Asia Briefing LIVE 2018


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

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Against the backdrop of global economic and strategic uncertainty, Asia Society Australia and Bloomberg will bring together 100 senior business leaders and policymakers for an in-depth discussion of the geopolitical and business landscape in Asia, and Australia’s relations in the region.

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: 8:30 am - 2:30 pm 

Venue: Bloomberg, 1 Bligh Street, Sydney CBD

This event is by invitation only, with places limited and preferenced to Asia Society Australia members.  For more information please contact

Our speakers, with more to be announced:

Dr Martin Parkinson AC PSM, Secretary, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

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Martin Parkinson commenced as Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet on 23 January 2016. Prior to this Martin was a professional Non-Executive Director, serving on the boards of ORICA, O'Connell Street Associates, and the German-Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce. He also served as a member of the Policy Committee of the Grattan Institute and on the Australian Federal Police Future Directions Advisory Board. From March 2011 to December 2014, Martin served as Australia's Treasury Secretary. Before this he served as the inaugural Secretary of the Department of Climate Change from its establishment in December 2007. See more >>

Kwok Fook Seng, High Commissioner, Republic of Singapore 

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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.  

John Micklethwait, Editor-in-Chief, Bloomberg News 

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John Micklethwait is the Editor-in-Chief of Bloomberg where he oversees editorial content across all Bloomberg platforms, including its news, newsletters, magazines, opinion, television, radio and digital properties, as well as its research services including Bloomberg Intelligence. Prior to joining Bloomberg in February 2015, Micklethwait was Editor-in-Chief of The Economist. See more >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>


TN Ninan, Chairman, Business Standards Ltd

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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 >>

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

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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 >> 

More speakers and event information to come.

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Event Details

Thu 01 Nov 2018
8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Bloomberg, 1 Bligh Street, Sydney CBD, NSW

By invitation only
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