Hayley Channer

Advisory Board Member

Hayley Channer is the Director of the Economic Security Program with the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. Hayley has led a diverse background having worked as an Australian Government official, Ministerial adviser, think tank analyst, and represented global non-profit organisations.

Immediately prior to her current role, Hayley was a Senior Policy Fellow with the Perth USAsia Centre. In this position she published analysis on China’s Belt and Road Initiative, infrastructure and investment in the Indo-Pacific, and multilateral economic frameworks. She also provided policy guidance to senior Australian and US government officials on how to better engage the private sector.

In an earlier role, Hayley was an Assistant Director within the Strategy, Policy and Industry Group at the Australian Department of Defence. With Defence, she produced and implemented international policy and advised senior military personnel, including on exercise. For Exercise Talisman Sabre 2017, Hayley was selected as the Australian Policy Adviser to the Commander, US Third Fleet in San Diego and worked under simulated wartime conditions.

Hayley is the recipient of the Fulbright Australia 2022 Coral Sea Scholarship (Business/Industry) which she undertook in Washington DC. Hayley has held Visiting Fellowships with the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre (SDSC) at the Australian National University and East West Center in Washington DC. She is an alumnus of the US State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) and Australia-America Young Leadership Dialogue (AAYLD). Hayley also currently serves on the Advisory Board of the University of Western Australia’s Defence and Security Institute.

Frequently quoted in the Australian and international media, Hayley’s work has been published in Foreign Policy, the Australian Financial Review, the Sydney Morning HeraldThe Diplomat MagazineThe Hill, and the Washington Examiner. She has given live television and radio interviews and presented around the world to large audiences. Hayley has a Master of International Relations from the University of Queensland and Certificate in Public Policy from the London School of Economics.