Lawyer appointed to Australia-Korea Foundation board

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Herbert Smith Freehills partner Ian Williams has been appointed to the board of the Australia-Korea Foundation.

The appointment was announced by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop MP, who highlighted Williams’ extensive business experience in Korea and his contribution to the Australia Korea Business Council.

Previously Deputy Chairman of the Australia Korea Business Council, Williams said he looks forward to contributing to the foundation, which functions to foster the opportunities in Korea by Australian businesses, students, academics and services professionals.

Williams said he hopes to achieve greater awareness and appreciation of the way the countries intersect outside of the traditional areas of business and tourism.

“Australia and Korea have strong economies and vibrant cultures, and are committed to supporting peace and prosperity in the Asia Pacific region,” said Williams.

“I hope to add value through my experience of having lived and worked extensively in the region as I work with my fellow Board members to identify opportunities to further strengthen ties between the two nations through economic, science, sports and cultural partnerships.”

Korea is Australia’s third largest export market, valued at around $35bn.

An experienced M&A and joint venture specialist, Williams has lived and worked in Japan and has worked with clients with interests all over the Asia Pacific region, in particular advising Japanese and Korean companies on their Australian investments.  He is Vice-President of the Australia Japan Business Cooperation Committee, and a non-executive director of New Hope Corporation.

Williams was also a Wallabies winger from 1984 to 1990, and was selected as player of the year in 1988.