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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.

18:00

Pre-Dinner Drinks

19:00

APRC Gala Dinner

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.

Dress code: lounge suit (men: suit with tie / women: evening gown or cocktail dress)

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The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, Prime Minister of Australia

Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Federal President of Germany

The Hon Mark McGowan MLA, Premier of Western Australia

Dr Martin Wansleben, Chief Executive, DIHK

7:30

Concurrent Breakfast Sessions

The breakfast will provide up-to-date insight on the political and economic situation in China. Our speakers will highlight the results of the 19th party congress, the Belt and Road Initiative and other current developments, focusing on their impact on German companies. The discussion shall highlight opportunities and challenges related to doing business in China. While the main focus will be on China, the Chief Representatives of the Delegations of German Industry & Commerce in Hong Kong and Taiwan will contribute the ‘Greater China’ perspective.

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Dr Martin Wansleben, Chief Executive, DIHK

Johannes Regenbrecht, Deputy Head of Mission of the German Embassy in Beijing

Alexandra Voss, Chief Representative, Delegation of German Industry and Commerce, Beijing

Axel Limberg, Executive Director, German Trade Office Taipei

Wolfgang Niedermark, Chief Representative, German Industry and Commerce Ltd. (AHK Hong Kong)

Jens Hildebrandt, Executive Director, German Chamber of Commerce South and South-west China

Simone Pohl, Executive Director, German Chamber of Commerce in China and Delegate, German Industry and Commerce in Shanghai

It has been demonstrated that diversity not only increases fairness for staff in an organisation, but also improves outcomes and (in the case of businesses) the bottom line. The single most important element of any diversity strategy is to increase female participation, particularly women in leadership.

This high-level breakfast features outstanding female leaders, both from the corporate and government sectors, who will discuss the elements necessary to increase women in leadership, the role of mentorship, cultural change and the benefits of female leaderships, their personal success factors, but also how to overcome resistance and other challenges.

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Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, Minister for Employment, Acting Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Australia

Prof Dr Maria Böhmer, Minister of State, Federal Foreign Office, Germany

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, Greater Sydney Commission and Wife of the Australian Prime Minister

Elke Büdenbender, Judge, Federal Administrative Court Berlin and Wife of the German Federal President

Prof Dr Kristina Sinemus, Chairwoman, IHK Darmstadt

Jane Halton, Non-Executive Director, ANZ and Clayton Utz

Petra Hedorfer, Chief Executive Officer, German National Tourist Board

Prof Brian Schmidt AC FAA FRS Vice-Chancellor and President, The Australian National University

Professor Peter Høj, Vice Chancellor and President, The University of Queensland

Andrew David, CEO, Qantas Domestic and Freight

Carola von Schmettow, Chief Executive Officer, HSBC Germany

Melanie Brock, CEO, Melanie Brock Advisory

This invitation-only session aims to promote a better understanding of defence industry, shipbuilding and aerospace trends and opportunities in the Asia-Pacific region. A panel of experts from across government and business will discuss current themes which are driving their decisions; the rise of new defence, shipbuilding and aerospace technologies and innovative manufacturing techniques; and government and commercial innovation and research and development ecosystems. This session will also provide Australian businesses with insights into current and future opportunities in defence industry, shipbuilding and aerospace.

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The Hon Christopher Pyne MP, Minister for Defence Industry, Australia

Uwe Beckmeyer, Parliamentary State Secretary, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Germany

David Singleton, Chief Executive Officer, Austal

Ben Hudson, Member of the Board, Rheinmetall Defence

Greg Albert, Managing Director / Chief Executive Officer, Bisalloy Steels

Dr Keith McLean, Director Manufacturing, CSIRO

Kate Louis, Head of Defence and Industry Policy, Australian Industry Group

Pierre Jaffre, President, Airbus Asia-Pacific

South Korea and Japan are two of the most stable democracies and industrialised countries in Asia and top export markets for German companies in Asia. While Korea and the EU already implemented a Free Trade Agreement in 2011, Japan and the EU most recently agreed in principle to enter into a FTA and thereby expand on opportunities for German companies. What are current developments in both countries and what are the implications for German companies doing business in Japan and Korea?

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Dr Hans Carl von Werthern, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Japan

Stephan Auer, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Republic of Korea

Marcus Schuermann, CEO and Managing Board Member, German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan

Dr Tilo Klinner, Director Finance, Trade, Investment Promotion and Technology Policy, Business and Human Rights, Federal Foreign Office Berlin

Barbara Zollmann, President & CEO, Korean-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry

John Walker AM, Vice Chairman, Macquarie Capital, Asia

9:00

Official Opening and Keynotes
Welcome by the Conference Patron & Address by the Prime Minister and German Federal President, followed by two keynote addresses.

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

The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, Prime Minister of Australia

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

Dr Marí Alkatiri, Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste

Andrew Mackenzie FRS, President of GACIC and CEO, BHP

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

10:30

Coffee Break

11:00

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

The Hon Andrew Robb AO, Former Minister for Trade and Investment, Australia

Thomas Lembong, Chairman, Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board

Senator the Hon Penny Wong, Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, Australia

H.E. Dr Michael Pulch, Ambassador, Head of Delegation of the European Union to Australia

Grant King, President, Business Council of Australia

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

The Hon Nick Greiner AC, Chairman, European Australian Business Council

12:30

Networking Lunch

14:00

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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Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, Minister for Employment, Acting Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Australia

Diane Jurgens, Chief Technology Officer, BHP

Dr Martin Herrenknecht, CEO, Herrenknecht

Dr Peter Feldhaus, CEO, Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions

Dr Peter Mayfield, Executive Director: Environment, Energy and Resources, CSIRO

Elizabeth Lewis-Gray, Chairman and Managing Director, Gekko Systems

15:00

Networking Break – Coffee

15:30

Parallel Sessions

The ever-changing cybersecurity landscape makes it a constant challenge for businesses, governments and law enforcement agencies to stay on top of current and emerging threats. Our international panel of experts will discuss:

  • Cyberespionage targeting corporate intellectual property;
  • Cyberwarfare against critical infrastructure; and
  • the dangers of poorly secured ‘internet of things’ devices, which are becoming more prevalent in organisations.

What can governments and the private sector do to combat these emerging risks? Can we ever get on top of the ever-present menace of cybercrime, and if so, how?

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Christopher Pogue, Chief Information Security Officer and Head of the Cyber Threat Analysis Team, Nuix (moderator)

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

Abbas Kudrati, Chief Information Security Officer, KPMG

Ed McBryde-Wilding, Detective Chief Inspector, East Midlands Special Operations Unit

Prof Craig Valli, Director, Security Research Institute, Edith Cowan University

Across the globe, development of new infrastructure is struggling to keep pace with urban population growth. With 1.5 million people moving into cities each week, urban transport solutions require an increasingly complex mix of services to enable people and goods to get from point A to point B. However, this requires a fundamental rethink by governments and companies of how to approach urban mobility challenges as a joint challenge and opportunity, in which transparency and access to data is key to success.

The Cities and Mobility panel will provide views, insights and case studies from multiple stakeholders to create a more coherent picture of how countries of cities can tackle future mobility challenges. These will be the main panel topics:

• mobility as a service, the new paradigm in urban mobility;
• impact of changing consumer behaviour on urban logistics;
• the role of digital, connected technology to create smart infrastructure; and
• Transit-oriented Development (TOD).

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Tony Canavan, Partner and Global GPS Transport Leader, EY (moderator)

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, Australia

The Hon Rita Saffioti, Minister for Transport; Planning; Lands, Western Australia

Larry McGrath, Executive General Manager - Customer and Corporate Affairs, John Holland

Terry Wong, Deputy Director - Australian Business of MTR Corporation Limited

The session investigates how powerful, emerging technologies – from artificial intelligence, to biotech, advanced materials and quantum computing – will drive radical shifts in the way we live and work.

These shifts will require fundamental changes in our education system, including 21st century skills that complement and make the best use of new technologies. If these skills are to be adaptable to rapid change and allow people to navigate structural changes, then they will need to occur across a lifetime, rather than just at the beginning. This will necessitate a greater focus on institutions and forms of training that allow for rapid re-skilling, as well as learning and working simultaneously throughout one’s lifetime. How well prepared is Australia to make this shift? What can be learned from Germany and other countries across Europe and Asia?

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

Dr Hubert Lienhard, President and CEO of Voith GmbH

Rod Jones, CEO, Navitas

Nicholas Davis, Head of Society and Innovation and Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum Geneva

Peter Noonan, Professorial Fellow, Mitchell Institute for Education Policy

Prof Aleksandar Subic, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Development), Swinburne University

Simone Pohl, Executive Director, German Chamber of Commerce in China and Delegate, German Industry and Commerce in Shanghai

Finding and implementing a sustainable energy mix for the 21st century is one of the biggest challenges that the world is facing. In particular, reliability, affordability and sustainability are three aspects that need to come together.

Germany’s transition to a lower-carbon, environmentally sound, reliable and affordable energy supply has taken shape over the past years, with both successes and challenges. Australia is at the outset of a similar transition with an equally high opportunity to create thousands of high-skilled jobs and export potential through a future energy sector that combines all three core elements above.

This session will explore future energy markets, future energy supply scenarios and infrastructure requirements from a technology and a finance perspective. It will also look at Australia’s potential to be a world leader in this sector. What lessons can be learned from Germany’s experience, both in terms of successes and challenges?

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Uwe Beckmeyer, Parliamentary State Secretary, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Germany (Impulse Statement)

Brett Himbury, CEO, IFM Investors

Miranda Taylor, Chief Executive, NERA

Tom Summers, Vice President, Shell Energy Australia

Christian Krebs, Head of Structured Finance Origination Asia Pacific, NORD/LB

Dr Hinrich Holm, Vice-Chairman of the NORD/LB Norddeutsche

19:00

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 evening.

As the sun sets over the city, delegates will be able to enjoy a typically warm Perth summer’s evening while mingling and networking. 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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Senator the Hon Mathias Cormann, Minister for Finance and Conference Patron, Australia

Jeff Connolly, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Siemens Ltd

Tom Summers, Vice President, Shell Energy Australia

8:00

Concurrent Breakfast Sessions

The Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) represents a market of US$2.6 trillion and over 622 million people, the third-largest economy in Asia and the seventh-largest in the world (2014). Join Ministers and other representatives from ASEAN countries for an informative breakfast session to learn about this important economic region in the Asia-Pacific.

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

Mr Dato Erywan, Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Brunei

Mr Sorasak Pan, Minister of Finance, Cambodia

Dr Ulrich Sante, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Singapore

Justin Wood, Head of Asia-Pacific and Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum

Peter Kompalla, Executive Director, German-Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Dr Tim Philippi, Executive Director and Board Member, Singaporean-German Chamber of Industry and Commerce

Daniel Bernbeck, Executive Director, Malaysian-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Martin Klose, Delegate of German Industry and Commerce in Myanmar

Dr Roland Wein, Executive Director, German-Thai Chamber of Commerce

Jan Rönnfeld, Managing Director, German-Indonesian Chamber of Industry & Commerce

Michael Freiherr von Ungern-Sternberg, Ambassador, German Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia

With a high growth rate of over 7 per cent during the last years and a Prime Minister pushing for reforms, India and its huge domestic market offer a lot of potential for foreign investors from various sectors. Bangladesh and its vibrant textile industry as well as Sri Lanka who elected a new government in 2015 that is looking for closer cooperation with the West are attractive markets for German companies as well. Join Ministers and other representatives from the Indian Subcontinent for an informative breakfast session.

