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Flagship Event - 2023

2023 AKYPA Leadership Forum 
Delivered in-person in both Sydney and Melbourne
Over two engaging sessions delivered to New South Wales and Victoria delegates, the 2023 AKYPA Leadership Forum provided a powerful demonstration of the continued growth of the Australia-Korea bilateral relationship. Our second Flagship Leadership Forum event, we will continue to develop the Forum, bringing together like-minded young professionals who want to learn and grow in the Australia-Korea relationship.

Past Events


AKYPA X KOZA Evening with James Choi, Former Ambassador to Korea
2 August 2022

AKYPA Welcome former ambassador James Choi to our first event in Canberra, delivered in collaboration with Korea Australia Alliance (KOZA) at ANU.
A big thank-you to James for sharing an insightful, original and personal look at his time with DFAT in #korea, and his thoughts on the future of the relationship.

AKYPA X ASA Relaunch Melbourne: Redefining the Asia Opportunity
22 June 2022

Thanks to Kaitlyn Hyunjoo Shin and Jieh-Yung Lo for sharing their pathways to success and the how they relied upon their cultural “superpowers” to navigate, negotiate, and connect.
Korea’s relationship with Australia is building momentum. Korea’s cultural exports are already firmly lodged in their Australian markets, with many emerging opportunities including defence, hydrogen, food & beverage and medtech.

Australia-Korea Women in Leadership event in Melbourne and Sydney
April 2022

AKYPA members in Melbourne and Sydney attended a lunch event hosted by the Australia-Korea Business Council. The event was designed to create an opportunity to network and connect with business leaders while supporting the AKBC in enabling pathways for women in leadership.
Introductory Executive meeting with the Korean Consul General to Melbourne
15 March 2022 
Our executive team members met with Consul General Melbourne, Mr Hanil Cheon last week to discuss AKYPA plans and projects. Thank you to the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Melbourne - 주멜번분관 for your support in our shared Australia-Korea relations work.
AKYPA Seollal Social Event
4 February 2022
AKYPA is about connecting future leaders and creating opportunities in the Australia-Korea bilateral relationship. Our members and friends gathered at a Lunar New Year dinner to celebrate Seollal.
2021/ 2020
AKYPA Leadership Forum 2021
We held 3x one-hour sessions over a three week period in September 2021
Over three engaging sessions, our online Forum adapted from the original intent to hold a one-day Leadership Forum in Melbourne for our young professionals. Our first Flagship event, we hope to run another Forum in 2022 to bring together like-minded young professionals who want to learn and grow in the Australia-Korea relationship.
AKYPA Summer Social Evening
3 December 2021
As restrictions ease around Australia, AKYPA had time to reignite your passion and ambition.  Since 2021 marked the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Australia and Korea, and Australia opens up, AKYPA  looked toward the post-pandemic era which embraced new definitions of leadership and new approaches to teaching and learning.

Generation Asia Young Leaders Forum: Engagement Reimagined
12 August 2021
AKYPA partnered with Asia Society Australia on UN International Youth Day for a free, public half-day virtual forum ‘Generation Asia Young Leaders Forum: Engagement Reimagined’ unpacking how to reshape Asia engagement in the digital age and foster deep and long-lasting connections to the region. The forum explored how the next generation can engage with Asia in this new world.
AKYPA Christmas and EOY Dinner
7 December 2020
With restrictions in Melbourne allowing us to gather in-person, AKYPA members came together for a Christmas and  end of year dinner. Our members got the chance to meet new friends and reconnect with old ones in a relaxed environment.

AKYPA looks forward to continuing our work in the Australia-Korea space in the new year.
AKYPA Lunch & Learn Series: Graham Dodds, VP Woodside Energy Ltd
6 November 2020
In our inaugural session, Graham Dodds, Vice President Government Relations, Woodside Energy Ltd. shared his experience working in Korea, thoughts on the Australia-Korea bilateral relationship, and provide insight into the current and emerging opportunities with Korea. He  also gave advice to our young professionals interested in getting involved in Australia-Korea space.
AKYPA Online Members Networking Event
9 Sept 2020
AKYPA members came together online to grow both their business and personal networks, interact with like-minded young professionals who together discussed the various avenues  and opportunities to help further the Australia- Korea bilateral and trade relationship.
AKYPA Members Virtual

3 July 2020
AKYPA members attended a virtual catch-up. Two of our very own AKYPA members who were in quarantine in Seoul, Korea and Melbourne, Australia shed light on what life is like in quarantine, what to expect and their experiences of travelling during COVID-19. The session was followed by a Q&A.
Briefing on Korea with H.E. Mr James Choi, Australian Ambassador to the Republic of Korea
17 June 2020
AKYPA and AKBC hosted an online briefing with H.E. Mr James Choi, Ambassador of Australia to the Republic of Korea, who discussed the key factors of Korea’s success in handling COVID-19, the latest news on the Australia-Korea trade & investment relationship and an update on Korea's political landscape. The session was moderated by AKBC Chairman, Hon Simon Crean.
Startups in Australia & Korea - Insights from an entrepreneur
27 November 2019
AKYPA and United Square Business Solutions (USQ) hosted award-winning Korean entrepreneur William B. Choi, Founder & CEO (wearable) tech start-up Posture360 in a discussion on start-up experiences, investor funding, and emerging 4th industry opportunities between Australia and Korea. 
View photos from the event.

