Asia Society Australia hosts the first branch of the Asia Society Policy Institute outside the U.S., alongside distinguished fellows, and scholars-in-residence.
Asia Society Policy Institute in Australia
Richard Maude, Senior Fellow
Richard Maude is Executive Director of Policy at Asia Society Australia and a Senior Fellow at the Asia Society Policy Institute. He is a former senior Australian government official with 30 years’ experience in foreign policy and national security.
From 2018 to 2019, Mr Maude was Deputy Secretary, Indo-Pacific Group, in the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Australia’s senior official to the East Asia Summit.
In 2017, Mr Maude was head of the whole-of-government taskforce which supported the preparation of the Australian Government’s 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper.
Mr Maude was Director-General of the Office of National Assessments from May 2013 until November 2016. Before taking up this position, Mr Maude was the senior adviser on foreign policy and national security issues to Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
He has served overseas in Malaysia, where he was Deputy High Commissioner, Singapore and as the Liaison Officer for the Office of National Assessments in the Australian Embassy in Washington DC.
Mr Maude is a member of the Futures Council of the National Security College at the Australian National University and Director of the ANU Crawford Leadership Forum.
Dominique Fraser, Research Associate, Asia Society Policy Institute
Dominique Fraser joined the Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI) in Australia in October 2021. Her work focuses on the relationship between Europe and Asia, in particular ties between Germany and the EU with China and ASEAN.
She has published extensively in Nikkei Asia, The Straits Times, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), The Diplomat, and elsewhere.
Prior to joining ASPI, Dominique worked in the field of atrocity prevention in Geneva, where she lobbied governments to incorporate an atrocity prevention lens into their human rights work and undertook research into risk factors for atrocity crimes.
Dominique completed a Master in International Affairs at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, following a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) in International Relations, from which she graduated as Valedictorian of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Queensland.
In 2022, she was named a Young Woman to Watch by Young Australians in International Affairs.
Dr Muyi Yang, Associate Director, Clean Energy, Asia Society Policy Institute
Muyi Yang joined the Asia Society Policy Institute in March 2023. His is responsible for leveraging ASPI’s analytical work and convening capacity to promote the transition towards a clean and more sustainable energy future in Asia.
Prior to this role (2016-2022), he worked at the University of Technology Sydney, where he was actively engaged in teaching, research, and consulting on a wide range of policy themes including, electricity market reform, renewable uptake, coal power phase-down, transport electrification, energy governance, and political economy. His work mainly focuses on China, Southeast Asia, and Oceania. Between 2020 and 2023, he also worked at Ember, a global energy and climate think tanks dedicated to promoting the transition from coal to clean power.
Muyi holds a PhD and a Master's degree in energy policy, as well as a bachelor's degree in applied science.
Genevieve Donnellon-May, Research Associate, Asia Society Policy Institute
Genevieve Donnellon-May is a geopolitical and global strategy advisor interested in regional resource governance (land, energy, water) and environmental conflict in Asia.
She is also a 2023 CSIS Pacific Young Leader, an Australia-China Emerging Leader, an Australia-Vietnam Young Leader, and a 2023 Yenching Global Scholar. In 2023, Genevieve was shortlisted by the Young Australians in International Affairs as one of the Young Women to Watch in International Affairs.
Genevieve holds an MSc in Water Science, Policy and Management from the University of Oxford, and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) and a Diploma of Languages from the University of Melbourne. She has held positions as the 2022 Young Australians in International Affairs Climate Fellow as well as at the Institute of Water Policy, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, and the Asan Institute for Policy Studies, South Korea.
Additionally, Genevieve is a member of the Indo-Pacific Circle, an associate of the Indo-Pacific Studies Center, and a reviewer of peer-reviewed journals.
Asia Society-Victoria Distinguished Fellows
Tetsuya Terazawa, Chairman and CEO of the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (IEEJ)
Mr. Terazawa has been leading the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (IEEJ), one of the leading energies thinktanks in the world, to present pathways to achieve carbon neutrality as well as to recommend measures to enhance energy security for the governments and industries since he became the Chairman and CEO of IEEJ in July 2021.
He has been a very active global speaker in the discussions concerning global climate issues and energy security.
Before joining IEEJ, he supported the then Minister Yasutoshi NISHIMURA as the Senior Advisor of the Cabinet Office between January and June 2021 to assist the Government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic and the formulation of the Growth Strategy including the Japanese “Green New Deal”.
