The economic and investment relationship with the United States



6 April 2017


Citigroup Centre, 2 Park Street, Sydney


Launch event

The United States Studies Centre and the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia invited guests to an introduction to their new project examining investment flows between Australia and the United States. The project focuses on the different forms of US-sourced investment in Australia, estimating their macro-economic implications and the nation-building legacy of specific large, sustained US investments in Australia. The United States is also the single largest destination of outbound investment by Australians, and the project will examine the value and economic impact of these outbound investment flows.

Project lead Professor Richard Holden of UNSW presented his strategy and plans for data collection, econometric analysis and specific case studies. He discussed the scope of the comprehensive report to be released later in the year.

Simon Jackman, CEO of the USSC; Niels Marquardt, CEO of AmCham; and David Livingstone, Chief Country Officer for Citi, contributed to the discussion.


  • Professor Richard Holden
    Professor Richard Holden
    Professor of Economics, UNSW Business School

    Richard Holden is Professor of Economics at UNSW Business School and an Australian Research Council Future Fellow from 2013-2017. He previously led a USSC research project investigating the US-Australia economic relationship.

  • Professor Simon Jackman
    Professor Simon Jackman

    Professor Simon Jackman was Chief Executive Officer of the United States Studies Centre from April 2016 to May 2022. Between 1996 and 2016, he was a Professor of Political Science and Statistics at Stanford University. Jackman's teaching and research centres on public opinion, election campaigns, political participation, and electoral systems with special emphasis on American and Australian politics.

  • Niels Marquardt
    Chief Executive Officer, American Chamber of Commerce

    Niels Marquardt is the CEO of the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia (AmCham). He is a former American diplomat with decades of experience promoting international trade and investment. 

  • David Livingstone
    David Livingstone
    Chief Country Officer, Citi Australia

    David Livingstone is responsible for Citi's business in Australia, including developing and implementing the business strategy, fostering successful client relationships at all levels of the organisation, managing risk and controls, and protecting and enhancing Citi's reputation in Australia.