3rd July 2019
AGM and Wine Tasting
Following the formalities of 2019's Annual General Meeting, members of the Australian Swiss Chamber of Commerce enjoyed a wine tasting by Zweifel Wines AG at Korn Ferry International offices in Zurich.
25th June 2019
Sustainable Financing with SACC
The Australian Swiss Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with our friends at the Swiss-Asian Chamber of Commerce, and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) held a presentation on "Sustainable financing to reach the Sustainable Development Goals"; and Switzerland's role within the ADB. The keynote speakers were Ms Ingrid van Wees, Vice President for Finance and Risk Management, Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Mr Stefan Denzler, Deputy Head, Multilateral Cooperation, SECO, Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research, Bern.
Guests enjoyed an apéro and sit down lunch at Haus zum Rüden in Zurich afterwards.
6th May 2019
Doing Business in Asia
The Swiss Asian Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with the Australian Swiss Chamber of Commerce, hosted an evening at Haus zum Rüden in Zurich. Official representatives from the ASEAN embassies, together with members and friends of both chambers, enjoyed presentations on doing business and investing in Asia and Australia and the challenges and opportunities for tourism in Switzerland. The keynote speakers were Ambassador Erwin Bollinger, Head of Bilateral Economic Relations and Delegate of the Federal Council for Trade Agreement and Simon Bosshart, Director Asia Pacific and China, Switzerland Tourism.
29th March 2019
Behind the scenes at Zurich Airport
The Australian Swiss Chamber of Commerce, together with Singapore Airlines, hosted the booked out event at Zurich Airport where guests had the rare opportunity to visit areas not usually open to the general public. Daniel Fanconi, Singapore Airlines' Corporate & Alliance Sales Manager, together with his team, led the group through the restricted Airport Control Tower area and a behind the scenes look at the security operations in Zurich Airport. A walk on the tarmac followed, where guests were able to get up-close and personal with Singapore Airlines' A380, including a visit on board to view the recently launched Premium Suite. The program continued with a tour of Switzerland's largest construction site where guests received an update of 'The Circle' project - a complex of retail, business, accommodation and healthcare buildings within walking distance of the terminals, all set for completion in 2020.
7th February 2019
Wine Tasting with Paul Liversedge, Master of Wines at EY, Zurich
The Australian Swiss Chamber of Commerce, together with EY, CPA Australia and Aryzta, hosted a wine tasting at the EY offices in Zurich. Guests had the opportunity to compare Swiss and Australian wines while being expertly led through the tastings by one of Switzerland's few Masters of Wine, Paul Liversedge of Real Wines. Speakers included EY Switzerland's Partner, Elizabeth Whitfield; CPA Australia's Colleen Schooling, Regional Head of Europe & UAE; and Aryzta's Head of Brand Management, Lukas Casanova, who provided the guests with delicacies from the COUP DE PATES range throughout the evening.
29th November 2018
Celebratory Dinner with Jane Griffiths, Global Head of Actelion, at Parliament House, Bern
The Australian Swiss Chamber of Commerce hosted a celebratory dinner at Parliament House with Jane Griffiths, Global Head of Actelion Pharmaceuticals. As part of Pulmonary Hypertension (PH) Awareness Month, the dinner was held to celebrate Actelion's truly ground-breaking treatments, supporting more than 70,000 patients worldwide with this progressive, life-limiting condition. Speakers included Jane Griffiths, Global Head of Actelion; Christa Markwalder, National Councillor and President of the Swiss Parliamentary Association of Australia and New Zealand; and Richard Brook, President and CEO, EMEA and Latin America, Cochlear Ltd. Jane Griffiths and her team outlined how Actelion achieved its international success "From Australia to Switzerland".
16th November 2018
Pilatus Aircraft Tour and Apéro
Ahead of the Pilatus Aircraft's delivery of its famous PC 24 aircraft to the Royal Flying Doctor Service, Pilatus Aircraft hosted the Australian Swiss Chamber of Commerce at their premises for a factory tour and celebratory apéro. We were joined by Markus Bucher, Chief Executive Officer, André Zimmerman, Vice President Government Aviation and Kylie Price, Program Manager for the Australian Defence Force Pilot Training System, for this special event.
29th September 2018
The Australian Swiss Chamber of Commerce hosts members at a Grand Final viewing
Our members had the opportunity to have a taste of 'football finals fever' in Zürich when Australian Rules Football's most ardent fans braved the early morning start at the Oliver Twist Pub to watch a live telecast of that "one day in September". The Grand Final was an epic showdown between the West and the East, culminating in a nail biting finish that saw West Coast Eagles down the Collingwood Magpies by a mere 5 points!
31st August 2018
Australian Swiss Chamber of Commerce Hosts CNN Money Breakfast
The Australian Swiss Chamber of Commerce hosted a special networking breakfast at the CNN Money studios. Our members received a business briefing from Frédéric Lelièvre, Deputy Editor-in-Chief; Paige Holt, COO and Olivia Chang, CNN's Australian born, Zürich based video journalist. They also had the opportunity to experience the cutting-edge studio technology from the Anchor's chair. Given the success of the event, we have been invited back in 2019.
Use the following links to experience the CNN Money English languages programmes:
20th June 2018
Mario Greco, Group CEO, Zurich Insurance celebrates with the Australian Swiss Chamber of Commerce
In celebration of Zurich's Australian expansion with the acquisition of ANZ Life and Cover-More, AusCham held a special celebratory dinner with Mario Greco, Group CEO, Zurich Insurance. To a capacity audience, Mario outlined the strategic importance of these acquisitions - both local and internationally - and promised to return in two years' time for an update about the strategic transformation program.
