SW Agri Connect Trade Forum

Supporting your agribusiness


Leading the market conversation through challenges and opportunities

Whether it be bushfires, droughts, floods, trade issues or a pandemic, now more than ever being connected is key to increasing our resilience to these challenges. For this reason we brought together agribusiness leaders, sector players, international partners and government representatives from across the globe in our inaugural SW Agri Connect Trade Forum on Thursday 30 July 2020.

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Panel discussions

Did you miss out or do you want to watch the forum again? Recordings of each session are now available online and free of charge to watch whenever suits you. The sessions are available separately to enable you to watch topics of interest.


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Speakers and moderators

Reach out to our ShineWing Australia contacts to connect you with any of our speakers.


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Danny Armstrong

Managing Partner, ShineWing Australia

Danny is the Managing Partner of ShineWing Australia. He has a strong commitment to the Asia Pacific region having lived and worked in Asia for 10 years. Danny is an experienced business leader with an extensive business development, bank licensing and business establishment track record.

Contact Danny here



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Tim Baird

Branch Head Foreign Investment Division, The Treasury

Tim is the Branch Head of the Case Branch in the Foreign Investment Division at Treasury. They have approximately 100 case officers working on reviewing applications from foreign investors for approvals to invest in Australia. They are responsible for advising the Foreign Investment Review Board and the Treasurer in relation to those applications.



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Daniel Bisignano

Director - International Investment, State Government of Victoria

Daniel Bisignano has extensive experience working with Asian companies and governments to attract and facilitate investment into Victoria. Daniel has worked for the State Government in various policy and strategy roles and prior to this, Daniel worked in the finance and education sectors.



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David Chu

Head of International Business, ShineWing Australia

David has over 30 years of professional experience gained across Asia Pacific, in particular Australia, Hong Kong, and China. His clients include Australian subsidiaries of large Asian corporates, mid-market businesses in Australia, as well as high net worth individuals and family offices from Asia. He provides assistance on international business strategy and structuring, tax compliance, international tax structuring, and advisory services on transactions including mergers & acquisitions.

Contact David here



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Richard Cotter

State Director VIC/TAS, ANZ Commercial Banking

Richard is a long term agricultural banker, specialising in risk management and commercial banking. He currently heads the Corporate Agribusiness & Regional Emerging sector for VIC & TAS at ANZ.



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Jae Debrincat

Associate Director, ShineWing Australia

Jae has over 12 years of tax related experience providing income tax and stamp duty consulting, compliance and transaction services to a wide range of clients in industries including agribusiness, real estate, mining, transport, energy and technology.
Jae has several years of experience supporting the Agribusiness sector and is a member of ShineWing Australia’s Agribusiness industry group.

Contact Jae here



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Steven Edmonds

Partner, ShineWing Australia

Steven has over 16 years’ experience working with Australian-Sino businesses to provide accounting, tax (including income and indirect tax) and advisory services. Steven is a leading advisor to various industries including the Agribusiness industry. He provides advisory, accounting and tax matters and is regularly sought after to consult on strategic industry projects.

Contact Steven here



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David Foote

Managing Director, Australian Country Choice

David has been in executive management roles across a wide range of agribusiness sectors with significant Australian companies for nearly 40 years. He is the Managing Director of Australia's largest vertically integrated beef supply chain, Chairman and Director of the Board of Australian Cattle & Beef Holdings, Chairman of the Manufacturing Industry Sector Standing Committee, and a member of the board of Workplace Health and Safety Queensland.



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Toby Graham

General Manager China, ShineWing Australia

Toby plays a critical role in connecting our clients to real opportunity and resources in China and Asia more broadly. He has helped a number of Australian businesses engage in China, assisting with market research and access, building brand awareness, distribution, localisation, and providing solutions and connections to help further business interests and growth.

Contact Toby here



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Dhruv Gupta

Partner, ShineWing Hong Kong

Having worked in Hong Kong, the UK, Canada, Australia and India, Dhruv brings extensive global expertise to the table. He has over two decades of experience providing assurance, advisory and consulting services for many listed corporations and global brands and advises banks on various operational matters and assignments required by the Banking Regulators. Dhruv is also tasked with developing financial advisory services in ShineWing Hong Kong and offering corporate finance solutions to global clients.



