, Resources and Reunion; and editorship of Migration Action and ‘the Non-profit Motive in Civil Society’ in Australian Philanthropy Research Papers 2000.