The OBOR Connect

The "One Belt One Road (OBOR)" Initiative
Connecting China and the Asia Pacific (APAC) region to Boost Global Economic Growth



China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative has created a huge economic opportunity for the APAC region. Banking and financial services industry professionals across Asia will stand to gain the most from increased trade and infrastructure financing opportunities. Considering Australia’s growing economic link with China, what strategy should Australia’s banking and financial services industry adopt? How will OBOR affect the Australia-China economic relationship and the entire APAC region?

In this event, we will discuss the opportunities & challenges of Australia’s financial industry, the economic outlook and the impact of OBOR towards the country’s financial industry.

Key discussion points:

  • The economic outlook of Australia, it’s opportunities & challenges.
  • Exploring the benefits and opportunities of OBOR for banking and financial services industry in Australia
  • How OBOR will realign geopolitics in the region? Are there any potential ulterior motives that need to be taken into consideration?
  • How the Chinese regulatory environment will support foreign financiers and public-private partnerships in the building of OBOR? How any risks such as project failure or financial losses can be mitigated?

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Mandy Drury

Mandy Drury has had an 18-year career at the pinnacle of global business in New York, Tokyo, Singapore and currently Sydney. She has interviewed political and business heavyweights such as Rupert Murdoch, President Donald Trump, US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Mitt Romney, John McCain, and Jamie Dimon as well as Australian politicians such as Paul Keating, John Hewson, Wayne Swan and Joe Hockey.

Mandy has worked extensively in the Asia-Pacific arena, conversing with Prime Ministers, CEOs, central bankers and finance ministers. On a lighter note, she has also interviewed personalities from the celebrity world, such as Kylie Minogue, Curtis Stone, Mike Tyson, the "Sharks" from Shark Tank in the US, rock band Matchbox Twenty and Robert Van Winkle, aka "Vanilla Ice".

Tony Sacre

CEO, Sydney Stock Exchange Limited

Tony Sacre has over 25 years’ experience within the financial markets and banking sectors. Sacre has spent significant time working in international financial markets, and brings a substantial degree of experience in transacting with Asian businesses. Sacre joined Sydney Stock Exchange from ANZ, where he was one of the leaders of the International Business Origination function, and at the Sydney Stock Exchanging is focusing on creating a financial bridge and framework between Australian and Asian corporates.

Prior his time at ANZ, Sacre has held senior leadership roles as General Manager at Commonwealth Bank, Head of International Banking at Bank of Sydney and Global Head of Sales at AME Group. Over his career Sacre has also worked at National Australia Bank, Duke Energy, HSBC New York and JP Morgan. Sacre has a MBA from Macquarie Graduate School of Management, is a Certified Practicing Accountant, and has a Bachelor of Business from Queensland University of Technology. Sacre has also lectured in several financial markets subjects at Kaplan, and has a keen interest in the financial education sector.

Jean Dong

Chief Executive, Australia-China Belt & Road Initiative

Jean Dong has had significant involvement in working with the Australian Government to strengthen Australia's bi-lateral economic relationship with China. In 2014, Dong worked closely with the Tasmanian and Chinese Government, initiating and leading the negotiation of the Memorandum of Understanding Modern Agriculture (Fruit Industry) System between the State of Tasmania and the Shaanxi Provincial People's Government.

With her passion to further reinforce the bi-lateral relationship between China and Australia, Dong established a not for profit organisation – the Australia-China Belt & Road Initiative in 2015. This organisation continues to engage pioneering business leaders from China and Australia with a purpose of articulating the relevance of the Belt & Road strategy to Australian industries and identifying practical opportunities for expanded trade and investment.

Professor James Laurenceson

Deputy Director, Australia-China Relations Institute

Professor James Laurenceson is Deputy Director of the Australia-China Relations Institute at the University of Technology Sydney.

His academic research has been published in leading scholarly journals including China Economic Review and China Economic Journal. Professor Laurenceson provides regular commentary on contemporary developments in China’s economy and the Australia-China economic relationship. His opinion pieces have appeared in Australian Financial Review, The Australian, Sydney Morning Herald, South China Morning Post, amongst many others. He has previously held appointments at the University of Queensland (Australia), Shandong University (China) and Shimonoseki City University (Japan). He was President of the Chinese Economics Society of Australia from 2012-2014.




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