Alistair Nicholas


Alistair Nicholas is an international public affairs professional of more than 25 years standing. His career primarily covers Australia, the United States and China, and roles in policy research, journalism, political advice, diplomacy, and in-house and agency public affairs positions.

Alistair is currently a senior adviser in the Corporate and Public Affairs Practice of Weber Shandwick Australia. In this role he leads public affairs, government relations and political lobbying campaigns, and issues and crisis management programs for clients.

From 2000 until 2013 Alistair was based in Beijing China where he held senior public affairs roles with international firm Edelman and ran his own firm with offices in Beijing and Shanghai for seven years before joining Weber Shandwick in Beijing.

Prior to moving to China Alistair had been based at Australia's embassy in Washington, DC, as Trade Commissioner to the World Bank and to the United Nations. He had previously headed up corporate communications for the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade) in Sydney, also acting as the organisation's official spokesperson.

Earlier in his career he had been Trade Policy Adviser to a number of Federal Coalition Shadow Ministers for Trade, including Charles Blunt, Alexander Downer, Andrew Peacock, and Tim Fischer. He has also worked in Sydney corporate and public affairs agency Cosway Australia, as a policy researcher with economic think tank the Centre for Independent Studies (CIS), and as a freelance journalist writing for The Australian, The Optimist, and Pacific Defence Reporter.

At the CIS Alistair co-authored a study on the potential for privatisation of social welfare services in Australia. A prolific writer he has written numerous articles for leading international media publications about business in China, public affairs, lobbying, crisis management, and business ethics. He also covers a range of topics on his personal blog, SpeechCrime, which also has links to many of his published articles.

Throughout his career Alistair has been actively involved industry and business associations, including at the board level.

For more detailed information see my LinkedIn profile.

  • Work
    • Centre for Independent Studies
  • Education
    • University of New South Wales
    • Cornell University