Parliament house

ANU Crawford Leadership Forum

Global Realities, Domestic Choices: Australia in a COVID-19 world
22 June - 25 June
The Australian National University

Speakers

Program

  • 22 June
  • 23 June
  • 24 June
  • 25 June

Bilahari Kausikan

Chairman, Middle East Institute
National University of Singapore
Bilahari Kausikan is the former permanent secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore, as well as ambassador-at-large. He is currently chairman of the Middle East Institute, an autonomous institute of the National University of Singapore. As one of Singapore’s leading diplomats and strategists, he served the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as deputy secretary for Southeast Asia, permanent representative to the UN in New York, and ambassador to the Russian Federation. He holds degrees from the National University of Singapore and Columbia University.

23 June

Lynn Kuok

Senior Fellow for Asia-Pacific Security
International Institute for Strategic Studies
Dr Lynn Kuok is Shangri-La Dialogue Senior Fellow for Asia-Pacific Security at the International Institute for Strategic Studies and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge. Her research focuses on the international relations, security and law of the Asia-Pacific, with a focus on the South China Sea dispute.
She is a former Brookings Institution expert and has held fellowships at Yale Law School, Harvard Law School, the Harvard Kennedy School, the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the Centre for International Law, National University of Singapore. She served as editor-in-chief of the Cambridge Review of International Affairs and the Singapore Law Review.
Her analysis has featured in a broad range of publications, including Foreign Affairs and The Wall Street Journal, and she speaks regularly at international conferences and leading universities. She sits on the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Geopolitics and was a Council Member on its Global Future Council on International Security.

23 June

Yiping Huang

Sinar Mas Chair Professor of Economics, Deputy Dean of National School of Development, Director of Institute of Digital Finance
Peking University
Yiping Huang is Director of the Institute of Digital Finance (IDF) and Jin Guang Chair Professor of Economics and Deputy Dean of the National School of Development (NSD), Peking University. Currently, he is also a Member of the Monetary Policy Committee at the People's Bank of China and Research Fellow at the Finance Research Center of the Counselors’ Office of the State Council. He serves as Chairman of the Academic Committee of China Finance 40 Forum, a member of Chinese Economists 50 Forum, and the Rio Tinto Adjunct Professor in the Chinese Economy at Australian National University. He is Editor of China Economic Journal and an Associate Editor of Asian Economic Policy Review. His research areas include macro economy, financial reform and rural development. Previously, he was a policy analyst at the Research Center for Rural Development of the State Council, research fellow and senior lecturer of economics at the Australian National University, General Mills International Visiting Professor of Economics and Finance at the Columbia Business School, Managing Director and Chief Asia Economist for Citigroup, Chief Economist for Caixin Media Group, Managing Director and Chief Economist for Emerging Asia for Barclays, and an Independent Director of China Life Insurance Ltd, Minmetal Trust Ltd and Mybank. Prof Huang received his Bachelor of Agricultural Economics from Zhejiang Agricultural University, Master of Economics from Renmin University of China and PhD in Economics from Australian National University.

22 June

Catherine Mann

Managing Director and Global Chief Economist
Citi
Dr. Catherine L. Mann is the Global Chief Economist at Citibank since February 2018 where she is responsible for thought leadership, research guidance of a global team of economists, and cross-fertilization of research across macroeconomics, fixed-income, and equities. Prior to this position, she was Chief Economist at the OECD, where she also was Director of the Economics Department and was Finance Deputy to the G20 (2014-2017). Prior to the OECD, she held the Barbara ’54 and Richard M. Rosenberg Professor of Global Finance at the International Business School, Brandeis University, where she also directed the Rosenberg Institute of Global Finance (2006-2014). She spent 20-plus years in Washington, DC (1984-2006) where her positions included Senior Fellow at the Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics; Economist, Senior Economist, and Assistant Director in the International Finance Division at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors; Senior International Economist on the President’s Council of Economic Advisers; and Adviser to the Chief Economist at the World Bank. Dr. Mann received her PhD in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her undergraduate degree is from Harvard University. In research, Dr. Mann’s work has addressed the US trade deficit, international capital flows, and the dollar; and a global-markets perspective on information technology, services trade, and employment dynamics. Her research guidance at the OECD focused on macro and structural policies for globalization, productivity, and financial crises considered through the lens of different income groups, firms of different sizes and sectoral characteristics, and regional exposures and disparities. Her research guidance at Citi focuses on the interaction between financial market decision-making and real-side consumer and business investment decision-making using a global lens, and both macro top-down and micro bottom-up analysis that draws on the detailed data and capabilities of Citi’s global research teams.

