The WA Chapter of the French Australian Chamber of Commerce hosted a business seminar on Joint Ventures and Partnerships between French and Australian companies on June 5th at Inpex in Perth.
For this very interesting topic, FACCI had the pleasure to present a very informative event with three Joint Venture professionals from Inpex, Entrepose Vinci LNG and Atlas South Sea Pearl.
Bill Townsend –General Manager, Joint Venture and External Affairs- from Inpex, is an oil and gas professional with more than 15 years of international experience in challenging commercial, external relations and joint venture management roles. His interactive presentation accompanied with a hint of humour gave us an overview of cultural differences between French and Australians in the business world. He stressed the importance of cross-cultural management in managing projects.
For the French point of view, we were delighted to have Jacques Pozzo Di Borgo Managing Director EV LNG. Jacques has worked in the oil and gas industry on Turnkeys projects for 15 years with international experience on technically, but also geographically challenging countries in Joint ventures as well as Consortium.
Last but not least, Stephen Birkbeck, CEO of Atlas South Sea Pearl, shared with us his love for the French culture. Steve's passion for his company showed through his speech. His inspiration in business and life comes from two disparate worlds, France, the world leader in luxury goods and the Gibson desert in Central Australia, the source of his connection to indigenous culture and the land.
The seminar was an opportunity to learn about organisational advantages and challenges of working with different nationalities and cultures. It ended on a Q&A session and an opportunity for guests to network around a drink, French rillettes and Japanese cuisine.
FACCI WA would like to thank Bill Townsend, Jacques Pozzo Di Borgo and Steve Birkbeck for their participation and Inpex for hosting this event.
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