Australia and Global Trade


Professionals in International Trade and the Australian Institute of International Affairs, supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT) and Austrade, have the great pleasure to invite you to our next event at the Sydney Startup Hub.

Where: Sydney Startup Hub, Level 1, 11 York Street, Sydney

When: Monday, June 3, 6.00 – 8.00 pm

Over the last year, the global trade environment has become increasingly contested with growing trade tensions, rising protectionist sentiment, and roadblocks within the World Trade Organisation. Yet Australia, with its relatively open economy, small population, and high demand for capital, will continue to rely on trade and investment for our prosperity. How will Australia navigate the global trade headwinds in the years ahead? How can Australian businesses take advantage of international opportunities in this context? What tools can help Australian businesses when they seek to “go global”?

Hear from our distinguished panel of experts:

Tim Beresford, Deputy CEO, Global Markets and Sector Engagement, Austrade

As Deputy CEO of Austrade, Tim Beresford has strategic leadership for the promotion of trade and investment opportunities for Australia and operational responsibility for Austrade’s onshore trade and investment teams and offshore network. Tim was previously Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Macquarie University. Prior to joining Austrade, Tim was First Assistant Secretary, Social Policy Division in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. He worked at Westpac in senior line management and strategy roles, and also in the professional services sector across Europe, Asia and Australia, including five years at McKinsey & Co.

Trudy Witbreuk, State Director, NSW State Office, Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT)

Trudy currently serves as DFAT’s NSW State Director and concurrently as Australia’s Senior Official for the Trans Pacific Partnership-11 agreement. She was previously First Assistant Secretary, Regional Trade Agreements Division in DFAT and the Chief Negotiator for the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement, and led DFAT’s work on trade advocacy and outreach. Trudy has extensive trade policy experience, including serving as Australia’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organisation in Geneva, and as Counsellor Trade Policy in Australia’s Embassy in Washington during the negotiation of the Australia US Free Trade Agreement. She has also served at senior levels of the Trade and Agriculture Directorate of the OECD.

Dave Klaiber, Co-Founder & Director, Rapid Films

Already an established, multi-award-winning film and commercial director, Rapid co-founder Dave Klaiber is also a pioneering influence in the world of 360°VR, having directed some of the most widely viewed 360° VR films ever made. These include the world’s first 360° birth for Samsung, generating over 22 million views globally. Dave’s impressive range of clients include Lexus, Optus, Qantas, Red Bull and Go Pro to name but a few. Dave will discuss Rapid Film’s journey from a home-grown Australian startup to an international business success providing leading edge creative technology to some of the world’s largest companies.

Event agenda:

  • 6.00pm to 6.45pm: Networking
  • 6.45pm to 7.15pm: Short presentation from each panellist
  • 7.15pm to 7.30pm: Q&A

We are looking forward to seeing you there!

Professionals in International Trade and Australian Institute of International Affairs