Meet our winners and finalists for the 2010 Australia China Alumni Awards!

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CPA Australia – Australia China Alumni of the Year Award


Winner: Mr Peter Pang – President, Bosch (China) Investment Co Ltd
Finalists:
Dr Jeffrey Chen, Chief Executive Officer, Sembcorp Utilities Investment Management (Shanghai) Limited
Mr Clinton Dines – non-Executive Director, Kazakhmys PLC; formerly President, BHP Billiton China
Mr Kevin Wale – President and Managing Director, General Motors China
Mr Wang Wenfu – President, Chinalco Overseas Holdings Ltd
Mr Vincent Lam – Founder and Chairman, ASIARAY Group

Australian Education International Young Australia China Alumni of the Year Award


Winner: Dr Zhang Beibei– Assistant General Manager, China Merchants Property Development
Finalists:
Mr Cameron Anderson – Presenter, International Channel Shanghai
Mr Shen Dade – Overseas Business Manager, China Guangdong Nuclear Group
Ms Kara Jenkinson – Disaster Preparedness Delegate (Guangxi), Australian Red Cross
Ms Ji Jingshu (Olivia) – Founder and Vice-President, China Entrepreneurs
Mr Brodie McDougall – Senior Manager, Michael Page Finance and Michael Page Financial Services
Ms Shirley Hsia – Lease Manager, Inter IKEA Center China

ANZ Bank Australia China Alumni Award for Banking and Finance


Winner: Ms Wang Yijia – Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, China Life Asset Management Company
Finalists:
Mr Gu Bing – Asia Regional Financial Controller, Furniture Brands International Inc
Mr Huang Lei (Larry) – Tax Director Asia Pacific, Automatic Data Processing
Mr Alfred Leong, Partner, PriceWaterhouseCoopers
Mr Ian Lee – Chief Financial Officer and Legal Representative, Omnicom Media Group
Mr Luo (Roy) Xiang– Special Assistant to the Chief and National Program Director, United Nations Industrial Development Organisation
Ms Katherine Wei – Director of Finance, Yum! Brands

AusAID Scholarships Australia China Alumni Award


Winner: Mr Peng Gaojian – Deputy Director-General, Department of Politics, Human Resources and Social Security, Legislative Affairs Office of the State Council
Finalists:
Ms Cui Yanyang – Deputy Director, Department of European Affairs, Ministry of Commerce
Mr Wose Phuntsok – Physician in Charge, Tibet Autonomous Region Disease Prevention and Control Centre
Associate Professor Zhou Yun – Director of International Cooperation, Chinese Research Academy of Social Science
Mr Xia Jun – Vice Director, Department of International Cooperation, Division for Bilateral Affairs, State Forestry Administration

Austrade Australia China Alumni Award for Entrepreneurship


Winner: Mr Vincent Lam – Founder and Chairman, ASIARAY Group
Finalists:
Mr David Keir – Founder, Dash Brands
Mr Michael Mittasch – Executive Director and owner, Mitchells Equipment (Hebei) Co. Ltd
Mr Morry Morgan – General Manager, ClarkMorgan Corporate Training
Mr Choon Quek – Founder and Chairman, Simply the Group
Mr Yang Peng (Roc) – Founder and Chief Executive Officer, China Data Group
Dr Leo Yeung – General Manager, Shenzhen Galaxy Real Estate Management

Business Events Sydney Australia China Alumni Award for Research and Innovation


Winner: Professor Zhang Fengming – Professor, Department of Physics, Nanjing University; Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Tianwei New Energy Holdings Co Ltd
Finalists:
Dr Chen Wanqing – Deputy Director, National Office of Cancer Prevention and Control
Professor Hou Minyue – Deputy Director and Professor, Australian Studies Centre, East China Normal University
Dr Ma Xiaolin – Deputy Director, Henan Provincial Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology
Dr Wang Shuguang – Director (Research), Institute of Sociology, Sichuan Academy of Social Sciences; Associate Professor, School of Psychology, University of Newcastle
Professor Rao Zihe – President, Nankai University

Telstra Sensis Australia China Alumni Award for ICT and New Media


Winner: Mr Neil Ducray – Managing Director, TouchMedia
Finalists:
Mr Andrew Collins – Chief Executive Officer, Mailman Limited
Dr Ma Xiaohang (Shawn) – Senior Researcher, Lucrent Technologies
Mr Pack Ling – Chief Information Officer, General Electric, Greater China
Mr Peng Lu – President and Chief Operating Officer, Shenzhen Domain Network Software Co Ltd
Mr Huang Wei – Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Shanghai T-Rex Games

