2017 Melbourne Alumni Network Gala Dinner

Hosted by ANU Chancellor Professor the Hon Gareth Evans AC QC, the evening will feature our special guest speaker Chris Patten CH, Chancellor of Oxford University in conversation with Professor Evans to discuss their recently published memoirs and the key global issues of the year.

The Gala Dinner provides an opportunity to celebrate the year that was and bring together the ANU Victoria-based alumni to re-connect with former classmates and meet other members of the Melbourne Alumni community. Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to join your fellow ANU alumni and hear from two eminent speakers in the iconic Queens Hall of the Parliament of Victoria.


Professor the Hon Gareth Evans AC QC - Chancellor of Australian National University

Gareth Evans is a former Cabinet Minister in the Hawke and Keating Governments from 1983-96 (Attorney-General, Minister for Resources and Energy, Minister for Transport and Communications, and Foreign Minister); former Leader of the Government in the Senate, and Deputy Opposition Leader; President Emeritus of the Brussels-based International Crisis Group, of which he was President from 2000-2009; Co-Chair of the International Commissions on Intervention and State Sovereignty (2001) and Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (2010); and is an Honorary Professorial Fellow at ANU. He has been a member of many other international panels, commissions and advisory boards, has written or edited thirteen books - most recently Incorrigible Optimist: A Political Memoir (MUP, 2017) - and won a number of international awards, including the 2010 Roosevelt Institute award for Freedom from Fear.

The Rt Hon the Lord Patten of Barnes, CH - Chancellor of Oxford University

Christopher Patten was educated at St Benedict's School, Ealing and Balliol College, Oxford. Lord Patten was elected as Member of Parliament for Bath in May 1979, a seat he held until April 1992. Following the General Election of June 1983, Lord Patten was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Northern Ireland Office and in September 1985 Minister of State at the Department of Education and Science. In September 1986 he became Minister for Overseas Development at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. In July 1989 he became Secretary of State for the Environment. In November 1990 he was appointed Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Chairman of the Conservative Party. Lord Patten was appointed Governor of Hong Kong in April 1992, a position he held until 1997, overseeing the return of Hong Kong to China. From 1999 to 2004 he was European Commissioner for External Relations, and in January 2005 he took his seat in the House of Lords. In 2006 he was appointed Co-Chair of the UK-India Round Table. He was Chairman of the BBC Trust from 2011 to 2014. His publications include First Confession: A Sort of Memoir (2017), What Next? Surviving the 21st Century (2008); Not Quite the Diplomat: Home Truths About World Affairs (2005) and East and West (1998), about Asia and its relations with the rest of the world.