National Foundation for Australia-China Relations Chief Executive Officer appointment

  • Media release
01 December 2021

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Peter Cai as Chief Executive Officer of the National Foundation for Australia-China Relations.

The Foundation brings together state, territory and local governments, business, education institutes, community and cultural sectors, and Chinese Australian communities to further build and strengthen Australia’s engagement with China.

The Foundation is an important demonstration of the Government’s commitment to invest in people-to-people ties and practical cooperation between Australia and China.

Mr Cai has extensive experience in business, media, academia and government, including as Group Chief Advisor and General Manager for strategic relations at Virgin Australia, Research Fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Policy, as a journalist with The Australian, The Age and Sydney Morning Herald and at the Australian Treasury Foreign Investment Review Board Secretariat. Mr Cai has also served as a committee member of the Australia-China Business Council (NSW).

Mr Cai holds a Master's degree from the University of Oxford (history) and undergraduate degrees in international studies and Asian studies from the University of Adelaide.

I thank former Chief Executive Officer Michaela Browning for her leadership of the Foundation during its establishment phase since early 2020.

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