Asia Briefing LIVE 2018


A new executive forum taking the pulse of Asia and Australia’s engagement with the region

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Asia Society Australia and Bloomberg brings together 100 senior business leaders and policy makers for a half-day deep dive into the geopolitical, economic, and business drivers shaping our shared region.

We are pleased to announce that Prime Minister Scott Morrison will deliver the Asia Briefing LIVE keynote address. 

Why now? Six of Australia’s top ten two-way trading partners are in Asia and Australia’s free trade deals with China, Japan, ASEAN, Korea and TPP11 countries are smashing tariffs and unlocking new markets. US-China trade war and geoeconomic and geostrategic competition is affecting Australian businesses and threatening Australia’s prosperity. Seven of Australia’s ten highest-value countries for inbound tourists are in Asia. Asian-born migrants now make up a third of Australia’s overseas-born population. Australian education has been transformed by students from Asia seeking education opportunities outside their high-pressure competitive societies. Chinese investment in Australia dropped to USD 10.3 billion in 2017 – down 11% from 2016, as China tightens capital control and Australia debates China’s global influence.

Date: Thursday 01 November 2018
Time: 9:00 am - 3:30 pm*
Venue: Bloomberg, 1 Bligh Street, Sydney CBD

*To accommodate our impressive line-up of speakers we have extended the running time of Asia Briefing LIVE to 9.00 - 3.30 pm.   

This event is by invitation only, with places limited and preferenced to Asia Society Australia lead members and invited stakeholders.

Invited guests will have received further instruction on how to register. If you're unsure, please contact or 02 8199 9402 for more information. 


9.00 – 9.45              Guest registration

9.45 – 9.55              Welcome to Country

9.55 – 10.15            Welcome by Forum Chairs

10.15- 11.15            Asia’s new geopolitics
                                Analysts, diplomats, and policy leaders assess  
                                Asia’s strategic landscape and the foreign policy
                                trajectories of key players.
11.15 – 11.30          Coffee Break

11.30 – 12.30          Asia’s Economies and Markets
                                Economists analyse the key issues in Asia’s major
                                economies and how they affect Australia.

12.30 - 1.30             Lunch and entertainment on the Bloomberg Terrace

1.30 – 1.45              Australia-Asia 360°
                                An interactive stock take of Australia’s 
                                connectivity with the region.

1.45 – 2.55              Australian Business in Asia
                                Business leaders discuss how Australian business
                                is performing in Asia.

3.00 – 3.30              Keynote Address

                                The Hon. Scott Morrison MP, Prime Minister of Australia

Keynote Address

The Hon. Scott Morrison MP, Prime Minister of Australia


The Hon Scott Morrison MP was sworn in as Australia's 30th Prime Minister on 24 August 2018. He has previously served as Treasurer, Minister for Social Services, Minister for Border Protection, and was first elected to Parliament as the Federal Member for Cook in 2007. During his more than ten years in the parliament, the Prime Minister has established a reputation as a passionate advocate for his local community as well as a proven fixer for difficult policy problems in senior Cabinet portfolios.

As Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, he successfully stopped the boats. As Social Services Minister, he reduced abuse of the welfare system and put Australia’s social safety net on a more sustainable footing. As Treasurer, his achievements include reducing the deficit, getting debt under control, maintaining Australia's AAA credit rating, record jobs growth, cutting corporate and personal income taxes, ensuring multinationals pay their fair share of tax, and  reforming Australia's banking and financial system.

The Prime Minister lives in the Sutherland Shire in Sydney's south with his wife Jenny and their two young daughters. 