31st August 2017
Sergio Ermotti celebrates with the Australian Swiss Chamber of Commerce
In celebration of the special relationship between Australia and Switzerland, Sergio Ermotti, the CEO of UBS Group, outlined UBS' aspirations in Australia and the importance of the Australian investment banking market. Over 100 guests attended the Australian-inspired dinner at Zunfthaus zur Meisen. Congratulations to Nadine Esposito for winning the Business Class return airfare between Zurich and Melbourne or Sydney provided by Etihad Airways.
1st March 2017
The Australian Swiss Chamber of Commerce hosts Cochlear's 50th Anniversary Celebration at Parliament House, Bern
The Australian Swiss Chamber of Commerce celebrated the 50th anniversary since research began on Cochlear's ground-breaking hearing devices and the 40th anniversary of its first bionic ear implant. Speakers included Richard Brook, President EMEA & Latin America; Professor Dr. Marco Caversaccio (Inselspital Bern); Uwe E Jocham (CSL Behring); Eva Staub (FMP Fuhrer Marbach & Partners); the Australian Ambassador Lynette Wood and Thomas Aeschi, Nationalrat and President of the Swiss Parliamentary Association of Australia and New Zealand. Over 100 guests joined the celebration. hosted a special networking breakfast at the CNN Money studios.
30th November 2016
The Australian Swiss Chamber of Commerce celebrated another successful year with a very special event for our members and friends. Graeme Vavasseur, Vice President & Group Treasurer, Amcor Corporate, offered best wishes to all of our guests that included representatives of leading Australian and Swiss companies. Comedian Sylvia Day performed a never-before-seen show, "Everybody wants to be an Australian".
25th August 2016
Australian Swiss Chamber of Commerce hosts Celebratory Dinner with RUAG
Urs Breitmeier, CEO of RUAG Group, discussed how RUAG achieved its international success "From Bern to Australia", at the latest event of the Australian Swiss Chamber of Commerce, organised and hosted by Victoria Tanner, Partner at C-Matrix and President of the Chamber. Urs Brietmeier's speech, which outlines the increasingly important role of Australia in building RUAG's business, was followed by a celebratory dinner featuring food and wines from the Bern region and Australia.
27th June 2016
Reception for European Australian Business Council (EABC) with Austrade
The President of the Australian Swiss Chamber of Commerce, Victoria Tanner, co-hosted a special reception for members of a visiting high-level Australian business delegation from the European Australian Business Council (EABC) with Austrade. Special guests included Mr Peter Spuhler, CEO of Stadler Rail, the Honourable Nick Greiner AC, the delegation leader, as well as Mr Bruce Gosper, the CEO of Australia's trade and investment promotion agency. The delegation included chairs and CEOs of some of Australia's largest companies and universities as well as senior Australian government officials.
21st April 2016
Australian Swiss Chamber of Commerce Hosts Special Dinner with Pilatus Aircraft
In celebration of Pilatus Aircraft's recent sale of 49 Next Generation Training Aircraft to the Australian Defence Force, the Australian Swiss Chamber of Commerce held a special dinner. CEO Markus Bucher discussed how Pilatus achieved its international success "From Stans to Australia".
19th January 2016
Reception with the Honourable Andrew Robb AO, Australian Minister for Trade and Investment and Mr David Ritchie, Australian Ambassador
Mr Robb outlined the opportunities for further developing trade between Australia and Switzerland in his speech, followed by discussions with guests.
5th November 2015
Christa Markwalder, Parliamentary Speaker (Elect), Swiss National Council:
The first public discussion, from the Parliamentary Speaker (Elect), about the 2016 legislative program, its challenges and implications. The discussion was followed by an Australian-inspired apéro riche and wine tasting. The tasting was led by Dr Georg Hess, ASCC Board Member and former viticulturist and winemaker in Switzerland and Australia.
24 September 2015
Dinner with the CEO of Zurich Insurance Group, Martin Senn.
25th June 2015
Signature Jubilee Event for Longines and the Australian Swiss Chamber of Commerce: celebrating Switzerland's oldest luxury watch brand and ASCC's 25th anniversary
Walter von Känel, President of Longines, discussed Longines' brand heritage and importance in both countries, as well as Longines' role as official timekeeper of Australia's greatest international and local racing events - the Melbourne Cup, Queen Elizabeth Stakes and Golden Slipper Carnival.
21st May 2015
Australian Swiss Chamber of Commerce Hosts dinner and wine tasting with Avaloq Group
A special celebratory dinner and Australian wine tasting to celebrate the Avaloq Group's expansion into Australia.
28th October 2014
Australian Swiss Chamber of Commerce Hosts dinner and wine tasting with CSL Behring
Special celebratory dinner and Australian wine tasting to celebrate CSL Behring's recent decision to locate its next major production plant in Switzerland.
10th September 2014
Welcome back Apéro with Jamie Fuller, Chairman of Skins, held at Carlton Restaurant and Bar.
18th June 2014
Special FIFA World Cup Event with Scott Chipperfield, former Australian FIFA World Cup Team Member and all time record holder of titles with FC Basel.
27th March 2014
Reception with the Honourable Julie Bishop, Australian Foreign Minister and Mr David Ritchie, Australian Ambassador.