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Program Director

Michele O’Sullivan

Michele O’Sullivan is a qualified lawyer who practiced law in Perth, Australia and London. She then went into legal recruitment and co-founded one of the first online businesses. In 2000 she joined The European Lawyer magazine as commercial director and launched European Lawyer Reference, a series of global comparative law books, recently acquired by Thomson Reuters. Michele is currently Director of Global Leaders Forum.



Professor L. Gordon Flake,  Chief Executive Officer, Perth USAsia Centre

Professor L. Gordon Flake is the founding CEO of the Perth USAsia Centre, a position he assumed in January of 2014.  Prior to moving to Australia, he spent nearly 25 years in Washington D.C. in positions including; Executive Director of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation, Senior Fellow and Associate Director of the Program on Conflict Resolution at The Atlantic Council of the United States and Director for Research and Academic Affairs at the Korea Economic Institute of America.

Mr. Flake is editor of the companion volumes One Step Back? Reassessing and Ideal Security State for Northeast Asia 2025 (Mansfield Foundation, March 2011) and Toward an Ideal Security State for Northeast Asia 2025 (Mansfield Foundation, September 2010) co-editor with Park Roh-byug of the book New Political Realities in Seoul: Working toward a Common Approach to Strengthen U.S.-Korean Relations (Mansfield Foundation, March 2008) and co-editor with Scott Snyder of the book Paved with Good Intentions: the NGO Experience in North Korea (Praeger, 2003).  He has authored numerous book chapters on policy issues in Asia and is a regular contributor to the press on Asia issues. He serves on the Board of the United States Committee of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific (USCSCAP) as co-Chair of the Board of the U.S. Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, on the Advisory Council of the Korea Economic Institute of America, and on the International Advisory Board of the David M. Kennedy Center at Brigham Young University.

Mr. Flake was born in Rehoboth, New Mexico.  He received his BA degree in Korean with a minor in international relations from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.  He completed his MA at the David M. Kennedy Center for International and Area Studies, also at B.Y.U.



Mark Barnaba, Chairman, Western Australia Macquarie Group

Mark Barnaba currently serves as both Chairman of Macquarie Group,Western Australia and as Chairman of Global Resources Group, Macquarie Capital. Macquarie Group is a global provider of banking, financial, advisory, investment and funds management services. It employs more than 13,000 people in over 28 countries, with assets under management of $A16 billion.

Mark is also Chairman of The University of Western Australia’s Business School Board and an Adjunct Professor in Investment Banking & Finance at the UWA Business School.

Mark is the Chairman of Edge Employment Solutions and a non-executive director of Fortescue Metals Group. He is co-founder (and previously co-executive Chairman) of Azure Capital and previously has been the Chairman of Western Power, the West Coast Eagles Football Club and Alinta Infrastructure Holdings. He was also appointed by the Premier to
chair the WA steering Committee of the Commonwealth Business Forum for CHOGM in 2011.

Mark attended The University of Western Australia and received a Bachelor of Commerce degree with first class honours, being awarded the JA Wood University medal for top graduate of his year. He then directly entered Harvard Business School receiving an MBA, graduating with high distinction as a Baker Scholar. Post Business School Mark spent the
majority of his time with McKinsey and Company, overseas, before returning to Australia in the mid 1990s. In 2002, Mark was the joint winner of the inaugural WA Business News award for the most outstanding business leader in the State of Western Australia under the age of 40 and in 2009, was the recipient of the WA Citizen of the Year Award in Industry and Commerce

In 2012, Mark received an Honorary Doctor of Commerce from The University of Western Australia and was granted the Honorary designation FCPA from CPA Australia.


The Hon. Sen. Dr. Francesco Giacobbe, OAM,
PhD, M.Bus., B.Bus., CTA, JP,
Commendatore of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic

Francesco Giacobbe was born in Catania in 1958 and migrated to Australia at the end of 1982.
In 1987 returns to university, successfully completing, in 1990, a Bachelor of Business Degree with Distinction and the university medal. In 1995 completed a Masters Degree in Accounting and Finance) and, in 2007, a Philosophy Doctorate Degree in Accounting (PhD), with a thesis on international joint ventures control systems.
Francesco is an accountant. Since 1991, he has worked as a tax and business consultant in Sydney and as a Senior Lecturer in Management Accounting at the University of Technology, Sydney. He has published numerous papers, essays and reports, attended as a guest speaker many international conferences and received several academic awards including the University Medal at the University of Technology Sydney in 1991and the “Peter Brownell Manuscript Award” for the best article published in 2004 by the journal Accounting and Finance.
Since his arrival in Australia, Francesco has been involved in social and community activities, holding numerous positions and roles and promoting many events. For his contribution to the community, Francesco has received many awards and recognitions including the Medal to the Order of Australia Merit (OAM) in 2013 and the title of “Commendatore” of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic in 2008.
In 2013, he was elected to the Italian parliament as a Senator of the Republic with the Democratic Party. In the Senate Francesco is part of the Finance and Treasury Committee, the Industry, Trade and Tourism Committee and the Committee for Italians Abroad.
In his parliamentary role, Francesco has contributed to a number of activities, in particular, to promote Italy in the world and for Italians abroad. Amongst these, two are worth noting. The first is a firm commitment to the Italian language and culture as the first vehicle for the promotion of the Made in Italy in the world and as a fundamental link between Italy and Italians in the world. The second is the project of the order of the Council of Italian Accountants on “Small and Medium Enterprises and foreign markets: the road show of accountants for internationalization.”


