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.
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
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
Professor of Economics at RMIT's International Trade and Development Research Group, and Principal Research Fellow at the AASC
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:
Senior Advisor, Research
Contact Aaron for:
Research and ABAC
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
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
Senior Advisor Projects
Learning and Education Specialist
Contact Errol for:
Online learning tools
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
Program Director - Trade Policy and Research
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.
Executive Assistant to the Director
Ms Jennilyn Mann
Jennilyn joined the Centre in 2020, having worked in other capacities for Dr Emerson for over 21 years. These included as an Electorate Officer, and in the Trade Minister's Office, the Travel Advisor. For the last seven years she has been a remote Executive Assistant.
Contact Jennilyn for:
Any director related issues
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: