Governor of Victoria


Day 1 – 13 Nov 2017

Lunch (Hosted by Invest Hong Kong) & Special Luncheon Address: Maritime Silk Road - Succeeding in the New Model of Cooperation Between China, Hong Kong & ASEAN | 12.30 pm - 2.00 pm

The Honourable Linda Dessau became the 29th Governor of Victoria on 1 July 2015, the first woman in the role.

Hon. Dessau has a distinguished career in the law as a solicitor, a barrister at the Victorian Bar, Senior Crown Counsel in Hong Kong, a magistrate in the Children’s Court, the Coroner’s Court and the Magistrates’ Court. Her final 18 years on the bench was as a judge in the Family Court of Australia.

Throughout her career, Hon. Dessau was involved in a wide range of community organisations, including as a Commissioner of the AFL, President of the Melbourne Festival and a Trustee of the National Gallery of Victoria.

In 2010, Hon. Dessau became a member of the Order of Australia for her contribution to family law, and to the community. In 2017, Hon. Dessau was made a Companion of the Order of Australia for eminent service to the people of Victoria through leadership roles in the judiciary, to the advancement of economic ties and business relationships, and as a supporter of charitable, sporting and arts organisations.