2 December 2016 in Sydney | Business Breakfast Forum | In Pursuit of Services Trade and Investment Outcomes in the Australia/European Union FTA

This Forum will take you on a business roller coaster ride across the highs, the lows and the bumps in the current services trade negotiating landscape, from doldrums in the GATS and heights of success with TPP, to crisis with TTIP, through BREXIT, across hiccups with CETA, to the end-game with TISA, a new initiative in APEC, the impact of the Trump Administration, EU intentions in Asia and the prospects, against that background, for a safe and successful landing with the Australia/EU FTA.

Date: Friday 2 December 2016

Time: 8:00am for reception followed by formal business breakfast from 8:15am-10:15am

Venue: Corrs Chambers Westgarth, 8 Chifley Square, Corner of Hunter and Elizabeth Streets, Sydney

RSVP: Register here by 25 November 2016


Key Note Business Speaker

  • Pascal Kerneis, Managing Director, European Services Forum (ESF) and Member of the Steering Committee for the Australia EU Leadership Forum


  • Jane Drake-Brockman, Director, EU Centre for Global Affairs, Institute for International Trade, The University of Adelaide and member of the Board, Australian Services Roundtable
  • Ivano Casella, Counsellor, Trade and Economic Section, EU Delegation to Australia and New Zealand


Pascal Kerneis headshotPascal Kerneis, has served as Managing Director since ESF’s creation, in 1999. He is in charge of running the ESF Secretariat on a daily basis. Since then, he has been able to raise ESF’s profile by advocating the further liberalisation of services, and by developing close working relationships with the EU and WTO officials. Pascal Kerneis represents the ESF members both towards European and international institutions and towards professional networks. He is now a well-recognised expert on International Trade in Services and is regularly invited as a speaker for Forums, hearings or summits organised inter alia by the European Parliament or Chambers of Commerce abroad.

Jane Drake-Brockman headshotJane Drake-Brockman is Director of the EU Centre for Golbal Affairs, University of Adelaide. A former diplomat and Chief Economist with DFAT, she served as Minister at the Australian Delegation to the EU in Brussels 1995-1998. She has worked with the International Trade Centre in Geneva, Commonwealth Secretariat in London and OECD Secretariat in Paris; founded the Australian Services Roundtable; served as Executive Committee member of the Hong Kong Coalition of Services Industries, Convenor of the PECC Taskforce on Services and now chairs the new Asia Pacific Services Coalition. She has taught Macroeconomics at the Chinese University of HK: published extensively on trade policy issues; contributed to 3 World Economic Forum Experts Groups – on Global Value Chains; Services: Trade, Finance, Development.

Ivano Casella headshotIvano Casella was appointed Counsellor and Head of the Economic and Trade Section of the EU Delegation to Australia and New Zealand in September 2014. Prior to that he served as Policy Officer in charge of Trade in Services at the EU Permanent Mission to the WTO in Geneva (2010-2014). Most of his career has been spent in the Directorate General for Trade at the European Commission. He was in charge of trade relations with South-East Asian countries (2001-2003); responsible for trade negotiations with Mercosur countries (2003-2006) and in charge of trade negotiations with Southern African countries (2006-2010). Before joining the European Commission in 2001, he was selected as official and investigator for the European anti-fraud office. He started his career in 1995 working for Business Europe as Trade Adviser.

In collaboration with:

 Corrs Chambers LogoEABC logoASR logo

This entry was posted in Events and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Comments are closed.