Speaker bio

Mr Michael Clifton

Mr Michael Clifton

Deputy Consul-General (Commercial), Senior Trade Commissioner (Shanghai), National Manager – China

In focus: China
Thursday 20 October, 10.30am

Michael Clifton has enjoyed a diverse and varied career including trade and defence appointments in Hong Kong, Tokyo, Osaka, Beijing and the Middle East. Fluent in Mandarin and Japanese, Michael’s career highlights include several postings to Hong Kong, three years at the Australian Embassy in Tokyo and four years as Senior Trade Commissioner and Consul General in Osaka. On return from Osaka, he served as an adviser to the Minister for Trade and Chief of Staff to the Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government. In December 2011, Michael was appointed as the Australian Trade Commission’s National Manager (China) and Senior Trade Commissioner, Shanghai. From mid-2015, Michael served as Senior Trade Commissioner, Beijing. In December 2015, Michael returned to Shanghai where he continues to serve as National Manager (China) and Senior Trade Commissioner, Shanghai. Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of New South Wales and is married with three children.

Key dates

1 June 2016 - Registration opens

19 August 2016- Early bird closes

18 October 2016 - Conference starts