The Hon Robert Hill AC (Chairman) succeeded former chairman Mark Johnson AO in December 2018.
Hon Robert Hill AC was a member of the Australian Senate from 1981-2006, representing South Australia. He studied at the University of Adelaide and the London School of Economics, where he gained a Masters in law.
Robert was elected Leader of the Liberal Party and Leader of the Opposition in the Senate from 1990-1996 when, on the election of the Howard Government, he became Leader of the Government in the Senate from March 1996 until his resignation in January 2006. He was Minister for the Environment 1996-1998, Minister for the Environment and Heritage 1998-2002 and Minister for Defence from November 2001 to January 2006. In July 2005, the Coalition parties took control of the Senate, and Robert became the first Government Leader in the Senate since 1981 to command a majority in the chamber. In January 2006 he announced his resignation from the Parliament. Robert was appointed Australian Permanent Representative and Ambassador to the United Nations in New York from 2006 to 2009. From 2009 until January 2012 Robert served as Chairman of the Australian Carbon Trust (later Low Carbon Australia Ltd.).
He is Adjunct Professor in Sustainability at the US Studies Centre at the University of Sydney and Chairman of the Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living at the University of New South Wales. He was Chancellor of the University of Adelaide between 2010 to 2014. In June 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 2008, Tom was appointed 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.
John Brenton (Executive Director) is a public policy specialist with significant expertise in foreign affairs, defence and international trade and investment issues. At Dragoman, John is responsible for growing and delivering the company’s global offering. He also directly leads the company’s Australian practice, where he advises companies on commercial strategy and political risk. John previously worked in the Australian Foreign Service (DFAT), including serving as Consul in Los Angeles (2012-2016).
Director Africa and Middle East
Anna Rabin (Director Africa and Middle East) is a political risk and foreign policy expert. During her time with Dragoman, Anna has worked with clients to provide bespoke political, commercial and strategic advice. She has experience developing country entrance, exit, and monitoring strategies – including competitor analysis and scenario planning - and has provided advice around engagement with government, the public sector and multilaterals. 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, power, telecommunications, agriculture, financial services and construction. Anna has also worked as an East Africa Analyst at Think Africa Press in London. 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.
Chloe (Director Asia) is an international trade and investment and political risk specialist. Chloe lived in Indonesia and Southeast Asia for eight years, developing an extensive understanding of the business and policy frameworks in the region. Prior to joining Dragoman, Chloe established the Indonesia office and served as the Managing Director of a regional strategic advisory firm specialising in political risk analysis and government affairs. Chloe assisted Fortune 500 multinational companies operating across all sectors to develop long-term growth strategies in Southeast Asia by working with key government, civil society and industry stakeholders.
Chloe started her career working for the European Commission, managing projects focusing on trade and investment. She set up the European Trade and Investment Promotion Agency in Indonesia, the EU-Indonesia Business Network, and held several positions for European organisations, supporting companies in designing successful market entry strategies in Indonesia.
Chloe has a Master’s Degree in International Security and Defence Strategy from Sciences-Po, France, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and International Relations from the University of California.
Director Energy and Resources
David Pickavance (Director Energy and Resources) is a resources and valuation specialist. David has extensive experience in the resources industry in geotechnical, valuation and governance roles. He has specialised in complex fiscal regimes around the globe and in the assessment and evaluation of investment opportunities across the breadth of the resources sector – minerals, oil and gas – in extraction and processing projects as well as M&A. David managed the investment process for BHP’s major capital projects and transactions, and was secretary for BHP’s Investment Committee. David has a Batchelor of Science at Adelaide University and an Honours Degree from the National Centre for Petroleum Geology as well as finance qualifications.
Liam Eldon (Senior Associate) is an international trade, diplomacy and foreign policy specialist. Liam has worked for the Australian Consulate-General Los Angeles and the Australian Embassy to the United Arab Emirates (and Qatar). Liam has experience working in state and federal government and has worked throughout Australia, Europe, the Gulf and the Americas. Liam has an Honors in International Relations at the University of Salford, Manchester and a Masters in International Studies at the University of Queensland.
Dr Andreas Baumgartner EMBS
Dr Andreas Baumgartner has more than 20 years of experience at the crossroads of international business, government and law. He specialises in providing confidential advice to senior private and public sector leaders on highly sensitive policy/strategy as well as delivery topics. He has been involved in a range of risk assessment as well as crisis mitigation/management projects.
Starting his career in politics at an international law firm, Andreas spent almost nine years at McKinsey & Company (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.
Andreas has held a number of challenging roles since November 2016, such as Executive Director of the Dispute Resolution Authority of the Dubai International Financial Centre; member of the Global Advisory Council of Portland Communications; and Senior Advisor to the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change. Andreas has also been a speaker at various conferences and events, such as the Milken Global Conference, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, International Monetary Fund, 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 and business and social sciences, in combination with obtaining master’s degrees in law, international business administration, European business sciences, and political sciences.
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 40 years. He is also a leading figure in public policy.
Mark is Chairman of Alinta Energy, a Director of Westfield Group and Senior Adviser to Gresham Partners. He is also Chairman of the ASIC External Advisory Panel, an adviser to Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ in Australia and chairs Dateline Resources, a junior exploration company. He has spent more than forty years 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 recently retired as Chairman of AGL Energy and Guinness Peat Group.
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 APEC CEO Summit in Sydney in 2007. Other current 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.
Hon Greg Combet AM
The Hon. Greg Combet AM is well known for his public roles as the leader of the Australian Council of Trade Unions and as a Labor Government Minister. Greg served as Minister for Industry and Innovation, Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency and Minister for Defence Personnel, Science and Materiel amongst other roles between 2007 and 2013.
