The Italian elections: Where to now?
12 March 2018 at 09.30am in EN 213 – Guest speaker: Massimo Scialla
Massimo Scialla (1946) has a degree in Economics and Commerce from the University of Rome “La Sapienza”. Between 1971 and 2005 Dr Scialla worked at the Banca di Roma (the second largest Italian bank), where he held important responsibilities especially in the international sector. In Sydney, Dr Scialla was Founding Member of the Australian Foreign Bankers Association; Member of the Board of Directors and Vice Chairman of the Italo-Australian Chamber of Commerce and Treasurer of Dante Alighieri Society of New South Wales – Sydney. Dr Scialla was also Member of the Board of Directors of the Italian-Arab Chamber of Commerce – Rome. Has been a frequent speaker at Swinburne University over the years.
Brexit and the process disentanglement from the EU
19 March 2018 at 09.30 in EN 213 – Guest speaker Chris Holtby, British Consul for Victoria.
Chris Holtby was appointed Consul-General in Melbourne in September 2016. From 2012 to 2016 he was Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Republic of Estonia. From 2007 to 2011, he was Deputy Head of Security Policy Department in the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, responsible for UK policy on NATO, European Security, military and civil-military operations and co-operation, as well as maritime security. From 2009 to 2011 he was the chairman of Working Group 1 of the international Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia. From 2002 to 2007, he was seconded to the European Union in Brussels as UK liaison officer to Javier Solana, the High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy, and policy adviser to Dr Solana on Asia/Pacific issues. Chris has worked on Balkans issues and was posted to the UK Delegation to NATO in the 1990s. He was appointed an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 2000.