Australia Korea Business Council of WA

The Australia Korean Business Council of Western Australia (AKBCWA) was established in 2010 and is dedicated to assisting Australian enterprises to develop and maintain open and co-operative relations between businesses in Australia and Korea. Korea is one of WA's largest bilateral trading partners and the opportunities for deepened engagement and economic success are increasing.


The AKBCWA provides its members with a forum for social and business networking and facilitates exchange of the latest information on economic, financial and commercial developments in Korea and Australia. Chaired by Tommy Shin, the AKBCWA works closely with senior business leaders in Australia and Korea, governments in Korea and Australia and business communities to enrich relationships, promote understanding of opportunities and ultimately, further increase trade and investment.



The Australia Korean Business Council of Western Australia (AKBCWA) is dedicated to assisting Australian enterprises develop and maintain open and co-operative relations between businesses in Australia and Korea.


AKBCWA Mission

The AKBCWA’s aim is to provide a national focus in encouragement and support to Australian enterprises in their pursuit of opportunities for bi-lateral trade and investment with Korea. AKBCWA will do this by seeking to influence relevant policy makers in Australia and Korea and by sharing promotion and support for Australian business enterprises through creation of opportunities for linkages and networking.

Tommy Shin, Chairman
Young Chan Yu, Board Member

Tommy has over 15 years’ experience in business development, marketing, raising capital, running businesses with multiple successful exits and acquisitions in multiple industries. In 2016, Tommy was a winner of the prestigious 40 under 40 award that recognises and celebrates Australia’s 40 leading business entrepreneurs under the age of 40.


Tommy currently holds the office as CEO of Lateral Capital Ventures, Group CEO of the National Currency eXchange Group Limited, Non Executive Chairman for Lateral and is a council member for the Australian Digital Commerce Association and Association of Cryptocurrency Enterprise and Start Ups Singapore.

He has also held board seats for ASX companies and other technology companies and actively advises corporate and start ups in Australia and Singapore.

Peter Grant,  Honorary Life Member  

Young is a professional business adviser with private and public sector experience in finance, consulting, trade, mining, energy resources and international business in both Australia and Korea. Young Specializes in international business development, cross cultural communication and stakeholder engagement advice between Australian and Korean organisations


Young is currently managing director of MGM O’Connor Corporate Advisory focusing on Korean market opportunities. Also, Young is a non-executive director of ASX listed companies Protean Energy Ltd and Peninsula Mines Ltd.

Young previously served as Regional Director at WA Government Office in Korea and a Trade Commissioner in Austrade Seoul.

Brian Evans, Board Member

Mr. Grant holds a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Geology from Nottingham University and has over 40 years’ experience in global exploration. He first worked in seismic exploration and then worked as a senior geophysicist for BG out of UK before moving to Australia to work for BHP Petroleum who he worked for 13 years in Australia, Africa and Middle East as an Exploration Manager.


He joined Woodside Energy Limited in 1995 in Perth and led Woodside’s International expansion from 1998 to 2013, as General Manger International Exploration. He has worked in most hydrocarbon basins around the world and has enjoyed considerable success in finding and developing hydrocarbons on most continents.

John Curtin distinguished Professor Brian Evans is involved with drilling research at Curtin University. Trained as an electrical engineer, he started his career as a control design engineer with GEC-UK, developing into a reservoir geophysicist in the oil and gas sector - North Sea/India/Middle East/S.E. Asia and Australia.


A developer of technologies over the years, he holds three patents and has published over 150 journal articles with international awards from SPE, SEG and SEA societies. He has strong links with PNU in Busan, and was responsible for developing geophysics, petroleum engineering, subsea engineering and predictive analytics Master’s programs at Curtin.

Fay Duda, Ex-Officio Board Member
Eun-Jung Holden, Board Member

Fay was appointed Honorary Consul for the Republic of Korea in Western Australia on 6 May 2016.  She is actively engaged with the AKBCWA and supports the local Korean community through groups such as the Korean Association of WA, Korean Veterans Association of WA and the Korean Language Teachers Association WA.


Fay is engaged as a consultant to Site Group International which delivers Industry based workforce development solutions, including nationalisation and project-based training throughout Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. Between 2006 and 2014, she represented a diverse range of multi‑national and WA companies in the areas of government relations advocacy and business development.  From 1996 until 2006, Fay worked for Ministers in both Federal and State Governments and has experience across a range of areas including the administrative processes of government and the work of government agencies in the implementation of policy initiatives.

Professor Eun-Jung Holden from the University of Western Australia has leading expertise in the application of data science in earth sciences.  She lead a research team that works closely with the resource industry to develop innovative image analysis and machine learning methods to model geology and resource.  Her team’s research outcomes are disseminated to global end-users through diverse technology transfer pathways such as commercialisation and public release of software products


Her research team won the Laric Hawkins Memorial Innovation Award at the 23rd International Geophysics Conference and Exhibition in 2013; and the UWA Vice Chancellor Award in Impact and Innovation in 2015.  She is one of the founding members of the WA chapter of the Korea Australia Scientists and Engineers Association (KASEA). 

Board Member

Dr Joanna Elfving-Hwang is an Associate Professor of Korean Studies at the University of Western Australia where she teaches and researches aspects of Korean society and culture. She has published on and provides industry consultancy work on Korean beauty and cosmetic industry, ageing, as well as Korean popular culture.


An enthusiastic ‘Koreanist’, she served in a number of elected positions to promote Korean Studies both in academia and in the industry. Jo is the current President of the Korean Studies Association of Australasia (KSAA) and was the immediate past Treasurer for KSAA prior to that.

Don Kim, Board Member

Don is a lawyer based in DLA Piper's Perth office who practises primarily in the areas of construction and commercial litigation.  He is a native Korean speaker and has acted for a number of major companies in Australia and Korea.


Before joining DLA Piper, Don worked at one of the largest law firms in Korea, representing both Korean and multinational clients in connection with cross-border commercial disputes, corporate transactions, corporate rehabilitation and general corporate matters.  Prior to that, Don served as a judge advocate of the Republic of Korea Army where he advised on numerous international legal issues, including North Korea's artillery attack on Yeonpyung Island and the sinking of the patrol ship Cheonan in 2010

Hon Eric Ripper
2nd Patron (2017 - )

Mr. Ripper had a long and distinguished career in the WA Parliament over 25 years as a member of the Australian Labor Party, including time as Deputy Premier; Treasurer; Minister for Energy; and Minister for State Development, as well as Leader of the Opposition.


Mr. Ripper has strong links to Korea and during his time as Minister for State Development set up the WA government’s office in Seoul which has been an integral part in building the WA – Korea relationship.

Richard Court AC
Founding Patron (2010 - 2016)

Richard Court was Premier and Treasurer of Western Australia from 1993 to 2001 and retired from Parliament after 19 years as the Member for Nedlands. His government led the way into new LNG markets, the successful deregulation of the Western Australian gas markets and the successful privatizations of the SGIO, BankWest, Alinta Gas, Westrail Freight and the DBNG pipeline.


Richard is the founding Patron of the AKBCWA and has been a pioneer in WA - Korea relations. 

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Australia Korea Business Council of WA

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