ACBC Leadership Series with Michaela Browning – National Foundation for Australia China Relations

01 Oct 2020

ACBC is proud to host our next leader in Australia-China relations for an in-depth conversation on future directions and a constructive approach moving forward.

As the complexities of the Australia China relationship grows, 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 Ms Michaela Browning, Interim Chief Executive Officer of the National Foundation for Australia-China Relations. Prior to this, Michaela was Australia’s Consul-General to Hong Kong and Macau, from April 2017 to March 2020.

Following her presentation, we are delighted the ACBC President, Mr David Olsson will speak and join in the Q & A discussion with Michaela.


Michaela Browning

Interim Chief Executive Officer, National Foundation for Australia-China Relations

Michaela is an experienced diplomat with extensive international policy, program management and operational experience.  She has worked for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade including postings to Singapore and Thailand.  She has been a trade negotiator for the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and on the Australia-US Free Trade Agreement (AUSFTA), Singapore-Australia Free Trade Agreement (SAFTA), a senior policy adviser and manager on Asia trade and international security issues.

Before her appointment in Hong Kong, Michaela was General Manager and Head of Investment at Austrade.  She led Australia’s investment teams in Australia and across an extensive overseas network.  Immediately before that, she was General Manager Established Markets and Special Adviser to the CEO on Strategy and China.  In this role, she had overall responsibility for the Austrade presence in, and trade and investment promotion for North America, Western Europe, North Asia, Turkey, Israel, New Zealand, and the Pacific.

Prior to that, from 2011 to 2014, she was Assistant Director General at AusAID, developing and managing Australia’s substantial aid program in Afghanistan and Pakistan and working with official donors and partners and on strategy and coordination. During 2010 and 2011, Michaela was Asia, Intelligence and Counter-terrorism Adviser to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and then Senior Adviser on International Policy and Intelligence to the Minister for Defence.

David Olsson

National President and Chair, Australia China Business Council

David Olsson is the National President of the Australia China Business Council. He is a former managing partner of global law firm King & Wood Mallesons, and has recently taken up a role as International Director with a focus on the Greater Bay Area.

He has been working with clients in Asia for more than 25 years, including 5 years based in Beijing. He has a particular focus on financial markets and cross-border trade and investment flows.

We look forward to both speakers sharing their experiences in navigating these and other issues with our guests and to hearing their thoughts on the future of bilateral trade between Australia and China.



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.


Date: Friday 30 October 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)




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