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Sydney: Special Cocktail Series with Mr David Irvine AO, Chairman, Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB)

19 August 2019

Event Details

Date: Monday, 19 August 2019
Time: 5:30pm arrival, 6:00pm start - 8:00pm
Event Status: Members and non-members
Venue: CBD, Sydney, NSW 2000
Format: Informal Cocktail Event
Price: Member $45, Non-member $98 (excluding GST and processing fees)
Keynote Speaker: Mr David Irvine AO, Chairman, Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB)

Event Overview

ACBC NSW is delighted to host Mr David Irvine AO, Chairman, Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) for a cocktail reception to hear about the operation of Australia’s foreign investment review system. The event will also include David Irvine in conversation with ACBC NSW President Michael Clifton, followed by Q&A with the audience. An informal networking session will follow the event

Keynote Speaker Bio - Mr David Irvine AO, Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB)

Chairman since 16 April 2017
Board member since 3 December 2015

David Irvine is a former Australian Ambassador to China and former Australian High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea. He is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Australian Graduate School of Policy and Security at Charles Stuart University and a member of the National Archives of Australia Advisory Council. He has significant national security expertise as a former Director General of both the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation and the Australian Secret Intelligence Service.

Michael Clifton - President ACBC NSW
Michael Clifton has enjoyed a diverse and varied career including almost 20 years in trade and defence appointments across Asia and the Middle East.

A graduate of the Royal Military College, Duntroon, Michael served in the Australian Army for 20 years before retiring at the rank of lieutenant colonel. He subsequently served a further 20 years with the Australian Trade and Investment Commission until his retirement from the Australian Public Service in December 2018. He now consults to Australian companies seeking to enhance their presence in Asian markets.

Michael’s career highlights include almost six years as head of the Australian Trade and Investment Commission’s network in China and assignments in Hong Kong, Tokyo and Osaka. He has served as a Departmental Liaison Officer and adviser to the Minister for Trade, and Chief of Staff to a senior Cabinet Minister.

Michael speaks Chinese and Japanese, and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of New South Wales.