As U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jingping gear up for a visit, HWA Speakers are uniquely qualified to shed light on the region's most pressing issues 
JOHN KEY: Prime Minister of New Zealand (2008-16);
Member of the Foreign Exchange Committee of Federal Reserve Bank of New York (1999-2001)
"[John Key] is a political phenomenon virtually without parallel... Why is Key so popular? His “common touch” personality is part of it, but it’s far more than that. Key’s political antenna is razor sharp..."
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A world leader with tremendous experience in both the public and private sector, John Key's breadth of insight into the global economy and Asia-Pacific trade is second to none. Having signed a free trade agreement with China in 2008—making New Zealand the first developed country to do so, and propelling China to become New Zealand's largest trading partner—Key was also instrumental in pushing through global trade deals in the Pacific

Credited with bringing the Kiwi dollar to its peak, before entering politics Key held top positions in the private sector, including as the head of Asian foreign exchanges in Singapore for Merrill Lynch. 
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Max Baucus: U.S. Ambassador to China (2014-2017); 
U.S. Senator (D-MT) (1978-2013)
 
“For more than two decades Max Baucus has worked to deepen the relationship between the United States and China. The economic agreements he helped forge have created millions of American jobs and added billions of dollars to our economy...”
 
Watch Baucus share insights on the future of U.S.-China Relations >>
A fixture on news programs from Bloomberg to CNBC, Baucus is in-demand for his straight-talk on issues like China's retaliation against a U.S. border tax, how to handle North Korea, trade agreements such as TPP, Secretary Tillerson's Asia trip, and developing a long-term strategy to protect U.S. interests in China.

Having served as a Senator under six administrations, Baucus is widely respected for his work developing free trade agreements with 11 countries, normalizing relations with China and facilitating China's entrance into the World Trade Organization. 
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JULIA GILLARD: Prime Minister of Australia (2010-2013);
Chair, Global Partnership for Education 

"Fantastic! Everyone loved Prime Minister Gillard."

-Broadbent Institute

"[O]ur sincere thanks to you for speaking at the TFWA Asia Pacific Conference in Singapore... We are delighted that you were able to address us, and found your address extremely interesting and relevant to our theme. Thank you for helping make our event a great success! "

-Tax-Free World Association

 
Watch Gillard share why Asia's rise is the opportunity of this century >>
A renowned world leader on trade and politics in the Asia-Pacific region, as Australia's Prime Minister Julia Gillard commissioned the Asian Century White Paper—a landmark strategic framework for navigating "the Asian Century" that shaped global policy.

Having blown away audiences worldwide, Gillard is uniquely qualified to discuss the strategic, economic and leadership challenges as Asia's rise continues, and has delivered keynotes at engagements throughout Asia. From international affairs lecture series in Singapore to major business conferences in Shengyang—Gillard always receives rave reviews for her shrewd insights, and timely, thoughtful remarks. 
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These HWA Speakers were instrumental in shaping and executing policies with China that had a global impact. As China continues to develop as a world power and uncertainty surrounds U.S. policy, these speakers are poised to reveal what's at stake and how to be strategic moving forward.