Mallesons Stephen Jaques Australia China Alumni Award for Corporate Achievement


Winner: Mr David Lynch – Chief Information Officer and Environmental Council Chairman, Standard Chartered Bank (China); Director, Scope International (China)
Finalists:
Mr Kenneth Cao – General Manager, South China, Chow Sang Sang Jewellery (Foshan) Co. Ltd.
Mr Richard Exton – Chief Information Officer, Bank of Hangzhou
Mr Dan Phillips – Executive Director and Office Head, Macquarie Bank, Shanghai
Mr Jimmy Qin – Senior Sports Marketing Director, Li-Ning (China) Sports Goods Ltd
Mr Andrew Whitford – General Manager and Country Head (China), Westpac Banking Corporation

IELTS Australia China Alumni Award for Women in Leadership


Winner: Professor Han Feng – Assistant Dean, College of Architecture and Urban Design, Tongji University
Finalists:
Ms Cheng Lei – Correspondent, China, CNBC
Ms Jessica Bo – Regional Supply Chain Manager, Asia Pacific, Dupont China Holding Co Ltd
Ms Tan Lei – Deputy Director General, Qingdao Municipal Overseas Investment Promotion Bureau
Ms Anthea Webb – Director, United Nations World Food Program, China

2010 Australia China Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award


Winner: Emeritus Professor Du Ruiqing, Xi’an Foreign Studies University
Winner: Emeritus Professor Hou Weirui, Shanghai International Studies University
Winner: Emeritus Professor Hu Wenzhong, Beijing Foreign Studies University
Winner: Emeritus Professor Hu Zhuanglin, Beijing University
Winner: Emeritus Professor Huang Yuanshen, East China Normal University
Winner: Emeritus Professor Long Rijin, Sichuan Foreign Languages University
Winner: Emeritus Professor Qian Jiaoru, Nanjing University
Winner: Emeritus Professor Yang Chaoguang, the University of International Business and Economics Beijing
Winner: Emeritus Professor Wang Guofu, Suzhou University

CPA Australia – Australia China Alumni of the Year Award


Mr Peter Pang – President, Bosch (China) Investment Co Ltd

Mr Peter Pang – President, Bosch (China) Investment Co Ltd

Winner of CPA Australia – Australia China Alumni of the Year Award

University of Western Australia alumnus
Shanghai-based

Peter Pang is an alumnus of the University of Western Australia, graduating as Bachelor of Engineering (Electronics) in 1972.

In 1973, Peter joined Bosch Australia and started his career as an electronics development engineer. From 1973 to 1998, Peter progressed step by step to become the Engineering Director for Bosch Australia. Within this period, Peter built in Australia a world class engineering test center, electronic laboratories, EMC test facilities, ABS test track and a new business unit for body electronics for Bosch worldwide.

In 1998, Peter moved to Bosch in Germany to develop the body electronics business for the European, US and Asian car markets. Over a period of 5 years, Peter has managed to overcome the strong competition to win the trust and projects from Audi, Daimler Benz, Fiat, Ford, GM, Hyundai and VW.

In 2002, Peter was sent to China to develop business opportunities for Bosch in the emerging Chinese market. In 2003, Peter became the president of Bosch (China) Investment Limited. By 2005, all of the 15 business divisions of Bosch Group have built up manufacturing base in China.

In 2009, Bosch’s sales in China reached 27.4 billion CNY, employing 21,200 associates to become the 3rd largest country for Bosch in sales after Germany and the US. Cumulative investment in China exceeded 15 billion CNY.

Bosch drives for sustainable development in China by following the principle of safety, environmental protection and energy saving. In 2009, 40,000 training days were invested for associate development.

In China Peter has received a number of awards which include the ‘Outstanding CEO Award’ from China Association of Enterprise with Foreign Investment, ‘China Automotive Industry Outstanding Person Award’ from CAAM, SAE China, CATARC, CCPIT and China Automotive News as well as the ‘Silver Magnolia Award’ from the Shanghai Municipal Government.