Our speakers (A-Z):

Sally Auld, Chief Economist and Head, AUS/NZ Fixed Income and FX Strategy, J.P. Morgan

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Sally Auld joined J.P. Morgan in September 2008. She is responsible for economic and policy outlook and strategic and tactical trade recommendations. Her research is targeted at a variety of institutional clients, both domestic and offshore. Previously, Auld was co-head of economics and interest rate research at ANZ and commenced her career as an interest rate strategist at Credit Suisse. See more >>

The Hon. Chris Bowen MP, Member for McMahon, Shadow Treasurer and Shadow Minister for Small Business

Chris Bowen

Chris Bowen entered Parliament in 2004 and has held a wide range of portfolios including serving as Treasurer, Minister for Human Services, Minister for Immigration, Minister for Financial Services, Assistant Treasurer, Minister for Competition Policy, Minister for Small Business and Minister for Tertiary Education.   Chris has been responsible for a range of significant policy reform programs in these portfolios. He served as Interim Leader of the Labor Party and Acting Leader of the Opposition following the 2013 Federal election and currently serves as Shadow Treasurer and Shadow Minister for Small Business. See more >>

Swati Dave, Chief Executive Officer, Export Finance and Insurance Corporation 

Swati Dave

Swati Dave is an experienced senior banking executive and non-executive director with an established track record of successfully leading and growing complex P&L businesses in Australia, the UK, Hong Kong, and Singapore. 
Swati has over 30 years’ banking and finance experience across a number of sectors including infrastructure, energy and utilities, renewable energy, and property. She has held senior positions at National Australia Bank, Deutsche Bank, AMP Henderson Global Investors, Bankers Trust, and Westpac. Swati currently serves on the boards of State Super and Asia Society Australia. See more >> 

Greg Earl, Editor, Asia Briefing, Asia Society Australia

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Greg Earl is the editor of Asia Briefing - a monthly analysis and news update on Asia and Australia-Asia relations. Greg was the deputy editor, opinion editor, national affairs editor and Asia Pacific editor of The Australian Financial Review. He is now researching a book about Australia and Asia and writes a column on economic diplomacy for The Lowy Institute’s The Interpreter. He spent more than a decade as a reporter based in Jakarta, Tokyo, and New York. He is a member of the Australia-ASEAN Council board, the Australian National University Indonesia Project advisory board and a former member of the Australia Japan Foundation board. See more >>

Doug Ferguson, Chairman, Asia Society Australia

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Doug Ferguson is the Chairman of Asia Society Australia and head of KPMG’s Asia & International Markets team. As a Deal Advisory Partner, Doug has positioned himself as a bridge between Australia and other countries for major investment projects. Doug’s extensive regional knowledge – and conversational Mandarin Chinese – is built on a decade of living and working in Taiwan, China, and Hong Kong as a Transactions specialist. His most notable task while there was to assist in the disposal of Lehman Brothers’ distressed assets throughout Asia. See more >>

Dr Jane Golley, Associate Professor and Acting Director, Australian Centre on China in the World, Australian National University 

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Jane Golley is an economist focused on Chinese transition and development issues. She is an Associate Professor and the Acting Director of the Australian Centre on China in the World, ANU. Her career has taken her from the Asia Section of the Australian Commonwealth Treasury to the World Bank in Washington DC, and the UNU’s World Institute for Development Economics Research in Helsinki. See more >>

Michael Heath, Australia economics reporter, Bloomberg

Michael Heath

Michael Heath is Bloomberg's Australia economics reporter - covering the central bank and statistical releases - and has spent years following the nation's economic and political life. He's also a Russia veteran, having spent a decade in Moscow where he also began his career at Bloomberg with a two-year stint as Russia political editor.

Steve Holmes, CFA Senior Portfolio Manager and Research Strategist, Queensland Investment Corporation

Steve Holmes

Steve joined QIC’s Global Liquid Strategies team in May 2008.  He is responsible for managing the QIC Global Credit Income Fund and for research relating to macro credit strategy.  Previously Steve held roles as Head of European Credit Research and Portfolio Manager of European High Yield Bond Funds at JPMorgan Asset Management in London and Head of Asian Credit Research at Jardine Fleming Securities in Hong Kong.  Steve commenced his career in 1987 as a credit analyst with Westpac New Zealand’s institutional banking team.

