2020 PROGRAMME

Helena König, Deputy Director-General, European Commission and Chief Negotiator, Australia-EU FTA   
7 February 2020, Roundtable Discussion and Morning Tea, Sydney co-hosted by BDO

Helena König, Deputy Director-General, European Commission and Chief Negotiator, Australia-EU FTA   
7 February 2020, Roundtable Discussion , Sydney
co-hosted by PwC Australia

Corporate Governance Dinner, with Graham Bradley AM, Chairman, EnergyAustralia; Peter Hay, Chairman, Newcrest Mining; and Rebecca Maslen-Stannage, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills
20 February 2020, Boardroom Dinner, Sydney co-hosted by Herbert Smith Freehills

Victoria Main, CEO, Cambre Associates and Trudy Witbreuk, State Director, DFAT NSW
25 February 2020, Cocktail Reception, Sydney

Dr Wendy Craik AM, Chair, The Climate Change Authority & Board Member, Reserve Bank of Australia
27 February 2020, Boardroom Lunch, Sydney co-hosted by QBE

EABC Roundtable with Members of the European Parliament including Chair of the Delegation for Relations with Australia & New Zealand, Ulrike Müller MEP; European Parliament Vice-President Pedro Silva Pereira MEP; and the Vice-Chair of the International Trade Committee Iuliu Winkler MEP
28 February 2020, Roundtable Discussion, Melbourne

Hon Paul Fletcher MP, Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts
28 February 2020, Boardroom Lunch, Sydney co-hosted by Screen Producers Australia 

Mike Burgess, Director-General of Security, ASIO
4 March 2020, Boardroom Lunch, Sydney co-hosted by Thales Australia 

International Women’s Day Lunch with Sue Morphet, President, Chief Executive Women; HE Marion Derckx, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands; and Chris Jenkins, CEO, Thales Australia
5 March 2020, Corporate Lunch, Sydney co-hosted by ING Australia

 Hon Peter Dutton MP, Minister for Home Affairs
22 April 2020, Boardroom Forum (by Videoconference)

Kate Carnell AO, Ombudsman, Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise
24 April 2020, Boardroom Forum (by Videoconference)

“Roadmap to Recovery” Taskforce with Vicki Thomson, Chief Executive, The Group of Eight (Taskforce Co-Chair); Professor Shitij Kapur Dean of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, University of Melbourne (Taskforce Co-Chair); and Professor Warwick McKibbin AO, Professor of Economics, ANU Crawford School of Public Policy (and former RBA Board Member)
1 May 2020, Boardroom Forum (by Videoconference)

“Beyond response & recovery: European macro perspectives” with James Palmer, Herbert Smith Freehills Global Chair (co-lead of the HSF Brexit team and one of the UK’s leading M&A, capital markets and corporate lawyers); Veronica Roberts, HSF Partner (EU and UK competition law expert); and Gregor Irwin, Global Counsel Chief Economist
5 May 2020, Boardroom Forum (by Videoconference)

Alastair Walton, Consul-General of Australia To New York
8 May 2020, Boardroom Forum (by Videoconference)

“2nd Australian Government-EABC Trade & Investment Dialogue” with Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, Minister for Trade, Tourism & Investment and Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate and Hon Andrew Gee MP, Assistant Minister for Trade & Investment  and Minister for Decentralisation and Regional Education
18 May 2020, Boardroom Forum (by Videoconference)

“Europe & Australia – Seizing the Opportunities for Recovery & Bounceback” with Peter Horn, General Manager Europe, Austrade and Alison Burrows, Chief Negotiator for the Australia-EU FTA, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
26 May 2020, Boardroom Forum (by Videoconference)

“The Impact of COVID-19 for European Business in the Asia Pacific Region” with CEOs, Chairs and Presidents of the European Chambers of Commerce and Business Councils in Australia, China, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan
27 May 2020, Panel & Roundtable Discussion (by Videoconference) co-hosted by EBOWWN

“Remobilisation: Risks & Opportunities” with Peter van Dongen, PwC Australia Chair; Melanie Evans, ING Australia Head of Retail Bank; Brett Himbury, IFM immediate past Chief Executive; Ronan Carolan, Thales Australia VP Human Resources; John McMurtrie AM, Link Group Managing Director; and Mark Rigotti, HSF Parner, Senior Adviser and immediate past Global CEO
29 May 2020, Panel & Roundtable Discussion (by Videoconference)

