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Industry Fellow, Griffith University

Rowan Callick is an Industry Fellow at Griffith University’s Asia Institute, and a columnist for The Australian. He grew up in England, graduating with a BA Honours from Exeter University, and worked for a daily newspaper before moving to Papua New Guinea, becoming general manager of a locally owned publishing, printing and retail group.

In 1987 he moved to Australia, working for almost 20 years for The Australian Financial Review including as Hong Kong based China Correspondent and as Asia Pacific Editor. He worked for The Australian from 2006 to 2018, including two postings to Beijing as China Correspondent, and as Asia Pacific Editor.

He is a governor of the Foundation for Development Cooperation and a member of the advisory boards of La Trobe Asia and of the China Studies Department also at La Trobe University. He was appointed an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Institute for International Affairs, and has won two Walkley Awards and the Graham Perkin Award for Australian Journalist of the Year.

He was awarded the OBE at the nomination the government of PNG for services to journalism and to the training of PNG journalists. He has written three books, each published in English and Chinese, the most recent being “Party Time: Who Runs China And How” (Black Inc in Australia, and internationally by Palgrave Macmillan as “The Party Forever: Inside China’s Modern Communist Elite,” by Palgrave Macmillan).


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    Industry Fellow, Griffith University