The AUSii Series is brought to you by the Australian American Chamber of Commerce in Houston and is designed to be a platform for sharing digital content which brings together innovators from the US and Australia across the medical, energy, government and technology sectors.
We are constantly bombarded these days with scientific terms, conflicting information, and a plethora of experts providing information about COVID-19 and our path forward.
But what does it all mean?
Our guest speaker Dr. Eric Boerwinkle sits down with Dr. Richard Gibbs to help break down the jargon and share his local experience in Houston, providing hope and insight for how we can all manage our lives going forward.
Questions covered include:
Do masks actually help stop the spread?
What do all of the stats mean, and which ones do we really need to pay attention to?
How can we best move forward in Houston?
How does the antibody test work and who needs it?
What stage are we at with the vaccine?
Dr. Tony Piedra, Professor and Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist at Baylor College of Medicine discusses his work on the COVID antibody test - how does it work, who should get tested, the differences between COVID testing and antibody testing, and more.
Guest speaker Bruce Rutherford from JLL discusses corporate real estate and disposition strategies during recessions.
Topics covered include:
Current real estate cycle
Houston's sublease market
Comparative numbers between Houston and other US markets
Predicting the next sublease surge
Options available for corporations with existing and expiring leases
Our June Sundowner was once again online due to COVID-19. We were lucky to have three great speakers over the course of the hour sharing their experience and expertise with us.
Dr. Tony Piedra
Professor and Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist, Baylor College of Medicine
Dr. Piedra discusses his work on the COVID antibody test, and the impact on our community.
Professor Dietrich von Biedenfeld
Assistant Professor, University of Houston Downtown, Marilyn Davies College of Business
Dietrich provided background and insight into his local experiences in Houston, as well as corporate & financial institution response to race relations issues.
The Honorable Peter McGauran
Consul General & Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner, Houston, Australian Consulate
Mr. McGauran provided an update from the Australian Government on the current US/Australia travel, policies and local considerations.
Guest speaker Ed Emmett discusses his local experiences as Former Judge of Harris County and the challenges of leading during times of crisis.
Topics covered include:
Setting objectives and priorities during a crisis
Event simulations - how do they translate into real life situations
Expenditure and resource prioritization during a crisis
Learning from our mistakes
The role of FEMA during a crisis
Join guest speaker John Hofmeister for our latest Lunch & Learn as he discusses the impact of COVID-19 on the Oil & Gas Industry.
Topics covered will include:
Resiliency of the oil industry
Sustainability of independent oil companies in the US
The climate imperatives for the oil and gas industry
Renewable energy and the transition after COVID-19
Controlling the price of oil - what are the issues?
John Hofmeister - Former President, Shell Oil Company; Founder and Chief Executive, Citizens for Affordable Energy
During the first half-hour Ambassador Sinodinos and the Hon. Peter McGauran will have a Q&A discussing the Australia/US relationship and address key trade, defense and political issues, as well as Australia’s need for a productive economic and political relationship with China at a time of rising tensions between the two superpowers.
During the second half-hour Geraldine Slattery and Christina Staib will have a Q&A focused on BHP's response to COVID-19 within their organization, the establishment of the Community Relief Fund for Houston, and the long term outlook for the petroleum market.
Guest speaker Bruce Rutherford from JLL discusses how to adapt the workplace and operations to protect your employees.
Topics covered include:
How to Adjust to the New Normal
Operational Impact & Change Management
Spacial awareness & Social Distancing
Cleaning & Janitorial measures
Our monthly Sundowner went online due to the stay-at-home orders. Listen to our 3 guest speakers talk about COVID-19 in Houston:
Hon. Peter McGauran, Australia Consul-General, Houston: Update on the Australian Government's response to COVID-19 in the US;
Chris Barakat, BetterConsult: Screening tools for COVID-19;
Dr. Richard Gibbs, Human Genome Sequencing Center: COVID-19 testing update from Baylor College of Medicine.