Ambassador to France: from Brexit to defence

Ambassador to France: from Brexit to defence

Mar 7
Join Australia’s Ambassador to France, Brendan Berne, as he gives his update on SA’s growing business and defence relationship with France as well as insight on the critical issues facing the EU.


Brendan Berne, Australia's Ambassador to France, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Professor Pascale Quester, Deputy Vice-Chancellor & Vice-President (Academic), The University of Adelaide

Event overview

Australia and France have enjoyed official diplomatic relations since 1945 when Australia opened its Legation in Paris and current political relations are as strong as ever. Recent 2018 signed agreements between France and Australia include closer military ties, co-operation on cyberwar and the building of $50 billion worth of French designed submarines to be built in Australia.

The part France will play in the success or otherwise of a well-managed Brexit is also a critical role for Britain and for Australia, this CEDA discussion will delve into all these issues and more as part of Brendan's brief visit to Adelaide.

Event presentations

Brendan Berne, DFAT MP3

Moderated discussion MP3

Delegate handout PDF

Meet the speaker

Brendan Berne
Australia's Ambassador to France, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Mr Berne is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). In Canberra Brendan has held a range of positions including Ambassador for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and First Assistant Secretary, Investment and Economics Branch Division. He has served overseas as Deputy Head of Mission, Australian Embassy, Seoul and as Deputy Permanent Representative, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Paris. Most recently Mr Berne was Chief of Staff for the Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment. Prior to joining DFAT, Mr Berne spend several years as an Economist with the Reserve Bank of Australia. Mr Berne holds a Master of Economics from the Australian National University, received under a Reserve Bank of Australia Staff scholarship and a Bachelor of Economics (Honours I) form Macquarie University, Sydney.

Meet the chair

Professor Pascale Quester
Deputy Vice-Chancellor & Vice-President (Academic), The University of Adelaide

Pascale established the marketing discipline as one stream of the commerce degree when she joined the School of Commerce in 1991. As an active researcher in the areas of consumer behaviour and marketing communications, she is the author of two leading textbooks and many journal publications. Pascale has been actively involved in developing links with overseas institutions in Malaysia and France and has held several appointments as visiting professor in overseas institutions including La Sorbonne, ESSEC and the University of La Reunion. She is the director of the Franco-Australian Centre for International Research in Marketing (FACIREM).

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