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Distinguished Observers

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H. E. Mr Bruce Gosper
Australian High Commissioner to Singapore

His Excellency Mr Bruce Gosper was previously CEO of Austrade, the Australian Government agency responsible for promoting trade, investment and international education, and tourism policy, programs and research.

Prior to Austrade, Mr Gosper was Deputy Secretary with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Australia’s senior trade policy official, responsible for all trade negotiations.

His career includes serving as Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva. During that time Mr Gosper chaired the WTO General Council and the WTO Dispute Settlement Body.

Mr Gosper was previously Minister (Commercial) in the Australian Embassy in Washington, and Minister-Counsellor (Agriculture) at the Australian Embassy in Tokyo.

Mr Gosper is a current member of the Asia Society Advisory Council. He has previously served on the Australia Japan Business Co-Operation Committee (AJBCC), the European Australian Business Council (EABC), the Australia-Japan Foundation (AJF), the Australia Korea Foundation (AKF), the Australian Pork Corporation and the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (EFIC) Board.


Professor Chris Cocklin
Provost and Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation)

Professor Cocklin is the Provost and also fulfils the requirements of the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation) at James Cook University.  He has previously served as Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation) and Pro Vice Chancellor of Science, Engineering and IT at JCU.  Prior to his appointment at JCU, Professor Cocklin was employed for 10 years at Monash University, where he was Head of the School of Geography and Environmental Science and the inaugural Director of the Monash Environment Institute (now the Monash Sustainability Institute). Professor Cocklin was based at the University of Auckland from 1985-1997.

In his current role, Professor Cocklin has oversight responsibility for the six colleges and line management responsibility for the two academic divisions in which the colleges are situated.  He also holds portfolio responsibility for the Division of Research and Innovation and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs.

His research interests are in resources and environmental policy, agriculture and rural communities, global environmental change, sustainable development, and corporate environmental management.