Philipp Ivanov, Chief Executive Officer, Asia Society Australia

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Philipp commenced as CEO in January 2015 and is leading Asia Society Australia through a period of growth and transformation. Philipp is a China specialist with extensive experience in policy, education, and research and a commitment to building an Asia-connected Australia. Previously, he was a policy officer and manager of the Australia-China Council at the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. In this role, Philipp led the strategic renewal of the Council and had broader responsibilities for the Australia-China bilateral relationship. Philipp was one of the principal authors of the Australia in the Asian Century White Paper - China Country Strategy. See more >>

Ed Johnson, Managing Editor, Australia and New Zealand, Bloomberg News

Ed Johnson

Ed is a journalist with two decades of experience reporting on politics, world affairs, and financial markets. As a managing editor for Bloomberg News in Sydney, he oversees a team of more than 40 reporters and editors covering markets, companies, economy, and government in Australia and New Zealand.

H.E. Kwok Fook Seng, High Commissioner, Republic of Singapore 

Kwok Fook Seng

Mr Kwok Fook Seng is currently Singapore’s High Commissioner to Australia in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Since joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1995, Mr Kwok has served in portfolios related to South Asia and Latin America, the United Nations, and Southeast Asia, including the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).  He was Special Assistant to then-Foreign Minister Prof S Jayakumar in 2001. Mr Kwok was First Secretary (Political) at the Singapore Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York from 1997 to 2000, where he covered the UN’s Second and Fifth Committees.  

H.E. LEE Baeksoon, Ambassador, Republic of Korea

LEE Baeksoon

Mr Lee Baeksoon is currently the Republic of Korea's Ambassador to Australia. He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1985 and has served in portfolios related to North East Asia, The European Union and International Economic Organisation. He has had postings in Gabon and in Washington D.C and as Ambassador to the Republic of Myanmar (2013-16). Mr Lee has had a distinguished diplomatic career, serving as Deputy Secretary to the President for National Strategy, Director General of Human Resource and of the North American Affairs Bureau and most recently, as the Ambassador-Advisor to the Speaker for Foreign Affairs (2016-2018). He graduated from Seoul National University with a B.A. of German Literature and International Relations and a Masters of International Relations and from the University of Virginia with a M.A. of International Politics.

Richard Maude, Deputy Secretary, Indo-Pacific Group, Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Richard Maude

Richard Maude is Deputy Secretary, Indo-Pacific Group, in the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. His portfolio covers Australia’s bilateral relations with Australia’s partners in Asia, the South Pacific and North America, as well as Australia’s regional political, security, economic, and development assistance interests. In 2017, Mr Maude was head of the whole-of-government taskforce which supported the preparation of the Australian Government’s 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper. Mr Maude was Director-General of the Office of National Assessments from May 2013 until November 2016. ONA reports directly to the Prime Minister and provides all-source assessments on international political, strategic, and economic developments affecting Australia’s national interests. See more >>

TN Ninan, Chairman, Business Standards Ltd

TN Ninan

TN. Ninan is the Chairman of Business Standard Ltd. During a quarter century at the helm of different publications, he has been the editor of Business Standard (where he was also the publisher from 1996), The Economic Times, and Business World, bringing about radical change and achieving rapid growth in all of them during his stewardship. He was also the executive editor at India Today. See more >>

Professor Minxin Pei, Tom and Margot Pritzker ’72 Professor of Government, Claremont McKenna College

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Minxin Pei is the Tom and Margot Pritzker ’72 Professor of Government and the director of the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies at Claremont McKenna College and a non-resident senior fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. He is the author of China’s Crony Capitalism: The Dynamics of Regime Decay (Harvard, 2016); China's Trapped Transition: The Limits of Developmental Autocracy (Harvard, 2006) and From Reform to Revolution: The Demise of Communism in China and the Soviet Union. See more >>

