Philipp Ivanov is Chief Executive Officer of Asia Society Australia. He is a China specialist with extensive experience in policy, education and research. Previously, he served as a policy officer and manager of the Australia-China Council at the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade where he was one of the principal authors of the Australia in the Asian Century White Paper – China Country Strategy. Philipp was also Acting Director and Deputy Director of the Research Institute for Asia and the Pacific at the University of Sydney, advised the University of Sydney on their China strategy and managed La Trobe University’s partnerships in the Gulf States, Vietnam and Thailand. Philipp spent over 6 years in China working in education and development and also studied in Jilin and Liaoning Normal universities. He has a Bachelor (Honours) degree in Chinese language and history from the Far Eastern National University in Russia. He holds a Master of Educational Leadership and Management from RMIT University in Australia. He grew up in Vladivostok on Russia’s Pacific coast and is a fluent Chinese and Russian speaker.