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Agri Investor Australia Forum June 2018

In June this year, the Australia China Business Council Victoria were pleased to support the 4th annual Agri Investor Australia Forum – the ONLY investment-focused agriculture event in Australia.

Held at the Grand Hyatt in Melbourne, the event brought together over 200 agribusiness leaders, investors, regulators and advisors to discuss the factors driving interest in Australian agriculture investment and how effective management can drive returns vital to a diversified asset portfolio.

At the event, Philip Bateman, on behalf of ACBC Victoria, interviewed Chris Olszak, Director of Aither; Michelle Critchley, Associate Director of R&D Tax and Government Incentives for ShineWing Australia; Andrew Cosh, Principal and CEO of Kilara Capital; David Goodfellow, CEO of AustOn Corporation; Andrew Bomm from Progressive Agriculture; Elizabeth O’Leary, Head of Agriculture, Infrastructure and Real Assets for the Macquarie Group.

To hear what they had to say, click on the videos below:

ACBC Victoria: BRI Forum May 2018

The Australia-China Business Council Victoria, in conjunction with King & Wood Mallesons, hosted the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) Forum in May for Victorian enterprises seeking to understand business opportunities and gain a fuller understanding of the implications of the BRI.

We thank our speakers for delivering an outstanding forum which included presentations and exchanges of information between government agencies, professionals and corporate representatives all eager to find out more about the BRI and share their knowledge.

Our video has interviews with speakers including Jean Dong, Jason Fitts, Georgina Downer GAICDMonique Carroll FCIArbDavid Olsson and Paul Orton, as well as ACBC Victoria’s President Ken Smith and CEO Virginia Birrell.

We thank our members BMY Group and for producing our video, our hosts, speakers and everyone who attended.

The important topic of the BRI will be further addressed at a major conference in the Northern Territory in July

ACBC Future Leaders Forum Networking Event

Please join us for the regular Future Leaders’ Forum networking event on the fourth Tuesday of every second month at the European Bier Cafe, 120 Exhibition Street from 5.30pm – 7.30pm 

On the day we’ll be sitting at the table with the Australia China flags and drinks are at bar prices. If you have any further queries or if there is anything we can assist you with, please send us an email: or phone (03) 9027 5606 and we’ll be pleased to assist.

This is an event for young business people, entrepreneurs and graduates from the CBD, urban, and regional Victoria. We are encouraging every young businessperson interested in growing their business opportunities with China to join our Future Leaders’ Forum. The Future Leaders’ Forum is a platform initiated by the Australia China Business Council Victoria to enhance bilateral Australia China business relationships through the development and continued engagement of up and coming young leaders.

The FLF Networking Event will be held on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 26 March,30pm to 7.30pm, European Bier Café
  • Tuesday 28 May, 5.30pm to 7.30pm, European Bier Café
  • Tuesday 23 July,30pm to 7.30pm, European Bier Café
  • Tuesday 24 Sept, 30pm to 7.30pm, European Bier Café
  • Tuesday 26 Nov, 5.30pm to 7.30pm, European Bier Café

To register you attendance, click here. We look forward to seeing you then!

A Time to Reflect and Celebrate the Achievements of Women

International Women’s Day 2018

On 8 March this year, women around the world will celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD).

For over 100 years, this day has marked a celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. In the years since IWD began, there have been significant changes to the rights, roles and responsibilities of women, however, the fight to achieve gender parity continues.

This year, the business chambers and business councils of International Chamber House (ICH) will be hosting an IWD event, featuring guest speakers Holly Ransom, CEO, Emergent; Lydia Khalil, Research Fellow, West Asia Program, the Lowy Institute and Sarah Chibnall, Group Director of Communications, the H&H Group. The theme of this year’s event is ‘Entrepreneurial spirit in international business’ and the speakers will be sharing their experiences as women in executive positions, as well as discussing the importance of diversity in the workplace.

Holly Ransom, CEO, Emergent; Lydia Khalil, Research Fellow, West Asia Program, Lowy Institute; Sarah Chibnall, Group Director of Communications, H&H Group

We spoke with H&H Group’s Sarah Chibnall to discuss her thoughts on International Women’s Day.

With the popularisation of movements like #MeToo and the recent first anniversary of the American women’s rights march, 2018 has begun with a revitalised focus on feminism activism and women’s rights. The power of women using their voice to denounce sexual harassment has seen the birth of large scale, anti-harassment initiatives like Times Up.

For Sarah, IWD is a time to reflect and celebrate the achievements of women and to motivate and excite women about the future.

“Times are changing, and I would like to think that one day International Women’s Day is much more about enjoying each other’s company than about the need to drive an agenda. But in the short term, there are still challenges for women, particularly when we talk about the workplace with career progression for example,” she said.

Sarah adds that the importance of diversity in the workplace goes beyond basic fairness and equality, because diversity also impacts the ideas that are created and the voices that are heard. Sarah says that those in senior positions need to make a deliberate effort to ensure that there are always a variety of perspectives being heard.

“If gender equity is set as an example from the top down and by those with decision making power, then that notion will be positively re-enforced by most team members within the organisation. Being conscious of everything from who is in a meeting and who in included in conversations, to the number of people who are represented on executive leadership teams and on senior leadership teams,” she said.

Join Sarah and our guest speakers on the day to hear more insights from their experiences and thoughts on the way forward for women in international business. To purchase tickets to this IWD event or to learn more about guest speakers, click here