Mr Gaetjens was appointed Secretary to the Treasury with effect from 1 August 2018.
Prior to his appointment as Treasury Secretary, Mr Gaetjens was Chief of Staff to Treasurer the Hon Scott Morrison MP.
Mr Gaetjens has more than 40 years’ experience in Commonwealth and State public sectors. He began as an Assistant Research Officer in the Bureau of Transport Economics in 1977 and progressed through the Department of Transport in its various incarnations working on land transport, aviation, telecommunications and government business enterprise reforms. Mr Gaetjens was then seconded to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet before becoming a Senior Adviser in the Infrastructure Branch in 1993. During this time his principal responsibilities included electricity reform including the creation of the National Electricity Market.
In 1994 he was the Parliamentary Liaison Officer in the Australian Senate, assisting the Manager of Government Business programming legislation in that chamber.
Mr Gaetjens joined the South Australian Department of Treasury and Finance as Assistant Under Treasurer (State Enterprises) in 1995. He was charged with shaping a microeconomic reform agenda, including improving the governance and performance of State utilities. As Acting Deputy Under Treasurer in 1996, he managed the 1996-97 State Budget and oversighted three branches as well as playing a key role in structurally separating the State’s electricity utility.
Between 1997 and 2007, Mr Gaetjens was Chief of Staff to Treasurer the Hon Peter Costello MP, including a period in a dedicated Tax Unit to oversee the introduction and legislative passage of A New Tax System, in which the GST and other tax reforms were implemented.
Mr Gaetjens commenced 2008 as Chief Adviser, Competition and Consumer Policy Division in the Treasury. His focus was on competition policy and infrastructure issues, including membership of a cross-Government committee of officials on the National Broadband Network and supporting the Treasury Secretary as a member of the Broadband Panel of Experts.
In August 2008, he commenced an overseas posting as the inaugural Director of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Policy Support Unit in Singapore. The Unit was established to provide the APEC Secretariat and member economies with policy and research capability to further champion free and open trade and investment as well as the promotion and acceleration of regional economic integration.
After returning to Australia late in 2010, Mr Gaetjens returned to the Treasury in February 2011 as Secretary of the GST Distribution Review.
In August 2011, Mr Gaetjens was appointed to the position of Secretary of the New South Wales Treasury after an international search exercise and a merit selection process. While there, Mr Gaetjens was also a member of the advisory board of the NSW Commission of Audit (Schott Review), Secretaries Board, Chair of NSW Treasury Corporation and a board member of Infrastructure NSW.
Mr Gaetjens holds a Graduate Diploma in Accounting from the University of Canberra and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Flinders University.
Robert Milliner is an independent director of AusNet Services Ltd., an independent director of the Global Infrastructure Hub Ltd (a G20 initiative), Chairman of the Board of the Foundation for Young Australians and a member of the APEC Business Advisory Council.
He is also a Senior Adviser at UBS and a Senior Adviser to the Secretary General of the International Chamber of Commerce.
He was the B20 Sherpa for Australia for 2014, a member of the Steering Committee for Turkey B20 2015, Senior Adviser to China B20 2016 and Special Adviser to Germany B20 2017.
From 2004-2011 he was Chief Executive Partner of Australia's pre-eminent international law firm Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now King & Wood Mallesons). In his role as Chief Executive he lead the merger of Mallesons and King & Wood (a PRC firm), which was a world first. He was a partner of Mallesons for 28 years and specialized in mergers & acquisitions, infrastructure and was recognized as one of the world’s leading energy lawyers.
Robert is an Honorary Member of the Business Council of Australia and member of the Economic Policy and Competitiveness and Energy and Climate Change Committees; he was a director of the Business Council 2005-2011.
He has a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from the University of Queensland and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Western Australia and has attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.
Katherine Sierra is a non-resident Senior Fellow of Global Economy and Development at The Brookings Institution.
Previously Ms Sierra held senior leadership positions at the World Bank, including Vice President for Sustainable Development (2007-2010); Vice President, Infrastructure (2004-2007): Vice President, Human Resources(2001-2004); and Vice President for Operational Core Services (1999-2000).
Ms Sierra is a member of the External Advisory Council for the Ingersoll Rand Center for Energy Efficiency, and is on the Sustainability Advisory Committee for the FMC Corporation. She is the Chair of the Gold Medal Jury for the World Environment Center's Corporate Sustainability Leadership Award. She co-chaired an external task force which addressed issues of Gender Based Violence in World Bank Investment Projects, and is currently co-chair of the Oxfam Independent Commission addressing Sexual Misconduct and Culture Change at that organization.