Helena König, Deputy Director-General, European Commission and Chief Negotiator, Australia-EU FTA          
4 June 2020, Boardroom Forum (by Videoconference)

Hon Matt Kean MP, NSW Minister for Energy and Environment
10 June 2020, Boardroom Forum (by Videoconference)

Peter Harris AO, Chief Executive Officer, National COVID-19 Coordination Commission
12 June 2020, Boardroom Forum (by Videoconference)

Hon Tim Pallas MP, Treasurer of Victoria 
19 June 2020, Boardroom Forum (by Videoconference)

Margaret Twomey AM, Australian Ambassador-designate to Italy, Albania, San Marino & Libya and Permanent Representative to the UN World Food Programme and Food and Agriculture Organization
19 June 2020, Briefing Session (by Videoconference)

General the Hon Sir Peter Cosgrove AK CVO MC, Former Governor-General of Australia 
22 June 2020, Boardroom Forum (by Videoconference)

EABC & ABIE Business Leaders Panel with Evangelos Kotsopoulos, CEO Germany, Sonic Healthcare; Kjell Kloosterziel, Director, Schiphol International; Bernard Tabary, CEO International, Keolis; and Jon Acarregui Bilbao, Country Manager, Nufarm Espana
24 June 2020, Boardroom Forum (by Videoconference)

Jean-Eric Paquet, Director-General, European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation
1 July 2020, Boardroom Forum (by Videoconference)

Professor the Lord Mervyn King KG GBE DL FBA, Professor of Economics and Political Science, London School of Economics & Political Science and Former Governor of the Bank of England 
7 July 2020, Boardroom Forum (by Videoconference)

HE Mr Justin Brown PSM, Australian Ambassador to the European Union, Belgium, Luxembourg, and NATO 
9 July 2020, Boardroom Forum (by Videoconference)

Greg Medcraft, Director, OECD’s Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs
16 July 2020, Boardroom Forum (by Videoconference)

David Irvine AO, Chair, Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) and Chair, Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre
23 July 2020, Boardroom Forum (by Videoconference)

Hon Gary Gray AO, Australian Ambassador-designate to Ireland
29 July 2020, Boardroom Forum (by Videoconference)

Australian Ambassadors in Europe” with HE Ms Lynette Wood Australian Ambassador to Germany with accreditation to Switzerland and Liechtenstein; HE Mr Matthew Neuhaus, Ambassador to the Netherlands; HE Ms Megan Anderson, Ambassador to UNESCO and Chad & Deputy Head of Mission, Australian Embassy in France; HE Mr Bernard Philip, Ambassador to Sweden with accreditation to Finland and Latvia; and HE Mr Richard Sadleir, Ambassador to Austria with accreditation to Bosnia & Herzegovina, Hungary, Slovakia and Slovenia and the UN in Vienna
30 July 2020, Boardroom Forum (by Videoconference)

“The WTO and the Future of the Multilateral Trading System” with George Mina, Australian Ambassador-designate to the World Trade Organization and the Hon Simon Crean, EABC Chair and former Australian Minister for Trade
3 August 2020, Boardroom Forum (by Videoconference)

David Fredericks PSM, Secretary, Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources
13 August 2020, Boardroom Forum (by Videoconference)

 Gillian Bird PSM, Australian Ambassador-designate to France with accreditation to Algeria, Mauritania and Monaco
21 August 2020, Boardroom Lunch, Sydney

Philip Lowe, Governor, Reserve Bank of Australia
24 August 2020, Boardroom Forum (by Videoconference)

 Gillian Bird PSM, Australian Ambassador-designate to France with accreditation to Algeria, Mauritania and Monaco
27 August 2020, Boardroom Forum (by Videoconference)

 Senator James Paterson, Chair, Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations & Financial Services; Chair, Senate Standing Committees on Finance & Public Administration; and Deputy Chair, Senate Select Committee on COVID-19
28 August 2020, Boardroom Forum (by Videoconference)

 Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, Minister for Trade, Tourism & Investment and Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate
2 September 2020, Stakeholder Meeting (by Videoconference)

“Newgate National Coronavirus Report” with Sue Vercoe, Managing Director, Newgate Research and Matt Williams, Associate Partner, Newgate Australia
7 September 2020, Boardroom Forum (by Videoconference)

