Asia Briefing LIVE 2019 (Sydney)

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Our annual executive forum taking the pulse of Asia and Australia’s engagement with the region

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Following on from the success of our inaugural Asia Briefing LIVE in 2018, Asia Society Australia and Bloomberg will once again bring together 100 senior business leaders, analysts and policy makers for an intensive half-day deep dive into Asia’s geopolitics, economies and business.

Last years event was addressed among others 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.

Why now?

  • Australian leaders need to be well briefed and prepared to navigate economic and strategic dynamics in Asia.
  • Our region’s geopolitical, geoconomic 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 Philipines 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.

Date: Thursday 8 August 2019
Time: 8:30 am - 2:00 pm
Venue: Bloomberg, Level 28, 1 Bligh Street, Sydney CBD

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 programaustralia@asiasociety.org or 02 8199 9402 for more information. 


Agenda:

8.30 – 9.15              Guest registration

9.15 – 9.25              Welcome to Country

9.25 – 9.35              Welcome by Forum Chairs

9.35 – 10.35            Asia’s new geopolitics
                                Analysts, diplomats, and policy leaders assess  
                                Asia’s strategic landscape and the foreign policy
                                trajectories of key players.
                                                 
10.35 – 10.50          Coffee Break

10.50 – 11.50          Asia’s Economies and Markets
                                Economists and business leaders analyse the key
                                issues in Asia’s major economies and markets
                                and determine how they affect Australia.                             

11.50 – 12.05          Australia-Asia 360° 
                                A live poll and interactive analysis unpacking the
                                comments and key themes of the day

12.05 – 13.00          Lunch and entertainment on the Bloomberg Terrace

13.00 – 13.45          Keynote address
                                A major address on Australia’s relationship with the
                                region by a senior Australian political leader, followed
                                by an in-conversation interview with a Bloomberg journalist.


Our speakers (A-Z):

Matt Bekier, Managing Director and Chief Exective Officer, The Star Entertainment Group

Matt Bekier

Matt Bekier is Managing Director and Chief Exective Officer of The Star Entertainment Group. He was previously Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director of the Company and also Chief Financial Officer of Tabcorp Holdings Limited from late 2005 until the demerger of the Company and its controlled entities in June 2011.

Prior to his role at Tabcorp, Mr Bekier previously held various roles with McKinsey & Company. He holds a Master of Economics and Commerce and a PhD in Finance.

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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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Dr Huong Le Thu, Senior analyst, Defence and Strategy Program, Australian Strategic Policy Institute

Dr Huong Le Thu

Dr Huong Le Thu is a senior analyst at ASPI, Defence and Strategy Program. Prior to joining ASPI she worked at the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs (ANU), Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (Singapore), and Institute of International Relations (Taiwan). Her research interests include multilateral security in Asia, foreign policy in post-socialist countries.

She has held short-term research fellowships in Seoul (private think-tank), Kuala Lumpur (University of Malaya) and Jakarta (the ASEAN Secretariat). She is an alumna of the DKI Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, Honolulu, and a recipient of the U.S. State Department Fellowship for East Asian Security and IISS ShangriLa Dialogue Southeast Asian Fellow.

Dr Le Thu’s academic publications have appeared in The Pacific ReviewAsia-Europe Journal, Oxford University Press among others; her policy analyses have featured: The International Institute for Strategic Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, The Brookings Institution, Centre for Strategic and International Studies, East West Center, Royal United Services Institute, Nikkei Asian ReviewThe Financial TimesThe Australian Financial ReviewSouth China Morning Post, and The Sydney Morning Herald.

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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.

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H.E. Y. Kristiarto S. Legowo, Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to Australia

Indonesian Ambassador

H.E. Yohanes Kristiarto Soeryo Legowo presented has served as the Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to Australia since 27 June 2017. During his tenure, he has overseen an elevation of Indonesia’s bilateral relations with Australia into a Comprehensive-Strategic Partnership in August 2018, as well as the signing of the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement in March 2019.

As a career diplomat, he has held a number of positions at Indonesia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, among others as Secretary General (2014-2017), Director for East Asian and Pacific Affairs (2008-2010), Chief of Staff of the Foreign Minister and Spokesperson (2007-2008) and Director for Public Diplomacy (2000-2004).

Mr. Legowo’s past overseas assignments were as Ambassador to the Philippines (2010-2013), Deputy Head of Mission in Canberra, Australia (2004-2007), Indonesia’s Permanent Mission to the UN in New York, USA (1996-2000) and Indonesia’s Embassy to the Holy See in Vatican (1990-1994).

Mr. Legowo graduated in 1986 from Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, with a bachelor’s degree in International Relations.

 
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Su-Lin Ong, Managing Director, Chief Economist and Head of Australian Research at RBC Capital Markets

Su-Lin Ong

Su-Lin Ong is a Managing Director of RBC Capital Markets, Chief Economist & Head of Australian Research. She has led the Economics & Fixed Income Strategy team for AU/NZ since 2010 and her responsibilities expanded in 2015 to also include oversight and supervision of Australian equity research.

