Dealing with Challenges and Benefitting from Opportunities in Asia: Getting Strategy Right!


We are delighted to invite you to the Executive Series program of the SMS Special Conference in Sydney with the theme "Strategic Management in the Asian Century - Dealing with Dynamism, Diversity and Development."

Asia and the trans-Pacific region are composed of remarkable economic, political, and social diversity that pose significant strategic challenges but also provide huge opportunities. The Executive Series focuses on insights that guide strategy formulation and implementation and the management of strategic performance in such environments.

The two-day Executive Series program provides a continuous stream of panel and plenary debate sessions that will be valuable to those who practice strategic management. These debates include board members, CEOs and Chief Strategy Officers; senior strategy advisors and consultants; and distinguished academics. These panel debates engage business, consulting and academics to discuss advances in the theory AND practice of strategy.

See below for details of the Executive Series schedule and click here to see details of some of the 30+ featured speakers.

This Executive Series program allows you to not only learn about cutting-edge thinking in strategy from accomplished chief executives, distinguished professors from around the globe as well as senior corporate advisors and strategy consultants, but also to network with them and other delegates. To register, please click here.

We look forward to you joining us in Sydney!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

09:15 — 09:30
Conference Welcome
09:30 — 10:30
Keynote Address: The Integration and Rise of Asia - Geopolitical & Economic Context & Challenges

Keynote

Ian Buchanan, Senior Corporate Advisor, strategy& ANZEA

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Ian Buchanan is an experienced strategy consultant, board member, and senior advisor with more than 30 years of leadership and advisory experience in setting and executing large scale strategic change agendas. His experience includes consulting to major companies, state enterprise and Governments throughout Australia and the Asia Pacific. Ian Buchanan joined Booz & Company in South-East Asia in 1994 as lead partner and was subsequently elected to Chairman. In this capacity he led the development and restructuring of several of the largest client accounts in the region across a range of countries and sectors. In 2005, he moved into an advisory role and now has positions on Australian, Asian and global boards and advisory councils including Australia’s leading insurance company, a large national law firm and one of the country’s most respected business schools.

10:30 — 11:00
Morning Tea Break
11:00 — 12:15
Plenary Session I: Key Challenges in Taking Advantage of Opportunities in Asia

Session Chair

Ian Buchanan, Senior Corporate Advisor, strategy& ANZEA

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Ian Buchanan is an experienced strategy consultant, board member, and senior advisor with more than 30 years of leadership and advisory experience in setting and executing large scale strategic change agendas. His experience includes consulting to major companies, state enterprise and Governments throughout Australia and the Asia Pacific. Ian Buchanan joined Booz & Company in South-East Asia in 1994 as lead partner and was subsequently elected to Chairman. In this capacity he led the development and restructuring of several of the largest client accounts in the region across a range of countries and sectors. In 2005, he moved into an advisory role and now has positions on Australian, Asian and global boards and advisory councils including Australia’s leading insurance company, a large national law firm and one of the country’s most respected business schools.

Panelists

Graham Bradley, Chairman, Stockland Corporation

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Graham Bradley is a professional company director and is currently Non-Executive Chairman of Stockland Corporation, EnergyAustralia Holdings and HSBC Bank Australia. He also chairs junior gas explorer Po Valley Energy, Virgin Australia International Holdings and the Anglo American Advisory Board and is a director GI Dynamics. In July 2013, he was appointed Chairman of Infrastructure NSW. He was also managing director of Perpetual Limited from 1995—2003. He is a member of the Advisory Council of the Australian School of Business at UNSW and a director of the European Australian Business Council. He was made a member of the Order of Australia in 2009 in recognition of his contribution to business, medical research and the arts. He was acknowledged by the Australian Institute of Company Directors NSW as the Distinguished Fellow for 2012 in recognition of his contribution to good corporate governance in Australia.