Heather Ridout AO, Chair, Australian Super

Heather Ridout

Heather Ridout is Chair of AustralianSuper - the nation’s largest superannuation fund with $140 billion of members’ retirement assets; a Director of ASX Ltd and a Director of Sims Metal Management - the world’s largest publicly listed recycling company. Her other appointments include member of the Boards of the Advance Australia Advisory Board, Asialink, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Australian Cyber Security Growth Network Board, and ASIC’s – External Advisory Panel. See more >>

Haidi Stroud-Watts, Sydney anchor, “Daybreak Australia”, Bloomberg

Haidi Stroud-Watts

Haidi Stroud-Watts is the Sydney anchor for “Daybreak Australia”, Bloomberg Television’s flagship morning program, covering market-moving business and finance news in Australia as it kicks off the Asia-Pacific trading day. She also co-anchors “Bloomberg Markets Asia” with Rishaad Salamat in Hong Kong. Stroud-Watts has conducted in-depth interviews with many leading business, financial, and corporate newsmakers including Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan, Nobel Laureate for Economics Angus Deaton, World Bank Managing Director Bertrand Badre, and the founders of China’s largest conglomerate, Fosun. She has also reported live from major events, most recently China’s 19th Party Congress in Beijing. See more >>

Martin Tricaud, Chief Executive Officer, HSBC Australia

Martin Tricaud

Martin Tricaud is Chief Executive Officer of HSBC Australia, the leading international bank in Australia supporting retail, business, corporate, and institutional banking customers through its network of 40 local branches and offices. Before assuming his current role in April 2017, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of HSBC Korea for four years, where he was responsible for all aspects of the Group’s operations in the country. Prior to that, he was Global Head of Multinationals for HSBC’s Global Banking and Markets from 2010-2013, leading and coordinating the coverage of multinational companies in more than 80 countries through HSBC’s global network. He has been a board member of HSBC Bank (Vietnam) Ltd since November 2016.  

Mark Whelan, Group Executive Institutional, ANZ

Mark Whelan

Mark Whelan is Group Executive, Institutional and Management Board member responsible for the bank’s global Institutional business across 15 Asian markets as well as PNG, Europe, America, and the Middle East. He has been in banking almost 30 years and has vast experience in the Asian Market and Institutional, Corporate, and Commercial Banking. Prior to his current role, he held the roles of Chief Executive Officer ANZ Australia, Managing Director Corporate and Commercial Banking Australia, and Managing Director of ANZ’s Institutional, Commercial and Private Bank businesses based in Hong Kong. See more >>

Resident artist for the day:

Rocco Fazzari, Award-winning multimedia artist, cartoonist, and video producer

Rocco Fazzari

Rocco Fazzari is an independent artist who graduated from the South Australian School of Art. He has won numerous art awards and is represented widely in both public and private collections.

For 28-years his cartoons and illustrations appeared in Fairfax press, featuring regularly in the Sydney Morning Herald. As a painter he his exhibited for 15-years and is currently represented by Maunsell Wickes Gallery.

His portfolio is extensive, with works featuring in the likes of Rolling Stone magazine and American Sports Illustrated. Rocco has also created and collaborated on works for the ABC, FaceBook, Newcastle Writer’s Festival the Greater Sydney Commission, News Ltd, the Law Society of NSW, the UTS, and the UNSW. He also regularly leads drawing workshops at the Art Gallery of NSW. 

A pioneer in digital art, he feels as comfortable drawing on paper as he does on his smartphone or iPad. He brings his stills to life through productions of short form video and animation. In 2015 he was shortlisted for best animation in the Australian Youtube Online video awards.

In 2017 he was awarded a grant by the Pulitzer Foundation to create a 3 minute animated video for the Washington based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. In 2018 he was part the ABC’s multiple award winning team with his striking imagery for the Walkley foundation administered Our Watch awards.

Visit Rocco's Instagram @roccofazzari, Facebook, or Website to see his full portfolio of work. 

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Thu 01 Nov 2018
9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Bloomberg, 1 Bligh Street, Sydney CBD, NSW

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