Malcolm and Lucy have lived in Wentworth all their lives, they raised their family here and know the strength and the diversity of the local community. Malcolm grew up in Vaucluse and Double Bay in the 1950s and 1960s and for much of his childhood, his father, Bruce, was a single parent.

Malcolm was educated at Vaucluse Public School and Sydney Grammar School. Malcolm’s high school education at Sydney Grammar was assisted by a scholarship. Seventeen years ago Malcolm arranged for an additional means tested scholarship to be established at Sydney Grammar in memory of his late father. Malcolm graduated from Sydney University with a BA LLB. He won a Rhodes Scholarship and completed a further law degree at Oxford.

During and after his studies at Sydney University, Malcolm worked as a journalist with The Bulletin, 2SM, TCN 9 and the London Sunday Times.

After a successful career in journalism Malcolm began practicing law in 1980. He quickly established a reputation as an effective advocate, most notably when he successfully defended former MI5 agent Peter Wright against the British Government, in the “Spycatcher” trial.

Malcolm left law for business in 1987 where he has since been responsible for the establishment and success of many Australian businesses. In particular he has been a determined supporter of Australian technology. He co-founded OzEmail in 1994. His software companies have won many awards for exporting Australian technology.

In 1997 Malcolm was elected to attend the Australian Constitutional Convention. He led the republican case in that Convention and in the subsequent referendum.

Malcolm has initiated numerous policy and research projects in areas such as education, indigenous affairs, home ownership affordability, balancing work and family responsibilities and national population and fertility policy. He was Chairman of the Menzies Research Centre between 2002 and 2004.

Malcolm married Lucy Hughes in 1980. Their two children, Alex and Daisy attended local schools and have now completed University.

Lucy and Malcolm have been partners not only in marriage but also in their many businesses. Lucy was the first female Lord Mayor of Sydney, a position she held until early 2004.

At the Federal election on 9 October 2004, Malcolm was elected as the Member for Wentworth and upon entering Parliament, he joined the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade as well as the House of Representatives Standing Committees on Economics, Health and Ageing and Legal and Constitutional Affairs. On 27 January 2006, Malcolm was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister and just over twelve months later, he was appointed to Cabinet as the Minister for Environment and Water Resources; a position he held until the Federal Election on 24 November 2007.

On 6 December 2007, Malcolm was appointed as Shadow Treasurer and following a leadership ballot in September 2008, he was elected by his colleagues to lead the Liberal Party as Leader of the Opposition, a position held until 1 December 2009. Malcolm was the Minister for Communications from September 2013 to September 2015. He was elected the leader of the Liberal Party and Prime Minister on 14 September 2015 and was re-elected as Prime Minister of Australia at the Federal Election on 2 July 2016.

Malcolm and Lucy continue to live in the eastern suburbs of Sydney and have two grandchildren, Jack and Isla.

Mathias Cormann was born in the German-speaking part of Belgium and decided to migrate to Australia permanently, after first visiting Perth in 1994, attracted by the great lifestyle and opportunities on offer in Western Australia. He has been the Australian Minister for Finance since 18 September 2013, having represented the State of Western Australia in the Senate since June 2007. Since 20 September 2015, he has been the Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate. Appointed by the Australian Prime Minister and the German Chancellor, Mathias has served as the Co-Chair of the Australia Germany Advisory Group, along with Prof Dr Maria Böhmer, the Minister of State in the Federal Foreign Office on behalf of Germany.

The work of the Australia-Germany Advisory Group has led to a broader, deeper and stronger bilateral relationship between Australia and Germany. Significant achievements include the signing of a new more contemporary bilateral double taxation agreement, closer strategic relations through a biennial 2+2 dialogue between Defence and Foreign Ministers and the establishment of the Prime Minister’s Industry 4.0 Taskforce to enhance collaboration between Australian and German industry in advanced manufacturing. Holding a major Asia-Pacific Regional Conference for German, Australian and Asia-Pacific business and political leaders was also one of the outcomes of the Advisory Group work.

Before migrating to Perth, Mathias graduated in law at the Flemish university of Louvain (Leuven). Between 2003 and 2007 Mathias worked for major Western Australian health insurer HBF in a range of senior management roles, including as General Manager HealthGuard and as General Manager of HBF Health Insurance. In 2001, realising a childhood dream, Mathias obtained his Private Pilots Licence through the Royal Aero Club of Western Australia. Mathias is married to Hayley, a lawyer with the Perth office of Clayton Utz. They have two daughters, Isabelle and Charlotte.

