Queensland-Asia connections were the topic of conversation last week as Brisbane participants graduated from Australia’s foremost Asia leadership program.

The Asialink Leaders Program brings together outstanding professionals from corporate, government and community sectors to foster a regional network of leaders who can engage effectively with Asia.

Run part-time over nine months, the program uses workshops, seminars and workplace projects to help participants build their knowledge, skills and networks related to contemporary Asia.

TIQ has been an Asialink Business member for some years now, and was well represented at the Brisbane graduation on 29 November.

Keynote speaker was Chairman of the TIQ Board, the Hon Steve Bredhauer, and two of the celebrating graduates were TIQ staff.

TIQ CEO Virginia Greville was also in attendance to congratulate the graduates, who included TIQ trade and investment officers Roger Kaus (Townsville) and Young-Mi Kim (Brisbane).

‘Roger and Young-Mi represented us ably in this valuable professional development program,’ she said.

‘Their learnings from the program will assist their work with clients from, or interested in, Asia, and will ultimately benefit TIQ in growing exports and investment related to engagement with Asia.’

The Asialink Leaders Program has been running for more than 20 years, and has over 700 graduates Australia-wide. TIQ’s current trade and investment commissioner for Korea, Daniel Kim, is a graduate of the Asialink program.

Engagement with Asia is a key theme of the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022, with China, India and Japan forecast to be three of the world’s five largest economies by 2021.

Late applications are currently being accepted for the 2018 round of the Asialink Leaders Program.