Chairman of Counsellors
The Hon Robert Hill AC (Chairman of Counsellors) succeeded former chairman Mark Johnson AO in December 2018.
Robert Hill was educated at the University of Adelaide and the University of London in Arts and Law. He also holds honorary doctorates from the University of Adelaide and the University of Queensland. Robert practiced law in South Australia as a barrister and solicitor.
In 1981, Robert entered the Australian Senate as a Senator for South Australia. He remained in the Senate until 2006. He was Leader of the Opposition in the Senate 1990-1996 and Leader of the Government in the Senate 1996-2006. Robert held the offices of Minister for the Environment 1996-2002 and Minister for Defence 2002-2006. From 2006-2009, Robert served as Australia’s Permanent Representative and Ambassador to the United Nations in New York.
Upon returning to Australia, Robert worked as an Adjunct Professor in Sustainability at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, and Chaired the Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living at the University of New South Wales. He was appointed Chancellor of the University of Adelaide.
Robert was subsequently chair of the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust and of the Antarctic Science Foundation. He served as a member of the Asia Pacific Board of The Nature Conservancy and is a Governor of WWF Australia. Robert is a member of the Council of ASPI and in business is Chair of the Viva Energy Group and Chair of Re-Group.
In 2012 Robert was awarded a Companion of the Order of Australia for eminent service to the Parliament in the Portfolios of Environment and Defence and to Australia’s international relations.
Tom Harley (Managing Director) is a political scientist with an economics and finance background. In 2019 he was appointed one of the three Australian representatives on the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC). From 2008 to 2018, Tom was Non-Executive Chairman of Dow Chemical (Australia) and Senior Advisor to the Dow Chemical Company’s Executive Leadership Team (globally). Tom was President of Corporate Development at BHP, where he designed and implemented BHP’s worldwide political risk analysis methodology and developed strategies in countries where BHP wanted to do business – including some very challenging African and Asian countries. He has worked on fiscal regime issues across the resources sector in many different countries. He was previously head of Mergers and Acquisitions for BHP’s Petroleum Group. Prior to his work in petroleum, Tom was involved in BHP’s financial restructuring and funding in BHP’s Corporate Treasury. Tom is a member of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies at the Australian National University and Chairman of the Australia Saudi Business Council.
Michael Gill (Executive Counsellor) has extensive experience in Asian business development, mergers and acquisitions, strategic business development, digital media strategy and business turnaround analysis.
Michael has both worked on and managed a variety of projects in Asia, and advised on a number of business ventures and business strategy revisions. He has assisted on private projects associated with capacity building in developing countries and commercialisation of IP.
Michael has observed at close quarters the rise and, in some cases, the fall of many business figures and organisations in Australia and the region. He has made a close study of a wide variety of corporate and public policy fields. Ranging from oil shocks of the 1970s, two resource booms, two periods of aggressive action in capital markets and the 1990s IT boom.
Michael is also the Chairman of Sustainable Skills Ltd and Director of Breakthrough Technologies Ltd. Previously, he was President of UNICEF Australia, Chief Executive Officer of the Financial Review Group, Chairman of Australian Associated Press, and Vice Chairman of Royal Far West.
Director Middle East and Africa
Jade Evans (Director, Middle East and Africa) is a strategy specialist with extensive experience in the Middle East and Africa region with both the private and public sector organisations.
With nearly 20 years of experience in managing complex projects across the public and private sectors in more than 20 countries including the Middle East, Australia, the Asia Pacific region, the United States and Africa, Jade is an expert in developing and implementing large scale strategies and projects that drive economic growth. She has led economic growth, Strategy Design and Leadership and Change practices for large consulting companies, including as a Senior Manager and Project Director for the Palladium Group in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), as the Managing Director of A.D. Executive Consultants in the UAE and as a General Manager with EFI International in the UAE and Australia. Through these positions and more, Jade has cultivated extensive experience as a strategic thinker with the ability to develop a vision for an organisation while also delivering pragmatic solutions to complex social and economic issues with a range of stakeholders.
More recently, Jade has acted as an Executive Officer at the Australian Arab Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Through her experience, she has built strong and credible relationships with the most senior government officials and leaders of the private sector in the Middle East, Africa and Australia. Her experience working with governments and the private sector has given Jade a unique understanding of the intricacies of the various ecosystems required to drive outcomes such as international trade, economic development, job creation and capacity building, as well as issues faced by governments, organisations and individuals when driving economic growth and transformation. She has designed and implemented numerous programs for the public and private sector focused on key aspects of economic growth such as business growth, private sector transformation, SME development, labour market transformation, employment strategies, government effectiveness and export promotion.
Director of Advanced Manufacturing and Defence
Andrew Garth (Director of Advanced Manufacturing and Defence) is the former head of the Centre for Defence Industry Capability, the Australian Government’s body that provides advice to the Australian defence industry, supports industry growth and facilitates connections within the supply chain.
Andrew brings diverse experiences having held senior leadership roles in both the private and public sector. This experience adds substantial depth, context, and connections to complement the Dragoman team.
Andrew’s knowledge of the defence industry was heavily drawn upon in developing the Defence Industry Policy Statement 2016.
Andrew remains Managing Director DI Advisory Services which complements Dragoman by focusing on providing strategic advice and support to Defence Industry SMEs and supply chains.
Director Research and Analysis
Patrick Barclay (Director Research and Analysis) is a risk professional with broad experience in the Energy & Resources sector.
