Kenneth Chern is Professor of Asian Policy at the Swinburne University of Technology and Executive Director of the Swinburne Leadership Institute.
He taught the history of U.S.-East Asian relations for two years at the University of Rochester, and for ten years at the University of Hong Kong, attaining the rank of senior lecturer.
He then worked for 27 years as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer, serving in six East Asian posts, before serving as U.S. Consul General in Perth. He subsequently returned to academia, first at Murdoch University and, as of 2012, at Swinburne University.
Among his publications are a book, several scholarly articles, and numerous opinion pieces on political, economic, and scientific issues in the Asia-Pacific. He also researched and presented at 47-part television series in Hong Kong on "Twentieth Century China."