July 29th, 2020 12:00 AM through 12:00 AM
European Australian Business Council (EABC) are pleased to extend an invitation to this digital Boardroom Forum with the Hon Gary Gray AO, Ambassador-Designate to Ireland.
The Australian Government has announced that the Hon Gary Gray AO will be Australia’s next Ambassador to Ireland. Gary Gray has had a distinguished career in public life as the longest serving National Secretary of the Australian Labor Party prior to being elected to the Federal Parliament. In the Rudd and Gillard Governments he served as Minister for the Public Service and Integrity; Tourism, Small Business, Resources & Energy; and as Special Minister of State. Mr Gray has also held executive roles in the private sector at Woodside Energy, the West Australian Medical Research Foundation, and was most recently General Manager of External Affairs at Mineral Resources Ltd.
Gary Gray is regarded as one of the most transformative leaders of the Australian Labor Party, championing reforms to strengthen democratic processes, equality, increased structural capability both within the ALP and later as a Member of the House of Representatives in key areas including the resources sector and senate voting legislation. Some of his significant contributions have included the modernisation of campaign techniques including leading the first online engagement strategy of an Australian political party; leading the introduction of political fundraising protocols; pioneering affirmative action guidelines for the ALP; and the Party’s international engagement – particularly with the African National Congress during the struggle against apartheid.
Mr Gray takes on the role as Ambassador to Ireland at a pivotal time in Australia’s relationships with Ireland, and with the EU and the UK, both bilaterally in the negotiation of free trade agreements and as partners in promoting the global rules-based order and multilateral trading system. He will arrive in Dublin four months after a general election which saw a surge of support for Sinn Fein, forcing Ireland’s two centrist, but historically rivalling parties Fianna Fail and Fine Gael to join forces for the first time in recent history to form a Coalition government together with the Greens.
The discussion will also offer an early opportunity for companies with operations and interest in Ireland and in the bilateral relationship to engage with the Ambassador-designate at a time at a time of significant political and economic uncertainty for Ireland with COVID-19, Brexit, the trans-Atlantic relationship, and global trade tensions. For more information on Ireland , here is the DFAT Factsheet on Ireland and click here to access the OECD 2020 Snapshot on Ireland.
Please register your interest via firstname.lastname@example.org, details for joining the forum will be circulated to confirmed participants closer to the event.
This boardroom forum will be delivered by videoconference. Participants will be limited and the discussion will be held strictly under the ‘Chatham House Rule’.