He has advised multinational resource clients on risk management practices throughout various geographies, including Oceania, Asia and West Africa. As a Manager within KPMG’s Risk Consulting practice, Patrick led reviews of Enterprise Risk Management Frameworks, Anti-Bribery and Corruption Frameworks, operating models and core operational and financial processes. He has also advised government and regulatory bodies in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Previously, he gained exposure to large-scale coal seam gas infrastructure projects working for a global engineering consultancy in Queensland’s Surat Basin.
Patrick studied at the University of Queensland and Monash University. His academic background is in Economics and Engineering.
Andrew Liveris AO
Chairman of International Advisory Board
Andrew N Liveris AO (Chairman of International Advisory Board) is the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Dow Chemical Company and former Executive Chairman of DowDuPont. A recognised global business leader with more than 42 years at Dow and experience in manufacturing, engineering, sales, marketing, and business and general management.
Andrew advocates the criticality of manufacturing worldwide. He is the author of ‘Make It in America’ and was tapped by two US administrations to help identify new ways to spur innovation, revitalise the U.S. manufacturing sector and drive economic growth and prosperity. In that regard, he was chair of the Trump manufacturing council and a member of the Apprenticeship of the Future task force. Previously he served as Co-Chair of U.S. President Obama's Advanced Manufacturing Partnership steering committee and a member of his President’s Export Council.
Andrew was the Special Advisor to the Australian National COVID-19 Co-ordination Commission. He was Co-Chair of the Territory Economic Reconstruction Commission, advising on how to accelerate the Territory’s economic rebound and growth. He is an Independent Member of the Australian government’s Industry Growth Centres Advisory Committee providing advice on the Industry Growth Centres initiative.
Andrew is a Director at IBM, Saudi Aramco, Worley (Deputy Chairman), Lucid Motors (Chairman), NOVONIX and the Minderoo Foundation. He is on the advisory board of Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Teneo (a global CEO consulting and advisory firm), and NEOM (an initiative driven by Saudi Vision 2030). He is Chairman of the BlackRock Long Term Private Capital Fund and a Special Advisor to the Public Investment Fund (PIF). Andrew serves as a Trustee for the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) and is a member of the Concordia Leadership Council.
In 2018, the Andrew N Liveris Academy for Innovation and Leadership was established at the University of Queensland for students to garner a real-life understanding of global challenges and how to create positive change for society.
Peter Varghese AO
Peter Varghese is in his second term as Chancellor of The University of Queensland. Prior to this appointment, Mr Varghese’s extensive career in public service and diplomacy spanned 38 years and included senior positions in foreign affairs, trade policy and intelligence. He served as Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (2012-2016), High Commissioner to India (2009-2012), High Commissioner to Malaysia (2000-2002), Director-General of the Office of National Assessments (2004-2009), and Senior Advisor (International) to the Prime Minister of Australia (2003-2004). Mr Varghese was the author of a comprehensive India Economic Strategy to 2035 commissioned by the Australian Prime Minister and submitted in July 2018.
Mr Varghese is chair of the Asialink Council and sits on the boards of CARE Australia and North Queensland Airports. He is also on the international governing board of the Rajaratnum School of International Studies in Singapore. He was awarded the Sir Edward “Weary” Dunlop Asialink Medal in 2019 in recognition of outstanding contributions to improving Australia-Asia relations.
Dr Michal Meidan
Dr Michal Meidan is Director of the Gas Research Programme, and Director of the China Energy Programme at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies. Before Joining OIES in July 2019, she headed cross-commodity China research at Energy Aspects. Prior to that, she headed China Matters, an independent research consultancy providing analysis on the politics of energy in China. Michal also held senior analytical roles at Eurasia Group in New York and London, and at Asia Centre-Sciences Po, Paris. She taught undergraduate courses on China’s political economy at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and has authored numerous academic articles. Michal also regularly provides comments for a wide variety of media outlets and is featured as a speaker at industry conferences.
Michal holds a PhD in Political Science and East Asian studies from Sciences Po, Paris. She is fluent in Hebrew, French and Mandarin.
Ambassador Thomas Shannon
Ambassador Thomas A. Shannon brings more than three decades of government services and diplomatic expertise to his practice, providing strategic counsel to clients across a range of legislative, foreign policy and national security issues.
Most recently, Ambassador Shannon served as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, the third highest ranking position at the State Department. Holding the personal rank of Career Ambassador, he was the highest-ranking member of the United States Foreign Service, the country’s professional diplomatic corps. During his tenure as Under Secretary, Ambassador Shannon was in charge of bilateral and multilateral foreign policy making and implementation. Ambassador Shannon also oversaw diplomatic activity globally and US missions with international organisations. He managed the State Department during the 2017 presidential transition, led bilateral and strategic stability talks with the Russian Federation, worked with US allies overseeing Iranian compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, and expanded US engagement in Central Asia, among other things.
Prior to that appointment, he served as Counsellor to the Department, where he acted as a trouble-shooter and roving envoy for Secretary of State John Kerry. In that capacity, he focused on Africa, the Middle East and Southern Asia, and led US support for the UN-sponsored peace processes in Yemen and South Sudan.
