Alistair Nicholas 


Member of the Advisory Board

Alistair brings considerable experience to Cornerstone Group. His career straddles politics, government relations, economic policy, diplomacy, journalism, business, corporate affairs, and issues and crisis management gained in Australia, the United States and China. 

Alistair has worked in leadership roles in leading consulting firms in Australia and internationally for most of the past 15 years. His clients have included Global Fortune 500 companies, governments and foreign embassies, multilateral institutions, and not-for-profit organisations. He has assisted them with lobbying, reputation management, issues and crisis preparedness and crisis management.

Alistair has been a Trade Policy Advisor to the Federal Coalition and was Australia's Trade Commissioner to the World Bank and to the United Nations. From 2000 to 2013 he was based in Beijing, China, where he consecutively headed up the public affairs practices of international consultancy firms.

Apart from his role at Cornerstone, Alistair also acts as Honorary Media Counsel for the Australia-China Chamber of Commerce; he is a member of the Agriculture Committee of the Australia-China Business Council; and, he is a member of the private sector advisory board to Macquarie University's China Business Research Network. He also sits on the board of the not-for-profit Welcome To My Yard which is working to improve the lives of street-based children in Nepal.

He is a widely quoted media commentator on China business issues and he has written opinion articles for The Australian and The Australian Financial Review as well as regional publications. He has also contributed chapters on issues and crisis management to university text books for communications courses. 

Alistair holds a B.A. (Hons.) in Political Science from University of New South Wales and a Certificate in Executive Leadership from Cornell University. 


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