Corporate Programme

 

Each year the EABC details the list of activities we have held since our last AGM in our Annual Report. 

  • Please find a copy of our 2020-2021 Annual Report here, delivered at our AGM on 23 November 2021. 
  • Please find a copy of our 2019-2020 Annual Report here, delivered at our AGM on 25 November 2020. 

Corporate Programme 2020-2021

During our programme of activities last year, we had many productive sessions with a wide variety of political, diplomatic and organisational leaders as well as key officials, including:

  • Federal and State Ministers, Shadow Ministers and Parliamentarians including Hon Chris Bowen MP, Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy; Senator Andrew Bragg, Chair, Committee on Australia as a Technology and Financial Centre; Dr Jim Chalmers MP, Shadow Treasurer; Hon Mark Dreyfus MP, Shadow Attorney-General and Shadow Minister for Constitutional Reform; Jason Falinski MP, Chair of the Standing Committee on Tax and Revenue; Hon Paul Fletcher MP, Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts; Senator the Hon Jane Hume, Minister for Superannuation, Financial Services and the Digital Economy; Senator the Hon Kristina Keneally, Shadow Minister for Home Affairs, Immigration and Citizenship; Matt Keogh MP, Shadow Minister for Defence Industry and Small Business; Madeleine King MP, Shadow Minister for Trade & Shadow Minister for Resources; Hon Richard Marles MP, Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Shadow Minister for National Reconstruction, Employment, Skills and Small Business, Shadow Minister for Science; Hon Tim Pallas MP, Treasurer of Victoria; James Paterson MP, Chair of Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security; Senator the Hon Marise Payne, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Women; Hon Tony Smith MP, Speaker of the House of Representatives; Hon Angus Taylor MP, Minister for Energy & Emissions Reduction; Dan Tehan, Minister for Trade, Tourism & Investment; Hon Matt Thistlethwaite MP, Shadow Assistant Minister for Financial Services, Superannuation and the Republic; Hon Alan Tudge MP, Minister for Education and Youth; Tim Wilson MP, Chair of the Standing Committee on Economics; Senator the Hon Penny Wong, Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs; and Trent Zimmerman MP, Chair of the Standing Committee on Health, Aged Care and Sport.
  • Australian Public Service leaders including Frances Adamson AC, Secretary, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; Simon Atkinson, Secretary of the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications; Dr Wendy Craik AM, former Chair, Climate Change Authority and current Board Member, Reserve Bank of Australia; Philip Gaetjens, Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet; Jane Halton AO PSM, Board Member, National COVID-19 Coordination Commission and Chair, Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovation (CEPI); Peter Harris AO, former CEO, National COVID-19 Coordination Commission and current Board Member, Infrastructure Australia; David Irvine, Chair, Foreign Investment Review Board; Dr Larry Marshall, Chief Executive, CSIRO; Michel Masson, CEO, Infrastructure Victoria; Michael Pezzullo AO, Secretary of the Department of Home Affairs; Peter Tesch, Deputy Secretary Strategy, Policy, and Industry, Department of Defence; Peter Verwer AO, Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Global Business and Talent Attraction; Peter Woolcott AO, Australian Public Service Commissioner; and Deputy Secretaries from the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources, Kushla Munro (International Climate & Technology), Luise McCulloch (Strategic Policy, Analysis & Insights) and Sean Sullivan (Energy Group).
  • European diplomats, Heads of Mission and European Commission Officials including Ignacio Garcia Bercero, Director, Directorate-General for Trade, European Commission; Ross McInnes, Special Representative for Economic Relations with Australia for the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs and Chair of Safran Group; HE Dr Michael Pulch, Ambassador & Head, Delegation of the European Union to Australia; HE Ms Francesca Tardioli, Ambassador of Italy to Australia; HE Mr Jean-Pierre Thebault, Ambassador of France to Australia; Iuliu Winkler MEP, Vice Chair of the European Parliament’s INTA Committee; and former Directors-General at the European Commission, Lowri Evans (Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship & SMEs) and Karl Falkenberg (Environment).
  • Australian diplomats and Heads of Mission including HE Ms Kerin Ayyalaraju, Ambassador to Denmark, Iceland and Norway; Alison Burrows, Australia-EU FTA Chief Negotiator; HE the Hon George Brandis QC, High Commissioner to the UK; HE Mr Lloyd Brodrick, Ambassador to Poland, the Czech Republic and Lithuania; HE Dr Genevieve Clune, Ambassador to Estonia; HE Mr Philip Green OAM, Ambassador to Germany, Switzerland and Liechtenstein; Hon Nick Greiner AC, EABC Chair Emeritus and Consul-General to New York; HE Ms Caroline Millar, Ambassador to the EU, NATO, Belgium and Luxembourg; HE the Hon Arthur Sinodinos AO, Ambassador to the United States; and Trudy Witbreuk, Chargé d’Affaires to the EU, NATO, Belgium and Luxembourg.
  • European and Australian organisational and business leaders including Philip Aiken AM, Chair, Balfour Beatty; Lucy Brogden AM, Chair, National Mental Health Commission; Kate Carnell AO, inaugural Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman and Deputy Chair, Beyond Blue; Philip Chronican, Chair, National Australia Bank; Denzil Davidson OBE, Head of Financial Services & EU, Global Counsel; Peter Flavel, CEO, Coutts & Co; John M. Green, Deputy Chair, QBE Insurance; Ryan Heath, Senior Editor, POLITICO; Simon Hickey, CEO, Western Sydney Airport; Sir David Higgins, Chair, Gatwick Airport; Evangelos Kotsopoulos, CEO, Sonic Healthcare Europe; Professor Sharon Lewin, Director of the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity; Liza Maimone, COO & ESG Leader, PwC Australia; Paul McClintock AO, Chair, St Vincent’s Health Australia; Professor Patrick McGorry AO, Professor of Youth Mental Health at the University of Melbourne and Executive Director of ‘Orygen – Revolution in Mind’; Greg Medcraft, Director, Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs, OECD; James Palmer, Global Chair, Herbert Smith Freehills; Sharon K Parker, ARC Laureate Fellow & Director, Centre for Transformative Work Design; Pascal Saint-Amans, Director, Centre for Tax Policy & Administration, OECD; Lode Van Den Hende, Partner & Head of EU & International Trade Law, Herbert Smith Freehills; and Jill Watts, Chair, Healthcare Logic.
  • In addition, many of our Board Members have led policy forums for us this year on key issues facing business and organisational leaders including our Chair Hon Simon Crean, Deputy Chancellor, Monash University; Angus Armour, CEO & Managing Director, Australian Institute of Company Directors; Jeff Connolly, Chair & CEO, Siemens Pacific and Chair of the Government’s University Research Commercialisation Scheme Taskforce; Stephen Loosley AM, Deputy Chair, Thales Australia; John Lydon, Co-Chair of the Australian Climate Leaders’ Coalition; Andrew Low, Chair of the Australia British Chamber of Commerce and the Australian Government’s Finance & Technology Centre Advisory Group; Mark Rigotti, Partner and Senior Adviser, Herbert Smith Freehills and Chair of the University of Sydney’s Open Society and Common Purpose Taskforce; and Peter van Dongen, Chair of PwC Australia.

