Friends of QUT in America Foundation

The real world effect

At Queensland University of Technology (QUT) we believe in the real world effect. We believe that what we create, the problems we solve and the work we do should affect other people’s lives for the better. The generosity of the Friends of QUT in America Foundation plays a key role in helping us accomplish our goals.

Every contribution you make, every dollar you give, has a positive effect.

Supercharging the future

Our world faces major challenges - population growth, climate change, food security and economic instability. QUT is addressing these issues and others. With your backing, we can supercharge the outcomes of many vital projects.

Saving one of the world’s greatest natural treasures

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is one of the most important ecological environments on Earth. It’s unthinkable that we could lose it, but climate change is leading to coral bleaching, more extreme weather events and ocean acidification. QUT's RangerBot has the potential to make a positive impact controlling the crown-of-thorns starfish, but further philanthropic support and investment from around the globe is needed to harness big data, robotic vision and citizen science to safeguard the reef’s future.

Hospitals of the future

Quality of life is a fundamental right of everyone on the planet, and one of QUT’s core goals is to find ways to make healthcare more accessible, more effective and more affordable. We're developing the Herston Biofabrication Institute, the first of its kind in the world, which will establish a prototype for the hospitals of the future with leading technology and close collaboration between biologists, engineers, clinicians, materials scientists, mathematicians and physicians. To continue this vital work, we need your help.

Our quest to save young lives in Africa is bearing fruit

Every year, thousands of children die in Uganda because the cooked bananas that are their staple food are low in vital vitamin A. The QUT Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities, backed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, has produced golden-orange fleshed bananas that are rich in pro-vitamin A. With your support, we can teach farmers to grow their own pro-vitamin A bananas, and share this lifesaving food technology with the world.

Redefining entrepreneurship

QUT has forged an international reputation in entrepreneurship research, support and facilities – championing the next generation of alumni to lead business and social change. It’s more important than ever that we equip our students to flourish in entrepreneurial pursuits on a global scale – with your support we can invest even further.

With the support of a Learning Potential Fund scholarship, Tahlia Fatnowna moved from her home in Groote Eylandt in the Gulf of Carpentaria to attend university.

Scholarships for students in need

We want everyone with the determination and potential to receive a university education to experience the transformative power of education. That’s why we have the Learning Potential Fund. The way it works is simple - for every dollar you donate to the Fund, QUT matches it with another dollar, and uses the proceeds to provide scholarships to students in need so they can enrol and complete their studies. With your help, students in financial need get the real world break they richly deserve.

Foundation Board members

Excited by the opportunity to fly the flag for QUT, three outstanding business professionals based in the US are leading the initiative as the inaugural members of the Friends of QUT in America Foundation Board. They are joined by two QUT executives.

Portrait of Mr. Greg Creed

Mr. Greg Creed

Chair and President

A QUT Business graduate, Mr. Creed is CEO of Yum! Brands Inc., a company with revenue of more than $6 billion per annum. He is an Independent Director of the Whirlpool Corporation, a Director of International Game Technology, and a former volunteer Director for Fight2Win (raising money and awareness to cure Hodgkin’s Lymphoma).

Portrait of Ms. Carolyn Dawkins

Ms. Carolyn Dawkins


Ms. Dawkins is Global Head of Google BrandLab, New York. She develops brand partnerships by ensuring consumers are able to connect on the right platform at the right moment. A QUT Business graduate, her career includes managerial roles with Colgate, Procter & Gamble, and L'Oréal. Ms. Dawkins is also connected to OneKid OneWord, a non-profit educational organization.

Portrait of Mr. Peter Taylor

Mr. Peter Taylor


Managing Director of The Carlyle Group and Co-Head of its Global Infrastructure Opportunity Fund in Washington, DC, Mr. Taylor is a QUT Business graduate. He previously established the North American operations of Hastings Funds Management Limited.

Professor Scott Sheppard


Professor Sheppard is Deputy Vice-Chancellor International and Development, where he leads the division responsible for QUT’s international positioning and engagement programs, including alumni and philanthropy. A former diplomat and senior executive for federal and state governments in Australia, he has also held three senior roles in China for Australia and Queensland.

Mr. Graham Fryer


As Executive Director, Finance and Resource Planning, QUT, Mr. Fryer heads up the division responsible for the university’s financial services. Mr. Fryer has had an extensive career in chartered accounting and management consulting, including senior executive roles with Public Transport Victoria, the ANZ Bank and other leading organizations.

Be part of the real world effect

Wherever you look, QUT students, researchers and alumni are changing today’s world for the better, and establishing a platform of possibilities for future generations too. By supporting them, you’re playing your part in making a difference and contributing to the real world effect.