Our Programs at a Glance

Since 1997 Asia Society Australia has been building a deeper understanding of Asia in Australia, connecting Australian and the region’s leaders and enriching public debate about Asia.

Our programs are recognised for insights and content of the highest quality, high-profile of speakers and an unprecedented access to business, political and thought leaders from Asia, Australia and the United States. 


Leaders on Asia

Leaders on Asia presents high-profile events with visiting heads of state, ministers, senior officials, dignitaries and leading thinkers from the Indo-Pacific region and Australia. It provides members with a unique direct access to leaders who shape the present and future of our region.

Since 1997 Asia Society Australia has hosted 19 heads of state from Asia and Australia.

Executive Briefings

Executive Briefings are a curated series of meetings presented by diplomats, business leaders and subject matter experts from Asia and Australia. Designed to offer a deep dive into the critical issues of the day, to an audience of senior executives from the business, political, educational and cultural institutions that make up the Asia Society network. Our Executive Briefings are generally by invitation only and held in a Boardroom setting. 

Asia Briefing Live

Asia Briefing Live is a new signature event by Asia Society Australia - an annual executive forum taking the pulse of the major developments in Asia and the state of Australia’s engagement with the region.

Building on the success of our monthly publication, Asia Briefing, Asia Society Australia will bring together 100 senior business leaders and policymakers for an in-depth discussion of geopolitical and business landscape in Asia and Australia’s relations in the region, against the backdrop of global economic and strategic uncertainty.

Sign up to receive our monthly Asia Briefing newsletter, edited by Greg Earl, an award-winning author, journalist and editor and a board member of the Australia-ASEAN Council.

Forecast Asia

Forecast Asia – presented across the Asia Society’s global network – offers assessments and interpretations of trends and developments in Asia by leading economists, business, political and social thinkers and visionaries.

Arts, Culture and Diversity

Arts, Culture and Diversity spans across visual art and performance, literature, media, technology, education, and community sectors. These events examine cultural traditions and expressions, celebrate diversity and multiculturalism, and explore a changing Australian society. Run as both public and member only events, this programming stream offers an exciting way to engage with the work of Asia Society Australia.

Global Initiatives

Global Initiatives brings together the best of our 14 centres to Australia. Convened as both stand-alone events and ongoing collaborations, Asia Society Australia combines global reach with local networks to deliver an international portfolio of programs.


Generation Asia (GEN A) is a learning, networking and leadership development platform for young professionals (under 35) from our member organisations, enriching their understanding of Asia and Australia’s relations with the region. It aims to give our young leaders access to leading business, policy, trade, diversity and cultural thinkers on Asia, through a series of masterclasses that draw on their industry and personal experience working with and in Asia. GEN A participants also have the opportunity to attend regular Asia Society events over the course of the year. GEN A participants are nominated by their respective member organisations. 

Research and publications 

Asia Briefing

Asia Briefing is a monthly newsletter for Asia Society Australia members and supporters with news and original analysis on Asia and Australia-Asia relations. Asia Briefing is edited by Greg Earl, an award-winning author, journalist and editor and a board member of the Australia-ASEAN Council. As Australia charts its future in an economically competitive and geopolitically contested Asia, and the Australian media footprint in Asia continues to shrink, it is an opportune time to offer our members and partners at the forefront of Australia’s engagement with Asia an original, succinct and authoritative curation of the most relevant content on Asia and Australia-Asia relations. Focused on business and geopolitics, Asia Briefing is distinctly Australian and internationalist. It highlights trends, deals, stories and events in our region that matter. 

Asia Society Australia is now bringing Asia Briefing to life with a new annual executive forum, Asia Briefing Live.

Disruptive Asia

Disruptive Asia is a thought-leadership project by Asia Society Australia launched in 2017. It presents new perspectives and policy recommendations from Australian and regional opinion-shapers and new voices on how Asia’s rise is altering Australia’s foreign policy, economy and society and how Australia should respond. Disruptive Asia deliberately looks at both external aspects of Australia’s relationship with Asia (foreign policy, business engagement, international education) and their domestic impact (community relations, leadership diversity, education settings and capabilities). This initiative is supported by the  Desai-Oxnam Innovation Fund. 

See also - 'Connecting Australia and Indonesia' report (2015) offers two distinct viewpoints on the current state and prospects for the Australia-Indonesia relationship from two of Australia’s leading Indonesia observers and practitioners, Richard Woolcott AC, Former Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Andrew Parker, Head of Asia Practice at PwC.


Read about our past events

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.
Leonie Muldoon, H.E. Harinder Sidhu, and driver of Australia's new India Economic Strategy, Peter Varghese briefed guests on the long term bi-partisan strategy for Australia’s economic relationship with India
As Australia refocuses its foreign policy towards Asia, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires reminds us that a rising China should not be likened to a declining U.S. role in the region
While Asia leads the way to greener pastures, Australia remains far behind in the energy game
Craig Connelly, Misha Agzarian, Charles Rockefeller, Christine Davies, and Tara Kenny discuss how giving has evolved since the establishment of institutions like MoMa and Asia Society.
Mr Rudd stresses the importance for Australia to get its relationship with China right, engineering a path to engagement that involves neither “conflict nor Kow Tow"
Ambassador Jane Duke updated guests on what's next for Australia and ASEAN.