Professor the Hon. Stephen Martin has had a long and distinguished background in the Australian Parliament, academia and the private sector. He is currently the Chief Executive, Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA); Chairman, Bank of China (Australia) Ltd; Visiting Professor at Sydney Business School, University of Wollongong; Chairman, Global Science and Technology Forum, Singapore; Chair, Manufacturing Innovation Global Challenges Program, University of Wollongong; and Director, Men of League Foundation.
Professor Martin represented the NSW-based electorates of Macarthur and Cunningham in the Australian Parliament 1984-2002. In Government, he served as Speaker of the House of Representatives, Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Chairman of the Inquiry into the Australian Banking Industry. As a member of the Shadow Cabinet, he held portfolios in Defence, Small Business, and Trade and Tourism.
After retiring from Parliament, Professor Martin held a number of senior executive roles in academia, including President/Chief Executive Officer of the University of Wollongong in Dubai, Pro Vice Chancellor International at Victoria University, Melbourne and Deputy Vice Chancellor (Strategy and Planning) at Curtin University of Technology in Perth.
Professor Martin completed his PhD in Economics at the University of Wollongong, examining financial deregulation.