Mr Clinton Dines – non-Executive Director, Kazakhmys PLC; formerly President, BHP Billiton China

Mr Clinton Dines – non-Executive Director, Kazakhmys PLC; formerly President, BHP Billiton China

Finalist: CPA Australia – Australia China Alumni of the Year Award

Clinton Dines has a Degree in Asian Studies from Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia. He is also a graduate of the Course in International Management at INSEAD in France. Clinton came to China in 1979 on a Post Graduate Program arranged by Griffith University and has been living and working in the Greater China Region ever since, the majority of that time in the People’s Republic of China.

During his career Clinton has occupied senior management positions with the Jardine Matheson Group, the Santa Fe Transport Group and Asia Securities Venture Capital. From 1988 to 2009 he was the senior country executive in China for BHP and, since the merger in 2001, for BHP Billiton, from which role he retired in July 2009.

Throughout his career Clinton has specialised in the business practices relating to the negotiation, establishment and operation of Sino‐Foreign ventures and foreign investments in China, and in the strategic and operational management and development of foreign operated businesses, marketing and commercial activities in China. He was closely involved
in one of the earliest Joint Ventures established in China in 1980 and he has subsequently been continuously involved in a wide range of ventures and business initiatives across a variety of industries and regions in China.

Clinton is a fluent Mandarin speaker and after 14 years in Beijing relocated to Shanghai in late 2002 to run the restructured BHP Billiton China operations from there until he retired from the Company in 2009. He was instrumental in the establishment of the first Australian Chamber of Commerce in China and later chaired that organization from 1998 to 2000. He is also a Founding Governor of the Capital Club in Beijing and on the Management Committee of the Shanghai Rugby Football Club. He was invited by the Australian Olympic Committee to be the Attaché to the Australian Olympic Team at the Beijing Olympics and was invited by BOCOG to be the only non‐Chinese on the judging panel which selected the design for the 2008 Olympic Medals. He recently joined the Board of Kazakhmys plc, a London‐listed resources group with operations in Kazakhstan. He is also a Member of the Griffith University Council, a Visiting Fellow of the Lowy Institute for International Policy in Sydney and advises a range of international companies with respect to their dealings with China.

Clinton is married to Jeronia, another long-time resident of China from Spain, and they have three children – a boy and two girls, the youngest of whom was adopted in China.

Mr Vincent Lam – Founder and Chairman, ASIARAY Group

Mr Vincent Lam – Founder and Chairman, ASIARAY Group

Finalist: CPA Australia – Australia China Alumni of the Year Award

University of New South Wales and University of Sydney alumnus
Shanghai-based

Vincent Lam is an alumnus of the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales, graduating with a Bachelor of Science (Hons) majoring in Computer Science (Sydney) in 1983 and Master of Commerce majoring in Professional Accountancy (UNSW) in 1985 respectively. As a successful Australian-Chinese businessman, Lam is passionate about sharing his values of integrity, innovation, passion and the importance of education.

Lam is the founder and chairman of the ASIARAY Group, the largest airport media operator in China covering over 30 key cities, including Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Guangzhou with recent expansion into transit systems in Hong Kong. The group has over 300 professional staff with a strong financial track record. In 2008, the group recorded a remarkable revenue growth of nearly 200%, to a combined turnover of RMB 605 million. His success in his field has earned him the title ‘The Top 10 most Influential Media Operator in China’ in 2009.

Lam’s alumni and charity works are also wide-ranging. In 2005 Vincent initiated the China Alumni Network by the University of Sydney and was named Patron of this network. Lam is also a member of Yunnan Economic Development Committee and ‘Theme Year Committee Member’ of the Hong Kong Management Association. Influenced by his sponsored education in Australia, he founded the Lam Kwun King Memorial Fund, which has helped close to 1000 under privileged students with education and health needs since 2003.

Dr Jeffrey Chen, Chief Executive Officer, Sembcorp Utilities Investment Management (Shanghai) Limited

Dr Jeffrey Chen, Chief Executive Officer, Sembcorp Utilities Investment Management (Shanghai) Limited

Finalist: CPA Australia – Australia China Alumni of the Year Award

Dr Jeffrey Chen, Chief Executive Officer, Sembcorp Utilities Investment Management (Shanghai) Limited

University of South Australia and University of New South Wales alumnus
Shanghai-based

Dr Jeffrey Chen is CEO of Sembcorp operations in China. Sembcorp is a listed company and a Temasek Linked company Singapore. The core businesses for Sembcorp are utilities (water, wastewater, energy and steam supply etc.), environmental & waste management, industrial park development & management, and marine management. Prior to his appointment at Sembcorp, Jeffrey worked with Brambles Limited and held several senior management roles in Australia and the Asia region.

