State of the State Series

30 Sep 2020


State of the State Series: Event One

Date: Thursday 15th October 2020

Time: Webinar 1pm – 2 pm (ACST) followed by an open discussion from 2pm-3pm (ACST).

Platform: Webinar – You will be sent a link to the Webinar the day before the start date.

2020 has presented a whole host of changes and uncertainty for almost every industry in our state, our country, and indeed the world. Coupled with the overwhelming volume of media content relating to the Australia-China bilateral relationship in the media, it is no wonder that many businesses are feeling uncertain, confused, and wary of the future.

With this in mind, the Australia China Business Council SA is launching a series of events designed to unpack the State of the State. Sean Keenihan, National Vice President of the Australia China Business Council and President (SA Branch) will meet with key people in the Australia-China business space to decode and unpack the current landscape and uncover the truth about what is happening around the bilateral economic relationship in South Australia, Australia more broadly and on the ground in China. Through a series of presentations, interviews, and panel discussions with industry leaders, government representatives, and experts in the international relationship, we will seek out the practical insights our members and friends are looking for in these unprecedented times.

The ACBC believes it is important, now more than ever, to provide our members with up to date, honest and trustworthy information around the Australia-China business landscape to enable South Australian businesses to make the most of the China opportunity. The State of the State program of events will be curated to be especially for businesses that make up a large portion of our membership base in South Australia and will provide insights from on-the-ground in order to support members to go into the Christmas/holiday period with confidence that there is a pathway forward through 2021.

The first event in the series will be held on 15 October 2020 and will unpack what we are seeing in South Australia, Australia and internationally through the lens’ of Sean Keenihan National Vice-President and President (SA) Australia China Business Council, David Olsson, President, Australia China Business Council and Christy Tan, Head of Markets Strategy/Research, Asia Markets NAB.


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 ben 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.

Sean Keenihan, National Vice-President and President (SA) Australia China Business Council.

Sean Keenihan is the Chair of the Board at Norman Waterhouse lawyers in South Australia and has a wealth of experience gained from over 25 years of legal practice both internationally and in South Australia. He has also chaired a range of government and non-government organisations across different industries and is a recognised leader in South Australia’s bilateral engagement with China over the last decade.

A highly competent Mandarin speaker, Sean is the current National Vice President and South Australian State President of ACBC. Sean was a co-author of South Australia’s China Engagement Strategy in 2012 and served as the SA Government’s advisor on China, providing strategic advice to the Premier, Ministers, Local Government and Industry Bodies to facilitate closer bilateral links between South Australia and China during a period of rapid growth in the bilateral economic relationship.

Christy Tan, Head of Markets Strategy/Research, Asia Markets, NAB.

Christy Tan is the Head of Markets Strategy and Research for Asia within the Markets department, based in Singapore. Since joining National Australia Bank (NAB), Christy has built the Asia research platform and is an active contributor to NAB’s presence in China and the region. Christy spearheaded Asia research and thematic reports involving Asia, China and RMB. Christy joined NAB in July 2014 from Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where she held the Senior Director role within the Asia fixed income and currencies research team. Christy graduated with an Economics major from the National University of Singapore and has an MBA from the University of Manchester.

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