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Brisbane: Are your strategies for China working? Learn from successful companies working with China including Cook Medical and Bellamys. - 29 Sept, 2016 - EVENT FULLY SUBSCRIBED

29 September 2016

UQ Business School, L19 Central Plaza One, 345 Queen Street, Brisbane

ACBC QLD Doing Business with China - September

And Join us to Network with ACBC National Board Members


Presenters and Panellists

Barry Thomas Director - Asia Pacific and Vice President, Cook Incorporated Barry, who joined the Company in 2001, brings more than two decades of international leadership and expertise in the medical device and pharmaceutical industries. He currently spearheads the world’s fastest growing region for the global company. Barry is a serving member of the AusBiotech Board and received an Honorary Fellowship from the Australian Institute for Business and Economics, UQ in 2016. He was the recipient of the Export Council of Australia’s Export Hero Award 2011/12, and The CEO Magazine’s Health and Pharmaceutical Executive of the Year 2013. Founded in 1963, Cook Medical pioneered many of the medical devices now commonly used to perform minimally invasive medical procedures. Today, the company integrates medical devices, drugs and biologic grafts to enhance patient safety and improve clinical outcomes. Cook China, based in Shanghai, was incorporated in 2007 and has grown from 22 to 168 employees. China is the biggest growth country for Cook globally. The company is preparing for further expansion and Cook’s business in China will include developing and manufacturing products specific to the requirements of the Chinese people. The company’s distribution channels have increased significantly and it now has dedicated regional facility to service China alone. Barry will discuss Cook’s approach to business in China and the opportunities the company is prioritising in the region.

Michael Wadley – Non Executive Director, Bellamy’s Organic Based in Shanghai for over 15 years, Michael is a registered foreign lawyer in China and Hong Kong.  He provides corporate and legal advisory services as Principal of Wadley Business Consulting (WBC). WBC assists foreign companies establish and conduct business with China and Chinese companies invest with Australian business with a particular focus on agribusiness and the food supply chain. He is also now a partner in Agrify, an agribusiness consultancy and MWH Property, an internet portal and buyer conveyancing firm supporting Chinese investors in Australian real estate. He has headed up the Chinese practice groups of 2 national Australian law firms, most recently with Ashurst. He has served 3 terms on the Board of the Austcham in Shanghai and is a Committee Member of the ACBC (Qld).

Andrew Steadson - Commercial Director, MadePartners Limited Based in Hong Kong since 2005 Andrew is an experienced senior executive with 28 years of Corporate Finance and Business Development experience across the Asia-Pacific region and held a range of regional roles including General Manager ANZ Hong Kong Branch and Head of Corporate Finance Asia.  In recognition of the rapidly growing compliance and quality complexities in international procurement Andrew co-founded MadePartners Limited in 2013.  MadePartners is a Hong Kong based Project Management and Quality Assurance Consultancy with teams in Australia and across Greater China.  MadePartners are supporting a growing number of listed and private Australian and International companies with a complex array of offshore procurement issues.  MadePartners was awarded the Best Start-Up Enterprise by AustCham Greater China in 2015.

Laurie Smith - ACBC National Board Member Laurie 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 across 3 decades before returning to Sydney in 2011 where he headed Austrade's international network for four years as the Executive Director, International Operations.  He has successfully built diverse business partnerships in China, and advised and observed many Australian companies partnering in China. Since leaving Austrade in 2015 Laurie has taken up a number of advisory and non-executive roles including as Director on the ACBC National Board and adviser to CEOs and boards of a number of private companies.  Laurie is also working with a number of not for profit organisations in the education sector.

Jingmin Qian - Jing Meridian Jingmin is a company director and a recognised corporate adviser on Australia China business issues. Her consultancy advises on capital raising, joint venture negotiation, strategic management and cross-cultural management. Jingmin is a director of ACBC, Chartered Financial Analyst, Society of Sydney and a member of Macquarie University Council. She was a non-executive director (2010-2015) and Chairman (2015) of the ASX listed Golden Cross Resources. She is also a senior adviser to leading organisations, including L.E.K. Consulting and International CEO Forum. Previously she spent over a decade in executive roles with L.E.K. Consulting, Boral Limited and Leighton Holdings and conducted strategic due diligence of billion dollar M&A transactions. Whilst working at Boral, she contributed to the expansion of the business in eight Asian countries. She later joined Leighton Holdings to establish the corporate strategy function. Jingmin started her career at the Ministry of Commerce in Beijing.

Natalie Reid-Frost - State Director QLD & NT Efic Natalie is responsible for building and executing Efic’s origination strategy for small to medium enterprises (SMEs) in QLD & NT. Efic provides simple and creative financial solutions to enable SMEs to win business, grow internationally and achieve export success. Natalie has more than 15 years’ experience in the banking and finance industry. Before taking on the role of Director, SME, QLD & NT, Natalie held the same position for Efic in NSW. Prior to joining Efic, Natalie was with Macquarie Group’s Relationship Banking division for more than eight years where she focussed on helping businesses grow within niche industry sectors and delivering a unique customer experience.

Who should attend: Australian businesses planning to set up operations in China, sourcing products from china, exporting and distributing products in China or who are already operating in China but need to improve outcomes



Afternoon tea provided


RSVP 22 Sept 2016