Mark Johnson, Chairman, Alinta Energy

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Mark Johnson is Chairman of Alinta Energy, a Director of Westfield Group and Senior Adviser to Gresham Partners. He is also Chairman of the ASIC External Advisory Panel, an adviser to Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ in Australia and chairs Dateline Resources, a junior exploration company. He has spent more than forty years in banking and corporate finance and retired as Deputy Chairman of Macquarie Bank in 2007 and as Chairman of Macquarie Infrastructure Group in 2010. He has recently retired as Chairman of AGL Energy and Guinness Peat Group. He was Chairman of the Australian Financial Centre Task Force, an Australian Government initiative directed towards ensuring efficiency and competitiveness in the financial services sector. From 2002-2013, he was one of the three Australian representatives on the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) and Chairman of the APEC CEO Summit in Sydney in 2007.

Ian Narev, CEO, Commonwealth Bank of Australia

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Ian Narev is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. He assumed his current role in December 2011 and his priorities as Chief Executive have focused on Commonwealth Bank’s strategic capabilities of people development, customer focus, technology, productivity and financial strength. Prior to joining Commonwealth Bank, he was a partner of McKinsey & Company. He worked in McKinsey’s New York, Sydney and Auckland offices from 1998 to 2007. From 2005 until his departure in 2007, he was head of McKinsey’s New Zealand office. Prior to joining McKinsey, he was a lawyer specializing in mergers and acquisitions. Ian Narev holds a Masters of Law degree from Cambridge University (International Corporate Law), and a Masters of Law degree from New York University (International Relations), where he was a Hauser Scholar. He also holds undergraduate degrees in English and Law from the University of Auckland.

Vanessa Wallace, Chairman, strategy& Japan

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Vanessa Wallace is currently the Chairman in Japan of Strategy& (formerly Booz & Company and now part of PwC) and a Non-Executive Director of Wesfarmers Ltd. She has 30 years of experience in Financial Services working both in the industry, with Schroders Australia, and as a senior adviser through Booz & Company where she held many leadership positions including Member of the Global Board, Financial Services Practice Leader for Global Markets, Global Retail Banking Practice Leader, Leader of Financial Services in Australia and SE Asia, and Strategy Practice leader in Australia and SE Asia. She has a MBA from IMD in Switzerland and B.Comm from the University of New South Wales.

George Yip, Professor of Marketing and Strategy, Imperial College

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George Yip is Professor of Management and Co-Director of the Centre on China Innovation at China Europe International Business School. His prior business experience includes being VP and Director of Research & Innovation at Capgemini Consulting. He serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of MIT Sloan Management Review. The Financial Times said of his book Strategic Transformation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) “... is the chief executive’s in-depth guide to how to sustain and refresh strategy over time.” An earlier book, Total Global Strategy (Prentice Hall, 1992) was selected as one of the 30 best business books of the year. He holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in economics from Cambridge University; and MBAs from Cranfield School of Management and Harvard Business School, and a doctorate from Harvard.

12:15 — 13:15
Luncheon
13:30 — 14:45
Round Table Discussion: Unpacking Key Challenges and Opportunities in Asia

Session Chair

Paul Hunter, CEO, Strategic Management Institute

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Paul Hunter is Founder and Chief Executive of the Strategic Management Institute, a research and education organization committed to the collection and dissemination of knowledge in strategy. Under Paul Hunter’s guidance, the SMI recently launched a Certified Strategy Practitioner (CSP) program offering Affiliate, Associate and Fellow levels of accreditation. Paul Hunter established the SMI 5 years ago as an integral component of an independent consulting firm of which he was co-founder; HCP Management Consultants. Paul Hunter has presented at numerous conferences and seminars including the SMS and authored or co-authored articles appearing in publications such as Singapore Management Review. Paul Hunter is a CPA and Doctor of Business Administration and a past Partner of PWC. He has developed a methodology supporting the Practice of Strategy, an area in which he now teaches and consults. He is currently compiling a book on the topic as a support to the SMI’s professional work in strategy.

