Meet the committee

IFIS committee

Jan Kemper - President

Jan Kemper

Country of Origin: Australia

IFIS member since 2013

Jan worked at the University of Wollongong for many years. She is also a UOW alumna.
“Being employed by the University for many years has given me the opportunity to study and meet staff and students from all over the world. Participating in the early International Friendship Program and providing homestay to many international students has enriched my life and the life of my family and being involved in IFIS is a natural extension of that. I love meeting and getting to know our international students.”

Peter Beattie - Vice-President (Community)

Peter Beattie

Country of Origin: Australia

IFIS member since 2013

Peter worked as a Road Designer with the now RMS (Roads and Maritime Services) for 43.5 years and played soccer for South Coast United in the Sydney competition.

Peter is a past president of Rotary Club Corrimal.

“Being part of IFIS gave me a new direction in life during my retirement and an opportunity to support international students who try to fit into a new lifestyle in Wollongong and UOW with English as a second language. I enjoy the interaction with the students particularly at the English Conversation Group and other activities that IFIS organises.”

Zhiguang Zhang (Claire) - Vice-President (International)

Zhiguang Zhang (Claire)

Country of Origin: China

IFIS member since 2016

Current UOW student completing a PhD in Education.

"I could not imagine my life in Australia without being a participant in IFIS. It is an amazing international program where you can embrace cultural diversity and build friendships without borders. I benefit so much from joining the program and hope to give back as being a committee member."

Kel Magrath - Secretary

Kel Magrath

Country of Origin: Australia

IFIS member since 2007

After 35 years with the Ambulance Service of NSW Kel retired from his final position of District Superintendent, Illawarra District and formed a partnership to establish a small business.

Kel was among the first group of graduates from Charles Sturt University with a Diploma in Applied Science, Pre-Hospital Care. He is a retired Associate Fellow of the Institute of Management Australia.

“IFIS is a unique organisation which provides an opportunity to support international students and their families in a variety of ways. It includes assisting them to network and interact with the local community. The personal benefits include friendship, a constantly expanding extended family along with opportunities to witness and celebrate personal achievements.“

Mengdan Chen - Treasurer

Mengdan Chen

Country of Origin: China

IFIS member since 2014

UOW Alumna – Master of Professional Accounting/Master of Commerce. Graduated in 2015
“IFIS is a fantastic place where we can share our cultures, improve our English and make friends all over the world. This is international students’ second home, warm and happy.”