Tuesday 18 Dec 2018 | 03:44 | SYDNEY

Appointment of Director, G20 Studies Centre

Dr Michael Fullilove, Executive Director of the Lowy Institute for International Policy, has announced that he has appointed Mike Callaghan as the Program Director of the newly established G20 Studies Centre at the Lowy Institute.

Dr Fullilove said ‘Mike Callaghan is extremely well qualified to take the position as Director of the G20 Studies Centre given his long and distinguished background on international economic issues, both in the Australian Treasury and the International Monetary Fund. In particular, Mike was one of our most senior officials working on G20 issues since the establishment of the G20 Leaders process in 2008’.

The G20 Studies Centre is a joint initiative of the Lowy Institute and the Australian Government. Funding to establish the Centre has been provided by the Australian Government.  The Centre seeks to provide an independent analytical perspective on developments in global economic governance, the role of the G20 and enhance Australia’s contribution to the development of the G20.   The Centre will report on G20-related developments from an Australian perspective and will produce research on policy areas of key relevance to the G20’s agenda.

Mike Callaghan’s appointment comes at the time when Australia has joined the G20 leadership group as a member of the Troika which involves the past (Mexico), present (Russia) and future (Australia) chairs.

‘I am particularly honoured to be appointed as Director of the G20 Studies Centre’, said Mike Callaghan. ‘Having been directly involved in the G20 for many years, I am looking forward to continuing to contribute to the development of the G20 through the activities of the Centre, particularly in the lead-up to Australia hosting the G20 in 2014.’

Prior to his appointment at the Lowy Institute, Mike Callaghan was Executive Director (International) in the Australian Treasury and was Australia’s G20 Finance Deputy. He has also served as the Australian Prime Minister’s Special Envoy, International Economy.  Mike has had extensive experience representing Australia in many international economic forums, including the Financial Stability Forum. Mike was on the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund, Washington DC, from 1999 to 2004, representing a constituency of 14 countries including Australia and Korea. Mike has had a long career in the Australian Treasury and has held a variety of senior positions.