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Australia Trade Forum 2017

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“Great quality speakers and great topics.”

– H Janakiraman, ANZ

“Something for everyone. The breadth of representation and depth of experience brought a rich and nourishing conversation to the fore.”

– G Sparrow, Westpac Banking Corporation

The Australia Trade Forum brought together all sectors involved in international trade on Monday, May 29th. The event reported on developments in global markets and their impact on Australian trade, and explored what the future may hold for Australia’s corporates and exporters.

2017’s conference was a leading networking forum with a corporate focused agenda, providing an ideal opportunity to establish new relationships with those currently doing business in the country.


Discussion topics included:

›› Putting the spotlight on Australia

›› Australia’s resilience and the trade rebound

›› What’s next for Australia’s corporates?

›› Digitalisation, technology and trade

›› Supply chain financing

›› Trade and commodity financing

›› Traders’ roundtable

›› Infrastructure financing

›› Working capital optimisation priorities


Additional information:

  • See a list of attending companies from the 2016 event here.
  • Check out the 2016 event page here for details on last year’s successful event
  • Join the discussion on social media with the official event hashtag #GTRAUS
  • Meet the speakers Adnan Ghani, Global Head of Westpac and Lisa McAuley, CEO of Export Council of Austalia. Get the full interviews here.


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  • Adnan Ghani, Global Head of Trade, Westpac
  • Ali Khan, Global Account Director, KPMG Australia
  • Andrew Beechey, Head of Global Financial Risks, Asia Pacific, Liberty International Underwriters
  • Andrew Speers, Senior Regional Product Manager, Asia Pacific, Global Trade & Receivables Finance, HSBC Australia
  • Andrew Wilson, Chief Economist, Domain Group
  • Ben Craw, Partner, Food & Agribusiness Advisory, PwC Australia
  • Bryan Clark, Director, Trade & International Affairs, Australian Chamber of Commerce & Industry
  • Catherine Taylor, Assistant General Manager Trade, Australian Trade & Investment Commission (Austrade)
  • Digby Bennett, Regional Sales Director, China Systems
  • Finbarr Bermingham, Asia Editor, Global Trade Review (GTR)
  • Fulvio Barbuio, Head of Corporate Treasury & Risk, Australian Broadcasting Corporation; Board Member, Finance & Treasury Association (FTA)
  • Heath Baker, Head of Trade Policy & Industry Engagement, Export Council of Australia
  • Iain Slatter, Global Product Management, ANZ
  • Ilkka Tales, Managing Director, APAC, Greensill
  • James Tiarks?, Political and Credit Risk Broker, Texel Asia
  • Jaydeep Solanki, Director, Director, Global Purchasing & Supply Chain, General Motors
  • John Reeve, Director, AgRee Commodities
  • Justin Smirk, Senior Economist, Westpac Group
  • Kirk Cheesman, Managing Director, NCI
  • Laurie Walker, Chief Executive Officer, Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF), Government of Australia
  • Leeza Zhu, Trade Finance & Open Account Product Manager, National Australia Bank
  • Lisa McAuley, Chief Executive Officer, Export Council of Australia
  • Luke Kenniff, Managing Director, Harvest Agents & Advisory Pty Ltd
  • Mark Ebeling, Distinguished Engineer, IBM Australia; Chief Technology Officer Financial Services Industry, Australia Information Industry Association
  • Martin Smith, Head of Markets Analysis, East & Partners
  • Melinda Gibson, Treasury Advisor, Tactical Treasury
  • Peter Candy, Group Treasurer, GrainCorp
  • Peter, Gilbert, Chief Executive Officer, Singapore, BPL
  • Rajiv Biswas, Senior Director & Chief Economist, Asia Pacific, IHS
  • Robert Crabtree, Director, Kognition
  • Sophie Krantz, International Trade Strategy Manager, BlueScope

Download the full is of attending companies as of 22/05 here.



Access Holdings International

AgRee Commodities

Ai Group

Amity Pacific


Arthur J. Gallagher


Australasian Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians

Australia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI)

Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Australian Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Australian Disputes Centre



Blue Mountains Natural Spring Water


BPL Global

Business France



CBA Capital Partners

CCR Hose and Fittings

CCSD Pty Ltd

China Systems


Commex International

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Connect u Global


CSR Building Products



Dean the Plumber


Department of Primary Industries

Department of the Environment and Energy

Diamond Creek Estate

Domain Group



East & Partners

Euler Hermes

Export Council of Australia




Ferrous Resources

French Australian Chamber of Commerce



German-Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce

GM (General Motors)


Greensill Capital (UK) Limited




Hi-Craft Home Improvements

Horticulture Innovation Australia Limited


Human Resource Training

Humane Society international




IHS Markit

Import-Export Services Pty Ltd


Independent Consultant

Invest Hong Kong (InvestHK)




Jazzem Enterprises








Lane Cove Wellness Centre


Liberty International Underwriters


Lisa’s Lacies



Milestone Civil

Mizuho Bank



NAB — National Australia Bank


NORD Drivesystems

Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility



Parker’s Organic Juices

Pole Star




Raine & Horne

Ravi International Traders

Rhodium Resources

RMS Credit



South Australian Shark Cartilage

Southern Cross Group

Stolway Holdings




Texel Finance

Thales Group

The Fred Hollows Foundation

The SOS Print + Media Group (Aust)

Metals & Minerals


W & X

Weir Group

Westpac Banking Corporation

Westpac Institutional Bank

XL Catlin



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“An informative conference assisting SMEs in understanding and sourcing supply chain finance solutions.”

C van Loo, Ellton

“A great opportunity to hear from customers and industry experts.”

J Perego, Westpac

“Great quality speakers and great topics.”

H Janakiraman, ANZ

“Something for everyone. The breadth of representation and depth of experience brought rich and nourishing conversation to the fore.”

G Sparrow, Westpac Banking Corporation

“Excellent networking opportunity, with a wider scope than just Australia.”

S Hansen, RBS

“Another fantastic opportunity to meet and discuss our industry.”

A Speers, HSBC

“Thought provoking, detailed and wide-ranging analysis. Excellent presentations.”

M Smith, East & Partners

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