The Hon Dr David Kemp AC

The Hon. David Kemp AC has had a long interest in Australian history since his student days at Melbourne University, where he won the H.G. Turner prize for the best essay in that subject, and graduated with first class honours in History and Political Science and a degree in Law.

After completing his Ph.D. in Political Science with distinction at Yale University, David Kemp taught Modern (Australian) Government at Melbourne University before becoming Professor of Politics at Monash University, teaching in Australian politics and the relationship between politics and markets from 1979-1990, writing books and many articles on Australian politics and liberalism.  In 1975-76 he was a Senior Adviser to Malcolm Fraser and in 1981 Director of the Prime Minister’s Office. 

In 1990 David was elected to Federal Parliament as member for Goldstein, being a Minister in the Howard Government from 1996 until 2004, when he retired from Parliament. He was President of the Liberal Party of Australia (Victorian Division) 2007-2011.

On becoming a Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Melbourne in 2007 David began a major project to tell the story of Australian liberalism, the first volume of which was published by Melbourne University Publishing as The Land of Dreams in October 2018. The book was launched in Melbourne by Geoffrey Blainey, and in Sydney by Australian Editor at large Paul Kelly.  

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)