2010 Alumni Awards Judging Panel

Iain Watt, Minister-Counsellor(Education), Australia Education International

Iain has been closely involved in the international dimension of Australian education and training for the past 20 years. His current posting to Beijing as Minister-Counsellor (Education ) - commenced in February 2008 - is his third, following stints at counsellor level in Taipei (1995-98) and Beijing (1998-2002). Iain was Director, International Development and Cooperation at the Australian National University from 2004-2007. He has managed several Branches within the International Education Group of the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, and has influenced Australia’s international education policy development since 1992.

Deborah Leung FCPA(Aust.), General Manager - Greater China, CPA Australia

Ms Deborah Leung has been the General Manager - Greater China of CPA Australia, one of the world’s largest professional accounting bodies, since 1993. The organisation has a global membership of 122,000 with over 11,000 in Hong Kong and the mainland China. Ms Leung is responsible for strategic planning on organisational policies and structure, project management, development of training programs, promotion and marketing, preparation and achievement of budget, reporting to the Head Office in Australia, as well as recruitment and training of staff.

Prior to joining CPA Australia, Ms Leung worked for the CCA International Ltd, an international management and consulting firm in Hong Kong for seven years. Joining the corporation in 1985 as a Financial Controller, she moved on to a regional role overseeing internal auditing projects. She managed the accounting function, both for the subsidiaries and the corporation. In her ultimate position as the Director for Corporate Services, she also took up responsibility for office management, human resources, administration, tax planning and legal matters.

Ms Leung had also worked as an Auditor in various accounting firms, including Ernst & Young and PricewaterhouseCoopers in Hong Kong, and Wolridge, Mahon & Co in Vancouver, Canada.

Ms Leung is a fellow member of CPA Australia, and a member of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Certified Management Accountants British Columbia. She graduated from the University of British Columbia, Canada and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree.

Ms Leung is married with twin daughters and there are eight accountants in her family.

Martyn Huckerby, Partner, Chief Representative, Mallesons Stephen Jaques, Shanghai Office

Martyn Huckerby is an alumnus of the University of Technology, Sydney, graduating with a first class honours degree in Law, a degree in Arts (majoring in Communications), and a Graduate Certificate in Legal Practice. He has previously worked in Sydney, Melbourne and London. Huckerby is Chief Representative of the Shanghai office of Mallesons Stephen Jaques, which was named Regional Law Firm of the Year at the International Financial Law Review’s Asia Awards 2009.

At 32 years of age, Huckerby is the youngest partner of Mallesons and is one of the youngest lawyers to head a China office of an international law firm. Huckerby works for a diverse range of clients, predominantly assisting Chinese State Owned Enterprises with outbound investment and international clients with their investments in China. Recently, Huckerby has assisted the New South Wales Government establish offices in Guangzhou and Shanghai, acted for Telstra (Australia's leading telecommunications company) on its acquisition of two Chinese internet businesses, and advised the Hong Kong-listed Fushan International Energy Group on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission aspects of its proposed acquisition of stakes in the Australian-listed Mount Gibson Iron Limited and in Benefit Rich Limited (which holds a minority stake in APAC Resources).

In addition to his client commitments, Huckerby devotes a considerable amount of time developing ties between the legal profession and business community through his membership of the Australia China Alumni Association, Australian Chamber of Commerce, British Chamber of Commerce, Foreign Correspondents Club in Shanghai, European Union Chamber of Commerce, and Canadian Chamber of Commerce. Huckerby has given frequent presentations at Chamber events in Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong, is the author of a number of articles on Chinese competition law and has been quoted in various publications including Asian Legal Business, Caijing Magazine, Global Competition Review, and China Law and Practice.

Dr. Bai Xuezhu, Director of Research, Department of Research and Development, China Executive Leadership Academy, Pudong (CELAP) Shanghai

Dr. Bai Xuezhu is currently the Director of Research in the Department of Research and Development at the China Executive Leadership Academy (CELAP) Pudong, in Shanghai. Prior to the current position, he was the Deputy Head of Division of International Cooperation, the Chief Coordinator for International Courses, and the Chief Coordinator for the Centre for Culture & Languages in Department of International Exchanges & Program Development. In addition, he is the Associate of Oxford Policy Institute and Director of Shanghai Leadership Studies Association.

Prior to the completion of his Master Degree (Victoria University) and PhD (La Trobe University) in Human Resource Management and Employment Relations in Australia, he was the Deputy Head of Foreign Languages and Literature Department and Head of Foreign Affairs Office in Huaibei Coal Industry Teachers College in China.

He has written extensively on management, HRM, employment relations, leadership, culture,linguistics, and literature. His current interest is in public management and leadership studies. He is presently working on developing approaches to bridge Chinese traditional philosophies and modern management and leadership theories.

Rowan Callick, Asia-Pacific Editor, The Australian

Rowan Callick grew up in England, graduating with a BA Honours from Exeter University. He worked in Papua New Guinea for 11 years, as general manager of a locally owned publishing, printing and retail group. In 1987 he shifted to Australia, working for almost 20 years for The Australian Financial Review, including as Hong Kong based China Correspondent from 1996-2000. Since the start of 2006, he has worked for The Australian, for the first 3 years as Beijing based China Correspondent and now as Asia-Pacific Editor.

He won the Graham Perkin Award for Journalist of the Year for 1995, and two Walkley Awards, for Asia-Pacific coverage, for 1997 and 2007.

Edward Smith, Founding Member, The Australia China Alumni Association

Edward is a senior Australian businessman who has lived and worked in China for more than 15 years since first visiting in 1990. He holds a Bachelor of Information Systems degree from Monash University and is a fluent Mandarin speaker, having studied Chinese at Melbourne and Monash universities, as well as the Johns Hopkins Centre at Nanjing University and the Beijing Second Foreign Language Institute.

Edward’s career has spanned stints at National Australia Bank, the Australian Embassy in Beijing, and Austrade where he helped set up the Australian Consulate General in Guangzhou. He has also worked for Fortune 500 Japanese trading house, Kanematsu, and a leading US consulting company specializing in assisting Western companies to invest and establish operations in China. Edward co-founded the Beijing Consulting Group in 2000 with two partners and is now Managing Director. He is a former Deputy Chairman of the Australian Chamber of Commerce in Beijing where he served as a Board member for many years.

Edward founded the Australia China Alumni Association in early 2007 and has driven it from conception, to today working with 21 Australian University funding partners from across 5 states, as well as several Australian government agencies (including Austrade, AusAID, and AEI) and corporate partners.

Edward has extensive experience advising Western companies on doing business in China and has served on the board of several joint venture companies in China. He is married with three children and lives permanently in Beijing.