Prior to his 2016 appointment by President Obama as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, Ambassador Shannon was the United States Ambassador to Brazil. Prior to this appointment, Ambassador Shannon served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Western Hemisphere Affairs at the National Security Council (2003-2005), Deputy Assistant Secretary of Western Hemisphere Affairs at the Department of State (2002-2003), and Director of Andean Affairs (2001-2002). From 2001-2002, he was Deputy Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States, with the rank of Ambassador. During his career, Ambassador Shannon served in the US Foreign Service at embassies in Guatemala, Brazil, South Africa and Venezuela. Ambassador Shannon spent nearly 35 years in the Foreign Service and has served 6 US presidents and 11 secretaries of state.
Nick Warner AO PSM
Nick Warner AO PSM most recently served as the Director-General of the Office of National Intelligence (ONI) – Australia’s peak intelligence agency which reports directly to the Prime Minister. Before his time at the ONI, Nick served as the Director-General of the Australian Secret Intelligence Service (2009-2017), the Secretary of the Department of Defence (2006-2009) and Senior Adviser (International) to the PM (2005- 2006).
In his career as a diplomat, Nick served in roles including Australian Ambassador to Iran (1994-1997), High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea (1999-2003) and Special Coordinator of the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands.
Dr Andreas Baumgartner EMBS
Dr Andreas Baumgartner has more than 20 years of experience at the crossroads of international business, government and law, with a special emphasis on economic development. He acts as a personal coach and senior advisor to private and public sector leaders on sensitive policy/strategy as well as motivational and delivery topics. He has also been involved in a range of risk assessment as well as crisis mitigation/management and pre-litigation conflict resolution projects.
Starting his career in politics and at an international law firm, Andreas spent almost nine years with McKinsey & Company’s Public Sector/Economic Development and Travel Infrastructure Logistics practices (2003-2012), before joining the Office of Tony Blair/Tony Blair Associates in 2012, where he was in charge of government advisory activities across the Middle East, Central Asia, Eastern Europe and beyond. In 2017/2018, he served as Executive Director of the Dispute Resolution Authority of the Dubai International Financial Centre. At the moment, he runs his own firm, StIR StrategyImpactReputation FZE, and is the Acting CEO of The Metis Institute. He is also a member of the Advisory Council of FEMOZA/FEMAC; and used to be a Senior Advisor to the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change as well as to Portland Communications. Andreas has been a speaker at various conferences and events, such as the Milken Global Conference, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, International Monetary Fund, WEF Davos/Caspian Week etc.
Geographically, Andreas has particular expertise in the Middle East, Central Asia, (Eastern) Europe and Africa, but has also worked extensively in and across Southeast Asia, (Western) Europe and the United States of America.
Andreas holds PhDs in law as well as business and social sciences, together with master’s degrees in law, in international business administration, in European business sciences, and in political sciences.
Bill Farmer AO
Bill Farmer AO was Australia's longest-serving Ambassador to Indonesia from 2005 to 2010.
Among other appointments, Bill served as Deputy Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (1997-1998), Australian High Commissioner to Malaysia (1996-1997) and Papua New Guinea (1993-1995) and, for eight years, Secretary of Departments dealing with immigration, multicultural affairs and indigenous affairs.
Bill has conducted a number of reviews for government on issues concerning Indonesia, including development cooperation, live animal exports and agricultural cooperation.
Glenys Beauchamp PSM
Glenys Beauchamp PSM was Secretary of the Australian Government Department of Health from September 2017 to February 2020, when she retired from the Australian Public Service after nearly 10 years as Secretary of a Commonwealth department. From the end of March to May 2020 Glenys returned to assist the Australian Government procure personal protective equipment for the health system during the COVID‑19 pandemic.
Glenys has had an extensive career in the Australian Public Service at senior levels with responsibility for a number of significant government programs covering economic and social policy areas. She has more than 25 years’ experience in the public sector and began her career as a graduate in the Industry Commission. She has a passion for public policy, working with stakeholders, governance and organisational stewardship.
Glenys was Secretary of the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (2013–2017) and Secretary of the Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport (2010–2013). She served as Deputy Secretary in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (2009–2010) and the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (2002–2009).
She also held several executive positions in the ACT Government including Deputy Chief Executive, Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services and Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Department of Health. Glenys has also held senior positions in housing, energy and utilities functions with the ACT Government.
She was awarded a Public Service Medal in 2010 for coordinating Australian Government support during the 2009 Victorian bushfires.
Glenys has a BEc and MBA. She is currently serving on Australian Government boards such as Chair of the Australian Building Codes Board and member of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care and Industry, Innovation and Science Australia. She is also a non-executive director of the McGrath Foundation Ltd and Health Metrics Pty Ltd.
Jean-Marie Guéhenno is an international security and foreign policy specialist.
Among Jean-Marie’s achievements is his tenure as Head of Peacekeeping Operations to the United Nations. In this role, he oversaw an unprecedented expansion of United Nations peacekeeping operations, managing around 130,000 staff on eighteen missions across Afghanistan, Iraq, Congo, Sudan, Darfur, Kosovo, the Ivory Coast, Georgia, Lebanon and Haiti. He subsequently took on senior roles including Deputy Special Envoy for the United Nations and the League of Arab States, and Chairman of France’s White Paper on National Security and Defence.
Widely regarded as an expert in the realm of international security, Jean-Marie served as Chief Executive Officer of the International Crisis Group. He is presently the Arnold Saltzman Professor of Professional Practice at the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies and the director of the Kent program on conflict at Columbia University. He chairs the scientific council of the French Institute for higher national defense studies. Jean-Marie is also a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Affairs Council and of the United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Advisory Board on Mediation, and a Distinguished Fellow at the Brookings Institution.
