DATE: 21th November 2017

TIME: 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm

VENUE: Sydney, Australia

TOPIC: Pivoting towards a new approach for Australia-ASEAN business engagement and growth in the digital age


Mr. Rod Sims
Chairman, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

Ms. Aireen Omar
Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, AirAsia

Mr. Marcus Luer
Founder & Group Chief Executive, Total Sports Asia

Mr. Matt Barrie
CEO, Freelancer & CEO, Escrow

Mr. Nic Lim
Executive Chairman, 8common Limited


Tan Sri Dr. Munir Majid
Chairman, CIMB ASEAN Research Institute
President, ASEAN Business Club

Tan Sri Dr. Munir worked in the UK as a university tutor and research analyst in the City before returning to Malaysia at the end of 1978, to be leader writer for the New Straits Times. He progressed to the position of Group Editor before leaving in 1986 to become Chief Executive Officer of a small merchant bank Pertanian Baring Sanwa, whose name he changed to Commerce International Merchant Bankers (CIMB), which was then transformed into one of Malaysia’s leading merchant banks. In 1993, he was invited by the Government of Malaysia to establish the Securities Commission, where he served as Executive Chairman for two terms until 1999. He was instrumental in shaping the legal and regulatory framework of the capital markets in Malaysia, particularly in establishing disclosure-based regulation. He was also responsible for drafting the country’s first code of corporate governance in the aftermath of the Asian Financial Crisis of 1997-98. He was Chairman of the Emerging Markets Committee of the International Organisation of Securities Commissions during his term at Malaysia’s Securities Commission. After leaving the Commission, he became Director of Telekom Malaysia Berhad, Chairman of Celcom (Malaysia) Berhad and Chairman of Malaysian Airline System Berhad. He was the Founder President of the Kuala Lumpur Business Club, established in 2003 and is a member of the Court of Fellows of the Malaysian Institute of Management. He is currently Chairman of Bank Muamalat Malaysia Berhad, CIMB Asean Research Institute, the Asean Business Advisory Council, Malaysia and The Financial Services Professional Board Malaysia (FSPB), as well as President of the Asean Business Club.

Tan Sri Dr. Munir obtained a B.Sc (Econ) and Ph.D in international relations from the London School of Economic and Political Science (LSE) in 1971 and 1978. He is an Honorary Fellow of LSE and continues the long association with his alma mater as Visiting Senior Fellow at the Centre of International Affairs, Diplomacy and Strategy. Tan Sri Dr. Munir is an associate of Southeast Asia Centre (SEAC) at LSE.

MS. Eleanor Mak
President, Australia-ASEAN Business Council

Eleanor Mak is a strong advocate for deeper engagement between Australia and ASEAN, which she believes is critical to regional growth.

Eleanor Mak is the President of the Australia-ASEAN Business Council ( She leads the reinvigoration of the AABC through establishing regional relationships, networks and collaboration with for example, the ASEAN Business Club, ASEAN Young Entrepreneurs Council, the ASEAN Economic Integration Forum, the ASEAN Business Advisory Council and various business and industry chambers across Australia and ASEAN. She is also Managing Director of Venturenauts.

Eleanor is a commercial lawyer and held senior positions in business and government with successful careers in commercial law, professional consulting and policy reform across the region. She has helped ASEAN countries design and implement better regulation making frameworks, led economic diplomacy capability training for Australian Government and worked with Australian and ASEAN companies on successful market entry and expansion strategies as Managing director of Venturenauts.

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