Professor Joseph Lo Bianco brings to the project a wealth of experience in language planning and language education policy, management of language programs, and expertise in innovative second language education: his strategic perspective is unparalleled. Professor Lo Bianco is the Immediate Past President of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and the Inaugural and Current President, Tsinghua Asian-Pacific Forum on Translation and Intercultural Studies. He wrote Australia’s first National Policy on Languages in 1987 – the first multilingual national language policy in an English speaking country – and was Director of the National Languages and Literacy Institute of Australia (1989-2001). He has been an invited consultant advising on language and literacy planning, bilingualism, integration of indigenous and immigrant children into mainstream schools, anti-racist and multicultural education in many countries including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Thailand, Italy, Vietnam, several Pacific Island nations and Scotland. In late 2012 he was invited by the East Asia and Pacific Regional Office of UNICEF to design and begin a research program in SE Asia on questions of language planning and social cohesion and has been conducting research on this project, Language Planning and Social Cohesion in Malaysia, Myanmar and Thailand. Research from the project is being prepared for presentation at the International Conference on Education and Development at Oxford University, UK, in September 2013 and the UNICEF/UNESCO Multilingual Education in Asia Pacific Conference in Bangkok, Thailand in November 2013. Professor Lo Bianco is extremely well-placed to facilitate and build connections between Arts and Education faculties.