Supply chains and global trade: where to now?

Supply chains and global trade: where to now?

May 28
Australia must lead a supply chain and trade reform agenda that focuses on stronger and more diverse global partnerships, innovation and resilience.
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Tim Beresford, Acting Chief Executive Officer, Austrade
Marika Calfas, Chief Executive Officer, NSW Ports
Doug Robinson, Managing Partner, Global Business Services, IBM Australia & New Zealand
Jarrod Ball, Chief Economist, CEDA

Event Overview

The COVID-19 health crisis has shone a spotlight on Australia’s trade profile and our susceptibility to a global trade slowdown. The pace and breadth of lockdowns across Australia’s biggest trading partners and the resulting downturn in demand has stalled several industries and demanded Governments intervene with assistance.
Opportunity exists to reset global trade and supply chain resilience, progress trade reform and lead economic recovery measures.
CEDA’s panel of trade and international policy experts will discuss: 

  • Disruption to global supply chains – is this an opportunity to reimagine industries like advanced manufacturing?;
  • How prepared is Australia to deal with disruption to supply chains for essential goods upon which Australians’ health and wellbeing depends?; and 
  • How can Australia influence free and open movement of goods and services at a time when protectionism is on the rise?


Meet the speakers

Tim Beresford
Acting Chief Executive Officer, Austrade

Tim is the Australian Trade and Investment Commission's (Austrade's) acting CEO. Previously Tim was Deputy CEO of Global Client Services with 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. Prior to joining Austrade, Tim was First Assistant Secretary of Social Policy Division at Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. He worked at Westpac in senior line management and strategy roles, and in the professional services sector across Europe, Asia and Australia, including five years at McKinsey & Co.

Marika Calfas
Chief Executive Officer, NSW Ports

Marika Calfas is the Chief Executive Officer of NSW Ports, the organisation responsible for managing a $5 billion infrastructure portfolio comprising Port Botany, Port Kembla and the intermodal terminals at Cooks River and Enfield. She has operated in the port sector for 18 years, across a broad range of portfolio areas including strategy, planning, environment and infrastructure. Marika was appointed by the Commonwealth Minister for Infrastructure & Transport to the Expert Panel advising the Government Inquiry into the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy Priorities in 2017. Marika is a board member of Infrastructure NSW and Ports Australia, Deputy Chair of the Australian Logistics Council, Member of Infrastructure Partnerships Australia National Advisory Board and Wollongong University’s SMART Advisory Council as well as Australia’s representative to PIANC International Environmental Commission.

Doug Robinson
Managing Partner, Global Business Services, IBM Australia & New Zealand

Doug leads the Australia and New Zealand Global Business Services business unit focusing on Cloud and Cognitive Enterprise transformation build and run for IBM clients. These client’s range across a number of key industries including Federal and State Government, Banking, Insurance, Telecommunications, Energy and Utilities, Retail and Consumer Products, Travel and Transport, Mining and Petroleum. Doug leads a large team of services professionals that specialise in multiple disciplines including Digital and User Experience, Cognitive Process Re-engineering, Cognitive Analytics and Data, IOT, Cognitive Process Services and Platforms, Cloud Advisory, Cloud Build and Move, Cloud Manage, Salesforce and SAP platforms.

Meet the facilitator

Jarrod Ball
Chief Economist, CEDA

Jarrod Ball joined CEDA as Chief Economist in 2017 with over 15 years of experience as an economist across the public and private sectors. He has held senior roles at the Business Council of Australia, in EY’s advisory services practice and more recently at BHP. Jarrod also worked in the Federal Government and was a lead adviser on microeconomic reform for the Victorian Departments of Premier and Cabinet and Treasury and Finance. He is a member of CEDA’s Council on Economic Policy and the Melbourne Economic Forum. Jarrod holds a Masters degree in Economics from Monash University and undergraduate degrees in Business (Economics) and Arts from the University of Southern Queensland.

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