Speakers dinner – 12 March –  for Dialogue speakers only

 OKY HE Ambassador Ong Keng Yong

Executive Deputy Chairman, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Singapore; Former Secretary-General of ASEAN

HE Ambassador Ong Keng Yong is Executive Deputy Chairman of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.  Concurrently, he is Ambassador-at-Large at the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs, non-resident High Commissioner to Pakistan and non-resident Ambassador to Iran.  HE Ong also serves as Chairman of the Singapore International Foundation (SIF).

HE Ong was High Commissioner of Singapore to Malaysia from 2011 to 2014 and he served as Secretary-General of ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations), based in Jakarta, Indonesia from January 2003 to January 2008.

 JB Chair

Professor John Blaxland

Director, ANU Southeast Asian Institute, The Australian National University

Professor John Blaxland is Professor of International Security and Intelligence Studies, Director ANU Southeast Asia Institute, and Head of the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at ANU. He holds a PhD in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada, an MA in History from ANU, a BA (Hons 1) from UNSW. He has extensive experience in the intelligence community including as a former Director Joint Intelligence Operations (J2), at HQ JOC. John was Australia’s Defence Attaché to Thailand and Burma/Myanmar.  He is a member of the ANU Academic Board as well as the Australian Army Journal editorial board.
 JD Respondent

HE Ambassador Jane Duke

Australian Ambassador to ASEAN

HE Ambassador Jane Duke is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and was most recently Assistant Secretary, South-East Asia Regional Branch. She previously served overseas as Deputy High Commissioner, Malaysia and as Counsellor (Immigration) at Australia’s Permanent Mission to the UN in Geneva. In Canberra, Ms Duke has served as Assistant Secretary of the Canada and Latin America Branch, and the Northern, Southern and Eastern Europe Branch. HE has also held senior positions in the immigration portfolio.

HE holds a Bachelor of Arts (Asian Studies) and a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from the Australian National University, and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the University of Technology Sydney.

Welcome and introduction – 13 March

 JM Ms Jenny McGregor AM

Group CEO, Asialink

Ms Jenny McGregor AM is the founding CEO of Asialink at The University of Melbourne and founding Executive Director of the Asia Education Foundation. Ms McGregor is Deputy Co-chair of Australian Volunteers International, member of the Chief Executive Women network, Bank of Melbourne Asian Business Advisory Council and Trustee of the William Buckland Foundation. She holds the Peter Brice award for outstanding contribution to teaching and learning about the Asia-Pacific region and is a recipient of the World Chinese Economic Forum Lifetime Achievement Award for Leadership in Asian Studies in Australia. Ms McGregor received the Universitas 21 (U21) Award for Internationalisation and was selected as one of AFR BOSS Magazine’s True Leaders for 2016. In the same year, she was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to Australia-Asia relations, particularly through education, cultural, business and health programs and networks.


 Sultan His Royal Highness Sultan Muizzudin Shah

Sultan of Perak, Malaysia

His Royal Highness Sultan Nazrin Shah is the Ruler of the state of Perak, Malaysia.
Besides his constitutional duties in Malaysia, Sultan Nazrin Shah served as co-Chair of the United Nations High-Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing 2015. He was Malaysia’s Special Envoy for Interfaith and Inter-civilisational Dialogue at the United Nations Alliance of Civilisations (UNAOC).
At home, His Royal Highness is Chancellor of the University of Malaya—Malaysia’s oldest university.
Sultan Nazrin Shah is an Honorary Fellow of Worcester College, Oxford, and of Magdalene College and St. Edmund’s College, both Cambridge. He is a Trustee of the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, University of Oxford; Royal Fellow of the Malaysian Institute of Defense and Security; Royal Fellow of the Malaysian Institute of Strategic and International Studies; Royal Fellow of the Institute of Public Security of Malaysia; Royal Patron of the Institute of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations of Malaysia; and Royal Patron (formerly, Financial Ambassador) of the Malaysia International Islamic Financial Centre.
 CB Respondent

Professor Caitlin Byrne

Director, Griffith Asia Institute

Professor Caitlin Byrne is the Director of the Griffith Asia Institute. Her research is focused on Australian foreign policy and diplomacy within the Asia-Pacific. Prior to joining academia, Professor Byrne was engaged in senior management and strategic policy roles across federal and state government. She currently sits on the international advisory board of The Hague Journal on Diplomacy and the editorial board of Brill Research Perspectives in Diplomacy and Foreign Policy. She is a Faculty Fellow of the University of Southern California’s Centre for Public Diplomacy.


