Alistair Nicholas

Alistair J. Nicholas is Executive Vice President – Director, Special Projects at Powell Tate Australia. Alistair’s 25-years-plus career covers Australia, the United States and China; and includes senior positions in public affairs agency and in-house roles, in political advice, in government and diplomacy, and in journalism.

From 2000 until 2013 Alistair was based in Beijing, China, where he provided strategic advice to a range of companies including many Global Fortune 500 companies, and to the Chinese government and foreign government embassies and agencies on a range of public affairs, government relations and crisis management issues. He headed up the Corporate and Public Affairs Practices of Weber Shandwick, Powell Tate’s sister firm for the Asia Pacific Region from 2011 prior to returning to Australia.

Before moving to China, Alistair was the Trade Commissioner at the Australian Embassy in Washington, DC, where he was responsible for promoting Australian business and trade interests to the World Bank and United Nations.

Earlier in his career Alistair worked in Australia in senior corporate communications and public affairs roles, political advice, journalism, and public policy. He was policy and media advisor to several senior Liberal and National Party Shadow Ministers covering the trade portfolio.

Alistair currently also acts as Honorary Media Counsel for the Australia-China Chamber of Commerce; he is a member of the Agriculture Committee of the Australia-China Business Council; and, he is a member of the private sector advisory board to Macquarie University’s China Business Research Network.

Alistair writes about China, business and public affairs for a number of leading media publications including The Australian Financial Review. And he writes on a wide range of issues on his personal blog Speech Crime (

The views expressed in Mr Nicholas’ articles are entirely his own opinions and do not represent those of his employers or of any of his clients, or of any other organisations with which he is involved.

Axeing Charlie Sheen is not enough
9 Mar 2011 | FEATURES |  
tags: Charlie Sheen, Hollywood
The real problem is the executives who hired the disgraced TV star, nurtured him, cosseted him, and helped to destroy him.

30 Aug 2010 | FEATURES |  
tags: China, family values, films
A Chinese blockbuster about the survivors of two earthquakes is a remarkable story of loss and redemption.

Will shuffling the deck deal BP a better hand?
2 Aug 2010 | FEATURES |  
tags: BP, business ethics, corporate culture, environment
Along with cleaning up the catastrophic oil spill, BP has to clean up its toxic corporate culture.

Tweeting all fellow twavellers
29 May 2009 | FEATURES |  
Don't be a trog, get with the blog; or if that's a bad fit, try tweeting a twit.

Of damsels in distress and dragons to the rescue
24 Nov 2008 | FEATURES |  
If China uses its immense foreign reserves to rescue the American economy, will the story end there?

Is capitalism dead or just flat-lining?
12 Oct 2008 | FEATURES |  
The world financial crisis shows that a system built on greed cannot work. 

Sport can lift us higher
21 Aug 2008 | FEATURES |  
Faster, higher, stronger: the motto of the modern Olympics gives us noble aspirations to live by.

Tinseltown bending it for Beckham
21 Jan 2007 | FEATURES |  
tags: public relations, soccer, sport
Babe Ruth didn't play soccer, but he has some sage advice for the celebrity English player.

Corporate corruption - stopping the rot
14 Dec 2006 | FEATURES |  
Business school is too late - good corporate governance should be taught in grade school.

A year of dumb celebrities
30 Nov 2006 | FEATURES |  
The best public relations stunt for Tinsel Town's stars is a good character.

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