Jean-Marie has enjoyed a highly successful career with the French Government. His positions have included serving as the Director of Policy Planning for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Head of the International Department of the Court of Audit. Jean-Marie is an officer of the Legion d’Honneur and a Commander of the German Federal Cross of Merit (Bundesverdienstkreuz).
Rt Hon Sir Malcolm Rifkind KCMG QC
Rt Hon Sir Malcolm Rifkind KCMG QC's career is remarkable for the breadth and depth of experience at the highest levels of government, international policy and global commerce. Malcolm was born in Edinburgh and educated at George Watson's College and the University of Edinburgh where he studies law before taking a postgraduate degree in political science. While ate University, he took part in an overland expedition to the Middle East and India. He worked as an Assistant Lecturer at the University College of Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) from 1967 to 1968. He was called to the Scottish Bar in 1970 and practised full time as an Advocate until 1974. He was appointed a Queen's Counsel in 1985 and became a member of the Privy Council in 1986.
Malcolm is a former British Foreign Minister and Minister of Defence. He was first elected to Parliament in 1974, and after serving as Minister of State at the Foreign Office from 1982 to 1986, became a member of Margaret Thatcher’s Cabinet in 1986 as Secretary of State for Scotland. In 1990, he was appointed by John Major as Secretary of State for Transport, and in 1992 as Secretary of State for Defence. From 1995 to 1997 he was Foreign Secretary. He was one of only four ministers to serve throughout the whole 18-year tenures of both Margaret Thatcher and John Major. In 2005, after eight years in the private sector, Malcolm returned to the House of Commons by being elected Member of Parliament for Kensington and Chelsea. From 2010 until 2015 he was Chairman of the United Kingdom’s Intelligence and Security Committee which provides oversight of Britain's intelligence agencies, MI6, MI5 and GCHQ. He served as a member of the Commonwealth Eminent Persons Group which reported to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Conference in Perth, Australia.
Malcolm was a member of the Eminent Persons Panel of the OSCE considering the West's relations with Russia. He is also a Board Member of the Nuclear Threat Initiative based in Washington and has been active in GlobalZero and other organisations concerned with nuclear security. Malcolm was appointed by the British Government as the Co-Chairman of the Belvedere Polish-British Forum in 2017. He is a Visiting Professor at the Department of War Studies at King’s College, London, which is a constituent part of London University.
Mark Johnson AO
Mark Johnson AO (Chairman Emeritus) was succeeded by The Hon Robert Hill AC in December 2018. Mark has played a leading role in the banking and corporate finance industries for over 50 years, and is a leading figure in public policy.
He spent much of his career in banking and corporate finance, and retired as Deputy Chairman of Macquarie Bank in 2007 and as Chairman of Macquarie Infrastructure Group in 2010. He has been a director of a number of Australian companies, including AGL Energy, Alinta Energy, Pioneer, Santos and Westfield.
Mark was Chairman of the Australian Financial Centre Task Force, an Australian Government initiative directed towards ensuring efficiency and competitiveness in the financial services sector. From 2002-2013 he was one of the three Australian representatives on the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC), and Chairman of the ASIC External Advisory Panel from 2012 to 2020.
Previous affiliations include the United States Study Centre Foundation at Sydney University, the APEC Study Centre at RMIT University, the Institute for International Trade at the University of Adelaide, and the SMART Infrastructure Facility at the University of Wollongong.
He is currently a Senior Advisor to Gresham Partners and Chairman of Dateline Resources, a junior exploration company.
Donald Greenlees is an award-winning journalist, author, and advisor on international political and business affairs. He has spent more than 20 years in East Asia working for international media and business consultancies and conducting academic and book research.
Don has researched and written extensively about East Asian affairs for specialist business and public audiences from bases in Jakarta, Seoul and Hong Kong. His fields of expertise include the region’s political-economy, business environment, security and foreign policy.
His journalism on the region was acknowledged with several awards, including the leading Australian industry prize, the Walkley Award. He has worked as a staff correspondent in Asia for publications including The Australian, The Far Eastern Economic Review, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times.
In Australia, he covered national politics in the 1980s and 1990s for media including The Australian Financial Review, The Australian and ABC television’s Lateline. He also was a correspondent for the UK’s Independent Television News and SBS’s Dateline in South America in 1990-1991.
He is co-author of Deliverance: The Inside Story of East Timor’s Fight for Freedom, a ground-breaking work that examined the East Timor crisis from the angles of policy making in Jakarta, Canberra and New York and the implications for Indonesia’s process of democratization.
Since 2010, he has conducted academic research on Indonesian and regional foreign policy and worked as an advisor to multinational firms and high-net-worth individuals on a range of complex business, political and security challenges in Southeast Asia.
He has a PhD in international, political and strategic studies from the Australian National University and a master’s degree in international relations from Deakin University.
Tom Gregg is Founder and CEO of Manteqa Global Health, an international organisation dedicated to expanding access to health services for populations in conflict countries. He is currently assisting the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation in their efforts to roll-out COVID19 vaccines to conflict-affected and remote areas.
Tom was previously Director of Global Projects at the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, a Swiss-based international conflict mediation organisation. In this capacity, Tom led a diverse global team based in conflict-affected countries throughout the world. Tom was formerly Associate Director at the Centre on International Cooperation (CIC) at New York University.
