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Australia-Korea Foundation—Strategic Plan 2016-19

AKF Strategic Plan 2016-19

Current board membership


Peter Coleman

Appointed 11 December 2014 for five years

Peter is the CEO and Managing Director of Woodside, Australia's largest independent oil and gas company. Peter has 30 years experience in the dynamic and highly competitive global oil and gas industry, successfully executing business across six continents. Peter has played an important role in providing energy security, job opportunities and economic development in some of the world's poorest communities. During his time in Indonesia from 2004-2008 he led significant humanitarian efforts to support victims of the tsunami in Aceh province and provide relief to victims of the Jogjakarta earthquake.

In 2011 Peter was selected to take over the reins at Woodside, a company with long-term business links in Korea, and significant buyer relationships in Japan and China. Peter has transitioned Woodside towards a values-led company with an increasingly global outlook.

Peter's strategic approach to growing Woodside's business in an increasingly competitive global market is recognised within the industry and beyond, including through an honorary Adjunct Professorship in Corporate Strategy from the University of Western Australia and a Distinguished Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award from Monash University.

Peter's desire for business to make a broader contribution to society is evident through roles with a number of business associations in Australia and abroad, including: Senior Vice President, Australia-Japan Business Cooperation Committee; Member, Advisory Council of the Asia Society Australia; Member, Australia-India Cooperation Council and Fellow, Australian Institute of Science and Technology.

Mr Peter Coleman  


Professor Susan Street

Appointed 30 April 2015 for three years.

Professor Susan Street AO worked as a professional dancer with Ballet Victoria, Kolobok Dance Company and the International Folkloric Dance Company based in Amsterdam. Academic posts have included a decade as Head of Dance at Queensland University of Technology, Dean of Dance at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and Executive Dean of the Creative Industries Faculty at QUT. She is currently the Executive Director of QUT Precincts with curatorial and management responsibility for the University’s cultural assets including the Gardens Theatre, the William Robinson Gallery, The Cube, QUT Art Museum, Old Government House and contemporary exhibition and display venues at the Creative Industries Precinct.

She has previously served as; Chair, Dance Fund and Council Member of the Australia Council; Chair, Artistic Advisory Committee and Board Member, Hong Kong Ballet; Arts advisor to Hong Kong Arts Development Council and Leisure and Cultural Service Department of Hong Kong Government. Board Member, Australia-China Council (DFAT), Trustee Queensland Performing Arts Trust, Australasian Advisor to the Royal Academy of Dance in London and National President of The Australian Dance Council – Ausdance. Presently, Professor Street is Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art, a member of Board of Directors of Creative Partnerships Australia and an Artistic Advisor to the Australian Ballet.

In 1999 Susan was given an Australian Dance Award for services to Dance Education and in 2000 she was awarded the title of Emeritus Professor by QUT. In 2012 Susan was made an Honorary Life Member of Ausdance and in 2014 she was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia.

Professor Susan Street  
Professor James Cotton

Appointed 30 April 2015 for three years.

James Cotton (PhD, London School of Economics) is Emeritus Professor, University of New South Wales, Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra. Having studied in London, Beijing and Princeton, he has held many academic positions. These include visiting professor in international relations at the London School of Economics (2001), Australian Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington DC (2009), and Harold White Fellow at the National Library of Australia (2013).

Between 1997 and 2003 James Cotton was a foundation member of the Foreign Minister’s Advisory Council convened by Foreign Minister Alexander Downer. He is a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society (London) and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of International Affairs.

James Cotton has published extensively on Australian foreign policy, regional international relations and Asian politics. His most recent books are (edited with John Ravenhill), Middle Power Dreaming: Australia in World Affairs 2006-2010 (Melbourne: Oxford University Press/AIIA, 2012); (edited with David Lee), Australia and the United Nations (Canberra: Dept. Foreign Affairs and Trade/Longueville Media, 2012); The Australian School of International Relations (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). A regular visitor to the Koreas for 30 years, James Cotton has published many items on Korean politics and inter-Korean relations.

Professor James Cotton  
Mr Ian Williams

Appointed 30 April 2015 for three years.

Mr Ian Williams is a Partner of international law firm Herbert Smith Freehills, specialising in mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures.

