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Australia China BusinessWeek 2017 Melbourne

Crown Conference Centre

11th - 12th October 2017

ACBW 2016 Melb Luncheon-ABF

This Wednesday, 27th July 2016
Crown Palladium, Melbourne



This year, the ACBW program will address some of the biggest issues affecting the bilateral relationship such as the ‘One Belt, One Road’ Initiative, the growing Chinese appetite for Australian premium food and the opportunities and challenges of Chinese e-commerce for Australian businesses.

This year, the keynote luncheon will be hosted by Editor-at-Large of The Age, Mark Hawthorne, and will feature a panel discussion between The Hon. Philip Dalidakis MP, Victorian Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade, Peter Nathan, CEO at A2 Milk Australia & New Zealand and Radek Sali, CEO of Swisse.

As Australia’s only business forum especially for SMEs in the Australia-China space, all SME owners in Melbourne are encouraged to attend the conference.

Australia China Business Week 2016 Melbourne (ACBW 2016 Melbourne) is ideally suited to both early-entry & engaged businesses in the China market, with topics on the latest trends & opportunities available Australian businesses.

Over 30 speakers will present at ACBW 2016 Melbourne on a diverse range of topics, including:

  • In-depth review of China’s One Belt One Road Initiative
  • Understanding the Chinese Investor
  • China’s Cross Border eCommerce Trade and Opportunities
  • How Chinese Online Influencers are shaping the way Chinese consumers purchase


  • Refine your China strategy with presentations on the latest trends and opportunities
  • Network with leaders in the Australia-China sector
  • Reach Chinese High-Net Worth Investors


  • CEO
  • Managing Director
  • Business Development Manager
  • Marketing Manager
  • Account Manager
  • Export Manager
  • Sector Head


ACBW Melbourne Keynote Luncheon

12:30pm – 2:15pm

Wed. 27 July, Crown Palladium

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This year’s ACBW 2016 Melbourne Keynote Luncheon will feature two of the great China success of stories of the Australian business world.

The a2 Milk™ Company (Australia and New Zealand chief executive Peter Nathan has grown the Australian-headquartered company from a small, niche player in Australia’s fresh milk market into one of the dominant Australian exporters of premium branded milk powder and infant formula into China. On the back of its China growth, a2 Milk™ Company this year was admitted to the ASX200 index on the Australian Securities Exchange, making it one of the 200 biggest listed companies in the country.

Radek Sali is the chief executive of Swisse Vitamins, which has grown from a small family-owned business into a global health foods giant worth in excess of $2 billion. Mr Sali has guided Swisse’s marketing and global expansion strategy, which resulted in Hong Kong-listed Biostime taking a controlling stake for $1.67 billion in September last year.

Together with Victoria’s minister for small business, innovation and trade, The Hon. Philip Dalidakis, the panel discussion will examine the key decisions and strategies that allowed Victorian companies Swisse and A2 Milk to succeed in China, and examine what pathways exist for other Australian businesses to follow in their footsteps.

The Hon. Philip Dalidakis MP

Peter Nathan

Radek Sali

Steven Foo

Mark Hawthorne

Guobin Huang

After a 30 minute panel discussion there will be a chance to ask questions of two of the country’s leading lights in building an export business into China.


ACBW 2016 Melbourne English Forum Sessions

Session 1: 10.00am-12.00pm
Session 2: 2.30pm-5.30pm
Wed. 27 July 2016, Crown Palladium

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A staple of Australia China BusinessWeek, the ACBW 2016 Forum offers insights into the ambiguous, complex and volatile environment of the Chinese market and provides case studies of Australian enterprises currently engaged with China.

  1. One belt one road
  2. E-commerce gateways
  3. CIFIT – ABF Pavilion
  4. Are you ready for a Chinese investor?
  5. Premium food China’s growing approach

David Thomas
Chair ACBW Forum


ACBW 2016 Melbourne Mix at Six Networking Function

Wed. 27 July 2016, Crown Palladium

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The established Mix-at-Six business networking function, allows delegates to forge strong personal relationships with delegates and people across various industry sectors, from both Australia and China.

