The University of Newcastle, Australia


China Business Forum – Friday 13 October 2017

NeW Space, Newcastle

8:30 am – 12:30 pm

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China is one of the most valuable contributors to the strength of Australia’s economy and our top trading partner. As a result of this relationship and strong economic ties, there is a need to maintain an understanding of current trends and impacts of China’s strategic and economic initiatives.

China's Belt and Road Initiative is a major undertaking to connect Asia, Europe and Africa along five routes to enhance stronger economic ties and efficient allocation of resources. Find out what this means for Newcastle's business community by learning about the topic in more depth, as well as gaining insight to the opportunities around trade development, investment and tourism growth.

Hosted on Level 5 at the stunning new UON City Facility NeW Space, we will be welcomed by Professor Tony Travaglione, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean.

The event will be structured with two speaker streams focusing on both tourism and trade and investment, with a lively panel discussion at the conclusion of the event.

Speakers include:

  • Dr Hao Tan, Senior Lecturer in International Business and Strategy at the Newcastle Business School, University of Newcastle
  • Dr Jim Harrowell, New South Wales’ Special Envoy to China
  • Mr Nick Coyle, Executive Director and CEO, Austcham Beijing
  • Mr Geoff Crowe, CEO, Port of Newcastle
  • Ms Cheng Lei, Anchor, CCTV News, Host of CCTV News Biz Asia
  • Mr Oliver Tams, Travel Partnerships specialist at Think! Procurement
  • Mr David Thomas, CEO, Think Global (MC)

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This event is being presented by The Confucius Institute at The University of Newcastle, with support from major sponsors City of Newcastle, Hamilton Chamber of Commerce Port of NewcastlePort Waratah Coal Services and Newcastle Airport.


Networking and Business Talk – Thursday 12 October 2017

NeW Space, Newcastle

5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Expand your horizons into global markets with UON Global and The Hunter Young Professionals with an additional China Week Business Event on Thursday 12 October. This event will shift your perspective out of Newcastle and across international borders. Expect speakers who have successfully launched products overseas, contributed to trade and investment promotion and managed hundreds of staff across multiple markets and cultures. You’ll also get an opportunity to network with members from the Hunter Young Professionals and UON Global students.

Thanks to our sponsors

The Confucius Institute and University of Newcastle would like to thank each of our generous sponsors who help make China Week possible.

Jade Partners

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