Kathe Kirby is Executive Director of the Asialink Centre of The University ofMelbourne and of the Asia Education Foundation (AEF). Asialink is Australia’s largest Asia-Australia institute with a mission to foster knowledge and networks between Australia and Asia. The AEF works nationally and internationally and is a joint activity of Asialink and Education Services Australia, established by the Australian Government in 1992 to lead, promote and support the studies of Asia in Australian schools as part of developing a curriculum relevant to Australians – and Australia – in the twenty-ﬁrst century. Through the AEF, Kathe has worked in and with China, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Indonesia, India, the USA and New Zealand.
Kathe has a background in school education with a focus on innovation in education. In 2001, Kathe was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to investigate internationalizing curriculum in the USA, UK, Japan and Republic of Korea. She is a Board Member of the Foundation for Young Australians and the Australia Malaysia Institute, and a consultant to the Global Education Leaders Program. She is a regular contributor to the media on issues related to Asia literacy in Australian schools.