National Briefing: Hong Kong Market Update

10 Jul 2020

While it has been a tumultuous 12 months for Hong Kong, the harbour city remains a vital linkage between China and the global economy.

On this ACBC National Briefing in collaboration with InvestHK, we have an expert panel that will help Australian businesses navigate the changing economic and political landscape. They will provide their views on:

  • the current business environment in Hong Kong;
  • how the city’s role as a facilitator of global trade and investment between China and the world economy might develop in the years ahead;
  • Hong Kong’s strategic role in China’s Greater Bay Area initiative; and
  • new and emerging opportunities for Australian business in sectors such as finance, education and technology.

David Olsson, National President, Australia China Business Council

David Olsson is a lawyer, company director and business leader with extensive experience in China and the Asian region.

He was a former partner at King & Wood Mallesons (and its predecessor firm) for more than 25 years and held several key practice and management positions including as Managing Partner from 2004 to 2007 and as senior partner based in Beijing from 2008 to 2013.

He is currently a China Practice Consultant with the firm.

Charles Ng, Associate Director-General, InvestHK

Charles Ng has been an Associate Director-General of Investment Promotion at Invest Hong Kong (InvestHK) for 10 years. He heads one of two sector-focused divisions responsible for helping overseas and mainland companies establish or expand their business presence in Hong Kong. He has extensive experience in the private sector, having worked for companies in the manufacturing and trading sectors, as well as multinationals in the financial services and banking sectors in Mauritius, Canada and Hong Kong. He also has experience setting up and managing his own business and running a major international chamber of commerce in Hong Kong.

Shannon Powell, Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner, Austrade 

Shannon Powell commenced as Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner Hong Kong and Macau in January 2020. Previously, Shannon was the Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner for Andean Latin America from 2015 to 2019, leading a team of 20 staff across Chile, Argentina, Colombia and Peru, based in Santiago. Her work focused on the promotion of Australian trade and education exports and managing commercial relationships and issues within a growing bilateral relationship. Shannon started her career in law, working within large Australian law firms before joining an Australian non-profit organisation, The Global Foundation where she led domestic and global teams facilitating trade and investment and policy development in the areas of mining, renewable energy, financial services, education, agribusiness and manufacturing.

Your membership will be cross-referenced prior to the event.

There is limited space for this event. Should you register, please ensure you are available to join the webinar so that you do not prevent someone else from attending.

Attendees will receive a registration link for the webinar one day prior to the event.

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