Asialink welcomes back founding CEO, Jenny McGregor AM

Asialink is delighted to welcome back founding CEO and lifelong champion of Asian engagement, Jenny McGregor AM.

Jenny has agreed to assume the interim role of Acting Group CEO, to work with Chairman, Peter Varghese AO, and University of Melbourne Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Michael Wesley, to maintain and strengthen Asialink’s programs across Business, Education, Arts and Diplomacy.

Widely respected for her for-purpose leadership, Jenny is a trustee of the William Buckland Foundation, serves on the Advisory Board of the Australia Japan Research Centre at the ANU and is a fellow of the Australian Institute of International Affairs. In 2016 Jenny was recognised as an Australian Financial Review True Leader and was invested as a member of the Order of Australia.

It’s a privilege to be back at Asialink to support the work of the committed, deeply Asia-capable team in this time of major geopolitical risks. We are focussed on strengthening our long-standing and new networks, as we deepen understanding of the Indo-Pacific region and build practical capabilities.

Asialink’s work has never been more important: from Harvest Ed — building Asia literacy through agriculture with schools in regional Australia — to Sonicbridge, creating magic through film and conversations between Chinese and Australian musicians. Connecting businesses with new opportunities in agtech and fintech in Vietnam, eCommerce in Japan and China and researching the Future of Regional Supply Chains. Dialogues with Korea, ASEAN and China and Insights on COVID in our region. This is just a taste of the extensive programs and resources Asialink offers.

The Asialink team and the University of Melbourne are grateful for the important contribution made by outgoing CEO Penny Burtt over the past three years and wish Penny much success in her future endeavours.