Our Council

Colin Chapman

After a 40-year career in international journalism, Colin Chapman is now a writer, broadcaster, television producer and geopolitical analyst. In his media career, Colin has held a number of senior positions – including five years at the London Sunday Times(foreign news editor), six years at BBC TV News(economics correspondent), and 17 years in the Financial Times management. In Australia he has worked as deputy editor of The Australian and as an executive producer at the ABC. After retiring from the Financial Times, Colin became a visiting lecturer in  journalism at City University, London, while also creating and running courses in political and election reporting  for the Commonwealth Press Union in a number of  African, Asian and Middle East countries. He acted as a consultant in the establishment of new television channels in Dubai and South Africa. Colin returned to Australia in 2002, and joined Stratfor, an American geopolitical analysis group , as vice-president Asia-Pacific. He joined the council of the Australian Institute of International Affairs, and was elected president 2010. He appears regularly as an international affairs commentator on CNBC Asia. Colin is a Winston Churchill Fellow, and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He has written a number of books, including August 21 1968, The Rape of Czechoslovakia, The Intelligence Edge (with George and Meredith Friedman), and How the Stock Markets Work, published over two decades in 9 editions. Colin lives in  Sydney, but travels frequently to Asia, the US and Europe.

– Colin’s speech at the 2012 AGM is available here.

Vice President

Richard Broinowski

Richard, a former career diplomat, writer and broadcaster, is now an adjunct professor in the School of Communications and Media at the University of Sydney. In his diplomatic career spanning 34 years, Richard was Australia’s ambassador to the post-war Socialist Republic of Vietnam in Hanoi, and subsequently headed Australia’s missions in South Korea and Mexico, the Central American Republic and Cuba. Earlier postings included Tehran, Tokyo, Rangoon and Manila. Richard is a lawyer by training, and in a break during his diplomatic career he spent three years from 1990 as general manager of Radio Australia, based in Melbourne. He also took time out at Harvard University studying for a masters in public administration. He is a member of the Harvard Council.

Business Manager
Jenny Sayle

Jenny has been interested in foreign affairs ever since her first visit to France as an exchange student aged 16 when she discovered there was a world beyond suburban London.  Her first serious job, on the Sunday Times in London, allowed her to combine her work and hobbies (travel and languages) and make long-lasting friends in many countries of the world. Jenny’s passion for languages has always kept her interested in international affairs and since leaving the UK she has lived in Hong Kong for a year and Japan for over 25 years.  This included much travel in Asia to Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand and Myanmar as she was deeply involved in international journalism. It also meant learning a lot about Japanese culture to cope with everyday life in a small Japanese village. Since coming to Australia in 2004 she has kept up these interests and has been delighted to work for the AIIA NSW for the last nine months. Organising events each Tuesday is a wonderful way to keep in contact with what is happening in the world – and to help bring this knowledge to a wide audience in Sydney.

Kalley (Tzu-hui) Wu

Kalley T.WuKalley Tzu-hui Wu is a financial professional with a MBA in International Banking and Finance from the University of Birmingham, UK and more than 10 years working experience in the banking and investment industry. She previously worked as an Institutional Asian Equity Sales in the City of London from 2006 to 2011. She has worked for various research projects relating to the area of international relations since July 2011.

Editor & Intern Program Director

Will Hobart


William is a recent graduate of the University of Sydney, having completed a bachelor of international studies (hons.) and master of international security. He joined the institute as an intern in 2009 and was subsequently elected to council later that year. William currently works for Stratfor, a private intelligence company where he focuses on security and energy issues in East Asia. His honours thesis addressed Japanese military expansion and reinterpretation of the pacifist constitution. His master’s thesis discussed North Korean threat perception and succession within the regime. William was also selected for publication in the 2010 edition of the AIIA national office’s edition of Emerging Scholars for his paper on the military balance in Asia. His areas of interest and inquiry include energy security, counter-terrorism, biological, chemical and nuclear weapons, as well as Chinese, Korean and Japanese military and security affairs. William currently heads the intern program at the institute and is member of the executive council and events committee.


Jocelyn Chey

Jocelyn CheyJocelyn is presently Visiting Professor in the University of Sydney. She was previously a senior officer in the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Since retirement she been a consultant on cross-cultural issues and aid projects, has taught courses on contemporary China and led history study tours to China. Jocelyn was one of the earliest students in Australia to take up Chinese language and culture. She combines interests in history and classical studies with contemporary politics, economics and culture. Having recently completed a groundbreaking multi-disciplinary study of Chinese humour, she is now working on aspects of the use of soft power in China in Taiwan. Jocelyn is a Life Member of the Oriental Society of Australia. She is Patron of the Australian International School of Hong Kong, having chaired the committee that founded the school during her term as Australian Consul-General. She was awarded the Australia-China Council Medal for contributions to the development of relations between Australia and China in 2008. In 2009 she was honoured with the Medal of Australia and made a Fellow of the Institute of International Affairs.

