Draft program – timing and order subject to change.

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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.


Pre-Dinner Drinks


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.

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.

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, President of the Federal Republic of Germany

The Hon Mark McGowan MLA, Premier of Western Australia

Dr Martin Wansleben, Chief Executive, DIHK


Concurrent Breakfast Sessions

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

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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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

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

Ben Hudson, Member of the Board, Rheinmetall Defence

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

Dr Keith McLean, Director Manufacturing, CSIRO


Official Opening
Welcome by the Conference Patron: Senator the Hon Mathias Cormann
Address by the Hon Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia and Frank-Walter Steinmeier, President of the Federal Republic of Germany

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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, Australia


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

Hon Todd McClay, Trade Minister, New Zealand

The Hon Steven Ciobo MP, Minister for Trade, Tourism 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)


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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Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, Minister for Employment, Minister for Women and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service, 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


Networking Break – Coffee


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

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

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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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 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)

Rod Jones, CEO, Navitas

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

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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Brett Himbury, CEO, IFM Investors

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

Tom Summers, Vice President, Shell Energy Australia


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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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.


Opening of Day 2


Business Keynote & Panel Discussion
Industry 4.0 and Digitalisation

Are we ‘Industry 4.0-Ready‘?

Industry 4.0 may just be the most important topic for Australia and Asia’s competitive industrial future. The rise of the middle class as well as ageing population, scarce resources and climate change puts huge demands on the system for efficient and more flexible production environments. New technologies and digitalisation open new markets and innovative business models. The question is: will we leverage the opportunity or fall victim to it? Are we ‘Industry 4.0-ready’ and why does Germany care about Asia and Australia on this topic?

The introduction of the Internet of Things and Services into the manufacturing environment is ushering in a fourth industrial revolution – coined by the Germans as ‘Industry 4.0’. This revolution is defined by the merging of automation and digitalisation and is not limited to manufacturing. An industrial revolution impacts all industries. Germany has one of the most competitive industrial sectors in the world. This in no small measure 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 they know that digitalization has no borders and goes hand in hand with globalisation. Their success depends on other countries coming along for the journey – hence key collaboration agreements with countries such as Australia, China and Japan. Global value chains will rely on countries having capabilities and adopting agreed global standards.

In this session, Siemens Chief Technology Officer and global board member Dr Roland Busch will provide thought-provoking insights to the future of 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, touching on diverse topics including why a collaboration between Germany, Asia and Australia is so critical through to cyber security 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.

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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

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


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

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

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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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

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

Richard Suhr, Partner, Global Advisory, EY

Sarah Phillips, Partner Transactions and Oceania Leader, 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, 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)


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, 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)


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.

Brought to you by:

Senator Linda Reynolds CSC, Liberal Senator for Western Australia


Site Tour and Cultural Options

APRC 2017 Mining Tours

As part of the Asia-Pacific Regional Conference 2017 in Perth, we are pleased to offer you the choice of two mining tours in Western Australia on Monday 6 November as an optional side event. Both mines are located near Newman (Pilbara, WA) and require a charter flight from Perth and bus transport from Newman. Buses will leave the Crown Hotel complex at 6am to take participants to Perth airport and you may only return after 6.00 pm. All meals and transport will be catered.

This side event is priced at $690 (excl. GST) and the amount is payable before COB 22 October to secure your place. You will be notified by 1 October 2017 if your expression of interest has been successful.

Please email AprcPerth@germany.org.au with the subject line ‚Mine visit‘ to express your interest in the mine visit. There is limited availability of seats so please be quick to take advantage of this exciting opportunity.

BHP Jimblebar Mine (Iron Ore)

BHP has seven extensive high-grade hematite iron ore mining operations in the Pilbara, producing lump and fines ore. Total iron ore production for the 2017 financial year increased by four per cent to 231 Mt compared to previous FY.

BHP’s Jimblebar operation, located in the Pilbara region of Western Australia commenced production from the Jimblebar hub in late 2013. Jimblebar is an open-cut iron ore mine, bedded ore types classified as per host Archaean or Proterozoic banded iron formation, which are Brockman and Marra Mamba. Jimblebar consist of three primary crusher, ore handling plant, stockyards and supporting mining hub infrastructure.

BHP operate a world-class integrated remote operations centre (IROC) in Perth, which controls operations right across the Pilbara, covering more than 1500 kilometres of rail, stockyards, and two separate port facilities. For more information, please click here.

Roy Hill Mine (Iron Ore)

Roy Hill is an owner-operator, open-pit, drill and blast, truck and excavator bulk mining operation. It is a 55 million-tonne-per-annum, low-phosphorus, Marra Mamba iron ore deposit mining, rail and port operation in West Australia’s Pilbara region. Roy Hill is at the forefront of implementing Industry 4.0 technology into their operation.

Roy Hill is an independent iron ore operation, Hancock Prospecting Pty Ltd is the majority owner. For more information please follow this link.

We thank Roy Hill and BHP for their support in making this side event possible.


BHP is a Diamond Sponsor of the Asia-Pacific Regional Conference.

Cultural Options

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