Asia Briefing LIVE 2019 Preview (Melbourne)


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This year we are bringing the best of Asia Briefing LIVE to Melbourne. Join us at this special preview event as we take a deep dive into Asia’s geopolitics, economies and business.

Date: Tuesday 6 August 2019
Time: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue: Deloitte Australia, Level 10, 550 Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

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This event is by invitation only, with places limited and preferenced to Asia Society Australia lead members and invited stakeholders. Invited guests will receive further instruction on how to register. If you're unsure, please contact for further information. 

More details to be announced. 


12.00 – 12.25          Guest registration


12.25 – 12.30          Welcome by Forum Chairs

12.30 – 1.15            Neighbourhood Watch
                                Danny Russel, Dr Jaleh Daie and Dr Shirley Yu assess  
                                Asia’s strategic landscape and the foreign policy
                                trajectories of key players.
1.15 – 1.45              Q&A

1.45 – 2.00              Australia-Asia 360° 
                                A live poll and interactive analysis unpacking the
                                comments and key themes of the day.

Our Speakers:

Dr Jaleh Daie, Chairman and Founder, AgFoodTech

Jaleh Daie

Women in Tech Hall of Famer, Jaleh Daie is a multifaceted global thought leader and speaker with exceptional depth and breadth of experience in private and public sectors. She is an investor, strategic advisor and board director, has served administrations of three Presidents, worked in eight countries, given numerous global keynotes, and has been featured in major media.

She is Partner at Aurora Equity and Founder / Chair of AgFood Tech, Band of Angels. Previously, she was head of STEM at David & Lucile Packard Foundation and managed a broad portfolio ($120M/yr).

Jaleh started her career at Rutgers University and University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she was professor (achieved rank of full professor in six years); senior science adviser; Department Chair; Chief Executive of a multidisciplinary unit; founder of a university-wide graduate program; and author of over 100 scholarly papers. Simultaneous to a well-funded research program, she managed three independent operations.

Her honors include: LSQ Ambassador, Congressional Citation, Honorary Naval Aviator, Teksia Lifetime Achievement; honorary doctorate; Fellow (AAAS & AWIS); “25 Smartest”, Scientist’s Leaders of Science.

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Greg Earl, Editor, Briefing MONTHLY, Asia Society Australia

Greg Earl

Greg Earl is the editor of Briefing MONTHLY, a public update with news and original analysis on Asia and Australia-Asia relations, and the essay series Disruptive Asia. Greg was the deputy editor, opinion editor, national affairs editor and Asia Pacific editor of The Australian Financial Review. He spent more than a decade as a reporter based in Tokyo, Jakarta, and New York.

He is now an independent writer, editor and consultant; is researching a book about Australia and Asia; and writes a column on economic diplomacy for The Lowy Institute’s The Interpreter. He is a member of the Australia-ASEAN Council board (AAC); and a former member of the Australian National University Indonesia Project advisory board; the Australia Japan Foundation board; and the steering committee for the Australia-Indonesia Dialogue.  

His connection with the region began as a high school Indonesian language student and then as an exchange student in the Philippines. This year he has been a member of an international observer group during the Indian election; attended the Australia-Vietnam Young Leadership Dialogue in Ho Chi Minh City; and served on the selection panel for an AAC Muslim Exchange Program in South East Asia.

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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 is committed 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. 

Philipp was also Acting Director and Deputy Director of the Research Institute for Asia and the Pacific at the University of Sydney, advised the University of Sydney on their China strategy and managed La Trobe University's partnerships in the Gulf States, Vietnam and Thailand. 

Philipp spent over 6 years in China working in education and development. He is the recipient of the ‘Rose Award’ by the Shenyang Municipal Government for his contribution to Shenyang City. In 2009 he was also awarded the Australian Government’s Endeavour Executive Fellowship to research China's policies on leadership development at the China National Academy of Education Administration in Beijing.

He is a board member of the Australia-Vietnam Young Leadership Dialogue, Asia Recon, Haymarket HQ and Sydney City Council's Chinese New Year Advisory Panel. In 2015, he was invited as the only Australian to the 2015 Congress of Vienna - a preeminent global track-two dialogue on major-powers conflict, migration, equality and innovation. He is the creator of Disruptive Asia - a thought-leadership project examining the impact of Asia's rise on Australia.

