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May 2017 Issue 35

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Dear Members,...From Stuart Kelly, AustCham Director

Next month, AustCham's calendar is packed full with various interesting events including Joint Chambers, Briefings, Sundowners, not to mention the Alumni biggest event of the year.

>> An overview of AustCham business in May and updated news from the Australian Embassy

>> Current hot issues including "Thailand 4.0" plan and a recent amendments to Computer Crime Act of 2007. Both of which impose significant effect on both public and private sectors. 

>> A very interesting article on 'Leveraging Thought Leadership for Business Growth in Thailand' written by David Norcross, Managing Director of Lexicon Business Communications

Check out interview video with Banyan Tree, our venue sponsor for May Sundowners, including a memorial video for AustCham's 40th Anniversary and many more

Let's get to know who are our 20 outstanding nominees for the Awards night

>> Promotional offers for AustCham's members
>> Warm welcoming and introduction to our 8 new members!

Here are beautiful snapshots at AustCham's organized events in May!

Message from your Chamber


Dear Members,

Welcome to the May edition of Advance. As we race towards the middle of the year, your Board is pleased to report good progress on a range of initiatives. Once again, we enjoyed the Embassy’s excellent support for our Sponsor’s Day on 17 May, and our focus on alumni is progressing well – in fact we have received substantially more nominations for Australian Alumni of the Year on 22 June.

You might recall in the March edition my fellow Director Chris Larkin reported on the work our Advocacy Sub-Committee is doing, including deepening ties with the Bank of Thailand. Each of your Directors will have a chance to write this column and report directly to you on the work they do. This month it’s my turn to report on a key commitment your Board undertook in 2017 – to beef up our sub-committees.

When I joined the Board last year, it was obvious that Directors were too thinly spread across the various sub-committees. With a busy office staff of only 7, the Chamber relies heavily on sub-committees to do much of its work.

Various sub-committees have come and gone through the years, which is understandable as our membership evolves and needs change. New Directors also bring fresh expertise and interests. This is a good thing; however it also means that opportunities are sometimes overlooked as we lack time or specific experience to pursue an idea.

This can be solved by recruiting more Members to our sub-committees. It makes sense for several reasons. First, our membership covers a vast array of expertise that should be mined to improve the Chamber. Second, our Members know best which sub-committees are relevant. Third, you have the energy and expert knowledge that a sub-committee needs to thrive. In short, there’s nothing quite like an enthusiast!

I encourage you to join our sub-committees, and suggest new ones. I was delighted when a similar plea on my LinkedIn yielded a number of enthusiastic responses. As a result, in April we formed the new Information & Digital Technology Sub-Committee, which is already planning its first “Recruiting for the IT Industry” event on 15 June. I would like to thank Dwight Willis of DollarSmart for his leadership here.

In 2016 I joined the Board because I felt my background in public relations and journalism could add value to our communications. In recent years the Chamber launched a new website and several social media assets, which need to be continually populated with fresh, relevant content. I felt we could not rely on our busy office staff to do all of this work; and so, once again, my LinkedIn post delivered! David Norcross of Lexicon Business Communications and Rob Hall of Dot360 agency responded to the call and joined the Communications Sub-Committee. They are already bringing invaluable digital marketing experience to the mix and we look forward to implementing their ideas in 2017.

In closing, on behalf of the Board I would like to thank H.E. Mr. Paul Robilliard, the Australian Ambassador, and his Embassy staff for welcoming our sponsors into their home on 17 May, quite possibly for the last time before they move to their new premises. It was both a sad and joyful occasion as we said farewell to an iconic building while celebrating memories of AustCham’s first 40 years.

Yours sincerely,


Stuart Kelly

AustCham Director

(Stuart is Managing Director of global PR firm Weber Shandwick in Thailand. He joined the Board of AustCham in 2016 and assists the Communications, CSR, and Information & Digital Technology sub-committees.)

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Joint Chambers First "Sustainability & CSR Fair”



Joint Business Luncheon Meeting "The Effect of Thailand 4.0 Regulations and Infrastructure on Public and Private Sector in Thailand"


AustCham Forum with Australian Ambassador for Cyber Affairs, Dr Tobias Feakin The New Digital World: Opportunities and Challenges


Commonwealth Sundowners


Member Briefing by MBMG Group "Home & Away – tax & super headaches can still follow Aussie expats wherever they go!"


AustCham Breakfast Briefing on “Recruiting for IT people: what we can do?”


12th Annual Australian Budget Review Seminar"


Australian Alumni Awards 2017

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Chamber Business news


AustCham has had a busy schedule in May with Business Meetings and Member Briefings. To see what’s been happening in the Chamber, click here for an update.