14:45 — 15:15
Afternoon Tea Break
15:15 — 16:30
Plenary Session II: Dealing with Key Challenges and Benefiting from Opportunities in Asia

Session Chair

John Stuckey, Senior Advisor, McKinsey & Company

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John Stuckey was with management consultants McKinsey & Company for over 25 years, where he advised senior executives of major Australian companies on strategy and organization issues. Since retiring as a partner in 2006, he has been involved in a range of public and private businesses in board or advisory roles. For example, he was the inaugural Chairman of ASIC’s External Advisory Panel and is Chairman of Heathley Ltd, an unlisted property funds manager. While with McKinsey, John Stuckey became the managing partner of the Australasian practice and subsequently chairman of Asia. He was on the firm's global board. For many years he was a leader of and significant contributor to the firm’s strategy practice. He was trained as an economist at the University of New England and holds a PhD in business economics from Harvard. Before joining McKinsey he was an academic at the University of Sydney.

Panelists

Dominik Baumeister, Director, strategy& ANZEA

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Dominik Baumeister is a Director of Booz & Company's Australia, New Zealand & South East Asia based in Sydney, where he co-leads the firm's regional "Engineered Products and Services" practice. After studying in Germany, China and Japan, he started his consulting career in Singapore focusing on the automotive, high tech, construction and transport & logistics sectors across Asia, before co-founding a boutique strategy consulting firm in Australia specializing in private equity support. He then became an Executive Director in Ernst & Young's Transaction Advisory Practice before joining Booz & Company's Sydney Office in 2011. During his 14 years in consulting, Dominik Baumeister continued to work across Asia for Asian, global and Australian clients and is very familiar with the strategic challenges in Asia's high growth environments.

Tony D'Aloisio, Chairman, IRESS Ltd.

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Tony D’Aloisio has served in both executive and non-executive roles in commercial and Government enterprises. He has held roles of Chief Executive, Chairman and Board member in local and international bodies involved in financial markets and professional services. He was Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer at the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) from 2004 to 2006 and was Chairman of the (International) Joint Forum from 2009 to 2011. He was also Chief Executive Partner at Mallesons Stephen Jaques between 1992 and 2004. His current roles include: President of the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia, Director of IRESS Limited, Director of Oakridge Wines Pty Ltd, Director of PPB Advisory, and Director of Atlas D’Aloisio Foundation. He is also a Board member of the Monash University Medical Foundation and President of the European Capital Markets Cooperative Research Centre. As well, he holds a Vice Chancellor’s Professorial Fellow at Monash University

Paul Jeans, Chancellor, University of Newcastle

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Paul Jeans is the current Chancellor of the University of Newcastle, and is a fourth generation Novocastrian with a senior leadership career spanning more than four decades, including Chairman of Newcastle Port Corporation, Orinoco Iron CA, Associated Airlines Pty. Ltd., World Marine and General Insurances Pry. Ltd., and six BHP Subsidiary Companies. He has also been a Director of Foster’s Brewing Group Ltd., Energy Australia, Ausgrid and Five BHP Subsidiary Companies. He is a Fellow and Past Councillor of the University of Wollongong and a Past Director and Honorary Governor of The Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering at Sydney University. He was also a Director of Wollongong University’s Illawarra Technology Corporation. His earlier career focused on engineering and he rose to become General Manager of BHP Engineering. He is a Past President of the Australia – Korea Business Council and a Past Councillor of the Australian Minerals Council.

Dan Lovallo, Professor of Business Strategy, University of Sydney

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Dan Lovallo is a Professor of Business Strategy at the University of Sydney and a senior research fellow at the Institute for Innovation Management and Organization at the University of California, Berkeley. His research is concerned with psychological aspects of strategic decisions and has appeared in the American Economic Review, Management Science and the Harvard Business Review. He received his PhD from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.