22 June

Samantha Power

Former US Ambassador to the UN and Professor of Practice
Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Law School
Samantha Power is the Anna Lindh Professor of the Practice of Global Leadership and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and William D. Zabel ’61 Professor of Practice in Human Rights at Harvard Law School. From 2013 to 2017 Power served as the 28th U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, as well as a member of President Obama’s cabinet. In this role, Power became the public face of U.S. opposition to Russian aggression in Ukraine and Syria, negotiated the toughest sanctions in a generation against North Korea, lobbied to secure the release of political prisoners, helped build new international law to cripple ISIL’s financial networks, and supported President Obama’s pathbreaking actions to end the Ebola crisis. President Obama has called her “one of our foremost thinkers on foreign policy,” saying that “she showed us that the international community has a moral responsibility and a profound interest in resolving conflicts and defending human dignity.” From 2009 to 2013, Power served on the National Security Council as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights, where she focused on issues including atrocity prevention; UN reform; LGBT and women’s rights; the promotion of religious freedom and the protection of religious minorities; and the prevention of human trafficking.

23 June

Nadège Rolland

Senior fellow
National Bureau of Asian Research
Nadège Rolland is Senior Fellow for Political and Security Affairs at NBR. Her research focuses mainly on China’s foreign and defense policy and the changes in regional dynamics across Eurasia resulting from the rise of China. Drawing on her twenty years of experience as a French government official, she also examines the prospects for transatlantic cooperation in research and policy related to Asia. Prior to joining NBR, Ms. Rolland was an analyst and senior adviser on Asian and Chinese strategic issues to the French Ministry of Defense (1994–2014) and a research analyst for the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) (2007–8). She is the author of the book China’s Eurasian Century? Political and Strategic Implications of the Belt and Road Initiative (2017).Her articles have appeared in various publications, including the Washington Quarterly, Foreign Policy, the Diplomat, the Asan Open Forum, the Lowy Institute Interpreter, and Strategic Asia, and her comments have been published by the Wall Street Journal, Libération, Les Echos, the Indian National Interest, Radio Free Asia, and BBC World Service. Ms. Rolland is a graduate of the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations (MSc Chinese Language and Contemporary Chinese Studies, 1994) and of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (MSc Strategic Studies, 2007).

23 June

Kori Schake

Director of Foreign and Defence Policy Studies
American Enterprise Institute
Kori Schake is the director of foreign and defense policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). Before joining AEI, Dr. Schake was the deputy director-general of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. She has had a distinguished career in government, working at the US State Department, the US Department of Defense, and the National Security Council at the White House. She has also taught at Stanford, West Point, Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, National Defense University, and the University of Maryland. Dr. Schake is the author of five books, among them “America vs the West: Can the Liberal World Order Be Preserved?” (Penguin Random House Australia, Lowy Institute, 2018); “Safe Passage: The Transition from British to American Hegemony” (Harvard University Press, 2017); “State of Disrepair: Fixing the Culture and Practices of the State Department” (Hoover Institution Press, 2012); and “Managing American Hegemony: Essays on Power in a Time of Dominance” (Hoover Institution Press, 2009). She is also the coeditor, along with former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, of “Warriors & Citizens: American Views of Our Military” (Hoover Institution Press, 2016). Dr. Schake has been widely published in policy journals and the popular press, including in CNN.com, Foreign Affairs, Politico, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. She is a contributing writer at The Atlantic and War on the Rocks. Dr. Schake has a PhD and MA in government and politics from the University of Maryland, as well as an MPM from the University of Maryland School of Public Policy. Her BA in international relations is from Stanford University.

25 June

Tom Wright

Director - Center on the United States and Europe
Brookings Institute
Thomas Wright is the director of the Center on the United States and Europe and a senior fellow in the Project on International Order and Strategy at the Brookings Institution. He is also a contributing writer for The Atlantic and a nonresident fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Policy. He is the author of “All Measures Short of War: The Contest For the 21st Century and the Future of American Power” which was published by Yale University Press in May 2017. Wright works on great power competition, Brexit and the future of the EU, economic interdependence, Donald Trump's worldview, and U.S. foreign policy. Wright has a doctorate from Georgetown University, a Master of Philosophy from Cambridge University, and a bachelor's and master's from University College Dublin. He has also held a pre-doctoral fellowship at Harvard University's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and a post-doctoral fellowship at Princeton University. He was previously executive director of studies at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and a lecturer at the University of Chicago's Harris School for Public Policy.

25 June

Julie Bishop

Chancellor
The Australian National University
As the 13th Chancellor of Australian National University, the Hon Julie Bishop is the first female to hold the role. She served as Australia's 38th Minister for Foreign Affairs from 2013 until 2018, the first female in that position as well as the first female Deputy Leader of the Federal Liberal Party, serving for 11 years from 2007 until 2018. As Foreign Minister, she was responsible for strengthening Australia's key strategic and economic relationships with Ministerial responsibility for more than 5,000 departmental staff, 110 overseas missions as well as government agencies the Australian Secret Intelligence Service and the Australian Centre for International Agriculture Research. In 2014 she led the international response to the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine, and was awarded the Commander of the Order of Merit of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Under her leadership, the 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper was developed, providing a comprehensive policy framework for the subsequent decade; and the New Colombo Plan was established, enabling Australian undergraduates to live, study and work in the Indo-Pacific region. Within five years more than 40,000 students had participated in the Plan. In a political career spanning over 20 years, Julie also served as Minister for Education, Science and Training, Minister for Women's Issues and Minister for Ageing. Julie's relationship with ANU began when she was Education Minister in the Howard Government, when she also established the $10bn Education Endowment Fund to invest in higher education and research.

