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Australia-China Council Board Members


The Hon Warwick Smith AM

Appointed Chair 9 September 2011 for a period of five years.

Mr Smith brings extensive experience in business, and a wealth of knowledge and linkages with China to the role. The new Chair, appointed for a term of five years will further the vital work of the Council in enhancing "people-to-people" relations between Australia and China.

Mr Smith is currently the Chairman for Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (NSW and ACT), and Chairman, Advisory Board of Australian Capital Equity, which holds diverse interests in broadcasting, mining, construction machinery and investments across Australia and Asia.

Prior to his current roles, Mr Smith was an Executive Director at Macquarie Bank (1998–2006), Deputy Chair of Asia Society (2003–2009), Chairman of the Australia-China Business Council (2003–2006) and a member of the Federal Parliament from December 1984 to March 1993 and 1996 to October 1998 when he was Minister for Sport, Territories and Local Government and Member assisting the Prime Minister for the Sydney Olympics (1996–1998) and Minister for Family Services (1996–1998).

Mr Smith was Australia's first Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (1993–1996). In 2008, Mr Smith was awarded as a Member of the Order of Australia for service to the Parliament of Australia, to the telecommunications industry as a contributor of reform and debate within the sector, to the promotion of international trade and tourism, and to philanthropy through a range of charitable and community organisations.

The Hon Warwick Smith AM  

Deputy Chair

Professor Stephanie Fahey

Appointed 1 January 2013 for three years

Professor Fahey is currently Oceania Education Lead Partner for Ernst and Young. Until recently Professor Fahey was a Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement), Monash University, responsible for the University's international engagement strategy. Professor Fahey's previous roles include Director of the Research Institute for Asia Pacific and Acting Assistant Pro Vice-Chancellor (International – Asia Pacific) at the University of Sydney. Professor Fahey holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honours from the University of Sydney, and a PhD from the Australian National University. She has been appointed to the Foreign Affairs Council, the National Board of the Australia China Business Council, Australia Korea Foundation, European Australia Business Council, and a subcommittee of the Prime Minister's Science, Engineering and Innovation Committee.

Professor Stephanie Fahey  


Mr David Olsson

Appointed 1 January 2013 for three years

David Olsson is a senior China practice consultant to international law firm King & Wood Mallesons. He brings to the Board wide-ranging and practical experience as a lawyer and business adviser in the Asian region for over 25 years. In his current role he leads initiatives focussed on promoting the engagement of Australia’s financial services sector in China and the region.

Mr Olsson chairs the RMB Working Group, a private sector, government and industry collaboration looking at all aspects of the internationalisation of the Renminbi in Australia, and leads the NSW Government’s initiatives in this area.

Previously, Mr Olsson was head of the KWM’s China practice in Beijing (2008 – 2013) and prior to that an Australian Managing Partner of the firm. He is a former Chairman of the Australia China Chamber of Commerce, Beijing and Melbourne Affordable Housing and is currently on the executive committee of Australia China Business Council, Victoria.

Mr David Olsson  

Ms Suhanya Raffel

Appointed 1 November 2010 for three years, reappointed 1 November 2013 for three years.

Suhanya Raffel is a Director of Collections at the Art Gallery of NSW. Previously, she was a Deputy Director, Curatorial and Collection Development at the Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane and is a member of the executive responsible for the creative and curatorial development of major exhibitions including the 'Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art' (APT). Most recently she was lead curator for the Queensland Art Gallery's exhibitions 'Andy Warhol' in 2007-08, 'The China Project' in 2009, and the 6th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art in 2009-10. Suhanya has been a peer for the Australia Council for the Arts, a member of the Visual Arts Committee for Asialink, The University of Melbourne and is currently a Board Member of Griffith University's Asia Institute. Suhanya has worked with contemporary art projects in the UK, Australia and South Asia, and writes and lectures regularly in Australia and internationally.

Suhanya Raffel  

Mr Frank Tudor

Appointed 1 November 2013 for three years.

Frank Tudor is Managing Director, Horizon Power; Chairman, Board Chair and National President of the Australia China Business Council.

Mr Tudor has held various executive management roles over the last 25 years in the European, Asian and Australian oil, gas and power industries. Before joining Horizon Power he worked with BP managing commercial issues to develop gas interests in PNG for the Chinese energy market. He also worked for Woodside where he was responsible for managing business development activities.

Mr Tudor, for the last 10 years, has also been a part-time lecturer in oil and gas economics, and oil and gas legal frameworks at the University of Western Australia and is also the Vice Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce & Industry's (CCI) Energy & Resources Forum.

Mr Tudor holds first class degrees in engineering, economics and business administration from Curtin University (WA), London School of Economics (UK) and the AGSM (University of NSW). Frank also completed the eight week Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in September and October 2008.

Mr Tudor has been the Chairman of the Board and National President of the Australia China Business Council since 2008.

Mr Frank Tudor  

Professor Sandra Harding

Appointed 1 November 2013 for three years.

Professor Sandra Harding is Vice-Chancellor and President of James Cook University Australia. In this role, she is responsible for ensuring clear and effective leadership and management of the University across all operating sites, including campuses in Townsville, Cairns and Singapore.

Educated at the Australian National University, The University of Queensland and North Carolina State University (USA), Professor Harding is an economic sociologist with a keen scholarly interest in markets and how they work, and organisation survey methodology. She also has a keen professional interest in education policy and management.

