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Singapore – Australia: A New Era
Wednesday 9 August 2017 – 10:30 am to 1:00 pm
If you are an Australian business eyeing the growing economies of Southeast Asia and the exciting opportunities they offer, there has never been a better time for expansion, with Singapore providing a world class business hub for the region.
A confluence of factors – the commitment of the Australian and Singapore governments to bi-lateral economic interests, the emergence of Southeast Asian economies as a consumer powerhouse together with geographical proximity have gifted Australian business with a low risk entry point into one of the most lucrative markets in the world.
A recent landmark agreement, the Australian-Singapore Comprehensive Strategic Partnership (CSP), has further strengthened economic, defence, and social ties between our two countries. Among the benefits of this Partnership are the opening of the flow of goods, services and investment between countries, the fostering of innovation and entrepreneurship, and the easing of entry and residency requirements for the Australian labour force in Singapore.
Find out how other Australian businesses are succeeding, engage with our expert speakers, and learn more about how you can leverage these opportunities.
Australian High Commissioner, Singapore
Bruce Gosper was previously CEO of Austrade, the Australian Government agency responsible for promoting trade, investment and international education, and tourism policy, programs and research. Prior to Austrade, Mr Gosper was Deputy Secretary with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Australia’s senior trade policy official, responsible for all trade negotiations.
His career includes serving as Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in Geneva. During that time Mr Gosper chaired the WTO General Council and the WTO Dispute Settlement Body. Mr Gosper was previously Minister (Commercial) in the Australian Embassy in Washington, and Minister-Counsellor (Agriculture) at the Australian Embassy in Tokyo. He is a current member of the Asia Society Advisory Council. He has previously served on the Australia Japan Business Co-Operation Committee (AJBCC), the European Australian Business Council (EABC), the Australia-Japan Foundation (AJF), the Australia Korea Foundation (AKF), the Australian Pork Corporation and the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (EFIC) Board.
Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner, Austrade, Singapore
Mr Campbell commenced his role as Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner Singapore in September, 2016. Prior to this, Mr Campbell was the Consul General and Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner, West Europe. He managed a network of offices in major European markets and was responsible for attracting European businesses to establish operations in Australia, promoting Australia as a study destination and assisting Australian companies to enter the European market.
Mr Campbell joined Austrade from the financial services industry with more than 18 years of experience in Australasian and UK/European markets.
Originally a lawyer, he has held numerous senior business development roles in the wholesale and investment banking sectors. Most recently David was a Managing Director with UBS where he managed the Melbourne office of the global Wealth Management business and was a member of the Australian Executive Committee.
President of the Australian Chamber of Commerce (AustCham)
Ian’s company, “The Magnetic Group”, constructs, markets and manages luxury holiday accommodation on Magnetic Island, near Townsville in North Queensland. In June 2017, Ian was elected President of the Australian Chamber of Commerce (Singapore).
Until last year, Ian had been BlueScope Steel’s Executive General Manager – People and Performance, with global responsibility for HR, Corporate Affairs, Innovation and Safety. He negotiated the ground breaking 2015 union agreement that prevented the closure of the Port Kembla Steelworks. Ian continues to contribute to BlueScope as Advisor to the CEO on a number of specific corporate projects. He is also a member of the board of BlueScope’s joint venture with Tata Steel in India.
Before joining BlueScope, Ian managed his consulting practice, specialising in post M&A organisation performance strategy. Prior to this, he led the HR functions at Southcorp and ICI Australia, which were both among Australia’s leading manufacturers.
Ian has also held senior IR management roles in major project construction in Queensland (Comalco’s Boyne aluminium smelter & John Holland’s Dalrymple Bay coal terminal project) and in the Northern Territory (gas pipeline and power station construction and operations).
Ian now lives in Singapore and travels regularly to Australia and India.
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