AustCham Shanghai Chairman

Expo is set to sizzle this summer as a reborn Shanghai rises from the scaffolding and the buzz being all about that “Aussie Tin Shed”, writes Stephen White, AustCham Shanghai Chair.

EXPO FEVER

Countdown to the incredible six-month, 70 million-guest Expo extravaganza is fast approaching the magic date of May 1, 2010. AustCham Shanghai will enjoy exclusive pre-Expo Australian Pavilion access with a soft-opening tour in April. Join us at the world’s most famous Tin Shed. Specialist Expo briefings continue and AustCham Shanghai membership businesses will be listed in the Guide to Doing Business in China distributed at Australian Pavilion VIP events. AustCham Shanghai is enjoying fantastic support working with the Australian government Expo team, keenly helping membership companies strengthen Brand Australia.

WHAT ELSE IS NEW?

Australians are identifying and creating solutions for problems, whether it’s China road safety and fatalities, or sustainable housing for migrant workers in Shanghai. Dynamic renewal of the AustCham Shanghai Industry Working Groups (IWG) is a current Board priority with emphasis on new ideas for combating challenges in the local business environment.

AUSTCHAM SHANGHAI IWG

IWG’s provide on the ground focus for regulatory updates, issues papers, roundtables and industry peer group networking.
Financial Services IWG

Chair: Andrew Whitford, Country Head China, Westpac Bank

Deputy: Michael Wadley, Head of China Practice, Blake Dawson

Construction and Property IWG

Co Chairs: Peter Duncan, Managing Director Asia, Hassell and Ray Chisnall, Country Manager, Gleeds.

Transport and Logistics IWG

Chair: Darren Lewis, Deputy GM, Sai Cheng Logistics

Deputy: Andy Baggott, GM of Business and HR, Logwin Air and Ocean China

VALUE FOR MONEY

AustCham Shanghai is launching its new Platinum sponsorship program with limited places and unequalled promotional value including corporate logos on event banners, private invites to VIP Shanghai World Expo 2010 AustCham Shanghai events at the Australian Pavilion, AustCham Shanghai Website home page logos and hyperlinks and further great communications privileges.
Contact Sam Nassar, Membership and Sponsorship Manager at samantha.nassar@austchamshanghai.com

GLOCALIZATION

Your China expertise is yesterday’s story without this piece of business vocabulary to describe the way many MNC subsidiaries locally, act and behave as if they were local firms. Choose a workshop exploring glocalization in Shanghai, a construction and property market update, or get along to Westpac CEO Gail Kelly’s keynote address. Take your pick of the annual International Women’s Day business leaders dialogue or enjoy some light relief at the Annual AustCham Shanghai Golf Day.

AUSTCHAM SHANGHAI ONWARD AND UPWARD

As part of the ongoing Chamber growth strategy AustCham Shanghai is relocating to bigger offices at Silver Court on Taoyuan Rd. The new office includes a dynamic event space and the Chamber looks forward to welcoming members to the exciting new location.

WELCOMING NEW INTERIM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

AustCham Shanghai is pleased to announce the appointment of the interim Executive Director, Kim Gilliland. Kim brings a wealth of experience in communications, relationship management, business development and CSR. For the past 18 months she has been working in Shanghai and Beijing as Media Monitors’ Sales Director, China.

Kim will commence on March 1, 2010 and will assume the full role of Executive Director from April 1st 2010 as Kate goes on Maternity Leave.

The 4th Annual AustCham Shanghai Golf Day 15 April 2010

Tee-up on the greens at Tian Ma County Club

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Save the Date: ANZAC DAY, April 23
Venue: Kakadu, 8 Jianguo Zhong Lu near cnr Chongqing Lu       

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