Event Report: AGM and Economic Outlook 2017

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The day of this year’s Annual General Meeting started early for our board members. On Thursday, 11 May at 9 o’clock in the morning, they kicked off the day with the 159th board meeting. The entire day was kindly hosted by Deutsche Bank in Sydney. 

For the AGM, about 40 members started to arrive gradually at 1:30 pm on the impressive 16th floor of Deutsche Bank at Philip Street. With some coffee and tea, they enjoyed the beautiful view over Potts Point in the foyer. The event officially started at 2:00 pm with Bruce MacDiarmid (Co-Head of Corporate Finance at Deutsche Bank), welcoming all guests. He was followed by Ron Koehler (CEO of DB Schenker Australia & New Zealand and Chairman of the Board) who opened the meeting. He was joined on the panel by Kristian Wolf (Executive Director of the Chamber), Christian Holle (Partner at PwC and Treasurer) and Dr Wolfgang Babeck (Partner at Buse Heberer Fromm).

Staff members of the Chamber presented an overview of activities and progress in DEinternational, events, marketing, policy, mining, membership, the Queensland Chapter and Germany Trade and Invest. Furthermore, Ron Koehler directed the audience through other businesses on the agenda like the election of new board members. We delightfully welcome Brett Himbury (Chief Executive at ifm investors), Rolf Drohn (Executive Director at EY) and Bodo Mann (Group Executive Advisory at the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD)) as new members to our board.  They succeed Andrew Doyle (Audi Australia), Jackie Taranto (Messe International), Philip Stanford (TKMS) and John Ruthven (SAP). We are thankful for their contributions to the member network over the years.

The AGM was followed by a coffee break with some delicious pastries and great conversations, before the Economic Outlook 2017 started. Everyone made their way back into the meeting room at 3:30 pm. Kristian Wolf introduced Tim Baker (Head of Equity Strategy / Company Research at Deutsche Bank), who then presented the outlook. He held an engaging presentation with insightful information about the budget, global financial trends and upcoming developments in the Australian economy. Creating an economic presentation that is informative, accessible and entertaining is no mean feat. The audience was welcome to ask questions after he finished the outlook, which they happily did, moderated by Kristian Wolf.

Ron Koehler gave his words of thanks after the Q&A and invited all attendees to network further. The Sun started setting after a successful day and the event concluded with drinks and canapés. After lively conversations in the beautiful foyer, guests started to leave at 5:30 pm. The Chamber hopes that all attendees enjoyed the day and gained useful information and contacts. As one of the calendar’s top events, the AGM and Economic Outlook is the best way to gain an insight into the inner workings of the Chamber and meet a variety of members.

We are looking forward to seeing you at our upcoming events. Please find pictures of the day in our Flickr album.