Australian and Korean Film Production: A growing industry for innovation, collaboration and trade
6 September 2019
AKYPA and United Square (USQ) hosted a panel discussion with experts on the global impact of cinema and the opportunities in film between Australia and Korea. After the panel event, 30 participants were offered a free ticket to watch the screening of the movie Extreme Job, part of The Korean Film Festival (KOFFIA) at The Capitol.
View photos from the event.
Social Hour

9 August 2019
The AKYPA Social Hour brought together AKYPA members for an evening of fun and a chance to network with like-minded people interested in a whole range of Australia-Korea matters.
View photos from the event.
AKYPA booth at the 2019 Korea Festival in Melbourne
2 November 2019
AKYPA held a booth at the 2019 Korea Festival in Melbourne at Fe square. 

Our friendly Executives were there to meet and greet the public, wanting to learn more about AKYPA, our upcoming events and how to become a member.
Exclusive Private Screening: Parasite (Melbourne)
2 July 2019
AKYPA hosted an exclusive private screening of the movie PARASITE, directed by Bong Jong-ho, winner of the prestigious Palme D'Or at Cannes and Sydney Film Prize at the 2019 Sydney Film Festival.The event was open to all AKYPA members and guests.
View photos from the event.  
Geonbae Networking Event
15 March 2019
AKYPA hosted a networking evening for AKYPA members & guests to celebrate the new year. AKYPA believes that the future of the Australia-Korea bilateral relationship depends on Australia and Korea’s young professionals working alongside to achieve optimal outcomes for both nations. 
View photos from the event.
Deals and No Deals: Trade in Asia (Melbourne)
4 February 2019
AKYPA in partnership with Asia Society hosted a panel discussion that explored the implications of the US-China Trade war on the region, developments in regional trade agreements (TPP, RCEP) and offered insights for navigating and bolstering the international and regional trading system.

KOREA-AKYPA Networking Reception (Baseball game)
29 November
The Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in collaboration with the Australian Baseball League invited AKYPA members to a KOREA-AKYPA Networking Reception at the Geelong Korea VS. Melbourne baseball game in a private suite.
Talking Korea
26 September
AKYPA in collaboration with the Australia Korea Foundation (AFK), the Australia-Korea Business Council (AKBC), and Arts Centre Melbourne hosted "Talking Korea'', a networking evening to engage on everything Korea.
Social Hour
22 August 2018
The AKYPA Social Hour brought together AKYPA members and other young professionals for an evening of fun and a chance to network with like-minded people interested in a whole range of Australia-Korea matters.
Boardroom briefing with H.E. Mr James Choi, Australian Ambassador to the Republic of Korea
17 August 2018
AKYPA in partnership with Australia-Korea Business Council hosted a boardroom briefing with H.E. Mr James Choi, Australian Ambassador to the Republic of Korea.
An evening with the Trade Commissioner of KOTRA, Mr Yong-Seop Byeon
19 July 2018
AKYPA in partnership with KOTRA hosted an evening in the company of the Trade Commissioner of KOTRA, Mr Yong-Seop Byeon who shared his knowledge on Korea's trade and investment landscape.
View photos from this event.
Victoria-Korea Business Forum (VKBF)
14 June 2018
The inaugural Victoria-Korea Business Forum 2018 (VKBF) held in Melbourne, was an opportunity for representatives from the Victorian and Korean business communities to come together and discuss the latest trade and investment opportunities.
View photos from the forum.
Seollal (Lunar New Year) Networking Evening
9 February 2018
We celebrated Seollal (Korean Lunar New Year), one of the most significant traditional Korean holidays marking the beginning of a new year with a networking evening, where members and guests got a chance to meet and network with like-minded people. 
Australian Open Semi-finals Match at Fed Square
26 January 2018
AKYPA organised for its members and followers to meet at Federation Square to watch the Semi Final match of the Australia Open 2018 between Chung and Federer. This event received media coverage by The Age and SBS World News.
End of Year Celebration Dinner
18 December 2017
2017 was a great year with the launch of AKYPA. So we took the opportunity to celebrate our success and achievements with our members and guests at an End of Year Celebration Dinner in Melbourne.
View photos from the celebration dinner.
Boardroom Briefing with Adam Cunneen, Commissioner for Victoria to South Korea
1 November 2017
Adam Cunneen, Commissioner for Victoria to Japan and Korea. Mr Cunneen shared his deep knowledge and insights into the opportunities for Victoria in the areas of investment, trade, education and tourism in South Korea.
View photos from the boardroom briefing.
AKYPA Launch Event
5 October 2017
ANZ Australia CEO Shayne Elliott gave the keynote address while Former Australian Ambassador to South Korea Bill Paterson PSM shared his thoughts on the incredibly important and strategic nature of the Australia-Korea relationship.
View photos from the launch event.