Welcome to the Australian Friends of Tel Aviv University!

AFTAU’s activities support a large variety of projects at TAU

The Australian Friends of Tel Aviv University is an organisation committed to the nurturing of higher education, as well as the development of some of Israel’s best minds.  

For four decades we have enthusiastically pursued the advancement of TAU in the world by raising money, awareness and influence. We serve as a dynamic bridge between two inspired communities — Australian and Israeli.

Throughout the year and country, we offer a stimulating variety of cultural, social and educational activities: special briefings, international conferences, intimate get-togethers, and more formal events.  As an Australian Friend, you’ll have access to some of the best leaders and thinkers from all over the world.

With the national office headquartered in Melbourne, and offices in Sydney and Perth, the Australian Friends of Tel Aviv University is pleased to support Tel Aviv University’s vital role in changing lives that change the world.


AFTAU’s activities support a large variety of projects at TAU.

Traditionally, we have provided scholarships for financially underprivileged Israeli students, including new immigrants, and IDF Reservists.

We still do, but with more membership financial support, our activities have spread to encompass direct support of research,

- both within TAU, as well as collaborative research between TAU and Universities here (the AFTAM program with Monash, was the first such endeavour), purchases of new laboratory equipment at TAU such as mass spectrometers, and contributions towards capital projects...

AFTAU is a dynamic organisation which:

  • Represents Tel Aviv University (TAU) here in Australia.

  • Is involved in the promotion and increasing public awareness of TAU.

  • Promotes increasing liaison and cooperation, by way of education and cooperative research and scientific and cultural exchange between TAU and Australian Universities and other educational institutions, Government, and private industry

  • Raises funds for TAU.

Our Chapters

Victoria, Headquarters

Tok Corporate Centre, Level 1,
459 Toorak Road, Toorak VIC 3142
Tel: +61 3 9296 2065
Email: aftau.vic.@gmail.com

New South Wales

PO Box 373, Rose Bay  NSW 2029
Tel: +61 2 8072 1400
Fax: +61 2 9283 1970
Email: nsw@aftau.org.au

Western Australia

P O Box 36, Claremont, WA  6010
Tel: :+61 411 223 550
Email: clivedonner@thelinqgroup.com

Leadership & Team:


VICTORIA CHAPTER

Rosie Potaznik (PRESIDENT)

Rosie Potaznik (PRESIDENT)

Rosie Potaznik attended the inauguration for the Buchmann Faculty of Law 25 years ago which was particularly special as her grandparents Eliezer and Chaya Buchmann, who lost their lives in the Holocaust were memorialised with a magnificent plaque at the entrance.

She was the keynote speaker at the event. This honour gave Rosie the incentive to attend the Board of Governors meeting from 1994 and her passionate involvement with Australian friends of Tel Aviv University followed. She was elected as a member of the Board of Governors at Tel Aviv University in May 2010.

Rosie was educated at Mount Scopus College. She studied Science and Psychology (Honours) and graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Social Work in 1977. Rosie worked as a psychiatric social worker at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Science in Melbourne. In July 1982 she delivered a paper on the Australian Perspective to Adoption at the International Child Psychiatry Conference in Dublin.

In 1983, Rosie wrote and published a book ‘Understanding Adoption ‘. The laws had changed at that time and the book was the first to explore adoptees’ search for their biological parents.

In 2006 Rosie Potaznik became a graduate of the inaugural Experience Bank Program, an initiative in community leadership. Her communal experience lead to her voluntary involvement with the Jewish National Fund of Victoria which spanned over 14 years, during which she was Vice President for 8 years. Rosie’s highlight was organising walking tours and programs in the Negev and the North Galilee which focussed on water and environmental issues.

Dr. Harry Perelberg (VICE PRESIDENT)

Walter Kastelan (DEPUTY PRESIDENT)

Marshall Segan (TREASURER)

René Spungin (MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER)

Eva Landy (ADMINISTRATOR)

NEW SOUTH WALES CHAPTER

Jenny Hillman (PRESIDENT)

Jenny Hilman was appointed as President of Australian Friends of Tel Aviv University NSW in December 2018 having spent 5 years involved on the executive committee.

After graduating with a BA from Sydney University, Jenny was headhunted by Clive Evatt at Hogarth Gallery , leading to her active involvement in the Arts and successful career in various businesses.

Jenny established a manufacturing business, once sold, led to a career in Investment Banking and  the opportunity to join Ipoh Gardens & OSW in a joint venture. This spanned a twelve year period and saw her participation in many aspects of construction and fit out of World Square, Sydney.

Jenny and her business partner worked for many years with the key developers in Sydney, including Harry Triguboff , Director of Meriton amongst others.

