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Cocktails with Josiah Ng, Entrepreneur, Olympian and Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist
3 July 2017
CEO and co-founder of hospitality start up Intertain, Josiah is also a three time Olympian and won a Gold Medal in cycling for Malaysia at the Commonwealth Games in 2010. In 2004, in the lead up to the Athens Olympics, and ranked number one in the world, Josiah had an horrific crash in which he almost died. He underwent multiple surgeries. Incredibly a mere four months later, still carrying many fresh scars and after losing much conditioning and 5kg of muscle, he competed in the Athens Olympics! To cap it off, he very narrowly missed out on the bronze medal by a mere 2 cm. As Malaysia’s top cyclist for many years, he pioneered cycling for others, and helped build Malaysia’s cycling programme to a world class level.
Queen Elizabeth II's Birthday and Sapphire Jubilee
10 June 2017
It was a pleasure to host Deputy Mayor of Brisbane, Cr Adrian Schrinner and his wife Nina, as well as Cr Norm Wyndham at our special dinner in honour of Queen Elizabeth II's Birthday and the Sapphire Jubilee of her Coronation.
Cocktails and International Business Forum, Sunshine Coast
3 June 2017
The AMBCQ, the Nordic Forum of Australia, and International Circle jointly hosted a cocktail party and international business forum on the Sunshine Coast. The venue was a beautiful waterfront home owned by our hosts Kevin and Erika Devitt. Guests were greeted not only by the wonderful views of the harbour, but also the Australian and Malaysian flags flying from the yacht moored off the private pontoon - Kev and Erika are avid sailors.
Our speakers on our international business panel were Kevin Devitt and Huan Luo. Kevin runs a business in investment migration, and Huan is a real estate agent with expertise in working with Chinese buyers. It was wonderful to be able to interview two respected business people who were so willing to share their views and their experiences.
AMBCQ Dinner with John Osborn, Qld Gov Director for International Business for Singapore
5 April 2017
The AMBCQ was pleased to host Mr John Osborn, Queensland Government Director for International Business for Singapore, and his wife Genevieve, on their recent visit to Brisbane. John has a had a long career in consulting and management, and has a particular interest in trade and investment between Singapore and Australia. We had a very good turnout from members and supporters to the event as we gathered at the Courtyard of the Stamford Plaza for an informal meal and drinks.
Sudirman Cup Draw and Community Ambassador Launch
17 March 2017
Community ambassadors for the 2017 Sudirman Cup gathered on the Gold Coast for the tournament’s official draw announcement. It is to badminton what the Davis Cup is to tennis. In May 2017, the tournament will be held on the Gold Coast, Queensland, and will be the first time that the Sudirman Cup is held outside of Asia. Top players from dozens of countries will take part, and officials from more than 100 countries will also gather. The Sudirman Cup has a television audience of 500 million people.
International Student Welcome
4 March 2017
We attended the Lord Mayor’s International Student Welcome Ceremony, held at the Brisbane Botanical Gardens. International students generated $2.8 billion in 2014 for Brisbane’s economy plus related family property investment, and supported 20,000 FTE local jobs. It was great to catch up with Lord Mayor Graham Quirk, who is always a magnet to dozens and often hundreds of students for portraits and certificates with the Lord Mayor.
Logan City Council Doing Business in Asia Seminar
10 February 2017
Along with a number of other business councils, the AMBCQ presented to businesses and professionals from Logan looking at expanding into other markets. Guest speakers included Mayor of Logan City Cr Luke Smith, State Director of Austrade Cheryl Stanilewicz and the representatives of several business councils and chambers. Logan City Council is the fifth largest local government in Australia, and is one of Australia’s fastest growing regions and they are a great partner and supporter of the AMBCQ.
Sudirman Cup Media Launch
2nd February 2017
The AMBCQ attended the launch of the Sudirman Cup 2017. This is the first time this badminton tournament will be held in Australia and the world's best badminton players will be converging on the Gold Coast in May. The Sudirman Cup is a mixed teams cup, with men and women having equal status, and players representing their countries. Malaysia is one of the top badminton countries in the world, and the launch invited consuls and community representatives from some of the countries involved, including Thailand, India, China, Germany, Japan, Australia, Malaysia and Indonesia.
BrisAsia Festival Launch
28 January 2017
It was a delight to attend the VIP reception for BrisAsia. This annual festival is a Brisbane City Council initiative that demonstrates a very embracive and innovative approach to festivals. The festival is hosted by the Lord Mayor of Brisbane. It was a scorchingly hot summer day due to the current heatwave hitting much of Australia, and it must have been close to 40 degrees at Roma St Parklands. Fortunately there was plenty of water and Japanese iced tea, and cold bento boxes.
Trump Presidency: Dinner and Forum
21st January 2017
What a fantastic night of discussion, celebration and thanksgiving it was! The dinner and forum was held at the MacArthur Museum of Brisbane (the former office of General Douglas MacArthur and the General Headquarters of the South West Pacific Area Command), and the venue was filled to capacity. our two distinguished panellists were Richard Williams (policy expert, strategist, and head of policy for the Liberal National Party), and Dan Ryan (lawyer, director of some of the leading free market think tanks in Asia and Australia, and regular contributor to major newspapers in Asia and Australia). The panel discussion explored several key strategic issues around trade, international relations, diplomacy, strategic issues, the global economy and a new paradigm for the contemporary world.