Chief Executive Officer, Kokoda Capital Group, Australia


Day 2 – 14 Nov 2017

PARALLEL WORKING / SESSIONS - WCES Young Entrepreneurs Roundtable | 9.15 am - 12.00 pm

Mr. Michael Johnson is Chairman of the Advisory Board of Orbitz Elevator Group, a privately owned international company headquartered in Brisbane, Australia, with offices in every Australian capital city & across the Pacifc. Mr. Johnson is also CEO/Managing Partner of Kokoda Capital, a boutique consultancy across a range of sectors connecting Australian businesses with Asian stakeholders across agriculture, energy, aviation, infrastructure, natural resources and energy. Kokoda has worked with the likes of Google Asia, Fiji TV, Jindal Steel & Power, Virgin Airlines and a range of prominent Queensland & Australian companies.

Born in Hong Kong to a Chinese mother and with a Vietnamese wife, Mr. Johnson is absolutely passionate about strengthening the bilateral relationship between Australia and Asia and is a regular visitor to Asia. He has travelled to every country in Asia, including to Pyongyang, capital of the DPKR.

Prior to his business roles, Mr. Johnson was a Member of the Australian Parliament for three (3) terms sitting in the House of Representatives. Elected at aged 31, he was the second youngest Member since Australian federation. He was a Member of the Queensland Olympic Council’s Rio 2016 Funds Committee. He is Convenor of QB32, an independent group of pre-eminent business leaders exploring a possible Brisbane Bid to host the 2032 Summer Olympic Games. He is a regular commentator on Australian Television.

Mr. Johnson has spoken at leading global conferences from the WEF, the International Finance Forum (IFF) and the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) to Time Fortune 500, Horasis Global and the APEC CEO Conference.

Michael was previously a WEF YGL. He is also on the Advisory Council of the World Chinese Economic Summit (WCES). He is a graduate in Law of the University of Queensland & holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Cambridge. He also studied at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and presently sits on the QLD
Harvard Club Board.