AMI Special Advisory Reference Group

Professor Damien Kingsbury, Deakin University

imageDamien Kingsbury holds a Personal Chair in the School of International and Political Studies.  He teaches Approaches to Political Development, and Conflict, Resolution and Development, takes the International Development Dissertation (minor thesis), and also supervises PhD students.

He is author or editor of more than 20 books and dozens of books chapters and journal articles on political and security issues in South-East Asia, in particular on Indonesia and Timor-Leste.  His recent books include ‘Sri Lanka and the Responsibility to Protect’ (2011), ‘East Timor: The Price of Liberty’ (2009), ‘Political Development’ (2007) and the Australian Strategic Policy Institute booklet ‘Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: Indonesia’s Arduous Path of Reform’ (2012).

He was coordinator for Australian volunteer observers to Timor-Leste’s ballot for independence in 1999 and its elections in 2007 and 2012 and was advisor to the Free Aceh Movement for its successful 2005 Helsinki peace talks with the Indonesian government.

Damien is also a frequent commentator for and contributor on regional political affairs to domestic and international media (e.g. Radio Netherlands, Radio Singapore Inetrnational, The Times Higher Education Supplement, Time magazine, AP, Reuters, The Age, SBS Television, ABC Radio, Voice of America, BBC World Service), as well as writing articles and reviews for journals and other publications, notably The Age, the Australian Book Review,,  ABC Unleashed and others. Dr Kingsbury is also a regular contributor on Tuesday mornings on ABC774 Jon Faine program, discussing international affairs.

He served as a member of the Australia Myanmar Institute Board from 2013-16.

Professor John Webb OAM, Swinburne University


imageJohn Webb is a scientist and educator with diplomatic experience from postings at UNESCO Paris and the Australian High Commission New Delhi.  He came to Melbourne from Murdoch University in Perth in 2008 to establish the Australia India Institute at the University of Melbourne where he was an Honorary Professorial Fellow in chemistry. He is now Research Professor (India Engagement), part-time, at Swinburne University of Technology. In 1996 he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for establishing research networks in Asia, including in Myanmar. He worked on an AusAID project in Myanmar in 1988 to establish a joint PhD program. He visited Myanmar in March 2013 as a member of the delegation of the Australian Institute for International Affairs.

He served as a member of the Australia Myanmar Institute Board from 2013-16.