Linda Jakobson is the Founding Director and CEO of China Matters, an independent Australian public policy initiative that aims to advance sound China policy and stimulate a nuanced public discourse in Australia about the rise of the People’s Republic of China. From 2011 to 2013, Ms Jakobson served as the Lowy Institute’s East Asia Program Director. Before moving to Sydney in 2011, Ms Jakobson lived and worked in China for 22 years and published six books on Chinese and East Asian society. A Mandarin speaker, Ms Jakobson is internationally known for her publications about PRC foreign policy. Over the past three decades Ms Jakobson has served as a policy adviser to the governments of seven countries. Her most recent book, written with Dr Bates Gill, is China Matters: Getting It Right for Australia (La Trobe University Press / Black Inc., 2017).