John Hearn

Professor John Hearn is Chief Executive of the Worldwide Universities Network ( and Chairman of the Australia Africa Universities Network ( He is Professor of Reproductive Physiology (School of Medical Sciences) at the University of Sydney. Awarded his PhD from the Australian National University (ANU) he served for 6-7 years each in leading research, teaching and administrative positions at the Universities of Edinburgh, London UCL, Wisconsin, ANU and Sydney. Most recently he was DVC (Research) at ANU 2000-4, and DVC (Academic and International) at Sydney 2004-13. He teaches first year and advanced students in science and biomedicine, and has published 210 research papers and six edited books in reproduction and fertility, stem cell biology and biotechnology. He served as Chairman of the Society for Reproductive Biology 2001-4 and is a Life Fellow of that Society. He works globally in research capacity development with the OECD, WHO and the Australian Government.