AMBASSADOR HONORABLE JOE HOCKEY
Mr. Hockey has had a long and distingushied career in public service.
Mr. Hockey first entered Parliament in 1996 as a front bench Member for North Sydney. For more than 17 years he served as Minister of Financial Services, Tourism, Humans Services and Employment and Workplace Relations.
In 2013 Mr. Hockey was appointed Treasurer of the Commonwealth and made responsible for all fiscal and economic policy. This meant he would become a regular delegate to IMF, World Bank, Asian Development Bank and APEC meetings. He was chair of the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors in 2014, and a member of the leadership troika in 2015.
Before his political career, Mr. Hockey served as a finance and banking lawyer with a major Australian law firm.
AMBASSADOR HONORABLE TIM GROSER
As a member of the New Zealand National Party, Tim Groser was a member of Parliament in New Zealand from 2005 to 2015 and Cabinet Minister from 2008 to 2015. He resigned from Parliament in December 2015 to take up the role of Ambassador to the United States. He presented his credentials to President Obama in February of 2016.
In the 1980's Groser was appointed Chief Agricultural Negotiator as part of the GATT Uruguay round. Halfway through the negotiations he was promoted to Chief Negotiator and subsequently became New Zealand's Ambassador to Indonesia from 1994 to 1997.
He later served as New Zeland's Ambassador to the World Trade Organization (WTO) and as the WTO's chairman of agricultural negotiations.
In cabinet, he held the Conservation and Trade portfolios, and later the Climate Change Issues portfolio, making headlines in 2012 when the governing National Party declared New Zealand was withdrawing from the Kyoto Protocol meant for the regulation of CO2 emissions. After Groser lost a bid to become the next Director-General of the WTO in late 2013 he played a large part in the negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement.
Dr. JOEL HELLMAN
Dr. Hellman became the newest Dean of Georgetown's School of Foreign Service on July 1st 2015, after being named the first chief institutional economist of the World Bank. Having served at the World Bank since 2000, he assisted in aid and development efforts in many challanged countries and in response to disasters like the 2004 tsunami in Aceh, Indonesia and held positions such as Director of the Fragile and Conflict Affected States Department, working in nearly 50 countries across four continents.
Dean Hellman holds a PhD in political science from Columbia and an M.Phil. in Russian and East Eurpoean Studies from Oxford. He has taught in the political science departments of both Columbia University and Harvard University and worked with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London.
JOSH FRYDENBERG, MP
Josh Frydenberg was elected as the Federal Member for Kooyong in 2010. He was appointed to the cabinet as Minister for Resources, Energy and Northern Australia in December 2014, having previously served as Assistant Treasurer and before that as Parliamentary Secretary.
A graduate of Monash University with Law and Economics degrees, he also holds an M. Phil. from Cambridge University in International Relations. Between 1999-2004, he served as an assistant adviser for the then Attorney General, The Hon. Daryl Williams QC, as an adviser and later senior adviser to the Foreign Minister The Hon. Alexander Downer and finally as a senior adviser to the Prime Minister, The Hon. John Howard.
In addition to his professional pursuits, he is an avid tennis player, having represented Australia in the World University Games, in 1991. He's a member of the Kids Tennis Foundation board since 2003.
DR. JIM CHALMERS, MP
Jim Chalmers MP has been the Member for Rankin since September 2013. After his first election, he was immediately promoted to Shadow Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Trade and Investment. He was also the Deputy Chair of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Tax and Revenue, a member of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Economics, and a member of the Australian Labor Party’s National Policy Forum.
Since October 2015, Dr. Chalmers has served as the Shadow Minister for Financial Services and Superannuation, Shadow Minister for Sport and the Shadow Assistant Minister for Trade, Investment and Productivity.
Dr. Chalmers was previously the Executive Director of the Chifley Research Centre and, before that, Chief of Staff to the Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer. He has a PhD in political science and international relations from the Australian National University and a first class honors degree in public policy from Griffith University. His first book Glory Daze was published in July 2013 and he has contributed to a number of scholarly publications and other media. His main policy interests are the economy, education and foreign affairs.
DR. ALAN TIDWELL
Alan C. Tidwell is currently the Director of the Center for Australian, New Zealand and Pacific Studies located in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.
From 2001 through 2004 he was a program officer with the United States Institute of Peace, where he focused on conflict resolution and education. His area of specialization includes work on conflict in the Australasian region. Prior to joining the Institute in 2001, he was a senior lecturer in management at Macquarie Graduate School of Management in Sydney, Australia, where he taught courses in conflict resolution and negotiation. Tidwell served for several years as Director (1995-97) and Deputy Director (1992-94) of the Centre for Conflict Resolution at Macquarie University and as acting Executive Director and Research Director (1994-95) of the Australian Centre for American Studies at Sydney University. In 1999, he was honored by Macquarie University with an Outstanding Teaching Award. Tidwell holds a PhD in international relations from the University of Kent at Canterbury, England, a master of professional ethics from the University of New South Wales, and an M.S. in conflict resolution from George Mason University.