25 June

Gareth Evans

Former Chancellor
The Australian National University
Professor the Hon Gareth Evans AC QC FASSA FAIIA is Distinguished Honorary Professor at the Australian National University, where he was Chancellor from 2010-19. He was a Cabinet Minister in the Hawke and Keating Labor Governments from 1983-96, in the posts of Attorney General, Minister for Resources and Energy, Minister for Transport and Communications and - from 1988-96 - Foreign Minister. During his 21 years in Australian politics he was Leader of the Government in the Senate (1993-96) and Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the House of Representatives (1996-98). From 2000 to 2009 he was President and CEO of the Brussels-based International Crisis Group, the independent global conflict prevention and resolution organisation.

25 June

Joe Hockey

President, Bondi Partners,
Former Australian Ambassador to the United States
Before co-founding Bondi Partners, the Honourable Joe Hockey served as Australia’s Ambassador to the United States of America, taking up his posting in Washington in January 2016. Notably, Mr. Hockey was responsible for Australia’s relationship with the US during the final year of President Obama’s tenure and the first three years of President Trump’s first term. As Ambassador, Mr. Hockey emphasised the importance of a free and fair trade and investment partnership between the US and Australia, while promoting innovative infrastructure investment throughout the US. At Bondi Partners, Mr. Hockey spearheads the firm’s strategic direction in both the United States and Australia. Previously, as the elected Treasurer of Australia, Mr. Hockey was responsible for all aspects of the Australian economy. With a reputation as a reformer, Mr. Hockey helped shape the modern financial system in Australia and had a major hand in the formation of industry policy, from tourism and hospitality to health and welfare. In 2014, Mr. Hockey chaired the highly successful G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meetings. He initiated major infrastructure initiatives ranging from the implementation of asset recycling financing to the creation of the G20 Infrastructure Hub. Mr. Hockey has had a long and distinguished career in public service. He first entered Parliament in 1996 as the Member for North Sydney and spent more than seventeen years on the front bench. Over the course of his parliamentary career, Mr. Hockey served as a Minister in a number of different portfolios including Financial Services, Small Business and Tourism, Human Services and Employment and Workplace Relations. Previously, Mr. Hockey served as a banking and finance lawyer with a major Australian law firm. He graduated from the University of Sydney with Bachelor degrees in Arts and Law.

25 June

Kevin Rudd

Former Prime Minister of Australia and President
Asia Society Policy Institute
Kevin Rudd served as Australia’s 26th Prime Minister (2007-2010, 2013) and Foreign Minister (2010-2012). Since leaving Australian politics in 2013, Kevin has continued to engage in international affairs. He has been appointed to many prominent roles such as a Visiting Scholar at Tsinghua University in Beijing, Distinguished Statesman at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and Distinguished Fellow at both Chatham House and the Paulson Institute at the University of Chicago. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center at the Harvard Kennedy School. Currently, Kevin serves as President of the Asia Society Policy Institute in New York, a “think-do tank” dedicated to second track diplomacy to assist governments and business on policy challenges within Asia, and between Asia, the US and the West. In 2015, he was appointed Chair of Sanitation and Water for All, a UNICEF-supported organisation working towards universal access to clean water and adequate sanitation. He is also Chair of the International Commission on Multilateralism and Chair of the Board of International Peace Institute's Board of Directors.

23 June

Frances Adamson

Secretary
Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade
Secretary since 25 August 2016. Prior to her appointment as Secretary, Ms Adamson was International Adviser to the Prime Minister the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP from November 2015. From 2011 to 2015, Ms Adamson was Ambassador to the People's Republic of China. She served in the Australian Consulate-General in Hong Kong in the late 1980s during the early years of China's reform and opening. From 2001 to 2005, she was seconded as Representative to the Australian Commerce and Industry Office in Taipei. Ms Adamson has twice served in the Australian High Commission in London, as Deputy High Commissioner from 2005 to 2008 and as Political Counsellor from 1993 to 1997. She was Chief of Staff to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and then the Minister for Defence from 2009 to 2010. Ms Adamson is a member of the Export Finance Australia Board, the Advisory Board of the Australian National University's National Security College and the Asia Society Australia Advisory Council. Ms Adamson is a Special Adviser to the Male Champions of Change and a member of Chief Executive Women. She was awarded a Sir James Wolfensohn Public Service Scholarship in 2015 and was made a National Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration (IPAA) in September 2019 on completion of her two-year term as President of IPAA ACT Division. Ms Adamson has a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Adelaide and was a recipient of a 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award. She joined the then Department of Foreign Affairs in 1985.