Earlier, he served at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) of Japan where he held leading positions including the Vice-Minister for International Affairs. In this role, he assisted the then Prime Minister Shinzo ABE, participating in many of the meetings with the leaders of the world. He also played a crucial role in the coordination for the 2019 G20 Osaka Summit.
Through September 2011 to December 2012, he served as the Executive Secretary to the then Prime Minister Yoshihiko NODA. During this period, he assisted the Prime Minister on the Government’s multiple challenges to deal with the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake.
He has been the Senior Specially Appointed Professor at the Tokyo University of Science, teaching international negotiations since January 2020. He is a graduate of the University of Tokyo’s Faculty of Law. He also studied at Harvard University in the United States, where he earned MBA in 1990. He was born in January 1961 in Osaka, Japan.
Asia Society Australia Scholar-In-Residence
Courtney Fung, Associate Professor in the Department of Security Studies & Criminology at Macquarie University
Courtney is concurrently Scholar in Residence at the Asia Society Australia; Associate in Research at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University, and Associate Fellow at the Lowy Institute.
Courtney studies how rising powers address the norms and provisions for global governance and international security, with a primary focus on China.
Courtney was previously an associate professor with tenure at the University of Hong Kong and a post-doctoral fellow with the Columbia-Harvard China in the World Program. She has a doctorate from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University, and will be a Fulbright scholar at Georgetown University in spring 2024 through the DFAT-funded Professional Scholarship in Australian-American Alliance Studies.
Greg Barton, Professor of Global Islamic Politics, Alfred Deakin Institute, Deakin University
Asia Society Australia Scholar-In-Residence Greg Barton is Research Professor in Global Islamic Politics in the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation (ADI), Deakin University where, since August 2015, he has led research on Islam and civil society, democratisation, and countering violent extremism.
Greg has thirty-four years of experience researching Islam and social movements in Indonesia and broader Southeast Asia. From 2007 to 2015 he was the Herb Feith Professor for the Study of Indonesia at Monash. He taught at the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu from 2006 to 2007, and at Deakin University from 1992 to 2006. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the Graduate School of Strategic and Global Studies (SKSG), University of Indonesia, and a Senior Fellow with the UAE-based Hedayah Center in Abu Dhabi working on CVE.
Over the past three decades he has undertaken extensive research on Indonesia politics and society, especially of the role of Islam as both a constructive and a disruptive force. He also has a strong general interest in security, international relations and comparative international politics. The central axis of his research interests is the way in which religious thought, individual believers and religious communities respond to modernity and to the modern nation state.
His most recent book (co-edited and written with Matteo Vergani) is Countering Violent and Hateful Extremism in Indonesia: Islam, Gender and Civil Society (Palgrave 2022). He is currently working on an ARC Linkage project on Appropriate International Development Intervention Responses to Address Violent and Hateful Extremism in Asia, researching hateful and violent extremism in Indonesia, the Philippines, Mozambique and Kenya; an ARC DP project on Religious Populism, Emotions and Political Mobilisation in Turkey, Indonesia and Pakistan; and concluding work on another ARC DP project on Religious diversity in Australia: Strategies to maintain social cohesion.
Asia Society Australia-Japan Fellows
Kyoko Hatakeyama, Professor, Graduate School of International Studies and Regional Development, University of Niigata Prefecture
Kyoko Hatakeyama is a Professor of International Relations at the Graduate School of International Studies and Regional Development, University of Niigata Prefecture.
Prior to this position, she served as a Research Analyst in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and Kansai Gaidai University. Her research interests include Japan’s foreign and security policy, international relations in Asia, and international relations theory.
Currently, she focuses on a new project on maritime security and regional order in Asia. She has published widely on Japan’s foreign and security policy, middle power diplomacy, maritime security and regional order in Asia. She has been frequently invited as a guest speaker to meetings and symposiums in Japan and overseas and has contributed to public debates on international relations.
Professor Hatakeyama’s recent publications include “A Middle Power’s Roles in Shaping the East Asian Security Order: Analysis of Japan’s Engagement from a Normative Perspective,” Australian Journal of Politics and History 65 (3) 2019 and Japan’s Evolving Security Policy: Militarisation within a Pacifist Tradition, Routledge, 2021.
She holds BA in political science from Keio University and MA in international relations and PhD in political science from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia.
