Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, announced five new COALAR board members on October 20.
The new members – Ms Natalie Collard, Dr Robyn Eversole, Mr David McLoughlin, Mr Nigel Warren and Mr Rob Whiddon – bring skills and experience to COALAR to assist in strengthening and consolidating Australia's relationships with Latin America.
These prominent Australians will join current Chair Chris Gale and board members Jane McKeon and Giovanna Webb.
Ms Collard's experience in rural and agricultural business and innovation will support COALAR's work in rural development, leadership and innovation.
Dr Eversole, Director of the Institute for Regional Development at the University of Tasmania, brings extensive experience working with industry, government and community organisations across regional Australia and Latin America.
Mr McLoughlin, Senior Vice President People and Global Capability, Woodside, has valuable mining and energy experience, including on the ground in South America.
Mr Warren, General Manager Global, CSIRO and Mr Whiddon, former Managing Director of Trade and Investment Queensland, bring extensive expertise in government, trade and investment to the Australia-Latin America commercial relationship.
COALAR has supported arts and cultural exchange programs in Latin America, vital to relationship building necessary to grow business, education, science and tourism opportunities.
Recent COALAR grants have included an Australian Football International project to build sports linkages between Australia and Chile, a Vocational Education and Training Leadership and capacity building program supporting VET sector reform processes in Latin America and a collaboration between Australia and Mexico promoting understanding of how indigenous cultural values and practices are incorporated into the management of internationally important wetlands.
The Council on Australia Latin America Relations (COALAR) was established by the Australian Government in 2001 to enhance Australia's economic, political and social relations with Latin America.
More information can be found on the COALAR page of our website.