Elise Giles leads the Advocacy portfolio at Asialink Business, the National Centre for building Asia capability. Elise plays a key role in driving public conversation and debate on Asia capabilities through a range of advocacy activities across the country. This includes the curation of high-profile forums and events that showcase prominent Australian and Asian leaders, including on Australia-Japan relations. Previously, Elise worked and studied across Asia, and as such has built a wealth of experience engaging with government, private and community sector. Over this time, Elise's keen interest in Japan has grown through her engagement via people-to-people links, and to supporting Australian businesses in building their capability to engage with Japan. She has also worked within economic and social policy portfolios in the Queensland State Government for five years. Elise currently serves as a Director on the Board of the Australia-Vietnam Leadership Dialogue, an parallel organisation that drives collaboration between Australian and Vietnamese leaders.