He advises a wide range of Korean and international clients, including trading houses, banks, mining companies, consumer goods and manufacturers on Australian investments and on-going operations.

Ian is Vice-President, Australia Korea Business Council and a Non-Executive Director, of New Hope Corporation, Australia's largest listed coal company.

Ian graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Economics and a Bachelor of Laws and completed his Post-graduate Diploma in Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford University.

Ian's talents go beyond the legal profession. He is a former Wallaby rugby union player representing Australia between 1984 and 1990, and was awarded the Australian Rugby "Player of the Year" in 1988.

Mr Ian Williams  
Ms Georgina Carnegie

Appointed 30 April 2015 for three years.

Ms Georgina M. Carnegie is the Managing Director of Carnegie Enterprises.

Carnegie Enterprises works with companies particularly those specialising in natural resources, agribusiness and infrastructure development to develop sustainable partnerships and build international networks. Clients and projects span the globe from the Sentient Group (a global private equity firm); Iron Road in the development of an iron ore mine in South Australia; Mawson Resources, a Nordic Arctic exploration company developing the flagship Rompas and Rajapalot gold projects in Lapland and Finland, and Ferrometals in the development of strategic mining rights to manganese resources located in the heartland of Brazil’s soybean industry. In these and other advisory projects clients draw on her considerable skill and experience in international risk assessment, high-level government liaison, and international debt/equity strategies.

Ms Carnegie is a member of the EmNet Advisory Committee at the OECD (the Development Centre’s Emerging Markets Network).

She has a long standing background of working in Asia having established AsiaFax the first daily corporate information service in the region. She serves as a member of the Executive Board of the Australia Korea Business Council, the Australia Taiwan Business Council, and a member of the Advisory Council of Asialink, at Melbourne University.

An economist and experienced corporate director, Ms Carnegie holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Ms Georgina Carnegie 
Dr Naomi Mathers

Appointed 24 November 2015 for three years.

Dr Naomi Mathers is a leader within the Australian Space Industry. She has a technical
background in Aerospace Engineering with experience in research, industry, education
and policy development, and extensive experience representing Australia in regional and
international forums. As Industry Liaison Engineer at the ANU Advanced Instrumentation
and Technology Centre (AITC), a national facility for the assembly, integration and test
of astronomical instrumentation and space systems, she is applying these skills to the
establishment of a sustainable Australian space industry and to connect Australia with
opportunities in the international market.

Dr Mathers was a member of the Australian Government Space Industry Innovation
Council from 2010 to 2013. The primary function of this Council was to contribute to the
development of the Australian Satellite Utilisation Policy.

Dr Mathers has extensive experience in international collaboration, in particular in the
Asia-Pacific region. For the past eleven years she has represented Australia at the Asia
Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF) where she worked with her Asia-
Pacific colleagues to establish the Kibo-ABC, a program that facilitates access to the
International Space Station for countries in the Asia-Pacific region. Between 2009 and
2012 she represented Australia on the International Space Education Board, facilitating
collaboration with the education directorates of the world’s major space agencies
including NASA (USA), ESA (Europe), JAXA (Japan), CSA (Canada), KARI (Korea),
CNES (France) and SANSA (South Africa).

Dr Mathers has been an active member of the peak international body in the space
industry, the International Astronaltical Federation, since 2005. She is currently the Chair
of the Space Education and Outreach.

In 2014 Dr Mathers was awarded two Women in Industry awards for Industry Advocacy
and Excellence in Engineering.

Dr Naomi Mathers  

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  

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It is a condition of funding that AKF grant recipients include the AKF logo and acknowledge the AKF's support in all promotional materials, publications, displays and reports, including social media, blogs and websites which must link to the AKF website from the logo.