23 June

Angus Campbell

Chief of Defence Force
Department of Defence
General Angus Campbell joined the Australian Army in 1981, graduating from the Royal Military College - Duntroon in 1984. He was assigned to the Royal Australian Infantry Corps and initially served as a platoon commander in the 3rd Battalion (Parachute), The Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR). He then served in troop and squadron command appointments within the Special Air Service Regiment. In 2001 he was appointed the Commanding Officer of the 2nd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (2RAR). While in command, the battalion group deployed to East Timor, as a component of the United Nations Transitional Administration East Timor. General Campbell has also served in a range of staff appointments including as Aide-de-Camp to the Chief of Army, as a strategic policy officer in Army Headquarters, an instructor at the Australian Command and Staff College and as Chief of Staff to the Chief of the Defence Force. In late 2005, he joined the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet as a First Assistant Secretary to head the Office of National Security and was subsequently promoted to Deputy Secretary and appointed to the position of Deputy National Security Adviser. In these roles he was responsible for the preparation of advice to the Prime Minister on national security matters and coordinating the development of whole-of-government national security policy. Upon his return to the Australian Defence Force in early 2010 he was appointed to the rank of Major General and led the Military Strategic Commitments staff in Defence headquarters until January 2011, when he assumed command of Australian forces deployed in the Middle East Area of Operations. He subsequently served as Deputy Chief of Army from February 2012 to September 2013, when he was promoted to Lieutenant General to command the Joint Agency Task Force responsible for the implementation of Operation Sovereign Borders. On 16 May 2015, he was appointed Chief of the Australian Army. General Campbell was subsequently promoted and appointed to command of the Australian Defence Force on 7 July 2018.

24 June

Melinda Cilento

Chief Executive Officer
Committee for Economic Development of Australia
Melinda is the CEO of CEDA. She is also a non-executive director of Australian Unity and Co-Chair of Reconciliation Australia. Melinda is also a member of the Parliamentary Budget Office panel of expert advisors. She was previously a non-executive director of Woodside Petroleum, a Commissioner with the Productivity Commission and Deputy CEO and Chief Economist with the Business Council of Australia. Melinda has also previously held senior roles with the Federal Department of Treasury, Invesco and the International Monetary Fund. Melinda’s executive and director experience covers the corporate, government and not-for-profit sectors and she has a strong track record of working collaboratively across sectors.

22 June

Jo Evans

Deputy Secretary
Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources
Jo Evans commenced as the Deputy Secretary responsible for the Climate Change and Energy Innovation Group in February 2020. Jo leads the rollout of the government’s climate change policy and supports energy innovation including hydrogen, offshore wind and electric vehicles. She is responsible for the portfolio’s climate change agencies: the Clean Energy Regulator, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, the Climate Change Authority and the Wind Farm Commissioner. In 2009-10 Jo was a member of the advisory board that developed the report Ahead of the Game: blueprint for reform of Australian Government administration. Prior to joining the APS in 2000, she worked for management consultants McKinsey & Company. Jo has a Masters of Public Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, a Masters in Environmental Science from the University of Melbourne and a combined bachelor degree in Asian studies and economics (honours) from the Australian National University.

Renee Fry-McKibbin

Professor of Economics, Crawford School of Public Policy
The Australian National University
Renée Fry-McKibbin is a Professor of Economics in the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University, and Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. She directs three research programs in the Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis (CAMA). These are’ COVID-19 and the Macroeconomy’, ‘Finance and the Macroeconomy’ and ‘Commodities and the Macroeconomy.’ She holds the position of Research Associate in the Research Project in Forecasting at George Washington University as well as in the Norwegian Centre for Macroeconomic and Petroleum Analysis. She is a committee member for the UK Money, Macro and Finance Society, and a board member of the Australasian Macroeconomics Society. She is Co-editor of the Economic Record and Associate Editor of International Review of Economics and Finance, and Finance Research Letters. Renée’s research focuses on financial market and macro econometrics. She develops frameworks to model the transmission of international economic and financial market shocks to small open economies She holds an Australian Research Council Discovery Project grant looking at ‘Australia’s resilience to recession,’ and recently completed a grant on ‘Commodity Cycles.’ Her principal publications appear in the Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, the Journal of Economic Literature, the Journal of Banking and Finance, and Quantitative Finance. Previous positions include Associate Dean (Research) of the College of Asia & the Pacific (2014-2018), membership of the Research Excellence Committee for the Evaluation of Research in Australia for the Australian Research Council (2018), Australian Business Deans Council Journal Ranking Steering Committee (2019), Associate Editor of the Journal of Banking and Finance (2015-2019), Director of CAMA (2012- 2014) and Deputy Director of CAMA (2009 and 2012) and Research Associate of Cambridge Finance and Policy at the University of Cambridge (2008-2012). She has been a visiting scholar or consultant to the European Central Bank, the Bundesbank, the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, the International Monetary Fund, the Bank of England, the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Australian Federal Treasury, AUSAID, the New Zealand Treasury and the Reserve Bank of New Zealand. In 2017 she won the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Ph.D. Supervision. She completed her Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Melbourne in 2002.

