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 ( http://speechcrime.blogspot.com.au/).
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.