Former Trade Minister Andrew Robb has been appointed Chairman of Asialink and Asialink Business.
Mr Robb replaces current Chairman Sid Myer, who will take up a new role as Patron of Asialink, and will continue to serve on the Asialink Business board. The change is effective from January 1.
During his term as Minister for Trade and Investment Mr Robb successfully negotiated Free Trade Agreements with South Korea, Japan and China (for which he was awarded Policy Maker of the Year in 2015), as well as the 12 country Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement and the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership with Singapore.
He has had a distinguished career in business and politics where he held positions including Minister for Trade and Investment as well as Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, Minister for Vocational Education, Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and Climate Change, Chairman of the Coalition Policy Development Committee and Shadow Minister for Finance, Deregulation and Debt Reduction.
In 2003, he received the Office of the Order of Australia for his service to agriculture, politics and the community.
Mr Robb will be responsible for leading the Asialink and Asialink Business Boards in overseeing the continued development of Asialink and Asialink Business during what will be a critical period, as Australia charts a course through a regional and global environment experiencing significant growth and volatility.
Mr Myer has served as Chairman of Asialink since 2004, and Chairman of Asialink Business since 2013.
He has guided Asialink Business’ exceptional growth since its establishment just over three years ago, and has played a significant role in helping to define and develop Asia capability among Australia’s workforce.