Singapore-based analyst and journalist Andrew Symon speaks about the increasing interest in nuclear energy in Southeast Asia.
The event coincides with the launch of a Lowy Institute Analysis written by Symon on the same topic, Nuclear power in Southeast Asia: implications for Australia and non-proliferation.
Madame Louise Fréchette is a Distinguished Fellow at CIGI where she chairs a project on Nuclear energy and the challenges of global governance. She was a member of the IAEA's Commission of Eminent Persons on nuclear energy challenges and the future of the IAEA which produced its report in May 2008. In September 2008, she was made a member of the Advisory Board to the International Commission on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament established by the governments of Australia and Japan.
Mme. Fréchette is Chair of the Board of Directors of the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre and serves on the board of several other organizations in Canada and in the United States. From 1998 to 2006, Mme. Fréchette was Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations. The first incumbent of the post, she assisted Secretary-General Kofi Annan in the full range of his responsibilities. Prior to this, Mme. Fréchette pursued a career in the Public Service of Canada, serving notably as Ambassador to Argentina and Uruguay (1985-1988), Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations (1992-1994), Associate Deputy Minister of Finance (1995) and Deputy Minister of National Defence (1995-1998).
Madame Fréchette is an Officer of the Order of Canada.
Martine Letts joined as Deputy Director of the Lowy Institute for International Policy in January 2005 following 4 years as the Secretary General (CEO) of Australian Red Cross and a 17-year career with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Letts served as Australian Ambassador to Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay, Deputy Head of Mission and Australian Deputy Permanent Representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna and was an adviser to Foreign Minister Evans from 1992 to 1994.
Letts specialised in arms control and disarmament on postings in Geneva, Vienna and as a policy officer in DFAT.
Andrew Symon has been living in Asia since 1992 employed as a consultant and researcher for both business planning and public sector/public policy projects, and as a journalist managing and writing for various publications. He was based in Jakarta from 1992 to 1997.
In Australia, he has worked in government at state and federal levels, in the national parliament in Canberra on a senator's staff, and in print and radio journalism.
Andrew Symon considers the possibility that Australia could act as a regional enrichment center if many southeast Asian countries develop nuclear power in order to secure the international flow of nuclear material.