 Speakers2 Dr Kelly Gerard

University of Western Australia


Dr Kelly Gerard is an ARC Discovery Early Career Research Fellow and a Senior Lecturer in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Western Australia. Her research focuses on the political economy of development policymaking in Southeast Asia. She is currently working on a project examining the determinants of aid programming for women’s empowerment. Her work has been published in Globalizations, Third World Quarterly, and The Pacific Review, among others. Dr Gerard is an Endeavour Cheung Kong Award recipient and a co-editor of the Palgrave series, Studies in the Political Economy of Public Policy.
 Speakers3 Dr Lee Morgenbesser

Griffith University



Dr Lee Morgenbesser is a lecturer with the School of Government and International Relations at Griffith University and recipient of a Discovery Early Career Research Award from the Australian Research Council (2018-2020). His most recent book is Behind the Façade: Elections under Authoritarianism in Southeast Asia (New York: SUNY Press, 2016) and he has also published articles in Asian Studies Review, Contemporary Politics, Democratization, European Journal of East Asia Studies, Political Studies and The Pacific Review. His research areas are authoritarianism, dictators, democratization, flawed elections and Southeast Asian politics.
 Speakers Dr Nicole Curato

University of Canberra


Dr Nicole Curato is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance at the University of Canberra. She holds the Australian Research Council’s Discovery Early Career Research Award for her work on democratic innovations in post-disaster contexts in the Philippines. Dr Curato is the Editor of the book Duterte Reader – the first book about the Philippine strongman’s rise to power. She is also the Associate Editor of the journal Political Studies.
 CS Dr Charlotte Setijadi

ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore



Dr Charlotte Setijadi is a Visiting Fellow in the Indonesian Studies Programme, ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore. She researches identity politics in Indonesia, and she also writes about China’s soft-power efforts in Southeast Asia. Charlotte received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from La Trobe University and she has a forthcoming book titled ‘Memories of Unbelonging: Collective Trauma and Chinese Identity Politics in Indonesia’(under contract with University of Hawaii Press).
 MicheleFord Chair

Professor Michele Ford

Director, Sydney Southeast Asia Centre

Professor Michele Ford is Director of the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre and an ARC Future Fellow. Her research interests are in Southeast Asian labour movements, labour migration and trade union aid. Professor Ford’s research has been supported by several Australian Research Council Discovery Project grants related to these and other topics. She has also been involved in extensive consultancy work for the international labour movement and the Australian Government.


 Speakers4 Professor Evelyn Goh

Australian National University

Professor Evelyn Goh is the Shedden Professor of Strategic Policy Studies at the Australian National University, where she is also Research Director at the Strategic & Defence Studies Centre. She has published widely on U.S.-China relations and diplomatic history, regional security order in East Asia, Southeast Asian strategies towards great powers, and environmental security. Press, 2016).

Professor Goh has held previous faculty positions at Royal Holloway University of London (2008-13); the University of Oxford (2006-8); and the Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore (2002-5). She has held various visiting positions, including Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center, and Southeast Asian Fellow at the East-West Center, both in Washington DC.

