Advisory Board Announcement

The Australia-Japan Research Centre (AJRC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Kent Anderson (Chair), Gordon de Brouwer, Melanie Brock, Jenny McGregor, Bruce Miller, Natsuko Ogawa and Ian Williams to its reconstituted AJRC Advisory Board. In addition to providing strategic direction for research and policy engagement, the Board will maintain and extend the high profile of ARJC research and its impact.

“For the past thirty nine years, the AJRC has been as the centre of research, teaching and outreach on Japan in Australia. The Board will act as a strong platform for seeking strategic advice on the direction of the Australia-Japan relationship and raising funds to support research and events across Australia and Japan” says Dr Shiro Armstrong, Director of the AJRC at the Australian National University. The Board also aims to re-engage the Australian and Japanese business communities through events and executive training.

Kent Anderson (chair), Strategic Advisor to the Vice-Chancellor at the University of Newcastle and former Deputy Vice-Chancellor Community and Engagement, University of Western Australia.

Melanie Brock, CEO Melanie Brock Advisory, member of the Board of the Australia Japan Business Cooperation Committee and Chair Emeritus of the Australian & New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan.

Gordon de Brouwer, former Secretary of the Department of the Environment and Energy, former Associate Secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and former Executive Director of AJRC.

Jenny McGregor, former (and founding) CEO of Asialink at The University of Melbourne and founding Executive Director of the Asia Education Foundation

Bruce Miller AO, former ambassador to Japan, former Director-General of the Office of National Assessments, director TAL Dai-ichi Life Australia, advisor Dai-ichi Life Holdings of Japan, Distinguished Policy Fellow at the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific.

Natsuko Ogawa, Partner, Ashurst, leading the firm’s Japan practice in Australia.

Ian Williams, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills and Vice President of the Australia Japan Business Cooperation Committee.

About AJRC

The Australia-Japan Research Centre (AJRC) is the centre of research, teaching and outreach on the Japanese economy in Australia. AJRC also conducts research to better understand the Australia-Japan relationship and both countries’ strategic interests in the Asia Pacific economy. Established in 1980 with support from the governments and business communities in both Australian and Japan, the research encompasses trade, finance, the Japanese economy, as well as international economic relations.

Dr Shiro Armstrong
Director, AJRC
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