The following acknowledgment must be used in association with the logo where possible:

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Commonwealth of Australia
Order Constituting the Australia-Korea Foundation

WHEREAS the Australian Government is desirous of further developing relations between Australia and Korea:

AND WHEREAS the Australian Government is desirous of implementing the recommendations of the Australia-Korea Forum, held in Canberra in November 1989 and in Seoul in April 1991, in order to broaden the areas of exchange between the two countries:

AND WHEREAS it is desirable that such relations should be developed by the promotion in Korea of a greater awareness of Australia, and by the promotion in Australia of a greater awareness of Korea and the enlargement over the longer term of the areas of contact and exchange between Australia and Korea and their respective peoples:

AND WHEREAS it is desirable that there be established a body for the purpose of providing a focus for the collection, exchange and dissemination of information, and a source of advice and strategic guidance, in relation to the ways in which such relations may be encouraged, strengthened and developed:

NOW THEREFORE I, Philip Michael Jeffery, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, acting with the advice of the Federal Executive Council, HEREBY ORDER AS FOLLOWS:

1. There is hereby established a foundation to be known as the 'Australia-Korea Foundation'. Establishment of Foundation
2. The Foundation shall consist of: Board and Secretariat
  • a Board comprising
  • a Chairperson; and
  • the Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) or a DFAT representative appointed by the Secretary as an ex-officio member; and
  • not less than 4 and not more than 13 other members; and

(2) a secretariat provided by DFAT.

3. (1) The Chairperson shall be appointed by the Governor-General on the recommendation of the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs for a period not exceeding five years, and on a part-time basis. Appointment of Chairperson and Members

(2) Members of the Board, other than the Chairperson and the ex-officio DFAT member, shall be appointed by the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs for a period not exceeding three years and on a part-time basis.

(3) The Chairperson and members may be re-appointed.

4. (1) The Governor-General may terminate the appointment of the Chairperson or a member on the recommendation of the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs. The Chairperson may resign his or her membership by notification in writing to the Governor-General. Termination and Resignation of Membership

(2) The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs may terminate the appointment of a member of the Board, other than the ex-officio DFAT member.

(3) A member (other than the Chairperson) may resign his or her membership by notification in writing to the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs.

5. (1) The function of the Board is to make recommendations to the Australian Government through the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs for the broadening of the relationship between Australia and Korea, with particular emphasis on: Functions of Board

(a) raising awareness of Australia in Korea, and of Korea in Australia;

(b) the promotion of visits and exchanges between the two countries of individuals and groups for the purpose of broadening relations in a number of areas including, in particular, commerce, education, science and technology, industrial relations, culture, sports, and the news media;

(c) encouraging the development of institutional links amongst universities, museums, libraries, technical colleges, research institutes, professional organisations and appropriate non-government organisations;

(d) maintaining liaison with the Korea–Australia Foundation and co-operating, where appropriate, with its programs; and

(e) the support of Australian studies in Korea and of Korean studies in Australia.

(2) In developing its function the Board should consult as widely as possible with individuals, organisations, enterprises and government departments and agencies associated or concerned with the broadening of relations between Australia and Korea.

6. The functions of the secretariat, under the authority of the Minister for Foreign Affairs, are: Functions of Secretariat

(1) to provide administrative support for the Board;

(2) to implement the recommendations of the Board.; and

(3) to undertake other activities as appropriate.

7. (1) Subject to sub-clause (2), meetings of the Foundation Board shall be held at such times and at such places as the Board determines. Meetings

(2) The Chairperson shall, upon receipt of a written request signed by 4 other members of the Foundation Board, summon a meeting of the Board to deal with such matters as are specified in the written request.

8. The procedures for the conduct of meetings of the Foundation Board, including procedures for the appointment of an Acting Chairperson and a Deputy Chairperson, shall be as determined from time to time by the Board. Procedure at Meetings
9. Moneys required for the purposes of enabling the Foundation to discharge its functions and the implementation of the Foundation Board's recommendations shall be obtained from: Finances

(1) moneys standing to the credit of any Trust Account established under section 62A of the Audit Act 1901 for those purposes; or

(2) any other moneys lawfully available for these purposes.

10. As soon as practicable after 30 June in each year, the Foundation shall provide to the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs an Annual Report on Foundation activities during the period of twelve months ending on the preceding 30 June. Annual Report

GIVEN under my Hand
and the Great Seal of
Australia on
8 April 2004.


P M Jeffery
By His Excellency's Command


Alexander Downer
Minister of State for Foreign Affairs

Australia-Korea Foundation Annual Reports


Foundations, Councils and Institutes including the Australia Korea Foundation now report on their activities as part of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Annual Report

Last Updated: 8 January 2016