Previously, Tom worked for the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations as a Special Assistant to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, as a Head of Region (Southeast Afghanistan) and in Political Affairs. He has worked as an advisor to the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and to the private sector in the fields of political risk and strategic communication. Tom has also worked at the Australian Council for International Development and the Australian National University. He has written widely on topics including foreign policy and fly fishing in Afghanistan. Tom holds a master’s degree in International Relations from the Australian National University where he was a Hedley Bull scholar.
Margaret Jackson AC
Margaret Jackson is a Director of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Barefoot to Boots, Interplast Australia and a member of Monash University’s Industry Council of Advisors.
Margaret has also served as Chairman of Spotless, Ansett Aviation Training, Qantas, FlexiGroup Ltd, the Victorian Transport Accident Commission, and a Director of Australian War Memorial, Prince’s Charities Australia, The Broken Hill Proprietary Company Limited, The Australian and New Zealand Banking Corporation, Pacific Dunlop Limited, John Fairfax Holdings Limited, Billabong International Ltd, Telecom Australia, West Gippsland Healthcare Group, the Advisory Board for the Salvation Army Southern Territory, the Playbox Theatre Company and Methodist Ladies’ College. She has also served as the President of Australian Volunteers International and is a former partner at KPMG Advisory and BDO Nelson.
She was awarded Companion of the Order of Australia in the General Division (AC) in June 2003 for service to business in diverse and leading Australian corporations and to the community in the area of support for medical research, the arts and education. Margaret was also awarded the Centenary Medal in 2001 for service to Australian society in Business.
Margaret holds an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Monash University.
Dr Jill Slay AM
Dr Jill Slay has an international research reputation in cyber security.
Jill has been a very active researcher for at least twenty years, contributing many new notions to the digital forensics, critical infrastructure, cyber warfare and cyber intelligence communities. She was an early researcher in digital forensics and later in the use of AI and machine learning to develop intrusion detection and real time forensic systems. She has published more than 140 papers in information assurance, critical infrastructure protection, security and forensic computing and completed the supervision of 20 PhDs in these disciplines.
Jill is currently the University of South Australia SmartSat Professorial Chair in Cybersecurity and leads the SmartSat Cybersecurity and Resilience Theme of the SmartSat Co-operative Research Centre. She is a member of the Board of the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC2), and Chair of the Board of the Australian Women in Security Network. Previous appointments have included Optus Chair in Cybersecurity at La Trobe University, and Founding Director of the UNSW Australian Centre for Cyber Security at the Australian Defence Force Academy.
Sir Kieran Prendergast KCVO, CMG
Sir Kieran Prendergast KCVO, CMG has a unique range of experience in international affairs. He was Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations for Political Affairs, and in this role served as the senior British member of United Nations Secretariat and was chief foreign policy adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General for more than eight years (1997-2005), responsible for managing crises in places as varied as Congo, Cyprus, Afghanistan, Israel/Palestine, Iraq and East Timor.
Previously, Kieran led a distinguished career in the British Foreign Officer, having served as British Ambassador to Turkey (1995-1997); British High Commissioner to Zimbabwe (1989-1992) and Kenya (1992-1995). He also served as Head of the Southern African Department in the Foreign Office (1986-1989) during a critical period in bringing apartheid to an end and Namibia to independence; and as Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy in Israel (1982-1986). Kieran was also Deputy Private Secretary to two Foreign Secretaries (1976-1979 – Anthony Crosland and David Owen).
Kieran has particular expertise in the broader Middle East (including Afghanistan, Iraq and in the Middle East Peace Process), Central, East and Southern Africa as well as the Horn of Africa, and the eastern Mediterranean. He is fluent in Turkish and French. He was educated in Australia (St Patrick’s, Sydney), Salesian College, Chertsey, and St Edmund Hall, Oxford (Oriental Studies).
Kieran has remained active in the field of conflict management and resolution. His positions include President of the British Association of Former United Nations Civil Servants; Senior Adviser to the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue in Geneva; Trustee of the Beit Trust and member of the Council of Experts of the Democratic Progress Institute. He was also member of the International Advisory Board of the NGO Independent Diplomat, Chair of the Anglo-Turkish Association, Senior Adviser to BHPB from 2006 to 2009, where he chaired numerous country entry workshops and represented BHPB at Board meetings of the International Crisis Group and was Chairman of the United Nations Follow Up Committee on Nigerian withdrawal from Bakassi Peninsula (2006-2009). Kieran is also a Patron of the Beyond Borders Literary Festival, and in 2012 was appointed Counsellor to the English-Speaking Union.
Ambassador Yuji Kumamaru
Ambassador Yuji Kumamaru served most recently as the Japanese Ambassador to Cambodia. He previously served as the Consul-General in Hong Kong and in Shanghai. He held the position of Political Minister of the Japanese Embassy in Beijing and in Bangkok. Yuji was the former Secretary General of the Japan Taiwan Exchange Association in Taipei. He is currently an advisor to the Japan Forum for Strategic Studies and the President of the Japan Youth Leaders Association.
Dr Kerry Brown
Kerry Brown (Counsellor) is Professor of Chinese Studies and Director of the Lau China Institute at King’s College, London. He is an Associate of the Asia Pacific Programme at Chatham House, London, an adjunct of the Australia New Zealand School of Government in Melbourne, and the co-editor of the Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, run from the German Institute for Global Affairs in Hamburg. He is President-Elect of the Kent Archaeological Society and an Affiliate of the Mongolia and Inner Asia Studies Unit at Cambridge University.