Andrew was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of BHP effective from 10 May 2013. He joined in 2008 as Chief Executive Non‐Ferrous with responsibility for over half of BHP’s 100,000 strong workforce across four continents. His portfolio included Escondida in Chile, the world’s largest single source of copper.

He has over thirty years’ experience in oil and gas, petrochemicals and minerals and has held senior positions in BP and Rio Tinto. He has been a non‐executive Director of Centrica and has served on the Audit, Remuneration and Corporate & Social Responsibility committees. He has also chaired Demos, one of the UK’s most influential think‐tanks.

Andrew has a doctorate in Chemistry and a first‐class degree in Geology. In early 2014 he was announced as being on the Science Council’s list of top 100 UK practising scientists. On 1 May 2014 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of London.

Hubert Lienhard has a doctorate in chemistry. He began his career in 1981 with Lurgi GmbH. Between 1989 and 2001 Dr. Lienhard held a range of management posts within the ABB Group, and in 2001 he transferred to Voith and became a member of its Group Management Board. From 2002 until 2008 Dr. Lienhard headed the Voith Hydro group division, and since 2008 he has been Chairman of the Group Management Board. Dr. Lienhard sits on the supervisory boards of the graphite and carbon specialist SGL Group, the Baden-Württemberg energy supplier EnBW, the precious metals and technology company Heraeus and the engineering conglomerate SMS Group.

He is a member of the Restricted Management Board of the VDMA, a member of the Board of Directors of the German Asia-Pacific Business Association (OAV), a member of the German-Indian Advisory Group and a member of the German-Chinese Dialogue Forum. On 3 February 2014 Lienhard also took over the chairmanship of the Asia-Pacific Committee of German Business (APA).

Mark McGowan believes in the value of hard work and merit but very much supported by the values of equality, opportunity and compassion. He learned these values early, growing up in regional New South Wales, where his parents ran small businesses and educated their two sons at public schools. Mark studied arts and law at the University of Queensland and began his career in public service in the Royal Australian Navy, going on to serve as a Lieutenant at HMAS STIRLING. Mark is still a member of the Navy Reserves and was awarded the Governor General’s Commendation for Bravery for actions he took in 1995 rescuing an unconscious driver from a burning car. Mark and his wife Sarah and their three young children – Samuel, Alexander and Amelia – live in the Rockingham community. Mark also had an ambition to do what he could to make his local community, and Western Australia, a better place to live for all WA families. This led to his work in local and state government. Mark was the Deputy Mayor of Rockingham before winning the State seat of Rockingham in December 1996.

In the years since his election to the Western Australian Parliament, Mark has held many senior portfolios in both Government and Opposition. He was Parliamentary Secretary to former Premier Geoff Gallop and has served as a Minister in the portfolios of Education and Training, Environment, Racing and Gaming, Tourism and South West. As the Minister for Racing and Gaming, Mark drove the small bar reforms which have liberalised Perth’s entertainment scene. It could be argued that this policy – which many influential people opposed at the time – has done more to revitalise Perth than any building or monument. As Tourism Minister, Mark boosted WA’s tourism industry by negotiating to bring low-cost carrier Jetstar to Perth. As Education Minister, Mark got back to basics and brought in major curriculum changes including more exams, traditional marking and reports, and reintroduced the syllabus. In Opposition, Mark served as Manager of Opposition Business, as well as Shadow Minister for State Development; and Planning and Housing before being elected Leader on 23 January 2012. On 11 March 2017, Mark was elected the 30th Premier of Western Australia.

On 23 February 2016, Diane Jurgens was announced as the Chief Technology Officer for BHP Billiton, heading up a new global technology function. In this role, Jurgens is responsible for providing operational and information technology services to the company, as well as leading technology innovation across the organisation.

Jurgens joined BHP Billiton as Head of Business Information Systems in September 2015, leading the team responsible for all enterprise-wide Information Management services and systems and ensuring the successful implementation of the long term IT and technology strategy and roadmap.

Prior to joining BHP Billiton, Jurgens worked in the Automotive and Aerospace industries. Most recently, she served as Managing Director of the Shanghai OnStar Telematics Company, where she oversaw business operations, innovation and strategy for the leading telematics company in China. Concurrently she held the position of Deputy General Director of the Connected Consumer Experience, where she was responsible for the SAIC-GM connected vehicle business unit.