ACBW 2016 Melbourne Chinese Forum Sessions (普通话)

Session 1: 10.00am-12.00pm
Wed. 27 July 2016, Crown Palladium

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Presented in Mandarin, the Chinese Forum is designed for local and overseas Chinese investors and entrepreneurs looking for business opportunities. At the Investment Showcase, Australians showcase high-quality business and investment projects from leading industries such as property, education, healthcare and agriculture.

Peter Cai

9:30am – 10:00am

ACBW 2016 Melbourne Forum – Session One Registration

10:00am – 10:15am

ACBW 2016 Welcome Address

David Thomas, ACBW Forum Chair, will be presenting the Welcome address, as well as providing an overview of the program for ACBW 2016.

David Thomas
Chair ACBW Forum

10:15am – 10:35am

One Belt One Road – China’s Boldest Move So Far?

China’s latest and possibly most ambitious initiative ‘One Belt, One Road’ signals China’s intention to revitalize the silk road and expand their influence throughout the Asia, Europe and Middle East. This has led to an explosion in offshore investment from the Chinese government in infrastructure and strategic assets.


While this presents unprecedented economic opportunities for the Australian private sector, the federal government has sought to tighten regulations on foreign investment, in order to ensure greater control over foreign inflows of capital.


In this session, we will delve into the specifics of what makes ‘One Belt-One Road’ China’s boldest move and how it can affect the global economic landscape.

Andrew Lumsden
Partner, Corrs Chambers Westgarth

10:35am – 11:00am

Panel Discussion: Why Australian Businesses Should Jump On the One Belt One Road Initiative

A mixture of business, government and research thought leaders on the ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative will gather to address the numerous opportunities available for Australian businesses.

David Thomas
Chair ACBW Forum
Andrew Lumsden
Partner, Corrs Chambers Westgarth
Suren Pather
Chairman, SUMO SIV

11:00am – 11:15am

Morning Tea Break – Networking Opportunities

11:15am – 11:30am

CIFIT One-Stop-Shop for Australian Investment Projects

The China International Fair for Investment & Trade is China’s largest expo for international investment projects and international trade opportunities. Australian Business Forum organises the official ABF Australian Pavilion at this expo, which will feature some of Australia’s best exports, investment projects and business services.

Join David Thomas and a host of previous delegates & exhibitors to discuss the multitude of opportunities available to Australian businesses, who take part in this prestigious event.

David Thomas
Chair ACBW Forum
Ray Evans
CEO, Australian Business Forum
Boyd Peters
Managing Director, InvComs

11:30am – 12:00pm

Panel Discussion: What Do the Chinese Investors Really Want and How to Engage Them?

With Chinese investment continuing to flow into Australia, it is important to understand the complexity of a Chinese investor and how your business can capture this lucrative market.

Join Boyd Peters and a host of experienced speakers from across the international investment sector, to discuss how your business can engage with Chinese investors.

Boyd Peters
Panel Moderator, CEO, InvComs
Steuart Roe
Managing Director, SIV Asset Management
Ivy Xiao
Operating Manager,
Koby Jones
Managing Director, The SILC Group

12:00pm – 2:15pm

ACBW 2016 Melbourne Keynote Luncheon

Join Editor-at-Large of The Age, Mark Hawthorne as he chairs a panel session with the CEO’s of two of Australia’s best success stories in China, Swisse Wellness & A2 Milk.


As the heads of two companies which have experienced rapid growth on the back of their engagement with the Chinese market, both Radek Sali of Swisse Wellness & Peter Nathan of A2 Milk will discuss the highs and lows of doing business in China and what your business can expect from this dynamic market.


The panel will also be supported by addresses from the Victorian Minister for State Development, The Hon. Phillip Dalidakis and Steven Foo, Head – Business Development Asia from Australia Post. Furthermore, the Acting Consul-General of the PRC in Victoria, Guobin Huang will present the official toast at the Keynote Luncheon and discuss the growing importance of the Victoria-China relationship.

