Speakers 2014

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Dr Mark Barnaba

Chairman, Macquarie Group Western Australia and Chairman, Global Resources Group, Macquarie Capital. Chairman, The University of Western Australia Business School Board.

The Hon Colin Barnett MLA

Premier of Western Australia

The Hon Julie Bishop MP

Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs

Dr Michael Chaney AO

Chancellor of The University of Western Australia. Chairman of the National Australia Bank Limited, Woodside Petroleum Limited, Gresham Partners Holdings Limited and the International Education Advisory Council. Member of the JPMorgan International Council and Director of the Centre for Independent Studies. Member of the Prime Minister's Business Advisory Council.

Professor Brahma Chellaney

Professor of strategic studies at the Center for Policy Research, New Delhi

Ms Aiko Doden

Senior Commentator, Japan Broadcasting Corporation

Ms Elena Douglas

International Affairs Adviser, In The Zone

Mr Geoff Elliott

Business Editor, The Australian

Mr Gordon Flake

CEO, Perth USAsia Centre

Dr Bates Gill

CEO, The United States Studies Centre

Mr Bruce Gosper

Chief Executive Officer, AUSTRADE

Mr Andrew Harding

Chief Executive Iron Ore, Rio Tinto

Professor Linda Jakobson

Visiting Professor, United States Studies Centre. Nonresident Fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Policy

Professor Paul Johnson

Vice-Chancellor, The University of Western Australia

Mr KATO Yoichi

National Security Correspondent The Asahi Shimbun

Dr Dino Patti Djalal

Former Indonesian Ambassador to the United States (2010-2013)

Mr SEAH Kian Peng

Deputy Speaker, Parliament of Singapore

Mr Bernard Salt

Columnist, The Australian

The Hon Stephen Smith

Former Federal Minister for Defence and Minister for Foreign Affairs. Director, Perth USAsia Centre.

Professor Kim Tae-Hyo

Former Senior Secretary for National Security, Korea

Mr Tanaka Hitoshi

Former Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs in Japan. Chairman of the Institute for International Strategy at the Japan Research Institute, Ltd. Senior fellow at the Japan Center for International Exchange.

Mr Peter N. Varghese AO

Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Professor Stephen M. Walt

Robert and Renée Belfer Professor of International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University  

Mr YANG Xiyu

Senior Research Fellow, China Institute of International Studies

"I am confident that in the coming decades the city of Perth will grow in importance as a centre of business, educational and technological excellence in the region. This State will also continue to develop as the epicentre of a global resource and mineral supply economy delivering the growth that has seen an economic power shift to the Asian and Indian Ocean regions." Michael Chaney
Chancellor, The University of Western Australia