La Trobe Asia Steering Committee

The work of La Trobe Asia is overseen by its Steering Committee.

The Steering Committee's Terms of Reference are as follows:

  • It is a strategic and advisory group that will support La Trobe Asia and meet bi-monthly.
  • It will renew, consider and endorse the annual plan prepared by the Executive Director.
  • It will monitor the performance of La Trobe Asia.
  • It will provide internal advice on developments of relevance to La Trobe Asia and facilitate the dissemination of information internally as appropriate, in an advocacy role.

The membership of the Steering Committee is:

  • Professor Keith Nugent, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice President (Research) Chair
  • Professor Robert Pike, Pro Vice-Chancellor College of Science, Health and Engineering
  • Kelly Smith, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International)
  • Dr Catherine Itsiopoulos, Head of School of Allied Health, College of Science, Health and Engineering
  • Professor Helen Lee, Department of Social Inquiry, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce
  • Dr Savitri Taylor, Associate Professor, La Trobe Law School, College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce

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La Trobe Asia Advisory Board

La Trobe Asia has an Advisory Board to provide strategic advice to the Executive Director of La Trobe Asia and the University more broadly about its engagement with Asia and developments external to the University.  The Board will provide input into developments in Asia's tertiary sector, opportunities for partnerships with institutions and organisations in Asia and provide external advice on the operations of La Trobe Asia.  The Board will meet annually.

Members of the Advisory Board are:

  • Steven Foo
  • Dr Peter Frost
  • Dr Meenakshi Gopinath
  • Allan Gyngell AO
  • Linda Jakobson
  • Emeritus Professor Robin Jeffrey
  • Dr Geoff Raby
  • Emeritus Professor John Rosenberg
  • Professor Paul Yip
  • Professor Khatijah Yusoff

Advisory Board Members - brief biographies

Steven Foo

Steven Foo is currently Head of Asia Business Development in Australia Post Parcels Services business, responsible for the development of strategic partnerships with a number of eCommerce marketplaces. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Sai Cheng Logistics International - a joint venture formed in 2005 between Australia Post and China Post, headquartered in Shanghai. The joint venture has been operating successfully as a third-party integrated logistics business supporting a number of industries in the B2B and B2C market segments.

Prior to joining Australia Post, Steven invested over 20 years in various successful senior executive management roles in manufacturing, supply chain, procurement, business and sales operations for a number of multinational companies, including SITA, AT&T, Lucent Technologies and Alcatel-Lucent. He has extensive experience in managing international teams, particularly in the Asia Pacific, China and Australasia region.

Steven has travelled extensively throughout his career and has lived in several countries including Singapore, Canada, Japan, and Australia. He has a Bachelor of Science degree (Electrical and Electronics Engineering) from University of Calgary in Canada, and a Masters of Business Administration from La Trobe University in Australia.

Dr Peter Frost

Dr Peter Frost is the CEO and Deputy Auditor-General at the Victorian Auditor-General's Office (VAGO).

Dr Frost commenced with VAGO in January 2007, and has had an extensive career in public sector management, leading many organisational and industry reviews in education, transport, whole of government, and international development across Victoria, the Commonwealth and in 33 countries.

Dr Frost has held senior roles as Head of the Office of Public Sector Management in the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at RMIT, Special Adviser on Public Sector Reform at the Commonwealth Secretariat in London and as a Project Director for both the Asian Development Bank and World Bank, and the Victorian Government's Tsunami Reconstruction Project.

Dr Peter Frost is an alumnus of La Trobe University.

Dr Meenakshi Gopinath

Dr Meenakshi Gopinath is currently Founder and Director of WISCOMP (Women in Security, Conflict Management and Peace), an initiative that seeks to promote the leadership of South Asian women in the areas of peace, security and regional cooperation. She is also Mentor of Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi. She was the first woman to serve as member of the National Security Advisory Board (NSAB) of India.

Dr Gopinath is a member of multi-track peace initiatives in Kashmir and between India and Pakistan including the Neemrana Peace Initiative and the Pakistan India Peoples' Forum for Peace and Democracy. She has authored among others Pakistan in Transition, and co-authored Conflict Resolution – Trends and Prospects,Transcending Conflict: A Resource book on Conflict Transformation and Dialogic Engagement and has contributed chapters and articles in several books and journals on Gandhi, the politics of Pakistan, the arts Conflict Resolution, Gender and Peace Building et al. Her interests include issues of human rights and gender, conflict transformation and Buddhist and Gandhian philosophy. In recognition of her contribution to the field of women's education and empowerment, she has received several awards including:

