2017 Highlights
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2017 Highlights


As part of its ongoing work to strengthen the pipeline of future talent in the bilateral relationship, the ABJCC Future Leaders Mentoring Program has been established to support the development of the “next generation” of AustraliaJapan business leaders and to strengthen the AJBCC network over the longer term.


The program has 3 main aims. These are to:

  • broaden the flow of ideas between current and future generations of leaders;
  • help Future Leaders to ‘upskill’ in the soft skills leaders need to help steer the bilateral relationship to new growth opportunities; and
  • provide a way for current leaders to hear the views of upcoming leaders.



  • Mentors: Interested current leaders in the bilateral relationship.
  • Mentees: Interested upcoming leaders from the current AJBCC Future Leader group.

Pairing and meeting

  • Mentors and mentees are paired taking into account primary location, professional focus and other relevant factors.
  • Pairs aim to meet physically or virtually a total of 3 times during the mentoring period.
  • Timing and location of meetings is at the discretion of pairs.


The Future Leaders Seminar Program is one of the principal activities of the Future Leaders Group. Held in different cities between the annual Australia Japan Joint Business Conferences, the seminars focus on issues of importance in the Australia-Japan bilateral relationship to Future Leaders now and looking into the future. The seminars provide an opportunity for Future Leaders to learn directly from others within the bilateral relationship, as well as to network with other Future lLeaders.

Building on the success of the inaugural Future Leaders Seminar in 2016, the Future Leaders are currently planning further seminars to take place in Melbourne and Sydney in 2017. Further details will be publicised at a later date.