The 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper

The University of Adelaide’s Institute for International Trade (IIT) and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) invite you to join David Holly, Chief Economist (Trade & Investment) for an exclusive presentation and panel discussion on Australia’s Foreign Policy White Paper.

Date: Thursday, 22 March 2018

Venue: The Science Exchange, 55 Exchange Place, Adelaide

Time: 3.15pm for a 3.30pm start, with discussion and refreshments to conclude by 5pm

Please CLICK HERE to register your attendance now!

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade recently invited business, state government, NGOs and think tanks to join an important conversation about Australia’s place in the world and to help shape Australia’s foreign policy.

Released in November 2017, the Foreign Policy White Paper is the first comprehensive policy paper on Australia’s international engagement since 2003 and sets out the government’s long-term international agenda, how Australia will be positioned to seize opportunities, manage risks and maximise our influence in a changing world.

Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to join leading experts as they discuss the Foreign Policy White Paper, with a particular focus on its economic and trade elements.


  • David Holly is a career economist who has worked in the public and private sectors.  David is Chief Economist (Trade & Investment) at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.  Prior to this he was responsible for Intellectual Property, Aid for Trade and Other Issues in the Office of Trade Negotiations. David was Australia’s Consul General in Chennai India, head of the South and Central Asia Branch of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Deputy High Commissioner in New Delhi. He led Australia’s contribution to both the India and China free trade agreement feasibility studies. Prior to joining DFAT, David worked for the Departments of Prime Minister & Cabinet and Treasury, as well as the merchant bank Fay, Richwhite.
  • Dave Gordge is Director of the South Australia State Office of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), where he is responsible for managing DFAT’s engagement with its diverse local stakeholders, including the State Government and South Australia’s business and academic communities.  Dave is a career officer of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He has served overseas as Deputy Head of Mission in the Australian Embassy in Phnom Penh (2011-13) and as Third Secretary, and later Second Secretary, in the Australian Embassy in Santiago de Chile (2004-06).
  • Professor Christopher Findlay is Executive Director of the Institute for International Trade and Executive Dean of the Faculty of the Professions at The University of Adelaide. Professor Findlay is an economist with expertise in international trade policy and theory, services trade and public policy. He has published extensively on trade liberalisation, Free Trade Agreements and regional integration.
  • Professor Kym Anderson is George Gollin Professor of Economics at The University of Adelaide and formerly foundation Executive Director of the Centre for International Economic Studies at the University of Adelaide, where he has been affiliated since 1984. Previously he was a Research Fellow in Economics at ANU’s Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, which he re-joined part-time in 2012.  Professor Anderson has spent several years as a lead economist at both the GATT (now World Trade Organization) and the World Bank. His publications are in the fields of international trade and economic development, including a focus on primary products, food and wine. Between 1996 and 1997 he was a member of the Advisory Panel that assisted DFAT to produce the first White Paper on Australia’s Foreign and Trade Policies.

For event enquiries, please contact Lisa Hunt via email at or on 0481 902 566.

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