Feb 2017
Tue, 21 Feb 2017

CEO Message February 2017

Article by Niels Marquardt
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No doubt many of you would have been following the last eventful month in US politics with great interest. The key point to remember – and one that I made on Sky News earlier this month – is that the process of standing up a government in the US is a long one that has only just begun. We anticipate that by the time AmCham returns to Washington on our annual Washington Doorknock in June, there will be more clarity around who will be managing the US-Australia relationship, and how the Trump administration’s agenda will play out. We will also get a clearer picture of the administration’s agenda at AmCham’s “Trump After 100 Days” panel events around the country the week of May 1. Check our website for more details as they emerge!

Upcoming Trade Missions

Offshore Technology Conference
Houston, Texas – 29 April – 5 May

Once again this year, we will lead a delegation to the world’s largest Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston, Texas. It will run 29 April – 5 May. This is the best place to do business with leading global executives in the energy industry. There are still a few places available, so now is the time to register for this exciting trade mission!

Asia-Pacific Business Summit
Guangzhou, China – 19-22 April

There’s still time to register for this year’s APCAC Summit in Guangzhou, China on April 19-22. We anticipate that this event will be a key opportunity to connect with newly appointed regional leaders from the Trump administration. Plus, you will join more than 600 business and industry leaders, as well as media, academia, policy experts and top government officials from US, China, and across the Asia Pacific region. I will be leading an Australian delegation this year – I hope you can join me!

Washington Doorknock
June 19-23

Our annual Washington Doorknock will take place June 19-23. Join us for behind the scenes access to key play-makers and agencies in the Trump administration, the Republican-dominated Congress, leading think tanks and more. Our focus will be on advocating for a better deal for our members on the “three T’s” – trade, tax, and travel. Plus, our official airline partners Virgin Australia and Delta Air Lines will be pleased to tailor travel solutions for AmCham delegates. Visit our website to learn more about the new flight legs to the US which will be on offer from April 4.


Upcoming Events

Check out some of the best upcoming events across the country below, or visit our website for more!


NSW - FBI (U.S.)

Gordon Bitko, Chief Information Officer
Sydney, March 13

VIC - Virgin Australia / Delta Air Lines

John Thomas, Virgin Australia Group Executive
Bob Somers, Delta Air Lines Senior Vice President – Global Sales


SA – South Australia’s Future Energy Needs

Catherine Tanna, Managing Director, EnergyAustralia
Simon Hackett, CEO and Executive Chairman, Redflow
Jenny Paradiso, Managing Director, Suntrix
Mark Vincent, Manager of Network Investment Strategy and Planning, SA Power Network


WA – Financial Toolbox Series

Perth, February 27, March 20, May 22


QLD – Creative Disruption in eHealth

Dr Clair Sullivan, Consultant Endocrinologist at Pricess Alexandra Hospital
Prof Andrew Burton-Jones, Professor of Business Information Systems at the University of Queensland
Mr Dan Harradine, Partner at KPMG
QLD – The Hon Annastacia Palaszczuk MP
Premier and Minister for the Arts

Save the Date

Melbourne Innovation Mission – 5 April 2017

This one-day event returns in 2017 with a brand new program, with site visits planned to the Australian Synchotron, CSIRO, Monash University, and more groundbreaking centres of research and innovation. Book today!

US Embassy Trade Mission to SA – Adelaide, 11-12 April 2017

Following the successful trade and investment mission to Darwin, the U.S. Chargé d’Affaires James Carouso is inviting AmCham members to travel to Adelaide with him on 11-12 April for a similar trade and investment mission. The two-day visit will include meetings with government officials and networking opportunities with local businesses. If interested and for additional information, please contact Michael Roberts.

World Business Forum – Sydney, 31 May – 1 June 2017

World Business Forum Sydney 2017 will highlight that in a world where new technologies emerge at pace, those who anticipate change and are quickly able to adapt will flourish. Don’t miss your chance to hear from Arianna Huffington and other global business leaders!

Sydney Sustainability Mission – June 2017

How are organisations using innovative approaches to solve the great social and environmental sustainability challenges of this century? Join us as we travel Sydney exploring what is considered ‘best practice’ when it comes to creating sustainable companies and cities. If you are interested in participating or showcasing your company’s precinct, please contact our office today.


New Members in February 2017

Since my last message, we are pleased to welcome Northrop Grumman as our newest Premium Member! Please view our newest members here, including the following: Austrade, Australian Frontline Solutions, MAP Institute, Wealth Efficiency, the bd lab, Sustainable Solutions Group, Trevor-Roberts, Santoro Consulting, Smith Brothers Media, Mind Tribes, Gardiner Dairy Foundation, Nexxis and Segnut. If you are not already a member of AmCham, now is the time to join and increase your access to opportunity for 2017.

Until next time,

Niels Marquardt

Follow me on twitter: @CEO_AmChamAU

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