Trends in Asia have a direct impact on global business; access to larger markets, a wider potential customer base, access to capital, innovation and human capital. If these trends aren’t already affecting your industry they soon will. As a business leader you need to get ahead of the curve or face an uncertain future.

Trading Up: Accessing Business Opportunities in Asia will provide all participants with access to a wide range of business contacts from across Asia in one convenient location.

The conference will cater to five key audiences:

> Australian Companies in the early stages of expanding into Asia

> Leading Australian Companies already in established in Asia

> Asian Companies with linkages with Australia or doing business with Australia

> Government Officials from Australia and Asia at the Federal, State & Local levels

> Policy makers and Industry representatives in fields of mutual collaboration between Asia & Australia

Over 2-days, delegates will hear from high profile speakers on topics such as market access, leveraging opportunities, as well as industry-specific plenary sessions. Expand your understanding of the opportunities available and answer the all-important question of how to grow your business activity in Asia.

Conference activities also include:

• Welcome cocktail event,

• Gala Dinner, and

• Two networking lunches.

Held in the world-class KL Convention Centre in Malaysia, this conference represents a unique opportunity to grow your business.

Conference hosted in the world-class Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Malaysia
Welcome Cocktails at Sky Bar, Trader’s Hotel


Prime Minister of Australia

“THE 2016 Australian Business Asia Conference comes at an historic time for the economic development of the countries within our region.

Our trade agreements with South Korea, Japan, China, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand, as well as the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand FTA,  are creating new markets and supporting more enterprise and investment.

Once concluded, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership will deliver even more opportunities for the countries of Asia to trade with and invest in Australia.

Economic cooperation offers a fast track to generating real, sustainable wealth, and is the best way to generate jobs and improve everyone’s quality of life.

Thank you to Australian Business Asia for its continued work to foster business opportunities between Asia and Australia, and I wish all delegates every success in capitalising on this potential.

May you have a productive and enjoyable conference.”

– The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP
Prime Minister of Australia

26 October 2016

Australian High Commissioner to Malaysia

“Australia and Malaysia have long been important trading partners. In the past decade alone, our total trade has more than doubled to almost $20 billion in 2015. We are top ten trading partners of each other and Malaysia is among the largest regional investors in Australia, with total investments worth over $20 billion in 2015.

Over the past 30 years, we have witnessed the formation of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, which accounts for almost half of world trade, and concluded the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement, one of our largest and most ambitious trade arrangements. New agreements—such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership—promise to drive new and innovative business linkages that will benefit both our countries. And the ASEAN Economic Community paves the way for economic integration opportunities that were unimaginable 30 years ago.”

– Rod Smith, Australian High Commissioner to Malaysia, Patron MABC

Minister of Trade & Industry Malaysia
& Co-Patron of the MABC

“Malaysia is committed to a fair trading environment. Being an open and relatively small economy, it is in the interest of our business community that we pursue policies that encourage an environment with as little barriers to trade as possible. And we do this not only through our engagements in multilateral and regional arrangements such as the WTO, APEC and ASEAN but also bilaterally. Over the last few years, Malaysia has concluded bilateral FTAs with Japan, Pakistan, Chile, New Zealand and India.

We are also signatories to regional FTAs through ASEAN with China, Japan, Korea, India and Australia / New Zealand.  The aggregate impact of this array of FTAs is quite far-reaching: it means that if you have a business based in Malaysia, you will have preferential access to a market of some 3.3 billion consumers, which is almost half the world’s population.”

–  YB Dato’ Sri Mustapa Mohamed, Minister of Trade & Industry Malaysia & Co-Parton of the MABC

Chairman of Australian Business Asia and the Malaysia Australia Business Council

Trends in Asia have a direct impact on Australian business, many companies are faced with the challenge of expanding into Asia and many have failed because they try to do it on their own, the Australian Business Asia network and the various AusChams allow companies to start with one foot in the door.

CEO, PwC ASEANZ Consulting

Derek is the CEO of PwC’s Consulting business covering the ASEANZ region (Australia, New Zealand and SE Asia) where he is responsible for all aspects of the business.  The consulting business covers strategy consulting, management consulting, technology consulting and risk consulting and is one of the fastest growing parts of the global consulting business. The business has almost 200 partners and 2000 staff. He has worked across the Asia-Pacific region since 2008.

