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2018 AIIA National Conference

Published 19 Jun 2018

This year’s AIIA National Conference took place on Monday 15 October at Hotel Realm, Canberra.

We already have some highlights from this year’s conference available:

A full run down of speakers and timings for the National Conference is available: AIIA National Conference Program 2018

We were delighted to have had the attendance of a range of exciting speakers for this years conference:

Foreign Policy

  • Senator The Hon Marise Payne, Minister for Foreign Affairs
  • Senator The Hon Penny Wong, Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs
  • Allan Gyngell AO FAIIA, AIIA National President

Enhancing Prosperity

  • Penny Burtt, Group CEO, Asialink
  • Dr John Edwards, Fellow at the Lowy Institute and Adjunct Professor with the John Curtin Institute of Public Policy
  • Fiona Simson, President of National Farmers Federation
  • Professor Mark Beeson, Professor at the University of Western Australia and Research Chair, Australian Institute of International Affairs

Strengthening Australia’s Security

  • Professor Rory Medcalf, Head of National Security College, Australian National University
  • Dr Elsina Wainwright, Senior Fellow (Non-Resident) at Sydney University’s US Studies Centre and a Visiting Fellow at New York University’s Center on International Cooperation
  • Dr Rebecca Strating, Department of Politics and Philosophy, La Trobe University
  • James Brown, President, Returned and Services League New South Wales, Non-Resident Fellow and Adjunct Professor at the US Studies Centre, University of Sydney

Contribution to Global Issues

  • Christine Milne AO, former Leader of the Australian Greens and former Senator for Tasmania
  • Helen Evans AO FAIIA, Associate Professor, The Nossal Institute for Global Health, University of Melbourne
  • Professor Toby Walsh, Professor of Artificial Intelligence, University New South Wales
  • Professor Steven Freeland, Dean, School of Law, Western Sydney University

Concluding Remarks

  • John McCarthy AO FAIIA, former Ambassador or High Commissioner to the US, Japan, Indonesia, Mexico, Thailand and India and past National President, Australian Institute of International Affairs
  • Melissa Conley Tyler, National Executive Director, Australian Institute of International Affairs

The 2018 National Conference was preceded by masterclasses for young professionals and tertiary students between the ages of 18 and 40. The 2018 masterclasses were held on Sunday 14 October with the support of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The AIIA National Conference and masterclasses provide a unique opportunity to hear and engage directly with experts on Australia’s international affairs.


The 2018 AIIA National Conference is proudly presented in partnership with our sponsors: