On 8 May 2013, the Lowy Institute hosted a panel discussion on political and economic reform in Burma (Myanmar). The Institute's Executive Director, Dr Michael Fullilove, chaired the panel, which included long time Burma watchers Dr Andrew Selth from the Griffith Asia Institute and Dr Sean Turnell from Macquarie University.
Dr. Michael Fullilove
Dr. Michael Fullilove, Program Director for Global Issues at the Lowy Institute for International Policy, has worked as a lawyer, a volunteer in the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor, and an adviser to Prime Minister Paul Keating. Fullilove was a consultant to Frank Lowy AC on the establishment of the Lowy Institute.
Fullilove graduated in international relations and law from the Universities of Sydney and New South Wales, with dual university medals. He also studied as a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford, where he took a master's degree in international relations and wrote his doctorate on Franklin D. Roosevelt's foreign policy. His dissertation was awarded the annual prize for the best international history thesis in Britain.
Fullilove has published more than fifty articles in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Australian, The Australian Financial Review, The Times Literary Supplement, The International Herald Tribune, The Financial Times, The National Interest and Foreign Affairs. He has been quoted in publications such as The Yomiuri Shimbun, The South China Morning Post, The Wall Street Journal and The Economist, and he is a regular commentator for the ABC and CNN. Fullilove's first book, Men and Women of Australia! Our Greatest Modern Speeches, was published by Vintage in 2005.
Dr Andrew Selth
In 2007, Dr Selth was awarded a three-year fellowship by the Australian Research Council. He is currently a Research Fellow in the Griffith Asia Institute, at Griffith University. He is a member of the Asian Studies Association of Australia and the Australian Institute of International Affairs.
Dr Sean Turnell
A former Senior Analyst at the Reserve Bank of Australia, Sean Turnell joined the Economics Department of Macquarie University in 1991.
His research interests include Burma and its economy, financial sector reform in developing countries, the history of global monetary institutions, and the history of Australian economic thought.