REV. JOHN L'ESTRANGE, S.J.
Peter John L'Estrange, AO, is an Australian Jesuit priest and historian currently residing in Canberra. He was Special Assistant to the President at Georgetown University until 2013, having previously served as the Master of Campion Hall at the University of Oxford in the UK until 2008. L’Estrange also served as chaplain and rector of Newman College, at the University of Melbourne. From 1981 until 1983 he was the Roman Catholic chaplain to the University of Queensland. L'Estrange was educated at St Aloysius' College, Sydney, where he was both school captain and dux. He undertook graduate study at Campion Hall, Oxford and in 1991 was awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) for his thesis, The Nineteenth-Century British Jesuits, with Special Reference to their Relations with the Vicars Apostolic and the Bishops.
REV. JEFFREY P. VON ARX, S.J.
Rev. Jeffrey von Arx, S.J., served as the eight Jesuit to be named President of Fairfield University (2004 - 2016). A historian by discipline, Fr. von Arx began his academic career at Georgetown University, where he taught in the History Department from 1982 to 1998 and was its chair from 1991 to 1997. While at Georgetown he was a founding Director of the Center for Australian, New Zealand and Pacific Studies in the School of Foreign Service. He then moved into administration at Fordham University, serving as Dean of Fordham College at Rose Hill from 1998 until his selection as President by the Fairfield University Board of Trustees in 2004.
Fr. von Arx has served on the boards of trustees of Boston College, Canisius College, Loyola Marymount University, and Xavier University.
Fr. von Arx graduated from Princeton University in 1969 and entered the Society of Jesus that summer. He subsequently earned an M.A. and M.Phil. in history at Yale University, and completed his Ph.D. there in 1980. A year later, Fr. von Arx received an M.Div. from the Weston School of Theology and was ordained a priest.
MR. JOHN DENTON
John Denton is a Partner and Chief Executive Officer of Corrs Chambers Westgarth, a nationally leading independent law firm from Sydney. He was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2015 by the Governor-General in his capacity as Chancellor of the Order of Australia.
His area of specialization is labor law, and his clients include major companies across a range of industries including mining, aviation, finance, telecommunications, hospitality, retail and food processing. In 1990, prior to joining Corrs, Chambers, Westgarth served in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for seven years. During his diplomatic service he was Counsellor and Charge d' Affaires - Australian Embassy, Baghdad and from 1989-1990 he was the Deputy Head of Mission and First Secretary, Australian High Commission, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
He is a graduate of Harvard Business School, and the University of Melbourne. He sits on numerous boards and committees including the Melbourne International Arts Festival, the Global Foundation, Business Council of Australia, Centre of Labour and Employment Law, and the Australia Asia Young Leaders Program. He has been an active member of the Australian American Leadership Dialogue since 2001.
April Palmerlee is Chief Executive Officer of the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia. She joined AmCham in October 2017 after a distinguished career in government, education, and the corporate sector. Most recently, she was a senior executive at the US Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. She has strong relationships with governments, business leaders and the public service in Australia and the U.S. American-born, Palmerlee has lived in Sydney since 2003 and is a dual citizen. She received a BS from Georgetown University and a Master’s from Columbia University. She served as Senior Coordinator for International Women’s Issues at the US Department of State.
Before that, she was a senior executive at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. She has also worked for couturier Oscar de la Renta, financial publisher The Bank Credit Analyst, and The Spanish Institute. She is currently on the Centennial Park Community Consultative Committee and the Selection Board for the Fulbright scholarship in NSW.
DR. RICHARD F. SOUTHBY
Dr. Richard Southby is Executive Dean and Distinguished Professor of Global Health in the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Health Affairs at The George Washington University Medical Center. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland.
Dean Southby joined The George Washington University faculty in 1979. Prior to his initial academic appointment at GW, Dean Southby served as Director of Health Services Research and Teaching in the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine at The University of Sydney, Australia. Additionally, he was a member of the faculty of the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine at Monash University for ten years and served as a full-time Commissioner on the Australian Hospitals and Health Services Commission. Dean Southby is a Fellow of the Australian College of Health Service Executives; a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, UK; an Honorary Fellow of the American College of Legal Medicine; and an Honorary Member of the Faculty of Public Health, Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom. He is presently an Honorary Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University. Dean Southby received a B.Com. degree from The University of Melbourne, Australia, in 1965, an M.P.A. degree from Cornell University, New York, in 1967, and a Ph.D. degree from Monash University, Australia, in 1973.