During her 17 years at General Motors, Jurgens held several roles, including Director of Global Product Development Information Systems & Services, CIO of the GM China Group, CIO of GM Asia Pacific and Vice President and CIO of GM International Operations. Prior to joining GM, she worked at The Boeing Company.

Jurgens has a strong technology background and rich international operations experience, including nearly ten years working and living in China. In her current role, Jurgens is based in Singapore.

Jurgens graduated with honours from the University of Washington with a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in electrical engineering. She earned a Master of Business Administration degree with a focus in international business from Seattle University. In September 2013, Jurgens received the Magnolia Award from the Shanghai Municipal Government for her contributions to the social and economic development of Shanghai.

Dr Stephanie Fahey is the Chief Executive Officer of Austrade, the Australian Government agency responsible for promoting trade, investment and international education, and tourism policy, programs and research.

Stephanie has over 30 years’ experience both as an academic and executive working in Australia and overseas.

Previously she was EY’s lead partner for education in the Oceania region, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Global Engagement) at Monash University and Director of the University of Sydney’s Research Institute for Asia and the Pacific. Dr Fahey brings an international perspective to her work and a wealth of experience across business and academia.

Austrade’s first female chief executive, Dr Fahey has also served on the Australia China Business Council, the Australia China Council, the NSW International Education Advisory Board, the European Australian Business Council, the Board of Canberra Institute of Technology, the Foreign Affairs Council and the Australia Korean Foundation.

Stephanie holds a PhD from the Australian National University and BA (Hons) from the University of Sydney. She speaks Melanesian Pidgin. She was inducted as a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors in 2012.

Grant King was elected President of the Business Council of Australia in November 2016.

He was a member of the Business Council Board from November 2011 until November 2015 and chaired the Business Council’s Infrastructure and Sustainable Growth Committee from 2010 to 2015.

Grant has extensive experience in the Australian energy industry. He was Managing Director of Origin Energy Limited from February 2000 until November 2016. He was formerly General Manager, AGL Gas Companies where he held a number of management positions over a 17 year period.

He is former Director of Envestra Limited and the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association Limited (APPEA). He is former Chairman of Energy Supply Association of Australia (esaa), Oil Company of Australia and Contact Energy Limited.

He is a Fellow of Australian Institute of Company Directors. Since March 2017, Grant has been a Director of BHP Billiton.

Steven Ciobo was sworn in as the Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment on 19 July 2016.

This is Mr Ciobo’s third front bench role in the foreign affairs and trade portfolio. He has previously served as the Minister for International Development and the Pacific, and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Trade and Investment. In these roles Mr Ciobo championed economic integration in the Pacific through private sector-led growth; promoted the benefits of Australia’s Free Trade Agreements; led delegations of industry leaders to our key trading partners; and supported the Minister for Foreign Affairs in advancing Australia’s diplomatic interests overseas.

Mr Ciobo served as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer from September 2013 to December 2014. During this time he made the ultimate assessment of Australia’s national interest on some 800 applications for foreign investment worth around AUD150 billion. He also served as an Alternate Governor to the World Bank, Asian Development Bank and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

Adopting a recommendation of the 2007 Inquiry into the current and future directions of Australia’s services export sector by the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Economics, Mr Ciobo joined the Nelson Opposition frontbench as the Shadow Minister for the Service Economy. He subsequently served on the frontbench of the Turnbull and Abbott Oppositions, including in the small business and tourism portfolios.

Mr Ciobo was first elected as the Member for Moncrieff in the Australian Parliament in 2001. Before entering Parliament, Mr Ciobo built a professional career as an executive in the economic reform unit at international firms Coopers & Lybrand and, later, PricewaterhouseCoopers.

He holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws from Bond University, as well as a Master of Laws from the Queensland University of Technology.

Mr Ciobo is married with two children.

Arthur Sinodinos was sworn in as Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science in the Turnbull Government on 24 January 2017.
From September 2015 to January 2017 as Cabinet Secretary, Senator Sinodinos assisted the Prime Minister in ensuring the proper process and functioning of the Government as a Cabinet-level minister.
Senator Sinodinos was Assistant Treasurer from September 2013 to December 2014 and Shadow Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition from September 2012 to September 2013.

