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Sydney: February 2017 SME Roundtable

23 February 2017

Offices of Swaab Attorneys, Level 4/20 Hunter St, Sydney NSW 2000

Our popular SME Roundtable is an opportunity to workshop your China business issues, challenges and opportunities.  

Learn about the many exciting opportunities between Australia and China and hear practical business advice from knowledgeable and China-experienced ACBC members.

In 2017 we are excited to feature a range of expert speakers who will be joining us to share their insights and feedback on the opportunities and challenges of operating in the Chinese market.

On 23 February, we will be featuring Mr Laurie Smith. Mr Smith has had over 30 years experiance in international corporate, advisory and government roles. 


Date: Thursday, 23 February 2017

Time: 8:00am - 9:00am 

Venue: Offices of Swaab Attorneys, Level 4/20 Hunter St, Sydney NSW 2000

Cost: Free of charge for members and non-members.  

Non-members are permitted to attend the roundtable up to two times.


Please ensure you have enough business cards - we recommend 30 business cards on hand.



Laurie Smith has over 30 years’ experience in international corporate, advisory and government roles. He was based in Asia (Guangzhou, Beijing, Taipei and Shanghai) for a total of 18 years before returning to Sydney in 2011.

From 2011 to 2015, Laurie was Executive Director, International Operations for Austrade (the Australian Trade Commission).  In this role, he was responsible for a network of 82 offices in 48 markets and also led teams in Australia responsible for marketing, advice to Australian exporters and liaison across government in Canberra.  He is based in Sydney.

Laurie previously held a number of senior roles with a major multinational corporation in Hong Kong and Beijing.  He led China business development for multiple divisions of the company, overseeing a range of direct and portfolio investments in China.

Before this, Laurie was a partner in a Sydney based Asia-focused consultancy working with a wide range of corporate and government clients on market research and strategies across all Asian markets.

Laurie’s early career was with the Department of Trade and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra and Taipei. Laurie has a Bachelor of Science from Melbourne University, and undertook post-graduate study at Peking University. He is fluent in Mandarin.