2023 AIIA Tasmania Government House Lecture
The Indo Pacific region is rapidly becoming the epicenter of the global economy and geo strategic competition. The rise of China, the reinforcement of American power in the region and the emergence of new partnerships and groupings like AUKUS and the Quad is reshaping power dynamics in the region. The strains of the war in Ukraine and the implications of a potential change of U.S administration in 2024 also weigh on the strategic outlook. For Australia, there are challenges and opportunities in the emerging regional architecture on both security and economic grounds.
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The Hon. Arthur Sinodinos AO is Partner and Chair of TAG's Australia Practice and a leading expert on Australian public policy and politics who brings a wealth of public and private sector experience spanning national security, industry innovation, economic policy, and banking. Ambassador Sinodinos is responsible for developing and executing the firm's business strategy in Australia and supporting C-Suite executives from across TAG's geographic portfolio to manage evolving risks and seize emerging growth opportunities.
Ambassador Sinodinos most recently served as Australian Ambassador to the United States, where he was closely involved in Australia's negotiations related to AUKUS, the Quad, and the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework. Ambassador Sinodinos previously worked as Australia's Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science and was a Senator for New South Wales in the Australian Parliament from 2011 to 2019. During his parliamentary career, he also held other key roles in and outside Cabinet, including Cabinet Secretary and Assistant Treasurer.
Over a career spanning four decades, Ambassador Sinodinos has held a number of influential positions in public service. On the election of the Hon. John Howard AC as Prime Minister of Australia in 1996, Ambassador Sinodinos was appointed the Prime Minister's Senior Economic Adviser and in 1997, the Prime Minister's Chief of Staff, a position he held for nine years. Between 1987-1989 and 1995-1996 Ambassador Sinodinos also served as Senior Economic Adviser to Mr Howard while in opposition. He started his Australian Public Service career in 1979, rising to the Senior Executive Service in the Department of the Treasury.
In 2006, Ambassador Sinodinos left government to work with Goldman Sachs JBWere, followed by the National Australia Bank and various corporate appointments.
In 2008, Ambassador Sinodinos was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for his service to politics through the executive function of government, to the development of economic policy and reform, and to the Greek community. In 2019, he was made a Distinguished Fellow of the Australia & New Zealand School of Government in recognition of his promotion of public sector leadership.
Ambassador Sinodinos lives in Washington with his wife Elizabeth, and their three children.
Nov 20, 2023
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (GMT+11)Add to Calendar
Government House, Hobart
Government House 7 Lower Domain Road Hobart Tasmania 7000 Australia (03) 6234 2611