Asia Society-Victoria Distinguished Fellowship

Increasing economic, strategic and cultural connectivity between Australia and the Asia-Pacific region

Asia Society Australia-Victoria Distinguished Fellowship is a partnership between Asia Society Australia and the Victorian Government to bring the best minds and ideas from Asia and Australia to Victoria. It aims to generate new ideas and promote greater economic, strategic and cultural connectivity between Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. The Fellowship will showcase the state of Victoria as Australia's centre of excellence for Asia insights and capabilities

One Fellowship will be awarded annually to a thought-leader from Asia or Australia from public, private and non-profit sectors to develop new approaches and practical solutions to deepen and broaden Australia’s relations with Asia. Thomas Trikasih Lembong, Chairman of Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board and former Indonesian Minister of Trade, is the inaugural recipient of the Asia Society Australia-Victoria Distinguished Fellowship. 

Thomas Lembong said:

“It is an honour to receive this prestigious fellowship at an important juncture in the Indonesia-Australia relationship, when both nations are committed to strengthen economic and strategic links, including through the Indonesia-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement. I look forward to visiting Melbourne and working together with our Australian partners to build new connections between Indonesia and Victoria”.

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Thomas Lembong at Asia Society Australia

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    Our Distinguished Fellow shares his insights on the trajectory of the Indonesian economy, the upcoming Indonesian elections, and the state of play with regional neighbours, assuring guests that regardless of political change and exchange Indonesia would remain open to trade and investment.
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    Indonesian Trade Minister Engar, BKPM Chairman and Indonesia Ambassador visit Asia Society Australia. The future looks bright for bilateral relationship
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    Future is bright for the Australia-Indonesia relationship

Media Coverage

Thomas Lembong, the inaugural Asia Society Australia-Victoria Distinguished Fellow, receives extensive media coverage in the AFR, The Australian, SBS, and medianet.
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