Speaker: Peter Khalil

Peter Khalil
Peter Khalil

Peter Khalil is the Executive Director of Corporate Affairs at SBS where he leads a division with five Senior Manager direct reports heading departments that cover Industry and Broadcasting sector policy and engagement, Community, Multicultural policy, research, outreach programs and engagement, Codes of Practice and Guidelines including complaints handling, the Board Secretariat and all Government Relations and Regulatory Affairs. The division is spread across the Sydney and Melbourne offices. He is also a non-Executive Director on:

  • the Board of the Industry Group Freeview which represents all Free to Air Networks
  • the Board of Life Education, a not for profit that provides drug and alcohol prevention programs to a million schoolchildren around Australia
  • the Research Board of public policy think tank the Mckell Institute
  • and the University of Technology Sydney China Advisory Board.

Peter has worked as Foreign Policy and National Security Adviser and as Senior International Adviser to the Federal Government, including for former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and the Minister for Defence. He has been a consultant for Hawker Britton, and held the position of a non-resident Adjunct Associate Professor at the Centre for International Security Studies at Sydney University where he developed Foreign affairs and National Security courses for senior levels of Government and Intelligence agencies. Prior to these appointments Peter was based in New York providing political risk consultancy to government, multinational corporations and Wall Street Financial institutions.

Peter has been a Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC (2004/05) after earlier serving with the Australian Department of Defence in Iraq in 2003/04 where he was the Director of National Security Policy for the Coalition Provisional Authority and was awarded the Australian Overseas Humanitarian Services medal. He also worked for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Peter has testified before the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee (including before then Senator Obama) and has published widely including op-ed pieces in the New York Times, The Guardian (UK), the Australian, the Age and Sydney Morning Herald, and has made regular appearances on ABC programs such as Lateline and the Drum, as well as PBS Lehrer Newshour, CNN and the BBC.

Peter has Degrees in both Law and Arts from Melbourne University and a Masters of International Laws from the Australian National University.