Executive Briefing | The Future for Trade Liberalisation (Sydney)

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A morning tea with Professor James Bacchus

Trade wars, protectionism, climate change, fast-moving tech and a slow reforming WTO are among the many challenges facing the current global trading order.

Asia Society Australia, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the International Chamber of Commerce Australia in conjunction with KPMG are delighted to host Professor James Bacchus, Chair of the Global Commission on Trade and Investment Policy, International Chamber of Commerce, for a morning tea briefing on the future of trade libralisation in the face of such uncertainty.

As a former US trade negotiator, Member of Congress, Chairman of the WTO's Appellate Body and now Distinguished Professor of Global Affairs and Director of the Center for Global Economic and Environmental Opportunity of the University of Central Florida, Professor Bacchus is uniquely placed to speak on the future of global trade. His remarks will be followed by a Q&A panel discussion, with Dianne Tipping, Chair of the Export Council of Australia and the Hon Dr Craig Emerson, Leading Economist for the Former Federal Trade Minister and Distinguished Fellow at the Australian National University.  

Date: Tuesday, 11 June 2019
Time: 8.30 am to 10.30 am (pastries, tea and coffee)
Venue: KPMG, Level 26, Tower 3, 300 Barangaroo Avenue, BARANGAROO, Sydney

This event is by invitation only, with limited places available. Interested to attend? Contact programaustralia@asiasociety.org for more information. 


About our speakers 

Professor James Bacchus, Chair, Global Commission on Trade and Investment Policy, International Chamber of Commerce

James Bacchus

James Bacchus is Distinguished University Professor of Global Affairs and Director of the Center for Global Economic and Environmental Opportunity of the University of Central Florida. He was a founding judge and was twice Chairman – the chief judge – of the Appellate Body of the World Trade Organization. He is a former Member of the Congress of the United States, from Florida, and a former US trade negotiator. He served on the High-Level Advisory Panel to the Conference of Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.  He is chair of the global Commission on Trade and Investment Policy of the International Chamber of Commerce, adjunct scholar for the Cato Institute in Washington, DC, global fellow of the Centre for International Governance Innovation in Canada, and Pao Yue-Kong University Chair Professor at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China. He has chaired the global committee on governance for sustainability of the World Economic Forum. He is the author of the books Trade and Freedom (London: Cameron May, 2004) and The Willing World: Shaping and Sharing a Sustainable Global Prosperity (London: Cambridge University Press, 2018), which was named one of the “Best Books of the Year” for 2018 by the Financial Times of London. He writes, speaks, and works worldwide on a vast array of issues relating to trade, investment, climate change, and other dimensions of global sustainable development.

The Hon Dr Craig Emerson, Leading Economist, Former Federal Trade Minister and Distinguished Fellow at the Australian National University

Craig Emerson

Dr Craig Emerson is an eminent economist, holding a PhD in economics from the Australian National University, with 35 years of experience in public policy, politics and public service. He was Senior Adviser to Prime Minister Bob Hawke from 1986 to 1990 and, after entering parliament in 1998, went on to serve as Minister for Trade and Competitiveness, Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research, and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Asian Century Policy between 2010 and 2013.

Dr Emerson is now Managing Director of Craig Emerson Economics, Chair of the Mckell Institute, an Adjunct Professor at Victoria University’s College of Business, and writes a fortnightly column for The Australian Financial Review. He is also a member of CEDA’s Council on Economic Policy.

Dianne Tipping, Chair, Export Council of Australia

Dianne Tipping

Dianne has a long and varied career in international trade promotion and facilitation. She has spent over 35 years handling export transactions and is Chair of the Export Council of Australia and its Education Committee. During the past 20 years Dianne has worked with the Australian Institute of Export and various other non-government and government agencies to teach and encourage exporters to achieve their global ambitions.

Dianne is also the founder and Managing Director of Excon International Pty Ltd, an export management consultancy business that focuses on the management of exports and international projects on behalf of Australian exporters throughout the world.


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

Tue 11 Jun 2019
8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

KPMG, Level 26, Tower 3, 300 Barangaroo Avenue, BARANGAROO, Sydney

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