The Hon Julie Bishop
Former Foreign Minister of Australia
The Hon Julie Bishop served as Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs from 2013 until her resignation in 2018. She was the first female to hold the role as well as the first female Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party, serving for 11 years.
As Foreign Minister, Ms Bishop was responsible for strengthening Australia’s key strategic and economic relationships with Ministerial responsibility for more than 5,000 departmental staff, 110 overseas missions as well as government agencies Australian Secret Intelligence Service and Australian Centre for International Agriculture Research.
In 2014, she led the international response to the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine, and was awarded the Commander of the Order of Merit of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Under her leadership, the 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper was developed, providing a comprehensive policy framework for the next decade; and the New Colombo Plan was established, enabling Australian undergraduates to live, study and work in the Indo-Pacific region. Within five years more than 40,000 students have participated in the Plan.
In a political career spanning 20 years, Ms Bishop also served as Minister for Education, Science and Training, Women’s Issues and Ageing. With a life-long desire to advance causes affecting women, as well as a love of fashion, Ms Bishop was excited to merge these two passions and become a spokesperson for the 2019 White Shirt Campaign. As an OCRF Ambassador, Ms Bishop is looking forward to raising the profile of the cause because not much is known about the ovarian cancer and more funds are needed to be able to develop an early detection test to save lives.
Prior to entering politics, Ms Bishop was Managing Partner of the law firm Clayton Utz in Perth.
Ms Bishop is the incoming Chancellor of Australian National University, chair of Telethon Kid’s Institute, board member of The Prince’s Trust Australia, director of The Palladium Group, member of the international advisory boards of Afiniti and the Human Vaccines Project.
She has also established a boutique advisory firm, Julie Bishop and Partners.