List of Events

Senator the Hon Marise Payne, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Women
25 November 1 January 2021, Boardroom Dinner, Sydney 

2020 Business Delegation to Canberra
30 November – 1 December, Canberra 

Peter Flavel, Chief Executive Officer, Coutts & Co 
7 December 2020, Boardroom Dinner, Sydney 

“Chair’s Cocktail Reception and Farewell to 2020”hosted by Hon Simon Crean, EABC Chair and Monash University Deputy Chancellor
14 December 2020, Cocktail Reception, Melbourne
co-hosted by DFAT Victoria State Office

HE the Hon George Brandis QC, Australian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom 
16 December 2020, Boardroom Dinner, Sydney
co-hosted by DFAT NSW State Office and Bell Shakespeare

European Chambers Asia-Pacific Webinar “The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP): A new trade agreement that  will shape global economics”, in collaboration with the European Business Organisation Worldwide Network (EBOWWN)
21 January 2021, Boardroom Forum (by Videoconference)

Brexit & the New EU-UK Relationship with Herbert Smith Freehills Global Chair James Palmer, and other experts including Denzil Davidson OBE (Global Counsel Head of Financial Services & EU), and Lode Van Den Hende (HSF Partner & Head of EU & International Trade Law) 
27 January 2021, Boardroom Forum (by Videoconference)

Cocktail Reception with Jack Beaumont, author of The Frenchman, in conversation with Stephen Loosley AM, Deputy Chair, Thales Australia
17 February 2021, Cocktail Reception, Sydney

Philip Chronican, Chair, National Australia Bank
25 February 2021, Boardroom Lunch, Sydney
co-hosted by Goldman Sachs