Ian Williams, Principal of IMW Advisory
Ian Williams is an experienced corporate lawyer and non-executive director with more than 30 years’ experience working between Japan and Australia.
Ian previously worked and played rugby union at Kobe Steel and was as a partner at international law firms Herbert Smith Freehills and Ashurst for 20 years. He is currently a non-executive director of ASX-listed and private companies, as well as a strategic advisor to Japanese companies.
Ian has commentated and written extensively on the Japan Australia trade and investment relationship including the following reports: Japan-Australia Investment Report (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022), Japanese Investment in Australia - Lessons Learnt (2016), Comparison of Corporate Governance in Japan and Australia (2015) and Foreign Direct Investment: How to improve the investment environment (2014).
He serves as Vice-President of the Australia Japan Business Co-operation Committee, and as a member of the Advisory Board of the Australian-Japan Research Centre at the Australian National University. Ian founded the Australia-Japan Roundtable Dinner in 2001. He was awarded the Japanese Foreign Minister's Commendation (外務大臣表彰) for service to the Japan Australia relationship in business and sport in 2016.
Ian holds degrees in Law and Economics from The University of Sydney and also completed postgraduate studies in Politics, Philosophy and Economics at The University of Oxford, England. He is the only person to have represented both Australia (1984-1990) and Japan (1993) in rugby union.
Asia Society Australia Supply Chain Fellows
Dr Hermione Parsons, Asia Society Supply Chain Fellow and Chairperson of the Supply Chain Advisory Network
Since 2010, Dr Hermione Parsons has been the Director of Centres for Supply Chain and Logistics at Deakin and Victoria Universities in Melbourne Australia.
Previously she was strategic planner at the Port of Melbourne Corporation, the Victorian Government (economic development and infrastructure) and the Melbourne Markets Authority.
Hermione has executive management experience in public and private sector organisations with responsibility for multimodal freight logistics, freight transport infrastructure planning, competition, regulation, supply chain reengineering, and industry-government relations. Areas of expertise include end-to-end supply chain strategy, managing supply chain complexity, and problem-solving freight logistics in metropolitan, regional and international markets (Australia and South East Asia).
Hermione is a Non-executive Director at the Melbourne Market Authority, Co-founder and Chairperson of the Wayfinder: Supply Chain Careers for Women Initiative; member of the VicTrack Board’s Advisory Committees for Freight Logistics and Strategic Innovation; Chairperson of the Supply Chain Advisory Network; and member of the Australia’s National Freight Data Hub Advisory Group. Hermione is recognised as one of the 100 Most Influential Women in Supply Chain - Global Women Supply Chain Leaders Awards 2020 by B2G | Paris | Bahrain | Singapore.
Vinh Thai, Asia Society Supply Chain Fellow and Associate Professor at the School of Accounting, Information Systems and Supply Chain, RMIT University
Dr Vinh Thai is an associate professor at the School of Accounting, Information Systems and Supply Chain of RMIT University.
He is currently an Associate Editor of the Asian Journal of Shipping and Logistics and is known internationally for his research in logistics and supply chain management in general and maritime logistics in particular.
He has so far published more than 140 international peer-reviewed journal articles and conference papers, and several book chapters, in leading academic journals e.g. Transportation Research Part E, Transportation Research Part A, International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management, International Journal of Logistics Management, International Journal of Shipping & Transport Logistics, Maritime Policy & Management, Maritime Economics & Logistics, etc. His work has been widely cited in academic journals as well as in industry magazines and newspapers such as Daily Cargo News, Science Daily, Safety & Health Magazine, ABC News Fact Check, Herald Sun, ABC Radio National, etc.
Vinh is the founder of the Australian Maritime Logistics Research Network (AMLRN), established in 2019, connecting maritime academics and industry professionals in Australia and overseas. He has also been a consultant in numerous consultancy projects, for example, for ASEAN Secretariat (ASEAN maritime transport development study), Japan International Cooperation Agency – JICA (Vietnam Transport Sector Study), World Bank in Vietnam (Northern Region Comprehensive Transport Strategy Study), Japan Bank for International Cooperation – JBIC (Study of the national transport development strategy for Vietnam), World Bank in Indonesia (Port Development Priority Projects and Value for Money Study). Prior to joining academia, he worked for various companies in the maritime logistics industry including Asian Pacific Shipping, P&O Nedlloyd Shipping Line, and Vietnam International Container Terminal (VICT).