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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.
Arts Management/Policy Consultant.
Ms Alway is an arts manager with extensive experience in cultural organisations within government, the not for profit and private sectors. She has expertise in arts collaborations between Australia and South-East Asia. Most recently she was Director, Asialink Arts from 2010-2017. Previously she has been Managing Director Sotheby’s Australia. 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.
Director, Islamic Finance, NAB
Imran is a 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 and in 2017, Imran was ranked in the top 500 who make the global Islamic Economy by ISLAMICA 500.
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.
Editor and writer
Mr Earl’s interest in Asia began as a high school student studying Indonesian, 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. In 1994-99 he covered South-East Asia for The Australian Financial Review from a base in Jakarta. He was also the deputy editor, Asia Pacific editor, opinion editor and Japan correspondent of the AFR. He studied journalism at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and economics at the Australian National University. He was a board member of the Australia-Japan Foundation, the ANU Indonesia Project advisory board and the Jakarta Foreign Correspondents Club. He is now a columnist for the Lowy Institute for International Policy’s The Interpreter and an editor.
Chief Executive, BAE Systems Australia
Ms Costigan has had a distinguished 25-year career within the defence, aviation and logistics industries. She was appointed in October 2017 as the Chief Executive for BAE Systems Australia. BAE Systems is a global defence, aerospace and security company. BAE Systems is a FTSE 100 company and its wide-ranging products and services cover air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology, and support services. Previously, Ms Costigan spent over three years as the CEO for Linfox International Group. In this role she focused on transforming the Linfox International logistics business with an emphasis on strong customer service and the highest standards in safety and integrity across the region. Ms Costigan had a twenty year career in the Australian Army and has led logistic operations for both the Australian and US governments internationally. Ms Costigan has been honoured for her military service by the Australian and US Governments and NATO. In 2016, Ms Costigan was a finalist in the Telstra Women’s Business Awards in Asia. Ms Costigan is married to Simon and has two children, Honey and Lucas.
Founder and Managing Director, Beasley Intercultural
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.