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Bond University Highschool Model United Nations 2021 | Keynote speaker

Professor Caitlin Byrne 

Australian Representative of W20 (G20 Women's Engagement Group)

We are are excited to announce our Keynote Speaker for BUHMUN 2021, Women 20 (W20) Australian Representative, Professor Caitlin Byrne. The W20 is the official G20 engagement group focused on gender equity.

Professor Caitlin Byrne is a Fellow of the Australian Institute for International Affairs (AIIA) and Faculty Fellow of the University of Southern California's Centre for Public Diplomacy (CPD). Caitlin's research is focused on Australian diplomacy with a special interest in influence and engagement in the Asia-Pacific region. Most recent research projects explore the role of leadership, strategic narrative and public diplomacy in Australia's regional diplomatic efforts. 

Caitlin brings expertise in executive education and currently delivers training on Soft Power & Public Diplomacy, and International Policy & Tradecraft through Australia's Diplomatic Academy in Canberra. She consults on occasion to government in the areas of strategic foreign policy and diplomatic practice. She currently represents Australia on the W20, (women's engagement group to the G20), and is a member of the Australian Government's Sports Diplomacy Advisory Council. She sits on the international advisory board of the International Relations Institute of Cambodia (IRIC), and on the national reference group of ACICIS Study Indonesia. 

Professor Byrne currently holds the title of Director, Griffith Asia Institute. Prior to joining academia, Caitlin had established a professional career spanning strategic management, legal, foreign and social policy roles in government, business and community sectors.

Previous Keynote Speakers

Ambassador Christopher Lamb

Humanitarian Advisor - Special Adviser 
Australian Red Cross - 'The Power of Humanity'
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)


Christopher Lamb is a former Australian Ambassador and is now Special Adviser to the Australian Red Cross and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). He also has advisory responsibilities with many RCRC National Societies, business groups and universities. He is president of the Australia Myanmar Institute and holds positions with several NGOs and foundations. As Special Adviser on International Relations for the IFRC until his retirement in June 2010, he was responsible for the diplomatic positioning of the IFRC and National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in the international intergovernmental and non-governmental communities. He coordinated the development of IFRC positions in various humanitarian and political fields, supporting the work of National Societies in these respects through the development of the IFRC’s policy on humanitarian diplomacy. Before joining IFRC in 2000, he was an Australian diplomat and Ambassador to Myanmar, Serbia, Romania, and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, after serving in several multilateral and bilateral posts and as foreign ministry legal adviser.

Professional highlights

  • Diplomat and DFAT Public Servant for 32 years
    • Australian Ambassador to Burma/Myanmar
    • Australian Ambassador to Former Yugoslavia, Romania, and Macedonia
    • Legal adviser, DFAT
  • Special Advisor on International Relations to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
  • Special Advisor to the Australian Red Cross
  • Special Advisor to IFRC
  • President, Australia Myanmar Institute
  • Lecturer on Humanitarian Diplomacy with the Diplofoundation
  • Honorary Associate Professor, University of Melbourne

In describing his role as advisor to the Red Cross, Chris once simplified the job description:

“I give them advice for whatever they ask for, and whatever I think that they need to receive, so I give a lot of unrequested advice when I think they need it”

Ms Keiko Yanai 

Consul-General of Japan,
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Brief Profile of Ms Keiko Yanai – Consul-General of Japan

Ms. Keiko Yanai, Consul-General of Japan, assumed her post in Brisbane in June 2017. After joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1988, she held various positions specializing in treaty negotiations and multilateral affairs focusing on disarmament and non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and conventional weapons. Ms. Yanai attended various United Nations conferences including the UN General Assembly First Committee and Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference and its Preparatory Committees. Her overseas diplomatic postings have included the Netherlands, Singapore and the USA, and she also served for three years at the Delegation of Japan to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva, Switzerland.

Professional highlights

  • After joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan, in 1988, held various positions specializing in treaty negotiations and multilateral affairs focusing on disarmament and non-proliferation of weapons
  • Attended various United Nations conferences and served as expert for various Groups of Governmental Experts
  • Served as Atomic Energy Specialist in the Cabinet Office (2011-2013)

Emily Pugin

Second Secretary
Australian Embassy; and
Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Vienna



Emily Pugin is a descendant of the Kombumerri people of the Gold Coast. She graduated from Bond University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Laws and International Relations. Prior to joining the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT), she was an intern at the Australian Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Geneva. She also has professional legal experience having clerked at MBA Lawyers and Allens Arthur Robinson Lawyers in the area of environment law.

As an Australian diplomat in Vienna, Emily has a range of multilateral and bilateral responsibilities to advance Australia’s interests. Emily’s primary responsibility is to manage Australia’s engagement with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) where she negotiates international drugs policy. Emily also represents Australia at the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), which covers a range of global security issues including politico-military, economic, environment and human rights matters. On the bilateral side, Emily manages Australia’s relationships with Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, and Slovakia. Emily’s former position at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra was lead negotiator for capacity building and indigenous issues at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). She was part of the Australian delegation to negotiate the Paris Agreement on climate change and its implementation. Additionally, Emily managed a significant international development portfolio supporting climate change adaptation and mitigation projects across the Indo-Pacific and Africa.

Cloe Read

Graduate Journalist

The Courier Mail

Cloe started studying journalism at Bond University in 2016 with a major in International Relations. During her time at Bond Cloe was able to participate in the Japan English Model United Nations twice, first as a video journalist and second as the delegate for Russia within the Security Council. Cloe remains the only Bond MUN student to have transitioned over from journalist to country delegate. Following her graduation in 2018 Cloe started working for The Courier Mail. Every day sees Cloe covering a variety of stories including breaking news, crime, the courts, politics, and just about everything in between. Cloe is an enthusiastic advocate for journalism as a career choice and looks forward to sharing her experiences with the first cohort of BUHMUN Journalists. Over the last week Cloe has seen the potential power of journalism, having written about a 12-year-old student who had been left behind by her school bus. Cloe’s story was published on Tuesday morning, and by Tuesday night the Transportation Minister, Mark Bailey, had contacted the young girl’s father to tell him that a new bus route had been approved to ensure this never happened again. In Cloe’s words “It’s important to remember that journalism isn’t just about the big stories, it’s about the little stories that snowball into significant stories that ultimately bring about change.”