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In this episode, the team is joined by Louise McGrath, Head of Policy and Industry Development at Ai Group, as they dissect and discuss the prospects for global trade for Australian businesses in 2022.

James challenges the panel to act as an advisory team to a senior management team, and provide their thoughts on the prospects for international trade next year.

In a lively and engaging conversation the team discuss the global trading environment, the prospect for Australia exporters and importers in 2022 and the role and effectiveness of the World Trade Organisation and the other structures designed to facilitate international trade. They ask the question: Are these structures still relevant and useful to Australian businesses today?

The team review Australia’s traditional markets, and Louise tells us her views of markets to consider in 2022.

The future of Trade Documentation is discussed and Tennant gets controversial regarding cryptocurrency.

A fascinating and wide-ranging conversation. Recommended.

James Scotland

After a long career in multiple aspects of supply chain management, corporate training and business advisory, James brings a business improvement mindset to his role as General Manager of Minerals, Energy & Supply Chain Resilience for Ai Group.

A skilled communicator and analyst, James has been involved with Oil & Gas, the mining industry and supply chain across the board for over 25 years.

    Tennant Reed

    Tennant is Principal National Adviser – Public Policy at Ai Group. He has worked heavily on climate and energy issues, advising Ai Group’s Leaders’ Group on Energy and Climate Policy and developing reports on natural gas supply, energy prices and energy efficiency. Previously he was an adviser in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, working on fiscal policy, stimulus and infrastructure.

    Paul Hodgson

    Paul Hodgson is an advisor in innovation, the energy transition and economic growth with diverse experience and insights gained over a 30 year career. Amongst his current roles, he is Interim CEO of the Scaling Green Hydrogen Cooperative Research Centre Bid, a member of the Australian Government’s Low Emissions Technology and Services Working Group, and a Non-Executive Director of Queensland Manufacturing Institute Ltd.

    With a Bachelor of International Business and a Master of Sustainable Development, he is passionate about developing and connecting local talent and enterprise capability into global ESG and net zero market opportunities. From 2019-2021, he led the development of a national hydrogen technology cluster network, which now has 18 regional clusters across Australia.

      Louise McGrath
      Ai Group’s Head of Influence and Policy, Louise joined Ai Group in 2000. She has managed a number of trade-related projects including trade missions, business matching and the development of export-related training programs. Since 2009 she has led Ai Group's service delivery to our smaller associations, providing governance, policy and business development support, and is Executive Officer of the Australia Saudi Business Council and the Australian Russian Dialogue.