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Mr Tofail Ahmed MP, Minister for Commerce, Bangladesh

Dr Martin Ney, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to India

Girish Ramachandran, President, TCS Asia Pacific

Hans-Georg, Frey Chairman of the Board of Management, Jungheinrich AG, Hamburg

Bernhard Steinruecke, Director General, Indo-German Chamber of Commerce

Close industry-research collaboration is a fundamental requirement for a sustainable innovative industry offering vital export operations. It brings together the key strengths of the university with the in-demand needs of industry for progression. The importance of university and industry collaboration has been recognised by the Australian Government, through the National Science and Innovation Agenda, and by stakeholders and partners across numerous industries.

This breakfast session offers you the opportunity to learn about high performing university-industry partnerships and their success factors. The expert panel will discuss the possibilities in technology, research and innovation and the key aspects and examples of a successful university-industry partnership.

The breakfast is supported by Monash University, recently ranked Australia’s most innovative university. Monash University is globally recognised for the breadth and depth of its research, and its strong focus on working with industry to translate knowledge to create real economic impact.

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Dr Alastair Hick, Director Monash Innovation, Monash University (moderator)

Sue MacLeman, Managing Director and CEO, MTPConnect

Prof Zlatko Skrbis, Senior Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Monash University

Prof Xinhua Wu, Director of Monash Centre for Additive Manufacturing and Director for ARC ITRH

Debra Stirling, Chairman, Monash University Mining & Resources Advisory Board

9:30

Opening of Day 2

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Uwe Beckmeyer, Parliamentary State Secretary, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Germany

9:35

Business Keynote & Panel Discussion
Are We Industry 4.0 Ready?

German government, industry, academia and organised labour have established the world’s most integrated framework to deal with the technical and social consequences of the fourth industrial revolution.

New technologies of revolutionary scale open new markets and business models and close others. So the question is: Will companies and nations leverage the opportunity or fall victim to it? Are they Industry 4.0 ready?

The acquisition and transmission of data collected via the Internet of Things provides the mechanism for the redefinition of traditional views of manufacturing and has broad application and consequences for almost all industries. Germany has one of the most competitive industrial sectors in the world. This, in no small measure, is due to their specialisation in research, development and production of innovative technologies and the management of complex industrial processes. Their IT competencies and expertise in automation engineering position them as leaders. However, at the same time digitalization has no borders and goes hand in hand with globalization. Free trade in the digital world, more than ever before, requires the world to be talking the same industrial language and have a shared vision for the future.
In this session, Siemens Chief Technology Officer and global board member Dr Roland Busch will provide thought-provoking insights into Industry 4.0, the technologies behind it and how and where these are already being adopted.

A strong panel of local and global industry and government leaders will share their thoughts and experiences in preparing for Industry 4.0. This includes Clas Neumann, Senior Vice President of Labs Network for SAP amongst a high profile line up of experts from diverse industry, political and economic backgrounds. They will touch on critical topics including why collaboration between Germany, Asia and Australia is so vital, through to cyber-security, the role of test laboratories and the future of work. Industry 4.0 holds huge potential also to address and solve some of the challenges facing the world today. The panel will explore how governments, employers, educators and people can prepare for this transformational journey and draw on the enormous potential of Industry 4.0.

This session includes an Advanced Manufacturing Showcase:

  • Moderator: Dr Jens Goennemann, Managing Director at Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre;
  • Chris Bridges-Taylor, General Manager, B&R Enclosures; and
  • Dr Reinhold Festge, Partner, HAVER & BOECKER OHG.

