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Australia-ASEAN Council Board

Christine Holgate

Ms Christine Holgate – Board Chair

Christine Holgate is the inaugural Chair of the Board of the Australia-ASEAN Council (which supports the development of trade and cultural relations between Australia and the 10 member countries of the ASEAN region).

Christine has more than 30 years of diverse international leadership experience in highly regulated industries, including healthcare, media, telecommunications and finance. She has more than 20 years of public board experience as either a non-executive director or CEO and has held senior management positions in Asia, the Americas and Australia.  She also serves on the board of the Collingwood Football Club.

Christine was the Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Australia Post from 2017 to 2020.  Prior to this appointment, Christine was the Chief Executive Officer of Blackmores Ltd for 9 years and past appointments include time as a non-executive director of Ten Network Holdings Limited.


Ms Lesley Alway

Ms Lesley Alway

Arts Management/Policy Consultant

Ms Alway is an arts manager with extensive experience in cultural organisations within government, the not for profit and private sectors. She has expertise in arts collaborations between Australia and South-East Asia. Most recently she was Director, Asialink Arts from 2010-2017. Previously she has been Managing Director Sotheby's Australia. Ms Alway has a BA (Hons) in Fine Arts and BEd from the University of Melbourne, and an MBA from Monash University.


Professor Alice Woodhead

Dr Alice Woodhead

Agribusiness and systems scientist

Dr Woodhead has more than 30 years of interdisciplinary research and leadership experience in agriculture, food, technology and logistics. She has led agribusiness and value chain research in both Asia and Africa, as well as Australia and Europe.

Dr Woodhead has looked at the many challenges Australia faces as an exporter of commodities and value added products and also the cultural and environmental challenges. She is currently advising the CIMMYT farm mechanisation program, farming and advising food export startups. Her past roles include Professor of Value Chains at Australian Centre for Sustainable Business and Development, University of Southern Queensland, Bureau of Rural Sciences, OECD Fellow and a range of international consultancy and research roles.


Dr Imran Lum

Dr Imran Lum

Director, Islamic Finance, NAB

Dr Lum is a Director at the National Australia Bank and his primary responsibility is building the bank's Islamic finance capability. He serves as an Advisory Board Member of the Islamic Museum of Australia and is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Institute for Religion, Politics and Society at the Australian Catholic University. Dr Lum is also the Founder of an online Arabic learning platform called Arabic Made in China and in 2017, Dr Lum was ranked in the top 500 who make the global Islamic Economy by ISLAMICA 500.

Dr Lum completed his undergraduate degree from the University of Adelaide, a Masters in Islamic Studies from the University of New England and a PhD from the University of Melbourne.


Mr Greg Earl

Mr Greg Earl

Editor and writer

Mr Earl's interest in Asia began as a high school student studying Indonesian, followed by a year in the Philippines as an exchange student. He has more than 20 years' experience working as a business/political reporter and editor in Australia, Asia and North America. In 1994-99 he covered Southeast Asia for The Australian Financial Review from a base in Jakarta. He was also the deputy editor, Asia Pacific editor, opinion editor and Japan correspondent of the AFR. He studied journalism at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and economics at the Australian National University.

Mr Earl was a board member of the Australia-Japan Foundation, the ANU Indonesia Project advisory board and the Jakarta Foreign Correspondents Club. He is now a columnist for the Lowy Institute for International Policy's The Interpreter and an editor.


Ms 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.


Justin Hayhurst

Mr Justin Hayhurst (ex-officio)

Justin Hayhurst is Deputy Secretary, Indo-Pacific Group, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Prior to assuming this position, Mr Hayhurst was First Assistant Secretary, International Division, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, a role he assumed in March 2018. He was lead drafter of Australia’s 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper and First Assistant Secretary in the Foreign Policy White Paper Taskforce 2016-2017. Mr Hayhurst served as Deputy Head of Mission at the Australian Embassy, Beijing, from 2012-2016. He has also worked in a range of positions within the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), including prior to his posting to China as Assistant Secretary, Africa Branch. From 2007-2009 he served as Adviser to the Minister for Foreign Affairs on North Asia, South Asia, Afghanistan, Iraq and counter-terrorism. He worked as a Senior Analyst at the Office of National Assessments from 2004-07. He was also Second Secretary at the Australian Embassy, Manila, from 2001-2004. Mr Hayhurst joined DFAT in 1999. He has a First Class Honours Degree in History from the University of Melbourne and a Graduate Diploma of Foreign Affairs and Trade from Monash University.

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