Head of Mission - Designate Roundtable & Dinner


The Head of Mission - Designate Roundtable & Dinner, organised by the AKBC and Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, took place in Perth on the 23rd November 2023. It was a well-attended event focusing on opportunities and challenges for Australian and Korean businesses. 

The Roundtable commenced among the 16 attendees: Jeff Robinson, HOM - Designate, Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT); Louise Clunies-Ross, Executive Director, Australia-Korea Business Council (AKBC); Clare Pope, Partner at Gilbert + Tobin; Director at AKBC; Gavin Lockyer, Managing Director, Arafura Resources; Rowena Smith, Managing Director & CEO, Australian Strategic Minerals; Chris Jordaan, Chief Operating Officer, Australian Strategic Minerals; Peter Coleman, Chairman, Australia Korea Foundation; Erin Maher, Director, DFAT WA State Office; Hon. Alannah MacTiernan, Head of Government Affairs – WA, GFG Alliance; Vince Catania, GM Communities & Government Relations, Hastings Technology Metals; Isaac Hinton, Head of Australia, Intercontinental Energy; Shane Clark, Head of Growth and Sustainability – Australia West, MACA; Young Yu, Managing Director, MGM O’Connor; James Rhee, Managing Director, Progressive Greens Solutions; Bruce Maluish, Managing Director, VRX Silica; Troy Scudds, Business Manager – Lithium Markets & Strategy, WEScef.

At the conclusion of the Roundtable, the Dinner commenced welcoming more attendees: Yongseob Kim, Managing Director, KOGAS Prelude; Changwoo (Andrew) Lee, WA Representative, LG Energy Solution; David Huh, GM, SK E&S Australia; Simone Spencer, Deputy Director General Strategy & International Engagement, WA Government.

Clare Pope, Partner at Gilber + Tobin, and Treasurer, AKBC opened the Head of Mission Dinner and welcomed and introduced our VIP guest - HOM Designate Jeff Robinson, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, inviting everyone to enjoy the dinner and networking. It was fantastic to see such robust discussion and interactions amongst all attendees. Rounding out the event, Clare Pope gave the closing remarks signalling the conclusion of the event. 



Thank you to the following event sponsors.