Honours (First Class) from the University of Melbourne in 1962 and Ph.D from The Australian National University in 1967. He is now Professor Emeritus of The University of New England and of Australian Catholic University.
Professor Drake was the founding Vice-Chancellor of Australian Catholic University, 1991-1998. His previous academic appointments were in The University of New England (where, over eighteen years, he was Professor of Economics and successively Head of the Department of Economics, Chairman of Academic Board, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal of UNE-Armidale) and in the University of Melbourne, for seven years, as Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Economics. He has held a Nuffield Fellowship in the University of London, Institute of Commonwealth Studies and a Hallsworth Fellowship in the University of Manchester.
Professor Drakeâ€™s expertise in international economic development has led to roles as a foundation member of the Board of Management of the U.N. Asian
and Pacific Development Centre
, Kuala Lumpur; member of the steering committee of the ASEAN-Australia Joint Research Project; and Project Manager of Australiaâ€™s
Project of Assistance to Institut Pertanian Bogor, Indonesia. He has been a consultant to the World Bank, the Australian International Development Assistance Bureau and AusAID, and various governments and universities in Asia and the Pacific region. In international education, he has been a board member and deputy president of IDP Education Australia, board member of International Education Media, and board member and chairman of the Australian Education Office, North America.
Professor Drake was a member of the AVCC Academic Standards Panel on Economics, chairman of the NSW Syllabus Committee on Economics, councillor for Southeast Asia of the Asian Studies Association of Australia, member of the ANU-ARC Review Committee on the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies. He has been external examiner in Economics for The Flinders University of South Australia and Universiti Sains Malaysia.
Reflecting his particular leadership experience and special interest in academic governance, administration and quality assurance, Professor Drake has served, in retirement, as Chairman, Murdoch Business School Review Panel; Auditor, Australian Universitiesâ€™ Quality Agency; Consultant to Macquarie University on academic organization and convenor of a postgraduate course in educational leadership and management in that university.
Currently he is a Chair of Assessment Panels for Higher Education Registration and Accreditation for the NSW Department of Education and Training.
Professor Drake serves on the international advisory board of North South University, Bangladesh. He is President of Councils on Chiropractic Education International, a member and deputy chair of the board of the Council on Chiropractic Education Australasia.
is a member of the board of UNILINC Ltd. He
is an honorary trustee of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia
(CEDA) and a member of its research and publications committee. Professor Drake
has served on the NSW Selection Panel for the General Sir John Monash Awards since the inception of these premier postgraduate awards in 2004.
has published many articles in academic journals and several books, including Money, Finance and Development; Financial Development in Malaya and Singapore; Economic Growth for Australia ( with J.P.Nieuwenhuysen); Currency, Credit and Commerce: Early Growth in Southeast Asia (2004); Arndtâ€™s Story: The life of an Australian economist ( with P.Coleman & S.Cornish) (2007).
In 2003 Professor Drake was appointed to be a Member in The Order Of Australia, was awarded the degree of Doctor of the University (honoris causa) by Australian Catholic University, and was advanced to Fellow of the Society of Certified Practising Accountants of Australia.