Senator Sinodinos is known for his focus on substantive topics affecting Australia’s increasingly complex economic and financial landscape.

He is an expert on financial markets, economics and public policy, reflecting his experience gained through previous roles as an economist with the Commonwealth Treasury and Department of Finance

He worked for former Prime Minister John Howard, whilst he was Opposition Leader as his Senior Economic Adviser from 1987-89 and again in 1995-96.

In 1997, Senator Sinodinos became Prime Minister Howard’s Chief of Staff, a position he held for nine years. In 2006 he went to work with Goldman Sachs JBWere and then the National Australia Bank and various corporate appointments.

Senator Sinodinos was a member of various pro-bono boards including the Mary MacKillop Foundation, a charity which funds “small life changing projects” for the underprivileged, the Aboriginal Employment Strategy Pty Ltd and the Australian Institute of Management.

In 2008, Senator Sinodinos was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for his service to politics through the executive function of government, to the development of economic policy and reform and to the Greek community.

He returned to politics in 2011 when he replaced Helen Coonan as a Liberal Senator for New South Wales

In December 2011, the then Opposition Leader Mr Abbott announced the creation of the Coalition Deregulation Taskforce to cut Government red and green tape by $1billion a year and appointed Senator Sinodinos as chairman of the taskforce.

Senator Sinodinos has also held the positions of Honorary Treasurer of Liberal Party Australia NSW Division and President of Liberal Party of Australia NSW Division.

Josh Frydenberg was elected to the Australian Parliament in 2010 as the Member for Kooyong. He is the seventh person since Federation to hold this seat.

In July 2016, he was appointed the Minister for the Environment and Energy, having previously served as Minister for Resources, Energy and Northern Australia, Assistant Treasurer and Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister since the 2013 election.

As a primary school student Josh attended Bialik College in Hawthorn and then completed his secondary schooling at Mt Scopus College in Burwood. He currently lives with his family, in Hawthorn.

Josh has Law and Economics degrees both with Honours from Monash University and completed his articles of clerkship at Mallesons Stephen Jacques.

He went on to graduate with a Masters in International Relations from Oxford University, which he attended on a Commonwealth Scholarship and a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

Josh is also a former Senior Adviser to Foreign Minister Alexander Downer and Prime Minister John Howard and was a Director of Global Banking at Deutsche Bank AG.

Josh is a keen tennis player, having represented Australia at the World University Games in England in 1991 and the United States in 1993.

He currently sits on the Board of the Kids Tennis Foundation which provides coaching to disadvantaged kids.

Christopher Pyne was elected to the House of Representatives for the seat of Sturt in 1993. Christopher is the Minister for Defence Industry, and Leader of the House of Representatives.

In his time in Parliament he has been Shadow Minister for Education, Manager of Opposition Business in the House of Representatives, Shadow Minister for Justice, Minister for Ageing, Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Parliamentary Secretary for Family and Community Services. Christopher has also served as Minister for Education and Training and Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science.
Christopher is the author of “A Letter to my Children”, published in 2015.

Before entering Parliament, Christopher practised as a solicitor.

Christopher is married to Carolyn and is the father of Eleanor, Barnaby, Felix and Aurelia.


Education; 1991: PhD, Stellenbosch University (South Africa), 1995: Doctorate in Engineering (D.Eng.), Stellenbosch University (South Africa), 2006: Doctorate in Engineering (D.Eng.), Stellenbosch University (South Africa). 2015 Honorary Doctorate (Dr. h.c.) Université de Liège (Belgium).

Industry; 1984-1985 Anglo American Corporation: South Africa (process metallurgist), 1994-1996 Mintek: South Africa (managing furnace control group), 2006-2015 Outotec & Ausmelt: Director Technology Management at Outotec Finland since 2010, after being Chief Executive Technologist of Ausmelt Australia (2006 up to 2010) when Outotec acquired Ausmelt.

Academic (also co-current with industry career); 1997-2007: Adjunct Professor University of Stellenbosch, South Africa (US), 1996-2012: Professor and Emeritus at TU Delft, Netherlands (TUD), 2012 to present: Guest Professor at Central South University, China (CSU), 2012 to present: Adjunct Professor at Aalto University, Finland (Aalto), 2005 to present: Professor and now Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne, Australia (UoM), 2015 to present: Honorary Professor at Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg, 2015 to present: Director Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology.

