Draft program – timing and order subject to change.


On the Friday before the conference, Perth will not only host the impressive Gala Dinner at the Asia-Pacific Regional Conference from 7:oo pm, but also a number of high-level side-meetings, including government-to-government discussion and economic dialogues. Further information will be provided closer to the conference.


Pre-Dinner Drinks


Gala Dinner: Celebrating 40 Years of the German-Australian Chamber

Join the German-Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce for a festive gala dinner to celebrate 40 years of continuous work on fostering bilateral relations.

The gala dinner will combine business and pleasure and therefore promises to be one of a kind. On 3 November in the Crown Ballroom, conference delegates, their partners, business contacts, clients and friends are all welcome to enjoy an evening of splendid celebration that will hold a few little surprises. This special night will culturally unite Germany and Australia, seeking to look beyond economic collaboration and present a truly new, magnificent approach to commemorating German-Australian rapport.

All of our ‘full-attendance’ tickets include the gala dinner. Would you like to have your partner join you on the evening? Check out our ‘gala-dinner-only’ offer.

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Breakfast Buffet
Bilateral ministerial meetings, B2G and country updates

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Jennifer Westacott, Chief Executive, Business Council of Australia (moderator)

H.E. Dr Anna Prinz, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Australia

H.E. Lynette Wood, Australian Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany

Lucy Turnbull AO, Chief Commissioner, GSC

Prof Dr Kristina Sinemus, Chairwoman, IHK Darmstadt

This session will be by invitation only. German shipbuilding primes will present to the forum on their companies and potential opportunities for Australian industry to support leading global defence projects. Following these presentations, there will be a panel discussion to address how Australian industry can work with German defence primes and access opportunities. The Australian marine/defence will relay their experiences in working with and supporting German defence primes.

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The Hon Christopher Pyne MP


Official Opening
Welcome by the Conference Patron: Senator the Hon Mathias Cormann
Address by the Hon Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia and senior German dignitary

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The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, Prime Minister of Australia

Frank-Walter Steinmeier, President of the Federal Republic of Germany

Senator the Hon Mathias Cormann, Minister for Finance and Conference Patron


Opening Keynotes
Andrew Mackenzie FRS, CEO, BHP and Dr Hubert Lienhard, Chairman of APA and President and CEO of Voith GmbH

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Andrew Mackenzie FRS, CEO, BHP and President of the German-Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce

Dr Hubert Lienhard, Chairman of APA and President and CEO of Voith GmbH


Coffee Break


Policy Dialogue
The Future of Global Trade Agreements and the Resulting Opportunities in the Asia-Pacific

International trade and investment are drivers of growth in many countries. Australia and Germany have benefited greatly from open trade and international competition, including through free trade agreements (FTAs) to reduce barriers to trade and investment.

However, the international developments in the FTA sphere are complex. Recently, there has been very little progress on multilateral agreements through the World Trade Organisation, so many nations have increased their activities to establish bilateral and regional agreements.

This high-level, expert panel will discuss the current global, regional and bilateral developments, including a special focus on the Australia-EU FTA that will be formally negotiated from late 2017.

Another major topic will be the situation in Asia-Pacific region, including Australia’s experience in negotiating several bilateral agreements over the last few years, the developments around multilateral regional agreements such as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) / Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the EU’s interest and priorities in the Asia-Pacific region.

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David Speers, Political Editor and Anchor of 'PM Agenda' and 'Speers Tonight', SKY NEWS (moderator)

Dr Philipp Rösler, Head of Regional and Government Engagement, Member of the Managing Board, World Economic Forum Geneva

Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Singapore

Hon Todd McClay, NZ Trade Minister

The Hon Steven Ciobo MP, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment

Thomas Lembong, Chairman, Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board

Elizabeth Proust AO FAICD, Chairman, Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD)

Grant King, President, Business Council of Australia

Senator the Hon Penny Wong, Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs


Networking Lunch


Business Keynote and Panel Discussion
Mining Innovation Partnership

This session aims to promote better understanding of the central role mining will play in the 21st century economy, how increased trade and investment opportunities facilitate innovation and to share the lessons learnt from resources policy choices. Learn about mining in the 21st century, how innovation is changing mining and making mining more viable than ever. The session will focus on the opportunities that are being created, and the challenges that remain.

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Dr Peter Feldhaus, CEO, Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions

Dr Martin Herrenknecht, CEO, Herrenknecht

Diane Jurgens, Chief Technology Officer, BHP


Networking Break – Coffee


Sessions (60 min) & Networking (30 min). Sessions running parallel.

