This year’s program features five keynote speakers, including thought leaders from the Australian and Chinese Governments and businesses.

The program also features four expert panels. Each panel member will share views and experiences with the audience with a brief speech, and then participate in a Q&A session.

In addition, the program’s tea breaks and luncheon offer an excellent opportunity for participants to network and discuss the future direction of collaboration between Australia and China in the financial services industry.

This is a draft program.

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8 – 9am


9 – 9.10am

Welcome and Opening of Forum

- Ms Clover Moore, Lord Mayor of Sydney 

9.10 – 9.15am

Welcome and Introduction to the NSW Government Representative

- Vice Chancellor, The University of Sydney

9.15 – 9.25am

Welcome Speech: Representative from the NSW Government (TBC)

9.25 – 9.35am

Speech: The Hon. John Robertson MP, Leader of the Opposition NSW

9.35 - 9.45am

Speech: Chinese Government Representative (name TBC)

9.45 – 10am

Keynote Address: 1 (name TBC)

10 – 10.50am

Panel One – Policy Environment & Impacts of Regulations

·         China’s policy and regulatory environment& market access for Australian companies

·         Increased regulation has led to reduced debt finance from banks and some more innovative funding. Does this open up huge opportunities for Chinese capital to fill the gap?


·         How do we rebuild the trust between the real trading (transaction) and regulations?

Panellists (in alphabetical order by last name):

-       Mr Yu CAO, President, Rain Capital Group;

-       The Hon. Warwick Smith, Chairman, ANZ Banking Group NSW and ACT;

-       Mr Elmer Funke Kupper, Managing Director & CEO, Australian Securities Exchange (ASX)

-        Mr Spiro Pappas, Executive General Manager, Global Institutional Banking, National Australia Bank  

10.50 – 11.25am

Morning Tea break

11.25– 11.40am

Keynote Address: 2 (name TBC)

11.40am – 12.30pm



Panel Two – Internationalisation of the Yuan & Shanghai Free Trade Zone

·         Will the Yuan become fully convertible and, if so, over what time frame?

·         How does the financial infrastructure support the internationalisation of the Yuan?

·         What innovations can be expected from the Shanghai Free Trade Zone and what opportunities does this offer Australian companies looking for a point to access the domestic services and goods market in China?

·         How is the Shanghai Free Trade Zone supporting the globalisation of the Yuan, and what are future prospects?

·         What is the role of Shanghai as a finance centre and how will it develop in the coming decade, as China proceeds towards middle income status?

Panellists (in alphabetical order by last name):

-       Ms Sara Cheng, Manager-Greater China Region, NSW Business Chamber / Australian Business Consulting & Solutions;

-       Mr Hongbin Liu, General Manager, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Sydney Branch;

-       Mr David Olsson, Chair, Renminbi Internationalisation Working Group; China Practice Consultant at King & Wood Mallesons;

-       Mr Dong Zhang, China Policy Unit International Economy Division, Australian Federal Government The Treasury

12.30 – 1.30pm


1.30 – 1.45pm

Keynote Address: 3 (name TBC)

1.45 – 2.35pm

Panel Three – Chinese Outbound Investment

·         An update on current Chinese overseas investment versus outbound investment to Australian. What are investors looking for? What is the role of state owned enterprises and of the private sector in outward investment?


·         How influential is the government in driving these deals?


·         What are the key drivers of Chinese ODI and where are the main barriers to entry in Australia? How will a Free Trade Agreement be likely to address these?


·         What are the main risks of engaging with Chinese Overseas Direct Investment, and what sort of model is the best to optimise Chinese capital and foreign assets and knowledge, particularly in Australia??


·         What is Hong Kong’s role in trilateral investment flows, particularly between Australia and China?


Panellists (in alphabetical order by last name):

-       Mr Doug Ferguson, Head of Asia Business Group & China Business Practice, KPMG;

-       Prof Hans Hendrischke, Professor of Chinese Business and Management, University of Sydney Business School;

-       Mr Andrew Low, CEO, Redbridge Grant Samuel;

-       Ms Bonnie Shek, Director Australia & New Zealand, Hong Kong Trade Development Council

2.35 – 3.10pm

Afternoon tea break

3.10 – 3.25pm

Keynote Address: 4 (name TBC)

3.25 – 4.15pm

Panel Four - Trade Opportunities and Free Trade: The Continuing Task of Standardising the International Economic System

·         How do standard international trade agreements help enterprises inside and outside China conduct business more efficiently, and how might these be important to Australian service and finance companies?

·         Where are the key gaps at the moment in the global trade system, which need new agreements to improve the business relationship?


·         In which sectors is the need for new agreements the greatest or Australia in order to develop a more diverse trading relationship with China in the coming decade?


·         What are the business opportunities arising from China’s wealth management and its ageing population, and how does this relate to the finance system and its products in Australia?


·         What is the future role of the World Trade Organisation in view of Free Trade Agreements now being signed globally?


·         What sort of agreement should Australia have with China that will improve current trade relations?


Panellists (in alphabetical order by last name):

-       Panelist 1 TBC;

-       Panelist 2 TBC;

-       Mr Peter Mace, General Manager, Australian Institute of Export;

-       Mr Peter Rowe, Assistant Secretary, North Asia Division, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade;


4.30 – 4.50pm

Keynote Address: 5 (name TBC)

4.50 – 5pm

Closing Remarks – Professor Kerry Brown, Executive Director, China Studies Centre, The University of Sydney