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Fergus Hanson

Fergus Hanson

For the last decade, Fergus has been at the intersection of public policy and business across Australia, the United States and Europe, working with top business leaders, governments and within the United Nations multilateral system.

Fergus led the founding team that spearheaded the campaign to secure an appropriation bill of $175 million from the U.S. Congress to tackle slavery across the world. Fergus also co-designed the public private partnership to create the $100 million Freedom Fund, a private philanthropic investment to tackle slavery hotspots around the globe.

Fergus currently works with ASX listed companies through his leadership of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute’s cyber program and is driving Australia’s business responsiveness to cyberattacks through this initiative.

Fergus has been a non-resident fellow and visiting fellow at the Washington, D.C.-based Brookings Institution where he specialized in the application of emerging technologies. He has worked as program director at Australia’s Lowy Institute, where he ran its flagship publication, the annual Lowy Poll. Described by the BBC as “one of the world’s leading experts on e-diplomacy,” Fergus is the author of Internet Wars and has published widely on a range of international and foreign policy topics.

Fergus was the 2011 Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) professional Fulbright scholar based at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He worked as an Australian diplomat from 2004 to 2007, serving at the Australian Embassy in The Hague. Prior to joining DFAT, Fergus was a fellow at Cambridge University’s Lauterpacht Research Centre for International Law.

  • Prior Professional Experience
    • Director, Australian Strategic Policy Institute (May 2017- Present)
    • Technical Specialist P4, United Nations/ILO (Aug 2016- May 2017)
    • Executive Vice President, Minderoo Foundation- The family office of Andrew Forrest (Jul 2012- Jul 2016)
    • Fellow, Brookings Institution (2012- 2013)
    • Director, Lowy Institute (2007-2012)
    • Diplomat, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (2004-2007)
  • Areas of Expertise
    • ANZ & The Pacific
    • Australia
    • Banking
    • Communications
    • Consulting
    • Defense
    • E-Commerce
    • Education
    • Energy
    • Environmental
    • FinTech
    • Government
    • Government Affairs
    • Healthcare
    • Hospitality
    • ICT
    • Medical Devices
    • Mining
    • Not for Profit
    • Pharmaceuticals
    • Public Relations
    • Social Networking
    • Solar
    • Technology
    • Telecommunications
    • Think Tank
    Functional Expertise
    • Communications
    • Corporate Social Responsibility
    • Government
    • Government Affairs
    • Policy
    • Public Affairs
    • Strategy
  • Education
    • University of Sydney (2002)— Master of International Law
    • University of Sydney (1999- 2001)— Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy
  • Professional Affiliations
    • Member of the Board of Directors, Art Monthly Australasia (2018- Present)
    • Member of the Board of Directors, Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation Foundation (2014- Present)
  • Honors and Awards
    • Professional Fulbright Scholarship from Georgtown University (2012)
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