During this time Jenny was also invited to curate the Shalom Gamarada annual art exhibition which raised funds for Indigenous student scholarships to study at UNSW. She visited remote communities selecting artworks each year which were sold to benefit the Indigenous communities as well as The Shalom Gamarada Scholarship Fund. Currently there are up to 30 Indigenous students studying Medicine and other degrees at UNSW. This is an enormous effort by the Sydney Jewish community to help make a difference to Indigenous outcomes.

Jenny was also invited to join the Boards of The Blake Prize (for spiritual art) established by a Jewish benefactor, and The State Zionist Council which supports Jewish students visiting Israel as well as holding important communal functions such as Yom Ha’atzmaut and Yom Hazikaron. 

Jenny’s involvement with AFTAU NSW represents her ongoing commitment to Israel and her passion to involve the Sydney Jewish community in supporting this great institution.

Phone: +61 410 648 859

Email: nsw@aftau.org.au

Executive Members

David Dinte
Warren Kaplan
Yosi Tal
Harold Werksman
Andrew Whitten

WESTERN AUSTRALIA CHAPTER

Clive Donner (PRESIDENT)

Education: B Com (University of Natal South Africa 1979)

Business Interests and career:

Investment Banking and Private Equity career spanning 40 years in Australia and offshore.

LinQ Group 2005-Current  

LinQ Group is Clive’s privately owned business. Key activities include:

  • Private Equity;
  • Investment banking;
  • Property development;
  • Tech advisory and principle investing

Founded, managed and built 2 private equity vehicles: Golden Arrow Funds in 1997 (7-year closed end fund); LinQ Resources Fund in 2005 (Listed fund on ASX); Subsequently sold out his Private Equity interests in 2013 to Chinese buyers.
Co-founded 2 Property Development funds in 2015/2016 consisting of the development and sale of 2 residential apartment buildings (total of 250 apartments) in Australia. 

 NM Rothschild & Sons (Australia) 1990-2004

Director of various Rothschild entities including: Executive Director of the main Rothschild Australian Group entity – NM Rothschild & Sons (Australia) Limited;
Executive Director of various Rothschild Australia Private Equity companies;
Head of Rothschilds debt financing business in in Western Australia;
Founded and ran Rothschild Australia’s first Private Equity Fund in the mining sector;
Responsible for Perth Office.

 Citibank South Africa and Citibank Australia 1980-1989

Responsible for building the debt financing business in Citibank’s offices in Johannesburg and Perth. 

Relevant Philanthropy and Jewish interests 

  • Past Director of Perth Hebrew Congregation – main Orthodox Synagogue in Perth;
  • United Israel Appeal Board of Governors and Major Donor since 2006;
  • Newly elected President of Friends of Tel Aviv University (AFTAU) chapter in Western Australia and the inaugural establishment of this new Chapter in 2018 with primary focus on:
  • raising awareness of Tel Aviv University (TAU) to both Jewish and non-Jewish audiences and hosting various Israeli business leaders in Perth;
  • sourcing donations and student scholarships for TAU;
  • sourcing corporate partnerships to collaborate with TAU on areas of interest; 
  • Building and expanding academic collaboration with local universities and TAU;
  • Finance committee membership for Maurice Zeffert (Inc) old age home in 2018
  • Board of Governors of AFTAU since 2019
  • Founded the formation of the Federal AFTAU entity: Australian AFTAU Pty Ltd in 2020

Phone: +61411223550

Email: clivedonner@thelinQgroup.com

Web address: www.thelinQgroup.com

Executive Members

Melanie Greenfeld
Peter Leedman
Geoff Morris

TAU Board of Governors


  • Marc Besen, AC Hon.PhD. (TAU)

  • Joseph Brender, AO

  • David Dinte

  • Clive Donner

  • Dr. Derek Freeman

  • John Gandel, AC Hon.PhD. (TAU)

  • Jenny Hillman

  • Roslyn Kushinsky

  • John Landerer, AM, CBE

  • Dr. Gustav Lehrer, AM

  • Mark Leibler, AC

  • Sir Frank Lowy, AC

  • Dr. Harry Perelberg

  • Rosie Potaznik

  • Evi Selwyn

  • Dr Victor Wayne

  • Mr Andrew Whitten

  • Vivien Zimmet

Honorary Governors


  • Gad Ben-Meir

  • Adele Justin

  • Isi Leibler, AO, CBE

  • The Hon. Howard Nathan

  • Abe Monester, QC


More info?

Australian Friends of Tel Aviv University

1/459 Toorak Road, Toorak VIC 3142
Phone:  +61 39296 2065
Email: office@aftau.asn.au