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Jonathan McKeown is the Chief Executive of the Australian Water Association, a role he commenced in May 2013.
Jonathan graduated from the Australian
National University with combined Arts/Law degrees in 1983. Jonathan commenced his career as a commercial
lawyer with Mallesons solicitors in Melbourne.
In this capacity he worked in a variety of areas including mergers and
acquisitions, mining and resources, and finance and banking. He then transferred to business gaining 25
years of commercial experience in establishing and consolidating businesses
across Asia and the Middle East.
Jonathan has advised more than
200 companies in developing business in Asia whilst managing offices in
Bangkok, Jakarta, Tokyo, and Amsterdam.
His international project management skills have been acquired through significant
development projects (including water projects) across Asia and The Middle East
all requiring regular interaction with senior levels of Governments, the World
Bank and the Asian Development Bank.
Management experience in
industry associations has been acquired in roles that include Director of Trade
Business Services at the Chamber of Manufactures (now known as Australian
Business Chamber) and Chief Executive of the NSW Farmers Association.
As a management consultant
Jonathan has been based in Bangkok for the last seven years specialized in
productivity improvement, strategic planning, corporate restructures, and
acquisitions and joint ventures across Asia and Australia. He brings detailed practical experience of
the challenges of conducting business across borders and cultures with a direct
exposure to the fast changing demands of the Asian markets.