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The Hon Peter Dutton MP, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection

Understand the mobility of the future, with rail and automotive as integral parts of the mobility mix, taking into consideration urban growth concepts around mobility as a service.

Across the globe, countries are faced with the challenges of increasing the mobility of their population in a rapidly urbanising environment. At the same time costs for new infrastructure are forcing governments to rethink their fiscal approach through innovative partnerships with industry and financial institutions.

The session will provide an overview on how Australia has embraced a range of ownership and financing concepts to build and maintain transport infrastructure.

It will feature a range of views that will try to paint a coherent picture how countries can tackle the need for transport infrastructure, including hearing from senior rail and car company executives on the changing role for their companies to become mobility providers.

Dieter Michell-Auli, Chief Sales Officer, DB Engineering & Consulting

The Hon Angus Taylor MP, Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation, Federal Member for Hume

The session investigates the root causes for a commonly held view in Australia that VET is a second-class citizen to university education, and if and how we can possibly move to a tertiary education model.

Germany has a strong tertiary education sector, where VET qualifications are as valued as higher education ones. This is different to Australia where VET qualifications are not seen as an equal pathway to work, and university is considered the pinnacle of success. If Australia is to move to a strong tertiary system, a cultural change is needed, starting in our schooling system. What changes do we need at each level of our education system? What lessons can be learned from Germany?

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Jennifer Westacott, Chief Executive, Business Council of Australia (moderator)

Rod Jones, CEO, Navitas

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Brett Himbury, CEO, IFM Investors

Olaf Wiedemann, Regional Chief Executive Officer, Asia-Pacific, NORD/LD


Poolside BBQ

Along with your fellow delegates, enjoy the evening an elegant, yet casual environment. The Crown Metropol Poolside is the perfect setting and will set a perfect ambiance for the pre-conference reception.

As the sun sets over the city, delegates will be able to enjoy a typically warm Perth summer’s evening while mingling and networking prior to the conference. An Australian-style poolside barbecue held on-site will include a mouth-watering menu of German and Australian dishes to accommodate all tastes, along with light entertainment to complete the night.

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Breakfast: Country Updates & Trade Delegation Meetings 


Opening of Day 2


Business Keynote & Panel Discussion
Industry 4.0 and Digitalisation

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Dr Roland Busch, Member of the Managing Board, Siemens AG

Clas Neumann, Senior Vice President, Global Head of SAP Labs Network

Senator the Hon Arthur Sinodinos, Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science


Networking Break – Coffee


Sessions (60 min) & Networking (30 min). Sessions running parallel.

Agri-technology can create a $100 billion agricultural industry in Australia by 2030 – double its current size and contributing almost 5% to the national GDP. This would mean a larger and more sustainable food (and food export) industry. Even more exciting, the benefits across the entire food supply chain would give farmers, technologists, suppliers, manufacturers, exporters and retailers a significant boost. The session will discuss where Agri-Tech is heading and the resulting opportunities along the value chain, from equipment manufacturers to exporters, whilst also taking a look at new, disruptive technologies such as the use of drones in large-scale farming.

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David Hawkins, Chairman and Managing Director, BASF Australia

Jorg Migende, Chief Digital Officer, BayWa AG

Mat Regan, General Manager, Corporate Services, CBH Group

Australia is a safe and low-risk environment in which to invest, supported by 25 years of economic growth. The Federal Government has recently implemented reforms to ensure Australia is one of the world’s leading markets for financial technology innovation and investment. Learn how the Australian ecosystem will help both start-ups and mature companies foster and commercialise these innovations, including launching into the Asian region. The panel will discuss progress in this area and highlight specific examples of success, referencing how collaboration between stakeholders has made this possible.

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Dr John Pickhaver, Co-Head of Macquarie Capital, Australia and New Zealand

Dr Werner Steinmüller, CEO Asia Pacific and Member of the Management Board of Deutsche Bank AG

This session endeavours to foster understanding how disruptive technology will shape the future of various industry sectors, including but not limited to resources and energy.

The session will profile the needs of major technology customers in Germany and Australia, as well as a select number of innovations and solutions from participating start-ups, with a need to consider that disruptive technology impacts on all points of the value chain from exploration, to production to automation, financing, marketing and CSR.

Participants in the session are additionally invited to attend an on-site matchmaking session ‘Rapid Mingle’, as well as a tour of various start-up hubs on Sunday afternoon organised by AUSTRADE, including: >Pitch Session – Unearthed – Energy and natural resources accelerator – 3 relevant start-ups (5-min pitches).

