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18 May 2023

Professor Sharon Lewin joins National Foundation for Australia-China Relations Advisory Board

Minister for Foreign Affairs The Honorable Penny Wong announced this week the appointment of Professor Sharon Lewin, Director of the Doherty Institute, as Advisory Board member for the National Foundation for Australia-China Relations (NFACR). 

The role of the Advisory Board is to help guide the Foundation in its work to support governments, businesses and communities build links and strengthen constructive engagement with China, consistent with our national interest. 

The new Advisory Board brings together 14 distinguished Australians with diverse perspectives and expertise across business, community, education, the arts, academia and national security. Professor Lewin represents the biomedical research sector, as the only Board member with a current appointment in the sector. 

Professor Lewin said she was looking forward to supporting the Foundation’s work, in particular in the areas of education and health and science. 

“During the COVID pandemic, we learnt the importance of scientific collaboration and the real value of established trusted partnerships,” Professor Lewin said. 

“There is so much exciting Science happening in China with a high priority from the Chinese government to fund and grow this sector. Together with the NFACR, we can support even stronger scientific collaboration and exchange between Australia and China.”