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Australia-ASEAN Council Board

Portrait of Mr Glenn Keys AO

Mr Glenn Keys AO (Board Chair)

Founder and Executive Chairman, Aspen Medical

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 home ownership for people with an intellectual disability and is the only home ownership 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.


Portrait of Tamerlaine Beasley

Ms Tamerlaine Beasley

Founder and Managing Director, Beasley Intercultural

Ms Beasley is an expert presenter and facilitator who enables effective collaboration and communication in diverse and global workplaces. Ms Beasley leads a team of consultants working across Australia and the Asia-Pacific region for multinational corporate clients, international NGOs, and federal and state governments. Ms Beasley's keynote presentations, advisory services and training programs are described by clients as 'transformational' and 'game changing'.

Ms Beasley speaks Thai and has studied Lao and Bahasa Indonesia. She has studied Asian Studies at the Australian National University, International Business at Penn State University and Thai at Chulalongkorn in Thailand. She lectures at Australia's leading Universities with a focus on global and cross-cultural leadership and communication. Ms Beasley is also a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Professor Nicholas Farrelly

Professor Nicholas Farrelly

Head of Social Sciences, University of Tasmania

In January 2020, Professor Farrelly joined the University of Tasmania as Head of Social Sciences where he leads a vibrant, multi-disciplinary academic team. In his own research he specialises in the study of 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 key leadership positions in the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific. From 2017-2019, he was the Associate Dean responsible for engagement across government, business and civil society. 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.


Portrait of Ms Caroline Chan

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.

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. She 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.


Michelle Chan

Ms Michelle Chan (ex-officio)

Ms Chan is the Deputy Secretary, Southeast Asia and Global Partners Group, 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.

From 2016 to 2018, she was Deputy Director-General of the Office of National Assessments (ONA, now ONI), Australia’s peak intelligence assessments agency. Ms Chan’s earlier roles include ONA’s Assistant Director-General for Southeast Asia (2011-13) and DFAT’s Assistant Secretary responsible for Indonesia, ASEAN and Timor-Leste (2006-07). She served overseas as Australian Ambassador to Myanmar (2008-11), with earlier postings in Indonesia (Counsellor (Political) then Minister-Counsellor (Political/Economic), 2002-05), 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.

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