Mack Williams is a former senior Australian diplomat with a long career in Asia culminating as Ambassador to the Philippines and Republic of Korea after earlier being High Commissioner to Bangladesh. He also held senior positions in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra as well as in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
Born in Sydney, he attended Fort Street Boys’ High School and graduated from the University of Sydney with a BA (Hons) majoring in Geography and Asian History. He attended the Royal College of Defence Studies in London in 1979. Since returning to Sydney in 1998 to pursue interests in business and the wider Australian community, he has retained close links with and interests in Asia – especially Korea and the Philippines - and has visited the region regularly.
He has had a number of consultancies with Australian and foreign companies involved in business in Asia as well as with the Vice Chancellor of the University of Sydney. He is a Chairman of UTS: Insearch and a former Chairman of the Cooperative Research Centre for Environmental Biotechnology, a past Vice Chairman of the Australia Korea Business Council, former President of the Australian Institute for International Affairs (NSW) and Council Member of the Research Institute for Asia and the Pacific (RIAP) at the University of Sydney, Honorary Fellow of Senate of University of Sydney, former Board Member of Clean Up Australia and Clean Up the World.