Jeffrey obtained his PhD of Environmental Engineering at the University of New South Wales in 1994. He is a Chartered Professional Engineer, a Chartered Chemist and a member of the Fellowships of Engineers Australia and the Royal Australian Chemical Institute.

Jeffrey has a strong reputation within the Asia Pacific business community and has twice been elected by the ‘International Who’s Who of Professional’.

In 2008, Jeffrey was recognized for his "important contribution to Australia-China relations" with an Australia-China Council Award for Science, Innovation and the Environment. Jeffrey has also been nominated by Advance Global Australians as one of the 50 Leading Australians in Asia.

Jeffrey has served on several Boards of subsidiaries while he was working with Brambles, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Sembcorp’s subsidiaries. Jeffrey has also been on the Executive Committee for International Conferences in Asia and acts as a keynote speaker and chair.

Mr Kevin Wale – President and Managing Director, General Motors China

Mr Kevin Wale – President and Managing Director, General Motors China

Finalist: CPA Australia – Australia China Alumni of the Year Award

Kevin E. Wale is an alumnus of the University of Melbourne, graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce with Honours in 1975. Wale began his career General Motors (GM) with Holden, the automaker's Australian unit, in 1975, working in various roles within the company's finance department, working in the United States and Australia for several years before being appointed executive in charge of operations for GM Asia Pacific in September 1998. Based in Singapore, Wale was responsible for the general management of GM's operations across the region. In 2001, Wale was appointed Managing Director & Chairman of Vauxhall and also was a member of GM Europe Strategy Board.

He was appointed president and managing director of the GM China Group, effective May 1, 2005. Based in Shanghai, Wale is responsible for the overall coordination of GM's extensive operations in mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, and has led the company’s enormous China expansion in the last few years.

Mr Wang Wenfu – President, Chinalco Overseas Holdings Ltd

Mr Wang Wenfu – President, Chinalco Overseas Holdings Ltd

Finalist: CPA Australia – Australia China Alumni of the Year Award

Monash University alumnus
Shanghai/Hong Kong-based

Wang Wenfu is the Director and President of Chinalco Overseas Holding Limited. In the last 6 years, he has led Chinalco to great achievements in its globalization process.In his current role, Wang is accountable to the board and report directly to the chairman and CEO of Chinalco group. Wang oversees a team of around 40 people and has responsibility for assets valued at US$15.5 billion.

Wang has 23 years experience in the mining industry with international business development, cross border mergers and acquisitions (M&A), business networking and international trading. During his career, he has been a key player and leading member for many high profile investment and M&A projects across the border in the mining industry.

In 2008, Wang successfully led the M& A in Chinalco to invest US$1.4 billion to acquire 9.3% of Rio Tinto. In 2009, Wang continued to lead his team to negotiate with Rio Tinto and cut a deal of $19.5 billion. The proposed transaction was approved by many foreign investment review authorities and antitrust authorities including USA, German, Australia etc, but subsequently withdrawn by the Rio Tinto board with payment of US$195 million break fee. In 2010, Wang has continued to promote Sino-Australian cooperation despite the turbulent diplomatic relationship between the countries. Through their effective work, Chinalco successfully re-engaged with Rio Tinto and signed an MOU to jointly develop an iron mine in West Africa, a 10 billion dollar project.

Wang is highly regarded for his high level of professionalism and responsibility. He has substantial experience networking and liaising with a wide range of high profile institutions and individuals including state leaders, senior government officials, business leaders, lawyers, bankers, media, institutional investors, local communities and traditional owners.

Wang is also a strong believer of technology innovations and actively promotes a strong bilateral relationship between Australia and China.

Wang graduated with an MBA from Monash University in 1995 and was awarded a Graduate Diploma in Investment and Application from the Australia Securities Institute in 2002. Wang's Bachelor of Arts was obtained at the Kunming University of Poly-Technology, where he received an award for excellence from the provincial government.

Wang Wenfuwas also a finalist for the CPA Alumni of the Year award in 2009.


