Mr Peter N Varghese AO, Chancellor
Mr Peter N Varghese AO, Chancellor

BA (Hons), H.DLitt Qld

Contact

Phone:
+61 (7) 3365 1304
Fax:
+61 (7) 3365 1266
E-mail:
chancellor@uq.edu.au
Office:
Level 4, Brian Wilson Chancellery
Post:
The University of Queensland Brisbane, Qld 4072, Australia

Executive Assistant

Ms Sue Cox

Phone:
+61 (7) 3365 1300
Fax:
+61 (7) 3365 1266
Email:
s.cox@uq.edu.au

Biography

Peter Varghese began as Chancellor of The University of Queensland on 11 July 2016. Prior to this appointment, Mr Varghese’s extensive career in public service and diplomacy spanned 38 years and included senior positions in foreign affairs, trade policy and intelligence. Most recently, he served as Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (2012-2016). Previous senior appointments included High Commissioner to India (2009-2012), High Commissioner to Malaysia (2000-2002), Director-General of the Office of National Assessments (2004-2009), and Senior Advisor (International) to the Prime Minister of Australia (2003-2004). Mr Varghese was the author of a comprehensive India Economic Strategy to 2035 commissioned by the Australian Prime Minister and submitted in July 2018.

Mr Varghese was educated at The University of Queensland, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts with Honours and a University Medal in history in 1978. He was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) in 2010 and received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from The University of Queensland in 2013.

Mr Varghese sits on the boards of AMP Pty Limited and North Queensland Airports. He is also on the international governing board of the Rajaratnum School of International Studies in Singapore and the governing board of Nalanda University in India. He was awarded the Sir Edward “Weary” Dunlop Asialink Medal in 2019 in recognition of outstanding contributions to improving Australia-Asia relations.

Speeches

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2016

 

Mr Peter N Varghese AO, Chancellor section

Remarks on receiving the Weary Dunlop Medal

Remarks by Mr Peter Varghese AO, Chancellor of The University of Queensland, on receiving the Weary Dunlop Medal, Asialink Chairmanís dinner, Sydney, 13 March 2019 Thank you, Lindley, for those generous remarks. Thank you,...
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