Bill Farmer is a former senior public servant and diplomat. He served in a number of diplomatic missions, including as Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador to Mexico and the Central American Republics, High Commissioner in Papua New Guinea and in Malaysia, and, from 2005 to 2010, Ambassador to Indonesia. In addition to service in senior positions in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, he was Secretary of Departments dealing with immigration, multicultural affairs and indigenous affairs between 1998 and 2005. Since 2010, he has undertaken a number of independent reviews for government, including of the Australian aid program, the Australian livestock export industry and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research. ”
Noke’s business experience as an executive covers the electric industry, oleochemical industry and mining. Since 2006 he has had his own consultancy (Kiroyan Partners) assisting clients in dealing with reputational, social and communication issues. His other corporate roles are Commissioner (non-executive director) of gold mining company PT Agincourt Resources and PT Bis Industries, subsidiary of the similarly named Perth-based company, as well as member of the Advisory Boards of Coca Cola Amatil Indonesia and Bain & Company.
He currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KADIN Indonesia), Chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) – Indonesia, Trustee of the United States-Indonesia Society (USINDO), Vice Chairman of the Partnership for Governance Reform in Indonesia, member of the Council of Experts of the Indonesian Public Relations Association (PERHUMAS), Advisor to the Australia-Indonesia Partnership for Economic Governance (AIPEG) and National Chairman of the Indonesian Chapter of Junior Achievement Worldwide. He was previously involved with the APEC Business Advisory Council representing Indonesia, the Board of Trustees of the Bandung Institute of Technology, The Nature Conservancy, Indonesia Business Links and the Fulbright Program in Indonesia. He served three terms as President of the Indonesian-Australian Business Council (IABC) and is currently an Advisor to the board.