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

Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, Minister for Employment and Acting Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science

Justin Wood, Head of Asia-Pacific and Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum

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

David Singleton, Chief Executive Officer, Austal

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

Dr Jens Goennemann, Managing Director, Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre

Host of 'The Perrett Report' and 'The Friday Show', SKY NEWS

Chris Bridges-Taylor, General Manager and Board Member, B&R Enclosures

Dr Reinhold Festge, Partner, HAVER & BOECKER OHG

11:00

Networking Break – Coffee

11:30

Parallel Sessions

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

Richard Dickmann, Head of Public and Government Affairs ANZ, Bayer Australia Limited

Charlie Perkins, General Manager, CSBP Fertilisers

Greg Quinn Partner Agribusiness + Food, PwC

Australia has earned its place as a world-class participant in global investment markets. For inbound investors, Australia’s stable regulatory framework and long-term economic growth make it an attractive destination to deploy capital. Simultaneously, the global outlook of local institutions has cemented Australia’s status as an exporter of capital. These dynamics underpin opportunities for domestic and international investors, industrial partners and corporates to collaborate in sectors such as technology, infrastructure and energy. Join us to discuss these opportunities with our outstanding panel of industry experts.

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Janine Perrett, Host of 'The Perrett Report' and 'The Friday Show', SKY NEWS

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

Carola von Schmettow, Chief Executive Officer, HSBC Germany

Richard Hayes, Chief Executive Officer, Gold Corporation

Industry 4.0 technologies continue to gain maturity and provide efficiencies that disrupt the global economy. This session will bring together both the disrupted and disruptors to discuss, how digital disruption and innovation is shaping the global economy, and the opportunities for Australian, German and Asia-Pacific business. This session will consist of three dynamic sections:

  • Introduction by EY: How industry 4.0 and disruptive technologies will disrupt industry;
  • Expert Panel: Learn about the future of digital and Industry 4.0 related technologies, products and services with a focus on ‘horizontal’ or multi-sectoral solutions; and
  • Industry 4.0 Start-Up Technology Showcase: Hear from disruptive technology companies.

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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

Dr Paul D'Urso, Founder and Executive Chairman, Anatomics

Richard Suhr, Partner, Global Advisory, EY

Sarah Phillips, Partner Transactions and Oceania Leader, EY

Dirk Hoke, Head of Defence and Airspace, Airbus

Richard Young, Director, SPEE3D

Dr Natasha Ayers, Managing Director, AgriStart

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, Australia

Cedrik Neike, Member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG

Neville Power, Chief Executive Officer, Fortescue Metals Group Ltd

Rebecca Knol, Chief Executive Officer, South Australian Chamber of Mines (SACOME)

Peter Coleman, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Woodside

Thomas Schulz, Partner, Linklaters Berlin

Dr Volker Steinbach, Vice-President, BGR

13:00

Networking Lunch

14:00

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, Australia

Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Singapore

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

Paul Kelly, Editor-at-large, The Australian

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)

15:40

Conference Wrap-up

running until 16:00

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

Thomas Lembong, Chairman, Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board

Jan Rönnfeld, Managing Director, German-Indonesian Chamber of Industry & Commerce

Kristian Wolf, Executive Director, German-Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce

17:30

Closing Cocktail Function – The Perth Mint

Buses departing from Crown at 5:00 pm for a 5:30 pm event start

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.

Brought to you by:

Senator Linda Reynolds CSC, Liberal Senator for Western Australia

Volkmar Klein, Member of the German Bundestag

Ron Koehler, Chief Executive Officer, Schenker Australia Pty Ltd and Chairman, German-Australian Chamber

Additional

A number of side events and meetings will take place during the conference. To learn more, please click on each of the listed items.

Are you on the Australian board of a German company? Learn how to navigate dual reporting responsibility and to ensure compliance in the Australian governance landscape and the Australian corporate listing rules.

The Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) is delighted to partner with the German Australian Chamber of Commerce to offer the following program: Subsidiary Boards Navigating the Relationship with Your Parent Board.

This program focuses on German companies with boards in Australia that have dual reporting responsibilities. Participants will gain an appreciation of the complexities and personal liabilities of subsidiary board membership.

We would like to extend a warm invitation to you to visit us at the AICD Governance Hub to discuss how we can help you, your board and your business traverse the German and Australian governance environment.

