Rowan Callick OBE

Rowan Callick is an Industry Fellow at Griffith University’s Asia Institute. He graduated BA Honours from Exeter University, working for a daily newspaper in England before 10 years in Papua New Guinea, managing a publishing group. He then worked for The Australian Financial Review and The Australian, as China Correspondent and Asia-Pacific Editor of both, and as a Time magazine senior writer. He has been published widely elsewhere, including The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy, and The Times, and 3 papers for the CIS in the last 3 years. He is an advisory board member of the National Foundation for Australia-China Relations, of La Trobe: Asia, of the Australia China Relations Institute at the University of Technology, Sydney, and of the Australia Taiwan Business Council. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Institute for International Affairs, and won two Walkley Awards and the Graham Perkin Award for Australian Journalist of the Year. He received the OBE in 2015. He has written three books published in English and Chinese, most recently “Party Time: Who Runs China And How”. He has been a member of the advisory councils of Australian Foreign (Liberal) and Aid (Labor) ministers. 

Director and Founder of the Centre for Independent Studies

Professor of Public Policy and Director, Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis in the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University


Sociologist, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Sydney.
Author of The New Authoritarianism

Director, Free Market Foundation, (Hungary)

Health Director, Health and BioSecurity, CSIRO

Director and Founder, Academy of Ideas, London, (UK)

Founder and CEO, Cognoscenti Group

Executive Director, The New Zealand Initiative (NZ)

Australian writer and columnist for the News Limited Press

Research Director, CIS

Programme Co-ordinator of the Masters of Urban and Regional Planning, The University of Western Australia

Chinese Canadian human rights advocate

Senior Research Fellow, Culture, Prosperity & Civil Society Program, CIS

CEO and Founding Director, China Matters

Former Liberal member of the Australian House of Representatives and Cabinet Minister

Pro Vice-Chancellor Arts and Academic Culture, and Professor of History, Australian Catholic University

Cancer researcher and clinical oncologist, with Genesis Care Newcastle

Founder and President, Middle East Forum, publisher Middle East Quarterly Journal, (US)

Professor of Economics, University of Melbourne

Senior Research Fellow and Director, Culture, Prosperity & Civil Society Program, CIS

Internationally acclaimed novelist and journalist, (US)

Head of Economic Research, Reserve Bank of Australia

Executive Director, CIS

Professor of Economics at Stanford University; Senior Fellow in Economics at the Hoover Institution and Chair of the Working Group on Economic Policy, (US)

UQ-CSIRO Chair in Personalised Nanodiagnostics, Professorial Research Fellow, School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences, University of Queensland

Diplomat, American Board of Pathology

Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure

Liberal Party Member for Berowra

Australia’s Ambassador to China from 2007 to 2011, Chairman & CEO of Geoff Raby and Associates Ltd based in Beijing

Director of China and Free Societies program, CIS

Senior Research Scholar, Marron Institute of Urban Management, New York University, (US)