October 2015 saw ACYA successfully pilot the inaugural Alumni Speaker Series, a platform for all ACYA members, Alumni and young professionals to engage with industry leaders and discuss topical Australia-China affairs. The series of events were delivered in three regions across Australia, including Queensland, Western Australia and Victoria.
Alumni Speaker Series (Western Australia) 22/10/2015
“ChAFTA and China’s Economic Slowdown – WA’s Opportunities and Challenges”
Panelist 1: Phillip Kirchlechner: Chair of the Investment Committee at Australia China Business Council
Panelist 2: Rob Delane: Director General at Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia
Panelist 3: Ray Chen: Senior Manager in Assurance at PriceWaterhouse Coopers
Moderator: Elliot Clutterbuck: Lawyer at Allens and Management Committee Member at ACYPI
Jointly hosted with ACBC (WA), the event provided audience members with insights into the China Australia FTA and its effects on the economies of each country, particularly the effect on Western Australia. The three speakers shared their views and experiences with great interactions from the audience. The panel discussion, moderated by ACYA alumnus Elliot Clutterbuck, was followed by a networking session where ACYA members and Alumni discussed ChAFTA while enjoying refreshments, proudly sponsored by Geoff Hardy Wines.