The Hon Julie Bishop - Australia's Minister for Foreign Affairs
Julie Bishop is the Minister for Foreign Affairs in Australia’s Federal Government., 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.
Senator Penny Wong – Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, Member of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security
Penny Wong is the Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and a member of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security. In 2013, Penny was appointed Leader of the Government in the Senate. After the change of Government she was appointed the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate. Penny is the first woman to hold both these roles.
Dr Han Sueng-soo – former President of the United Nations General Assembly (2001) and former South Korean Prime Minister (2008-2009)
Dr Han Seung-soo is a South Korean diplomat and economist with a career spanning over 30 years in the international political sphere. He was elected the President of the 56th session of the United Nations General Assembly in 2001, the same year that he was appointed the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea. Dr Han has served as the Prime Minister of South Korea from 2008 to 2009, after having served as Ambassador to the United States, Chief of Staff to President Kim Young Sam and Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister.
Chris Salisbury – Chief Executive Officer of Rio Tinto
Chris Salisbury has been the Chief Executive of Iron Ore Group of Rio Tinto since July 1, 2016, after taking over the position from Andrew Harding during the 2016 Rio Tinto executive transition. Directly prior to this, Salisbury was acting chief executive of the Copper & Coal group from March 2016, tasked with overseeing its operations and projects globally.
Dawn Freshwater – Vice Chancellor at The University of Western Australia
Professor Dawn Freshwater was appointed Vice-Chancellor of The University of Western Australia on 16 January 2017. Prior to that, she served as the University’s Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor (SDVC) and Registrar for a three-year period, followed by a two months as Acting Vice-Chancellor. Before moving to Western Australia to take up the SDVC position, she was the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Staff and Organizational Effectiveness, Professor of Mental Health and Head of the School of Healthcare at the University of Leeds.
Vice Admiral Yoji Koda – Senior Fellow at Harvard University, former Commander-In-Chief of the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force
Vice Admiral Koda is a Japanese naval officer, academic, writer and Senior Fellow at the Asia Centre at Harvard University. He is the former Commander-in-Chief of the Self Defence Fleet and has served on several Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force ships including the Yudachi (DD-108), the Shirayuki (DD-123), and the Sawayuki (DD-125). He has a career in maritime defence spanning over 30 years.
Rory Medcalf - Head of the National Security College at the Australian National University
Professor Rory Medcalf has been Head of the National Security College at the Australian National University since January 2015. He has led the expansion of the College into policy engagement and futures analysis, in addition to its core work in education, executive development and research. His professional background involves almost three decades of experience across diplomacy, intelligence, think tanks and journalism, including as inaugural Director of the International Security Program at the Lowy Institute.
Richard Heydarian – Manilla-based academic, columnist and author
Professor Richard Javad Heydarian is an academic, columnist, and, most recently, the author of "Asia's New Battlefield: U.S., China, and the Struggle for Western Pacific." (Zed, London) His forthcoming book is "Duterte's Rise: The Populist Revolt Against Elite Democracy" (Palgrave, Macmillan). He has taught, as a political science professor, at De La Salle University and Ateneo De Manila University, and is currently resident analyst at GMA network, previously ABS-CBN News Channel, and columnist for the Manila Bulletin.