Fellows’ Director Briefing: Foreign Investment in Agribusiness

Mon 12 Feb 2018
6.00pm to 7.30pm

(Arrival time: 5.30pm)
5 This event will earn you 5 DPD units


AICD Business Centre and Member Lounge
Level 26, 367 Collins Street
Melbourne VIC


Single Members: A$80.00

David Goodfellow

Chief Executive Officer, Rifa Salutary Pastoral Company
David’s career spans 30yrs in agriculture, starting as a Jackeroo on a sheep station in Western NSW and progressing to have held senior roles as CEO of Mutual Trust then CEO of Paraway Pastoral Company then Group General Manager of Elders and then, more recently, as CEO of Rifa Salutary, a new Australian pastoral company funded with Chinese capital. David has invested over $1bn of mostly foreign capital into Australian agriculture over the last 10 years comprising 52 transactions.

Patrick Secker

Board member, Foreign Investment Review Board
Patrick brings extensive agricultural sector experience to the Board. He was a primary producer, agricultural retailer and company director before entering politics as the member for the rural South Australian electorate of Barker. He has a degree in economics and has participated in a number of parliamentary agricultural committees over many years. His parliamentary career included serving as Opposition Whip and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives. Mr Secker has also served as an elected member in local government for 11 years including deputy mayor, chairman of various committees including planning, library, development plan and works. He also chaired the Southern and Hills LGA and co chaired the South Australian Government Mt Lofty Ranges Strategy Review.

Alice Williams FAICD

Board member, Foreign Investment Review Board

Alice has over 25 years of senior management and Board level experience in the corporate and Government sectors. She was previously a Director at JP Morgan, NM Rothschild and Ansett Australia. She has been a consultant to listed corporations in Australia and the Gulf States and state and federal regulatory bodies. She is a former director of the Australian Accounting Standards Board, State Trustees and a Commissioner of the Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission. Her current directorships include Cooper Energy Ltd, Equity Trustees Ltd, Djerriwarrh Investments Ltd, Defence Health, Racing Victoria and Barristers Chambers Limited.

Join us for this indepth discussion of foreign investment in Australian agribusiness.

Foreign investment is vital to Australia's prosperity. The Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) regulates foreign investment in Australia, advising on policy, examining investment proposals, and making recommendations to Government. Despite the tightening of Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) requirements, inbound investment continues to flow. The appeal of Australia is partly due to the opportunity for investors to have exposure to international markets given we export a significant percentage of our agricultural production; and the security of our legal system.

Our panel of experts will discuss the opportunities and challenges of foreign investment, and will provide insight into how FIRB operates to facilitate these business dealings whilst protecting Australia's national interest.

Please note: Registrations open at 5.30pm with networking drinks.



Contact details

Veronica Mansueto
Programs Coordinator
E. vicevents@aicd.com.au
T. 03 9245 4200