22 June

Jane Golley

Director, Australian Centre on China in the World
The Australian National University
Professor Jane Golley is an economist and Director of the Australian Centre on China in the World (CIW) at The Australian National University (ANU). Jane is an ANU graduate (BEc, Hons, 1993). Jane's life-long interest in China began with a brief stint in the Asia Section of the Australian Commonwealth Treasury in 1993, before she left for the University of Oxford, where she wrote her Dphil thesis on 'The Dynamics of Chinese Regional Development: Market Nature, State Nurture'. As a 'Sino-economist', Jane's research over several decades has covered a wide range of Chinese transition and development issues, including industrial agglomeration and regional policy; demographic change and economic growth (such as the economic impacts of the one- and two-child policies, and rising gender imbalances); rural-urban and gender inequalities in education and income; Socialism with Chinese characteristics and the Belt and Road Initiative, and China's growing geoeconomics capabilities. Jane has taught the Masters-Level Chinese economy course at the Crawford School since 2016. She is actively engaged with politicians, bureaucrats, diplomats and the media in public policy debate regarding China's rise and the Australia-China relationship. She has been a co-editor of the China Story Yearbook series since 2016, including the latest edition, Power, published in 2019, and a chapter contributor to the book series since it began in 2012. Jane is now the President of the Chinese Studies Association of Australia.

23 June

Jane Halton

Member
National COVID-19 Coordination Committee

24 June

Peter Harris

Chief Executive Officer
National COVID-19 Coordination Committee

22 June

Philipp Ivanov

Chief Executive Officer
Asia Society Australia
Philipp commenced as CEO in January 2015 and is leading Asia Society Australia through a period of growth and transformation. Philipp is a China specialist with extensive experience in policy, education and research and is committed to building an Asia-connected Australia. Previously, he was a policy officer and manager of the Australia-China Council at the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. In this role, Philipp led the strategic renewal of the Council and had broader responsibilities for the Australia-China bilateral relationship. Philipp was one of the principal authors of the Australia in the Asian Century White Paper - China Country Strategy. Philipp was also Acting Director and Deputy Director of the Research Institute for Asia and the Pacific at the University of Sydney, advised the University of Sydney on their China strategy and managed La Trobe University's partnerships in the Gulf States, Vietnam and Thailand. Philipp spent over 6 years in China working in education and development. He is the recipient of the ‘Rose Award’ by the Shenyang Municipal Government for his contribution to Shenyang City. In 2009 he was also awarded the Australian Government’s Endeavour Executive Fellowship to research China's policies on leadership development at the China National Academy of Education Administration in Beijing. He is a board member of the Australia-Vietnam Young Leadership Dialogue, Asia Recon, Haymarket HQ and Sydney City Council's Chinese New Year Advisory Panel. In 2015, he was invited as the only Australian to the 2015 Congress of Vienna - a preeminent global track-two dialogue on major-powers conflict, migration, equality and innovation. He is the creator of Disruptive Asia - a thought-leadership project examining the impact of Asia's rise on Australia. Philipp has a Bachelor (Honours) degree in Chinese language and history from the Far Eastern National University in Russia. He also studied in Jilin and Liaoning Normal universities in China. He holds a Master of Educational Leadership and Management from RMIT University in Australia. He grew up in Vladivostok on Russia's Pacific coast and is a fluent Chinese and Russian speaker.

24 June

Philip Lowe

Governor
Reserve Bank of Australia
Philip Lowe is Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia. Mr Lowe holds a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.Comm (Honours) in Economics/Econometrics from the University of New South Wales. He has authored numerous papers, including on the linkages between monetary policy and financial stability. He commenced as Governor on 18 September 2016. He is Chair of the Reserve Bank Board and Payments System Board, and Chair of the Council of Financial Regulators. He is a member of the Financial Stability Board. Prior to his current role, he held the positions of Deputy Governor, Assistant Governor (Economic) and Assistant Governor (Financial System). He also spent two years at the Bank for International Settlements working on financial stability issues. Mr Lowe is Chair of the Financial Markets Foundation for Children and a director of The Anika Foundation. He is also Chair of the Committee on the Global Financial System of the Bank for International Settlements. Mr Lowe is a signatory to The Banking and Finance Oath.

22 June

Richard Maude

Director, ANU Crawford Leadership Forum
The Australian National University
Richard Maude joined Asia Society Australia in January 2020 as the inaugural Executive Director, Policy, and Senior Fellow, Asia Society Policy Institute – the first senior executive role in the Institute outside the United States. Richard Maude most recently served as Deputy Secretary, Indo-Pacific Group, in the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. His portfolio covered Australia’s bilateral relations with Australia’s partners in Asia and North America, as well as Australia’s regional political, security, economic and development assistance interests. In 2017, Mr. Maude was head of the whole-of-government taskforce which supported the preparation of the Australian Government’s 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper. Mr. Maude was Director-General of the Office of National Assessments from May 2013 until November 2016. ONA reports directly to the Prime Minister and provides all-source assessments on international political, strategic and economic developments affecting Australia’s national interests. Before taking up the position of Director-General ONA, Mr. Maude was the senior adviser on foreign policy and national security issues in the Office of the Prime Minister. Mr. Maude has worked extensively on international security and Indo Pacific affairs as a career foreign service officer in Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He has served overseas in Malaysia, where he was Deputy High Commissioner, Singapore and as the Liaison Officer for the Office of National Assessments in the Australian Embassy in Washington DC. Mr. Maude holds a first class honors degree in politics from the University of Adelaide and a Master of Arts (International Relations) from the Australian National University.

