Global Advisory Council
The focus of the Global Advisory Council (GAC) is high-level and strategic. The GAC's role is to advise the Dean on, and act as a sounding board for, strategic matters and enhancing Monash Business School's global profile and positioning through access to global business networks.
Mr John Fraser was appointed Secretary to the Treasury effective 15 January 2015.
Mr Fraser was Chairman of UBS Global Asset Management. Mr Fraser was both Chairman and CEO of UBS Global Asset Management from 2002 until 2013 - during this time, Mr Fraser was also a member of the Group Executive Board of UBS. He has also been Chairman of UBS Saudi Arabia since 2008 and is also Chairman of UBS Grocon (a joint venture in real estate development in Australia).
Mr Fraser is also Chairman of the Victorian Funds Management Corporation - a position to which he was appointed in mid 2009. The Corporation is the State Government's asset management organisation responsible for managing both superannuation and insurance funds for Victorian public sector bodies.
Since 2011, Mr Fraser has been a member of the Advisory Council of AccountAbility, an international organisation that has its headquarters in New York, and is also a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of MSCI.Before joining UBS, John spent over twenty years in various positions at the Australian Treasury, including two international postings in Washington, D.C., first, at the International Monetary Fund and, subsequently, as the Economic Minister at the Australian Embassy in Washington, D.C. He was the Deputy Secretary (Economic) of the Australian Treasury from 1990 to 1993.
Mr Fraser graduated from Monash University, Melbourne, in 1972 with a first-class Honours degree in Economics and, in 2013, was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Laws. He was born 1951, and is both an Australian and British citizen. He was awarded a Centenary Medal by the Commonwealth Government in 2001 for service to Australian society through business and economics. He has resided in London since 2002 and regularly returns to Australia.
Mr Guanglin (Alan) Lai is the founder and the Executive Chairman of the board of directors of Agria Corporation which is listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Agria Corporation is primarily engaged in research and development, production and sale of crop seeds to the agricultural sector in Australia, New Zealand, China and South America and the provision of rural services to the farmers in New Zealand and South America. Agria Corporation operates the Southern Hemisphere's largest forage seed business in New Zealand. The activities in forage seeds and rural services are carried out by PGG Wrightson Limited ("PGW") which is a subsidiary of Agria Corporation. PGW is a company listed on the New Zealand Stock Exchange. In December 2009, Mr Lai was appointed as a director of PGW.
Mr Lai is also the chairman of the board of directors and the chairman of the nomination committee and a member of the remuneration committee of China Pipe Group Limited, a Hong Kong-listed company, which is a leading provider to the construction sector offering a wide range of pipe related products, services and solutions to the constructors, designers, consultants and government agencies in Asia.
Mr Lai has extensive experience in investments, acquisitions and operation management. Mr Lai has established many other enterprises in China, Hong Kong and internationally, in particular, animation, logistics and transportation, pharmaceutical sectors, etc. He takes a leading role in respect of strategic planning and business development in his investment portfolio.
Mr Lai is also the Vice Chairman of Shenzhen General Chamber of Commerce in China.
Mr Lai holds a Bachelor's degree in Accounting from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is a certified public accountant in Australia. He resides in China.
Mr Tony Palmer is President, Global Brands and Innovation for Kimberly-Clark Corporation.
As President, Mr Palmer, in collaboration with the Geographic Business Unit Leaders, is accountable for accelerating and driving sustainable growth in revenue and profit across Kimberly-Clark's business-to-business and consumer businesses to ensure the company delivers its Global Business Plan and achieves its vision of leading the world in essentials for a better life. Mr Palmer leads the global development of the company's three consumer categories with a plan to build 10 $1 billion dollar brands (currently there are five) through marketing, innovation, category and customer development, shopper marketing and lean cost transformation. In addition, he leads the Global Marketing, Innovation, Corporate Research and Development and Corporate Communications functions for the Consumer and B2B businesses.
Mr Palmer joined Kimberly-Clark in 2006, bringing with him extensive global marketing and general management experience, and immediately launched a journey to transform Kimberly-Clark's marketing into a powerful capability to grow the company. Prior to joining Kimberly-Clark, he served as managing director U.K. for Kellogg Company, and president of the company's natural, frozen and warehouse club businesses. Mr Palmer served in marketing and general management positions within the Minute Maid division of Coca-Cola Company USA, and later as region director for Coca-Cola in Australia. Before Coca-Cola, he served as a marketing manager with CSR Refined Sugars and Mars Confectionery Australia. He began his business career by holding senior consultant and business development manager roles at different consulting firms.
Mr Palmer completed a Bachelor of Business (Marketing), Monash University, in 1987 and a Master of Business Administration from the International Management Institute in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1989. He serves on the Board of Directors for The Hershey Company, the Australian American Association and The Ad Council. Mr Palmer resides in Dallas, Texas, with his wife Lisa and their twin daughter and son.