In Sydney last month the EU-Australia Leadership Forum hosted a networking event and panel discussion in Sydney, exclusive to former participants of EU-Australia Leadership Forum activities.
Approximately 40 alumni of the 2017 and 2018 Leadership Forums and Sectoral Policy Workshop events, joined representatives from the EU Delegation to Australia, Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the EU-Australia Leadership Forum project at the Hotel InterContinental for an evening of lively discussion.
The event opened with introductory remarks from Ambassador of the European Union to Australia, HE Dr Michael Pulch and Director, Western and Southern Europe Section at the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Ms Stephanie Aeuckens. Following the opening remarks, a panel discussion was hosted by EU-Australia Leadership Forum Team Leader, Dr Bryce Wakefield. The panellists, comprising alumni from both the 2017 and 2018 Leadership Forum events, were Thom Dixon, Anca Velicu, Sarah Vande Velde and Tim Goulain.
Key elements of the discussion, which focused heavily on the impact of the project and ideas around how to maintain the momentum it has generated, were captured through live graphic recording.
The discussion continued with a short question and answer session, during which participants expressed great enthusiasm for continuing their collaboration beyond the life of the project, which will formally end in February 2020.
The formal aspects of the program were closed by Jason Collins from the European Australian Business Council. We would like to thank all our speakers, panellists and guests for their active and enthusiastic participation.
For more photographs from the event, please visit the Alumni Event Photo Album.