From 2012 to 2015, he was Professor of Chinese Politics and Director of the China Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, Australia. Prior to this, Professor Brown worked at Chatham House from 2006 to 2012, as Senior Fellow and then Head of the Asia Programme. From 1998 to 2005 he worked at the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, as First Secretary at the British Embassy in Beijing, and then as Head of the Indonesia, Philippine and East Timor Section. He lived in the Inner Mongolia region of China from 1994 to 1996.
Professor Brown directed the Europe China Research and Advice Network (ECRAN) giving policy advice to the European External Action Service between 2011 and 2014. He is the author of almost 20 books on modern Chinese politics, and has written for every major international news outlet, and been interviewed by every major news channel on issues relating to contemporary China. He has a Master of Arts from Cambridge University, a Post Graduate Diploma in Mandarin Chinese (Distinction) from Thames Valley University, London, and a Ph.D in Chinese politics and language from Leeds University. His latest book, Xi: A Study in Power was published by Ikon Books in May 2022.
John McCarthy AO
John McCarthy AO is currently a Senior Adviser to Asialink, a Senior Adviser to Mitsubishi Materials Corporation, Tokyo, a member of the Board of the Australian India Institute at Melbourne University and Vice-Chancellor's fellow at Melbourne University.
Between 2009 and 2015, John was co-convenor of the Australian Indonesian dialogue, Chair of the Australian-India Council and National President of the Australian Institute of International Affairs. From 2012 -2019, he was Chair of the Griffith Asia Institute. He also carried out a number of missions for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Previously, John served in the Australian Foreign Service from 1968 in various capacities including High Commissioner to India (2004-2009); Ambassador to Japan (2001-2004); Ambassador to Indonesia (1997-2001); Ambassador to the United States (1995-1997); Deputy Secretary in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra (1994-1995); Ambassador to Thailand (1992-1994); Chief Legal Officer (1990-1992); Minister for Congressional Affairs in Washington (1987-1989); Ambassador to Mexico (1985-1987); and Ambassador to Vietnam (1981-1983). During his service, John also served in Damascus, Baghdad and Vientiane.
Before joining the Foreign Service, John worked with a New York Law Firm of Shearman & Sterling from 1966 to 1967 and practiced law in London from 1965 to 1966. He is a barrister-at-law, and received a Master of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws Degree at Cambridge University. John is an officer of the Order of Australia, a recipient of the Centenary Medal and has honorary doctorates from Murdoch and Griffith Universities.
Sir Anthony Salz
Sir Anthony Salz is a corporate lawyer by training. A particular feature of his career has been cross border M&A, often involving the US (having spent a year working for a US law firm in New York).
After over 30 years with Freshfields, the last 10 as Senior Partner, Anthony joined Rothschild in 2006 as an Executive Vice Chairman. Since leaving Rothschild in 2017, he has focused on a range of roles. Among them, he is Chairman of Hambro Perks Ltd. (an international early-stage investment firm focused on technology), and Chairman of Forward Institute (which runs responsible leadership programmes for major organisations). He is also a Trustee of the Tate Foundation and Conran Foundation. Previous roles include Vice Chair of the BBC Board of Governors, a member of the Board of the Department for Education, Chair of Teach First’s Business Development Council and of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, and a Trustee of both the Royal Opera House and of Scott Trust (owners of the Guardian).
Anthony led the review of the Business Practices of Barclays Plc, which was published in April 2013. He has chaired, or otherwise participated in, reviews of (i) worldwide risk controls for a global charity, (ii) organisational issues of the US practice of a major accounting firm and (iii) the governance of a universal bank. He has also chaired reviews on Youth Crime and Antisocial Behaviour in the UK, and Press Regulation.
Haile Menkerios is an Eritrean-born South African diplomat who specialises in conflict resolution. Haile is a career diplomat, and his most recent positions include Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General and head of the United Nations Office to the African Union (2013-2018). Haile’s previous roles included serving as Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General for Sudan and South Sudan (2011-2013) as well as head of the United Nations Mission in Sudan (2009-2011), United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs in New York (2007-2009), and several senior posts in United Nations Headquarters and missions in the field dealing with issues of peace and security (2002-2007). Haile’s field engagements on behalf of the United Nations included successful mediation efforts in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zimbabwe, The African Great Lakes Region, Madagascar, Comoros and several conflict situations in western Africa.
Among Haile’s achievements, was his brokering of the Nairobi Communiqué on illegal armed groups between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, for which he was awarded a medal as “Fighter against Genocide” by Rwandan President, Paul Kagame; and oversaw the facilitation of South Sudanese Independence, in which he was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2011. Prior to his United Nations engagements, Haile served as Eritrean Permanent Representative to the United Nations (1997-2000), Special Envoy to Somalia and the Great Lakes Region, and Ambassador to Ethiopia and the African Union during the critical period of Eritrea’s separation from Ethiopia.
Currently, Haile is also engaged as Senior Advisor to the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, and member of the Advisory Board to the International Center for Dialogue Initiatives.
Hon Warwick Smith AO
Warwick is Chairman, Advisory Board - Australian Capital Equity, holders of interests in Seven Group Holdings of which he is a Board Director, Seven West Media, Coates Hire, Beach Energy, WesTrac and Caterpillar industrial services and equipment in Western Australia and New South Wales. He is the lead independent Board Director of SGSPAA and Jemena Northern Gas Pipeline. He is the Chairman of the National Museum of Australian and is also the Chairman of Ord Minnett.