Recent Awards; 2013: Lead author of a 2nd report on recycling for United Nations Environmental Protection (UNEP): Metal Recycling: Opportunities, Limits, Infrastructure (over 400,000 downloads between Apr 2013 to Oct 2015), 2013: Outotec Technology Award – Awarded to individuals that enhance the commercial success of Outotec, 2014: TMS Science Award: Best paper in Metallurgical Transactions B (2013), 2014: 1st Prize Publication Award: International Solid Waste Association for “Handbook of Recycling”, 2015: Doctor honoris causa, Honorary Doctorate, University Liège, Belgium, 2015-2016: SME Henry Krumb Lecturer Award, 2016: TMS EPD Distinguished Lecture Award 2016.

Other; Over 400 publications in books, encyclopaedias, journals and conference proceedings, main author of the book “Metrics of Material and Metal Ecology” (Elsevier), co-editor of and contributor to “Handbook of Recycling” (Elsevier), editorial board: Minerals Engineering (Elsevier), World of Metallurgy – Erzmetall, Journal of Sustainable Metallurgy (Springer), Waste and Biomass Valorization (Springer), H-Factor: ISI 21; Scopus 22, Google Scholar 29.

Born on November 22, 1964 in Erlangen, Germany

Responsibilities; Corporate Technology, Corporate Development, next47, Building Technologies Division, Mobility Division, Middle East, Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Sustainability
Education: Studied physics at Friedrich Alexander University in Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, and at the University of Grenoble, France Dipl.-Phys., Dr. rer. nat.

Professional History; 1994: Joined Siemens AG, Erlangen, Germany, Corporate Research and Development Department – Project head.  1995: Automotive Systems Group, Regensburg, Germany, Strategic Planning – Expert in fuel cell technology and from 1997, additionally: Assistant to the Group Executive Management. 1998: Process and Information Management – Head of Central Quality and Internal Consulting. 2001: Integration of VDO into Siemens VDO Automotive AG – Head of Strategy and Consulting. 2002: Head of Infotainment Solutions Division. 2005: Siemens VDO Automotive Asia Pacific Co. Ltd., Shanghai, China – President and CEO. 2007: Transportation Systems Group, Erlangen, Germany – Head of Mass Transit Division. 2008 Corporate Development Department, Munich, Germany – Head of Corporate Strategies. 2011: Member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG .

Penny is the Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and a member of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security.

Penny was born in Malaysia and moved to Adelaide with her family as an eight year old where she now lives with her partner and their two daughters.

Before entering politics Penny worked for a union, as a ministerial adviser in the NSW Labor Government and as a lawyer.

Penny was elected to the Senate in 2001 and took her seat in 2002.

Following the election of the Labor Government in 2007, Penny was appointed the Minister for Climate Change and Water and later served as Minister for Finance and Deregulation.

In 2013 Penny was appointed Leader of the Government in the Senate. After the change of Government, she was appointed Leader of the Opposition in the Senate. Penny is the first woman to hold both these roles.

John is the Co-Head of Macquarie Capital for Australia and New Zealand. Macquarie Capital is one of Macquarie Group’s five operating groups and provides advice to clients on corporate and project finance, merger and acquisitions and capital running. Macquarie Capital also participates as a principal investor in infrastructure, energy and other project opportunities.  John has 17 years of experience in the finance and infrastructure sectors both as a civil engineer and in infrastructure finance.

While at Macquarie, John has advised on corporate and project financing, mergers and acquisitions and arranging debt and equity for a variety of transactions with a focus on the infrastructure, energy and renewable sectors. John has also provided strategic financial advice to corporates in relation to capital structure reviews, and governments in relation to projects, assets and financing. Previously, John worked as a civil engineer in Australia on heavy civil infrastructure projects, before completing his DPhilat Oxford University in civil engineering, researching the impact of tunnel construction on existing buildings in cities, and subsequently his Master of Applied Finance.

Rod has over 35 years’ experience in educational administration and has held a number of senior administrative positions within the Government and the private education sectors. His background covers both secondary and university education in Australia.

Rod has been involved in international education since 1987 and is recognised as one of the leaders in the successful establishment of the sector in Australia. He is one of the co-founders of Navitas and has been instrumental in the expansion and development of the Navitas model into the various markets in which it now operates. In April 2007, he received an honorary Doctor of Education from Edith Cowan University in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the development of the international education sector both in Australia and overseas, and was the 2008 Australian Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

In 2010, Rod was recognised by his colleagues with an International Education Excellence Award from the International Education Association of Australia for his leadership in the field of international education.

