Based at the Institute for International Trade at the University of Adelaide, the EU Centre for Global Affairs is led by Jane Drake-Brockman.
The activities of the Centre will draw upon expertise from across the University of Adelaide, as well as a global network of associate experts, in order to develop and deliver high quality programs.
The EU Centre team reports to a Steering Committee that receives strategic advice from an Advisory Board of experts.
Jane Drake-Brockman was most recently Head of the Services Programme at the International Trade Centre (ITC), a trade-related technical assistance agency under the joint auspices of the United Nations and the WTO. Previously Jane was based at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where she taught Macroeconomics for Business Executives in the MBA programme while running a services trade and investment consultancy focussed on East Asia and the Middle East.
Jane was the founder and inaugural CEO of the Australian Services Roundtable (the peak industry body and coalition of services industries in Australia) and has also served as CEO of Professions Australia, Board member of the International Chamber of Commerce in Australia, Secretariat to the Australian APEC Business Advisory Council, Executive Committee member of the Hong Kong Coalition of Services Industries and Convenor of the PECC Taskforce on Services.
She is a former senior Australian diplomat and has held a number of positions with the Australian government, including member of the Taskforce for APEC 1 in Canberra 1989, Chief Economist for the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade, Chief of Staff to the Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs & Development Cooperation, and Minister & Charge d’Affaires at the Australian Delegation to the European Union in Brussels.
She also spent 2 years with the Commonwealth Secretariat in London and 8 years with the OECD Secretariat in Paris. She holds a B.Ec (Hons) from the Australian National University where she has held a variety of Visiting Fellowships, including the National Europe Centre, the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies and the Crawford School of Public Policy. She has published extensively on trade policy issues and is a member of 3 of the ICTSD E15 Initiative Experts Groups, on Global Value Chains, on Services, and on Trade, Finance and Development. She was selected by the Australian Prime Minister to be among 100 participants in the economics stream at the Australia 2020 Summit.