16:30 — 17:45
Panel Session I: The Challenge of Innovation for Australia in a Dynamic Asian Context

Session Chair

Robert Bruce McKern, Visiting Research Fellow, University of Sydney Business School & China Europe International Business School

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Bruce McKern is a Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University and Visiting Professor of International Business at the China Europe International Business School, Shanghai, where he was Co-Director of the CEIBS Centre on China Innovation. At Hoover he is co-authoring a book on innovation in China with CEIBS colleague George Yip. He was previously Director of the Stanford Sloan Master's Program at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and was earlier President of the Carnegie Bosch Institute at Carnegie Mellon. He has been Dean of two Australian business schools and is the author or editor of eight books, including Transnational Corporations in the Exploitation of Natural Resources and Managing the Global Network Corporation. He holds a BE with Honours from the University of Sydney and a Doctorate in International Business from Harvard University. He is a member of the Editorial Board of Management International Review.

Panelists

Thomas Barlow, Director, Barlow Advisory

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Thomas Barlow is a research strategist in Australia. He provides independent policy advice on knowledge investment and research strategy for universities, technology-intensives companies, and government agencies at state and federal levels. He is the author of The Australian Miracle, an influential book about Australian innovation, and Between the Eagle and the Dragon, contrasting the innovation performance of China and the USA. He is by training a theoretical and computational chemist with a background in protein research. He gained his BSc with First-class Honours at the University of Sydney and MA and DPhil at Oxford University. He has been the Janssen Fellow in Biomedical Science at Balliol College, Oxford, and a Visiting Fellow in the Department of Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Between 2002 and 2004, he was the Science Advisor to Brendan Nelson, then the Minister for Education, Science and Training in the Australian Government.

John Mattick, Executive Director, Garvan Institute

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John Mattick is Executive Director of the Garvan Institute, one of Australia's largest medical research institutions, based in Sydney. Garvan’s research is focused on the major diseases that affect today's society and it specialises in genetic and molecular technologies. He completed his undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the University of Sydney and Monash University and undertook postdoctoral research at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Over the past 20 years he has pioneered a new view of the genetic programming of humans and other complex organisms. He has published over 250 research articles, which have been cited over 30,000 times, and his work has received coverage in Nature, Science, Scientific American, New Scientist and the New York Times, among others. He was awarded the 2012 Human Genome Organization Chen Award for Distinguished Achievement in Genetic and Genomic Research.

Jim Patrick, Chief Scientist, Cochlear Limited

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Jim Patrick is Chief Scientist at Cochlear Limited. He is a world authority on cochlear implants and is responsible for Cochlear's global research program, exploring applying novel forms of signal processing and advances in biology to future implant designs. He is one of the original engineers who developed the multichannel cochlear implant with Professor Graeme Clark. Cochlear is the global leader in implantable hearing devices. Based in Sydney, it does business in 100 countries and was named Australia's most innovative company in 2002 and 2003 and one of the world's most innovative companies by Forbes in 2011. Jim Patrick completed his BSc and MSc in Communication Engineering at the University of Melbourne. He holds 32 patents and appointments as Associate Professor and Principal Research Fellow with the University of Melbourne and Adjunct Professor with La Trobe University and Macquarie University.

Joe Skrzynski, Founding Partner, CHAMP Private Equity

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Joe Skrzynski is Founding Partner and Managing Director of CHAMP Private Equity and its predecessor, Australian Mezzanine Investment Pty Limited (AMIL). The CHAMP group is Australia’s pioneering private equity group, having successfully raised 10 funds since 1987. He has held numerous portfolio company directorships since 1987 on behalf of the AMIL and CHAMP funds. He was a Founder and President of the Australian Venture Capital Association and has held several governmental appointments, including: Chairmanships of the National Capital Development Authority; the Broadcasting Council; the Australian Film, Television and Radio School; the Sydney Opera House Trust; and the Special Broadcasting Service. He graduated with Honours in Economics at the University of Sydney, where he is a Director of the United States Studies Centre. He was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1993 and an Officer in the Order in 2008 for services to industry and philanthropy.