Brett joined IFM Investors in April 2010 as Chief Executive. Brett is responsible for the development and execution of the firm’s strategy and the delivery of strong results for IFM Investors’ clients, shareholders and staff.

Brett’s experience spans over 30 years in financial services; he has held a range of leadership roles across funds management and financial planning. With this diversity of experience, Brett has brought a strong track record and unique insights to IFM Investors

Brett is a member of the IFM Group Risk Committee. He is a director of IFM Investors (Japan), LLC, IFM Investors (US), LLC, IFM Investors (US) Advisor, LLC, IFM Global Infrastructure (US) GP, LLC, IFM Investors (UK) Ltd and IFM Global Infrastructure (UK) GP Limited.

Dr. Anna Elisabeth Prinz is the German Ambassador to Australia. She took up her posting in Canberra in mid-2016, having previously served as the German Ambassador to Slovenia and Deputy Ambassador to Japan. Throughout the three decades of her diplomatic career Anna has held various postings in Europe, Asia and the Asia-Pacific region – including in Jakarta and Colombo.

Anna was awarded a doctorate in politics at Göttingen University in Germany in 1984 and she also holds a Master in Public Administration from the University of Harvard (Kennedy School, 1986). During her time at the German Foreign Office headquarters, Anna held various positions such as Deputy Head of the task force on EU enlargement, Media Commissioner and Ambassador for Science Policy. In her current function as German Ambassador to Australia, she places a strong focus on strengthening ties in the fields of innovation, Industry 4.0, start-ups and scientific cooperation.

Lynette Wood is Australia’s Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany, with non-resident accreditation to the Swiss Confederation (Switzerland) and the Principality of Liechtenstein (Liechtenstein). She is based at the Australian Embassy in Berlin.

Previously, she was the First Assistant Secretary, International Division at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet where she was responsible for providing advice to the Prime Minister on Australia’s foreign, trade and strategic policy.

Ms Wood joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in 1994. She has previously been posted to Germany (Bonn) and Canada (Ottawa), and has worked on Middle East, ASEAN, and Indonesia policy.

Prior to joining DFAT, Ms Wood lived and worked in Japan.

Dr Michele Bruniges is the Secretary of the Australian Department of Education and Training. The department administers the Australian Government’s interests in quality early learning, schooling, higher education, international education and research, skills and training. Dr Bruniges has held this position since April 2016.

Prior to this, she led the NSW Department of Education, one of Australia’s largest state government departments with a workforce of over 84,000 staff and direct responsibility for over 2,200 schools.

Previously, Dr Bruniges held senior roles in the Australian Government’s Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations and senior positions in the ACT and NSW Departments of Education and Training.

Her qualifications include a PhD in Educational Measurement and a Masters in Education. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Churchill Fellow and a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators and the Australian Council for Educational Leaders.

Dr Bruniges is a Member of the Order of Australia, and in 2012 was recognised for her work in public policy as a joint recipient of the Inaugural 100 Women of Influence Awards.

In 2015 Dr Bruniges received national recognition for her significant contribution to education as the recipient of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL) Gold Medal Award. Dr Bruniges has also received the 2015 Sir Harold Wyndham Medal Award for her contribution to the education of young people in NSW from the Australian College of Educators.

Effective from April 2017, Dr Bruniges was recently announced as the first Australian to be appointed Chair of the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) Governing Board in recognition of her expertise in assessing educational outcomes based on evidence, effective data collection and analysis.

Girish Ramachandran is President, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) Asia Pacific, responsible for business operations in 12 countries in the regions of Australia and New Zealand, ASEAN, Greater China and Korea. He is based in Singapore, the Headquarters of TCS Asia Pacific, where he oversees over 25,000 employees covering the region.

Girish joined TCS in 1994 and has held a number of key portfolios in the organisation. Prior to TCS Asia Pacific, he served as Corporate Vice President in the CEO’s office at TCS House in Mumbai, where he was responsible for global strategic business initiatives. Before that, he was Head of TCS Europe (nine years), and TCS Middle East, Africa and Mediterranean (two years), where he grew the business multifold and was instrumental in developing many key customer relationships with leading global brands. Other roles have included Head of TCS Business Intelligence Practice worldwide, as well as Executive Sponsor of numerous global customer relationships. Girish serves on a number of executive boards, including at the Europe-India Institute and International Business Foundation Amsterdam, Chairman of Confederation of Indian Industries’ Benelux chapter, and is a board member of Kooh Sports.

