Jacqueline Borsboom is Managing Director for Australia at The Asia Group (TAG). Based in Washington, Jacqueline draws on decades of experience working on defense and government policy to help clients capture new growth opportunities throughout the Indo-Pacific at the nexus of geopolitical, national, and commercial interests.
Before joining TAG, Jacqueline served as Minister-Counsellor for Defence Policy at Defence Australia, where she led a team of over 30 diplomats and liaison officers across the U.S., and served as the primary adviser to the Australian Ambassador and Secretary of Defence on the Australia-U.S. alliance. During this time, she also acted as Australia’s chief strategist in the U.S. for operationalizing AUKUS and addressing information-sharing and technology transfer issues, including ITAR.
Before her appointment in Washington, Jacqueline worked as a Senior Executive at the National Naval Shipbuilding Office in Canberra, where she led an interdisciplinary team of experts responsible for developing, implementing, and monitoring policies and strategies to establish a fit-for-purpose national infrastructure, workforce, and industrial base to support the construction of over 54 locally built complex naval vessels.
Jacqueline began her career in government and has served in various roles both in Australia and internationally focused on Australian regional engagement and defense policy. She was the first Australian official stationed at NATO’s Headquarters in Brussels, Director for Indonesia and later New Zealand and Pacific at Defence Australia, Director of Humanitarian Organizations at the Australian Department of Home Affairs, and as Senior Officer for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet under Prime Minister John Howard.
Jacqueline holds a Master’s in business and organizational anthropology focused on Asia from the Radboud University (Netherlands), a Graduate Certificate in Foreign Affairs and Trade from Deakin University (Australia), completed Harvard Business School Managing Innovation in 2030, and is an alumnus of the George C. Marshall European Centre for Security Studies (Germany) and the International Institute for Humanitarian Law (Italy). Jacqueline speaks Dutch, French, and German and provides pro-bono translation and copyright services for Buzz Women, an international NGO that helps women in India and Africa become entrepreneurs.