With Professor Amitabh Mattoo

September 11 / 69

What is your unit? 

Australia India Institute

What is your job title?


How long have you been with the University of Melbourne?

Five months

How did you come to work at the University?

The idea of being the inaugural Director and building a world-class institution in Melbourne, with a focus on India, was exciting and very challenging.

Describe your typical day

Every day is different. Monday is for writing and research. Wednesday is meetings with staff and stakeholders. Friday, we have our weekly seminar, and it is time for quiet reflection before the weekend. The working day starts at 8:00am and rarely ends before 6:00pm.

What is it about your job that holds your interest or is particularly satisfying?

The joy of helping to build a relationship, a partnership between India and Australia.  The excitement of being able to introduce a new contemporary India to Australia. And the satisfaction at being able to make a difference! The conference, the Reluctant Superpower: Understanding India and its Aspirations, that we are having on 22 and 23 September is an example of bringing together the finest minds in India and Australia – now that is satisfying.

What is the best piece of advice you have received?

“Be the change that you want to see in the world”

What is something about yourself that most of your colleagues wouldn't know?

That I love the operas of Richard Wagner, particularly Der Ring des Nibelungen

 Where do you buy your coffee on campus?

What do you like most about the University?

That Melbourne University truly is, the Vice-Chancellor often says, a Republic of Learning.

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