ACBC Leadership Series with Former Ambassador – Geoff Raby

22 Sep 2020

As the complexities of the Australia China relationship grow, now is the time to listen and learn from those with extensive bilateral experience on how to successfully traverse the ebbs and flows.

Please join us for the next chapter in our Leadership Series featuring Geoff Raby, former Australian Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, keen diplomat and renowned economist. Geoff will provide guests with valuable insights from his latest book ‘China’s Grand Strategy and Australia’s Future in the New Global Order’.

We are delighted Geoff will be joined in discussion with Danny Armstrong, ShineWing Managing Partner, who will join the Q & A.

This online briefing considers the current state of the relationship and how Australia can better position itself to capitalise on China’s growing international influence. Geoff will draw on his vast ambassadorial experience to address the importance of trade and strong business relationships with our number one trading partner, China, which is experiencing a dynamic and rapid recovery post COVID-19.  Geoff will discuss Australia’s diplomatic and trade relationship and share his insights for the future.

We are pleased to offer attending guests discounted ordering of Geoff’s new book China’s Grand Strategy and Australia’s Future in the New Global Order out on 3 Nov 2020.


Dr. Geoff Raby was Australia’s Ambassador to China from 2007 to 2011. After 27 years in the public service, he completed his Ambassadorial term and resigned to establish Geoff Raby and Associates in 2011.

Dr. Raby was the Deputy Secretary in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) from 2002 to 2006. He has held a number of senior positions in DFAT, including First Assistant Secretary, International Organisations and Legal Division (2001-2002), Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organisation, Geneva (1998-2001), First Assistant Secretary, Trade Negotiations Division (1995-1998), and APEC Ambassador (2002-2004). He was head of the Trade Policy Issues Division in the OECD in Paris during 1993-95.

Dr. Raby also holds a number of non-executive, independent director positions with ASX-listed companies. In China, Dr. Raby serves as Co-Chair of Corrs Chambers Westgarth’s China practice. He is also a member of the non-for-profit Advance Global Advisory Board, University of Sydney’s China Studies Centre Advisory Board, La Trobe University Asia Advisory Board, and the Foundation of the National Gallery of Victoria. Dr. Raby was formerly an independent director in the Fortescue Metal Group.

In recognition of his contributions to advancing relations between Australia and China, Dr. Raby was made Friendship Ambassador to Shandong Province and an Honorary Citizen of Chengdu City.

Dr. Raby is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Asia Society. He holds an Honours Degree in Economics, a Masters in Economics and a PhD from La Trobe University. In 2015, Dr. Raby was part of the consultative committee for the draft of Australia’s National Strategy for International Education.

Danny Armstrong is the Managing Partner of ShineWing Australia. He has a strong commitment to the Asia Pacific region having lived and worked in Asia for 10 years.

Danny is an experienced business leader with an extensive business development, bank licensing and business establishment track record and he has a strong corporate governance, strategy development and execution reputation and long term expertise dealing with senior business leaders, financial services regulators, politicians, professional advisors, diplomats and trade agency staff.

Danny also has broad-based business development experience with institutional, corporate, SME and high net worth clients across many roles in Australia and Asia, with a keen interest in helping Australian businesses succeed in China and Asia more broadly, as well as Asian businesses to succeed in Australia.


Through our Leadership Series, ACBC is offering members and the wider community the opportunity, through a range of leading speakers, to gain greater knowledge, insights and understanding of the historical context, current issues, benefits and opportunities afforded by our trading relationship with China in an increasingly complex global environment.

During this series, our guests will have an opportunity to question our speakers and obtain unique insights on a wide range of information including the likely future direction of our trade relationship with China.

As we enter new chapter forever changed by COVID-19, ACBC is here to keep you informed and best equipped to effectively engage with China.

Event Details

Date: Tuesday 10 November 2020

Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm AEDT

Format: Zoom Webinar, Presentation + Q&A

Cost: Free for ACBC Members (normally $25) and $35 General Admission (+GST +Booking Fee)


Event Speakers