25 June

25 June

Rory Medcalf

Head, National Security College
The Australian National University
Professor Rory Medcalf has been Head of the National Security College (NSC) at the Australian National University since January 2015. He has led the expansion of the College into policy engagement and futures analysis, as well as education, executive development and research, repositioning the College as 'more than a think tank'. His professional background involves three decades of experience across diplomacy, intelligence analysis, think tanks, academia and journalism, including as founding Director of the International Security Program at the Lowy Institute from 2007 to 2015. In government, Professor Medcalf worked as a senior strategic analyst with the then Office of National Assessments (now the Office of National Intelligence), Canberra’s peak intelligence analysis agency. He was also an Australian diplomat, with wide experience including a posting to New Delhi, a secondment to the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, truce monitoring after the civil conflict in Bougainville and policy development on Asian security institutions. He has contributed to three landmark reports on nuclear arms control: the 1996 Canberra Commission, 1999 Tokyo Forum and 2009 International Commission on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament. His earlier work in journalism was commended in Australia’s leading media awards, the Walkleys, in 1991. Professor Medcalf has been prominent in developing Australia’s relations with India. He has been recognised as a thought leader internationally for his work on the Indo-Pacific concept of the Asian strategic environment, as articulated in his 2020 book Contest for the Indo-Pacific (released internationally as Indo-Pacific Empire). Professor Medcalf was a member of the expert panel providing independent advice on the Australian Government’s 2016 Defence White Paper. He is chief investigator in a 2018-2021 research project funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, examining the risks to nuclear stability from new submarine-detection technologies. He is also chief investigator in a 2019-2021 research project funded by the Australian Department of Defence , titled 'Made for Multipolarity: Oerationalising an Indo-Pacific strategy in the Indian Ocean'. He is a member of the editorial boards of Asia Policy and the Australian Journal of International Affairs. He has been a Nonresident Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy with the Brookings Institution in Washington DC and retains affiliations as a Nonresident Fellow with the Lowy Institute and the Seapower Centre of the Royal Australian Navy. His is a member of the Board of the National Foundation for Australia-China Relations and the ASEAN Regional Forum Register of Experts and Eminent Persons.

24 June

Janice Petersen

Presenter
SBS World News
Janice Petersen has spent more than 15 years working as a cross platform journalist and news presenter. Each weeknight Janice presents SBS World News at 6.30pm. Janice brings to SBS a solid background in journalism after many years at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation where she reported on and covered breaking news events right across Australia. In her current role, she regularly interviews leading news makers from world leaders to celebrities and has contributed live reports and updates on major national and international news stories.

23 June

Michael Pezzullo

Secretary
Department of Home Affairs
Michael Pezzullo was appointed as the Secretary of the Department of Home Affiairs in 2017. Prior to this, Mr Pezzullo was Secretary of Immigration and Border Protection, and Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service. Mr Pezzullo first joined the Service as the Chief Operating Officer in July 2009. In that role, he was responsible for offshore maritime security, border-related intelligence, national security and law enforcement programmes, integrity and professional standards, and corporate operations. Prior to joining the Service, he was Deputy Secretary Strategy in the Department of Defence—a position to which he was appointed in January 2006. Between February 2008 and May 2009 he led the Defence White Paper team and was also the principal author of the 2009 Defence White Paper.

24 June

Helen Sullivan

Director, Crawford School of Public Policy
The Australian National University
Helen Sullivan is a public policy researcher, teacher and advisor. Educated in the humanities and social sciences she holds degrees in Modern History and Political Science (BA Comb. Hons), Women’s Studies (MA), and Public Policy (PhD).
Helen’s scholarship explores the changing nature of state-society relationships including the theory and practice of governance and collaboration, new forms of democratic participation, and public policy and service reform. She is widely published; the author of four books and numerous academic articles, book chapters, and policy reports. She appears regularly in print, mainstream and online media commenting on contemporary public policy issues.
Helen’s work reflects a long-term commitment to finding new ways to bridge the gap between research and policy. In 2011 she co-designed the University of Birmingham’s Policy Commission Program and led the first Commission on Local Public Service Reform. In 2013 she established the Melbourne School of Government – a multi-disciplinary School that broke new ground through its focus on engagement and impact, including establishing a research translation initiative (MSoGLabs), as well as initiatives such as Vote Compass, Election Watch and the Trawalla Foundation funded Pathways to Politics Program for Women.
Helen’s scholarship has been recognised by awards from the Public Management Research Association and the International Research Society for Public Management, her contribution to teaching is acknowledged by her fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (UK) and her contribution to practice by her fellowship of the Institute of Public Administration Australia (Victoria).