With the Business Council of Australia, Warwick is the Chairman of the Global Engagement Committee. In addition, he is Global Advisor on Trade & Investment to the New South Wales (NSW) Government where is also a Council Member on the Investment Attraction Council for NSW. He has served as Chairman of the Australia–China Council for over 8 years and was the inaugural Chair of the National Foundation for Australia-China Relations.
For ten years, Warwick was an Executive Director with the Macquarie Bank Group; Chairman New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory and former Senior Managing Director for the ANZ Banking Group Limited for more than a decade; Chairman of E*TRADE Limited; Chairman of the Australian Sports Commission and an Australian Federal Government Minister with a parliamentary career spanning 15 years. He was also Australia's first Telecommunications Ombudsman and has received a Centenary Medal and has twice been awarded an Order of Australia.
Yew Boon Chia
Yew Boon is a Special Advisor to Dragoman. His career has spanned government, private sector corporate management, equity research, private equity and venture capital investment management, capital raising and strategic business development. He provides strategic advice to organisations seeking capital or strategic partners for private equity, venture capital or real estate projects in geographies such as Australia and Asia. Yew Boon brings his considerable experience of investment across different asset classes to Dragoman and its clients.
Starting his career with the Singapore Government’s Economic Development Board, Yew Boon spent time marketing Singapore as an investment destination to companies in Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland. He also oversaw local small and medium manufacturing enterprises within Singapore. The 1990s saw Yew Boon conduct equity research for Asia-based investment banks, managing teams of analysts across various stock markets in Southeast Asia, the Indian sub-continent, Hong Kong and China before he joined GIC Special Investments in 1999.
Yew Boon was Senior Vice President at GIC Special Investments, the private equity and venture capital subsidiary of one of the world’s largest sovereign wealth funds, Singapore’s GIC. He oversaw European venture capital investments, pan-Asian industry analysis, asset allocation and portfolio companies’ business development. In 2005, Yew Boon became Chief Executive Officer of EasyCall International Ltd (later renamed China Education Ltd, after its acquisition by Raffles Education), an ASX- and SGX-listed company focused on tertiary level education in China and Australia. He concurrently served as Director of Strategic Planning at EasyCall’s parent company, SGX-listed Boustead Singapore Ltd, a diversified engineering and IT group.
Yew Boon is also an Independent Non-Executive Director on the boards of two listed entities from China: Technovator, a Hong Kong-listed Chinese company specialising in energy efficiency technology; and EC World Asset Management Ltd., an SGX-listed real estate investment trust consisting of logistics assets in China.
Paulo Gomes is a global business leader, active environmentalist and a key political actor in Guinea Bissau.
His career highlights include Executive Director on the Board of the World Bank Group representing 25 African nations, Alternate Director at the World Bank, Director of Strategic Planning and Principal Adviser to the Minister leading the effort to introduce the country into the West African Monetary Union, Board Member of Ecobank, Asky Airlines, the Green Climate Fund and Chairman of AFIG. He is the co-Founder of NACP, President of the Benten Institute, co-Chairman of the Afrochampion initiative and a Board Member of the African Union Special Covid-19 Fund.
For the last 25 years, he has advised several heads of states and governments on key projects throughout the African continent.
Anna Rabin is the Managing Director of Above Ground Advisory, an extractives focused consultancy headquartered in Tanzania. She is a political risk advisor who blends her skills in managing and executing strategic mandates, with operational knowledge in the mining sector in East Africa. In her most recent role, Anna ran stakeholder engagement for a mining exploration firm with assets in Tanzania and Australia. Prior to this, Anna led Dragoman’s Africa & Middle East practice. At Dragoman she worked with clients to provide bespoke political, commercial and strategic advice.
She has experience developing country entrance, exit, and monitoring strategies – including competitor analysis, providing business intelligence, scenario planning and advice around engagement with government, the public sector and multilateral organisations.
Anna previously worked as a Senior Consultant with africapractice, a strategy and communications consultancy, based in its Tanzanian office. At africapractice Anna was responsible for leading projects across East Africa and managing a team of consultants advising some of the largest investors in the region in sectors such as oil and gas, mining, power, telecommunications, agriculture, financial services and the construction industry.
She has a Master’s Degree with Distinction in African Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, a Bachelor’s Degree with First Class Honours in Political Science and International Studies from the University of Melbourne and a Graduate Certificate in Commerce.
Bruce McIver AM
Bruce McIver AM (Counsellor) was previously President of the Liberal National Party in Queensland.
He had recently served as Executive Chairman of McIver Transport & Logistics Group, Director of the Australian Trucking Association Trust and Chairman of the Board of Directors at Asia Pacific Shipping Enterprises - Singapore.
Bruce is also a Chairman of Nimrod Resources Limited, Non-Executive Director of the City of Brisbane Investment Corporation and a Non-Executive Director at Australia Post.
Frank Robert is Dragoman’s Industry Advisor for Space and Telcom Infrastructure.
As one of the leading voices on Space and telecoms industries in Australia, Frank brings his considerable experience and perspectives to Dragoman and our clients. Frank has contributed in small ways to several NASA Science missions from Mariner 10 to Cassini, and has worked alongside some of the leading thinkers in Space, such as Thomas Gold, Carl Sagan and James Elliot, conducting planetary science research. Frank has contributed to the development of two national space agencies and continues to advise governments and corporations in both Traditional and rapidly growing New Space arenas.
