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Emerging Markets panel discussion - Focus on the Greater Mekong
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When: Tuesday 27 Mar 2018
7:30 AM until 9:30 AM
Where: The Gallery, Grand Hyatt
10 Scotts Road
Contact: 6738 7917

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Emerging Markets panel discussion - Focus on the Greater Mekong

The Greater Mekong Subregion is a natural economic area bound together by the Mekong River, covering 2.6 million square kilometers and a combined population of around 326 million and includes Cambodia, Myanmar, Lao, Vietnam, Thailand and areas of China.

From feedback we've received, a number of our members are considering branching out to expand their businesses into countries in this region. We have brought together a panel of experts to share their insights on the business landscape in the Greater Mekong. ANZ Economist Eugenia Victorino will present an in-depth overview on the accelerating emerging economy in the region. Followed by a panel discussion with Telstra's Head of Growth Markets and Digital Customer Hub, Asia Ben Vella and Blackmores's Deputy Managing Director Dean Garvey to share their perspectives and knowledge on the opportunities and challenges in operating across the emerging market.


Andrew Staples - Global Editorial Director, Economist Corporate Network at The Economist                    


Ben Vella - Head of Growth Markets and Digital Customer Hub, Asia at Telstra

As the Head of Growth Markets and Digital Customer Hub, Asia, Ben has supported Telstra’s expansion into Asia over the last four years. 

Ben has over 20 years of sales and management experience in markets and organisations across APAC, with the last 10 years based in Singapore. 

Prior to joining Telstra, Ben was Regional Manager for Cisco Systems’ APAC Business Video business, where he was responsible for the go-to-market strategy and execution across marketing, internal sales, key accounts and key channel partners.

Ben holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from New England University and a Masters of Business Administration from Macquarie Graduate School of Management.


Eugenia Victorino - Economist at ANZ

Eugenia joined ANZ in September 2012 and is the lead economist for the Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, South Korea, and the Greater Mekong frontier economies. At ANZ, she is one of the authors of Myanmar - Asia’s Uncut Gem. Previously, she worked at ING Bank in Amsterdam focussing on country risk in Emerging Markets. She also worked as a university lecturer handling Microeconomic Theory, Mathematics for Economics, and Statistics for Economics at Ca' Foscari University of Venice in Italy and the Ateneo de Manila in the Philippines. Eugenia holds double bachelor degrees in Mathematics and Economics from the Ateneo de Manila University. She is a Ph.D. candidate in Economics at the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (Italy), during which she spent some years as a graduate exchange student at the Universiteit van Amsterdam (the Netherlands).


Dean Garvey - Deputy Managing Director - Asia and International at Blackmores

Dean is the Deputy Managing Director – Asia and International for Blackmores. His role encompasses new market exploration and development which has had a strong recent focus on Indonesia where Blackmores has a JV with Kalbe Farma. His role also heads up the Asia HQ for Blackmores based in Singapore which has oversight over Asia Product Development, Finance, HR and Operations.

Blackmores has a strong presence in Asia with established businesses in Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and most recently entered the Vietnamese market in late 2017. Blackmores is continuing to expand and expects to enter Pakistan and Iran in 2018.

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$55 AustCham members 
$75 AustCham member guest*
$90 Guest
(Prices stated are inclusive of GST)
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No refund or cancellation after 5pm on Wednesday 21 March 2018