JCMA Staff



Ian Grant

Education Officer


Ian has served in a wide range of education roles for over 40 years. These teaching roles span primary school education, formal and nonformal training, TESOL and cross-cultural education, curriculum design and development, teacher professional development, through to postgraduate lecturing and research supervision. He continues to design and film online curricula crafted to develop awareness of and competence in, intercultural and interfaith issues. Ian has also served in a range of executive and management positions in academic institutions, non-government organisations and charities in Australia, the USA and the Pacific.

His childhood as a Third Culture Kid in Vanuatu, and lifelong immersion in various cultural contexts and languages, have shaped Ian’s CQ (cultural intelligence), and fuel his desire to empower other leaders, educators and teachers to develop their CQ.

His teaching qualifications were earned through the University of New England. His MA at Fuller School of intercultural Studies, California, included a thesis on Worldview and Worldview Change. Ian’s PhD from Monash University utilised the disciplines of cultural anthropology and sociology to examine the development of indigenous leadership amongst the Enga people of Papua New Guinea.

Ian is a Fellow of the Australian Anthropological Society, and a number of other professional organisations.

He is excited about seeing the JCMA Schools program develop authentic intercultural and interfaith understanding, respect and relationships! These critical values will help ensure the harmonious and thriving future that Australians desire.

Ulla Hansson

Schools Program Education Officer

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Ulla has served in education as a teacher for over 30 years as a teacher and in executive positions. She received her Masters Degree at Texas A&M University in Texas, USA. Ulla also maintains her coaching certification in Tennis. Most recently she was employed as the Deputy Principal of Yipirinya School in Alice Springs and previously as Head of Faculty at Oxley Christian College.

Ulla has worked as a lecturer and tutor at Central Queensland University in Mackay and has worked directly with pre-service teachers. She is also a qualified and registered teacher in Queensland, Victoria and the Northern Territory. Ulla has been accepted into Pepperdine University in Malibu, California as a Doctorate of Philosophy student, with a focus will be on Global Leadership and Change.

Ulla is looking forward to contributing to the JCMA School’s Program, and to building strong relationships in intercultural understanding and respect for all.