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 communities and enriching public debate about Australia’s engagement with Asia.

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


Leaders on Asia

Since 1997 Asia Society Australia has hosted 19 heads of state from Asia and Australia. Our Leaders on Asia program 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.

H.E. Mr Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan on his country’s quest to economic revival (2014)

The Hon Tony Abbott MP, Prime Minister of Australia delivers a keynote Asia policy address ahead of his first visit to Japan, Korea and China (2014)


Business of Asia

BHP Billiton's Andrew Mackenzie addressing Asia Society Australia in 2013.

Business of Asia program connects our members with leaders of some of Australia and Asia’s major enterprises, who share unique insights on their companies’ successes and challenges in the Asian Century.

Andrew Mackenzie, Chief Executive Officer, BHP Billiton on the Global Australian’s past, present and future in Asia (2013)

James Packer, Chairman, Crown Limited on embracing the China market (2013)

Ronnie Chan, Global Co-Chair, Asia Society and Chairman, Hang Lung Group on China's economic outlook (2012)


Policy Briefings

Asia Society Policy Briefings delivered to our members by senior diplomats, foreign policy and country experts offer an insider’s perspective on foreign and economic policy issues and relationships which are critically important for Australia.

Bruce Miller, Australian Ambassador to Japan, on Japan's political, economic and social landscape and the state of the bilateral relationship (2015)

Jan Adams, Deputy Secretary, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, on negotiating Australia’s Free Trade Agreements with Korea, Japan and China (2015)


Forecast Asia

Forecast Asia series – 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.

Andrew Penn, then Chief Financial Officer and Group Executive International Telstra Limited (now Chief Executive Officer), Telstra on trends in technology and what they will mean for Asia (2014)

Daniel Rosen, Wadsworth Fellow at the Asia Society Policy Institute and founding partner of the Rhodium Group on his landmark report “Avoiding the Blind Alley: China’s Economic Overhaul and Its Global Implications” (2014)



Insights is the Asia Society Australia's thought-leadership platform, through which we will examine some of the key issues facing Australia in the Indo-Pacific region. Insights combine research, publications, digital and online content and will apply Asia Society’s world-leading convening and research capabilities to offer informed, original and multi-dimensional perspectives on Australia and its future in the Indo-Pacific century.

'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.

Disruptive Asia

Disruptive Asia is a new series of events and thought-leadership initiatives by Asia Society Australia that examine Asia’s innovation and technological renaissance and its impact on Australia and the world. This initiative is supported by the  Desai-Oxnam Innovation Fund. 


Introducing: Gen A

Generation Asia (GEN A) is a learning, networking and leadership development platform for young professionals from our member organisations to enrich their understanding of Asia and Australia’s relations with the region. It will provide the participants with interest in Asia access to the Asia Society Australia member-only events and an annual series of programs and activities specifically designed for the Gen A participants. The inaugural Gen A program will be delivered in Sydney and Melbourne from November 2016 - December 2017.