Julie Bishop is the Minister for Foreign Affairs in Australia’s Federal Coalition Government. She is also the Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party and has served as the Member for Curtin in the House of Representatives since 1998. Minister Bishop was sworn in as Australia’s first female Foreign Minister on 18 September 2013 following four years in the role of Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade. She is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, was inducted into the WA Women Hall of Fame in 2011 and is currently the Deputy Chair of the Western Australian Museum Foundation and a Board Member of His Majesty’s Theatre Foundation.
Minister Bishop has championed the adoption of shared value through her vision for engaging the private sector in aid and development. The concept of shared value formed the foundation of the Minister’s vision and has led to changes in policies, new programs and new partnerships with the private sector, in particular with the 2015 Ministerial Statement on Engaging the Private Sector in Aid and Development – Creating Shared Value Through Partnerships. By adopting the shared value principles in formal policy, the Foreign Minister has accelerated the development of shared value in the region, and is demonstrating shared value leadership on a global scale.