Asialink Leaders First Nations Fellowship - 2021 Fellow Announcement

Asialink is proud to announce the recipient of the 2021 Asialink Leaders Program First Nations Fellowship. Congratulations to Mr Brenton Garlick, Assistant Director Executive Operations, Global Business and Talent Attraction Taskforce (the Taskforce), an Australian Government initiative.

The Taskforce has been established to boost Australia’s attractiveness for exceptional talent and marquee enterprises and to assist in bringing this talent and business to Australia.

Established in 2020, the First Nations Fellowship recognises the unique place of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders cultures in Australia, home to the oldest continuous cultures on earth. Indigenous cultures can provide an important bridge and strengthen connections between Australia and the Indo-Pacific region.

Open to Indigenous Australians from all sectors, the Fellowship is awarded to an outstanding applicant with abilities and ambitions related to Asia engagement. It aims to:

  • Illuminate and connect the capability and knowledge of First Nations leaders towards Asia engagement
  • Ensure insights and perspectives of Indigenous leaders are reflected and elevated in understandings of national identity and engagement with Asia
  • Enhance connections and sharing between Indigenous communities and cultures in Australia and cultures in Asia
  • Recognise the strong historical and cultural connections between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia and cultures in the Indo-Pacific

Fellows are provided with the opportunity to participate in the Asialink Leaders Program, the flagship program for developing Asia capabilities in Australia.

Brenton, a proud Kamilaroi man, brings extensive experience in government and policy, at both state and federal levels. He will utilise the Fellowship to inform and further his work in international engagement, trade and investment. He is looking to explore the synergies and tensions of foreign policy objectives of Asian nations in relation to Australia’s foreign policy objective, and how to navigate these in Asia engagement.

We congratulate Brenton on his Fellowship and look forward to welcoming him into the Asialink Leaders Program.

Mr Brenton Garlick, 2021 Asialink Leaders Program First Nations Fellow.
Mr Brenton Garlick, 2021 Asialink Leaders Program First Nations Fellow.

For more on the Asialink Leaders Program, please visit the Asialink Business site.


Asialink acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Custodians of the land where we live, learn and work. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.