Carolyn Atkinson is Counsellor (Political-Economic) at the Australian High Commission in Singapore. Carolyn has been a career diplomat and economic policy maker for over twenty years and has deep experience in Southeast Asia. She has led the Australian Government’s efforts to build a collaborative innovation relationship between Australia and Singapore, with a view to the region beyond. Carolyn believes that at a time when countries in our region face greater uncertainty, opportunities and risks in the external environment – governments need to find creative approaches to deliver security and prosperity for our region. Building collaborations which support innovation across borders is a key piece in the prosperity puzzle.