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Our Team
The Hon Dr Craig Emerson

Dr Craig Emerson is an eminent economist, holding a PhD in economics from the Australian National University, with 35 years of experience in public policy, politics and public service.

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Program Director
Ms Bonnie

Bonnie has extensive experience in education, policy, strategy, inclusion and equity across APEC, and uses this to manage the implementation of capacity building training programs, research and other centre activities.


Contact Bonnie for:

Capacity building, contract management, finance and operations, and relationship management

03 9925 1159

Program Director
Ms Briony

With extensive experience working in the APEC and ABAC fora since 2011, Briony is responsible for the management, development and implementation of training programs, symposiums, conferences and other centre activities.

Contact Briony for:

ABAC, research and projects

03 9925 1073

ABAC Australia Lead Staffer and Consultant to the AASC 
Ms Lisa Barker

Lisa is a lawyer with extensive trade, international law and policy experience across the Asia Pacific, and has provided ABAC Australia secretariat services for over 9 years in total.

Contact Lisa for:

All ABAC related issues and work

0408 605 508

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Professor of Economics at RMIT's International Trade and Development Research Group, and Principal Research Fellow at the AASC
Professor Alberto

Alberto is a Professor of Economics at the International Trade and Development Research Group at RMIT. He specialises in generating evidence based policy advice to developing countries in areas such as labour economics, development and international trade.

Contact Alberto for:


03 9925 5669

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Reporting and
Monitoring Analyst
Mr. Joaquin (Jack) Gelvezon

Jack joined the Centre in July 2011, and primarily focuses on the monitoring and evaluation of the centre’s work.

Contact Jack for:

Monitoring and evaluation

03 9925 1088

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Communications and
Research Assistant
Ms Rachel

Rachel coordinates the Centre's social media communications and provides executive and project support for centre activities.

Contact Rachel for: 

Centre communications, research and administrative activities.

03 9925 7691

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Deputy Dean, International, in RMIT’s School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, and Principal Research Fellow at the AASC
Professor Christopher Ziguras

Chris is a Professor in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT. He specialises in research exploring varied aspects of the globalisation of education, including cross border higher education.

Contact Christopher for: Research and trade in education services

03 9925 2501

Program Director - Trade Policy and Research
Ms Kristen
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Kristen is an expert in international trade policy, regulation and agreements. She has over 15 years of experience advising government, business and international organisations across the Asia Pacific. Kristen is responsible for directing research and projects on trade and investment.

Contact Kristen for: international trade and investment; regional trade agreements; policy analysis and research.

Senior Advisor Projects
Ms Roslyn

Roslyn is focused on delivering capacity building workshops and related events for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, having joined the team in April 2017.

Contact Roslyn for:

DFAT projects, Women's Fellowship, finance and administration

03 9925 1075

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Project and Research Coordinator

Hoa focuses on delivering capacity building workshops and related events for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade as well as assisting research on logistics related projects. She joined the team in September 2020. 


Contact Hoa for: 

Research and projects 

03 9925 0118 

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Project Officer

Kevin provides administrative support for centre activities, including finance and the website.

Contact Kevin for:

Finance, website and administration

03 9925 5464

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Project Officer

Prior to joining the Centre, Esti worked in the International Education sector in the areas of academic and student services, as well as in the tourism and hospitality sector in Indonesia, Japan, and Australia.


Esti has a Master of Business Administration from Kaplan Business School Melbourne, as well as Bachelor of Humanities (Japanese Studies) from the University of Indonesia. Esti joined the Centre in 2022.​ 

Contact Esti for:


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