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Sydney: Special Cocktail Hour and Fireside Chat with Dr Stephanie Fahey, CEO of Austrade

20 March 2019

Event Details

Date: Wednesday, 20 March 2019
Time: 5:30pm arrival, 6:00pm start - 8:00pm
Event Status: Members and non-members
Venue: Sydney CBD

Format: Informal Cocktail Event
Price: Member $44, Non-member $88 (Excluding GST and processing fees)
Guest Speaker: Dr Stephanie Fahey is the Chief Executive Officer of Austrade.

Event Overview

ACBC NSW is delighted to host Dr Stephanie Fahey, Chief Executive Officer of Austrade, for a cocktail reception to hear her observations about the opportunities for Australian and Chinese companies. The event will also include Dr Stephanie Fahey in conversation with ACBC NSW President Dr Craig Emerson (former Australian Trade Minister), followed by Q&A with the audience. The event will be followed by an informal networking session.

Keynote Speaker Bio - Dr Stephanie Fahey, Chief Executive Officer, Austrade.

Dr Stephanie Fahey is the Chief Executive Officer of Austrade, the Australian Government agency responsible for promoting trade, investment and international education, and tourism policy, programs and research.

Stephanie has over 30 years’ experience both as an academic and executive working in Australia and overseas.

Previously she was EY’s lead partner for education in the Oceania region, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement) at Monash University and Director of the University of Sydney’s Research Institute for Asia and the Pacific. Dr Fahey brings an international perspective to her work and a wealth of experience across business and academia.

Austrade’s first female chief executive, Dr Fahey has also served on the Australia China Business Council, the Australia China Council, the NSW International Education Advisory Board, Vice President of the European Australian Business Council, the Board of Canberra Institute of Technology, the Foreign Affairs Council and the Australia Korean Foundation.

Stephanie holds a PhD from the Australian National University and BA (Hons) from the University of Sydney. She speaks Melanesian Pidgin. She was inducted as a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors in 2012.

Dr Craig Emerson - President ACBC NSW

Craig Emerson Managing Director, Craig Emerson Economics Dr Craig Emerson is an eminent economist with 35 years’ experience in public policy, politics and the public service. He is Managing Director of Craig Emerson Economics Pty Ltd, providing professional services to governments and the business community. Dr Emerson is an adviser to KPMG. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Victoria University’s College of Business and a columnist at The Australian Financial Review. Dr Emerson was Australia’s Minister for Trade and Competitiveness in the Gillard Government. He was also Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Asian Century Policy. Prior to that, Dr Emerson was and Minister for Competition Policy and Consumer Affairs and Minister for Small Business. In 2012, Dr Emerson revived the stalled negotiations between Australia and China for a free trade agreement, contributing to its successful conclusion in 2015.

Dr Emerson was also instrumental in gaining bipartisan support for the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement. As Australia’s Trade Minister, Dr Emerson worked with his counterpart at that time, China’s Commerce Minister Chen Deming, in producing a major Australia-China report identifying opportunities for Chinese investment in Australian agriculture. Dr Emerson accompanied Prime Minister Julia Gillard to China in March 2013 for historic meetings with China’s president Xi Jinping and Premier Le Keqiang, when the two countries agreed to establish a strategic partnership.

After leaving Parliament in 2013, Dr Emerson prepared the background paper for the highly successful Australia-China Food Summit convened in mid-2014 by ACBC. Dr Emerson was a Senior Economic Adviser to Prime Minister Bob Hawke. He has been a senior public servant, including as Director-General of the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage, CEO of the South East Queensland Transit Authority, Assistant Secretary in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and Economic Analyst at the United Nations. Dr Emerson holds a PhD in Economics from The Australian National University.