2011 Alumni Awards Judging Panel

Jen Tyrell, Counsellor (Education), Australian Embassy Beijing

Jen Tyrell Ms Tyrell is the Education Counsellor at the Australian Embassy in Beijing. Ms Tyrell is responsible for promoting cooperation with overseas education stakeholders, enhancing government to government relations, and providing strategic and policy intelligence on developments in the education sector.

Prior to taking up this position, Ms Tyrell worked in a number of roles across the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations. During her time there, she has led reform and implemented initiatives in the senior schooling and vocational education and training sectors in Australia.

Ms Tyrell has an Arts/Science (Hons) degree from the University of Melbourne, majoring in History and Conservation Biology.

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.

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 23 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.

Eliza Chui, Consul (Education) and Education Commissioner for North Asia, Australian Consulate-General Shanghai

Eliza Chui Eliza Chui is the Education Commissioner of Austrade for North Asia and Consul (Education) at the Australian Consulate-General in Shanghai. Her role is to contribute to overall leadership and direction in promoting Australian education in China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, South Korea and Mongolia. Eliza is also the Country Team Leader of Austrade China overseeing the marketing and promotional work in education.

Before joining Austrade, Eliza had held wide-ranging managerial roles at five universities in three different countries. Her previous work portfolios included faculty administration, human resource management, donations and external affairs, Freedom of Information and copyright compliance, and research policy and performance analysis. Her knowledge and experience in international education dated back to the late 1980s when Australia de-regulated the provision of education to international students

Her professional highlights include being the recipient of the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Professional Staff, selected for a Commonwealth Government secondment for the quality audit of universities, and appointed as a member on the AVCC Publications Expert Group for research publications audit, and as speakers at international education forums.

Eliza holds the degrees of Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) and Master of Educational Administration, and a Certificate in English-Chinese Translation.