Ms Frances Adamson is the Australian Ambassador-Designate to the People's Republic of China. Her immediate past position was as Chief of Staff in the Office of the Minister of Defence. Ms Adamson joined the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade in 1985. With a seasoned diplomatic background, she had served as deputy high commissioner in London and also held positions in Taipei, Hong Kong and New York.
Professor Kent Anderson is a comparative lawyer specialising in Asia. He joined the University of Adelaide in 2012 as Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) and Professor of Law in the Adelaide Law School. He has an eclectic background doing his tertiary studies in Japan, US, and UK in Law, Politics, Economics, and Asian Studies. For the decade before joining the University of Adelaide, Kent was a joint appointment at the Australian National University College of Law and Faculty of Asian Studies, where he was Director from 2007-2011. He was the Foundation Director of the School of Culture, History and Language in the ANU's College of Asia and the Pacific.
Ms Bird was appointed Deputy Secretary of the Department of Foreign Trade & Affairs in December 2004. From 2008 to 2013, she held the additional role of Australia's first Ambassador to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). She now holds the position of ASEAN Senior Officials' Meeting leader and carries responsibility for the East Asia Summit.Ms Bird holds a BA (First Class Hons), University of Sydney and is a graduate of the French École Nationale d'Administration.
Robert Griew is the Associate Secretary, Higher Education, Research and International in the Australian Government's Department of Education. Robert has a distinguished career spanning the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Robert spent the first 28 years of his career focused on health and community services, including four years as Secretary of the Northern Territory Department of Health and Community Services, and senior positions in New South Wales and Victoria. He spent more than 10 years managing Commonwealth health and community services, including running the Commonwealth aged care and Aboriginal health programmes. He has run his own consulting business doing both technical and organisational development work and held senior positions in the community health sector. Robert has a bachelor’s degree in health science and education, a master’s degree in public health and a graduate economics degree from the Australian National University.
Andrew Leigh is the Shadow Assistant Treasurer and Federal Member for Fraser in the ACT. Prior to being elected in 2010, Andrew was a professor of economics at the Australian National University. Andrew holds a PhD in public policy from Harvard, having graduated from the University of Sydney with first class honours in Law and Arts. He has previously worked as a lawyer and as a principal adviser to the Australian Treasury. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences, the only parliamentarian to be a fellow of one of the four national academies. In 2011, he received the 'Young Economist Award', a prize given every two years by the Economics Society of Australia to the best Australian economist under 40. His books include Disconnected (2010), Battlers and Billionaires (2013) and The Economics of Just About Everything (2014).
Senator Dean Smith was selected to represent WA in the Senate in May 2012.
Following the election of the Coalition Government in September 2013 he was appointed Chair of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights. He is also Chair of the Coalition Backbench Committee on Communications and the Coalition Backbench Committee on Energy and Resources.
In 2014 he was appointed to the Joint Standing Committee on Northern Australia and the Joint Select Committee on Trade and Investment. Prior to entering the Senate he had previously held senior commercial roles at Australia’s most prominent corporations – Insurance Australia Group (IAG) and SingTel Optus.
His parliamentary experience is complimented by extensive policy experience as an adviser to former Premier of Western Australia, Richard Court, and Prime Minister, John Howard, and other Federal Government Ministers. He is a former Chair of the ‘Australia Asia Young Leaders Program’ and is an alumni of the ‘AsiaLink Young Leaders Program’. He has been a strong and active advocate of Australia’s engagement with China and is a graduate of the University of Western Australia.
Veronica Taylor was appointed Dean of the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific in July 2014 and also directs the Research School of Asia and the Pacific. She was previously Director of the Regulatory Institutions Network (RegNet) (2010-2014) and Director of the (former) School of Regulation, Justice and Diplomacy. Professor Taylor has over twenty five years' experience designing and leading rule of law and governance projects for the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and AUSAID. Her projects have focused on Afghanistan, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, China, Egypt, Indonesia, Japan, Mongolia, the Philippines, Vietnam and the United States.
Professor Mandy Thomas is Executive Dean of the Creative Industries Faculty at the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane. Professor Thomas is an anthropologist who has undertaken research in both Vietnam and Australia. She has published widely on the lives of Vietnamese people who live under a communist regime and has also worked extensively with migrant groups in Australia on the migration experience.Professor Thomas completed her PhD at ANU and then, on an ARC research fellowship at the University of Western Sydney, she worked closely with different migrant groups to try to understand the issues related to young people growing up in two cultures.
Neil Thompson is responsible for Virgin Australia's Velocity Frequent Flyer program. Neil has over 20 years experience in direct marketing programs and aviation, with specialist experience in loyalty program design and optimisation.
Frank Tudor is Managing Director of Horizon Power. Frank joined Horizon Power in 2006 as General Manager Commercial and Strategy, after a long and successful career in the oil and gas industry with BP and Woodside.Frank has been the National Chairman of the Board and National President of the Australian China Business Council since November 2008, and a lecturer at UWA on oil and gas economics and law for the last 10 years.
Professor Wang Gungwu is the Chairman of the East Asian Institute at the National University of Singapore and Emeritus Professor of the Australian National University. His research focuses on Chinese history, and Chinese migrations and diaspora. Prior to his appointment at NUS, he was professor and head of the Department of Far Eastern History and Director of the Research of Pacific Studies at the ANU (1968 – 1986) and vice-chancellor of the University of Hong Kong between 1986 and 1995.
Professor Wesley is Professor and Director of IPS at the Australian National University. Professor Wesley has published extensively and has authored several books on foreign policy, including The Howard Paradox: Australian Diplomacy in Asia. He won the 2011 John Button Prize for Best Writing in Australian Politics for his book, There Goes the Neighbourhood: Australia and the Rise of Asia.
Professor Ian Young was appointed Vice-Chancellor of ANU in March 2011.He was previously Vice-Chancellor of Swinburne University of Technology for seven years (2003 to 2011). He was Executive Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences at the University of Adelaide from 1999 to 2003. For part of this time he simultaneously held the position of Pro Vice-Chancellor (International). In 2014 he was elected Chair of the Group of Eight (Go8) Board of Directors. Professor Young has held the positions of Chair of Education Australia Ltd and Director of IDP Education Pty Ltd. From 2009 to 2011, he was a Member of the Australian Qualifications Framework Council.