Australia has historically enjoyed a long and strong relationship with the United States from both a strategic and economic perspective with both countries sharing sacrifices in the defence of both democracy and freedom.

One year into his term President Trump’s unconventional leadership style has forced many in the region to reassess how diplomacy and policy would operate in both the national and international forums going forward.

Despite the bumpy start, it remains clear that a strong relationship between the United States and the Asia Pacific region is as important as ever. This will be discussed by an expert panel from Washington DC in addition to experts in the fields of US – Australia – Regional policy, trade and investment.

Our panellists will include:


The Hon Kim Beazley, AC

Mr Beazley was elected to the Federal Parliament in 1980, in 1993 became a Minister in the Hawke and Keating Labor Governments holding various portfolios. He was Deputy Prime Minister (1995-96) and Leader of the Australian Labor Party and Leader of the Opposition (1996-01 and 2005-06). Mr Beazley was Ambassador to the United States of America from February 2010 to January 2016. Upon returning to Australia he has been appointed as President of the Australian Institute for International Affairs (2016-17), Co-Chairman of the Australian American Leadership Dialogue and Distinguished Fellow at both the Australian Strategic Policy Institute and the Perth USAsia Centre.

Gordon Flake, Chief Executive Officer, Perth USAsia Centre

L. Gordon Flake is the founding CEO of the Perth USAsia Centre, a position he assumed in January of 2014. He was previously Executive Director of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation, a Senior Fellow and Associate Director of the Program on Conflict Resolution at The Atlantic Council of the United States and prior to that Director for Research and Academic Affairs at the Korea Economic Institute of America.

Bonnie Lin,  ‎Managing Director – ‎B2 RAINMAKERS

Bonnie brings 20 years of international business expertise, helping organisations accelerate growth and value creation through talent, capital and contacts. A Silicon Valley native, her portfolio of experience includes senior roles in B2B marketing, supply chain, lean manufacturing in China and US, and running a government-funded business accelerator. She has advised over 60 startup founders and small business owners. Fluent in Mandarin Chinese and a Vancouver 40 Under 40 winner, Bonnie was a regular media commentator, speaker and contributor on entrepreneurship and innovation publications in the US. Bonnie served on the boards of the US District Export Council and the Pacific Northwest Defence Coalition. She was a member of the Seattle chapter of Keiretsu Forum angel investors, advocates for Perth startups through PROJECT X, ImpactSeed and Innovation Bay and supports 100 Women, Meridian Global Foundation and Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce. Bonnie holds a BA from the University of California, Berkeley and a MBA from the University of Phoenix.


Tim Lester, Partner, Hogan Lovells

Tim is a corporate and finance legal specialist with particular expertise in cross border investment, trade and finance.   He has practiced across Hong Kong, Japan, Europe / the UK and Australia as well as working extensively on matters and advising clients on cross border transactions between Australia and the US.  In addition to his long track record of advising and supporting clients in Australia, across Asia and globally, Tim has also spent many years supporting Governments and related agencies on trade matters and negotiations relating to bilateral and multilateral agreements and related policy considerations.  Along side his legal practice, Tim was formerly managing partner of the Tokyo office of Hogan Lovells and one of the founding partners and joint managing partners of Hogan Lovells’ practice in Australia.  Tim is also currently Chair of UWA Business School’s Ambassadorial Council.