Board Room Lunch - invitation only
HE Mr Paul Madden CMG, British High Commissioner
'Why the G20 matters to business'
The High Commissioner spoke to an intimate group of guests at a Board Room lunch, hosted by HSBC, about why the G20 matters and what it means for business. As the G20 Summit in Brisbane approaches (15-16 November) this important group will engage with the issues of our time.
The G20 membership comprises a mix of the world’s largest advanced and emerging economies, representing about two-thirds of the world’s population, 85 per cent of global gross domestic product and over 75 per cent of global trade. The members of the G20 are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States and the European Union.
Paul Madden has been British High Commissioner to Australia since January 2011. Prior to this he was British High Commissioner in Singapore from February 2007. A career diplomat, he was previously Managing Director at UK Trade and Investment (2004-2006), responsible for co-ordinating and implementing international trade development strategies to support companies across a wide range of business sectors. As Assistant Director of Information at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (2003-2004) he was responsible for public diplomacy policy, including managing the FCO funding of the BBC World Service, the British Council and the Chevening Scholarships programme. He led the team responsible for the award-winning UK pavilion at the Aichi Expo in Japan 2005.
Mr Madden was Deputy High Commissioner in Singapore from 2000-2003 and has also served in Washington (1996-2000) and Tokyo (1988-92). Between 1992-96 he worked on EU enlargement and Environmental issues at the FCO in London.
He has an MA in Economic Geography from Cambridge University, an MBA from Durham University, studied Japanese at London University’s School of Oriental and African Studies, and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. His first book, Raffles: Lessons in Business Leadership, was published in 2003.
This Board Room lunch was by invitation only.