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Australian Embassy's News


2018 Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships

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Thailand 4.0 keys outlined


Thailand 4.0 features in news stories every day, as business people across all industries eagerly watch for progression and developments. For AustCham members, remember you have a unique opportunity to hear from Khun Kalin Sarasin, Chairman of the Board of Trade Thailand and Thai Chamber of Commerce, on his thoughts on Thailand 4.0 this Friday 2 June.

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Thai Junta’s Highly Controversial Computer Crimes Law Comes into Effect


The highly controversial computer crimes law came into effect on Wednesday after it was published in the Royal Gazette in January.

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Leveraging Thought Leadership for Business Growth in Thailand

by David Norcross, Managing Director of Lexicon Business Communications


Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, and Richard Branson are not only billionaire entrepreneurs, but also well-respected globally for their business insights. This trio of titans regularly tops bestselling author lists and each is guaranteed millions of views whenever they write a LinkedIn post, blog or newspaper article. These men constitute the very model of thought leadership.

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Updates on AustCham's official Youtube Channel

May Sundowners interview with John Neutze, Director of Sales & Marketing at Banyan Tree

AustCham Thailand 40th Anniversary
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Australian Alumni Awards 2017



One of the most important nights in the Australia-Thai Business Community calendar is once again upon us – the Australian Alumni Awards 2017.

The AustCham Australian Alumni, together with the Australian Alumni Association (AAA) and Australian Embassy Bangkok, is delighted to be honouring the outstanding achievements of Australian University and higher education graduates, whose endeavours reflect the best of Australian education. This prestigious event is not only a night of celebration organized to recognize the Award nominees and recipients, but also to allow the attendees to learn from Australian Alumni success stories, as Award winners and other finalists will share their experiences during the night.

Here are the lists of 20 nominees:

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Promotions for AustCham members

For this month, various promotions for AustCham members are here to offer you a special deal, i.e. Qantas, Banyan Tree, ...

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New Member - Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit

For a five-star experience unlike any other, plan your visit to the Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit. We feature an unbeatable hotel location in the heart of Bangkok's Thonglor district, only moments away from the city's best shopping, dining, and entertainment.

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New Member - Rob Hall, Dot360 Co.,Ltd.

Rob has worked in the advertising and marketing industry for over 20 years, working across integrated and digital roles including senior positions at global advertising agencies DDB, Leo Burnett, and Mullen Lowe Open/Profero – before setting up Dot360 with a private equity group.

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New Member - Diana Foo, Renalae Company Ltd

Born in Malaysia, Bachelor of Economics from Monash University Melbourne;Diploma in Hotel Management,Cannon's Business College, Honolulu, Hawaii. Importer, Distributer and retailer of high end fashion, lifestyle products and hair care products. Lived in Thailand since 1983.Honorary Treasure of Mexican Thai Chamber of Commerce. Member of Soroptimist Club of Bang.

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  New Member - F45 Training Asok

F45 Training is a team based functional training facility, that places a huge emphasis on the ‘3 key factors’ of Motivation, Innovation and Results. At F45, no program is ever repeated which makes every workout a unique experience, fresh and always challenging. F45 provides a communal space for people to come together, make friends and find motivation.

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New Member - Pullman Bangkok Grande Sukhumvit

Pullman Bangkok Grande Sukhumvit features 5-star accommodation and services on the heart of Bangkok's Sukhumvit road. The hotel is ideally located near Asoke BTS sky train and MRT Sukhumvit underground stations for convenient transport throughout the city and, a moment away from Terminal 21, shopping malls, dining and entertainment areas. Enjoy working in comfort or relaxing with 325 luxury guest rooms, 3 restaurants and bar, a spa, fitness centre and large convention venue.Read more


New Member - Shiftleft co.ltd.

With a specific focus on FIS, Shiftleft assists organisations deliver efficient and effective outcomes in their software delivery. We provide meaningful support through the provision of local, experienced, Test Consultants who have wide experience in driving successful change through doing, rather than saying.

Our in house development team also builds bespoke applications to support our clients across AsiaPac.

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New Member - The Work Loft

The Work Loft is a premium community based workspace located in the middle of Bangkok in the Silom area, right next to the BTS and MRT stations.

We are focused on enhancing productivity, supporting career advancement and cultivating collaboration. We offer private offices, co-workspace hot desks, meeting rooms, event spaces and more.

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New Member - ZICOlaw (Thailand) Limited

ZICO Law is a regional network of independent local law firms focused on the ASEAN region. With a presence in 17 cities in 10 out of 10 ASEAN countries, its 300 lawyers enable clients to enjoy value added legal services by leveraging on a combination of local expertise and regional insights.

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AustCham Evening Briefing “South Australia’s 10 Economic Priorities and Potential Destination for Your Business Growth”

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May Sundowners

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40th Anniversary and Business Reception

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