18:45 — 23:00
Off-site Sydney Harbour Dinner Cruise

Monday, December 8, 2014

09:00 — 10:15
Panel Session II: How to Benefit from Multi-Country Management in Asia?

Session Chair

George Yip, Professor of Marketing and Strategy, Imperial College

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George Yip is Professor of Management and Co-Director of the Centre on China Innovation at China Europe International Business School. His prior business experience includes being VP and Director of Research & Innovation at Capgemini Consulting. He serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of MIT Sloan Management Review. The Financial Times said of his book Strategic Transformation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) “... is the chief executive’s in-depth guide to how to sustain and refresh strategy over time.” An earlier book, Total Global Strategy (Prentice Hall, 1992) was selected as one of the 30 best business books of the year. He holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in economics from Cambridge University; and MBAs from Cranfield School of Management and Harvard Business School, and a doctorate from Harvard.

Panelists

Dominik Baumeister, Director, strategy& ANZEA

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Dominik Baumeister is a Director of Booz & Company's Australia, New Zealand & South East Asia based in Sydney, where he co-leads the firm's regional "Engineered Products and Services" practice. After studying in Germany, China and Japan, he started his consulting career in Singapore focusing on the automotive, high tech, construction and transport & logistics sectors across Asia, before co-founding a boutique strategy consulting firm in Australia specializing in private equity support. He then became an Executive Director in Ernst & Young's Transaction Advisory Practice before joining Booz & Company's Sydney Office in 2011. During his 14 years in consulting, Dominik Baumeister continued to work across Asia for Asian, global and Australian clients and is very familiar with the strategic challenges in Asia's high growth environments.

Justin Breheny, Group Chief Risk Officer, Insurance Australia Group

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Justin Breheny is currently the Group Chief Risk Officer for Insurance Australia Group (IAG). Prior to October 2013, he was IAG's Chief Executive Officer, Asia for seven and a half years, responsible for managing and expanding the Group's business interests in China, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia and Singapore. For the thirteen years prior to joining IAG, he held senior executive and board positions within ANZ Banking Group's Asian operations – including General Manager of the Bank’s Asia business - with responsibility for the management and strategic expansion of ANZ's Asian branch network business in China, Hong Kong, Philippines, Taiwan, Vietnam, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. His past external activities have included Director on the Board of the Australia Indonesia Institute, National Councillor of the Australia China Business Council; Co-founder and Vice President of the China-Australia Chamber of Commerce (Shanghai); and Honorary Treasurer of the Malaysia Australia Business Council (Kuala Lumpur).

Timothy Devinney, Professor of International Business, University of Leeds

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Timothy Devinney (BSc CMU; MA, MBA, PhD Chicago) is University Leadership Professor in International Business at University of Leeds. He has held positions at the University of Chicago, Vanderbilt, UCLA and Australian Graduate School of Management and been a visitor at many other universities (CBS, Humboldt, Hamburg, Trier, Konstanz, Ulm, Frankfurt, HKUST & City University). He has published six books and more than seventy articles in leading journals including Management Science, The Academy of Management Review, Journal of International Business Studies, Organization Science and the Strategic Management Journal. He is a fellow of the Academy of International Business, a recipient of an Alexander von Humboldt Research Award and a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Fellow. He is Past-Chair of the International Management Division of the AOM and Associate Editor of AOM Perspectives. He currently on the editorial board of over 10 of the leading journals, Director of the SSRN international management network and co-editor of the Advances in International Management Series (Emerald).

10:15 — 10:45
Morning Tea Break
10:45 — 12:00
Panel Session III: How to Best Use Collaborative Business Models such as PPPs, Alliancing, and the Like in Asia?

