GAI welcomes new Advisory Council Chair Bruce Miller AO

Professor Caitlin Byrne, Director, Griffith Asia Institute, Zara Stanhope, Curatorial Manager, Asian and Pacific Art, QAGOMA and Mr Bruce Miller AO, Former Australian Ambassador to Japan at the Perspectives: Asia Lecture — Japan: From Heisei to Reiwa — 30 May 2019
Bruce Miller AO

The Griffith Asia Institute (GAI) is pleased to announce Bruce Miller AO as the new chair of its strategic Advisory Board. Mr Miller will be taking over from John McCarthy AO who steps down after nine years in the position.

Bruce Miller AOwas Australian Ambassador to Japan from August 2011 until January 2017, and has had a 40 year association with Japan. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Ist class honours) in Japanese language, literature and history; and a Bachelor of Laws, from the University of Sydney. He occupied senior positions in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Office of National Assessments, including as Director-General, before he left government in December 2017 to take up roles in the private sector and academia. He became a Distinguished Policy Fellow at the ANU in September 2018 and was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Mr Miller, who has been involved with the Institute previously having participated in past Australia-Japan Dialogues and been a guest speaker at a recent Perspectives: Asia seminar, says “I am delighted to accept this position and look forward to supporting the activities of the Griffith Asia Institute in the future.”

GAI Director Professor Caitlin Byrne says,

“We are honoured Mr Miller has agreed to take on the role as he brings considerable Asia expertise and experience to the Board.”

“The GAI Advisory Board plays a key role in helping us to achieve our goals. With representation from across government, business, community and alumni the Advisory Board provides strategic advice on GAI’s research profile, activities and direction; facilitates links with industry and government; and supports our profile in the wider community.”

John McCarthy AO

“I also acknowledge the extraordinary contribution John McCarthy AO has made to the Institute and the University during his tenure. John’s knowledge, input and advice has been instrumental in the Institute’s growth and success to date.”

Mr Miller takes up his role in September 2019.