30 March 2011

A graduate of UQ’s TC Beirne School of Law, Dr Kala Mulqueeny, has been named a Young Global Leader 2011 by the World Economics Forum.

Dr Mulqueeny was one of 190 Young Global Leaders announced by the Forum in Geneva, Switzerland on March 9.

Each year, the World Economic Forum recognises up to 200 outstanding young leaders from around the world for their professional accomplishments, commitment to society and potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world.

Drawn from a pool of almost 5,000 candidates spanning 65 countries, the Young Global Leaders 2011 were chosen by a selection committee chaired by H.M. Queen Rania Al Abdullah of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

Dr Mulqueeny said she felt both honoured and humbled to be selected as a 2011 Young Global Leader.

“It is an extraordinary opportunity to share and extend ideas and experiences that I feel passionately about within an outstanding community of professionals who have accomplished so much," she said.

"It is a privilege to be counted within this distinguished group."

As a Young Global Leader, Dr Mulqueeny will be actively involved in a number of World Economic Forum community projects and events, including the Forum’s annual summit taking place in the People’s Republic of China in September.

Dr Mulqueeny graduated from UQ in 1993 with a Bachelor of Laws first class honors and a University Medal, and a Bachelor of Commerce (1992).

She received her doctorate from Harvard Law School and is currently Senior Counsel for the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Manila.

In 2010 Dr Mulqueeny was named a Yale World Fellow and one of the Top 40 Hottest Lawyers by Australasian Legal Business: Legal News for her work in Clean Energy.

Her career has spanned private sector law-firms, not-for-profit public interest work, teaching in Asian law schools, and the ADB.

After the 2004 Asian tsunami, Dr Mulqueeny led work with the Sri Lankan Ministry of Justice to implement a legal assistance and governance project that has since helped about 60,000 people.

She has worked on projects in the water, transport, and energy sectors all over Asia and on Philippines power projects from New York and Hong Kong. She has initiated work to establish an Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Energy Regulators’ Network, was the lawyer on China and the developing world’s first Integrated Gas and Combined Cycle Project, and has also led a program for Asian judges and environmental justice.


Barbara Thorsen, School of Law Executive Officer, 07 3365 2523, b.thorsen@law.uq.edu.au

Kala Mulqueeny, Senior Counsel, Asian Development Bank; mulqueenyk@hotmail.com; kmulqueeny@adb.org