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AAA Speaker Series
Ed Gresser - U.S Trade Expert
"21st-Century Trade Policy": The Obama administration has termed TPP a 21st-century agreement. What does this actually mean?
Ed Gresser will examine how the Obama administration and outside actors are trying to adapt The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) to a world of Internet trade, individualized exporting and importing, and rapid development of new technology.
Mr Gresser is one of the country’s best-known and most influential trade policy scholars, having conducted path-breaking research on the American tariff system, international trade agreements, trade relations with the Muslim world, Asian economic integration and other topics. In 2013, the Washington International Trade Association- honoured him with its sixth Lighthouse Award, to recognize "contributions made over the course of a career to trade policy, the understanding of global trade, or expanding the benefits of global trade."
Mr Gresser most recently served as Director of the Trade and Global Markets program and as interim President of the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC). Prior to joining the DLC, Mr Gresser was Trade and Global Markets Director for the Progressive Policy Institute and served as Policy Advisor to U.S. Trade Representative Charlene Barshefsky. Mr Gresser’s accomplishments include negotiation of China’s WTO accession agreement and passage of Permanent Normal Trade Relations.
Mr Gresser’s research has been covered by major publications and new outlets including the Washington Post, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Financial Times and Far Eastern Economic Review, and has been cited in publications by the World Trade Organization, the World Bank, the IMF and other institutions.
Mr Gresser holds an M.A. from Columbia University and a B.A. in Political Science from Stanford University.
to be held on
Tuesday, 8th October 2013
7:30am – 9:00am
Park Hyatt Melbourne
1 Parliament Square off Parliament Place
Melbourne Victoria 3002
30th September 2013
firstname.lastname@example.org or 03 9663 9550
Dress: Business Attire
In March and May 2011, AAA launched its Corporate Programme Series in Sydney and Melbourne respectively.
The Corporate Programme presents a forum for young and established business and community leaders to engage in topical business conversation and networking.
To be added to the Corporate Programme Series invitation list, email InfoSydney@aaa-aus.org.
Farewell Reception for U.S. Ambassador the Hon. Jeffrey L. Bleich
The American Australian Association and United States Studies Centre held a farewell reception for the Honourable Jeffrey L. Bleich, U.S. Ambassador to Australia on 7 August in Sydney.
Guests included former PM Bob Hawke, NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell, NSW Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner, Business Council of Australia President Tony Shepherd, ABC Chairman James Spigelman, Boeing Australia President Ian Thomas, CHAMP Private Equity Founding Partner Joseph Skrzynski, GE Aviation General Manager Max York, Costco Managing Director Patrick Noone and Tourism Australia CEO Andrew McEvoy. In addition we were also delighted to welcome leading Australian business people, CEOs and academics to the event.
Ambassador Bleich's impressive and successful tenure has made a considerable difference to Australian and American relations, and we have especially valued his relationship with and commitment to the AAA. We wish him and his family well as they return to America, as well as continued success in his remarkable and distinguished career.
U.S. 2012 Presidential Election Corporate VIP Breakfast
On 2 October 2012, AAA together with the U.S.. Consulate, Melbourne and the United States Studies Centre, held a VIP Corporate Breakfast to discuss the political landscape of the 2012 U.S.. Presidential Election. The panel of experts discussed their perceptions of the candidates and offered their opinions on pertinent issues such as the economy, U.S.. foreign policy, and the impact of the election on the Asia-Pacific.
The forum was moderated by Sara James - Emmy award-winning foreign correspondent, author, and commentator.
The Panel of Experts included:
- Tom Switzer - A research associate at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney and Editor of the Spectator Australia
- Dr Tim Lynch - Senior Lecturer in American Politics and Foreign Policy in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne
- Cameron Stewart - Associate Editor, The Australian
A special thank you to Arnold Bloch Liebler for hosting the breakfast.
AAA/ASF Corporate Function
A Better Bond Market – Clearing the way for greater allocation to Domestic Fixed Income
The Moderator for this event was Chris Dalton – CEO, the Australian Securitisation Forum and panel members were:Ian Beckett – Department of Treasury
Greg Tanzer – ASIC
Brad Scott – NAB Capital Markets
Sue Wang – Mercer Investment Consulting
Mihkel Kase – Schroders
AAA Cocktail Reception
U.S. Professor Mayer discusses the 2012 U.S Presedential Election
On 14 May 2012, AAA in conjunction with the U.S Consulate General and Invest Victoria, hosted a VIP function with guest speaker Professor Kenneth R. Mayer, Professor of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Professor Mayer discussed the U.S Presidential electoral process, the difficult task of forecasting and existing models of presidential elections.
The Honourable John Olsen, AO, former Premier of South Australia and current CEO of the AAA gave a terrific speech about the strong bond between Australia and the United States as did the Consul General to United States in Melbourne, Frank Urbancic.
With over 90 attendees, the event was a great success and attracted a broad range of guests including the Honourable Marilyn Warren, A.C. Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria, Justice Elizabeth Curtain, esteemed members of the academia world, senior corporates as well as past recipients of the AAA Fellowship Program.
US Political, Legislative and Regulatory Landscape for Capital Markets - Sydney
Date: 23 November 2011
Time: 6:00-8:00 pm
Venue: Mallesons Stephen Jaques - Level 61, Governor Phillip Tower, 1 Farrer Place
Host: Mallesons Stephen Jaques
Speaker: Tom Deutsch
Tom Deutsch, Executive Director of the American Securitization Forum, discussed the US Political, Legislative and Regulatory Landscape for Capital Markets including the post-crisis housing market and legislative outcomes.
The 9/11 Decade - Sydney
Date: 8 June 2011
Time: 6:00-8:00 pm
Venue: AAA - Level 47, 19 Martin Place
Speaker: Douglas Feith
Douglas Feith, a guest of the US Studies Centre for its National Summit on the 9/11 Decade shared insight on world developments since 9/11 - from geopolitics, peace and stability to freedom, democracy and human rights.
Corporate Programme Series Launch - Melbourne
Date: 10 May 2011
Time: 5:30-7:00 pm
Venue: Invest Victoria - Level 46, 55 Collins Street
Host: Invest Victoria
Distinguished guests included US Consul General Michael Thurston and The Hon Louise Asher MP, Minister for Innovation, Services & Small Business and Minister for Tourism & Major Events.
Corporate Programme Series Launch - Sydney
Date: 29 March 2011
Time: 6:00-8:00 pm
Venue: Commonwealth Bank - Level 19, Darling Park Tower 1
Host: Commonwealth Bank
Speaker: David Hale
David Hale, award-winning global economist, worldwide lecturer and esteemed author outlined the key Australian, US and global macro and micro events which will impact the economy for the next five years.