Pierfrancesco Zazo, Italian Ambassador in Australia

Born 13 September 1959, in Benevento, Italy


1984 Degree in Political Science, Luiss University, Rome

1985 Joins the National Diplomatic Service and attends the Diplomatic Institute of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Rome

1985 Higher Diplomatic Training Course, Diplomatic Institute, Rome


1986 Legation Secretary, Department for Development Cooperation, Rome

1987 Legation Secretary, Cabinet of the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Rome

1987 Legation Secretary, Secretariat of the Director General for Emigration and Social Affairs

1988 Second Secretary Commercial, Embassy of Italy in Seoul

1989 Promoted to the rank of First Secretary

1992 First Secretary Commercial, Embassy of Italy in Stockholm

1995 Promoted to the rank of Counsellor

1996 Head of Office at the Directorate General for Development Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Rome

1999 Counsellor, Embassy of Italy in Kiev

2002 Commercial Counsellor, Embassy of Italy in Moscow

2003 Promoted to the rank of First Counsellor

2006 Head of the Central Technical Unit of the Directorate General for Development Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Rome

2010 Promoted to the rank of Minister Plenipotentiary

2010 Head of the Central Technical Unit and Environmental Coordinator of the Directorate General for Development Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Rome

15 October 2013 Ambassador of Italy to Australia, Fiji Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Papua New Guinea, Nauru, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands.


Lisa Scaffidi, The Right Honourable the Lord Mayor of Perth

The Right Honourable Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi is renowned for her tireless commitment to promoting Perth locally, nationally and internationally.

Lisa’s achievements since being elected as Lord Mayor in 2007 are significant and include overseeing unprecedented economic growth and a cultural ‘coming of age’ for Western Australia’s capital city.

Lisa is credited with driving the activation and revitalisation of Perth in recent years and in doing so, has significantly broadened its appeal to residents, businesses and visitors alike.

As the most recognisable ambassador of the City of Perth for nearly eight years, the Lord Mayor has earned widespread respect and admiration from the Perth community, its stakeholders and abroad. The Lord Mayor’s achievements were recognised at a global level in 2012 by being awarded Runner Up in the 2012 World Mayor Awards.

Lisa proudly calls Perth home, spends most of her time in the City and has earned a reputation as a round-the-clock Lord Mayor for her extraordinary work ethic.

Along with her role as Lord Mayor, Lisa is also a serving member of many not-for-profit Boards and Committees in areas including community development and infrastructure, public art, and international scale events and festivals. Lisa is also Chair of the Lord Mayor’s Distress Relief Fund, Western Australia’s official emergency relief fund for members of the community who are impacted by natural disasters.

Lisa is passionate about marketing the City and ensuring smart, sustainable growth. The Lord Mayor leads a strong City of Perth Council and a team of 700 dedicated staff who are driven by a customer service ethos.

During her tenure, Lisa has been Chair of the World Energy Cities Partnership, and Ambassador of Study Perth and the Perth Fashion Festival. A highly skilled communicator, Lisa has fostered productive working relationships with various organisations to bring more business and investment to our City and State.

The Lord Mayor takes a keen interest in nurturing youth in the community and personally mentors young Western Australians to realise their aspirations and career goals. Lisa has also worked closely with the homeless and served as patron to a number of local support charities for vulnerable people.

Prior to being elected Lord Mayor, Lisa was State Director of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) for ten years and a City of Perth Councillor for seven years. Lisa has also worked in the hotel and airline industries.


Joseph Carrozzi, Managing Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers

Joseph Carrozzi is responsible for managing the firm’s relationships with some of the largest organisations in Australia, both ASX100 listed companies and also a number of major multi-nationals operating in Australia. He has been a partner for over 15 years and has in excess of 25 years in the accounting profession. Joseph has led PwC’s client service program in Australia across all industries and business lines, focusing on the firm’s strategy for growth, thought leadership, and service quality.
Joseph has particular expertise in the infrastructure and government sector, where he has led engagements in the many facets of private and public projects. Presently, he leads our PwC practice in the Sydney Office as well as leading our national Infrastructure Business, dealing with both government and private sector participants in infrastructure.
Joseph is also holds a number of important community positions –
§ Board of Governors of the Centenary Institute for Medical Research;
§ Chairman, Italian Chamber of Commerce in Australia
§ Member of the NSW Government’s Business Advisory Panel
§ Deputy Chair, GWS Giants, AFL team in Australia
§ Board member, NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS)
§ Board member EABC
He holds degrees in Commerce and in Law from UNSW, is admitted as a Barrister at Law in NSW, a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and a Fellow of the Tax Institute of Australia.


Emilio Chiesi, Head of International Funding of Banca Carige

Emilio Chiesi was the UK Representative and is Head of International Funding of Banca Carige, the
second oldest bank in Europe and one of the Italian mid-sized Regional banks. In 1996, he was
in charge of the set-up of the EMTN Programme and he arranged the debut of the bank
in the Debt Capital Market with the issue of several senior or subordinated bonds.
In 2000, Emilio approached the shuldsheine market and the bank was one of the
first Italian banks which closed loans with different German counterparts. Banca Carige
made four securitizations; one with non-performing loans and three with performing ones.
In 2008 and 2012 Emilio arranged two Covered Bond Programmes both for Euro 5 billions under the
New Obbligazioni Bancarie Garantite framework with residential or commercial cover pools.Banca
CARIGE was one of the first Italian banks issuing Registered Covered Bond with German Investors
Since the early 90’s he has developed a strong relationship with the European
Investment Bank for financing Small and Medium Enterprises.
He joined Banca Carige from Mediocredito Ligure, a Medium and Long Term Financial
Institution, where he worked as a Funding Manager. Previously he worked for Credito
Emiliano S.p.A as lead analyst.
He was member of the Board of Directors of the Italian Chamber of Commerce for UK in London
Emilio graduated from University in Parma.