Dr Bates Gill


Bates Gill

Chief Executive Officer, United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney

Dr Bates Gill commenced as CEO of the US Studies Centre in October 2012 after a five year appointment as the Director of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. He previously led major research program at public policy think tanks in Washington, DC (Brookings Institution and Center for Strategic and International Studies) and in Monterey, California (Monterey Institute of International Studies).

In 2013 he received the Royal Order of the Commander of the Polar Star, the highest award bestowed upon foreigners by the Swedish monarch, for his contributions to Swedish interests. He has also served as a consultant to US companies, foundations, and government agencies, especially with regard to their policies in Asia.

Among his professional affiliations, Dr Gill serves on the boards of China Matters (Sydney), the Rajaratnam School of International Studies (Singapore) and the China-Merck AIDS Partnership, and is a member of the Asia Society Policy Advisory Board (New York) and the Board of Advisors for the Shanghai Institute of International Studies. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (New York) and the International Institute of Strategic Studies (London), and is an Associate Fellow with the Americas Program of Chatham House (London).

He received his PhD in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia and was inducted to the The Johns Hopkins University Society of Scholars in 2007. In addition to his experience in the USA, he has lived and worked for lengthy periods in France, Switzerland, Sweden and China.