Previously Derek was a member of both PwC Australia’s Executive Board. He held a number of senior leadership roles during that time and represented the firm on the Global Advisory Leadership Team. These have included Managing Partner Asia, where he led the Australian firm’s Asia practice.  In his role as the Managing Partner, Asia Derek was responsible for overseeing the firm’s strategy in respect of bilateral trading relationships across the Asia-Pacific region.  Other roles have included the Asia-Pacific Markets Leader, where he was working across the world’s fastest growing region and responsible for implementing a regional priority account program as part of an industry go-to-market program. He was Managing Partner Advisory for 2 Years where he lead the Firm’s Management Consulting and Deals businesses through a period of significant growth;  Managing Partner, Clients & Markets for 2 years where he was responsible for the firm’s industries program; as well as a period as the Office Managing Partner for Sydney. Prior to that he was the firm’s Energy & Resources Leader for 5 years, which encompassed Energy, Oil & Gas, and Mining sectors.  Derek has also led the firm’s relationship with many key clients in Australia.

Before joining the firm in 1997 Derek held a number of senior roles with British Gas plc in the UK.  Derek has worked with many of Australia’s leading energy companies as well as advising overseas His current roles include the Australian firm’s Advisory Leader and Asia-Pacific Markets Leader as well responsibility for leading the firm’s relationship with a number of important clients.  He has held a number of senior executive roles within the Australian Firm including Managing Partner, Clients & Markets for 2 years where he was responsible for the firm’s industries program.  Previously he was the firm’s Energy & Resources Leader for 5 years, which encompassed Energy, Oil & Gas, and Mining. Prior to joining the firm in 1997 Derek held a number of senior roles with British Gas plc in the UK.  Derek has worked with many of Australia’s most significant energy companies as well as advising governments in the area of energy policy and retail competition.

Tim Harcourt, The Airport Economist, is the J.W.Nevile Fellow in Economics at the UNSW Australia Business School in Sydney. An experienced economics commentator and globetrotter, Tim has visited and studied 58 countries in the past 5 year alone.

Tim is the host of the TV show The Airport Economist produced by David Koch’s Pinstripe Media. The Airport Economist is the primary source of business intelligence for Australian and international companies engaged in trade and international business in the Asia Pacific region.

At UNSW Australia Tim teaches International Business Experience in the

AGSM MBA programme in Asia, in China, India, Hong Kong, South Korea and Japan and now more recently in Latin America in Chile and Brazil.

Tim is formerly the Chief Economist of the Australian Trade Commission (AUSTRADE), and has worked as an economist at the ACTU and the Reserve Bank of Australia and in the private sector in the UK, USA and Israel.

Tim is also Adviser- International Engagement to the Premier of South Australia, Hon. Jay Weatherill, MP and an Expert Panel Member of the Fair Work Commission.

Tim was educated at the University of Adelaide, University of Minnesota, and Harvard University and by his own students (!)

Tim is the author of six books on international business including the international best seller The Airport Economist

Tim’s media interviews, articles and blogs can be found at:

–  Tim Harcourt , The Airport Economist

Benyamin Ismail was appointed as AirAsia X Berhad Chief Executive Officer effective 1 st September 2015.

Benyamin joined AirAsia Berhad in March 2010, most recently playing the role Group Head of Corporate Development, Implementation and Investor Relations. He led the group in corporate development, finding strategic opportunities to complement AirAsia’s airline and non-airline businesses through Mergers and Acquisitions, investments and special projects. He also managed regional IR, communicating the AirAsia Group strategy, growth and outlook to the investor community.

Prior to joining AirAsia, Benyamin had an illustrious eight-year career in the Investment Banking industry with firms such as CIMB Investment Bank, Maybank Investment Bank and Affin Investment Bank, giving him a wide understanding of the overall financial industry.

Benyamin played a pivotal role in enhancing AirAsia’s growth to become one of the most attractive companies on the Bursa Stock Exchange in Malaysia in terms of transparency, investor returns and Corporate Governance. Under his leadership, AirAsia became one of the most covered stocks by domestic and international brokerage houses and was awarded the Best Investor Relation Company four years in a row by Corporate Governance Asia.

Benyamin received the award of Best IR Professional in 2011 and 2012 by Bursa’s Malaysian Investor Relation Association. As well as the ‘Best Investor Relation Professional’ award four consecutive times.

Benyamin holds a degree in Bachelor of Commerce (Banking & Finance) from Curtin University of Technology, Australia and a Masters in Electronic Commerce from Edith Cowan University, Australia. He represented Western Australia in the Rowing Nationals in his first two years of University and is currently active in football, basketball and Muay Thai.

Country Director, Malaysia & Singapore for CHEP Brambles Limited

Brambles Limited is a supply-chain logistics company operating primarily through its CHEP and IFCO brands. Worldwide, we make available more than 500 million reusable pallets, crates and containers for shared use by multiple participants throughout the supply chain, helping our customers transport goods more efficiently, sustainably and safely. The use of our equipment, innovative packaging solutions and logistics services reduces waste and costs, improving competitiveness for domestic and export markets whilst reducing excessive handling that causes product damage and food safety issues.