22 June

Mark van Dyck

Regional Managing Director
Compass Group Asia Pacific
Mark is based in Sydney and is the Regional Managing Director for Compass Group in Asia Pacific and is a member of Compass Group’s Executive Board.
Compass Group is a world-leading food and support services company operating in 45 countries with more than 650,000 associates, serving over 5.5 billion meals every year. Compass Group Asia Pacific has 65,000 employees in 10 countries, serving over 400 million meals at 3,500 sites a year.
One of Mark’s greatest passions is encouraging healthier lifestyles and a more sustainable food system. Mark is also passionate about seeing Australia realise its full potential within the Asia Pacific region and is chair of a BCA/Asia Society Taskforce focusing on building Australia’s trading relationship with Asia.
Prior to joining Compass Group Mark had a diverse career holding leadership roles with LG Electronics, The Coca-Cola Company, Waterford Wedgwood, Cinzano, Allied Domecq and Gillette.

24 June

Jennifer Westacott

Chief Executive
Business Council of Australia
Jennifer Westacott AO has served as Chief Executive of the Business Council of Australia since 2011, bringing a unique combination of extensive policy experience in both the public and private sectors.
Under her leadership, the Business Council tirelessly champions meaningful policies that strengthen the ability of businesses to grow the economy for the benefit of all Australians.
Jennifer built her career in the public sector, working in senior leadership positions in the NSW and Victorian governments.
She has served as the Director General of the NSW Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources; the Secretary of the Victorian Department of Education and Training; and the Director of Housing in Victoria.
She was also the Deputy Director General of the NSW Department of Community Services, and the Deputy Director General of the NSW Department of Housing.
As a senior partner at KPMG, Jennifer advised major corporations on climate change and sustainability and advised governments across Australia on significant reform priorities.
Jennifer has an unrivalled understanding of how the public and private sectors intersect and can work together to achieve the best outcomes in the national interest.
Since 2013, Jennifer has served as a Non Executive Director of Wesfarmers Limited.
She is the Chair of the Western City & Aerotropolis Authority, which is overseeing the design and delivery of the Western Sydney Aerotropolis.
Jennifer is the Chair of the Board of Studio Schools of Australia, and a patron of Mental Health Australia, the Co-Patron of Pride in Diversity, and a patron of the Pinnacle Foundation.
In 2018, Jennifer was made an Officer (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia.
Jennifer has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of New South Wales and in 2017 received an Honorary Degree (Doctor of Letters) from her alma mater. She was a Chevening Scholar at the London School of Economics.

24 June

Danielle Wood

Program Director
Grattan Institute
Danielle has more than 15 years’ experience as an economist working in government, consulting and the not-for-profit sector. Danielle is the Budget Policy and Institutional Reform Program Director at the Grattan Institute where her research and advocacy efforts focus on economic policy, including tax and budgets and government integrity. Danielle previously worked as Principal Economist and Mergers Director at the ACCC, Senior Consultant at NERA Economic Consulting, and as a Senior Research Economist at the Productivity Commission. Danielle has a Masters of Commerce (Economics) and a Masters in Competition Law from the University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) from the University of Adelaide. Danielle is the national President of the Economic Society of Australia and the Chair of the Women in Economics Network.

22 June

Haidi Stroud-Watts

Sydney anchor for 'Daybreak Australia'
Bloomberg
Haidi Stroud-Watts is the Sydney anchor for “Daybreak Australia,” Bloomberg Television’s flagship morning program, covering market-moving business and finance news in Australia as it kicks off the Asia-Pacific trading day. She also co-anchors “Bloomberg Markets Asia,” with Rishaad Salamat in Hong Kong.
Stroud-Watts has conducted in-depth interviews with many leading business, financial and corporate newsmakers including Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan, Nobel Laureate for Economics Angus Deaton, World Bank Managing Director Bertrand Badre and the founders of China’s largest conglomerate, Fosun. She has also reported live from major events, most recently China’s 19th Party Congress in Beijing.
Stroud-Watts joined Bloomberg in 2015 as an anchor for Bloomberg Television in Hong Kong. Prior to joining Bloomberg, she was the Senior Business Anchor for Channel NewsAsia in Singapore. She began her career as a lawyer in Melbourne before making the switch to journalism as a Business Anchor with CCTV News in Beijing, and subsequently to Fox Business Network as its Asia Markets Reporter.
Fluent in Mandarin and English, Stroud-Watts graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, History and Political Science, and a Bachelor of Law degree.

24 June

Laura Berry

Chief Executive Officer
Supply Nation
Laura was appointed CEO of Supply Nation in 2015, having been involved with the organisation since its inception through her work with two founding member companies. Laura joined Supply Nation following four years at Qantas where she led Qantas Group’s Corporate Community Investment Program.
With over two decades of experience in stakeholder management, risk mitigation and reputation management, Laura’s career has spanned both private and public sectors. Since taking the reins at Supply Nation, Laura has led the organisation through a significant period of growth: doubling the membership base, growing the supplier base by over 300% and increasing the national footprint of the organisation.
Laura is currently a member of Telstra’s Indigenous Advisory Committee, and both McKinsey & Company and NRMA’s RAP Steering Committees. Laura holds a Graduate Certificate in Management from the University of Technology, Sydney; is a graduate of the AICD Company Director’s Course, and holds memberships of the AICD and Women on Boards.
Laura has previously held directorships of Engineering Aid Australia, Supply Nation and Indigenous Business Australia’s Cooee Traveller. Laura was also previously a director and the Chairperson of CareerTrackers Indigenous Internship Program.
In September 2018, Laura was announced as one of the Australian Financial Review’s Top 100 Women of Influence.
Laura proudly identifies with her Aboriginal and Italian heritage and was born and raised in Canberra.

