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Webinar | Evolving Sister City Relationships: How to Deal with Global Uncertainty

29 September@12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Let’s imagine you have just been tasked to review your international sister city relationships. In this new era of economic and geopolitical  uncertainty, what approach would you take?

Traditional approaches for economic renewal, trade and investment, and sister city relationships will no longer be as reliable in a post-COVID environment of rapid change.

One local government that has successfully tackled this issue is Moreton Bay Regional Council in Queensland. They recently completed a review of their sister city relationships, using a ground-breaking approach guided by international thought-leaders in contemporary sister city relations.

Join this special Economic Development Australia webinar where we hear first-hand from economic development project officer Marnie Stevens (Moreton Bay Regional Council) and intercultural business consultant Craig Shim (Alphacrane Intercultural Specialists) about how you can future-proof your sister city relationships.

We will cover:

  1. The No 1. risk to consider before reviewing your sister city relationships
  2. A new era for sister cities: re-aligning expectations
  3. A framework for dealing with economic and geopolitical  uncertainty
ACEcD Accredited Members can accrue 3 CPD points by attending this event.  Don’t forget to record your CPD points here.


Marnie Stevens – Project Officer, Economic Development | Moreton Bay Regional Council

As an integral Trade and Investment team member delivering upon the new Moreton Bay Regional Economic Development Strategy, Marnie Stevens has led the Sister Cities review and associated programming, including the delivery of joint programs with Sanyo-Onoda, Japan and Winton, Queensland. Driven by a passion for foreign practice and global economics, Marnie completed a Bachelor of International Studies before working internationally in Japan. After returning to Australia and completing a Master of International Business, Marnie has been working on a range of economic development programs for Moreton Bay Regional Council including the design of bespoke export programs for local businesses as well as youth innovation and entrepreneurship initiatives in partnership with multiple stakeholders.

Craig Shim – Director | Alphacrane Intercultural Specialists

Craig Shim is a qualified intercultural business consultant with a global career spanning two decades. He has unmatched first hand overseas and local experience developing international ready strategies and masterplans He is one of Australia’s leading intercultural consultants who provides specialist advice to emerging regions that
strive to become Tier 1 destinations for tourism, trade and investment.  Craig’s niche is applying Cultural Intelligence to international trade and investment, sister city relationships, tourism and international diplomacy. Previously based in Asia for 14 years, Craig was a planner and intercultural advisor to multinational corporations, government organisations, foreign embassies and various agencies of the United Nations In Australia. He has developed international ready strategies for Longreach, Winton, Bundaberg, Gladstone, Moreton Bay Region and now Yarra Ranges Council, as well as global brand strategies for Tourism & Events Queensland. Within the corporate sector, Craig’s reputation is in providing cross cultural advice and intercultural business coaching to executives from Air New Zealand, Boeing, BP, Nike, PepsiCo, Mastercard and Kellogg Company. As an extension of this service, Craig also provides cross cultural diplomacy coaching to mayors, councillors and international delegations.


Members: Free
Non-Members: $30

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29 September
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Economic Development Australia


0467 217 997


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Webinar - Evolving Sister City Relationships | 29 Sept 2021
$ 30.00