Executive Briefing | AIan Wolff, Deputy Director General of the WTO (Melbourne)

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How do we maintain a rules-based economic order?

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As the global trade order comes under pressure from the US-China trade war, technological disruption and geopolitical upheaval, the role of the global institutions becomes even more crucial in maintaining the rules-based economic order. Foremost among these institutions is the World Trade Organization.

Global Victoria and Asia Society Australia warmly invite you to a morning tea briefing with Ambassador Alan Wolff, Deputy Director-General of the World Trade Organisation and leading expert and practitioner in global trade 

Ambassador Wolff will provide a briefing on the current issues in the global trade system, the reform of the World Trade Organization, and the role of middle powers such as Australia in safeguarding and advancing the global trade system. Ambassador Wolff will also discuss what the current trade dynamics mean for Victoria, as Australia’s most globally active and trade-dependent state.

A conversation with Ambassador Wolff will be facilitated by Philipp Ivanov, CEO of Asia Society Australia. 

Time: 9:30 – 11:00 am 
Date: Friday 13 September 2019
Venue: Gippsland Room, Investment Centre Victoria, Level 46, 55 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC

Please note a light morning tea will be provided from 9.30am with the briefing beginning at 10.00am. This is a free event but registrations are essential. This briefing is open to representatives from across business, government and academia. Please contact tyler.gleason@global.vic.gov.au for more information.


About Our Speakers

Ambassador Alan Wm. Wolff, Deputy Director-General, World Trade Organisation 

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Alan Wolff began his four-year term as Deputy Director-General on 1 October 2017. Ambassador Wollf is formerly Senior Counsel at the global law firm Dentons, is one of the world’s leading international trade lawyers. He has been engaged to resolve some of the largest international trade disputes on record.

For the last six years he has served as the Chairman of the National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) which was called into being by President Wilson in 1914 to support open international trade and which today represents hundreds of American companies who employ millions of workers. He is Chairman of the Board of the Institute for Trade and Commercial Diplomacy (ITCD). Ambassador Wolff served as United States Deputy Special Representative for Trade Negotiations in the Carter Administration and was General Counsel of the Office in the Ford Administration. He was acting Head of the U.S. Delegation for the Tokyo Round, and a principal draftsman of the basic U.S. law creating a mandate for trade negotiations. As Deputy USTR he was a founder of the OECD Steel Committee and its first chairman. He has served as a senior trade negotiator in, and advisor to, both Republican and Democratic administrations. Prior to his service at USTR, he served in the U.S. Treasury as staff attorney for the National Advisory Committee on International Monetary and Financial Policy, participating in the work of the OECD Development Assistance Committee, reviewing lending policies in the IMF and the World Bank, and participating in the drafting of the Articles of Agreement of the African Development Fund. He was director of the Treasury’s Office of Multilateral Trade Negotiations. He is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE), is a lifetime National Associate of the National Academies, having served several terms on the Science, Technology and Economic Policy Board of the Academies and chairing its Committee on Comparative Innovation Policies. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the E15 Initiative’s Experts Group (Innovation).  He has lectured and written extensively on trade topics including the need for a strong, open rules-based multilateral trading system. He holds a J.D. degree from Columbia University and an A.B. degree from Harvard College. 

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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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Executive Briefings are a curated series of meetings presented by diplomats, business leaders and subject matter experts from Asia and Australia. Designed to offer a deep dive into the critical issues of the day, to an audience of senior executives from the business, political, educational and cultural institutions that make up the Asia Society network.


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Event Details

Fri 13 Sep 2019
9:30 - 11 a.m.

Gippsland Room, Investment Centre Victoria, Level 46, 55 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC

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