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Distinguished Professor Chennupati Jagadish AC of the Australian National University has officially joined the Board of the Australian National Fabrication Facility Ltd (ANFF). 

Distinguished Professor Chennupati Jagadish (respectfully known as Jagadish) is the Head of the Semiconductor Optoelectronics and Nanotechnology Group in The Australian National University Research School of Physics. 

He has over 40 years of research experience in compound semiconductors, optoelectronics, nanotechnology, photovoltaics, neuroscience and neurotechnology. Jagadish has received many Australian and international awards, including a UNESCO medal for his contributions to the development of nanoscience and nanotechnologies and the Pravasi Bhartiya Samman Award from the President of India. Jagadish has been an Australian Research Council (ARC) Federation Fellow and an ARC Laureate Fellow, and he became President of the Australian Academy of Science in May 2022. 

‘I am grateful for this honour to have been elected as a member of the Board of Directors of the Australian National Fabrication Facility Ltd (ANFF). My association with ANFF started since its inception, and I am very much looking forward to working with the ANFF Board and the ANFF team to further strengthen it to serve the research community,’ said Prof. Jagadish. 

Commenting on the appointment, ANFF Board Chair Andy Brawley said, ‘The ANFF Board and indeed the ANFF Team are delighted with Prof. Chennupati Jagadish’s acceptance to join the ANFF Board of Directors.  He was the Founding Node Director of ANFF’s ACT node for 13 years. Jagadish’s integrity and vast experience in the research field and academia will contribute to a strong Board that will guide ANFF’s success through the opportunities and challenges that are ahead of us. Jagadish’s current appointment as President of the Australian Academy of Science only exemplifies his commitment to build a strong and viable research community. We look forward to working with Jagadish for many years to come.’ 

ANFF CEO Jane Fitzpatrick welcomes Prof. Jagadish to the Board: ‘I could not be more excited to have someone as eminent as Jagadish joining the ANFF Board. I have little doubt that his intelligence, energy and experience will assist ANFF to grow and achieve more than ever before.’ 


First appointed in February 2023 to assume the role of Chair of the Board on an interim basis, Andrew Brawley has been chosen by the Board to continue his leadership in this position. 

A former Vice-President of Manufacturing for Silanna Semiconductors and CEO of Sapphicon Semiconductors, Andy has extensive experience in, and knowledge of, the semiconductor industry especially in Australia. In addition, he has long-standing experience in financial management. 

Andy was instrumental in the establishment of the ANFF organisation in 2007 as one of nine original research infrastructure facilities established under the Commonwealth’s National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS). 

Reflecting on his appointment to the Chair, Andy Brawley said, ‘I am deeply honoured to be appointed the Chair of the ANFF Board. I am committed to living up to the trust that the Selection Committee and the Board have placed in me. I have been a Director since the inception of ANFF and worked with some of the finest colleagues and I welcome the opportunity to lead ANFF together with an excellent team to support and grow the organisation.’