  • Padma Shri Award, Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi Award
  • Rajiv Gandhi Award for Excellence in Education
  • Mahila Shiromani Award
  • Delhi Citizen Forum Award
  • Qimpro Platinum Standard Award for Education
  • Celebrating Womanhood South Asian Recognition Award for Social Harmony
  • International Lifetime Achievement  Award – 2009 for outstanding work in the field of Justice, Equity, Peace and Progress
  • L.M. Singhvi  Fellowship Award at the David Davies Memorial Institute of International Studies (DDMI), University of Wales, Aberystwyth,
  • Award of Honorary Doctorate Degree for significant contribution to the education of women and the commitment to fostering global peace through Conflict Resolution, La Trobe University, Australia

Dr Gopinath serves on the Governing Boards of research institutes, NGOs, educational institutions and Corporate bodies. She also is a member of The Club of Rome, member of the UGC, the Indo German Consultative Group and Track Two initiatives in the South Asian region. She has been a Fulbright scholar and has received several fellowships including the Australian International Education Foundation Fellowship (1996-97) and the University Grants Commission Indo-Israel Exchange Fellowship (1994-1996) among others.

Dr Gopinath is an Honorary Adjunct Professor with La Trobe Asia.

Allan Gyngell AO

Allan Gyngell is an Adjunct Professor in the Crawford School of Public Policy at the ANU and a Visiting Fellow at the National Security College.

From 2009 to 2013 he was Director-General of the Office of National Assessments (ONA), the Australian national intelligence assessment agency. Before his appointment to ONA, he was the founding Executive Director of the Lowy Institute for International Policy (2003-09).

Allan has a wide background in international policymaking and analysis and has written and spoken extensively on Australian foreign policy, Asian regional relations and the development of global and regional institutions. He is co-author with Professor Michael Wesley of Making Australian Foreign Policy (Cambridge University Press).

He began his professional career in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and served as an Australian diplomat in Australian missions in Rangoon, Singapore and Washington.   He also held senior appointments in ONA and the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Between 1993 and 1996, he was Senior Adviser (International) to Prime Minister Paul Keating.

Allan was appointed as an Officer in the Order of Australia in 2009 for service to international relations and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of International Affairs. He is a graduate in history and political science from the University of Melbourne.

Linda Jakobson

In January 2014 Linda Jakobson became an independent researcher and is one of the Founding Directors of China Matters Ltd. At the same time she took up the position of Visiting Professor at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney.

She is also a Nonresident Fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Policy. From 2011 to 2013 she served as the Institute's East Asia Program Director.

In 2014 Linda Jakobson co-founded China Matters Ltd, a not-for-profit company registered as a charity under Australian law. The goal of China Matters is to stimulate and sustain a nuanced and informed public discourse in Australia about China's rise and its implications for Australia.

Before moving to Sydney in 2011 Jakobson lived and worked in China for 22 years and published six books on Chinese and East Asian society. Her last position in Beijing was Director of the China and Global Security Programme and Senior Researcher at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) 2009-2011. A Mandarin speaker, Jakobson has published extensively on China's foreign and security policy, the Taiwan Straits, China's energy security, and science & technology policies.

Her publications include "China's unpredictable maritime security actors" (Lowy Institute Report 2014), "Australia's relations with China in Turbulence" (The Asan Forum February 2014); China's Arctic Aspirations (SIPRI Policy Paper 2012 with Jingchao Peng); Australia-China ties: In search of political trust (Lowy Institute Policy Brief 2011); and New Foreign Policy Actors in China (SIPRI Policy Paper 2010 with Dean Knox).

Jakobson's present research projects all relate to China's foreign and security policy and East Asian political dynamics. Discrete projects focus on maritime security in Indo-Pacific Asia, US-China relations, Australia-China ties, and China's Arctic activities.

Emeritus Professor Robin Jeffrey

Professor Robin Jeffrey taught school in India from 1967-9 and completed a doctorate in Indian history at Sussex University in 1973. He taught for 25 years in the Politics Program at La Trobe University in Melbourne, worked twice at ANU in Canberra and has lived for six years in India between 1967 and 2015. He is an Emeritus Professor of La Trobe University and ANU, a distinguished fellow of the Australia-India Institute in Melbourne and a visiting research professor at the Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore. His most recent book, co-authored with Assa Doron of ANU, is The Great Indian Phone Book (C. Hurst and Harvard UP, 2013), published in India as Cell Phone Nation (Hachette India). His current research is on garbage in India.

Dr Geoff Raby

Dr Geoff Raby was Australia's Ambassador to China from 2007-2011. Following completion of his Ambassadorial term, after 27 years in the public service, mostly with DFAT, he resigned to establish his Beijing-based business advisory company – Geoff Raby and Associates Ltd.

Dr Raby holds a number of non-executive, independent director positions with ASX-listed companies, including Fortescue Metal Group (FMG), OceanaGold, Yancoal, YPB Group and iSentia. He is also Chairman of ASX-listed IT solutions business, SmartTrans.