Session Chair

Joseph Cheng, Professor of Management, University of New South Wales

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Joseph L. C. Cheng is Professor of Management and the Michael J. Crouch Chair in Innovation at the Australian School of Business, University of New South Wales. Prior to his current position, he was Professor of International Business and Director of The CIC Center for Advanced Study in International Competitiveness at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During 2012, he was a Visiting Professor at the Stanford University Asia-Pacific Research Center. Joseph Cheng's research focuses on issues concerning innovation, R&D productivity, and international competitiveness. His current research examines the changing pattern of foreign R&D investment in the Asia-Pacific and its effects on innovation and entrepreneurship across the region, particularly among the JACKS countries (Japan, Australia, China, Korea, and Singapore). He currently serves or has served on the editorial boards of ten journals, including appointments as a consulting editor, reviewer, and special issue editor.

Panelists

Chris Bradley, Principal, McKinsey & Company

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Chris Bradley is a Principal at McKinsey & Company. He developed McKinsey’s Ten Timeless Tests of Strategy, a conversation tool that has helped hundreds of clients take a fresh look at their strategy. He has worked on strategic transformations for organizations across Australia’s retail, mining, media, transportation, apparel, consumer goods, and telecommunications sectors. Based in Sydney, he has worked on strategy-driven transformations across multiple industries. Chris Bradley has significant experience in retail, connecting board-level strategy to specific enduring changes on the shop floor. He co-leads the firm’s Business Unit Strategy service line globally, and spearheads the development and modernization of McKinsey's strategy processes, tools and frameworks. He also recently co-authored a McKinsey Global Institute report on Australian productivity. Chris Bradley holds an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics, a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance, and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of New South Wales.

Marjorie Lyles, Professor of International Strategic Management, Indiana University

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Marjorie Lyles is OneAmerica Chair in Business Administration and Professor of International Strategic Management at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business. Marjorie Lyles’ research addresses organizational learning and innovation, international strategies, joint ventures, and alliances, particularly in emerging economies. She has over 100 articles and chapters. Her work has appeared in top academic journals such as SMJ, SEJ, ASQ, JIBS, OSci, AMR, JMS and AMJ. She is a SMS and AIB Fellow. Lyles & Salk (1996) on learning in IJVs won the JIBS Decade Award 2006. She has also received two NSF grants. She has consulted with USIA, World Bank, USAID, UNDP and private firms in Malaysia, Hungary, Vietnam, Poland, China and Indonesia on international strategies, educational projects, and needs assessment for management. Marjorie Lyles has served SMS in many roles: 2009 Program Co-Chair of the Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., Board of Trustees of the Strategic Management Foundation; Consulting Editor for Global Strategy Journal; co-founder and Chair for the Knowledge and Innovation Interest Group, and over twenty years of attending and reviewing for the Annual Conference and the Strategic Management Journal.

Bob Seidler, Chairman, Hunter Phillip Japan Ltd.

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A lawyer by training, Bob Seidler has extensive commercial experience both in Japan and Australia. He was intimately involved in the entry of Japanese banks into the deregulated Australian financial market and previously held board positions with The Nikko Securities Australia Limited, Mitsubishi Bank of Australia Limited and LTCB Australia Limited. Bob Seidler was the first Australian Lawyer licensed to practice in Japan and was based in Japan for two years as a managing partner for a major international law firm. While living in Japan he was appointed to The Japanese Ministry of International Trade and Industry (as it then was) Import Board representing Australia and New Zealand and was a member of the Australian Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee. Currently he is a board member of Leighton Holdings Limited, a Vice-President of the Australia-Japan Business Co-Operation Committee, a member of the NSW Government’s Export & Investment Advisory Panel, and Chairman of Hunter Phillip Japan Ltd. Bob Seidler recently retired as Chairman Leighton Asia, Chairman Leighton Properties, and Member of the Federal Governments Corporations and Markets Advisory Committee.

12:00 — 13:00
Luncheon
13:15 — 14:30
Panel Session IV: How Can Companies Best Incorporate Strategic Thinking When Investing in Emerging Markets in Asia?
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