We are saddened to write that former AIIA Queensland President and AIIA Fellow, Professor Russell Trood, passed away on January 9 at the age of 68. He was a man of many achievements and admired on all sides of politics.
Professor Trood had a long history at Griffith University, including as Director of the Centre for the Study of Australia-Asia Relations and Director of the Griffith Asia Institute. From 2005 to 2011 Professor Trood was a Liberal Party senator for Queensland, serving in numerous committees and working tirelessly to promote Australia’s relations and interests in the Asia-Pacific. Following parliamentary service, he served as National President of the United Nations Association of Australia and acted as an envoy for Australia’s UN Security Council bid. He was honoured as a Fellow of the Australian Institute of International Affairs in 2016.
According to AIIA National President The Hon Kim Beazley AC FAIIA, “Russell was a contributor to the national discourse on foreign policy and national security matters of great substance. Politician, academic, writer, commentator he was a mentor to many. A humble man of quiet achievement. On behalf of the AIIA we express our sincerest condolences to his family and friends.”