Australian Education International Young Australia China Alumni of the Year Award


Dr Zhang Beibei– Assistant General Manager, China Merchants Property Development

Dr Zhang Beibei– Assistant General Manager, China Merchants Property Development

Winner of Australian Education International Young Australia China Alumni of the Year Award

University of Newcastle alumna
Shenzhen-based

Ms Zhang Beibei obtained her doctorate at the University of Newcastle in 2006. After graduation, she worked in the field of assets valuation and mergers and acquisitions as the Corporate Finance Executive at Oriental Patron Financial Group (Hong Kong China). She has also been a professional demand analyst dealing with front office business development and back office project management with the China Bohai Bank. Following this position she joined the China Merchants Property Development Co. Ltd (CMPD) as Assistant General Manager in charge of the company’s research and research management.

In the past two years, Dr Zhang was selected to do post-doctorate research in cooperation with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and the China Merchants Group on real estate financing and financial innovation. During this period Dr Zhang wrote 11 working papers and 7 specialized papers on her research topics; obtained special funding for her research topic on China’s Real Estate Financial Innovation in Financial Crisis – REITs; and led a major project for the Central State Organs Housing System Reform Office. Dr. Zhang has also contributed to a book produced by the Central Government Liaison Office in Hong Kong.

Dr. Zhang has been invited to take an Associate Professor position at Henan University of Economics and Law, and is a consultant for two investment consulting companies.

Mr Brodie McDougall – Senior Manager, Michael Page Finance and Michael Page Financial Services

Mr Brodie McDougall – Senior Manager, Michael Page Finance and Michael Page Financial Services

Finalist: Australian Education International Young Australia China Alumni of the Year Award

Edith Cowan University alumnus
Shanghai-based

Brodie is originally from Perth and studied his Bachelor of Business at Edith Cowan University, majoring in Human Resource Management and E-Commerce. Brodie started his career with Edsys Computers in Balcatta before moving to London in 2001. While in the UK, Brodie travelled through Europe and worked with Credit Suisse First Boston and Thomson Financial. Upon returning to Perth in 2003, he commenced employment with Michael Page International as a Consultant. In 2006, Brodie and his wife (Jane) relocated to Shanghai. Brodie had two primary objectives; to train, mentor and develop internal PRC staff within his Michael Page business and; Recruitment of Chinese professionals into Multinational companies.

Brodie has developed his local team from 4 to 18 staff over the past 4 years and now manages the largest specialist financial recruitment business in Shanghai. Furthermore, he has driven the development of Chinese local talent into managerial positions at Michael Page International. Over the past 4 years, Brodie has been instrumental in the successful placement of over 500 PRC nationals into Multinational companies. Brodie is a regular presenter at seminars on the China employment market, conducting over 25 events in conjunction with professional groups including CPA Australia, CIMA and a variety of Australian institutions including MBA students from Macquarie, Murdoch and ISM. Brodie was appointed the President of AFL in Shanghai in January 2009 and has been actively involved in promoting the Shanghai AFL domestic league to Australians, Chinese and international players.

Ms Kara Jenkinson – Disaster Preparedness Delegate (Guangxi), Australian Red Cross

Ms Kara Jenkinson – Disaster Preparedness Delegate (Guangxi), Australian Red Cross

Finalist: Australian Education International Young Australia China Alumni of the Year Award

Charles Sturt University and University of Queensland alumna
Nanning-based

Kara Jenkinson is an alumnus of Charles Sturt University, graduating with Distinction in 2006 with a Master of Arts (Forced Migration, Asylum and Refugees). Since July 2008, Kara has held the position of Disaster Preparedness Delegate: China for Australian Red Cross and is based in Nanning, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

Kara’s background and work experience (including community service and volunteer work) has consistently focused on strengthening linkages between Australia and China. Her current role with the Red Cross involves supporting her counterparts at Red Cross Society of China Guangxi Branch with the design and implementation of community-based disaster preparedness activities and disaster risk mitigation measures. It involves advising on project management and administration, as well as training and capacity building of Red Cross Society of China Guangxi Branch at all levels.

Kara’s current role is also responsible for the design and facilitation of the commencement of Australian Red Cross supported Sichuan earthquake recovery programs and supporting Red Cross Community Based Health Care programs in Vietnam as well as liaison and co-operation with stakeholders such as government authorities, International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Red Cross Society of China Headquarters and NGOs.

Kara has also held varied roles with the Australian Embassy Immigration Section, Beijing, China from 2000-2003, Kham Aid Foundation, Beijing and Sichuan, China from 2004-2006 as well as for United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Tibet Autonomous Region, China in 2007. Kara has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to aid work in China and contributing to positive Australia-China relations, and speaks and reads fluent Mandarin Chinese.

