Australia-ASEAN Council Board
Mr Glenn Keys AO (Board Chair)
Mr Keys is the founder and Executive Chairman of Aspen Medical, one of the world’s leading providers of outsourced healthcare solutions. Prior to building and leading businesses in the private sector, Mr Keys had a distinguished career in the Australian Defence Force.
Mr Keys sits on a number of boards including the National Disability Insurance Agency, the University of Canberra Council and Project Independence. Project Independence is a not-for-profit that Mr Keys founded in 2012 to provide homeownership for people with an intellectual disability and is the only homeownership program of its kind in Australia. In 2017, Mr Keys was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for both his philanthropic leadership in the business sector and his work as an advocate for people with an intellectual disability.
Mr Keys is a graduate of the University of New South Wales and the International Test Pilots School in the UK. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Project Management, a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an Honorary Fellow of Engineers Australia.
Professor Nicholas Farrelly
Professor Farrelly is currently a Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University of Tasmania where he was Head of the School of Social Sciences from 2020-2023. In his own research, writing and teaching he specialises in political, economic and cultural issues, with a focus on rapidly changing Southeast Asian societies.
A graduate of the Australian National University and the University of Oxford, Professor Farrelly previously held leadership positions in the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, where he was an Associate Dean from 2017-2019.
In 2023 he was appointed to a second term on the board of the Australia-ASEAN Council, and was also appointed to the board of the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters. Professor Farrelly is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He has studied Thai, Indonesian and Burmese.
Ms Caroline Chan
Ms Chan has over 20 years of experience in commercial and investment banking, and corporate commercial roles. Most recently Ms Chan was Head of Institutional Bank Western Australia & South Australia for Westpac Banking Corporation, based in Perth. Prior to this, she spent 16 years in Sydney in various roles including Chief Operating Officer of Corporate & Institutional Banking at Westpac Institutional Bank. Before joining Westpac, Ms Chan gained transaction and commercial experience through roles in M&A at Deutsche Bank, Acquisition Finance at NM Rothschild, and commercial roles at Singtel Optus and Perth Airport.
Ms Chan is currently Non-Executive Director of ASX listed Stanmore Resources. She was previously a Board member of Loreto Nedlands, and Chair of its Finance Committee from 2016-2021. Ms Chan is a WA Business News 40 under 40 Winner, and is a passionate advocate for inclusion and diversity initiatives having chaired Westpac’s WA employee action groups for Cultural Diversity Leadership and Women of Westpac.
Ms Chan holds Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting & Finance) degrees from the University of Western Australia, a postgraduate Diploma in Applied Finance & Investment from the Securities Institute of Australia, and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Professor Sango Mahanty
Professor Mahanty is a Professor of Resources, Environment and Development in the Australian National University’s Crawford School of Public Policy.
Professor Mahanty is a human geographer who studies the drivers and implications of nature-society transformation in rural landscapes of the Mekong.
Her research has studied deforestation, smallholder agriculture, hydropower and pollution, with a particular focus on Cambodia and Vietnam. Professor Mahanty works with civil society and government in Australia and the Asia-Pacific, and teaches on social impact assessment and pollution.
Ms Audra Morrice
Ms Morrice is a chef, author, sustainable gastronomy advocate and television presenter. Graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Japanese, she left her 20 year career in telecommunications to follow her passion in food beginning her stint as a finalist in MasterChef Australia 2012. She then became the co-host and judge on MasterChef Asia in 2015 and has been the resident judge of MasterChef Singapore having just completed its fourth season.
Ms Morrice has her own cooking series, Tasty Conversations, broadcasted in Australia, Asia and online. Author of two cookbooks My Kitchen, Your Table and Cook & Feast, she also creates bespoke food products for her clients. She runs a private dining business in Sydney and Singapore, has successfully headlined numerous corporate dining events in Australia and Southeast Asia as well as hosted a series of dining events at various local and Michelin star properties in Sydney and Singapore.
Ms Morrice is the Sustainable Gastronomic Tourism Ambassador for the Pacific Asia Travel Association, a not-for-profit association that acts as a catalyst for the responsible development of travel and tourism to, from and within the Asia Pacific region.
Ms Hayley Winchcombe
Ms Winchcombe works as a consultant at the intersection of economics, data and policy for the Australian startup Mandala. Her areas of focus include the evolution of technology, evidence-backed policy design and realising sustainability targets. Ms Winchcombe has a deep background in promoting Australia-ASEAN relations as the Co-Founder and outgoing Chair of the ASEAN-Australia Strategic Youth Partnership where she served for five years.
Ms Winchcombe was the inaugural New Colombo Plan ASEAN Fellow and studied in Singapore and Indonesia. Her academic research focused on the labour migration development nexus in low-wage labour migration in Southeast Asia. She has previously spent time with various organisations across Southeast Asia, including the ASEAN Foundation, AustCham ASEAN and published multiple articles on Southeast Asia with the ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute.
In a voluntary capacity, Ms Winchcombe serves as Board Treasurer of a social justice focused Australian cooperative. Previously she was on the teaching staff for the University of Western Australia Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) core unit Global Challenges, Research and Leadership. Ms Winchcombe was a Fogarty Scholar graduating with a Bachelor of Philosophy (First Class Honours) from the University of Western Australia.
Ms Michelle Chan (ex-officio)
Ms Chan is the Deputy Secretary, South and Southeast Asia Group and Head of the Office of Southeast Asia, in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. She is Australia’s ASEAN, East Asia Summit and ASEAN Regional Forum Senior Official.
Ms Chan has extensive experience in foreign policy, diplomacy, national security and intelligence, with a focus on the Indo-Pacific region. Prior to assuming her current role, Ms Chan was the Deputy Secretary National Security and International Policy in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and was the National Security Adviser and Senior International Adviser to the Prime Minister. She served overseas as Australian Ambassador to Myanmar (2008-11), with earlier postings in Indonesia (Counsellor (Political) then Minister-Counsellor (Political/Economic), Vietnam and Cambodia.
Ms Chan has a Bachelor of Arts (Juris) and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Adelaide, and a Master of Arts and a Master of Laws (International Law) from the Australian National University.