Ms Sierra has a Bachelor of Arts (Anthropology and Hispanic Civilization), University of California Santa Barbara (1976), a Masters in City and Regional Planning from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University (1978) and has also completed the General Managers Program at the Harvard Business School (1998).
Mark Bowman is Director General, International Finance at HM Treasury with responsibility for advancing the UK’s economic and financial interests internationally and in the European Union. He leads HM Treasury’s work with foreign finance ministries, central banks and international institutions; and is the UK’s Finance Deputy at the G7 and G20, and represents the UK in the EU’s Economic and Financial Committee. Mark is also a member of the Treasury’s Executive Management Board.
Mark re-joined the Treasury in November 2013 from the Department for International Development (DFID) where he spent two years as Director General, Humanitarian, Security and International Finance which included oversight of DFID’s humanitarian programmes, its work in the Middle East region and relations with the World Bank.
Immediately prior to joining DFID, Mark was Director, Strategy, Planning and Budget at HM Treasury and a member of the Executive Management Board. Mark initially joined the Treasury in 1995 as an economist and has done a number of jobs including Principal Private Secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer (2001 to 2004), Director International Finance (2006 to 2008) and Director Budget and Tax (2008-10). He started his career as an Overseas Development Institute Fellow working in the Mozambican Ministry of Planning and Finance.
Since 2017, Laura has been the G20 Finance Deputy in the Ministry of Treasury, Argentina. In this role, Laura leads the G20 Finance Deputies under Argentina’s G20 Presidency. Laura is responsible for the direction of work across a broad range of topics including the global economy, international financial architecture, financial regulation and international taxation. Laura also has carriage of advancing the Presidency’s priorities of the future of work and infrastructure.
Before joining the Ministry of Treasury, Laura was a Research Economist at the Inter-American Development Bank, where she led research projects in developing and developed countries. She produced papers in the fields of development economics, crime and justice, and political economy. Laura developed the research agenda on crime and violence for the Bank.
As an Economist at the Inter-American Development Bank, Laura designed and coordinated the Research Agenda of the Citizen Security and Justice Sector, and led the implementation of research projects on crime, violence and conflict in more than 10 countries, and coordinated regional projects on data generation.
Laura was also formerly a Consultant at the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, J-PAL and MIT. She is the author of numerous books and articles in peer-reviewed academic journals on political economy, development, and crime economics.
Laura has a PhD in Economics and a MPhil in Economics, both from the University College London. She completed her MSc in Economics at the Universidad de San Andrés, Buenos Aires and her BSc in Economics at the Univerisdad de Buenos Aires where she graduated with a Distinction Magna Cum Laude.
Kunil Hwang was appointed as Deputy Minister for International Affairs at the Ministry of Strategy and Finance in September 2017. He played a crucial role particularly in receiving and maintaining a record-high sovereign credit rating. He is also in charge of maintaining stability of the foreign exchange market, strengthening international cooperation, and reforming foreign exchange regulations.
Before assuming his current position, he served as Chief Secretary to Deputy Prime Minister & Minister of Strategy and Finance (2014-2016), Director General for International Finance Bureau (2016~2017) and Planning and Coordination Office (2013-2014), Director General at the Presidential Office (The Blue House) for Economic Affairs (2008-2010), Director for Economic Cooperation Bureau (2007-2007), Director for International Finance Bureau (2004-2006), Director and Deputy Director for International Finance Bureau, Economic Policy Bureau and Planning & Budget Bureau (1988-2001).
Besides the Ministry, Mr. Hwang worked as Minister Counsellor for Economic Affairs at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the U.S. (2010-2013) and Economist in the Chief Economist Office at the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) located in London, U.K. (2001-2004).
Mr. Hwang earned his M.A in Economics from the University of Oregon in the U.S. and MA in Economic Policy-Making from Seoul National University in Korea. He received his BA in Economics from Yonsei University. He is married with two children.
Mr. Asakawa is Vice Minister of Finance for International Affairs and responsible for all international policies of the Japanese Ministry of Finance (MOF), since July 2015.
Since he joined the ministry in 1981, he has held many senior positions, including Director-General of the International Bureau, Deputy Vice Minister for Policy Planning and Co-ordination. He also served as Executive Assistant to the Prime Minister (2008-09), and Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister (2012-13).
Mr. Asakawa was also Head for Technical Assistance Management Unit, Fiscal Affairs Department at the IMF, and Executive Assistant to the President of Asian Development Bank. Besides, he held several positions at the Committee on Fiscal Affairs (CFA), OECD, including Co-Chair for Board for Co-operation with Non-OECD Economies, Co-Chair for Forum on Harmful Tax Practices, Member of the Advisory Board, and Chair for CFA (2011-2016).