Hon. Julie Bishop served as Australia’s 38th Minister for Foreign Affairs from 2013 to 2018 and was the first woman appointed to that role. She was previously Minister for Ageing, (Cabinet level) Minister for Education, Science and Training and Minister for Women’s Issues. Ms. Bishop was the first woman to be elected Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party, a position she held from 2007 to 2018.
Ms. Bishop established the Innovation Xchange (iXc), an ideas hub within the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), with a mandate to find solutions to some of the most intractable global development and health challenges. The iXc works with numerous international organisations, including XPRIZE, Bloomberg Philanthropies and The Global Fund. She also served on the board of the End Malaria Council, co-chaired by Bill Gates. One of Ms. Bishop’s roles as Foreign Minister was to provide policy direction to DFAT and to have oversight of its operations.
Since leaving Parliament, Ms. Bishop is currently serving as Chair of the Telethon Kid’s Institute and a Trustee and Board member of The Prince’s Trust Australia. Prior to her election to Parliament in 1998, she was Managing Partner of national law firm Clayton Utz.