2015 Alumni Awards Judging Panel

Mr David Dukes, Trade Commissioner (Commercial Counsellor), Beijing

Mr David Dukes took up the role of Trade Commissioner (Commercial Counsellor) at the Australian Embassy in Beijing in March 2009. Mr Dukes led Austrade’s Clean Tech Team in China from 2009-2011, until taking on management of Austrade’s Food, Beverages, Agribusiness, Consumer and Health Team from 2011-2012. In 2012-2013 Mr Dukes was manager of Austrade’s new West China Team. Subsequently he was project director of Australia Week in China 2014, Austrade’s largest overseas mission, with 117 events over four days in five cities. From 2014-2015 he was post manager of Austrade Beijing, with responsibility for North China, and managed the Austrade China Marketing Team. He is currently Austrade’s North Asia Education Commissioner, with responsibility for Greater China, Korea and Mongolia, and continues as leader of Austrade China’s Marketing Team.

Prior to joining Austrade, Mr Dukes was Managing Director of Dukes Consultancy, an international trade and investment consulting company dealing with China, for 19 years. In that capacity, he assisted companies from Australia, Israel and Northern Europe develop business with China and other countries. He served as a diplomat in the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade from 1979-90, with the following postings:
1985-88, Australian Embassy, Lisbon, including one year as Charge d’Affaires
1980-82, Australian Embassy, Beijing

Mr. Dukes graduated from Sydney University in 1978 and studied in Beijing from 1975-1977 in the third group of Australian government exchange students. He has also lived and worked in Israel and Greenland.

Mr. Dukes was born in 1954 in Sydney, Australia.

Kenny Lam, Partner, China Tax Management and Process Services, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Shanghai

Kenny obtained his Bachelor of Economics (Hons) degree at the University of Sydney and his Master of Business in Accountancy at the University of RMIT (Melbourne). He is also a fellow member of the Australian Society of Certified Practicing Accountants as well as member of the Hong Kong Institute of Certificate Public Accountants.

Kenny has almost 20 years of experiences in providing Chinese tax and business advisory services, which includes:
- Providing Chinese tax consulting and compliance services for various domestic and international financial institutions, including banks, insurance companies and investment fund companies.
- Involved extensively in dealings with cross-border investments into China.
- Advising multinational companies including financial service companies to formulate their investment strategies, structure their expansion and streamline their operating structures to comply with various business and tax regulations in China, develop and evaluate the investment opportunities/structure from the Chinese tax and business perspectives
- Significant experience in performing Chinese tax due diligence/acquisition reviews
- Actively advising multinational clients having expatriates throughout China on issues of personal taxes
- Involved in the Chinese tax ruling application and negotiation process for multinational companies
- Supervising the entire applications for multinational companies in establishing various types of investment vehicles in China (e.g. representative offices, foreign investment enterprises and trading companies etc.)

Dr. Bai Xuezhu, Deputy Director General of Academics & Head of International Teaching Department China Executive Leadership Academy Pudong (CELAP)

Dr. Bai Xuezhu is currently the Deputy Director General of Academics and Head of International Teaching Department at the China Executive Leadership Academy (CELAP) Pudong, in Shanghai.

Prior to the current position, he was the Director of Research in the Department of Research and Development at the CELAP. 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.

Dennis Chen - Area Examinations Director, South China, British Council China

Dennis Chen is the Area Examinations Director, South China for the British Council China. He plays a key role in the development of the China wide strategy and has direct responsibility for planning business activity in his area, setting volume targets and budgets for the whole range of the exams business. He manages key external relations and liaises directly with local consular and visa sections. He also manages the 11 IELTS test venues housed in universities in the region and dedicates himself to providing high standard IELTS tests to open the door for those who want to work, study and live abroad. For more than 20 years, he has played an important role in providing a platform to help over hundreds of thousands Chinese IELTS takers who made their dream come true in Australia.

Prior to joining the British Council, Dennis worked in a state-owned import and export company for 9 years where he held a lead role in sales & marketing and business development in key European, as well as the North American countries.

Dennis holds a Bachelor degree in International Economics and an Advance Diploma of Charter Institute of Marketing.