In Conversation with Bob Carr, Former Foreign Minister and Former Premier of New South Wales

There are few geopolitical issues as provocative as China and Climate Change. Over the past ten years these two C’s have become central and divisive issues for the economy, politics and society. Both are areas in which former Australian Foreign Minister and longest serving NSW Premier, Professor the Hon. Bob Carr, has built expertise in his post-political career as the Director of the Australia-China Relations Institute in 2015 and Professor of Industry in Climate and Business at the University of Technology Sydney.

As we begin a new decade, businesses will increasingly be impacted by China’s expanding sphere of economic and political influence. With China as its largest trading partner, Australia has many lessons to share on balancing the risks and opportunities tied to China’s unprecedented economic growth. As the UK looks beyond EU markets, this is a crucial time for it to foster a strong trade and investment relationship with China while mitigating political risk.

Join us with Professor Carr, for a conversation on China’s growing geopolitical power, whether the Chinese economy can sustain its current levels of growth in the year ahead, and what it means for the UK, Australia and the world. We will also hear from Professor Carr on the latest developments in global cooperation ahead of the COP26 in Glasgow, how government and business is responding to climate change and China’s role as the world’s second largest economy and largest carbon emitter.


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Professor the Hon Bob Carr, Professor of Industry in Climate and Business at the University of Technology Sydney, former Foreign Minister and former Premier of New South Wales

Bob Carr was the longest continuously serving Premier in New South Wales history from 1995 to 2005.

He served as Minister for Planning and Environment 1984 to 1988 and as Leader of the Opposition from 1988 until his election as Premier in March 1995.

As Premier he received the World Conservation Union International Parks Merit Award for creating 350 new national parks. He introduced the world’s first carbon trading scheme and curbed the clearing of native vegetation, both anti-greenhouse measures. He was a member of the International Task Force on Climate Change convened by Tony Blair.

In March 2012 he was designated by Prime Minister Julia Gillard as Australia’s Foreign Minister where he fostered stronger relations between Australia and Southeast Asia, assisting Prime Minister Gillard in achieving a strategic partnership with China. With Prime Minister Rudd campaigning at home in the 2013 Federal election, Bob Carr represented Australia at the G20 in Petersburg.

Following his resignation from the Senate on October 24, 2013, the University of Technology Sydney appointed him to lead the Australia-China Relations Institute – a think tank dedicated to Australia-China relations, serving for five years. In May 2019 he was appointed Professor of Industry in Climate and Business at the University of Technology Sydney.


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