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Nick Hazell

Founder & CEO, v2food

 Nick is an experienced food innovator, lecturer and consultant who is CEO of Australia’s leading plant-based meat company, v2food. He has a Master of Manufacturing from Cambridge University, and worked in aerospace and chocolate manufacturing before moving into research and development in the food industry, working at global multinationals in both The Netherlands and Australia. Nick was Research & Development Director at Masterfoods and at PepsiCo Australia and New Zealand. He now lectures in the Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation at UTS and has consulted to CSIRO and the meat industry.



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Krissada Jutimongkonkul

Director, ShineWing Thailand

Krissada is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (ACMA), Associate Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) from AICPA and CIMA. His qualifications include: CPA (Thailand), ASEAN CPA, Ph.D. Candidate, Master Degree in Accounting and Bachelor Degree in Accounting.



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Robert MacKenzie

Managing Director, Macka's Australian Black Angus Beef

Rob is a big personality with a big passion for quality and commitment. Macka's takes pride in creating partnerships with their clients, and producing prime Angus cuts to provide to Australia and the world. With a firm grasp of current domestic supply, export landscapes across Asia and as a leader in innovation, Rob is highly regarded in the sector.



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Justin McFarlane

Principal Consultant, ShineWing Australia

Justin has worked in the fields of sustainability and environmental services for over 20 years, across both the private and public sectors. Numerous roles as a consultant, Company Director and CEO have applied and refined his skills in management and leadership. Justin developed a diverse skillset whilst working with Landcare Australia, where he focused on marketing, negotiation, change management, business planning and environmental services management. As a passionate advocate for sustainability, he has since expanded his expertise to include implementation of renewable energy and energy efficiency technology.

Contact Justin here



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Matthew Schofield

Partner, ShineWing Australia

Matthew has over 20 years' experience in delivering assurance and advisory solutions. Matthew is an energy and resources specialist. An expert on doing business with Asia, he has advised on some of the largest direct investments into Australia from China and has extensive experience in IPO’s both in Australia and abroad, as well as due diligence assignments and mergers and acquisitions.

Contact Matthew here



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Ms Louise Staley

Shadow Treasurer and Shadow Minister for Economic Development, Parliament of Victoria

After studying economics and finance at Melbourne University and completing a Masters of Public Policy at Flinders University, Louise went on to work as a fund manager for a large superannuation and life insurance company and enjoyed farming cereals and oilseeds on her property in Willaura before moving to Ararat.



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Brett Stevens

Commissioner Greater China, Victorian Government

Brett Stevens is the incoming Commissioner to Greater China, after a seven year tenure as the Commissioner to Southeast Asia. He brings extensive experience in export market development, specialising in agribusiness. He has worked to grow bilateral ties, promote Victoria and identify opportunities internationally, in China and Southeast Asia that align with the state’s capabilities.



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Mark Tanner

Managing Director, China Skinny

Mark has provided China-market growth strategies and research to over 200 brands. His views on China have been quoted in more than 200 international media outlets including Bloomberg, Reuters, FT, WSJ, AFR, The Australian and Forbes, where he is a columnist. Tanner now authors the most-read newsletter about marketing to China, and is a regular keynote speaker addressing audiences about Chinese marketing around the globe.



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Matthew Williams

Acting Executive Director for Investment Attraction, NSW Treasury

Matthew leads the Investment Attraction branch within the Jobs, Investment and Tourism division of the newly formed Economic Development Cluster of the NSW Treasury. The Investment Attraction team is responsible for promotion, attraction and facilitation of private sector led investment into the State.



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Zhining Yang

Market Lead for China, State Government of Victoria

Zhining maintains close working relationship with major Chinese investors in Melbourne to ensure that relevant government services are accessible by Chinese companies. He also works with prospective Chinese investors to facilitate their projects in Victoria and collaborates with three Victorian Government Business Offices in China to position Victoria as an ideal investment destination for Chinese companies.




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