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Sydney: Special Cocktail Hour and Fireside Chat with Frances Adamson, Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)

13 June 2018

Event Details

Date: Wednesday, 13 June 2018
Time: 5:30pm arrival, 6:00pm start - 8:00pm
Event Status: Members and non-members
Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Level 17, 8 Chifley, 8/12 Chifley Square, Sydney NSW 2000
Format: Informal Cocktail Event
Price*: Member $44, Non-member $88
Guest Speaker: Frances Adamson, Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)

*Excluding GST and processing fees

Event Overview
This is an exciting opportunity to ask direct questions about the Australia-China bilateral relationship. Ms. Frances Adamson, Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is in a unique position to share her observations and insights about the prospects for the future as well as the current business opportunities for Australia.

Insights and Knowledge

Ms Frances Adamson will draw from her extensive experience in China over the past two decades as well as share with the audience the most up-to-date insights about this important trade relationship.

The event will also include the Secretary in conversation with ACBC NSW President Dr. Craig Emerson (former Australian Trade Minister), followed by Q&A with audience. The event will be followed by an informal networking session.

Why Attend?

·         Hear from Australia’s most respected leaders in the China-Australia trade space.

·         Connect with other senior leaders and executives.

·         Ask Frances Adamson direct questions about the bilateral China-Australia relationship.

·         Better understand the current status of the China-Australia bilateral relationship.

·         Ensure you are up to speed with the latest opportunities in China.


Speaker Bio

Frances Adamson, Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade


Frances Adamson has led the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade as Secretary since 25 August 2016.

Prior to her appointment as Secretary, Ms Adamson was International Adviser to the Prime Minister the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP from November 2015.

From 2011 to 2015, Ms Adamson was Ambassador to the People's Republic of China.  She served in the Australian Consulate-General in Hong Kong in the late 1980s during the early years of China's reform and opening.  From 2001 to 2005, she was seconded as Representative to the Australian Commerce and Industry Office in Taipei.

Ms Adamson has twice served in the Australian High Commission in London, as Deputy High Commissioner from 2005 to 2008 and as Political Counsellor from 1993 to 1997.

She was Chief of Staff to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and then the Minister for Defence from 2009 to 2010.

Ms Adamson is President of the Institute of Public Administration Australia ACT Division. She is a member of the Efic Board, the Advisory Board of the Australian National University's National Security College and the Asia Society Australia Advisory Council.  Ms Adamson is a Special Adviser to the Male Champions of Change and a member of Chief Executive Women.  She was awarded a Sir James Wolfensohn Public Service Scholarship in 2015.

Ms Adamson has a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Adelaide and was a recipient of a 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award.  She joined the then Department of Foreign Affairs in 1985.

She is married with four children.


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