Board of Directors

Board of Directors
  • The Honourable John Olsen, AO

    Chairman, American Australian Association Limited

    The Honourable John Olsen AO is currently the Chairman of the American Australian Association Limited.

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  • Mark Baillie

    Chairman, United States Studies Centre

    Mark Baillie was appointed Chair of the Board of Directors at the US Studies Centre (USSC) in November 2015. Baillie has been a member of the USSC board since February 2014.

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  • The Honourable Kim Beazley, AC

    Governor of Western Australia

    The Hon Kim Beazley AC is the 33rd Governor of Western Australia. Prior to being installed as Governor on the 1st May 2018, Mr Beazley had dedicated almost three decades to a career in Federal Parliament, representing the WA seats of Brand and Swan.

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  • Sarah Beshar

    Senior Legal Counsel Davis Polk and Wardwell LLP

    Sarah Beshar is a senior executive, legal counsel, corporate advisor and strategist respected for combining strong business and legal judgment with financial acumen. Throughout her career, she has counseled and corporate finance, governance, compliance and international securities expertise.

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  • Professor Amit Chakma

    Vice-Chancellor, The University of Western Australia

    Professor Amit Chakma is the Vice-Chancellor of The University of Western Australia. He served as President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Western Ontario from 2009 to 2019. Prior to his tenure at Western, he served as Provost and Vice-President Academic at the University of Waterloo from 2001 to 2009.

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  • The Honourable Dr Elizabeth Constable, AM

    Non-Executive Director

    The Honourable Elizabeth Constable is Member of the Order of Australia and was a Member of the Parliament of Western Australia from 20 July 1991 until her retirement on 9 March 2013.

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  • Professor Gordon Flake

    Chief Executive Officer, Perth USAsia Centre

    Professor Gordon Flake is the founding CEO of the Perth USAsia Centre at The University of Western Australia. Professor Flake is one of Australia’s leading authorities on the Indo-Pacific, with a particular specialisation on Korea having spent nearly three decades focused on the Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asia.

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  • Professor Stephen Smith

    Former Minister for Defence and Minister for Foreign Affairs

    Professor Stephen Smith has been a Professor of Public International Law at the University of Western Australia since 2014.

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  • Deidre Willmott

    Non-Executive Director

    Ms Willmott is an experienced non-executive director and executive. She is a non-executive director of Australia Post, where she chairs the People and Sustainability Committee, and a director of Rock Art Australia. She is also a director of Chief Executive Women and a member of the Advisory Board of the Melbourne School of Government.

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