Across My Desk
s we enter a new financial year, I would like to take the opportunity of thanking our vast membership for the valuable and enthusiastic contribution to the continued success of the Chamber. Our Platinum Patrons ANZ, Australia Plus, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, CPA Australia, Flight Centre, KPMG, Leighton Asia, Macquarie, National Australia Bank, Telstra, and Westpac, provide enormous support without which the Chamber would struggle to provide the high level of engagement that we do. It is a privilege to work closely with such high level professionals across the business spectrum in Hong Kong. We have entered another phase of activity for our much praised and copied Mentor Programme, and our list of Mentors and Protégés has reached record heights. The first event has come and gone, and the mentoring pairs have been selected, introduced, and guided through the first phase of the programme. I wish all of those involved the very best for a productive and enjoyable season, and thank Tanya and Liz from Speak for the dedication and energy brought to the group so far. Our committees have provided some great topics for consideration this year and a couple of those have been transformed into events already. Our Small Business Network has initiated the brand new Business Lifecycle series which will begin in early September, so take a note for your diaries. The Women in Business Network began the Though Leadership series with a terrific event at Minter Ellison’s office last month, with the generous support of Geoff Wilson of KPMG and Ben Way of Macquarie, and will continue with other sessions around the theme. The Business Technology and Sustainability committees have joined forces to bring an event to our members coinciding with the inaugural E-Prix in October, highlighting the transport plan for Hong Kong into 2020 and featuring thought leadership in electric transport solutions, smart cities, and environmental considerations. Of course we are bringing our annual ACCESS China forum to you in early November so, once again, please mark your calendars. Watch this space for more information shortly, but this will continue the great forums we have held in the past few years with highly regarded speakers and panellists, and a great keynote speaker over lunch. It seems we have a new Australian Government, all sworn in and accounted for. After such an entertaining and controversial election, with places in the upper house still to be determined, I’m
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looking forward to a new age of politics with some entertaining, frustrating, and creative processes to follow. We were very lucky to have Kerry-Anne Walsh in Hong Kong to discuss the tumultuous election process and a number of the personalities involved, at a breakfast at the Hong Kong Club and again at a lunch at the St Regis in Macau. Thanks to Kerry-Anne and Mark Wembridge for their insightful and often amusing contribution. Josh Densley has been part of the team at the Secretariat for the past 6 months, helping Iris with events management while Cloudia is on maternity leave. He’s been a great addition to the team, however short lived that seems, and is now actively pursuing other possibilities. Josh has represented the Chamber well and has been member facing at most of our events. He has demonstrated his ability to react to tight deadlines on numerous occasions, and adapted rapidly to the sometimes hectic work environment in here. If anyone is looking for a capable International Business Graduate to complement their team, please drop me a line as I am very keen to help Josh onto his next career step. Summer is well and truly upon us with some great weather to go along with the soaring temperatures. I hope most of you have been able to enjoy the heat and make the most of the conditions, or take a break and travel to less steamy places during the holidays. I will be taking a short break in chilly Sydney shortly, but Chamber activity will bustle on while I’m gone. Have a good summer everyone. Drew Waters, Chief Executive
EVENTS UPDATE AUGUST AT A GLANCE… 30 August, 6:30pm – 9:00pm The 62nd InterCham Young Professional Cocktail Azure Restaurant Slash Bar, Hotel LKF by Rhombus, 33 Wyndham Street
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