At the Society's Annual General Meeting held during the 57th Annual Conference in Sydney, 5-8 February 2013, Prof. Peter Warr, head Arndt-Corden Department of Economics at the Australian National University, became president of the Society. Prof. Warr's research interests include studying the economies of East Asia, especially Thailand, Laos and Indonesia, particularly measuring the incidence of poverty, analysing its causes,and examining how economic policy may be used to reduce poverty. He is also Director of the Poverty Research Centre, and Executive Director of the National Thai Studies Centre at ANU.
As president-elect of the Society, Prof. Warr selected "Economics, Agriculture and Natural Resources in the Asian Century" for the theme of the 2013 Conference. Professors Ross Garnaut and Bob Gregory thoughtfully addressed this topic in the Opening Plenary Session at the Conference.