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Sydney: ACBC - Networking Event - The Hon. John Brumby AO - Positioning Australia for long-term growth in business with China

09 May 2019

Positioning Australia for long-term growth in business with China

Event Details

Date: Thursday, 9 May 2019
Time: 3pm arrival, 3.30pm start - 6pm
Event Status: Members and non-members
Venue: Dentons, 
16/77 Castlereagh St, Sydney NSW 2000
Format: Presentation, Q&A Panel, followed by networking
Price: Member $45, Non-member $98 (excluding GST and processing fees). Drinks and canapes are included in the ticket price.

Keynote Speaker: The Hon. John Brumby AO (former Premier of Victoria), National President - Australia China Business Council

Panel and Q&A:

  • Maurie Stang, Chairman of Aeris Environmental and Chairman of Nanosonics
  • Alison Airey, CEO, Australia China Business Council, NSW
  • Duco van Breemen, General Manager, Haymarket HQ (Connecting Entrepreneurs to China)

Event Overview

ACBC NSW is delighted to host John Brumby AO (former Premier of Victoria), for an exclusive event to hear his observations about positioning Australia for long-term growth in business with China. This event is a unique opportunity to engage with John Brumby as well as other senior members of the ACBC National Board. His presentation will be followed by Q&A panel and an informal networking session.

Keynote Speaker Bio - The Hon. John Brumby AO (former Premier of Victoria), National President - Australia China Business Council

The Hon John Brumby was the former Premier of Victoria (2007 – 2010) and has immense experience in public life serving for more than 10 years as Treasurer and then Premier of Victoria, 6 years as Leader of the Victorian Opposition and 7 years as Federal MHR for Bendigo during the period of the Hawke Government.

During his time as Treasurer and then Premier, Mr Brumby forged closer links with China and Hong Kong, releasing Victoria’s first ever China Strategy, visiting China on numerous occasions, opening new trade and investment offices in Nanjing and Shanghai and officially welcoming then Vice President Xi Jinping to Melbourne in 2010.

Since retiring from politics, Mr Brumby has accepted a number of appointments in both the business and not-for-profit sectors, including:

  • National President of the Australia China Business Council;
  • Chairman of the Motor Trades Association of Australia (MTAA) Superannuation Fund;
  • Chairman of Citywide Service Solutions Pty Ltd;
  • Chair of BioCurate Pty Ltd;
  • Chair of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Trust;
  • Chair of the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute; and
  • Chairman of the Fred Hollows Foundation.
Mr Brumby is also an Enterprise Professor at the University of Melbourne and has been appointed Chancellor of La Trobe University from 29 March 2019. He is widely published on a range of issues including Federation, tax reform and China and in October 2015 released his book titled ‘The Long Haul – Lessons from Public Life’.

Bio - Duco van Breemen, General Manager, Haymarket HQ

Duco is the founding General Manager of Haymarket HQ (HHQ), Australia’s first innovation hub and co-working space supporting entrepreneurs to grow into Asia.

Today he leads a team that successfully services the Australia-Asia cross border company market via various initiatives such as the China Canvas Challenge and Sydney Landing Pad.

Prior to coming to Australia, Duco studied and worked in China for seven years. Among other things, he supported a state-owned company venture abroad, helped form one of China’s first industrial incubators and became well-versed in B2B sales in China.

Originally from the Netherlands, Duco speaks Chinese and obtained degrees from the Netherlands, China and the U.K. and founded multiple startups in the past.