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.
was the founding Vice-Chancellor of Australian Catholic University
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.
has held a Nuffield Fellowship in the University of London
, Institute of Commonwealth Studies
and a Hallsworth Fellowship in the University of Manchester
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 Australia's $15m.
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.
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 Universities' Quality Agency; Consultant to Macquarie University on academic organization and convenor of a postgraduate course in educational leadership and management in that university.
He has also been President of Councils of Chiropractic Education International, a member and chair of the Council on Chiropractic Education Australasia, a member of the NSW Selection Panel for the premier General Sir John Monash postgraduate awards, an honorary trustee of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia and member of its research and publications committee.
In recent times, Professor Drake has been a chairman of many Assessment Panels for Higher Education Registration and Accreditation for the NSW Department of Education and Training,
Currently, Professor Drake is Chairman of the Academic Board of S.P.Jain School of Global Management (a transnational institution of higher education in Dubai, Singapore and Sydney).
He is a member of the Council of The Australian College of Applied Psychology and Chairman of its Academic Board, of the board of UNILINC Ltd, and of the international advisory board of North South University, Bangladesh.
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; Arndt's Story: The life of an Australian economist ( with P.Coleman & S.Cornish).
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.