By invitation only

  • Time: 2:00pm –5.00pm
  • Date: Friday 3 November 2017
  • Venue: Curtin University, Innovation Central

This event will showcase some of Australia’s most innovative start-ups and connect them with mentors drawn from the high-level delegates attending the Asia-Pacific Regional Conference. Mentors will represent the corporate, research and investment sectors of the German, Australian and Asia-Pacific Innovation ecosystems.

 

Key Points

  • 20 start-ups and 20 mentors
  • Start-ups and mentors to be broken into five groups of 8 (4 start-ups, 4 mentors) based on industry
  • Start-ups to pitch their business and seek speed mentoring advice from the mentor for 10 minutes. Start-ups to be rotated every 10 minutes so that they pitch/meet with every mentor in their group
  • All the participants will join together after the mentoring sessions for networking
  • Potential for mentors to vote for their favourite pitch/company and that company to be offered a prize

 

The German Embassy is presenting the Federal Foreign Office’s interactive travelling exhibition on the German energy transition (Energiewende) at the Hyatt Regency in Perth until 10 November.

The exhibition caters to the growing interest and attention globally in Germany’s Energiewende: Germany is in the midst of a radical transformation. The so-called Energiewende (energy transition) aims at cutting German energy demand by half and base supply nearly entirely on renewable energies by 2050. Furthermore, Germany plans to abandon nuclear power altogether by 2022.

The exhibition contains a timeline describing the evolution of German energy policy since the 1970s, presenting milestones and core issues at interactive stations. It also describes how Germany is meeting its international responsibilities with regard to sustainability, and outlines the impact the energy transition will have in shaping a future-oriented and innovation-based economy, whilst campaigning for strong international cooperation towards achieving a global Energiewende.

Since its inauguration in April 2016, the exhibition has been on display at more than 30 locations around the world. It’s now coming to Australia and you can see it at the Hyatt Regency in Perth until 10 November!

The travelling exhibition is complemented by a comprehensive website, which explains the different elements and the development of the Energiewende.

Achim Hartig, Managing Director, Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI)

The German Mittelstand (small and medium-sized enterprises) has always been known as the engine of the German economy. In addition to that, some dynamic digital hubs have sprung up over the last few years and more are emerging. Start-ups and young entrepreneurs are networking here – working together and strengthening each other. Besides, Germany still boasts many strong companies, especially industrial enterprises and SMEs, which, owing to their specialised know-how, can be an interesting point of contact for potential start-ups. Start-ups can learn from the experience and networks of the big companies which helps them to better position themselves.

To connect start-ups and the established companies constructively, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy established the ‘Digital Hub Initiative’. It aims to position Germany as a leading digital ecosystem globally. Combining the innovative approach of entrepreneurs and start-up talents with the profound resources and skills of established enterprises, the initiative creates digital business opportunities and adds cultural and economic value to both established and growing businesses. Find out how the Digital Hub Initiative is enabling innovation, how those collaborations strengthen the German Mittelstand and how you can become part of this fruitful digital ecosystem.

  • Sat, 4.11., 1:00 – 2:00 pm: Achim Hartig, Managing Director, GTAI: Enabling Innovation – Start-ups and the German Mittelstand (Keynote 10 minutes, Q&A 10 minutes)
  • Sun, 5.11., 11:00 – 11:20 am: Achim Hartig, Managing Director, GTAI: Enabling Innovation – Start-ups and the German Mittelstand (Keynote 10 minutes, Q&A 10 minutes)
  • Sun, 5.11., 2:30 – 2:50 pm: Achim Hartig, Managing Director, GTAI: Enabling Innovation – Start-ups and the German Mittelstand (Keynote 10 minutes, Q&A 10 minutes)

Experts from Germany Trade & Invest will be available throughout the two conference days for one-on-one meetings to discuss business opportunities in Germany and Australia. Please make an appointment with us at the reception desk in the APRC Meeting Centre, where the GTAI Lounge is located.