 Speakers7 Dr Sue Thompson

Australian National University

Dr Sue Thompson is a Senior Lecturer at the National Security College in the Crawford School of Public Policy at the ANU.  Her research specialisation examines the history of regional cooperation in Southeast Asia during the Cold War with a focus on foreign power influences. Dr Thompson  is currently working on her second sole-authored book on this topic, which will be published later in 2018. Dr Thompson completed her PhD from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies.
 Speakers5 Dr Richard Javad Heydrian

De Salle University

Dr Richard Javad Heydarian is an assistant professor in political science at De La Salle University, and previously a policy adviser at the Philippine Congress. He has written for and/or been interviewed by Foreign Affairs, Aljazeera, ABC, BBC, Bloomberg, CNN, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, The National Interest, The Nation, among other leading publications. He is a regular contributor to the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative of the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Dr Heydrian’s latest book is Asia’s New Battlefield: US, China, and the Struggle for Western Pacific. The Manila Bulletin, a leading national daily, has described him as “among the foremost foreign affairs and economic analysts” in the Philippines.

 Speakers6 The Hon Stephen Smith

Former Australian Defence and Foreign Affairs Minister


The Hon Stephen Smith was Federal Member for Perth for the Australian Labor Party from March 1993 until September 2013. In a distinguished career spanning 20 years in the Australian Federal Parliament, he served as the Minister for Defence, and prior to that, as Minister for Foreign Affairs. In opposition, Professor Smith held a range of Shadow Ministerial positions.

The Hon Stephen Smith completed his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws at the University of Western Australia and has practised as a Barrister and Solicitor in Perth. He then completed a Master of Laws in Public International Law at London University, and subsequently lectured and tutored in Law in London.

 MN Chair

Dr Raden Mohammad Marty Natalegawa

Former Foreign Minister of Indonesia

Dr Raden Mohammad Marty Muliana Natalegawa served as the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Indonesia from 2009-2014. Prior to his appointment as Foreign Minister, he served as the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Indonesia to the United Nations in New York from 2007–2009.

Dr Natalegawa served as the Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to the United Kingdom and Ireland from 2005-2007, and in the years 2002–2005, he consecutively served as the Chief of Staff of the Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and as the Director General for ASEAN Cooperation in the Department of Foreign Affairs. He also served at the Permanent Mission of Indonesia to the UN between 1994 and 1999, including during Indonesia’s membership of the Security Council in 1996-1997.

RickSmith Chair

Mr Ric Smith AO

PSM CO-Chair; AusCSCAP; Former Secretary, Australian Department of Defence

Richard (Ric) Smith joined Australia’s Department of External Affairs in 1969. He served in Australia’s diplomatic missions in India, Israel, The Philippines and Hawaii before becoming Deputy Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in 1992 and then Deputy Secretary of the Department of Defence in 1994. He served as Ambassador to China and to Mongolia from 1996 to 2000, and as Ambassador to Indonesia in 2001-02. He was appointed as Secretary of the Department of Defence in 2002 and retired from the Public Service in 2006. From 2009 to 2013 he served as Australia’s ‘Special Envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan.’

He has been Co-Chair of Australia’s Committee for Council for Security Cooperation for Asia and the Pacific since 2017.


 GE Professor the Hon Gareth Evans

Chancellor, Australian National University

Professor the Hon Gareth Evans is Chancellor of The Australian National University. 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. He has written or edited 12 books and published many newspaper articles and over 100 journal articles and chapters on foreign relations, human rights and legal and constitutional reform. He currently Co-Chairs the International Advisory Board of the New-York based Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, and is Patron and Emeritus Convenor of the Asia Pacific Leadership Network for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament.
 5. SMU PDLS Prof Pangestu (1) Dr Mari Elka Pangestu

Professor, University of Indonesia

Dr Mari Elka Pangestu was the Minister of Trade of Indonesia from October 2004 to October 2011 before she was appointed to the newly-created position of minister of Tourism and Creative Economy in October 2011 until 2015.

Mari Pangestu is the first female Chinese-Indonesian to hold a cabinet position in Indonesia. Before being appointed as Minister of Trade in 2004 she was a leading staff member of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Jakarta and active over a long period in various trade forums such as PECC and PAFTAD.