In Asia, Brambles serves the fast-moving consumer goods, retail, agriculture, fresh produce, beverage, oil and gas, and general manufacturing categories, counting among our customers many of the world’s best-known brands as well as small- and medium-sized enterprises and individuals such as farmers. We seek to work with public and private sector stakeholders, including governments, to help modernise and standardise supply chains, as well as to facilitate trade.

Managing Director, Tun Razak Exchange
Lifestyle Quarter, Lendlease

Stuart is the Managing Director for Tun Razak Exchange Lifestyle Quarter – a joint venture between LendLease and TRX City Sdn. Bhd. In this role, he oversees the strategy, implementation and resources for the project including Development, Project Management and Construction, and Asset Management.

Stuart first joined Lendlease’s Asia business in January 2014, as the Managing Director for Project Management & Construction, Asia directing the strategy, growth, operations and resources of the project management and construction business across the region. Prior to that, Stuart was the General Manager of the Retail Strategic Business Unit of Lendlease in Australia. An industry veteran with more than 25 years of experience in the property industry, 22 of which has been with Lendlease in a multitude of roles spanning across a wide spectrum of businesses including Project Management and Construction, Development and the Military Housing Privatisation business.

He has played instrumental roles in several large, complex mixed use projects, including the Athletes Village for the Sydney Olympic Games, several military housing master planned communities in the United States and The New Rouse Hill in northwest Sydney. He was also responsible for the development and asset management of Lendlease Primelife’s portfolio of over 90 aged care and retirement village properties.

Stuart holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Sydney, Australia.

Board Member, Honorary Secretary and Past President of AustCham Singapore

John is an international lawyer who specializes in ASEAN cross border investment and M&A with particular focus on Energy & Resources and Infrastructure.  He has been based in South East Asia since 1989, living in Singapore and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and working throughout South East Asia, particularly Indonesia and Vietnam.

John is a current board member, Honorary Secretary and Past President of AustCham Singapore, being made an honorary life member in June 2008. He helped establish and was the first President of AusCham Vietnam (being made a life member in 2000). He was also involved in the establishment and was the first chairman of Australian Business Asia.

John is a graduate of the University of Western Australia with Bachelor of Jurisprudence, Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Director – Tax and Business Advisory
Moore Stephens (WA) Pty Ltd

James Tng has been a partner at Moore Stephens since 2006.

He has decades of experience in tax and business advice to businesses, migrants, overseas and Australian businesses and government agencies.

James looks after the ongoing tax affairs for clients with complex tax issues and has extensive knowledge and experience in assisting clients with business advisory, development and planning issues.

James also assists businesses and individuals from overseas in setting up in Australia, providing strategic financial know-how and applying his extensive knowledge of tax systems.

James regularly presents for the Institute of Chartered Accountants and is a Chartered Tax Advisor.

President of the Australian Chambers of Commerce in Vietnam

Chau Ta is the current President of the Australian Chambers of Commerce in Vietnam (AusCham).  She has been a member of AusCham for over 8 years and has served on the Board for over 4 years.

Chau is highly experienced in real estate legal matters and is currently the Transaction Counsel for SC Capital Partners Group in charge of all transactions Pan Asia including Australia, New Zealand, Maldives, Myanmar, Thailand, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Greater China and Vietnam. SC Capital Partners Group manages opportunity funds – Real Estate Capital Asia Partners (RECAP I, RECAP II, RECAP III and RECAP IV) with just under US$1.8bn in capital commitments from institutional investors across the four funds.

Prior to joining SC Capital Partners, Chau practiced not only in Vietnam with one of the country’s largest international law firms on property law, but also served as Vice President for Legal Affairs of one of Vietnam’s leading listed property funds and most recently with DFDL as its Vietnam’s Head of Real Estate Practice Group.

Chau is highly regarded for her real estate insights and knowledge within Vietnam. Chau was part of the Panel of Judges for the Vietnam Property Awards in 2015 and 2016 (and the Vice Chair of the Panel of Judges in 2016). Chau, under AusCham, has also organized and continue to run the Annual Vietnam Real Estate Symposium (this year being its 4th year).

Chau holds a Masters of International Law and an LLB/BA from the University of Sydney. She is qualified Australian lawyer with unique international and Vietnamese law experience on real estate matters.

Foreign Legal Consultant, Hutabarat Halim & Rekan Vice Chairman, Indonesia Australia Business Council

Chairman, International Business Chamber

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