Co-Chairs of the Bali Process
Senator The Honourable Penny Wong, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs
Senator The Honourable Penny Wong, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, has held the role since May 2022. Previously, Minister Wong served as Shadow Foreign Minister for six years. In 2013, Minister Wong was elected Leader of the Government in the Senate and after the change of government in 2013, became Leader of the Opposition in the Senate – the first woman to hold either of these roles. After the Australian federal election of 2010, Minister Wong was appointed as Minister for Finance and Deregulation. In this role, Minister Wong and the Australian Treasurer delivered three Budgets in the aftermath of the Global Financial Crisis. Minister Wong also implemented a policy to ensure women are considered for appointments to senior positions in government agencies and corporations.
Her Excellency Retno Lestari Priansari Marsudi, Indonesian Minister for Foreign Affairs
Her Excellency Retno Lestari Priansari Marsudi is the first woman to serve as Minister for Foreign Affairs of Indonesia, and was inaugurated on 27 October 2014. Minister Marsudi joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1986 and has served in various posts, including Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to the Kingdom of the Netherlands (2012-2014), Director General of America and Europe (2008-2012), Ambassador to the Kingdom of Norway and the Republic of Iceland (2005-2008), Director of Western Europe (2003-2005), and Director of American and European Intra- and Inter-Regional Cooperation (2001-2003). Minister Marsudi has also served at the Indonesian Embassy in Canberra (1990-1994) and in The Hague (1997-2001).
Bali Process Senior Official Co-Chairs
Ambassador Lucienne Manton, Australian Ambassador for Counter Modern Slavery, People Smuggling and Human Trafficking
Ambassador Lucienne Manton has been Australia’s Ambassador for Counter Modern Slavery, People Smuggling and Human Trafficking and Senior Official Co-Chair of the Bali Process since May 2020. Ambassador Manton is a senior career officer with Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and was most recently Assistant Secretary, EU Political and Strategy Branch. Ambassador Manton has previously served with the United States Branch, the People Smuggling Taskforce, the Iraq Taskforce and at the Australian High Commission in London. Ambassador Manton also worked as Assistant Secretary in the International Division, in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Ambassador Manton plays a lead role in promoting international cooperation to counter people smuggling in support of Operation Sovereign Borders. Ambassador Manton works closely with the Operation Sovereign Borders Joint Agency Task Force to coordinate the international elements of Operation Sovereign Borders across the Australian Government.
Ambassador Tri Tharyat, Indonesian Director-General for Multilateral Cooperation
Ambassador Tri Tharyat has held the role of Director-General for Multilateral Cooperation since April 2022. Ambassador Tharyat is a career diplomat who joined the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1991. His last position was as a Senior Adviser on Political, Legal and Security Affairs. Previously, Ambassador Tharyat has served in Indonesian missions in Nairobi, New York (Permanent Mission to the UN), and Paris. He also served as the Consul General in Hong Kong, and Ambassador in Kuwait City.
Meetings and Working Groups
Bali Process Steering Group
The Bali Process Steering Group is responsible for ensuring Bali Process objectives and priorities reflect regional needs, by taking into account emerging trends and issues. The Steering Group sets the agenda for Ministerial Conferences, and includes Ministerial and Senior Official level representation from Australia, Indonesia, New Zealand and Thailand and senior representatives of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The group also directs changes to the Bali Process governance – for example, determining any expansion to the Ad Hoc Group membership.Array
Bali Process Membership
The Bali Process, co-chaired by Indonesia and Australia, has 49 members, including the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the International Labour Organization (ILO), as well as a number of observer countries and international agencies.
The Regional Support Office
The Regional Support Office of the Bali Process provides a unique function and resource – delivering practical, on-the-ground support for the Bali Process and its Working Groups.