Asialink Business in collaboration with Australian Institute of Company Directors and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand are delighted to present an online panel discussion on how the best companies develop Asia-capable business leaders who generate superior returns while managing their brand, reputation and stakeholders effectively in Asian markets.

The panel discussion will present insights from fresh evidence-based analysis, as part of the landmark new thought leadership report – Winning in Asia: Creating long-term value.

Developed by Asialink Business, in partnership with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and The Sid and Fiona Myer Family Foundation, Winning in Asia: Creating long-term value unpacks some of the commonly held misconceptions on doing business with the region.

Expert panellists:

  • Ben Way, CEO, Asia, Macquarie Group
  • Kevin Fitzgerald, Managing Director – Asia, Xero
  • Sue MacLeman, Chair and Non-Executive Director, MTPConnect
  • Penny Burtt, Group CEO, Asialink

Moderated by Mukund Narayanamurti, CEO, Asialink Business

Webinar Details

30 November 2020
1.30pm – 2.30pm AEDT
Registrations close 5pm 29 November


More information on our expert panellists

Ben Way, Chief Executive Officer, Macquarie Group Asia

Ben Way leads the operations of more than 3, 400 people across 14 offices in 11 markets.  Ben also co-heads the Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets’ (MIRA) business in Asia Pacific. MIRA is the world’s leading infrastructure investor with over $US105 billion of assets under management. Ben has led the establishment of infrastructure and private equity funds across Asia. In the last five years, these funds have made investments in sectors such as water, renewables, utilities, transport and communications. Ben serves on the board of a number of these portfolio companies.

Ben is currently involved with a number of industry organisations in Asia: Vice Chair of the Hong Kong-ASEAN Economic Cooperation Foundation; HKTDC Financial Services Advisory Committee; Australia-Guangdong Business Council and the Chairman’s Council of the Australia-China Relations Institute.

Kevin Fitzgerald, Managing Director – Asia, Xero   

Kevin Fitzgerald is the Managing Director, Asia at Xero. He leads the growth and performance of the Asian business, spending his time between the Singapore and Hong Kong offices. Kevin and his team help small businesses and their advisors across Asia embrace cloud technology to run productive, more profitable businesses.

Originally from Ireland, Kevin moved to Australia in 2011 and led the Financial Services Recruitment Business for Robert Walters in Melbourne. Previously Kevin worked with KPMG, Royal Bank of Canada and State Street Bank in Audit, Financial Reporting and Hedge Funds. His career at Xero began in 2015, leading the Australian sales team as Territory Manager. In the role, he developed a deep well of experience working with SMEs and helping them grow.

Sue MacLeman, Chair and Non-Executive Director, MTPConnect

Sue MacLeman has more than 30 years’ experience as a pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical technology executive having held senior roles in corporate, medical, commercial and business development. Sue has also served as CEO and Board member of several ASX and NASDAQ listed companies in the pharmaceutical sector and is currently Chair of MTPConnect (MTPII-GC Ltd), Chair of Anatara Lifesciences Ltd (ASX:ANR), Tali Digital Ltd (ASX:TDI), Non-Executive Director of Palla Pharma Ltd (ASX:PAL), Non-Executive Director of Oventus Medical Ltd (ASX:OVN) and Non-Executive Director of veski.  Sue is also appointed to several academic and government advisory committees, including CSIRO Health and Biosecurity Advisory Committee, Prime Ministers Digital Expert Advisory Committee, DMTC Medical Countermeasures and various COVID19 taskforces. Her broad commercial experience is underpinned by graduate qualifications in pharmacy and post graduate qualifications in corporate governance, commercial law, business administration and marketing

Penny Burtt, Group Chief Executive Officer, Asialink

With more than 25 years of experience in diplomacy, trade and investment, international business and consulting at the most senior levels across four continents, she is currently the Group CEO of Asialink, Australia’s leading centre for Asia engagement. In a career spanning the business, government and non-profit sectors, she has held senior leadership positions in the Asia-Pacific with global multinationals Visa Inc, the digital payments company, and consulting firm McKinsey&Company.  A former senior diplomat, Penny represented Australia in Asia and the United Nations. With deep expertise in Southeast Asia, Penny served in embassies in Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia, as Assistant Secretary Southeast Asia and as an Asia advisor to the Minister for Foreign Affairs. Penny has held Executive Board Member with key business associations and non-profits in Singapore and the United States, including the American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore, the US National Centre for APEC and as Vice-Chair of the Asia-Pacific Council of American Chambers of Commerce.

Mukund Narayanamurti, Chief Executive Officer, Asialink Business
As the CEO of Asialink Business, Mukund is leading the organisation’s mandate from the Australian Federal Government (Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources), the Myer Foundation and the University of Melbourne, to create an Asia capable workforce in Australia.

Mukund built his experience at KPMG and received his MBA from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Further information on Winning in Asia can be found here.

We look forward to your attendance.

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