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Update: 23 October 2020

Thank you for attending the Professionals in International Trade virtual event on Monday 19 October 2020, 10.00 – 11.00am AEDT, for an address and panel discussion. Asialink Business CEO Mukund Narayanamurti presented findings from Asialink Business’ latest report Winning in Asia: Creating long-term value.

Following the address Mr. Narayanamurti was joined for a discussion with our expert panellists:

  • Ms. Kathryn Dioth, CEO, Hinrich Foundation
  • Mr. Neil Parekh, Partner and Head of Asia, Australia & New Zealand, Tikehau Investment Management Asia

Two years in the making, ‘Winning in Asia’ unpacks some of the commonly held misconceptions about doing business in Asia. Delivering fresh evidence-based insights, the report addresses significant questions raised by business leaders, investors, and policymakers.

  • Does offshore expansion lead to superior returns?
  • Which companies have succeeded in Asia and what are their business models?
  • What capabilities do boards and senior executives need to enable corporate success in Asia?
  • How can we best manage stakeholders, brand, and reputation in Asian markets?
  • Key considerations for doing business in Asia, particularly in a post COVID-19 environment.

Please note: the networking session will be recorded, and the recording will be accessible online for all participants and uploaded on the PIT website.

  • Date: Monday 19 October 2020
  • Time: 10.00 – 11.00am AEDT
  • Via: Zoom

Update: 27 August 2020

Thank you for attending the Professionals in International Trade event on Financing Global Trade in the COVID Era on Wednesday 16 September 2020 at 12pm AEST.

This conversation brought a different perspective on how to finance your international operations and will give you key insights on the current state of export financing across Australia and internationally.

Expert panellists shared their insights:
Matthew Mihaljek from WorldFirst

Matthew Mihaljek is the Head of Dealing at WorldFirst in Australia and New Zealand. He is responsible for the client services function and currency specialist teams that helps SMEs, individuals & eCommerce businesses manage their internationally payments. Matthew is passionate about sharing foreign exchange insights that helps businesses of all sizes thrive in an increasingly global market.

WorldFirst are an international payments company, easing the movement of money across the globe. We make global payments in local markets simple.​ Our free digital platform enables businesses to buy, pay and receive payments in multiple currencies. We turn international payments into local payments, which are easier, faster, cheaper and more secure.
Our global network enables customers to collect, convert and pay all over the world so they feel more connected than ever, as we help remove the barriers of international trade. We have transferred over $140 billion for more than 250,000 global customers since 2004.

Charith Amarasinghe from Export Finance Australia

As Director, Business Development – NSW & ACT, Charith is responsible for implementing and executing Export Finance Australia’s business origination strategy for small and mid-market businesses. Working closely with clients, banks and other industry contacts, Charith provides financial solutions to support a company’s growth aspirations when expanding offshore and winning export or export-related contracts.

Charith has more than 13 years’ experience in banking, finance and international business in Australia and Sri Lanka. Prior to joining Export Finance Australia in 2014, Charith held a variety of positions in corporate, small business and retail banking with St George Bank and ING Direct.

Charith also has industry experience from his time at Hayleys Group and Avery Dennison (formerly Paxar Corporation), where he held various sales, account management and international business development positions, and dealt with prominent retailers, including Marks & Spencer, Next, Tesco, Nike, Victoria’s Secret and Quantum Clothing Group.

Dianne Tipping from Export Council of Australia

Dianne has enjoyed a long and varied career in international trade promotion and facilitation. Dianne has been Chair of the Export Council of Australia for 6 years. She is a commercially astute senior leader with a proven track record within the trade community. With over 40 years’ experience and a background in both the business ownership and project management of greenfield projects she is helping guide the growth of Australian trade by serving on several Boards and sharing critical knowledge and insights.

Dianne is involved with many public and private organisations dedicated to the betterment of international trade as well as a participant on numerous Government and Non-Government Committees including the Dept. of Home Affairs’ Customs Advisory Board, National Committee on Trade Facilitation (NCTF) and the Dept. of Agriculture, Water and the Environment’s Cargo Consultative Committee (DCCC).

We look forward to seeing you there!
The Professionals in International Trade team

Thank you to those who joined us for our recent PIT Online Networking and Matchmaking session on Wednesday 15 July 2020. For those unable to attend you can view the recording of the session here.

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Update: 18 April 2020

Dear PIT member,

PIT is aware of community concerns about COVID19 and the impact this outbreak is having on the larger community both in Australia and globally. The situation is developing rapidly, and we are following worldwide updates as well as the advice of the Australian Government, the New South Wales Government, and the World Health Organisation.

As our highest priority is to avoid unnecessary risk of further spreading the virus at events, PIT has now scheduled a webinar series commencing on 29 April 2020. This series of video events is a transition from the live events originally scheduled for March and April 2020. The launch of the Melbourne chapter of PIT will be scheduled on a later date. Thank you to registered members, guests, event sponsors and partners for your support and understanding. We look forward to welcoming you when our events are rescheduled.

Thank you and stay safe!

Yours sincerely,

The Professionals in International Trade team

Melbourne event: Professionals in International Trade to launch in Melbourne

Update: 15 March 2020

Following the above announcement, the Professionals in International Trade (PIT) Board have advised the launch of the Melbourne chapter of PIT will be postponed from Wednesday 15 April 2020 to a later date. An update will be provided as soon as possible.

Following the revised launch date, the new chapter will open opportunities for new members in Melbourne, and travelling members from other states, to connect with like-minded individuals who work in and share a common interest in international trade and investment, business and foreign affairs.

Following the footprint of the Sydney chapter, PIT Melbourne will create opportunities for members to connect on both a social and professional level to help foster long term relationships built on trust and business collaboration. Watch out for event information and registration details opening soon through Eventbrite!

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