Professor the Honourable Bob Carr, Former Minister for Foreign Affairs
Professor the Hon Bob Carr is the longest continuously serving Premier in the history of New South Wales. Bob entered the Senate in 2012 and served as Australia’s Foreign Minister for 18 months. Since leaving politics Bob has led a distinguished career as a defacto diplomat, author and academic. Bob received the Fulbright Distinguished Fellow Award Scholarship. He has served as Honorary Scholar of the Australian American Leadership Dialogue. He is the author of: My Reading Life (2008), Thoughtlines (2002) and Diary of a Foreign Minister (2014) and his political memoir Run for Your Life (2018).
For five years he was the Director of the Australia-China Relations Institute at UTS and in May 2019 he was appointed Professor of Industry in Climate and Business at UTS.
The Honourable Alexander Downer AC, Former Minister for Foreign Affairs and Executive Chair of the International School for Government, King’s College London
Mr Downer is Executive Chair of the International School for Government at King’s College London.
From 2014 to 2018, Mr Downer was Australian High Commissioner to the UK. Prior to that, he was Australia’s longest-serving Minister for Foreign Affairs, a role he held from 1996 to 2007.
Mr Downer also served as Opposition Leader and leader of the Liberal Party of Australia from 1994 to 1995 and was Member of the Australian Parliament for Mayo for over 20 years.
In addition to a range of other political and diplomatic roles, he was Executive Director of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and the United Nations Secretary General’s Special Advisor on Cyprus, in which he worked on peace talks between Greek and Turkish Cypriots.
He is currently Chairman of the UK think tank Policy Exchange, the Chairman of the Royal Overseas League and is a trustee of the International Crisis Group. He is a non-executive director of Yellowcake PLC
Mr Downer has a BA (Hons) in Politics and Economics and an honorary DCL from Newcastle University (UK) and has honorary doctorates from the University of Adelaide, the University of South Australia and Bar Ilan University.
Michael Holmes, Anchor/ Correspondent, CNN International
Michael Holmes is an award-winning anchor and correspondent for CNN International based at the network's headquarters in Atlanta.
Holmes, who has been in journalism for more than four decades, anchors CNN Newsroom with Michael Holmes on Saturdays and Sundays at 12am, 2am and 3am ET, as well as CNN Newsroom alongside Natalie Allen on Mondays at 12am and 1am ET.
Holmes, who joined CNNI in 1996 as the first Australian anchor for the network, has reported extensively from all corners of the globe including Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Mexico, India, Nepal, Africa, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Most recently he reported on the Central American migrant crisis from the Mexico-Guatemala border and on the drowning deaths of a man from El Salvador and his young daughter, whose bodies were found together on the banks of the Rio Grande after trying to cross into the United States. Other recent assignments have included covering the deadly protests on the Gaza-Israel border, the Israeli elections and the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. READ MORE...
Sara James, Journalist and Author
Sara James is an Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist and author. James has covered significant news events in Australasia for NBC, CNN and PBS. James is a featured commentator on Australia’s ABC News Breakfast. Her “American in Oz” segment provides detailed analysis of the US political landscape.
Prior to moving to Australia in 2008, James was based in New York City for NBC News. Her reporting duties took her around the world, including Somalia, Sudan, Bosnia, Israel, China, Japan and the Khyber Pass.
James’ reporting has earned her numerous awards, including an Emmy for coverage of the massacre at Columbine High School in Colorado, and the Overseas Press Club of America Citation of Excellence for her report on Australia’s Stolen Generation.
James is Board Director of the American Australian Association Limited and Australian-American Fulbright Commission, the Vice President of KCNQ2 Cure Alliance, and a co-founder of Genetic Epilepsy Team Australia.
James is the author of An American in Oz, co-author of The Best of Friends and editor of An Extraordinary School.