In China, Dr Raby serves as Co-Chair of Corrs Chambers Westgarth's China practice and as Vice Chairman of Macquarie Group (Greater China).

Dr Raby is a member of the non-for-profit Advance Global Advisory Board and is a member of the University of Sydney's China Studies Centre Advisory Board. Dr Raby is an inaugural Member of the La Trobe Asia Advisory Board and currently Vice Chancellor's Professorial Fellow at Monash University.

In recognition of his contributions to advancing relations between Australia and China, Dr Raby was made Friendship Ambassador to Shandong Province and an honorary citizen of Chengdu City.

Dr Raby was Deputy Secretary in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) from 2002 to 2006. He has held a number of senior positions in DFAT, including First Assistant Secretary, International Organisations and Legal Division (2001-2002), Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organisation, Geneva (1998-2001), First Assistant Secretary, Trade Negotiations Division (1995-1998), and APEC Ambassador from November 2002 to December 2004. He was head of the Trade Policy Issues Division in the OECD, Paris, 1993-95.

He is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Asia Society.

He holds an Honours Degree in Economics, a Masters in Economics and a PhD from La Trobe University.

Emeritus Professor John Rosenberg

Professor John Rosenberg holds the Honours degree of Bachelor of Science and the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in computer science from Monash University, and is a Fellow of the Academy for Technological Sciences and Engineering, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Computer Society

Professor Rosenberg was Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global Relations) at La Trobe University until June 2013. In this role he was responsible for the internationalisation agenda, including international student recruitment, student mobility and internationalising the student experience, and marketing and engagement, including domestic student recruitment, brand management, corporate marketing, alumni and events. Professor Rosenberg also had responsibility for the La Trobe Melbourne, a pathway college and the La Trobe University Confucius Institute.

Previously, Professor Rosenberg was Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at Deakin University for six years and Dean of the Faculty of Information Technology at Monash University for six years. Prior to this he held appointments at the University of Newcastle and the University of Sydney, and was a Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland.

Professor Rosenberg is a distinguished academic, is widely published, and has been active in significant government working parties and committees. One of his major areas of expertise is information technology, both from an infrastructure point of view and in terms of the use of technology in the delivery of educational programs.

Professor Rosenberg now undertakes consulting in relation to higher education and international education with a range of Australian and international universities and education-based companies.

Professor Paul Yip

Paul Yip is the Founding Director of the Centre Suicide Research and Prevention and a professor of the Department of Social Work and Social Administration, The University of Hong Kong,   He was the vice president of 'International Association of Suicide Prevention' (IASP) in 2009-2013. He has won the Stengel Research award for his contribution for suicide prevention in 2011.

Paul Yip has received a Distinguished Alumni Award, La Trobe University in 2008 for his excellent research and service on population health especially in Asia.   He is also a recipient of 'Outstanding Supervisor and Researcher of the University of Hong Kong' in 2011 and 2009 respectively.

Paul's current interests are in adopting a public health approach in suicide prevention especially, restriction of means, cost-effectiveness of suicide prevention, mass media contagious effect on suicide, east and west comparison in suicide gender ratio, cultural and religious effect on suicide and program evaluation of evidence-based suicide prevention programs. He has served as a consultant of World Health Organization.

Paul is an associate member of the Central Policy Unit of Hong Kong SAR Government and chair of the research committee of the Family Planning Association of Hong Kong.

Professor Khatijah Yusoff

Khatijah was born in Penang. She obtained a First Class Honours in Microbiology in 1979 and PhD in 1983 from La Trobe University, Australia. She then joined Universiti Putra Malaysia (then known as Universiti Pertanian Malaysia) as a lecturer and became a full Professor in 2001. Since then she has held various administrative posts including the Dean of Faculty of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences (BioTech), and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic & International Affairs).  From 2008-2010, she was seconded to the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation Malaysia as the Deputy Secretary-General (Science).  She is now Dean of Biotech at University Putra Malaysia.

Khatijah's research on Newcastle disease virus has won her many awards including the 2005 Carlos J Finlay Prize for microbiology by UNESCO and the National Young Scientist Award in 1990.  She is a Fellow of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia (FASc), the Islamic World Academy of Science (FIAS) and The World Academy of Sciences (FTWAS). She sits on the National Science Research Council and the National Bioethics Council. She has published extensively, filed several patents and trademarks, and currently holds a US patent.  Together with her colleagues, she has supervised over 125 postgraduate students, 105 of whom have graduated. She is also active in local and international professional societies. In addition to being on the Board of Directors for A-Bio, GreenTech Malaysia and the National Institutes of Biotechnology Malaysia (NIBM), Khatijah also sits on the Board of Trustees for International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and the SEAMEO-BIOTROP Governing Board.

In 2010, La Trobe University awarded Khatijah a DSc (honoris causa).