Peter Varghese

Mr Peter Varghese

  • Post Nominals: FAHA, AO
  • Fellow Type: Honorary Fellow
  • Elected to the Academy: 2022


Peter Varghese is Chancellor of The University of Queensland. Prior to this he has served as Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, High Commissioner to India, High Commissioner to Malaysia, Director-General of the Office of National Assessments, and Senior Advisor (International) to the Prime Minister. Mr Varghese was the author of a comprehensive India Economic Strategy to 2035 commissioned by the Australian Prime Minister.

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

Mr Varghese sits on the boards of CARE Australia and North Queensland Airports and chairs Asialink’s advisory council and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Editorial Advisory Board for the documents in Australian Foreign Policy series. He is also on the international governing board of the Rajaratnum School of International Studies in Singapore. He was awarded the Sir Edward €œWeary€ Dunlop Asialink Medal in 2019 in recognition of outstanding contributions to improving Australia-Asia relations.

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