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Chair of Advisory Board



Layton Pike has been Chief Global Adviser for RMIT University since February 2019. In this role, he is responsible for advising on global strategy and relationships. RMIT is a global university of technology, design and enterprise.

Mr Pike is also a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). He was previously Minister and Deputy Head of Mission for the Australian Embassy Vietnam from 2014 to 2017, where he worked on advancing Australia’s interests in Vietnam and provided leadership across the Embassy.

Mr Pike was previously posted as Minister-Counsellor, Australian Embassy in the Philippines, where he led Australia’s development program from 2013 to 2014, including Australia’s response to Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda.

Before serving in the Philippines, Mr Pike managed branches responsible for providing policy advice on Australia’s development cooperation in Burma, Cambodia, Laos, the Philippines, Vietnam and the Mekong regional program, and policy advice on governance and law and justice.

Mr Pike was Adviser and Chief of Staff to the Attorney-General from 2008 until 2011.

Mr Pike holds a Bachelor of Laws, a Bachelor of Commerce (Management) and is admitted as a legal practitioner in the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory. Mr Pike is currently a member of the Advisory Board for Development Studies at Melbourne University.