Public lecture with Peter Varghese

Public lecture with Peter Varghese

Public lecture with Peter Varghese

28 April 2021
Online and in-person
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The Perth USAsia Centre is pleased to invite you to a public livestreamed lecture presented by Mr Peter Varghese AO, Chancellor of the University of Queensland and former Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The 21st century emergence of India as one of the global economy’s predominant powers will have significant implications for Australia’s own economy. Predicted to be the fastest growing large economy in the world over coming years, by 2030 India will be larger than the US and the EU are today – and roughly on par with the China of today.

Given Australia’s recent difficulties in Australia’s trade relationship with China, there has never been a more pressing time for economic diversification. Having authored Australia’s India Economic Strategy to 2035 in 2018 and following the launch of India’s reciprocal report late last year, Mr Varghese will join us for a timely discussion on the trajectory of the Australia-India relationship. Mr Varghese will also speak on recent developments of the Quad and the implications for Australia’s regional partnerships.

Peter Varghese AO is Chancellor of The University of Queensland and a Distinguished Fellow at the Perth USAsia Centre. Prior to his appointment as Chancellor in 2016, Mr Varghese’s extensive career in public service and diplomacy spanned 38 years and included senior positions in foreign affairs, trade policy and intelligence. Most recently, he served as Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (2012-2016). Previous senior appointments included 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. He is currently Chair of the AsiaLink Advisory Council, a position he took up in February 2021.

This public event is free to attend, though registration is essential. 

The event will have a limited in-person audience, and will also be live-streamed for those unable to attend physically. Register to watch the live-stream here.