Su-Lin is part of the global strategy team with primary responsibility for formulating and presenting RBC's AU/NZ macroeconomic outlook, cash rate view and bond yield forecasts. Based in RBC's Sydney office, she works closely with sales and trading across fixed income, currencies, and equities in Australia as well as key hubs in Toronto, NY, London, Tokyo, and HK. Her newly expanded role will seek to capitalise on strategic opportunities and strengthen relationships across a broader range of clients.

Prior to joining RBC in 1998, Su-Lin was a fixed income economist for Hambros Bank and before that worked as an economic advisor at the Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet.

She is an Executive Member of The Australian Business Economists, sits on the NSW/ACT FINSIA Regional Council, is part of CEDA's Economic Policy Committee, and joined the Women in Banking and Finance Board at the end of 2014. She is also a member of RBC's Diversity Council, chairs its RWomen Committee and is actively involved in their mentoring and charity programs including Dress for Success & A Woman's Place. Su-Lin regularly represents RBC at various industry, policy, and education forums. She holds a BEc from the University of Sydney, Post Graduate in Applied Finance and Investment from the Securities Institute of Australia, is a Fellow, FINSIA, and scholarship recipient and recent graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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

Martin Parkinson headshot

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. Between 1997 and 2000 he worked at the International Monetary Fund on reform of the global financial architecture.

Martin is a member of the Male Champions of Change and has previously served as a member of the Board of the Reserve Bank of Australia, Chair of the Board of the Australian Office of Financial Management, and a member of Prime Minister Abbott's Business Advisory Council and Prime Minister Gillard's Australia's Asian Century Strategic Advisory Board.

He has also served as a member of the Board of Infrastructure Australia, the Council of Financial Regulators, the Board of Taxation, and the Board of the Sir Roland Wilson Foundation.

In 2017 Martin was made a Companion in the Order of Australia (AC) “for eminent service to the Australian community through leadership in public sector roles, to innovative government administration and high level program delivery, to the development of economic policy, and to climate change strategy”.

In 2008, Martin was awarded the Public Service Medal for his contribution to the development of economic policy. He is a life member of the Australian Business Economists, National Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration of Australia, Fellow of the Australian National Institute of Public Policy, recipient of the ANZSOG Institute of Governance Public Sector Award for Excellence, and was awarded the Australian National University's inaugural Alumnus of the Year in 2013.

Martin holds PhD and MA degrees from Princeton University, an MEc from the Australian National University and a BEc (Hons 1) from the University of Adelaide. In May 2015, Martin was awarded the degree of Doctor of the University (honoris causa) by the University of Adelaide.

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

Daniel Russell headshot

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 rebalance 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.

Before joining the NSC in January of 2009, he was Director of the Office of Japanese Affairs and had assignments as U.S. Consul General in Osaka-Kobe, Japan (2005-2008); Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in The Hague, Netherlands (2002-2005); Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Nicosia, Cyprus (1999-2002); Chief of Staff to the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering (1997-99); Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs (1995-96); Political Section Unit Chief at U.S. Embassy Seoul, Republic of Korea (1992-95); Political Advisor to the Permanent Representative to the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, Ambassador Pickering (1989-92); Vice Consul in Osaka and Branch Office Manager in Nagoya, Japan (1987-89); and Assistant to the Ambassador to Japan, former Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield (1985-87).

In 1996, Russel was awarded the State Department's Una Chapman Cox Fellowship sabbatical and authored America’s Place in the World, a book published by Georgetown University. Before joining the Foreign Service, he was manager for an international firm in New York City.

Russel was educated at Sarah Lawrence College and University College London.

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H.E. Reiichiro Takahashi, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Australia 

Japanese Ambassador

Ambassador Takahashi has been serving the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) for over 35 years. His career in MOFA has included service as Director of the First South-East Division (1999-2001), Director of Press Division (2001-2003), Director of Management and Coordination Division, Ministerial Secretariat (2004-2006), and Deputy Director-General of the Economic Cooperation Bureau (2006-2007).

Ambassador Takahashi’s career has been extensive, including as First Secretary, Embassy of Japan in the Philippines (1994-1997) Counselor, Embassy of Japan in the United States (1997-1999), Minister, Embassy of Japan in India (2003-2004), and Minister, Embassy of Japan for the Republic of Korea (2007).

Prior to his assignment as Japanese Ambassador to Australia, he served as Ambassador and Consul-General of Japan in New York, the United States of America (2015-2018), and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Afghanistan (2011-2012). Ambassador Takahashi was also Director-General of the International Peace Cooperation Headquarters, Cabinet Office, headed by the Prime Minister of Japan (2012-2015).

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More speakers to be announced.


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.

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See all of Rocco's live animation from Asia Briefing LIVE 2018.

Visit Rocco's InstagramFacebook, or Website to see his full portfolio of work. 


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Event Details

Thu 08 Aug 2019
8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Bloomberg, Level 28, 1 Bligh Street, Sydney CBD, NSW

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