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Greg Bodkin, Senior Vice President, Manufacturing & Logistics, Cochlear Limited

Dr Stephanie Fahey, Chief Executive, Austrade

Michael Anghie, Managing Partner for Oceania Markets, EY

Paul D'Urso MBBS, PhD, FRACS

Prof Dr Michael Gross, Managing Director, VC-Point GmbH (participant)

Dr Helge Neumann, Executive Manager, Business Development, WISTA-MANAGEMENT GmbH (participant)

Richard Suhr, Partner, Global Advisory, EY

The longer term outlook for energy and resources remains dominated by the steady shift in the weight of global economic activity towards emerging Asia and away from the North Atlantic economies, notwithstanding Germany’s role as Europe’s economic cornerstone.

Emerging Asia’s industrialisation, urbanisation and growth in per capita incomes are driving growth in both resources and energy demand.

This session will focus on energy and resource security from a political viewpoint addressing policy requirements for a secure supply of resources and fossils, as well as renewable energy, in line with economic developments and sustainable environmental needs. Both industry and government perspectives will be discussed and vulnerabilities of suppliers and consumers explored.

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The Hon Josh Frydenberg MP, Australian Minister for the Environment and Energy

Cedrik Neike, Member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG

Neville Power, Chief Executive Officer, Fortescue Metals Group Ltd


Networking Lunch


Policy Dialogue
Geopolitics in the Asia-Pacific Region – Opportunities, Challenges and Perspectives

The Asia-Pacific region is of central importance to the security and prosperity of not only its wider geographical neighbourhood including Australia, but also globally. Home to over sixty per cent of the world’s population and providing two thirds of all global economic growth, the Asia-Pacific can easily be described as the world’s most dynamic and promising region for trade and investment. At the same time however, its ascendancy as a global powerhouse also presents profound strategic and security challenges. This is especially important given that six out of the world’s nine nuclear powers are located in the region, and that its most powerful economy, China, also has clear ambitions to augment its geopolitical position in the global order.

These precarious geopolitical currents are further impacted by the election of Donald Trump whose departure from previous administrations’ foreign policy directions could greatly intensify existing volatility.

Based on this broad outline of the security architecture in the Asia-Pacific and how this presents a challenge to the global order, the panel will address the following topics:

  • maritime security, especially in the Indo-Pacific;
  • energy security and how access to resources is connected to foreign/security policy;
  • the geopolitical consequences of new trade arrangements (such as RCEP) after Trump’s rejection of the TPP;
  • nuclear stability, especially assessing the risks posed by North Korea and the issue of other nations’ fast-growing stockpiles and unpredictable nuclear doctrines;
  • cyber security and the evolving terrorist threat environment; and
  • rising nationalism and Great Power competition, especially with an eye on increasing military power demonstrations and geo-strategic rivalry between the US and China in the region.

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David Speers, Political Editor and Anchor of 'PM Agenda' and 'Speers Tonight', SKY NEWS (moderator)

The Hon Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs

Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Singapore

Prof Dr Brahma Chellaney, Professor of Strategic Studies, Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi

Peter Jennings PSM, Executive Director, Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI)

Prof Dr Joachim Krause, Director, Institute for Security Policy at the University of Kiel

Dr May-Britt Stumbaum, Director NFG Research Group, Free University of Berlin

Prof Gordon Flake, Chief Executive Officer, Perth USAsia Centre

Dr Beatrice Gorawantschy, Director of the Regional Programme Australia and the Pacific, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (introduction to keynote speaker)


Conference Wrap-up

running until 16:15


Closing Cocktail Function – The Perth Mint

Please join us to wind down after two days of conferencing and networking at the historic Perth Mint, with the opportunity to see the Mint operations during the function.

Enjoy cocktails, canapes and leisurely conversations in the forecourt garden of the Mint.

The Perth Mint is Australia’s largest fully integrated, innovative precious metals enterprise, providing premium gold, silver and platinum products and services to markets throughout the world. The Perth Mint opened in 1899 in response to the discovery of rich gold deposits in Coolgardie and Kalgoorlie.

In 2003, the Perth Mint opened an 8,400 square metre state-of-the-art manufacturing and commercial facility next door to its original limestone building.  Dominating the Mint’s heritage precinct, these two important buildings are powerful symbols of more than 100 years of minting excellence in Western Australia.

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Site Tour and Cultural Options

WA Mine Site visit (select attendees only)
Attendees will have the opportunity to visit a mine site on this day. It will be fly in, fly out and will provide a revealing look at mine site operations. Details to be confirmed soon. Open to attendees at the mining panel during the conference program.

Cultural Options
Choose from four different tours, each offering an insight into Australian culture, its people and its produce.