Asia Briefing LIVE - Melbourne Preview


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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: Melbourne 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 for further information. 

More details to be announced. 

Our Speakers 

Daniel Russel, Vice President, International Security and Diplomacy, Asia Society Policy Institute & former Assistant Secretary of State for Asia and the 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 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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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.

Melbourne CBD

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