Mike Smith

Building an Asia-capable workforce

Asia has for a long time been the largest and most populous continent in the world, comprising around 60% of the world's population. Economically however, it has lagged behind the powerhouses of Europe and North America, until recently. During the Global Financial Crisis of 2008 which saw many Western economies suffer from declines in GDP and falling growth rates, Asia showed its resilience and gave the world one of the first indications of its ability as a global economic powerhouse.


Twenty years ago, Asia accounted for 17% of the world's economy. Now Asia has a 25 per cent share of global GDP and this, according to the latest ANZ insight report, ‘Caged Tiger: The Transformation of the Asian Financial System’, will rise to more than 50 per cent by 2050*. Given the rapid growth of the Asian economy, it is essential for both business and individuals to understand how to best equip themselves for this transition, to ensure success in the "Asian Century".


We invite you to share in this rare opportunity to hear reflections from ANZ Chief Executive Officer Mike Smith on leading a business through the wave of Asian growth. This evening is not to be missed for those interested in learning how we can best prepare ourselves to build an Asia-capable workforce.


This exciting event is made possible due to the support of ANZ and Asialink.


*Caged Tiger, as a well as a range of ANZ insight publications can be accessed on BlueNotes (http://www.bluenotes.anz.com), ANZ’s new digital publication for news, opinion and insight.


Date and time: Wednesday 14 May, 5:30pm - 7:00pm.


Event will begin with a 30 minute catered networking session, followed by a talk by Mike Smith and then Q&A


Location: ANZ Melbourne Institutional HQ, Level 34, 100 Queen Street, Melbourne


Dress code: Business attire


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Mike Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited

Mike Smith has been Chief Executive Officer of Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ) since October 2007.


Previously, Mike was President and CEO, The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited; Chairman, Hang Seng Bank Ltd; Global Head of Commercial Banking for HSBC Group and Chairman, HSBC Bank Malaysia Bhd. Previously, he was CEO of HSBC Argentina Holdings SA and was appointed Chairman of HSBC in Argentina in 2000. Michael’s 29-year career at HSBC included posts in Hong Kong and Asia Pacific, the UK, Australia, Middle East and South America. Mike graduated with honours in Economic Sciences in 1978 from City University of London. In 2013, he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Monash University, Melbourne.


He is a member of the Australian Bankers’ Association, the Business Council of Australia and the Asia Business Council.


Mr Smith is a Director of the Institute of International Finance and the International Monetary Conference; Executive Chairman of the Chongqing Mayor's International Economic Advisory Council; a Member of the Shanghai Mayor's International Financial Advisory Council; and a Fellow of The Hong Kong Management Association. He is also a Director of the Financial Markets Foundation for Children and, Financial Literacy Australia Limited and a Member of Australian Government Financial Literacy Advisory Board.


Mike was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2000 and a Chevalier de l’Ordre du Merite Agricole in 2007. Married with three children, his interests include wine, tennis and classic cars.