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Advisory Board

Inaugural meeting of the new Advisory Board of the Australian APEC Study Centre
October 2020
Ross Garnaut AC announced as new Chair of the AASC Advisory Board
June 2020
Ross Garnaut AC - Chair

Ross Garnaut is an economist whose career has been built around the analysis of and practice of policy connected to development, economic policy and international relations in Australia, Asia and the Pacific. He currently holds a part-time research position as Professorial Fellow in Economics at the University of Melbourne. 

Craig Emerson 

Dr Craig Emerson is Director of the Australian APEC Study Centre, Managing Director of Craig Emerson Economics, Chair of the Mckell Institute, an Adjunct Professor at Victoria University’s College of Business, and writes a fortnightly column for The Australian Financial Review. 

Amy Auster

Amy Auster commenced as Deputy Secretary, Economic in the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance in September 2016. Amy is responsible for the provision of high-level economic and policy advice to Government on productivity, taxation and regulation, along with social, environmental and development issues.

Joanna Hewitt AO
Marian Baird AO
Christopher Langman

Joanna Hewitt AO’s career has spanned senior public and private sector roles in the areas of foreign policy, trade, and agriculture as well as corporate and public sector boards in Australia and internationally. She is currently a Member of the Murray Darling Basin Authority and is Australia’s representative on the APEC Vision Group. 

Marian Baird AO is a Presiding Pro-Chancellor of the University of Sydney, Head of the Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies and Co-Director of the Women, Work and Leadership Research Group in the University of Sydney Business School.


Christopher Langman is the standing Chair of Australia's PECC committee (AusPECC). Mr Langman has served as a senior offier of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) before his retirement in 2022. Chris has served as the DFAT Deputy secretary, Trade, Investment and Buesiness Engagement Group from 2018 to the end of 2021.

Lisa Barker

Lisa Barker is the ABAC Australia Lead Staffer and Consultant to the AASC. As a qualified lawyer with a Masters Degree in International Law, Lisa has had extensive experience in senior level government and private sector roles, particularly in the Asia Pacific region. Lisa works as an international law and trade policy consultant in her own business as well as working in trade related aid and development projects with Australian and regional government and business organisations.

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