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Ms Holgate has over 29 years of international sales and marketing experience and has held numerous board and senior management positions, working in Europe, Asia, the Americas and Australia. She is a Non-Executive Director for Ten Network. Ms Holgate was awarded the 2011 International Executive Study Scholarship by Chief Executive Women and the Women’s Leadership Institute Australia, and was honoured with the Rotary Paul Harris Award in 2013.
Director, Asialink Arts, University of Melbourne
Ms Alway is a respected arts manager with extensive experience in cultural organisations in the government, non-profit and private sectors and strong knowledge of and expertise in building arts collaborations between Australia and South-East Asia. She was the Managing Director of Sotheby's Australia in 2008-2010, Director / CEO of Heide Museum of Modern Art in Melbourne, Director of Arts Victoria and Director of Artbank. Ms Alway has a BA (Hons) in Fine Arts and BEd from the University of Melbourne, and an MBA from Monash University.
University of Southern Queensland
Professor Woodhead is an award winning agricultural / social systems scientist. Her current role is Professor of Value Chains at Australian Centre for Sustainable Business and Development, University of Southern Queensland. As a value chain specialist, she has looked at the many challenges Australia faces as an exporter of commodities and value added products, such as exporting perishable food produce to Asia. Professor Woodhead has worked with the agriculture and rural sectors for over 25 years, both as a social scientist and in the development of industry and natural resource management policy.
Islamic Finance, NAB
Imran is an Associate Director at the National Australia Bank and his primary responsibility is building the bank’s Islamic finance capability. He serves as an Advisory Board Member of the Islamic Museum of Australia and is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Institute for Religion, Politics and Society at the Australian Catholic University. Imran is also the Founder of an online Arabic learning platform called arabicmadeinchina.com.
Imran completed his undergraduate degree from the University of Adelaide, a Masters in Islamic Studies from the University of New England and a PhD from the University of Melbourne.
Asia Pacific Editor, Australian Financial Review
Mr Earl’s interest in Asia began as a high school student studying Indonesian which was followed by a year in the Philippines as an exchange student. He has more than 20 years’ experience working as a business/political reporter and editor in Australia, Asia and North America. Mr Earl was the Financial Review’s Tokyo-based Japan and Korea correspondent in 2005-6. In 1994-99 he covered South-East Asia for the AFR from a base in Jakarta. He studied journalism at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and economics at the Australian National University. He was a member of the Australia-Japan Foundation Board.
CEO, Linfox International Group
Ms Costigan was appointed CEO Linfox International Group in 2014 and has focused on transforming the Linfox International logistics business with an emphasis on strong customer service and the highest standards in safety and integrity. Ms Costigan has had a distinguished international logistics career with experience in managing international supply chains, including lead roles in aviation industries and as a former Colonel in the Australian Army.
Founder and Managing Director,
Ms Beasley is an adviser with over 25 years' experience in cultural intelligence, global collaboration and leveraging diversity with a focus on the Asia region. She is a member of the NSW Government Multicultural Business Advisory Panel, was on the steering committee for the Diversity Council of Australia 'Cracking the Cultural Ceiling' Project, and served as National President of the Australia Thailand Business Council.
Ms Beasley was also on the NSW Asia Business Council and the Australian Mekong Resource Centre Advisory Board at the University of Sydney. Ms Beasley has studied Asian studies, Thai and Lao languages at the ANU, and was an exchange student in Thailand at Chulalongkorn University Demonstration School.
Deputy Secretary, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York from 2009 to January 2015, and Australian Representative on the United Nations Security Council in 2013 and 2014. He was Principal Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Defence and National Security from 2007 to 2009. Mr Quinlan has served in several senior positions in DFAT in Canberra and overseas, including as Deputy Head of Mission in Washington DC, 2005-2007; High Commissioner to Singapore, 2001-2005.