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Asia Society Australia is advised by the Board and Advisory Council which includes some of Australia's most prominent business, political, cultural and education leaders, and led by a high-performing team of globally-connected staff, advisors and fellows.

Core Staff

Philipp Ivanov, Chief Executive Officer

Philipp is the inaugural CEO of Asia Society Australia. He commenced in the role in January 2015 and is leading Asia Society's Australian centre through an exciting period of growth and transformation.  Philipp is a China specialist with extensive experience in policy, advocacy, education and research. Previously, he was a policy officer and Manager of the Australia-China Council at the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. In this role, Philipp led the renewal of the Council and had broader responsibilities for the bilateral relationship between Australia and China. Philipp was one of the principal authors of the Australia in the Asian Century White Paper - China Country Strategy. 

Previously. his work focussed on internationalising Australian universities. He was Acting Director and Deputy Director of the Research Institute for Asia and the Pacific, advised the University of Sydney on China offshore strategy and managed La Trobe University's partnerships in the Gulf States, Vietnam and Thailand.

Philipp spent over 6 years in China working in educational management and development roles. He is the recipient of the ‘Rose Award’ by Shenyang Municipal Government for his contribution to Shenyang City. He was also awarded the Australian Government’s Endeavour Executive Fellowship (2009) under which he undertook research on China’s higher education at the China National Academy of Education Administration in Beijing. He is a board member of Asia Recon, Sydney City Council's Chinese New Year Advisory Panel and Asia Literacy Ambassador at the Asia Education Foundation. In 2015, he was invited as the only Australian delegate to the 2015 Congress of Vienna - a preeminent global track-two dialogue on conflict, migration, equality and innovation.  Philipp received classical Chinese language, economy and history training at the Far Eastern National University in Russia. He also studied in Jilin and Liaoning Normal universities in China. He holds a Master of Educational Leadership and Management from RMIT University in Australia. He grew up in Vladivostok on Russia's Pacific coast and is a fluent Chinese and Russian speaker. Connect with Philipp on Linkedin or twitter @philippivanov

 

Jette Radley, Events and Sponsorship Coordinator

Jette Radley commenced the role of Events and Sponsorship Coordinator at Asia Society Australia in 2016. She was previously the Executive Officer at the Australia China Business Council (ACBC). At ACBC she worked directly with the National CEO and NSW Branch CEO to implement the goals and objectives of the Council.

Jette has a strong interest in social justice and the not-for-profit sector, and volunteered as a research assistant at Burma Campaign Australia where she assisted in the development of a human rights advocacy and awareness campaign to coincide with Burma's 2014 ASEAN chairmanship. Having grown up in regional Australia, Jette was able to combine her interests in regional issues, food security and Australia’s role in feeding Asia by completing an internship at the New South Wales Farmers Association. Here, Jette contributed to the development of an Industry Action Plan, to help future-proof NSW Agriculture.

Jette was a founding member of the Australia China Youth Association (ACYA), University of Technology Sydney Chapter and a past panelist at the annual Australia China Emerging Leaders’ Summit. After being awarded an Australian Government Discover China Scholarship, Jette studied Chinese language and culture at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China.

Jette graduated from the University of Technology, Sydney in 2013 with a double degree in Communications (Social Inquiry) and International Studies (Chinese language and Culture).  Her studies focused on policy and advocacy, media, and the politics of climate change and food security. You can connect with Jette on Linkedin or twitter @jetteradley