Current roles include: Chair of Universities Australia; Co-chair of the Steering Group for the New Colombo Plan, Director of Regional Australia Institute; Council Member of the Australian Institute of Marine Science; Member of the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) Advisory Board; and the Australian Research Council (ARC) Advisory Council.

Prof Sandra Harding  

Ms Vicki Thomson

Appointed 1 February 2014 for three years.

Vicki Thomson is the Chief Executive of the Group of Eight, taking up the role in January 2015.

Prior to this role she was Executive Director of the Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN).

Ms Thomson's diverse background covers print and electronic journalism, politics, issues management and the higher education sector. She has an extensive media, political and policy background and was Chief of Staff to a South Australian Premier.

She is a Board member of the Australia-China Council and is a member of the Australian Government's New Colombo Plan Steering Group. She has extensive experience in building relationships between business, industry and universities, and supporting increased academic and student mobility between Australia and the Indo-Pacific region.

She was recently named in The Australian Newspaper’s Top 50 most influential people in Higher Education.

Ms Vicki Thomson  

Ex-officio member

Gary Quinlan

Deputy Secretary

Mr Quinlan serves as ASEAN SOM leader and has responsibility for the East Asia Summit. Mr Quinlan represents the department on the Australia-China Council, Australia-Indonesia Institute, the Australia-Japan Foundation, the Australia-Korea Foundation, the Australia-Malaysia Institute, the Australia-Thailand Institute and the Strategic Policy Coordination Group. Mr Quinlan also attends, as required, the National Crisis Committee.

Mr Gary Quinlan  

Former ACC Chairs

The Australia-China Council Chair's commitment, guidance and leadership has been invaluable in developing, furthering and maintaining the successful bilateral relationship that Australia and China hold today.

  • Emeritus Professor Mark Wainwright AM FTSE: 2006–2011
  • Dr John Yu AC: 2000–2006
  • Mr Stuart Simson: 1997–2000
  • Acting Chair: 1996–1997
  • Professor Stuart Harris AO: 1991–1996
  • Hon. E G Whitlam AC QC: 1986–1991
  • Professor Wang Gungwu: 1983–1986
  • Professor Geoffrey Blainey AO: 1978–1983

The Australia-China Council Strategic Plan 2014–2018


"Strengthening foundations and developing new frontiers of Australia-China partnership."


The function of the Council is to make recommendations to the Australian Government through the Minister for Foreign Affairs on strengthening the Australia-China relationship in ways that support Australia's foreign and trade policy interests (Australia-China Council Executive Order, 30 May 2008).

Strategic Goals

  1. To strengthen the foundations of engagement - China literacy, business and cultural capabilities of Australian institutions and people
  2. To seek and foster new areas of engagement between Australia and China across business, knowledge and creative sectors
  3. To enhance understanding in China of Australian society, economy, politics and culture through the Australian Studies in China Program
  4. To showcase Australian creativity, entrepreneurship and innovation in China
  5. To generate, disseminate and make accessible high-quality, relevant and up-to-date information about Australia-China relations
  6. To facilitate dialogue, develop professional and institutional networks between Australia and China and harness the leadership of Australian communities in strengthening bilateral connectivity

Funding Priorities

The Australia-China Council’s grant-making and program priorities for the 2014-2018 period are centred on four areas – Education, Economic Diplomacy, Arts and Culture and Australian Studies in China and are underpinned by three cross-cutting themes - Mobility, Technology and Capabilities and New Areas of Engagement.

  1. Education: Support practical and effective solutions to enhance China literacy, business and cultural capabilities of Australian institutions and people to effectively engage with China, and promote education, science and innovation connectivity between Australia and China
  2. Economic Diplomacy: Promote diversity, growth and innovation of Australia's trade and investment relationship with China
  3. Arts and Culture: Showcase Australian arts and creative industries to Chinese audiences and build closer and broader cultural and artistic partnerships
  4. Australian Studies in China: Consolidate and strengthen the Australian Studies in China Program

The Council’s grant-making and program activities in the above-mentioned areas will focus on the following three cross-cutting themes:

  1. Mobility:Encouraging greater and more diverse professional mobility between Australia and China, including through support of the New Colombo Plan
  2. Capabilities: Building capabilities of organisations and individuals to enter into partnerships and work effectively with their Chinese counterparts; investing in information resources (including new digital and mobile platforms) that inform Australian communities and relevant sectors about opportunities, practices and risks in engaging with China
  3. New Areas of Engagement: Identifying and seeking practical solutions to develop new niche areas of engagement between the two countries

Guiding Principles

The Australia-China Council programs and grant-making activities are informed by the following principles:

  • Creativity and Innovation: The Council-funded projects generate new ideas and identify new areas of contact
  • Sustainability: Projects deliver medium to longer-term outcomes, strengthen networks and linkages and, over time, become self-sustaining
  • Partnerships: Projects are developed and delivered in partnership with Australian and Chinese organisations, promote complementarities and avoid duplication with similar programs
  • Equality and Diversity: Projects promote and encourage gender equality, cultural, linguistic and ethnic diversity, and facilitate engagement between Australian and Chinese regions and areas outside major capital cities and business hubs
  • Accountability: Projects have clear key performance indicators and comply with the Australian government’s financial and other reporting requirements

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