Mark Hawthorne
ACBW Luncheon Melbourne – Moderator
Keynote Speaker:
The Hon. Philip Dalidakis MP
Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade Victoria
Peter Nathan
CEO, A2 Milk Australia & New Zealand
Radek Sali
CEO, Swisse
Steven Foo
Head – Business Development Asia, Australia Post

2:00pm – 2:30pm

ACBW 2016 Melbourne Forum – Session Two Registration

2:30pm – 2:50pm

The Opportunity at our Doorstep

More opportunties have been spawned following CHAFTA, which are well exemplified by the increase in investment and trade activities between Australia and China. When such opportunities tap on our doors, how do we take advantage? Audrey, Head of Corporate Banking will share her experience and expertise.

Audrey Khaw
Head of Corporate Banking, Commonwealth Bank

2:50pm – 3:10pm

China’s Cross Border eCommerce Trade and Opportunities

Steven Foo, Head – International Supply Management & Business Performance, Business Development Asia, Australia Post StarTrack, will explore the latest domestic and international online retail trends and international ecommerce opportunities, with a particular focus on the Asia Pacific region.

He will share some compelling customer case studies and recent ecommerce innovations designed to make the lucrative Chinese market more accessible to Australian ecommerce sellers.

Steven Foo
Head – International Supply Management & Business Performance, Business Development Asia, Australia Post StarTrack

3:10pm – 3:45pm

Panel Discussion: Is eCommerce Suitable for Your Business and What’s the Catch?

Join this high profile panel of China digital marketing experts to discuss the potential benefits & pitfalls of the Chinese eCommerce market:

David Thomas
Chair ACBW Forum
Tom Parker
Partner, Bastion S+GO
Benjamin Sun
Director, Think China
Scott Bouvier
Partner, King & Wood Mallesons
Livia Wang
Entrepreneur, AccessCN

3:45pm – 4:00pm

Afternoon Tea Break – Networking Opportunity

4:00pm – 4:20pm

Australian Country of Origin branding, an asset in the China market

The Australian Made, Australian Grown logo has been used in export markets around the world for 30 years and is well recognised and highly regarded throughout Asia and in China. Ian Harrison, Chief Executive of the Australian Made Campaign, will discuss how business can leverage country of origin branding and the logo to forge new sales channels in the China and contribute to export success.

Ian Harrison
Chief Executive, Australian Made

4.20pm – 4.40pm

Case Study: How Chinese Online Influencers are shaping the way Chinese consumers purchase?

Last year, a list compiled of China’s 100 most popular online influencers dominated media’s attention with the son of the richest man in China,the man behind Wanda Group topping such a list.  The majority of the people are also verified influencers on Weibo and Wechat. Thanks to the large followship they enjoy, one tweet from the influencers usually costs brand sponsors a fortune. These influencers are shaping how urban and younger consumers make their purchases. Ben Sun, Managing Director of Think China, an award winning China digital consultancy agency based in Australia will explore the topic further with you.

Benjamin Sun
Director, Think China

4.40pm – 5.00pm

Empowering Global Trade with the Latest Payment Solutions

Simon Bishop , Director, Corporate Hedging – APAC for Western Union Business Solutions will give a keynote presentation on how business can support their international growth objectives by using the latest technology in payment solutions.  See how using the right Fintech solution for your business, coupled with a FX risk management strategy can assist your organisation.  Manage complexity, make global rapid payments, gain visibility into cash flows and connect with buyers and sellers in one platform. Learn how technology can streamline your business workflows from order to payment with electronic invoices – and how it is helping organizations around the globe.

Simon Bishop
Director, Western Union Business Solutions

5.00pm – 5.15pm

ACBW 2016 Melbourne Forum Closing Address and Q&A

ACBW Forum Chair, David Thomas, will wrap up the forum with a review of the days topics and presentations, while also fielding questions from the audience on how their business can harness the wealth of opportunities from the China market.
David Thomas
ACBW Forum Moderator

5.30pm – 7.00pm

Mix-at-Six Networking Function

The established Mix-at-Six business networking function, allows delegates to forge strong personal relationships with delegates and people across various industry sectors, from both Australia and China.

9:30am – 10:00am


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Disclaimer: Please kindly note that this program is for reference purpose only and may be subject to change on the day of the event. Australian Business Forum reserves the right to change and amend the program accordingly.


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