Sydney: John Howard and Bob Zoellick: Building our future prosperity across the Pacific

As the Australia-US Free Trade Agreement (AUSFTA) marks its 10th anniversary this year, The American Chamber of Commerce in Australia (AmCham), the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Austrade and The US Embassy will bring together leading Australian and American business representatives, government officials, policy experts and architects in achieving this milestone agreement to discuss the basis of prosperity between the two countries.

The Conference will address:

  • Energy and Innovation in the 21st Century
  • The Next Chapters in Indo-Pacific Free Trade
  • Plans to Bolster the Future Prosperity Between Australia and the U.S.
  • Business Opportunities Across the Pacific

Thursday July 2nd
8.30am - 2.30pm
Hilton Sydney, 488 George Street, Sydney, 2000
For more information and to book tickets click here.

Confirmed Speakers Include:

  • The Hon. John Howard, OM AC, Former Prime Minister of Australia
  • Ambassador Michael Thawley AO, Secretary, Department of the Prime Minister & Cabinet
  • The Hon. John Berry, US Ambassador to Australia 
  • Ambassador Robert Zoellick, Former US Trade Representative and World Bank President
  • The Hon. Martin Ferguson AM, Chairman, The Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association
  • The Hon. Mark Vaile AO, Former Deputy Prime Minister of Australia
  • Kate Carnell AO, CEO, Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Andrew Stoler, Former Deputy Director General, World Trade Organisation
  • Tony Wood, Energy Program Coordinator, Grattan Institute
  • Nick Wilson, Managing Director, Hewlett-Packard, South Pacific
  • Brad Furber, COO, Michael Crouch Innovation Centre, UNSW Australia
  • Dr Alex Wonhas, Executive Director, CSIRO Energy
  • Sarah Vaughan, Developer Experience Director, Microsoft Australia
  • Dean Dalla Vale, BHP President HSE, Marketing & Technology, BHP Billiton
  • Heather Ridout AO, Chair AustralianSuper Pty Ltd and Board Member, Reserve Bank of Australia
  • Page Maxson, Chairman CEO, Australia Pacific LNG Pty Ltd 

8:00 am Registration & Networking 
8:40 am Welcome Address Followed by Opening Keynote 
9:30 am Panel 1: Assessing AUSFTA 
10:40 am Morning Tea 
11:10 am Panel 2: Unconventional Energy and new Technologies 
11:10 am Panel 3: Fostering Innovation across the Pacific
12:30 pm Lunch Commences 
1:20 pm Lunch Keynote Address 
2:30 pm Event Concludes 

Ticket Inclusions:

  • Arrival Tea & Coffee
  • Morning Tea
  • 2 Course plated lunch & beverage package

Sponsorship Opportunities are available. Please contact Roxanne Filo for further information -

MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Jonathan Bradley | 0411 864 702 |

Group(s): Advance


Thu, July 2, 2015
8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
(GMT+1100) Australia/Sydney


Hilton Sydney
488 George Street
Sydney, NSW 2000