Dr Geoff Raby: Australia’s former Ambassador to China to address CESA2018

Australia’s former Ambassador to China to address CESA2018

March 1 2018

Dr Geoff Raby, Chairman & CEO of Geoff Raby & Associates and former Australian Ambassador to China, will join the Chinese Economics Society Australia 2018 Annual Conference (CESA2018) distinguished speakers list. CESA 2018 will be held from July 15-17 2018 in Sydney and will be hosted by the Australia-China Relations Institute (ACRI) at University of Technology Sydney.

Dr Geoff Raby was Australia’s Ambassador to China from 2007 to 2011. After 27 years in the public service, he completed his Ambassadorial term and resigned to establish Geoff Raby and Associates in 2011.

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 (2002-2004). He was head of the Trade Policy Issues Division in the OECD in Paris during 1993-95.

Dr Raby also holds a number of non-executive, independent director positions with ASX-listed companies. In China, Dr Raby serves as Co-Chair of Corrs Chambers Westgarth’s China practice. He is also a member of the non-for-profit Advance Global Advisory Board, University of Sydney’s China Studies Centre Advisory Board, La Trobe University Asia Advisory Board, and the Foundation of the National Gallery of Victoria. Dr Raby used to serve as independent director of Fortescue Metal Group.

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 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. In 2015, Dr Raby was part of the consultative committee for the drafting of Australia’s National Strategy for International Education.

The organisers of CESA 2018 seek additional high-profile scholars and business leaders to join the distinguish speakers list. We will update you in due course.

About CESA 2018

The deadline for abstract submissions is March 15 2018. Paper submission and conference enquiries can be directed to cesa2018@163.com

CESA has already secured special issues from two journals, China & World Economy and Journal of Environmental Management (ABS 3).

The conference will award best student papers. Students interested in participating must submit a full paper to Associate Professor Sizhong Sun (Chair of the Selection Committee) at sizhong.sun@jcu.edu.au by March 15 2018.

Conference Website:
CESA website: http://www.ces-aus.org/
ACRI website: http://www.australiachinarelations.org/content/30th-annual-conference-chinese-economics-society-australia-cesa

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