Hon Malcolm Turnbull, 29th Prime Minister of Australia
10 September 2020, Boardroom Forum (by Videoconference)

 Michael Pezzullo AO, Secretary, Department of Home Affairs
15 September 2020, Boardroom Forum (by Videoconference)

 Jason Falinski MP, Chair, House of Representatives Standing Committee on Tax and Revenue
17 September 2020, Boardroom Forum (by Videoconference)

Philip Green OAM, Australian Ambassador-designate to Germany with accreditation to Switzerland and Liechtenstein
22 September 2020, Boardroom Forum (by Videoconference)

 Senator the Hon Kristina Keneally, Shadow Minister for Home Affairs, Immigration & Citizenship and Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate  
23 September 2020, Boardroom Forum (by Videoconference)

EABC and The Group of Eight Joint Board Meeting with the eight Vice-Chancellors of The Go8 Universities
29 September 2020, Boardroom Forum (by Videoconference) co-hosted by The Group of Eight

2020 Federal Budget Dinner & Panel with Kate Carnell AO, Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman and former Liberal Chief Minister of the ACT; Jane Halton AO PSM, former Finance Secretary; Hon Dr Brendan Nelson AO, former Liberal Leader, Defence Minister and Ambassador to the EU; and Hon Wayne Swan, former Federal Treasurer and Labor Party President
6 October 2020, Hybrid Event (by Videoconference and in Sydney)
co-hosted by National Australia Bank

HE Hon Mitch Fifield, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Australia to the United Nations
9 October 2020, Boardroom Forum (by Videoconference)

“Australia-EU Business Roundtable” with senior Members of the European Parliament, including European Parliament Vice-President Pedro Silva Pereira MEP; Vice-Chair of the International Trade (INTA) Committee Iuliu Winkler MEP; and Vice-Chair of the Delegation for the Relations with Australia (DANZ) Josianne Cutajar MEP
14 October 2020, Boardroom Forum (by Videoconference)
co-hosted EART

HE the Hon George Brandis QC, Australian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and Elisabeth Bowes, First Assistant Secretary and Chief Negotiator for the Australia-UK FTA, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
20 October 2020, Boardroom Forum (by Videoconference)

Darren Steinberg, Chief Executive Officer, Dexus
21 October 2020, Boardroom Forum (by Videoconference) co-hosted by Goldman Sachs

Sir David Higgins, Chair, Gatwick Airport and Chair, United Utilities Group
26 October 2020, Boardroom Forum (by Videoconference)

Audrey Zibelman, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Australian Energy Market Operator
27 October 2020, Boardroom Forum (by Videoconference)

“US Elections & Transatlantic Relationship Forum” with Stephen Loosley AM, Deputy Chair, Thales Australia and former Federal Senator and Chair, Foreign Affairs Defence and Trade Committee and former National President of the Australian Labor Party; Dr Gorana Grgic, Lecturer, Department of Government & International Relations and the University of Sydney’s United States Studies Centre; and Hon Andrew Robb AO, former Federal Minister for Trade & Investment and Federal Director of the Liberal Party of Australia
4 November 2020, Hybrid Event (by Videoconference and in Sydney)

Senator the Hon Jane Hume, Assistant Minister for Superannuation, Financial Services and Financial Technology
16 November 2020, Boardroom Dinner, Sydney

“2020 European Business Forum” Annual Joint Meeting of European Economic & Commercial Counsellors and European Chambers of Commerce
19 November, Hybrid Event (by Videoconference and in Sydney)
co-hosted by the Delegation of the European Union to Australia

Hon Dominic Perrottet MP, Treasurer of NSW
24 November 2020, Boardroom Forum (by Videoconference) co-hosted by Goldman Sachs

EABC Annual General Meeting
25 November 2020, (by Videoconference)

Senator the Hon Marise Payne, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Women
25 November 2020, Boardroom Dinner, Sydney

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

EABC Delegation Dinner hosted by Hon Simon Crean, EABC Chair and Monash University Deputy Chancellor
1 December 2020, Boardroom Dinner, Canberra

 Peter Flavel Chief Executive Officer, Coutts & Co
7 December 2020, Boardroom Forum (by Videoconference)

“Chair’s Drinks Reception & 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