Girish holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Technology from PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore, Tamilnadu, and a Master’s degree in Management from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai. He is a recipient of the Frans Banninck Cocq Medal from the Mayor of Amsterdam. He is a frequent guest lecturer at universities across Europe and Asia-Pacific.

Girish is based in Singapore with his wife Rupa and son Akshaj, where he is an avid sports lover and long distance runner.

Gareth Evans was appointed CEO Qantas International & Freight in March 2015.

Mr Evans was the Chief Financial Officer of the Qantas Group from March 2010 to February 2015.

As Chief Financial Officer his portfolio included Finance, Strategy, Treasury, IT, Procurement (including Fleet), Investor Relations, Mergers & Acquisitions and the Group’s Business Transformation Program.

Prior to March 2010, Mr Evans’s roles with Qantas covered many areas, including a number of senior financial roles within the Group: commercial and business analytics and the implementation of major business change initiatives; scheduling of the international and domestic network; ticket pricing, revenue management and airline operations on the day; as well as readiness activities for the arrival of the Airbus A380.

Prior to joining the Qantas Group in 1999, Mr Evans held a number of corporate finance roles with Caltex Australia and KPMG in Australia and the UK.

He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Dr. May-Britt U. Stumbaum is Director of the NFG Research Group ‚Asian Perceptions of the EU‘ at the Free University of Berlin, and Team Leader of the EU’s Asia Pacific and Research Network (#APRAN) by Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Chatham House and Clingendael. #APRAN provides tailormade briefings by Asian experts for EU policy-makers.

She previously served as Executive Director of the China and Global Security Program at SIPRI, Fritz Thyssen Fellow at WCFIA Harvard, and in senior positions at the German Council on Foreign Relations and at Berlin Partner. Bridging policy and academia, Dr. Stumbaum worked at renowned think tanks in Europe, the United States and Asia (CHN, TWN, AUS, NZL), the EU Delegation to China, and at the German Ministry of Defense as a Reserve Officer in the political unit. She is Editor of the Blog The SPEAR – Security and Politics in Europe-Asia Relations and Associate Editor of European Geostrategy Blog. She is the co-founder and former president of Women in International Security Deutschland (, served as the first female President of the Tönissteiner Kreis e.V. and is a full member at the CSCAP EU Committee of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific.

Dr. Stumbaum graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science (MSc) and the Free University Berlin (PhD). She frequently comments in the media (CNN, Al-Jazeera, N24, and others) and testified before the U.S. Congress’ U.S.-China Economic and Security Committee on EU-China security in 2012.

Peter has worked at senior levels in the Australian Public Service on defence and national security. Career highlights include being Deputy Secretary for Strategy in the Defence Department (2009-12); Chief of Staff to the Minister for Defence (1996-98) and Senior Adviser for Strategic Policy to the Prime Minister (2002-03).

Since May 2012 Peter has expanded ASPI’s role from its original high-quality research on defence to include research on cyber security; policing and international law enforcement, border security, national resilience and counter terrorism studies. Now with around 40 staff and close working relations with Government, Parliament and industry, ASPI is Australia’s leading think-tank on national security.

Peter’s research interests include Australian and regional defence policies, military operations, crisis management, government decision making and future defence capabilities.

Peter led the ‘External Expert Panel’ appointed by Government in early 2014 to advise Ministers and the Defence Department on the Defence White Paper, released in February 2016. Peter is a member of the Australia-Germany Advisory Group, appointed by the Prime Minister and German Chancellor in 2015 to develop closer bilateral relations. He is a member of the Advisory Group on Australia-Africa Relations advising the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Peter has previously held a number Senior Executive Service positions in Defence including First Assistant Secretary International Policy Division, First Assistant Secretary Coordination and Public Affairs and Secretary of the Defence Audit and Risk Committee.
Peter was Director of Programs at ASPI between late 2003 and January 2006 and has taught postgraduate studies on terrorism at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA).
In the Defence Department, Peter has been the Deputy Director of the then titled Defence Imagery and Geospatial Organisation (2002) and head of the Strategic Policy Branch (1998–1999). In late 1999 Peter was co-director of the East Timor Policy Unit, responsible for developing Australia’s policy approaches to the international peacekeeping operation in East Timor. Following that, as an acting First Assistant Secretary, Peter was closely involved in developing the 2000 Defence White Paper.

