Events 2017 September 2017 JCU Asian Market Forum 2017

Fri, 8 Sep 2017

JCU Asian Market Forum 2017


When: 8 September 17, 8:15am -- 5pm

Where: At James Cook University
Room Lecture Theatre, Building 134 - Education Central, Townsville Campus

65% of our exports land in Asia. Its rising population and urbanisation will need to import more food and other natural resources.

At this year’s Asian Market Forum, the theme is “Agriculture, Investment and Innovation”. High-calibre speakers will address the audience on how businesses and industries in our region can help meet the Asian needs for mutual benefits.

At the Forum, participants will have ample opportunities to interact with guest speakers, trade and investment providers, and other business operators.

In addition, a number of business executives from China will be at the Forum with strong interests in exploring opportunities for joint ventures in our region. For information about their interests/businesses/industries, contact Mr Roger Kaus of Trade & Investment Queensland ( If you are interested in meeting any of them, make an appointment with Mr Kaus.

Who should attend the Forum -
Business entities interested in joint venture
Importers and exporters trading with Asian countries
Potential importers and exporters who intend to trade with Asian countries
Trade and investment officials  
Trade and investment service providers
Business consultants
Anyone interested in Australia’s trade with Asia

What you can expect -
The latest market intelligence and assessments of the Asian economy and market
Business opportunities in major Asian markets
Opportunities to export foods to Asia
Individual meetings with potential investors
Advice on business venture into the Asian market
Excellent opportunities to network, esp., to have face-to-face interactions with trade/investment service providers.


Registrations fee is $99 per person including GST.  Morning tea and lunch are provided.

Register online by visiting - and follow the instructions.


Wenge Fu

Professor Wenge Fu is Founder and Chairman of CAU Alumni PE Fund and Dean of the MBA Education Centre of China Agricultural University (CAU) in Beijing. He is one of the most influential figures in corporate strategies, business management, and investment in food and agriculture businesses in China. In 2005-2011, he served the CEO of West Hope Group, one of the four subgroups of the Hope Group that ranks the largest Chinese private enterprise. The Hope Group is a conglomerate with over 1000 subsidiaries with over $25 billion annual revenue. Professor Fu has also served as Strategic Consultant at several top Chinese companies.

Virginia Greville

Ms Virginia Greville is Chief Executive Officer of Trade & Investment Queensland (TIQ). She has a wealth of international trade and diplomatic experience. In her most recent position she served as Australia’s Ambassador to Spain, Andorra and Equatorial Guinea. She has also been Australia’s Ambassador to Chile, Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela. She has significant experience in supporting, dealing and negotiating with a range of governments, international markets and industries. She was Australia’s Chief Negotiator, Deputy Chief Negotiator, or Lead Agriculture Negotiator for Australia’s Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations with Chile, the Gulf States, and China. She has also served as a Senior Executive in two other Federal departments.

(Raj) Muthuraj Guruswamy

Mr (Raj) Muthuraj Guruswamy is General Manager – Corporate Affairs and Business Development at Adani, with primary responsibility to maintain interface with government at federal, state and local council levels and provide high level strategic planning advice to the Executive Team. He has over 20 years of Australian work experience. Prior to joining Adani, he worked with Aurizon focusing on developing the rail business for the Galilee Basin and led the early negotiations between GVK and Aurizon. Earlier, he successfully established businesses of Linfox and Toll Group in Southeast Asian countries including Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Laos and India. He is also a Councilor for the Australian Institute of International Affairs in Brisbane.

Gianna Moscardo

Dr Gianna Moscardo is a Professor in Tourism at the College of Business, Law and Governance at James Cook University, Australia.  Her research interests include evaluating tourism as a sustainable development strategy with an emphasis on understanding the relationships between characteristics of tourism development and dimensions of destination community well-being.  She is the current Chair of the Building Excellence in Sustainable Tourism Education Network (BEST EN), an international organisation committed to the creation and dissemination of knowledge to support the sustainable tourism education, research and practice.

Keiko Yanai

Ms Keiko Yanai is Consul-General of Japan in Brisbane. She assumed this post in June 2017. After joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1988, she specialized in multilateral treaty negotiations and United Nations affairs. During her most recent assignment in Chicago, she promoted Japanese direct investment in the Midwest of the USA and facilitated two-way economic initiatives. Her diplomatic postings have included the Netherlands, Singapore, Switzerland, and the United States. Consul-General Yanai is fully engaged in advancing the close relationship between North Queensland and Japan.

This event is jointly organised and sponsored by:
James Cook University, Trade and Investment Queensland, Port of Townsville, Townsville Chamber of Commerce and Townsville Enterprise.

More information: Please contact Chris Payne on (07) 4781 4239 or email