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Advance Connect : A conversation with Peter Varghese AO, Chancellor of The University of Queensland

December 2, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am AEDT


Prior to his appointment as Chancellor in 2016, Peter served as Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (2012-2016), High Commissioner to India (2009-2012), High Commissioner to Malaysia (2000-2002), Director-General of the Office of National Assessments (2004-2009), and Senior Advisor (International) to Australian Prime Minister John Howard (2003-2004).

Peter Varghese led an extensive career in public service and diplomacy over nearly four decades, holding senior positions in foreign affairs, trade policy and intelligence. He produced a comprehensive India Economic Strategy to 2035 that was presented to the Prime Minister in April 2018.

Peter Varghese holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honours, a University Medal in history and an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from The University of Queensland. He was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia in 2010 for distinguished service to public administration, particularly in leading reform in the Australian intelligence community and as an adviser in the areas of foreign policy and international security.

He also sits on the boards of CARE Australia and North Queensland Airports, and is on the international governing board of the Rajaratnum School of International Studies in Singapore. He was awarded the Sir Edward “Weary” Dunlop Asialink Medal in 2019 in recognition of outstanding contributions to improving Australia-Asia relations.

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Date: Wednesday 2 December 2020

Time: 10am – 11.30am AEDT

Venue: Hosted on-line

Registration: This event is by invitation only.


December 2, 2020
10:00 am - 11:30 am AEDT
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