Mari Pangestu is regarded as one of the most well-known economic experts on trade issues in Indonesia and region. She is Senior Fellow at Columbia School of International and Public Affairs, Professor of International Economics at the University of Indonesia. She currently serves on a number of boards such as the Leadership Council of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN); Member of the High Level Commission on Carbon Prices; Distinguished Fellow Asia Global Institute, University of Hong Kong; Board Member to Australia Indonesia Centre; Member of the Global Future Council on Trade and Investment, World Economic Forum; and President of the United in Diversity (UID) Foundation, Jakarta. She also serves on the Board of External Editors of the Asian Journal of Business (University of Michigan) and Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies (produced by the Indonesia Project at the Australian National University).

Born in Jakarta, Mari Pangestu obtained her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Australian National University, and her Doctorate in economics from the University of California at Davis, United States, in 1986.

 AM Chair

Ms Ali More

Vice Chancellor’s Fellow, The University of Melbourne; Senior Australian television anchor 

Ali Moore has more than 25 years of experience as a journalist and broadcaster, working for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Australia’s Nine Network, and for the BBC’s global news network, based in Singapore. She has covered major news and current affairs events across the region, reporting from Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, and China. In her more than two decades as a broadcaster Ali has interviewed key decision makers from a range of companies, industries and political theatres. Her previous roles include ABC China Correspondent, host of Australia’s premier late night TV current affairs program (Lateline), and anchor of some of the country’s key business news programs (Business Sunday, Lateline Business). She is now a freelance broadcaster and journalist and a Vice Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Melbourne, working with Asialink.


 CH Ms Christine Holgate

CEO and Managing Director, Australia Post

Christine Holgate has over 30 years of diverse international leadership experience in highly regulated industries, including healthcare, media, telecommunications and finance. She was appointed Managing Director & Group CEO of Australia Post in June 2017 and commenced this role in October 2017.  Prior to joining Australia Post, Christine was Chief Executive Officer of the natural health company Blackmores from 2008-2017. She led Blackmores through a period of significant growth in sales, profit, dividends and share price. Christine is also the inaugural Chair of the Board of the Australia-ASEAN Council, supporting the development of trade and cultural relations between Australia and the 10 member countries of the ASEAN region. She currently serves on the Board of the Collingwood Football Club and has previously served as a Non-Executive Director of Ten Network Holdings Limited (2010-2015). Christine has three post-graduate diplomas and a Masters in Business Administration
 DavidT Mr David Thodey AO

Board Chairman, CSIRO (The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation)

Mr David Thodey AO is Chairman of the CSIRO Board. He is an innovative Australian businessman and an experienced board chairman and senior executive who offers expertise in management, corporate and government relations, information and communications technology, and sales and marketing. Mr Thodey was the CEO of Telstra from May 2009 to April 2015, and prior to that had a 22-year career with IBM, working in senior marketing and sales positions, including CEO of IBM Australia/New Zealand. He is the Chair of Jobs for NSW Fund and Special Advisor to Square Peg Capital. Former board memberships include co-chair of the Infrastructure and Investment Taskforce of the B20 leadership group, and Chairman of IBM ANZ, TelstraClear, Information Technology (IT) Skills Hub, Industry Groups and Basketball Australia.
JayMenon Dr Jayant Menon

Lead Economist, Asian Development Bank

Jayant Menon, Ph.D., works on trade, international investment and development issues, and leads ADB’s Trade Team. He is currently with the Office of the Chief Economist, having previously worked in the Office for Regional Economic Integration, the ADB Institute in Tokyo, and several regional departments. He holds adjunct appointments with the Australian National University, University of Nottingham, UK and Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace, and serves on the Advisory Board of the University of Nottingham Campus in Malaysia. Prior to joining ADB, Dr. Menon worked as an academic in Australia for more than a decade, mainly at the Centre of Policy Studies at Monash University in Melbourne 
 TL Ms Tan Le

Founder and CEO, Emotive

Tan Le is Founder and CEO of EMOTIV, a bioinformatics company advancing understanding of the human brain and enabling early identification of biomarkers for mental and other neurological conditions using electroencephalography (EEG). Today, Emotiv’s award winning technology is a recognised world leader and pioneer in this field of brain computer interface.