International Women’s Day Forum with HE Ms Francesca Tardioli, Ambassador of Italy; and Carla Zampatti AC, EABC Board Member and Carla Zampatti Group Executive Chair
4 March 2021, Roundtable Discussion, Sydney

Jane Halton AO PSM, Board Member, National Covid-19 Commission; Chair, Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovation (CEPI); and former Chair, World Health Organisation
5 March 2021, Boardroom Lunch, Sydney co-hosted by Herbert Smith Freehills

Senator the Hon Jane Hume, Minister for Superannuation, Financial Services and the Digital Economy 
11 March 2021, Boardroom Dinner, Melbourne co-hosted by IFM Investors

Hon Dan Tehan MP, Minister for Trade, Tourism & Investment
22 March 2021, Boardroom Dinner, Canberra

HE Dr Michael Pulch, Ambassador & Head, Delegation of the European Union to Australia
24 March 2021, Boardroom Dinner, Perth co-hosted by Herbert Smith Freehills 

Philip Aiken AM, Chair, Balfour Beatty
19 April 2021, Boardroom Dinner, Sydney 

Dr Larry Marshall, Chief Executive, CSIRO
21 April 2021, Boardroom Forum (by Videoconference) co-hosted by Monash University

ESG Metrics & Reporting Frameworks with OECD Director of the Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs, Greg Medcraft; AICD CEO, Angus Armour; PwC Australia COO & ESG Leader, Liza Maimone; and moderated by PwC Australia Chair, Peter van Dongen
28 April 2021, Boardroom Forum (by Videoconference)

Ryan Heath, Senior Editor, POLITICO
4 May 2021, Boardroom Dinner, Sydney co-hosted by Newgate Communications

Annual Federal Budget Evening with former ALP Parliamentary Leader and Trade Minister, Hon Simon Crean; former LP Federal Director and Trade, Investment & Tourism Minister, Hon Andrew Robb AO; CEPI Chair and former Finance Secretary and NCC Commissioner, Jane Halton AO PSM; former ACT Chief Minister and inaugural ASBFE Ombudsman Kate Carnell AO; and Siemens Australia & Pacific Chair and CEO, Jeff Connolly
11 May 2021, Corporate Dinner, Parliament House, Canberra co-hosted by National Australia Bank

Hon Angus Taylor MP, Minister for Energy & Emissions Reduction
20 May 2021, Boardroom Lunch, Sydney

HE Mr Lloyd Brodrick, Australian Ambassador to Poland, the Czech Republic and Lithuania
20 May 2021, Boardroom Forum (by Videoconference) co-hosted by Thales Australia

Rachael Falk, CEO, Cyber Security CRC
3 June 2021, Roundtable Discussion, Sydney 

Clean Energy Roundtable with HE Mr Jean-Pierre Thébault, French Ambassador to Australia; and Amy Brown, Chief Executive, Investment NSW
7 June 2021, Roundtable Discussion, Sydney

Simon Hickey, CEO, Western Sydney Airport
8 June 2021, Boardroom Lunch, Sydney co-hosted by Siemens 

Pascal Saint-Amans, Director, Centre for Tax Policy & Administration, OECD
16 June 2021, Boardroom Forum (by Videoconference)  

HE the Hon Arthur Sinodinos AO, Australian Ambassador to the United States
23 June 2021, Boardroom Forum (by Videoconference)

HE Ms Kerin Ayyalaraju, Australian Ambassador-designate to Denmark, Norway & Iceland
5 July 2021, Roundtable Discussion (by Videoconference)

EU Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism Policy Forum with former Directors-General at the European Commission, Lowri Evans (Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship & SMEs) and Karl Falkenberg (Environment)
24 June 2021, Boardroom Forum (by Videoconference)

Trudy Witbreuk, Australian Chargé d’Affaires to the European Union, Belgium, the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), and Luxembourg
14 July 2021, Boardroom Forum (by Videoconference) co-hosted by EU-Australia Roundtable (EART)

Madeleine King MP, Shadow Minister for Trade & Shadow Minister for Resources
16 July 2021, Boardroom Forum (by Videoconference)

Senator Andrew Bragg, Chair, Australian Senate Committee on Australia as a Technology and Financial Centre
20 July 2021, Boardroom Forum (by Videoconference)

David Irvine AO, Chair, Foreign Investment Review Board
28 July 2021, Boardroom Forum (by Videoconference)

