Lotte Schou-Zibell

Regional Director, Pacific Liaison and Coordination Office-Sydney, Asian Development Bank

Lotte is focusing on expanding and further developing the private and finance sectors in the Pacific subregion as well as improving the quality, reliability, and availability of critical infrastructure in both rural and urban areas to boost economic growth, create jobs, and provide access to public services. She is also leading ADB’s work for programming, processing, and administration of assistance in Nauru, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu. Lotte, a national of Sweden, has more than 30 years of professional experience in operational and regulatory policy aspects of developed and developing countries, including 13 years working in ADB. In her recent role as the Chief of ADB’s Finance Sector Group, she led the implementation of various innovative pilot projects using digital financial technologies, as well as the establishment and maintenance of a number of partnerships, including in knowledge, co-financing, and interagency cooperation. She is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the Sustainable Infrastructure Foundation and also a member of the Women’s World Banking’s South East Asia Advisory Council. Lotte previously worked as Director for International Economic Policy at the Swedish Ministry of Finance, financial supervision and regulation expert at the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority and the Swedish Central Bank, and as a consultant to the International Monetary Fund. Lotte holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from Lund University, Sweden.

Professor Caitlin Byrne

Director, Griffith Asia Institute, Griffith University

Professor Caitlin Byrne is Director, Griffith Asia Institute, Griffith University and Faculty Fellow of the University of Southern California's Centre for Public Diplomacy (CPD). Caitlin’s research is focused on Australian diplomacy with a special interest in Australia’s engagement in the Asia-Pacific region. Most recent research projects explore the role of leadership, soft power and public diplomacy—including people-to-people connections developed through international education, culture and sport—in developing Australia’s regional influence, relationships and reputation. Her research is published in a range of journals including the Australian Journal of International Affairs, the Australian Journal of Politics and History, Politics & Policy, and The Hague Journal on Diplomacy. Caitlin is deeply engaged in Queensland’s international policy community, including as a member of the Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA) Queensland Executive, the Fulbright Scholarship Selection Committee for Queensland, and the National Reference Board of ACICIS.

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