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Austrade - Australia and Europe Industry Forum

Tuesday 8 October
This event is open and complimentary to PACIFIC 2019 trade visitors, exhibitors and conference delegates.
Click here to register and make your expression of interest to attend (please note that your expression of interest does not guarantee you a place; Numbers at the PACIFIC 2019 complimentary conferences are limited and spaces are not guaranteed. Attendance is subject to availability and is on a first come, first served basis).
Starboard Theatrette, Hall 1, ICC Sydney

The Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) is hosting a European Industry forum and networking session, at the International Maritime Exposition – providing a key opportunity for attendees to meet and hear from European defence industry.

Representatives from across European defence industry will share insights on the current market landscape and opportunities in the region. In particular, attendees will hear from the French Marine Industry Group – GICAN, Business France, Netherlands Industry and Defence, and Austrade’s newly appointed Defence & Security Directors from UK and France. Attendees will also hear from the Hon. David Johnston, Australian Defence Export Advocate, former Australian Minister for Defence.

Additionally, the Europe Industry forum will conclude with a networking session, enabling the opportunity to engage with the international delegations, which consists of over 60 defence industry companies from France and the Netherlands. The event will take place from 1300-1500 on Tuesday, 8 October at Starboard Theatrette, Exposition Floor, Hall 4, ICC Sydney.


Mr. Roland Stephens

Roland Stephens is the Senior Industry Expert for Advanced Manufacturing and Space at Austrade (Australian Trade and Investment Commission). Stephen has over 2 years experience at Austrade  leading a team of skilled professionals to promote trade and investment in Australia's advanced manufacturing and defence industry sectors. He also has over 15 years of experience in financial advisory and asset management.

Dr Stephanie Fahey

Dr Stephanie Fahey is the Chief Executive Officer of Austrade, the Australian Government agency responsible for promoting trade, investment and international education, and tourism policy, programs and research. Stephanie has over 30 years experience both as an academic and executive working in Australia and overseas.

Mr. Jean-Baptiste Nithart

Jean-Baptiste Nithart is the Investment Commissioner (Europe) at Austrade based in Paris, France. Jean -Baptiste has over 10 years of experience at Austrade and has been instrumental in attracting key foreign direct investment to Australia and promoting Australia as a prime investment destination to European companies.

Mr. Didier Rafidiarmanda

Didier Rafidiarmanda is the Paris, France based newly appointed Business Development Manager by Austrade. Didier has over 10+years of Defence and Security industry experience and has also worked with the French Ministry of Defence as a top strategy consultant.

Fernando Alves

Mr. Fernando Alves is the Head of French Embassy Trade Commission for Australia and New Zealand/Business France. Business France is responsible for fostering export growth by French businesses, facilitating international investment in France. It promotes Frances companies, business image and nationwide attractiveness as an investment location.

Mr. Andy Thompson

Andy Thompson is the  newly appointed Defence and Security Director based in London, England at Austrade. Andy has been with Austrade for over 6+ years and has been responsible for attracting and developing UK ICT investment (FDI) into Australia.

Mr. Peter Huis in ‘t Veld

Peter Huis in ‘t Veld is the Business Development Manager at the Netherlands Industries for Defence and Security (NIDV). Peter Huis in ‘t Veld was also a former Lt. Col for the Royal Netherlands Air force. The NIDV Foundation facilitates the sustainable positioning of the Dutch Defence and Security-related Industry (NL-DVI) in national and international orders (from the government and elsewhere) and in national and international supplier chains.

Ms. Lisette Groot

Lisette Groot is the Jakarta, Indonesia based newly appointed Senior Business Development Manager by Austrade. Lisette has been with Austrade for the past 5 years and her expertise span over research, project management, planning and strategy, marketing and communications.

Further enquiries contact:
Michael Taylor
Senior Advisor – Marine and Defence