With over 30 years global experience across 35 countries, Frank has supported national incumbent telecom operators and their top suppliers, conducting corporate, product and technology strategy. His contribution to the Space and Telecom industries has ranged from providing assistance in launching new operators, to leading corporate portfolio-level strategy for major incumbents and network infrastructure suppliers, R&D optimisation, technology strategy and due diligence where technology is pivotal.
Frank holds an MBA in Strategy from Cornell University and a BA in Economics from Amherst College. Currently, he also serves as an Associated Vice President with Kearney Consulting.
Previously, Frank was regional Head of Telecommunications Practice at Strategic Planning Associates, now part of Oliver Wyman, (1988-1990) and at Cresap McCormick and Paget (1981-1988), Economic Analysis Automation Project Lead at the Service Bureau Company (1978-1981), and Researcher under the NASA Gant on Lunar and Martin Geology at Cornell’s Centre for RadioPhysics and Space Research (1976-1978).
Frank has served on the Board of Directors of Emersion Software Systems and on the Advisory Board of the Australian Space Agency since its founding. He has been nominated to a proposed Technology Advisory Board of nbn.
David Russell AM RFD QC
David Russell AM RFD QC was admitted as a solicitor in 1974 and was called to the Bar in 1977. He was admitted to practice in Australia, England and Wales, New York (as a Legal Consultant), the Courts of the Dubai International Financial Centre, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. He was first appointed Queen's Counsel in 1986.
David was President of the Taxation Institute of Australia from 1993 to 1995 and of the Asia Oceania Tax Consultants Association (AOTCA) from 1996 to 2000. He is a member of the Law Council of Australia Business Law Section Taxation Committee. He is the AOTCA representative on the Global Tax Advisers Platform.
David has served as a member of the STEP Worldwide Council, Deputy Chair of STEP Worldwide, Chairman of STEP’s International Client Special Interest Group and its Governance Committee and a member of its Public Policy Committee. He is a co-chair of the UAE Chapter of the International Section of the New York State Bar Association, a member of the Executive Committee of the Section, an Academician and Councillor of The International Academy of Estate and Trust Law, an Honorary Member of the Taxation Institute of Hong Kong and a Fellow Member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation (UK). He is also a co-editor of the Oxford University Press Publication Trusts and Trustees.
David is listed in the Taxation Category in the Australian Financial Review/Best Lawyers review of the Australian Legal Profession in 2008 and all later years. He is listed by Legal 500 as a Tier 1 silk in its Middle East Commercial category. In 2012, he was made a Member of the Order of Australia for, amongst other things, “service…to taxation law and legal education”. In 2014 he was awarded the inaugural Tax Institute’s Chartered Tax Adviser of the Year.
From 2016 to 2018, David chaired the DIFC Wealth Management Review, and has since participated in the implementation of its recommendations. He is Executive Editor of the Laws of the DIFC.
David served as President of the Australia-Japan Society in Queensland from 1997 to 2002 and as inaugural President of the National Federation of Australia Japan Societies from 2001 to 2005. In 2010 he was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun with Gold Rays and Neck Ribbon for services to Australia-Japan relations.
Lira Low's professional experience is in international conflict resolution and mediation. She was a diplomat with the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs focusing on the Middle East before working at the Swiss-based international conflict mediation organisation, the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, on discreet peace dialogue processes in the Asia Pacific region from Myanmar to the Philippines. She is also a psychosocial support specialist, and has written about EU public policies on mental health and psychosocial support in conflict-affected populations.
She has a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from the University of Melbourne, and a Master's Degree in Conflict Resolution and Mediation from Tel Aviv University.
Noel Williams is an industry advisor for Dragoman. After a career with Dow Chemical spanning 36 years, Noel returned to Australia and has been supporting strategy development in the manufacturing and energy sectors. Most recently in his career at Dow, Noel was appointed as Vice President to lead Dow’s Business Development efforts in Asia Pacific while previously he had been President of Dow in South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand, both based in Singapore.
After graduating in Chemical Engineering from Queensland University, a career with Dow began with assignments in manufacturing in Australia, the US, and Hong Kong, in plastics and chemicals technologies. On return to Australia, responsibilities in a variety of plant management roles, Manufacturing Manager and Operations Director for Dow Australia led to active participation in the Australian industry, interface with the local community and participation in Industry/Government task forces.
In 1992, Noel transferred to Thailand to take on the role of Country Manager for Dow and Managing Director of Dow’s joint ventures to lead the investment program in Thailand and guide the growth of the developing operations which have become a significant part of the Map Ta Phut petrochemical complex near Rayong. Returning to Australia in 1996, he took up the role of Director of Strategic Development for Asia Pacific. Prior to his move to Singapore, Noel was the Managing Director for Dow in ANZ, Managing Director of Dow’s JV with Huntsman, Polystyrene Australia and Business Development Director for SEA.
Noel is a past Chairman of the board of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) in Australia and was a Governor and Treasurer of the American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore. He is also a past President and Director of the Australian Plastics and Chemicals Industry Association. Noel also serves on the UQ Chemical Engineering School Advisory Board, The Dow Centre Board for Sustainable Engineering Innovation and not-for-profit Boards.