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Special Breakfast - ASEAN 50th Anniversary: Panel Discussion
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When: Thursday 27Jul 2017
7:30 AM until 9:30 AM
Where: The Gallery 1, Grand Hyatt
10 Scotts Road
Contact: 6738 7917

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As ASEAN celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, it is timely to reflect on the achievements that have been made in building trust, creating habits of cooperation, and fostering regional economic integration. The formation of ASEAN has been integral to the broader transformation of South East Asia to a strong emerging market as a whole. There is great potential for further growth and there are significant opportunities for Australia as we have the skills and resources necessary to play a key role in the region’s future. 

Our panel of specialists will discuss the future trends and look back on key achievements that have already been made. We will also launch our Australian Business in ASEAN Survey for 2017. This is the second consecutive year that AustCham Singapore has collaborated with the other Australian chambers of commerce and business councils from each of the ASEAN member countries to bring together a survey of Australian business interests in the region. This year’s survey sheds further light on the activities of Australian firms in ASEAN.

Join us to hear our panel lists views on ASEAN and discussing the survey’s findings at this event.

Ian Cummin, President, AustCham Singapore

Ian’s company, “The Magnetic Group”, constructs, markets and manages luxury holiday accommodation on Magnetic Island, near Townsville in North Queensland.

In June 2017, Ian was elected President of the Australian Chamber of Commerce (Singapore).

Until last year, Ian had been BlueScope Steel’s Executive General Manager – People and Performance, with global responsibility for HR, Corporate Affairs, Innovation and Safety.  He negotiated the ground breaking 2015 union agreement that prevented the closure of the Port Kembla Steelworks.  Ian continues to contribute to BlueScope as Advisor to the CEO on a number of specific corporate projects.  He is also a member of the board of BlueScope’s joint venture with Tata Steel in India. 

Before joining BlueScope, Ian managed his consulting practice, specialising in post M&A organisation performance strategy.  Prior to this, he led the HR functions at Southcorp and ICI Australia, which were both among Australia’s leading manufacturers.

Ian has also held senior IR management roles in major project construction in Queensland (Comalco’s Boyne aluminium smelter & John Holland’s Dalrymple Bay coal terminal project) and in the Northern Territory (gas pipeline and power station construction and operations).

Ian now lives in Singapore and travels regularly to Australia and India.


Fraser Thompson, Director of AlphaBeta and President of AustCham ASEAN

Fraser is President of AustCham ASEAN, a strategy advisory business serving clients across Australia and Asia from offices in Singapore and Sydney. He holds a Doctorate and Masters in Economics from the University of Oxford and has worked at the World Bank Group and as a lecturer at Oxford University in the areas of Development Economics, International Trade and Finance, Microeconomics and Industrial Organization. 

From 2006-2011, Fraser was a consultant at McKinsey & Company, working with a range of governments and leading corporates in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, the United States, and in Indonesia. From 2011-2015, Fraser was a Senior Fellow at McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), McKinsey’s business and economics research arm, where he was based in London and Singapore. Fraser led MGI’s work in the Asia-Pacific and globally on themes such as productivity and growth, resource efficiency, climate change, foreign investment attraction, economic development in resource-rich countries, and obesity.

Fraser has authored numerous articles in leading business and academic publications. His recent publications include “Three paths to sustained economic growth in Southeast Asia” (2014); “Reverse the curse: Maximizing the potential of resource-driven economies” (2013); “Myanmar’s moment: Unique opportunities, major challenges” (2013); “The archipelago economy: Unleashing Indonesia’s potential” (2012); “Beyond the boom: Australia’s productivity imperative” (2012); and “Resource revolution: Meeting the world’s, energy, materials, food, and water needs” (2011). Fraser is a frequent speaker at conferences on economic issues in Asia and globally. Fraser is also a board member of OnPurpose, a European organisation that aims to grow the next generation of social enterprise leaders.


H.E. Jane Duke, Australian Ambassador to ASEAN

Jane is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

She has previously served overseas as Deputy High Commissioner to Malaysia (2011-2014) and as Counsellor (Immigration) at Australia’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Geneva (2005-2008).

In Canberra, Ms Duke has served as Assistant Secretary South East Asia Regional Branch, Assistant Secretary Canada and Latin America Branch and as Assistant Secretary Northern Southern Eastern Europe Branch.

Ms Duke holds a Bachelor of Arts (Asian Studies) majoring in Japanese studies and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the Australian National University. She holds a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the University of Technology, NSW.

Khoon Goh. Head of Asia Research, ANZ

Khoon is the Head of Asia Research for ANZ. He oversees and co-ordinates the Asia economics and strategy research functions in Singapore. His particular area of focus is on Asian currencies. Khoon actively travels to market ANZ’s views to investor clients, such as central banks, hedge funds and real money; as well as corporate clients. He also appears regularly in the media.

ANZ’s Asia research team have been ranked in the top two for FX Research and Market Coverage as voted by financial institutions in the AsiaMoney FX Poll in the last five years (2012 to 2016). ANZ was also ranked second for best regional team for Asian macroeconomic research in the AsiaMoney Fixed Income Poll 2016, and ranked first for two years running in the KangaNews Fixed-Income Research Polls in 2015 and 2016 for best research on Asian markets. ANZ was the top EM Asia FX forecaster in 2015 as ranked by Bloomberg and Reuters.

Khoon has over 15 years of experience working in various economic and strategy roles across both the public and private sectors. Graduating with a Master of Commerce (Hons) degree majoring in International Economics from the University of Auckland, Khoon was the Manager in charge of the New Zealand Treasury's Macroeconomic Forecasting Team where he was responsible for producing the official government forecasts that underpin the Budget and key policy decisions. He also served as an Economic Adviser at the Reserve Bank of New Zealand. 

  Chris Coburn, Regional Manager - Singapore, Treasury Wine Estates

Chris is Regional Manager for Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) in Singapore, one of the world’s largest wine companies with sales of over 33 million cases annually, and is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange. The TWE portfolio includes iconic brands such as Penfolds, Wolf Blass and Wynns from Australia along with leading wineries in others parts of the world including Beringer, Stags’ Leap and Beaulieu Vineyards in America, Matua Valley in New Zealand, Castello di Gabbiano in Italy, and Maison de Grand Espirit in France.

Based in Singapore since 2015, Chris has been with TWE since 2011 holding various senior sales, operations and strategy roles. The Singapore office is the regional headquarters for South East Asia, Middle East and Africa. Chris holds a MBA from Melbourne Business School (with some studies completed in Hong Kong), Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne and is also a qualified Chartered Accountant.


Price(includes breakfast)

$55 AustCham member/spouse
$65 AustCham member guest*
$80 Guest
(Prices stated are GST included)
*Applicable only when guest is accompanied by AustCham member/s

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