Advance Asia 50 Summit Program

The aim of the Advance Asia 50 Summit was to promote the exchange of ideas and the development of new partnerships where the Australian diaspora in Asia can make a considerable contribution in achieving common goals of sustainability, prosperity and security for the wider region. The outcome was the drafting of recommendations to the Australian government for the continuous development of Australia-Asia relations.

Monday 30 March

Cocktail Function & Performance

One Xintiandi 
Unit A, House 1, Lane 181,
Taicang Lu, North Block,
Xintiandi Plaza


Cocktail Function & Performance


Buses depart from Hyatt on the Bund

5.00 – 7.00pm

VIP Cocktail Function at One Xintiandi, Shui On Group Clubhouse


Buses depart One Xintiandi

7.30 – 9.30pm

Shanghai Circus Performance: Huangpu Sensation at the Shanghai Centre

Tuesday 31 March

Summit at Hyatt on the Bund: 

199 Huang Pu Road, Shanghai, 200080 









Summit Introduction and Opening

Introductory remarks by Mr Ken Allen AM, Chair Emeritus, Advance

The Hon Wayne Swan, Australian Treasurer (via video presentation)




Introductory remarks by NSW Government, Mr Barry Buffier, Director General, NSW Department of State and Regional Development (DSRD)

Special Presentation 

Dr Ya-Qin Zhang, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Corporation, China 

“Opportunities in Economic Crisis”





Overview of Summit Objectives

Mr Adrian Turner, President, Advanc





Harnessing our Social Capital 

Increasing Productivity through Partnerships

The Australian diaspora in Asia has a unique opportunity to create real-time dialogue with countries in the region, deepening our understanding of common challenges and enabling the exchange of best practice.

What critical role can our Australian diaspora and alumni in Asia play in achieving common goals of sustainability and prosperity? What can we learn from our neighbours? 

Opening remarks and presentation by:

Mr Tony Surtees, Advance Global Advisory Board member and Executive Director, Prime Digital Works Pty Ltd, and moderated panel session with special guests:

Mr Neville Roach AO, Former Chairman & CEO, Fujitsu Australia Limited, and a director of Fujitsu in the ASEAN region; Chairman Emeritus, Australia India Business Council; and former Chairman, Council for Multicultural Australia

Mr Jason Yat Sen Li, Managing Director, RI Group China


Ballroom Foyer 

Morning Tea and Networking Break



NSW and Asia - Partners for the 21st CenturyPresentation by Mr Barry Buffier, DSRD and Mr Michael Collins, Chairman, Barangaroo Development Authority 





Beyond the Downturn

The world is expected to grow at its slowest rate since WWII. Although Asia is expected to recover more quickly than other economies, does this crisis present opportunities as well as challenges?

This session will explore the five to ten year horizon. What mid- to long-range scenarios are realistic from this vantage point? What key opportunities will present over this time-frame? How will smart organisations position themselves successfully for this future?

Moderated by:

Mr Jim Middleton of the Australia Network

with panel discussion by:

Mr Russell Scrimshaw, Executive Director, Fortescue Metals Group Ltd

Ms Tracy Colgan, President & Managing Director, Kamsky Associates Inc

Mr Paul Glasson, Chairman, Satori Investments


Luncheon at Aroma

Hyatt on the Bund’s International buffet restaurant




Industry & Issues Break-out Groups                   

Concurrent Sessions – Each group will draft recommendations to be presented later in the day

Guests break out into high level groups each to develop ideas and strategies around the following thematics, breaking for coffee in the afternoon:

The Way Forward in the Region: Areas of Growth and Guidance

Room #205

Industry Break-out Group 1

Economies of Crisis, Economics of Change

Partnerships for Economic Growth

The credit crunch has revealed alarming structural weaknesses in

the global financial system.On a regional level, Australia’s future economic growth continues to be powered by key countries in Asia. Can the financial system be better regulated, without losing its ability to innovate? How can Australia and Asian countries better work together to  build a more sustainable economic future for the broader region?      

Moderated by:

Mr Robert Campbell, McKinsey and Company, Beijing

with panelists:

Ms Michelle Guthrie, Managing Director, Providence Equity Asia Limited

Mr Laurie Smith, Regional Director, North East Asia, Austrade

Mr Matthew Hanning, Joint Head of Investment Banking Asia, UBS



Industry Break-out Group 2 

A Greener Future

Partnerships for Energy, Environment and Sustainability

Increasingly urgent policy responses to climate change are driving a global wave of innovation in clean, green technologies and sustainability initiatives across industry, cities and in agriculture. This session highlights leading initiatives being pioneered by Australians and alumni across the region and the power and importance of networking our diaspora in this fast moving area. 

Moderated by:

Mr Jack Whelan, Chair, Advance Global Green Network & Chief Operating Officer, Environment Business Australia  

Keynote Address by:

Dr Zhengrong Shi,Founder & CEO, Suntech Power

with panel discussion by:      

Mr Alex Wyatt, CEO, Climate Bridge Ltd      

Ms Robyn Joseph, Director, RJ Inc.

Mr Andrew Macintosh, GM Hong Kong Banking, National Australia Bank

Ms Anne Ka Tse Hung,Principal, Baker & McKenzie

Dr Jeffrey Min Hsin Chen, CEO, Sembcorp Utilities Investment Management (Shanghai) Ltd

Room #206

Industry Break-out Group 3 

The Power of Innovation  

Cultivating Innovative Partnerships       Urban planning, architecture, entertainment, technology, creative and scientific industries promise enormous opportunities in the 21st century. Behind the headlines, innovation and invention are alive and thriving. What are some of the successful creative and business models adopted in Asia’s burgeoning regions? What kind of opportunities are on the horizon in the region that harness innovation and collaboration? How do we use our experience in the region to develop a more ‘Asia literate’ Australia?    

Opening remarks and moderation by:

Prof John Hearn, Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of Sydney,

with panel discussion by:      

Mr Barry Plews, Reckless Moments, Cultural & Creative Director      

Dr Thai-Ker Liu, Director, RSP Architects Planners & Engineers (Pte) Ltd 

Dr Larry Marshall, Managing Director, Southern Cross Venture Partners

 Room #207

Industry Break-out Group 4 

Thought Leadership  

Learnings from Australians in Asia

A presentation and workshop based on research undertaken of 10 of the Advance Asia 50. What can we learn from our leaders to ensure long-term relationships, partnerships and outcomes in the region?

Moderated by:

Mr John Eales, former Australian Wallabies Rugby Captain and acclaimed ‘thought leadership’ author

Mr Peter Flavel, Global Head of Standard Chartered Private Bank.

4.00pm Ballroom

Closing Plenary

Rapporteur to share recommendations per Break Out Group to be made to the Australian Government

4.45pm Ballroom

Closing Remarks

Partnerships for the Asian Century – The Next Chapter Mr Adrian Turner, President, Advance



Tuesday 31 March 

Advance Gala Fundraising Dinner  

M on the Bund 

7/F, No. 5 The Bund 

(at Guangdong Lu)

Shanghai 200002 China




Buses depart from Hyatt on the Bund


Gala Fundraising Dinner

An historic location, M on the Bund is housed in the Nissin Shipping Building, which was constructed in 1921.

A sumptuous three course meal accompanied by premium Australian wines will be served.

Keynote Address: Former Australian Prime Minister, the Hon Bob Hawke AC

Entertainment by Mr Rick Lau, acclaimed Hong Kong born, NIDA-trained Chinese-Australian singer-actor-cabaret artist