Former Australian Ambassador to China joins Statesmen Institute network

Statesman Institute is very pleased to welcome Mr David Irvine AO to our elite network.

The institute provides direct access to an unparalleled assembly of the leading Chinese foreign policy minds in Australia including respected diplomats, senior economic Cabinet Ministers and foreign policy experts.

Mr Irvine was appointed by the Howard Government as the 10th Australian Ambassador to the People's Republic of China serving from 2000 until 2003.

Mr Irvine led the Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS) as Director-General from 2003 until 2009 and was also Director-General of Security in charge of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) from 2009 until his retirement in 2014.

Statesman Institute CEO Mark Smith said,

“Mr Irvine had a distinguished 33 year career with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade with a professional focus on Australia's relations with the Asia-Pacific Region.”

“We expect strong demand for insights from our experts as the Australian Government finalises free trade agreement negotiations with China.”

“Having direct access to someone of Mr Irvine’s calibre and international experience further bolsters the institute’s Chinese and foreign policy capability for clients.”

“Statesman Institute has a particular niche of Chinese investment and foreign policy expertise including former Australian Government Ministers for Foreign Affairs, Trade and a former Federal Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Asian Century Policy.”

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