Peter studied at the London Business School in 2000–2001 as a Sloan Fellow and was awarded a Masters of Science (Management) with Distinction. He has a Master of Arts Degree in International Relations from the Australian National University (1987) and a BA (Honours) in History from the University of Tasmania (1980–1984). He has been a Fulbright Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1985). Peter taught politics and international relations at the University of New South Wales/ADFA (1987–1990).

Peter was awarded the Public Service Medal in the Australia Day 2013 Honors list for outstanding public service through the development of Australia’s strategic and defence policy, particularly in the areas of Australian Defence Force operations in East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan. In February 2016 Peter was awarded the French decoration of Knight in the National Order of Legion d’Honneur.

Brahma Chellaney is a geostrategist and author. He is presently a professor of strategic studies at the independent Center for Policy Research in New Delhi; a trustee of the National Book Trust; and an affiliate with the International Centre for the Study of Radicalization at King’s College London. He has served as a member of the Policy Advisory Group headed by the foreign minister of India.

As a specialist on international strategic issues, he held appointments at Harvard University, the Brookings Institution, the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, and the Australian National University.

His scholarly essays have been published in numerous journals, including International Security, Orbis, Survival, Terrorism, Washington Quarterly, and Nature. He is the author of nine books, including an international bestseller, Asian Juggernaut: The Rise of China, India, and Japan (New York: Harper Paperbacks, 2010).

His latest books focus on the geopolitics of natural resources, especially water: the recently released Water, Peace, and War: Confronting the Global Water Crisis (Rowman & Littlefield); and Water: Asia’s New Battleground (Georgetown University Press), the winner of the 2012 Bernard Schwartz Award.

In addition to being a strategic thinker and author, he is a columnist and commentator, including for Project Syndicate. His opinion articles appear in the Nikkie Asian Review, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Le Monde, The Guardian, The Times of India, Mint, Japan Times, La Vanguardia, South China Morning Post, and other important newspapers. And he has often appeared on CNN and BBC, among others.

Senator Reynolds was elected to the Australian Senate in 2014 and is a passionate representative for her State of West Australia. She has over 20 years’ experience at the national political level working for Ministers, Members of Parliament and the Liberal Party of Australia. Senator Reynolds served for 29 years in the Australian Army as a Reserve Officer, serving in a wide range of part and full time appointments. She also has corporate experience.

Key career appointments include: Chief of Staff to the Minister for Justice and Customs, Project Director with Raytheon Australia, Deputy Federal Director of the Liberal Party of Australia, Commanding Officer of a Combat Service Support Battalion and Adjutant General of Army, the Chief of Army’s key governance advisor. Senator Reynolds was the first woman in the Australian Army Reserves to be promoted to the rank of Brigadier and was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross. She has completed a Master of Arts (Strategic Studies).

Senator Reynolds is a member of nine Parliamentary committees and is Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters, the Senate Standing Committee on Environment and Communications, and the Defence Sub-Committee. She also chairs the Australia-Indonesia parliamentary friendship group and co-chairs the Defence Friendship Group. Senator Reynolds is pursuing new defence industry opportunities in WA, Innovation, gender equality and federation reform.

Professor Dr. Joachim Krause is director of the Institute for Security Policy at the University of Kiel (ISPK). He held the Chair for International Relations at the Christian-Albrechts-University at Kiel (Germany) from 2001 to 2016.

A Political Scientist from education, he started his career at the Research Institute for International and Strategic Studies of the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik in Ebenhausen near Munich. He later became Deputy Director of the Research Institute of the German Society for Foreign Affairs (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik) in Bonn and in Berlin. During the Academic year 2002/2003 he was Steven Muller Chair of German Studies at the Bologna Center of the Paul-H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University. He served in the IISS-Council from 1999 – 2005.

He was member of the German delegation to the Conference on Disarmament in 1988 and 1989 and consultant to UNSCOM in 1991. He has served as a consultant to the German Ministry of Defence, the Foreign Ministry and the Ministry of Economic Cooperation as well as for the German Parliament. He has written or edited more than 40 books and more than 200 articles in journals or scholarly books.