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I am excited to announce that Mr Peter Varghese AO has joined the Centre as a Distinguished Fellow
. Mr Varghese is currently the Chancellor at The University of Queensland and brings over 35 years of experience in senior positions in foreign affairs, trade policy and intelligence.
Mr Varghese most recently served as Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (2012-2015) and his senior appointments include 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).
This appointment strengthens the Centre's ability to continue our focus on the critical role of India in the Indo-Pacific region. The Centre launched both its flagship publication, Realising the Indo-Pacific: Tasks for India's Regional Integration
and our survey on America's Role in the Indo-Pacific
in New Delhi, alongside Australia's High Commissioner to India, Her Excellency Ms Harinder Sidhu in 2017.