Before joining the Faculty of Business and Enterprise in 2013, Ken was founding Executive Director of the Swinburne Leadership Institute, and previously Professorial Research Fellow at Murdoch University. Much earlier, he spent a decade (1974-84) teaching US-East Asian history at the University of Hong Kong. His academic appointments have sandwiched a quarter-century's service as a diplomat in Washington, Beijing, Taipei, Hong Kong, Manila, Cebu, Ho Chi Minh City, and lastly as US Consul General in Perth. At the White House, as Director of Asian Affairs at the National Security Council, Ken helped organise the inaugural APEC leaders meeting hosted by President Bill Clinton. He won State Department awards for his work in human rights, counterterrorism, and public diplomacy. Murdoch University awarded him an Honorary Doctorate of Letters for his contributions to US-Western Australian links in culture, science, business, and youth/minority outreach. Ken's research focuses on Australia-Asia-US relations.
Fields of Research
- Business Systems In Context - 350300
Also published as: Chern, Kenneth; Chern, K.; Chern, Ken
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