Secretary General, the Global Foundation, Australia

Speaking Session

Short Biography

As Founding Secretary General of the non-profit Global Foundation, STEVE has led the necessary global push for the adoption of ‘co-operative globalisation’, a positive strategy for inclusive, ‘win-win’ economic development and a sustainable global economy.  Many world leaders, including Pope Francis, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Christine Lagarde, Pascal Lamy and Mark Carney, have personally participated in and endorsed this and related initiatives.

Through this collaborative and low-key approach, Steve has helped to shape global affairs with practical outcomes over 20 years.

He led the successful renaissance strategy for Melbourne, in Australia in the 1990’s, including a national strategy for private sector investment in public infrastructure, now adopted as a business model, worldwide.  He continues to advise on complex infrastructure projects and funds in emerging markets.

In 1998, he co-founded and has since led the Global Foundation, for which an early centerpiece was the restoration of relations between Australia and the European Union and France, in particular.

Steve is respected in China for his contribution to China’s global engagement over the past 20 years.   Highlights have included: his role in bringing China, the US and Australia together on global climate change policy; and more recently, his integral role in the establishment of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, the first international institution led by China.  He visits China regularly for high-level dialogues embracing security, international relations and multilateral economic development.

Steve completed his Degree in Social Science at Deakin University and the Senior Executive Program  at London Business School, under a British Government scholarship.  He was awarded the Chevalier of the Order of Merit for his contribution to France-Australia relations in 2004.