Alumni Awards Judging Panel 2009

Judging panel 2009

Quentin Stephenson-Perks
Mr Quentin Stevenson-Perks commenced as Counsellor (Education) at the Australian Embassy in Beijing in July 2007.

Prior to this appointment, Quentin worked for two years in AEI’s National Office in Canberra dealing with the education industry across Australia on international education issues after having completed a 3.5 year posting as AEI’s Counsellor (Education, Science and Training) in New Delhi, India from 2002 to mid-2005.

Quentin is a highly experienced officer of the Australian Government’s Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, having extensive experience in education across a broad range of education sectors that contribute to the quality framework that underpins Australian international education objectives.

In China, Quentin is responsible for AEI’s Hong Kong and Guangzhou Offices, the Vocational Education and Training and Schools Sectors and education services covered by the proposed Australia-China Free Trade Agreement.

Rowan Callick
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.

Ms. Rebecca Mak FCPA (Aust.)
Ms. Rebecca Mak is a Partner in the Department of Professional Practice – Capital Markets Group of KPMG Huazhen in Beijing, and currently the President of the CPA Australia Beijing Committee.

Ms. Mak has a strong PRC tax, transfer pricing and audit background, with more than 15 years of experience in China and Hong Kong.

She has vast experiences in providing technical support and advisory services in areas such as “Accounting for Income Taxes”, SOX 404 tax related documentation and design of controls, and transfer pricing advisory including planning, review and documentation. She has provided PRC tax advisory services to multinational clients investing in China in respect of PRC Corporate Income Tax, Individual Income Tax, turnover taxes, PRC Customs regulations, foreign exchange regulations and procedures to establish foreign investment enterprises in China. In addition, she was extensively involved in the IPOs of some state-owned enterprises with successful listings in both the US and Hong Kong.

Susan Dietz-Henderson
Ms Dietz-Henderson is currently Chief Representative – China, at Capital Strategy Research. Previously, she was a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, most recently as Assistant Secretary, Strategic Affairs Branch, a position she held since 2004. Her most recent overseas posting was as Counsellor, Australian Embassy, Washington from 2001 to 2004. Ms Dietz-Henderson has also served overseas as Chief Negotiator of the Peace Monitoring Group in Bougainville, and has had two prior postings to China, as Consul, Australian Consulate-General, Guangzhou from 1993 to 1996, and to the Australian Embassy, Beijing from 1989 to 1992. Ms Dietz-Henderson has also served as Director of the Nuclear Trade and Security Section, and in positions in the East Asia Branch focusing on China. Ms Dietz-Henderson joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade as a Foreign Service Trainee in 1988.

She is a graduate of Asian Studies from the Australian National University and also holds Graduate Diplomas in Applied Economics and Applied Linguistics and Translation. She speaks Chinese (Mandarin) and Motu (Papua New Guinea). Ms Dietz-Henderson was born in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea in 1963. She is married and has two children.

Yang Kuan-Shiong
Kuan started his 12+ years' career in Global Markets in Singapore as FX and Derivatives Sales and joined ANZ in 2000 handling ANZ’s key large corporate client, Asset Managers, regional banks and sovereign names.

Kuan was then tasked with the responsibility for Global Markets product distribution to ANZ’s key onshore clients out of the Beijing branch from February 2006. He was appointed DGM in 2008.

ANZ Beijing branch’s Global Market business grew from almost nothing in 2006 to a significant market player in its space by 2008. Amongst the list of achievements of the branch are the CFETS (China Foreign Exchange Trading System) FX provider award for 2007 and ANZ becoming the leading bank to offer onshore OTC commodities solutions.

Kuan moved to the ANZ Beijing branch in 2006, accompanied by his wife and two sons. In any spare time, Kuan enjoys golf, nature, reading and photography.

Edward Smith
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.