Bob Howard

Bow HowardDr Howard researches aspects of the history of international relations in the twentieth century, with special reference to developments in international security. He is currently focusing on international security issues in the post-Cold War era and the role, at this time, of the United Nations. Dr Howard is also interested in developments in the international economy since 1945 and the impact of these on domestic economies and polities. Other interests include international relations theory and developments in contemporary Australian politics and society. He is a former editor of the Current Affairs Bulletin. Dr. Howard’s research interests are Australian politics, Contemporary Australian politics and society, Developments in the International Economy and Security, History of IR in the Twentieth Century, International relations, International security, and United Nations.

Phoebe Bai Alexander

Phoebe has a background in journalism, having studied at The Taiwan World College of Journalism and worked as a television presenter in Taiwan.  Phoebe migrated to Australia in 1973, and worked at SBS Radio Mandarin Program as a senior producer for 16 years. Outside journalism, Phoebe has been active in community work and has also taught Mandarin at community schools. Phoebe also spent nine years as a Councillor of the Art Gallery Society NSW.  During that time, Phoebe initiated the Community Ambassador Program, a volunteer program to provide non-English speaking guides to members of the Public.  Phoebe has also done extensive work within the Chinese community and has been a trustee and committee member of the Australian Chinese Charity Foundation; and past Chairperson of the Chinese Language Education Council NSW Inc.  Phoebe is currently a committee member of the NSW Community Language Schools Board and Vice-President of the Australian Chinese Community Association.  Phoebe is also a member of the Multicultural March Advisory Group, commissioned by the NSW Minister for Community Affairs. Currently, Phoebe works for a not-for-profit education travel organisation, specialising in educational travel in Asia. We hope to see you at a Tuesday meeting soon, please make sure to welcome Jim and Phoebe in person!

Carole Lamerton

Bio to come.

Duncan Chappell

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADuncan Chappell, a lawyer and criminologist, is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Sydney, and a Conjoint Professor in the School of Psychiatry at the University of New South Wales (NSW). He is a past President of the NSW Mental Health Review Tribunal; a former Deputy President of the Federal Administrative Appeals Tribunal; and a former Director of the Australian Institute of Criminology. He has also held senior academic posts in Australia, Canada and the US, and has been a consultant to government and international bodies including the UN, ILO and Commonwealth.

Alice Poujois

UntitledAlice has more than ten years experience working for the arts and local government sectors in France, New Zealand and Australia. She has worked for multiple festivals, including the Annecy Animated Film Festival, the New Zealand Fringe Festival and currently for the National Play Festival in her role of Administrator for Playwriting Australia, the peak national body for new writing for performance. Alice was secretary for the Board of Education Wellington, a division of the regional economic development agency (Grow Wellington), and coordinated numerous visits from international agents and the yearly Diplomatic function. She completed a double-Bachelor in Political Science and Sociology from Université Lumière Lyon 2 (France) in 2008.
She moved to New Zealand in 2008 before settling in Australia in early 2011. Alice has been an active member of the AIIA NSW since 2012 and a Councillor since June 2013.

Sasha Shevtsova

photoSasha works at Parliament of New South Wales as part of its Committee Secretariat and on Parliamentary Inquiries. Prior to Parliament of NSW, Sasha lived in London where she worked on the Leveson Inquiry for victims of phone-hacking at a leading UK law firm. Sasha is a graduate of Trinity College, University of Cambridge in French, Russian and Politics. She spent a year in Paris at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris where she was taught by former Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Khan. She subsequently completed a postgraduate course in law. Sasha is delighted to be a Councillor with the AIIA NSW.

Michael Sutton

Michael Sutton is an academic who has returned to Australia after many years in Japan as a researcher and lecturer. He was Assistant Professor at the College of International Relations at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto (2005-2010) and the Northeast Asia Visiting Fellow to the East-West Center, Washington D.C. in 2010.  He is a Visiting Research Fellow at Japan’s World Trade Organization Research Center, located at Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo. He is currently researching Japan-China-U.S. relations.  He is writing a book on demographic security in Northeast Asia.  He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Sydney and plays the shakuhachi (bamboo flute) in the Tozan School.


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