Senator the Hon Penny Wong, Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs
29 July 2021, Boardroom Forum (by Videoconference)

Peter Harris AO, Board Member, Infrastructure Australia
13 August 2021, Boardroom Forum (by Videoconference)

Professor Patrick McGorry AO, Professor of Youth Mental Health at the University of Melbourne, and Executive Director of ‘Orygen – Revolution in Mind’
25 August 2021, Boardroom Forum (by Videoconference)

Michel Masson, CEO, Infrastructure Victoria 
3 September 2021, Boardroom Forum (by Videoconference) co-hosted by Herbert Smith Freehills

Peter Verwer AO, Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Global Business and Talent Attraction
7 September 2021, Boardroom Forum (by Videoconference)

Senator James Paterson, Chair of the Australian Parliament Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security
13 September 2021, Boardroom Forum (by Videoconference) co-hosted by Herbert Smith Freehills

Hon Richard Marles MP,  Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Shadow Minister for National Reconstruction, Employment, Skills and Small Business, Shadow Minister for Science
14 September 2021, Boardroom Forum (by Videoconference) co-hosted by H&H Group 

Professor Sharon Lewin AO, Director of the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity  
23 September 2021, Boardroom Forum (by Videoconference) co-hosted by ING Australia

Sir David Higgins, Chair, Gatwick Airport
29 September 2021, Boardroom Forum (by Videoconference) co-hosted by Thales Australia

Dr Genevieve Clune, Australian Ambassador-designate to Estonia  
28 September 2021, Roundtable Discussion (by Videoconference)

Hon Alan Tudge MP, Minister for Education and Youth
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0 September 2021, Boardroom Forum (by Videoconference)
co-hosted by The Group of Eight

Hon Chris Bowen MP, Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy
6 October 2021, Boardroom Forum (by Videoconference)
co-hosted by BHP

Hon Nick Greiner AC, Australian Consul-General to New York
7 October 2021, Boardroom Forum (by Videoconference)
co-hosted by Goldman Sachs

Dr Jim Chalmers MP,  Shadow Treasurer
12 October 2021, Boardroom Forum (by Videoconference)

Mental Health Forum with Lucy Brogden AM, Chair, National Mental Health Commission; Kate Carnell AO, Deputy Chair, Beyond Blue; Professor Sharon K Parker, ARC Laureate Fellow & Director, Centre for Transformative Work Design
14 October 2021, Boardroom Forum (by Videoconference)
co-hosted by PwC

Sustainable Recovery & Roadmaps to 2050: Australian & European Perspectives’ with Iuliu Winkler MEP, Vice Chair, INTA, European Parliament; Ignacio Garcia Bercero, Director, Directorate-General for Trade, European Commission; Trent Zimmerman MP, Chair, Standing Committee on Health, Australian Parliament; and Dr Wendy Craik AM, Board Member, Reserve Bank of Australia and former Chair, Climate Change Authority
19 October 2021, Business Forum (by Videoconference) co-hosted by SEC Newgate Australia and Cambre Associates

Hon Tim Pallas MP, Treasurer of Victoria
22 October 2021, Boardroom Forum (by Videoconference)

Ross McInnes, Chair, Safran Group; and Special Representative for Economic Relations with Australia, French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs
27 October 2021, Boardroom Forum (by Videoconference)

EABC Health Forum with Paul McClintock AO, Chair, St Vincent’s Health Australia; Evangelos Kotsopoulos, CEO, Sonic Healthcare Europe; and Jill Watts, Chair, Healthcare Logic
1 November 2021, Boardroom Forum (by Videoconference)

Annual EABC European Business Forum with the EU Delegation to Australia, European Economic and Commercial Counsellors and the European Chambers of Commerce
4 November 2021, Business Forum, Sydney co-hosted by the EU Delegation to Australia

Caroline Millar, Australian Ambassador-designate to the European Union, Belgium, the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), and Luxembourg
9 November 2021, Boardroom Forum, Sydney & by Videoconference

Cocktail Reception with Double Deal author John M. Green, Deputy Chair of QBE Insurance, in conversation with Stephen Loosley AM, EABC Board Member and Thales Australia Deputy Chair
10 November 2021, Cocktail Reception, Sydney

HE Mr Philip Green OAM, Australian Ambassador to Germany, Switzerland and Liechtenstein
17 November 2021, Boardroom Forum (by Videoconference)

EABC Annual General Meeting
23 November 2021, Sydney