Year 2015 activities started on 12th February with the FABC Board visiting our partner organisation FinnCham, hosted by Timo Vuori, Executive Director at ICC Finland and EVP at Finland Chamber of Commerce. In Finland there are about 15 bilateral chambers, which operate in the FinnCham network. ICC/FinnCham network has a vision to support the internationalisation of Finnish companies. FABC will continue active discussions with FinnCham and other bilateral chambers/trade associations about cooperation in event arrangements, marketing and communications, and in other relevant activities. The FABC board meeting at the FinnCham was followed by Networking Drinks at Woolshed Bar & Kitchen in Helsinki.
On 20th April
FABC organised a seminar/discussion event in cooperation with Aalto University, at Aalto University Business School, Helsinki. The key note speaker / guest from Australia was Professor Eng Chew. His presentation topic was ‘Service Design and Innovation’. Professor Eng is a former UTS-Gartner Chair and current Professor of Business and IT Strategy at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). He is also a former Chief Information Officer of SingTel Optus, the second major telecommunications operator in Australia, and has over 25 years of industry experience in IT and Telecommunications in Australia. Presentation generated very active discussion and Q&A session. This was followed a Wine Tasting and Networking Event organised by Heikki Lindbohm, Lindbohm & Partners. The wine tasted was The Villain, Hugh Hamilton Wines.
On 27th May
the FABC Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held at Indufor, followed by Summer Networking Drinks at Mestaritalli’s summer terrace.
On 31st August
several FABC board members participated in an event organised by Finland-ASEAN Trade Association in Helsinki, in which the Finnish Ambassadors for ASEAN countries provided brief overviews of their respective economies. This activity was a part of a cooperation initiative between the FABC, Finland-Hong Kong Trade Association, and Finland-ASEAN Trade Association. The objective is to promote cooperation in event arrangements, cross-marketing, and other activities.
On 22nd September
Riku Laanti represented the FABC in a meeting with the University of Sydney representatives, Dean, Prof Johnston & Prof. Kim Rasmussen, during their visit in Helsinki. Cooperation opportunities were discussed, including a possible co-organised round table discussion event in the future, with targeted industry sectors, such as construction companies.
On 1st October
FABC Networking Drinks were held at AussieBar, Helsinki. This collided with the ongoing Rugby World Cup that we were able to follow on the venue’s TV screens.
On 2nd November FABC
organised, in cooperation with VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Australian Embassy to Finland, ‘Australia Finland Innovation Day’ seminar, followed by Wine Tasting & Networking Event, sponsored by Hardys. The key note speaker was Professor Göran Roos. Göran is one of the founders of modern intellectual capital science and a recognized world expert in this field as well as a major contributor to the thinking and practice in the areas of strategy and innovation management. In addition to Göran, there were several very interesting company cases/presentations and a lively and active panel discussion, in which the audience was well engaged. We were also very happy to have representatives of our Australian sister organization, the Finland Australia Chamber of Commerce (FACC), attending the event. The whole event was a success from the FABC point of view: very good participation numbers and feedback from participants, excellent presentations, active discussion, new business opportunities identified, and most of the participants also enjoyed the wine tasting & networking activities until the end of the event.
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