What's On

Australia is a stable and low-risk destination for investment, thanks to its resilient economy, dynamic industries and strong trade ties with the world. The country offers a wealth of investment opportunities in resources and energy, the circular economy, advanced manufacturing; digital technologies, agribusiness and food, health, and infrastructure.

The Australia State of Tasmania has more scientists and researchers per capita than anywhere else in the Southern Hemisphere. Talented people from around the world are going to Tasmania to test and pilot their ideas, to build the extraordinary in advanced manufacturing, in agriculture, tourism, and technology, all of it powered by renewable energy.

At this webinar, co-hosted by the Chamber and Austrade, our speakers will join us and talk about Tasmania's renewable energy position as world leader, how it can offer to achieve real sustainability targets through renewable energy use and generation, and latest opportunities in agribusiness, food processing & food innovation.

Shannon Powell, Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner / Deputy Consul-General Hong Kong and Macau at Australian Government's Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Austrade), will cover why invest in Australia in general, the national priority sectors for foreign investment and introduce the Australian Federal Government grant programs for entrepreneur, export market development, startups, R&D tax incentive and innovation support.

John Perry, Tasmania's Coordinator-General, will cover the key Tasmanian strengths and the benefits these offer potential investors. He will provide a brief overview of Tasmania's key sectors before diving deeper into renewable energy and Tasmania's position as world leader, and how this can offer a strong and cost-competitive option for intensive energy-based operations wishing to establish themselves in an environmentally sustainable location. He will also talk about agri-business and food processing with a focus on Tasmania as an ideal test bed for food innovations.

Anna Barlow, Food Innovation Partner at Startupbootcamp Australia, will introduce the concept of Startupbootcamp and in particular the Food Innovation Accelerator program that is currently taking place in Tasmania. She will share some examples of innovative approaches taken in this space and further discuss Tasmania's strengths as a test bed for investors.

Last but not least, Philippa Butler, Global Talent Officer, will talk about Australia's Global Talent visa program, which offers fast track processing and permanent residence to high impact businesses and exceptional individuals.

Please refer to the following on the virtual seminar:
- Upon successful registration of the event, a unique webinar link will be sent to your registered email 2 days before the event.
- Please log in 15 minutes (at 1:45 pm) before the event begins, through the link that will be sent to your registered email.

Speakers' presentations at this event are intended for educational purposes only and do not replace independent professional judgment. Statements of fact and opinions expressed during this event are those of the speakers and participants and, unless expressly stated to the contrary, are not the opinion or position of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce, its members, or its committees. The Chamber does not endorse or approve, and assumes no responsibility for, the content, accuracy or completeness of the information presented. Attendees should note that, with the approval of speakers, this event may be recorded, and possibly published on the Chamber's website in audio and/or video formats without further notice.

Recording, duplication or distribution of the contents of the online event is prohibited without prior written permission from the Chamber.


Shannon Powell
Senior Trade & Investment Commissioner / Deputy Consul-General
Australian Trade & Investment Commission (Austrade)
Australian Consulate-General Hong Kong & Macau

Shannon Powell is the Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner and Deputy Consul-General (Commercial) Hong Kong and Macau, for the Australian Government’s Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Austrade). She took up the role in January of 2020 and was previously posted in Santiago, Chile with responsibility for Chile, Argentina, Peru and Colombia.

Shannon started her career in law, working for large Australian law firms as a corporate lawyer. Subsequently, she led global teams in strategy and operations in both the private and not-for-profit sectors, achieving successful trade and investment outcomes for many large Australian and global companies and institutions. She was for almost a decade the General Manager of the Global Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation aimed at strengthening Australia’s sustainable economic development through business facilitation in the areas of mining, renewable energy, financial services, education, agribusiness and manufacturing.

Shannon continues to sit on the Advisory Board of the Global Foundation and is an ex-officio Board Director of AustCham, Hong Kong.

John Perry
Tasmanian Government

John is the inaugural Tasmanian Coordinator-General, whose office is responsible for attracting investment into the State, facilitating major projects, and reducing red-tape for business.

He has worked internationally in law, innovation and telecommunications and most recently in the airline industry after completing his MBA at the University of Cambridge. Before moving back to Tasmania for this role, John was based in New York and the Commercial Lead for the Atlantic Joint Business between American Airlines, British Airways, Iberia and Finnair.

John was a founder and inaugural Chair of Tasmanian Leaders – the State’s flagship leadership program and organisation – and is the inaugural Chair of Enterprize Tasmania Ltd, a not-for-profit company created to grow the startup ecosystem in Tasmania.

Anna Barlow
Food Innovation Partner
Startupbootcamp Australia

Anna is a passionate foodie, corporate innovation leader, startup mentor and scientist that has over 20 years’ experience working internationally in R&D and innovation leadership roles for multinational food companies such as Mondelez International, Kraft Foods, JDE Coffee and Asahi Beverages.

Anna is Food Innovation Partner at Startupbootcamp Australia, where she leads the Food, Talent and Growth team. This role includes leading the FoodTech Tasmania Startup accelerator, delivering corporate innovation programs for companies such as Mars (MasterFoods), Nando’s and Asahi and training the next generation of digital innovators through The Talent Institute.

Anna also advises and mentors several startups and larger businesses through her private consulting and investment business and is a non-executive director at Australian Vinegar.

Philippa (Pip) Butler
Global Talent Officer
Department of Home Affairs
Australian Government

Pip is the Australian Government’s Global Talent Officer with regional responsibility for Hong Kong and North Asia.

With close to fifteen years’ experience working for the Department of Home Affairs, Pip works to identify and support highly skilled innovators, entrepreneurs, academics, researchers and professionals, engaged at the top of future focussed fields to expand their career and business interests in Australia via the Global Talent Visa Program.

Date and Time 2022/05/18 14:00 to 15:00
Venue This event will take place online via Webex
Media Closed to media
Enquiries German Cheung
Tel: 28231297
Fee Free of Charge
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