Peter Drysdale AO is Emeritus Professor of Economics and the Head of the Asian Bureau of Economic Research and East Asia Forum at the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University. He is widely recognised as the leading intellectual architect of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and has been at the forefront of Australia's engagement with Asia over his long career at the ANU, remaining active since his retirement 15 years ago.
Peter has a deep commitment to the spirit of cooperation, economic development and multilateral trade, with longstanding leadership in nurturing the next generation of researchers. He has supervised over 85 PhD students during his career and continues supervision and mentoring.
This fund will recruit, develop and support the next generation of Australian scholarship on contemporary issues facing Asian economies. It intends to provide scholarships to support graduate students to study at ANU, and by providing scholarships to assist graduate students to study abroad in Asia. The aim is to eventually raise enough funds for a Chair: Peter Drysdale Professor of Asia Pacific Economics.
This fund facilitates the growth and development of connections between top potential graduate students and key centres of regional research, aiming to deepen regional interconnectedness and encourage talented graduate students to inform debates on Asian economic issues. Peter's promotion of an open, confident, and ambitious vision for Australia's leadership role in its region will be further developed by the next generation of researchers through this fund.