Before she co-founded Emotiv Systems, Ms Le co-founded and ran SASme International, a pioneer in providing Short Message Peer-to-Peer platforms to telecommunication carriers and content aggregators, with branches in Asia and Europe. Ms Le was part of negotiating a successful merger for SASme in 2003

Since being named Young Australian of the Year in 1998, Tan has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Monash University Distinguished Alumni Award (2011), the Advance Global Australian Award for ICT (2012), the G’Day USA Global Innovation Awards (2014) and the AutoVision Innovations Award. She was also named a National Geographic Emerging Explorer in 2013.

 AP Chair

Mr Andrew Parker

Partner & Asia Practice Leader, PwC Australia

Mr Andrew Parker is a Sydney-based Partner at PwC where he leads the Australian Firm’s Asia Practice. Andrew joined Price Waterhouse in 1985, became a partner in 1999 and spent 12 years in PwC’s London, Moscow and Jakarta offices where he gained considerable experience advising companies investing in foreign (and particularly developing) markets. Andrew was previously the leader of PwC’s Asian telecoms industry team.

He is currently on secondment to Australia Post where he is the Executive General Manager, International Services.

Andrew is a member of the Advisory Board of the Asia Society, a non-executive director of the Australia Indonesia Centre at Monash University, a Board Director of China Matters and a member of the Executive Committee of the Australia-Japan Business Cooperation Committee. He is also a New Colombo Plan Business Champion.

He was the lead author of PwC’s landmark report on Australia’s lack of business investment in Asia titled ‘Passing us by’.

Regional Architecture

 NB Professor Nick Bisley

Executive Director, La Trobe Asia

Dr Nick Bisley is the Executive Director of La Trobe Asia and Professor of International Relations at La Trobe University. Dr Bisley is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Australian Journal of International Affairs, the country’s oldest scholarly journal in the field of International Relations. Dr Bisley is a member of the Australian Institute of International Affairs national executive, the board of the Australia-India Institute, a member of the Council for Security and Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific and is part of the advisory board of China Matters. He has been a Senior Research Associate of the International Institute of Strategic Studies and a Visiting Fellow at the East West-Center in Washington DC.
 Speakers8 Dr Sheryn Lee

Macquarie University

Dr Sheryn Lee is a Lecturer in Security Studies in the Department of Security Studies and Criminology at Macquarie University. She completed her PhD at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre (SDSC), the Australian National University in 2017. Her dissertation examined arms racing theory and the modernisation of naval and associated air capabilities in the Asia-Pacific (2001-2016).

Dr Lee was previously a non-resident WSD-Handa Fellow at Pacific Forum, Center for Strategic and International Studies; and holds an AM in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania, where she was a Benjamin Franklin Fellow and Mumford Fellow. She was also a T.B. Millar scholar at the SDSC; and Robert O’Neill scholar at the International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS)-Asia in Singapore. Dr Lee is a regular contributor to East Asia Forum.

 DCT Dr Dang Cam Tu

Deputy Director General, Instutite for Foreign Policy and Strategic Studies,
Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam

Dr. Dang Cam Tu is DeputyDirector General of the Institute for Foreign Policy and Strategic Studies (IFPSS) at the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam (DAV). She earned her Master Degree in Strategic Studies in Singapore, and Ph.D Degree in Politics and International Relations from the University of New South Wales, Australia. She joined DAV in 2000 and has ever since been a member of several major research and education projects at both institutional and national levels. She has also been participating in various activities of key research networks around the Asia – Pacific.

Her main areas of research and publications includeinternational relations in Southeast Asia and the Asia-Pacific, ASEAN, and Vietnam’s foreign policy and relationship/partnership with important partners in the region.

