WA-ASEAN Trade and Investment Dialogue

WA-ASEAN Trade and Investment Dialogue

November 15 | WA-ASEAN Trade and investment dialogue

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The WA-ASEAN Trade and Investment Dialogue 2019 will explore how connectivity can support deeper economic ties between Western Australia and its regional neighbours. Building on the inaugural dialogue in November 2018, this year seeks to understand the current patterns and future opportunities for economic connectivity between Western Australia and Southeast Asia.  The dialogue will bring together leading representatives from government, business and youth in WA and its key Southeast Asian economic partners to promote the economic capacities of Western Australia, and discuss the benefits and opportunities from deeper connectivity with Southeast Asia.

There is significant potential for new economic partnerships between Western Australia and Southeast Asia. Shared geography links the state its northern neighbours, while economic complementarity supports economic partnerships. There are particular opportunities in services and technology sectors where Western Australian capabilities are well matched to regional needs. However, the potential for these trade and investment partnerships requires strong connectivity between the state and its Southeast Asian neighbours. Connectivity is central to this capacity-building endeavour. Defined as the strength of international ties – across infrastructural, technological and people-to-people (P2P) domains – connectivity is a key enabler of economic links.

Date and Time: Friday 15 November 2019, 8:15am - 5:30pm
Location: The University Club of Western Australia, Banquet Hall




Kyle Springer -

Kyle Springer

Senior Analyst, Perth USAsia Centre

Kyle Springer is Senior Analyst at the Perth USAsia Centre. In 2018 he co-authored a chapter with Dr Jeffrey Wilson on Australia-Indonesia economic ties in Expanding Horizons: Indonesia’s Regional Engagement in the Indo-Pacific Era. Kyle also authored “Vietnam as a G20 country: towards an Australia-Vietnam economic partnership,” part of Perth USAsia Centre’s Indo-Pacific Insights Series. He has a Masters in International Relations from the University of Western Australia (2012) and a Bachelor of Science from the California State University (2008).

Han Shih Lee -

Han Shih Lee

Founder, Potato Productions

Lee Han Shih is the Founder and Head of Potato Productions group of companies. A Singapore-based multi-media company with a presence in many countries, (including China and Hollywood USA) through various partnerships, joint ventures and associate companies.

Previously, Han Shih was a teacher, a civil servant in a range of government roles and a journalist with Singapore Press Holdings. He was a Senior Correspondent with The Business Times newspaper for over 20 years.

Dr Jemma Green -

Dr Jemma Green

Executive Chairman and Cofounder, Power Ledger

After completing a degree in finance, Jemma started her career in banking at J.P. Morgan in London. While there, she saw first hand the dilemmas and problems that came with bringing corporate social responsibility to the business world. Determined to find a way to fix what she felt was a broken system, Green decided to pursue a doctorate at Curtin University. She was awarded her PhD in 2015 for work on disruption in the electricity market, working also as a research fellow. This work turned out to be the perfect segue to starting up her own business, a blockchain powered peer to peer energy and carbon credit trading platform called Power Ledger. The company is three years old and has projects in the US, Japan, Europe, Thailand and Australia.

Jemma is also an expert in residence at Curtin University helping with commercialisation of technology within the university and the Western Australian market and serves on the board of Water Corporation. Somehow she also found time to become Deputy Lord Mayor of Perth and a mother of two children. Jemma helped set up Australia’s first fossil fuel free superannuation fund‎ and has sat on numerous boards championing sustainable business. She gives regular talks on technology and leadership in business and recently received the EY Fintech Entrepreneur of the Year award. She lives in Perth and invents Italian style dishes for relaxation.

Aukrit Unahalekhaka -

Aukrit Unahalekhaka

Co-Founder & CEO, Ricult

Aukrit Unahalekhaka is the Co-founder/CEO (Thailand) of Ricult, a venture-backed social enterprise that leverages machine learning and satellite imagery to help farmers in Thailand and Pakistan increase farm productivity and access affordable loan, helping lift them out of poverty. Ricult has been named the best Social Enterprise in Southeast Asia and Oceania in the Global Social Venture Competition, won the Fintech Disrupt Challenge organized by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and awarded Innovative Agribusiness by United Nations Industrial Developmental Organization. Aukrit received a joint master’s degree in engineering and management from MIT where he was a fellow at the MIT Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship. Prior to MIT, he was a consultant at Accenture in the Boston office and a software engineer at Cisco in Silicon Valley.

Hayley Winchcombe -

Hayley Winchcombe

Founder & Chair, ASEAN-Australia Strategic Youth Partnership (AASYP) and New Colombo Plan ASEAN Fellow 2018

Hayley founded the ASEAN-Australia Strategic Youth Partnership (AASYP) as a platform to inspire the energy, ideas and engagement of young people in strengthening ASEAN-Australia relations. In 2019, she launched the ASEAN Australia Young Leaders Forum (AAYLF) as the first online-offline programme to connect influential young leaders from across the relationship, to tackle the most pressing regional issues of today. 

Yasmin Poole -

Yasmin Poole

Writer & Youth Advocate

Yasmin was the Australian Youth Representative to APEC 2018 in Papua New Guinea and Delegate to the ASEAN-Australia Business Summit. She has interned across NGOs like Asialink, Asia Pacific Centre for R2P and ICAN. Yasmin was the youngest winner of the 2019 Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence. She is the youngest ever person to be named as one of the Top 40 Under 40 Most Influential Asian Australians.


Erin Watson-Lynn -

Erin Watson-Lynn

Head of Programs, Perth USAsia Centre

Erin Watson-Lynn is the Perth USAsia Centre’s Head of Programs, where she oversees the Centre's Indo-Pacific Regional Program, Australia Indo-Pacific and US Relations Program, and Education and Outreach. Erin has delivered Track I.5 and II dialogues and programs across the Indo-Pacific and has an established network across think tanks, academic, government and the media.

Fuadi Pitsuwan -

Fuadi Pitsuwan

Chief Strategy Officer, Beanspire Coffee & PhD Student, University of Oxford

Fuadi is a co-founder of Beanspire Coffee, a developer and an exporter of specialty grade Thai coffee that focuses on quality and relationships at both ends of the supply chain. He also serves as President of Surin Pitsuwan Foundation, named after his late father Surin Pitsuwan, former ASEAN Secretary General. The Foundation aims to carry out his late father's missions in the ASEAN region in three areas: education, diplomacy and human security. Since 2012, he has also served as a Member of the Advisory Board for Teach For Thailand. Additionally, Fuadi is a predoctoral fellow at Chiang Mai University's School of Public Policy and currently a doctoral student at University of Oxford where his research focuses on the institutional design of military alliances. From 2008-2011, he was an associate at The Cohen Group, a DC-based strategic advisory firm, where he received a Rising Star award from US-ASEAN Business Council. He received his MPP from Harvard Kennedy School and received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.