Advisory Board

We are honoured to receive the support of a diverse and experienced group of key figures in the ASEAN-Australia relationship. The AASYP Advisory Board provides non-binding yet informed advice, recommendations and counsel to the AASYP Board Directors and Executive Team on how to best build knowledge, inspire engagement and create connections with ASEAN and Australia youth. 



Penny is the CEO of Asialink at the University of Melbourne, Australia's leading center for creative engagement with Asia. She joined Asialink from global digital payments company, Visa Inc, where she served as Vice President Government Affairs, Asia Pacific. Prior to Visa, Penny lead External Relations and Client Service Risk for the Asia Pacific with McKinsey&Company. Penny is former senior diplomat. She represented Australia at a senior level in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and at the United Nations in Geneva and New York, and served as an Adviser to the Minister for Foreign Affairs.

Dr Choltis Dhirathiti


Dr Dhirathiti has worked for ASEAN University Network (AUN) since 2009 where he employs his experience on public sector strategies, policy consultancy and human resource development to the work of regional and multilateral cooperation among universities in Southeast Asia. In ARC7, Dr Dhirathiti is the moderator in Working Group Session Part 1 “Taking Action at Community Level: SDGs as Drivers of University Societal Impact”.

Gareth Evans



Professor the Hon Gareth Evans AC QC FASSA FAIIA is Distinguished Honorary Professor at the Australian National University, where he was Chancellor from 2010-19. He was a Cabinet Minister in the Hawke and Keating Labor Governments from 1983-96. During his 21 years in Australian politics he was Leader of the Government in the Senate (1993-96) and Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the House of Representatives (1996-98). From 2000 to 2009 he was President and CEO of the Brussels-based International Crisis Group, the independent global conflict prevention and resolution organisation. He was made a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) in 2012 for his eminent service to international relations, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region​.

Michele Ford


Professor Michele Ford is Director of the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre. Her research focuses on trade union aid, Southeast Asian labour movements and labour migration. Michele’s work has been supported by a number of Australian Research Council Discovery Project grants related to these and other topics. She has also been involved in extensive consultancy work for the ILO, the international labour movement and the Australian government.

Andrew Parker


Further to his current role as Partner of the firm’s Asia Pracice, Andrew is a regular commentator in the media and presenter at forums on Asian trade and investment in Australia and Australian trade and investment in Asia; and was the lead author of PwC’s landmark report on Australia’s lack of business investment in Asia titled “Passing us by”.

Annisa Natalegawa


Annisa is a Partner and Managing Director at Asia Group Advisors (AGA), a strategy and public affairs advisory firm that helps clients grow their business in Southeast Asia. Annisa leads AGA’s operations across the region, with a focus on client advisory, business development and thought leadership. She has spent the last six years at AGA, delivering results in business strategy, political risk assessment, strategic messaging, and engagement and advocacy campaigns in multiple industries across multiple countries

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