Following two terms in Parliament Greg is now pursuing a career in the superannuation industry and the private sector. He is Chair of IFM Investors; a Director of ME bank; Chair of Industry Super Australia; and Chair, Independent Expert Panel on Interim Emissions Reduction Targets for the Victorian Government. Greg also does a variety of private consulting work.
Greg is a proven leader, strategist, complex problem solver and crisis manager with extensive, hands-on knowledge of Australian industry. He was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in 2006, and is the co-author of The Fights of My Life.
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.
Michael Gill has extensive experience in business strategy development, merger and acquisition work in the media, Asian business development, digital media and business turnaround analysis. Michael has completed a variety of assignments for clients of Dragoman and has advised on a number of business ventures and business strategy revisions related to digital media innovation. Currently, Michael is Chairman of Sustainable Skills Ltd, Vice Chairman of Royal Far West and Director of Breakthrough Technologies Ltd. Previously, he was President of UNICEF Australia (2007-2014), Chief Executive Officer of the Financial Review Group (1998-2011), and Chairman of Australian Associated Press (1999-2011).
Since 2011, Michael has worked on a variety of Dragoman client strategy projects in Australia and elsewhere. He is also involved in private projects related to capacity building in developing countries and commercialisation of IP. He 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 the oil shocks of the 1970s, two resources booms, two periods of aggressive action in capital markets and the 1990s IT boom, his knowledge of events and people is unusually diverse. His analysis of the liberalisation of capital markets and the development of globalisation has afforded him a unique perspective on many of the trends apparent today.
Michael became a senior executive at Fairfax in the mid-1990s and led the company’s business media through 13 years of development and change, delivering a record of profitability and innovation that positioned the business strongly for constantly evolving consumer preference. His early adoption of a high-value approach to digital publishing was initially controversial but was proved by the sustained outperformance of the business for more than a decade. Michael has a keen interest in Asia, having first visited China in 1978 and Japan in 1980, and he maintains a close interest in the society and economy of both countries. He also travels regularly on assignment or for business to India, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Myanmar and South Korea.
Paulo Gomes is a global business leader, active environmentalist and a key political actor in Guinea Bissau. After eight years as Executive Director on the Board of the World Bank Group representing 25 African nations, Paulo Gomes launched the Constelor Group in 2006 and became a Counsellor of Dragoman.
Career highlights include joining the World Bank as an Alternate Director in 1998. In 2002, he was promoted to the Executive Directorship and became one of 24 members of the World Bank Board tasked with leading the Bank’s strategic and oversight activities.
Paulo started his career in Africa in 1988 when he joined the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Trade in his native Guinea-Bissau. As Director of Strategic Planning and Principal Adviser to the Minister, he led the effort to introduce the country into the West African Monetary Union (“UEMOA”). In 1997, Paulo obtained a Masters’ degree with Honours in Economic Policy and Management from the Kennedy School of Government (USA). He is a member of the Board of Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (“ETI”), a leader in the banking sector in Africa, and of the Board of Asky Airlines. He is Chairman of AFIG, an African Private Equity Fund, and he belongs to a number of networks, including the 3A Forum. He is also a member of the Board of the Green Climate Fund and President of the Benten Institut (economic and social think tank in Guinea Bissau).
Running for the first time in the 2014 presidential elections, without any party backing, Paulo managed to rally over 10 percent of the electorate.
Tom Gregg is Director of Global Projects at the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, a Swiss-based international conflict mediation organisation. In this capacity, Tom leads 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.
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, as a Director of the Centre of Conflict Resolution and as Arnold Saltzman Professor of Professional Practice at the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Colombia University. Jean-Marie is also a Distinguished Fellow at the Brookings Institution, member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Affairs Council on Economic Security, and member of the newly established United Nations Security General’s High-Level Advisory Board on Mediation.
Jean-Marie has also 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).
Jane Halton AO PSM
Jane Halton AO PSM is Chair of the CEPI and a member of the board of the ANZ, Clayton Utz, the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, the US Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations. She is also Chairman of Vault Systems. Her 33-year career within the Australian public service included nearly 15 years as Secretary of the Departments of Finance and Health (and Ageing). Previously she was Executive Co-ordinator (Deputy Secretary) of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. She has extensive experience in the delivery of the Australian Government budget and the management and performance of Australian Government agencies. Jane has also chaired the Executive Board of the World Health Organisation and the OECD Health Committee.
John McCarthy AO
John McCarthy AO is the current Chair of the Advisory Board of the Griffith Institute and Senior Advisor to Mitsubishi Materials Corporation. 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 for International Affairs. 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 practised 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.
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.
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; member of the Council of Experts of the Democratic Progress Institute; and member of the International Advisory Board of the NGO Independent Diplomat. He was also 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.
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 studied law before taking a postgraduate degree in political science. While at 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.
Frank Robert is Dragoman’s Industry Advisor for Aerospace and Telcom Infrastructure.
As one of the leading voices on aerospace and telecoms industries in Australia, Frank brings his considerable experience and perspectives to Dragoman and our clients. Frank has contributed to several NASA Science missions from Mariner 10 to Cassini, and has worked alongside some of aerospace’s lead thinkers, 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 aerospace 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 A.T. Kearney.
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 has been nominated to serve on the Board of Advisors of the Australian Space Agency, as well as the 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 is 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 Co-operation Forum.
David is a member of the STEP Worldwide Council, Chairman of STEP’s International Client Special Interest Group and a member of its Public Policy Committee, a co-chair of the UAE Chapter of the International Section of the New York State Bar Association, and a member of the Executive Committee of the Section, an Academician 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 was the Australian correspondent for the Oxford University Press Publication Trusts and Trustees from 2007 to 2015.
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. 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.
He 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. David is a member of the Executive Committee of the Australia Saudi Business Council.
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.