Perspectives on Australia - China Business
Perspectives on Australia - China Business
AustCham Hong Kong welcomes members for a private luncheon and conversation on the Australia-China business relationship with National President and Chair of the Australia China Business Council, David Olsson. Joining David for this fireside chat will be Patrick Vizzone, AustCham Board Director and Chair of the Chamber's GBA Committee.
As Australia emerges from the Federal election the relationship with our biggest trading partner will be under more scruitiny than ever before. Fresh from an extended visit to Australia David will share his views and insights on a range of issues front of mind for Australian business executives operating in the region, including:
the role that geopolitics will play for the incoming Federal Government
China and Australia’s evolving geo-political relationship
views on trade and international relations in the region, and
- how climate change responses and clean energy can drive future trade and investment.
This event is strictly Members only with limited tickets available. All attendees must comply with venue admission requirements, including dress code, presentation of a vaccination record upon entry and use of the Leave Home Safe App.
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Please note: The views, thoughts, and opinions expressed by the speaker(s) belong solely to the speaker, and are not representative of The Australian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong.
Fri, May 27, 2022
12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
The China Club
National President and Chair | Australia China Business Council
David Olsson is the National President and Chair of the Australia China Business Council.
The ACBC is a membership-based, not-for-profit organisation comprised of over 700 member companies engaged in trade and investment with China. Established in 1973, the ACBC is Australia’s leading advocate for productive trade, investment and business engagement with China. Its membership network extends across all states and territories and all sectors of the Australian business community.
David’s background is as a lawyer helping Australian companies navigate the complexities of cross-border trade and investment with China and the region. He has lived and worked in Asia for over 25 years, including for 6 years as a senior partner with international law firm King & Wood Mallesons based in Beijing. David is now based in Hong Kong with KWM as International Director focussed on the Greater Bay Area.
He’s been an active supporter of business engagement with China for many years. He’s a previous Chair of the Australian Chamber of Commerce in Beijing and has led a number of industry working groups that have helped Australian financial institutions and businesses access capital and investment opportunities in China and the Asian region.
He is also a Business Champion for the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan, an initiative that has provided thousands of Australian university students with the opportunity to study, gain work experience in the Indo Pacific region over the last 6 years.
Patrick was born in Australia and has resided in Greater China since 1993. He has been a long-time member of AustCham HK and an active member of the Greater Bay Area Committee, which he currently chairs, since 2018.
Patrick has held numerous senior corporate and investment banking leadership positions, most recently having served as ANZ’s International Head of Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, Head of Hong Kong Coverage and Alternate Chief Executive of ANZ Hong Kong. He also previously served as Asian Head of Institutional Banking, Asian Head of Food & Agribusiness and Alternative Chief Executive at National Australia Bank Hong Kong. Earlier in his banking career Patrick was Managing Director, Head of Food & Agribusiness, Asia and Deputy General Manager at Rabobank Hong Kong and Head of Strategic Marketing and Product, Asia-Pacific, at GE Capital (in Hong Kong).
Before entering into banking, from 1994 - 1999 Patrick co-founded and developed a vertically integrated agricultural supply chain management enterprise in China.
Prior to its privatization in 2020, Patrick served for 13 years as a member of the Board of Directors of China Agri-Industries, the Hong Kong listed subsidiary of China’s COFCO Group. He was a Member of the Audit and Nomination Committees, and Chair of the Renumeration Committee. During that time he obtained a fellowship of the Hong Kong Institute of Directors and joined the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Patrick is currently serving a 4-year term on the Board of Directors of the International Fresh Produce Association. He was elected to the Executive Committee as Secretary-Treasurer on 1st January 2022. Over the past decade he also previously Chaired the Association’s Global Development Committee and Global Strategy Task Force.
In 2019 Patrick joined the University of Manchester’s Global Leadership Board. He also currently serves as President of the Hong Kong Foundation of the University of Manchester.
Since 2017 he’s been a shareholder of and Senior Advisor to Agfunder Inc, one of the world’s leading Agri-Food Tech Venture Capital and insights platform.
Patrick holds B.A. in History and Politics from Monash University, an MBA in Finance from Manchester Business School and AMP from Harvard Business School.