 TM Chair

Professor Tony Milner

Co-Chair, AusCSCAP

Professor Tony Milner is Professorial Fellow in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne and Visiting Professor at the University of Malaya. He was Basham Professor of Asian History and Dean of Asian Studies at the Australian National University. Tony has written widely on Southeast Asian history – particularly the history of the Malay world – and also on Australia-Asia relations.

Professor Milner has held visiting appointments at The Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, the National University of Singapore (as Raffles Visiting Professor), Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Humboldt University, Kyoto University and the Institute for Strategic and International Studies, Malaysia. He has been a member of a range of Australian Government committees and councils, and is a frequent commentator in the media. He is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia.

 Astanah Chair

HE Ambassador Astanah Abdul Aziz

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Malaysia

Astanah Abdul Aziz served as Deputy Director-General, ASEAN-Malaysia National Secretariat from 2014 – 2017, including throughout Malaysia’s Chairmanship of ASEAN in 2015. In addition to economic issues, she focused on ASEAN’s Dialogue Partnerships including Australia and Northeast Asia. She was also in charge of the ASEAN Plus Three and East Asia Summit portfolios, spearheading efforts to strengthen the EAS in 2015 and drafting resolutions on the Global Movement of Moderates. Prior to her ASEAN stint, she was at the Maritime Department of the Foreign Ministry, working on South China Sea issues.

She had been involved in the establishment of the Malaysian Human Rights Commission (SUHAKAM) in 1999 and was part of its Secretariat in its first year of establishment.

Her diplomatic stints include postings to the United Nations, New York, the Republic of Korea as well as France. She is currently serving as Malaysia’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Morocco and simultaneously accredited to the Islamic Republic of Mauritania since December 2017.


 VT Professor Veronica Taylor

School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet), Australian National University

Professor Veronica Taylor is a socio-legal scholar and Professor in the School of Regulation and Global Governance at the Australian National University and an ANU Public Policy Fellow. Veronica’s current work draws on 30 years’ professional experience as a designer and implementer of legal reform for the Asia Foundation, the International Development Law Organization, USAID, the World Bank, and (the former) AusAID, in various countries.

Professor Taylor has served as Dean of the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific (2014-2016), and as Director of the Regulatory Institutions Network (RegNet) at ANU (2010-2014) (now the School of Regulation and Global Governance).  Prior to joining the ANU, she was Director of the Asian Law Center at the University of Washington, Seattle (2001-10) and was previously Associate Director of the Asian Law Centre, University of Melbourne.

 Speakers9 Mr Michael Vatikiotis

Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue

Mr Michael Vatikiotis is a writer, journalist and private diplomat working in Southeast Asia since 1987. He was formerly editor of the Far Eastern Economic Review and a correspondent for the Hong Kong-based news magazine for 16 years. He currently lives in Singapore and is the Asia Regional Director of the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, a Geneva-based private foundation that facilitates dialogue to resolve armed conflicts. Mr Vatikiotis has written two novels set in Indonesia and his new book “Blood and Silk: Power and Conflict in Modern Southeast Asia” was published in June 2017. Mr Vatikiotis writes opinion pieces for international and regional newspapers and is a regular contributor to Al Jazeera and the BBC.
 PV Dr Phillips Vermonte

Executive Director, Centre for Strategic and International Studies, Indonesia

Dr Philips J. Vermonte is the head of Politics and International Relations at CSIS, Indonesia’s leading international policy thinktank. An in-demand speaker and one of Indonesia’s foremost political observers, Dr Vermonte’s insights have been sought out by Indonesia’s top politicians, including President Joko Widodo. Over the past fifteen years, he has researched comparative politics, non-traditional security issues in Southeast Asia, Indonesia’s foreign policy and conflict studies.
 JW Ms Jennifer Westacott

Jennifer Westacot, Executive, Australian Business Council

Jennifer Westacott has been Chief Executive of the Business Council of Australia since 2011, bringing extensive policy experience in both the public and private sectors.For over 20 years Jennifer occupied critical leadership positions in the New South Wales and Victorian governments.