22 June

The global economy and COVID-19

09:30 AM 10:30 AM

The effect of COVID 19 on the global economy has been devastating, with the potential to reshape globalisation and set back long-term development prospects for poorer nations. What does recovery look like in a post-pandemic world? How much growth can be expected and what will drive it? What is the likely impact on the long-term development prospects of poor countries? What will the pandemic mean for international trade and supply chains? How do we manage the risk of further waves of the pandemic and what kinds of innovations can keep economies and businesses operating? What global and national policy levers should be used to stimulate growth and what should businesses be doing? This year’s Crawford Forum discussion on the global economic outlook is more relevant and important than ever.

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Australia and COVID-19: what now?

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

Australians are experiencing unprecedented changes to the way we live our everyday lives and are governed. Our panel will explore these questions and ask what changes are here to stay and what we need to do next. Australian governments, businesses and trade unions worked more closely together than they have in recent years to respond to the pandemic. Will this cooperation last and help drive economic and social policy reform? How should Australia change to ensure it is more resilient in the future to pandemics and other possible global shocks? And what have we learnt about Australia in past months? How resilient was our democracy, our federalism and our society?

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China and the pandemic

11:30 AM 12:30 PM

China has been at the centre of the storm in 2020 – in its fight to contain the virus, in the global reverberations of its economic shutdown, and in its assertive efforts to write a positive history of its management of the pandemic. What has the pandemic meant for Xi Jinping’s leadership and the standing of the Communist Party in China? How have China’s relations with Asia and the rest of the world changed? What will the pandemic do to the balance of power globally and in the Indo-Pacific? Does China’s aggressive “wolf warrior” diplomacy and the break-down of US-China ties signal a decisive break from the west and a new cold war? If so, how should the rest of us respond? What is the outlook for Australia’s relationship with China and what kind of policy framework can best manage conflicting interests in our China relationship? Join our three eminent China watchers to discuss these essential questions.

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*Big Picture Series* What kind of world?

03:00 PM 04:00 PM

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the world. Our everyday lives changed utterly.
  • But what effect will the pandemic have on the deeper forces shaping the world we live in?
  • What will happen to globalisation?
  • What happens to the distribution of power in the international system and who will lead a post-pandemic world?
  • What is the future of multilateralism? How will the deep currents of nationalism and populism be affected?
  • And what won’t change?
Join us for a fascinating discussion on the possible ways the pandemic will shape global order now and into the future. 

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The future of Australia’s economic relationship with Asia

09:30 AM 10:30 AM

Australia’s trade with Asia is heavily concentrated on China. And Australian investment in Asia remains modest compared to the United States and Europe. Few Australian companies have a large on-the-ground presence in Asia. Asian economies have now been hit hard by the pandemic. How might Asia recover economically from the pandemic? Where are the greatest opportunities likely to lie for Australia and how do we seize them? How much diversification away from China is realistic and possible? How do we increase Australia’s commercial presence in Asia? What do businesses and Australian governments need to do? Join our panel to discuss these questions and hear the interim findings of a major Business Council of Australia-Asia Society study into Australia’s economic relations with Asia.

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What does national security look like in a COVID-19 world?

02:30 PM 03:30 PM

COVID 19 has suddenly raised pandemics to the top of our list of national security threats. Government borrowing and spending has been directed towards public health and economic support and recovery. Do we have re-think national security in a COVID 19 world? What does national resilience now mean? What other non-traditional security threats – like climate change - should now be higher on our policy agenda? How do we now manage the trade-offs between health security, economic security and traditional security issues like national defence, power shifts in Asia and terrorism? How will we manage our borders in the future? Can we still afford the force structure set out in the 2016 Defence White Paper and what are the implications for the current defence strategic review? Join our expert panel to discuss how Australia should protect our national security in a COVID-19 world.

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The US and the pandemic

09:30 AM 10:30 AM

The United States has been deeply marked by the pandemic. How it manages domestically and engages globally from this point on will have enormously important implications for the rest of the world. What has the pandemic told us about contemporary America and what might the United States look like in the future? Has the pandemic reinforced America’s political polarisation and policy gridlock? What will the pandemic mean for the US election and more broadly for American democracy? How should we understand US foreign policy in a COVID 19 world and are we seeing the end of US global leadership? Finally, how should America’s partners seek to shape US approaches to the world? Join our expert panel as they weigh the impact of COVID 19 on the United States and its place in the world.

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Wrap up: In conversation with Julie Bishop and Gareth Evans

01:30 PM 02:30 PM

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