Andrew Liveris

Andrew Liveris

Patron

Andrew Liveris AO is the Chairman of International Advisory Board at Dragoman Global and a Non Executive Director at IBM, Saudi Aramco and Worley, a Special Advisor to the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia and former Chairman & CEO of The Dow Chemical Company.

 

Additionally, he served as Chairman of the President’s American Manufacturing Committee and now serves as a member of the President’s Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion.

 

Andrew also serves as Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Business Roundtable, and as an Executive Committee member and former chairman of The Business Council. Andrew is a trustee of The King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, the California Institute of Technology and the United States Council for International Business.

Tom Harley

Tom Harley

Chairman

Tom is a political scientist with an economics and finance background and is the Managing Director of Dragoman. In 2019 he was appointed one of the three Australian representatives on the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) and is a representative at the 2021 B20 for trade and investment.

 

Tom is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies at the Australian National University and Chairman of the Australia Saudi Business Council.

 

From 2008 to 2018, Tom was Non-Executive Chairman of Dow Chemical (Australia) and Senior Advisor to the Dow Chemical Company’s Executive Leadership Team (globally).

 

Tom was President of Corporate Development at BHP, where he designed and implemented BHP’s worldwide political risk analysis methodology and developed strategies in countries where BHP wanted to do business – including some very challenging African and Asian countries.

 

He has worked on fiscal regime issues across the resources sector in many different countries. He was previously head of Mergers and Acquisitions for BHP’s Petroleum Group. Prior to his work in petroleum, Tom was involved in BHP’s financial restructuring and funding in BHP’s Corporate Treasury.

Hon Robert Hill

Hon Robert Hill

Board Member

Robert was a member of the Australian Senate from 1981-2006, representing South Australia. He studied at the University of Adelaide and the London School of Economics, where he gained a Masters in law.

 

Robert was elected Leader of the Liberal Party and Leader of the Opposition in the Senate from 1990-1996 when, on the election of the Howard Government, he became Leader of the Government in the Senate from March 1996 until his resignation in January 2006. He was Minister for the Environment 1996-1998, Minister for the Environment and Heritage 1998-2002 and Minister for Defence from November 2001 to January 2006. In July 2005, the Coalition parties took control of the Senate, and Robert became the first Government Leader in the Senate since 1981 to command a majority in the chamber.

In January 2006 he announced his resignation from the Parliament. Robert was appointed Australian Permanent Representative and Ambassador to the United Nations in New York from 2006 to 2009. From 2009 until January 2012 Robert served as Chairman of the Australian Carbon Trust (later Low Carbon Australia Ltd.).

 

He is Adjunct Professor in Sustainability at the US Studies Centre at the University of Sydney and Chairman of the Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living at the University of New South Wales.

 

He was Chancellor of the University of Adelaide between 2010 to 2014. In June 2012 Robert was awarded a Companion of the Order of Australia for eminent service to the Parliament in the portfolios of Environment and Defence and to Australia’s International relations.

Gillian Cagney

Gillian Cagney

Board Member

Gillian joined Worley in 2004 in Ireland and moved to Queensland with them in 2005. She has held various positions in engineering, project/portfolio management and operational management.

 

Gillian has operated in the Australian LNG, aluminium smelting, oil refining and the Canadian oil sands industries before taking up her recent role with Worley New Zealand.

 

Gillian graduated with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Cork Institute of Technology, Ireland in 2001 and has over 16 years’ experience working in Ireland, Canada, and Australia.

Innes Wilox

Innes Wilox

Board Member

Innes is Chief Executive of the Australian Industry Group, a leading industry organisation representing businesses in a broad range of sectors including manufacturing, construction, transport, defence, ICT and labour hire. His current appointments include:

 

– Director of Australian Super
– Director of the Innovative Manufacturing Co-operative Research Centre
– Board Member of the Australian American Leadership Dialogue
– Convenor of the Industry 4.0 Advanced Manufacturing Forum
– Chair of the Migration Council of Australia
– Chair of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Skilled Migration
– Chair of the RMIT College of Business Industry Advisory Board

 

Innes served as the Australian Consul General to Los Angeles from 2006 to 2008, where he represented wide-ranging Australian interests on the west coast of the United States, including in the areas of trade, finance, culture, bio-technology, environment and energy sectors.

 

He was Chief of Staff to the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Alexander Downer, from 2004 to 2006. Earlier, Innes held a number of private sector and government positions including Manager of Global Public Affairs for Singapore Airlines based in Singapore (2000-04). Innes began his working career as a journalist. His positions included Chief of Staff at The Age newspaper in Melbourne and Chief Political Correspondent for The Age in the Canberra Parliamentary Press Gallery.

Tony Abboud

Tony Abboud

Board Member

Tony Abboud is the CEO and partner at Global Edge Consultancy Group which aims at reshaping trade and relationships between Australia and the GCC region. He has established an internationally recognized Advisory Board for Global Edge, with backgrounds ranging from government, finance and international trade.

 

He is the Group Director of The Consultancy Agency with over 40 years active involvement the Australian property industry. He studied at Macquarie University in Sydney and completed a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Economics and Accounting.

 

He is regularly called on by media outlets for expert commentary on Australian Property and its impact on the economy. Over the years, he has served as President of various industry and community-based organisations.

Rob Thomason

Rob Thomason

Board Member

Rob has over 30 years’ experience working in education, consulting and executive development, in Australia and internationally.
VETASSESS is Australia’s leading independent skills assessing agency working in qualification recognition and employment verification of citizens globally. In addition, its operating brands, eWorks and Become Content provide leading online leaning platforms and content.
Previously, Rob was responsible for membership and education with CPA Australia. Prior to that, he was responsible for CPA Australia’s business development and new market entry. Rob has held several senior roles in education over the past three decades, having commenced his career in education management in VET. He has worked with and for TAFE colleges, RTO’s, professional associations, universities and the private sector. He has been active in international development for over twenty years. He has business development experience in China, India and South Asia, South East Asia, the Gulf, the Pacific, UK and the USA. Rob worked with Fairfax Media, Australia’s largest media organization and was Director, Executive Education with the Melbourne Business School. Directorships including the US-based International University Consortium for Executive Education, a successful Australian Financial Services RTO and the Lake Mountain Alpine Resort, he is currently the Chair of the Tax Institute Higher Education.

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