From 2005 to 2011 Jennifer was senior partner at KPMG, heading up the
firm’s Sustainability, Climate Change and Water practice and its NSW State Government practice.
Jennifer facilitates the contribution of the Business Council of Australia’s CEO members across a policy agenda that includes economic policy and competitiveness; energy and climate change,
governance and citizenship, skills, education and flexibility, engagement with Indigenous Australians, global engagement; healthcare policy and innovation.

 KC Chair

Dr Kavi Chongkittavorn

Senior Fellow, Institute of Security and International Studies, Chulalongkorn University

Dr Kavi Chongkittavorn is the former Editor in Chief of the Myanmar Times and former editor-at-large of The Nation, the Bangkok-based English daily, where he has been a journalist for nearly three decades, covering domestic and international affairs as well as commentaries and editorials. He was a bureau chief in Phnom Penh (1987-88) and Hanoi (1988-90). From 1994-95 he served as a special assistant to Secretary General of ASEAN before returning to the Nation as executive editor. He also served as a jury member of the UNESCO Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize from 2000-2004 and its president from 2005-2008. He was a Reuter fellow at Oxford University in 1993-94 and a Nieman fellow at Harvard University in 2000-01. Currently, he is the chair of Southeast Asian Press Alliance. He is concurrently a senior fellow at the Institute of Security and International Studies, Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University.

Closing Dinner

 JulieBishop The Hon Julie Bishop MP

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party of Australia

Julie Bishop is the Minister for Foreign Affairs in Australia’s Federal Coalition Government. She is also the Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party and has served as the Member for Curtin in the House of Representatives since 1998.

Minister Bishop was sworn in as Australia’s first female Foreign Minister on 18 September 2013 following four years in the role of Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade.

As Minister for Foreign Affairs, Minister Bishop has overseen the single largest expansion of Australia’s overseas diplomatic presence in 40 years, introduced the New Colombo Plan to support Australian undergraduate students to study and undertake internships in the Indo-Pacific region, and established the innovationXchange within the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to develop bold and creative solutions to long standing development challenges.

Minister Bishop graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Adelaide in 1978 and attended Harvard Business School in Boston in 1996, completing the Advanced Management Program for Senior Managers. In 2017, the University of Adelaide awarded Minister Bishop the Honorary Degree of Doctor of the University for her contribution to Australian parliamentary service.

 MN Respondent

Dr Marty Natalegawa

Former Foreign Minister of Indonesia

Dr Raden Mohammad Marty Muliana Natalegawa served as the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Indonesia from 2009-2014. Prior to his appointment as Foreign Minister, he served as the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Indonesia to the United Nations in New York from 2007–2009.

Dr Natalegawa served as the Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to the United Kingdom and Ireland from 2005-2007, and in the years 2002–2005, he consecutively served as the Chief of Staff of the Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and as the Director General for ASEAN Cooperation in the Department of Foreign Affairs. He also served at the Permanent Mission of Indonesia to the UN between 1994 and 1999, including during Indonesia’s membership of the Security Council in 1996-1997.

 MichaelWesley Chair

Professor Michael Wesley

Dean,  ANU College of Asia & the Pacific, The Australian National University

Professor Michael Wesley is Professor of International Affairs and Dean of the College of Asia and the Pacific at the Australian National University. He has published on Australian foreign policy, Asia’s international relations and strategic affairs, and the Politics of state-building interventions. His book, There Goes the Neighbourhood: Australia and the Rise of Asia (2011), was awarded the John Button Prize for the best writing on Australian politics and public policy.

Previously, Professor Wesley was the Director of the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs at ANU from 2014 to 2016, the Executive Director of the Lowy Institute for International Policy from 2009 to 2012, Director of the Griffith Asia Institute at Griffith University from 2004 to 2009, and Assistant Director-General for Transnational Issues at the Office of National Assessments (Australia’s peak intelligence agency, from 2003-2004. He gained his PhD from the University of St Andrews and his BA (Honours) from the University of Queensland.