Global Trade Outlook Panel

Deborah Elms, Executive Director, Asian Trade Centre; Christopher Humphrey, Executive Director, EU-ASEAN Business Council; Michael Feller, Diplomat, Australian High Commission; and Nguyen Minh Hang, Deputy Head of Mission, Minister Counsellor, Embassy of Vietnam in Singapore

Venue : Stamford American Auditorium (AmCham Office, 1 Scotts Rd, #23-03 Shaw Centre)

Date : January 19, 2017

Time : 7:45 AM - 9:30 AM

Price : $15.00

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The Trade Outlook panel will provide insights into the rapidly shifting trade environment in Asia in 2017.  This will include updates on the pan-Asia trade agreement; RCEP; the potential for the TPP to move ahead without the United States; bilateral negotiations underway with the European Union in the region; a glance at Brexit; and APEC's 2017 agenda with Vietnam. Dr. Deborah Elms will lead a multinational panel for an in-depth examination of the major forces that will influence the trade landscape in our region and Chris Humphreys will speak and cover issues pertaining to Brexit and bilateral negotiations underway with the European Union in the region.  

About the Speakers:

Deborah Elms
Executive Director
Asian Trade Centre

Deborah is the Founder and Executive Director of the Asian Trade Centre.
  She is also a senior fellow in the Singapore Ministry of Trade and Industry’s Trade Academy. Previously, she was head of the Temasek Foundation Centre for Trade & Negotiations (TFCTN) and senior fellow of international political economy at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Her research interests are negotiations and decision making, and her current research involves the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) negotiations and global value chains. She has provided consulting on a range of trade issues to governments including the United Arab Emirates, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Taiwan, and Singapore. Dr. Elms received a PhD in political science from the University of Washington, a MA in international relations from the University of Southern California, and bachelor’s degrees from Boston University.

Christopher Humphreys
Executive Director
EU-ASEAN Business Council

Chris is a Business Development and Government Relations professional with more than a decade of experience running business units throughout Asia, and over 20 years of experience of either working for or dealing with Governments and regulatory authorities.

Chris began his varied professional career as a UK Civil Servant where, amongst other things, he was a Private Secretary to a Minister and an Air Services Trade Negotiator covering the Asia Pacific Region.

After leaving Government, Chris moved to the private sector working initially in the Government and external relations teams at two British airlines, before moving to Shanghai, China with Virgin Atlantic where he headed up the airline’s China operation and oversaw the rapid expansion of their business in China. Whilst in Shanghai, Chris also sat on the Executive Committee of the British Chamber of Commerce. After a short spell in Hong Kong with Virgin, Chris then joined a UK based security and defense group where he led their Asia Pacific team for over five years and was instrumental in them getting contracts with the Japanese and Singapore Governments and also with SOEs in China.

More recently Chris has been acting as a consultant assisting start-ups in Asia with their business and corporate development before joining the EU-ASEAN Business Council in June 2014.

Michael Feller
Australian High Commission

Michael Feller is currently a diplomat at Australian High Commission in Singapore. He is an experienced political and economic analyst and adviser with many years of experience working with governments and the media. Prior to joining Australian High Commission in Singapore, Michael used to work at Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Macro Associates, Eureka Report, Lincoln Indicators and Business Spectator. Besides, Michael also has experience as an entrepreneur at Benu Minerals.

Nguyen Minh Hang
Deputy Head of Mission, Minister Counsellor
Embassy of Vietnam in Singapore

Nguyen Minh Hang is currently working at the Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in Singapore as Deputy Chief of Mission and Minister Counsellor. Prior to joining the Embassy, Minh Hang used to work in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Vietnam as Deputy Director General of the Department of Multilateral Economic Cooperation. She has years of experience working for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From 2006 to 2007, she was the Head of Political and Non-Economic Issues Division of Vietnam Secretariat for APEC. Minh Hang obtained her master degree in International Relations from the University College Kensington, United Kingdom.

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