Philipp has a Bachelor (Honours) degree in Chinese language and history from the Far Eastern National University in Russia. He also studied in Jilin and Liaoning Normal universities in China. He holds a Master of Educational Leadership and Management from RMIT University in Australia. He grew up in Vladivostok on Russia's Pacific coast and is a fluent Chinese and Russian speaker.

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Dr. Rebecca Jones, Melbourne Bureau Chief, Bloomberg News

Rebecca Jones

Dr. Rebecca Jones is Melbourne Bureau Chief at Bloomberg News and a seasoned international journalist with two decades of experiences covering breaking business, finance and political news. Rebecca joined Bloomberg in 2006 in New York from the Australian Associated Press as a breaking news editor and since has worked across South East Asia and Australasia.

A former doctoral researcher at Monash University, she earned her PhD in 2018 for a thesis that sought to unearth new literary and journalistic strategies for writing historical biographies. Rebecca has a Master’s degree in writing from Swinburne University. Rebecca is a member of the National Gallery of Victoria Business Council and an Industry Mentor at RMIT University.

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Daniel Russel, Vice President, International Security and Diplomacy, Asia Society Policy Institute & former Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs

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Daniel Russel is Vice President, International Security and Diplomacy, at the Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI). He joined ASPI in April 2018 after a one-year term at the Institute as Diplomat-in-Residence and Senior Fellow. Formerly, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service at the U.S. Department of State, his most recent U.S. government position was serving as Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs.

During his 33-year diplomatic career, Mr. Russel received numerous awards, most recently the 2017 Presidential Rank Award. He served in East Asia, Western Europe, at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, and in Washington DC as Chief of Staff to the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs.

Prior to his appointment as Assistant Secretary on July 12, 2013, Mr. Russel served at the White House as Special Assistant to the President and National Security Council (NSC) Senior Director for Asian Affairs. During his tenure there, he helped formulate President Obama’s strategic re-balance to the Asia Pacific region, including efforts to strengthen alliances, deepen U.S. engagement with multilateral organizations, and expand cooperation with emerging powers in the region.

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Dr Shirley Yu, Founder, Shirley Yu & Co. | Your Global Power on China

Shirley Yu

Shirley Yu is a former China National Television News Anchor, a seasoned senior executive for multinational corporates and board member. She is a frequent speaker on China’s political economy, geopolitics,and their implications to the transforming global order. She is currently a senior visiting fellow at the London School of Economics, and an Asia fellow with the Ash Center of Harvard Kennedy School.

She has a PhD in political economy from China’s Peking University, and a Master’s degree in Government from Harvard University. She has published three books in Chinese, including On China, By Ambassadors, and The Rise of the RMB and the Fall of the Yen.

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Why now?

  • Australian leaders need to be well briefed and prepared to navigate economic and strategic dynamics in Asia.
  • Our region’s geopolitical, geoeconomic and business landscape is changing at a breakneck speed.
  • Asia is fast becoming more strategically contested and more competitive economically, as the regional economies continue to grow and power balance continues to shift to Asia.
  • China and the US are locked in an escalating trade conflict, and the United States is formally pursuing a more competitive relationship with China across strategic and economic domains, which puts pressure on Australia and other middle and small powers to balance more delicately its economic and security interests and relationships. 
  • Elections in India, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines and Australia open opportunities and pose new risks in our region and Australia’s own political and economic settings are changing.  
  • Asia continues to fuel the Australian economy and our prosperity, with six of Australia’s top ten two-way trading partners in Asia and the growing mobility of tourists, students and migrants from the region.
  • Australia-China relationship continues to be challenging and a new normal of “bounded engagement” with China is emerging.

Explore Asia Briefing LIVE 2018

The 2018 event was addressed by: Prime Minister Scott Morrison; Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen; Martin Tricaud, CEO of HSBC Australia; Richard Maude, Deputy Secretary of DFAT for Indo-Pacific; Ambassador of the Republic of Korea; High Commissioner of Singapore and international speakers – Professor Minxin Pei and TN Ninan. The event generated significant media attention.

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Event Details

Tue 06 Aug 2019
12 - 2 p.m.

Deloitte Australia
Level 10, 550 Bourke Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000

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