Ms Shirley Hsia – Lease Manager, Inter IKEA Center China

Ms Shirley Hsia – Lease Manager, Inter IKEA Center China

Finalist: Australian Education International Young Australia China Alumni of the Year Award

University of Western Sydney and Macquarie University alumna
Shanghai-based

Shirley graduated from high school in Taiwan and studied in Australia from 1997 till 2005. She received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Macquarie University and her master’s degree in Accounting from the University of Western Sydney. She has also completed study at the International College of Hotel Management in Adelaide.

Shirley is currently the Lease Manager for the Inter IKEA Centre China. In this role, Shirley is responsible for developing and coordinating entertainment across two IKEA projects, one in Wuxi and one in Beijing. This involves managing the food, beverage and entertainment tenants in the IKEA stores. Shirley has also conducted feasibility studies and market analysis for three projects in regard to food, beverage and entertainment.

Prior to working at IKEA, Shirley was the Assistant Marketing Manager of Shanghai Tianhong Real Estate Investment Company, a well known state-owned enterprise (SOE). During her time working with Shanghai Tianhong, she was often appointed to work with international clients and government officials due to her background and multi-language skills. She guided Tianhong’s transformation from a traditional S.O.E into more diversified corporation. Under her lead, Shanghai Tianhong joined Australian Chamber of Commerce. During her time at Shanghai Tianhong, Shirley managed many property negotiations and transactions with global companies, for example, she assisted Ettamogah Entertainment Pty Ltd lease space in Shanghai Tianhong’s shopping center.

Shirley is a person who also loves art and music. She introduced a famous artist from Adelaide, David Reid, to the marina club owned by Shanghai Tianhong. His artwork is now on display at the club. In her spare time, Shirley loves cooking, wine tasting, travelling, visiting galleries and attending theatrical shows.

Mr Cameron Anderson – Presenter, International Channel Shanghai

Mr Cameron Anderson – Presenter, International Channel Shanghai

Finalist: Australian Education International Young Australia China Alumni of the Year Award

Bond University alumnus
Shanghai-based

Cameron Andersen is an alumnus of Bond University, graduating with a Bachelor of Laws and a Master of Chinese. After working for three years as a commercial investment lawyer for a top local law firm in Shanghai, Cameron has defied all stereotypes and is now a famous TV celebrity in China.

It all started in 2008 when Cameron was discovered for his mastery of mandarin by International Channel Shanghai (a state-owned channel that is broadcast to over four million households in Shanghai) and asked to host China’s bilingual version of the popular TV travel show ‘Getaway’. After one year, Cameron was named 2008 China host of the year, and went on to host more shows including ‘Screen Talk’ (a movie talk show) and ‘Expo Connection’ (reporting on Shanghai’s latest city developments prior to and during the 2010 Expo) for which he was voted 2009 ICS host of the year.

Having established himself as an already popular icon in Shanghai, Cameron is now working hard to bring China and Australia closer together through the hosting of Sino-Australian events for Tourism Australia, the Australian Consulate and AusTrade. As for 2010, Cameron’s TV career is set to reach new levels with the launch of his new “All or Nothing” entertainment show, which is to be aired nationally and via satellite to a captive audience of millions on one of China's leading channels, Dragon TV.

Mr Shen Dade – Overseas Business Manager, China Guangdong Nuclear Group

Mr Shen Dade – Overseas Business Manager, China Guangdong Nuclear Group

Finalist: Australian Education International Young Australia China Alumni of the Year Award

Central Queensland University alumnus
Guangdong-based

Shen Dade is an alumnus of Central Queensland University where he was awarded a Masters of Business Administration.

Shen is currently the Overseas Business Manager for China Guangdong Nuclear Group as the Overseas Business Manager. China Guangdong Nuclear Group is a clean energy group, which focuses on developing nuclear power for use as a safe and environmentally-friendly source of power. Shen is responsible for developing international linkages within the company. Shen is predominantly responsible for the South Africa nuclear market, and also works on building capacity in the Vietnamese, Thai and Malaysian markets.

Shen was previously the Training Manager in the Human Resource Department of Guangdong Da Ya Bay Nuclear Power Service Group, and was recently admitted into a PhD program at the Dalian University of Technology.

Ms Ji Jingshu (Olivia) – Founder and Vice-President, China Entrepreneurs

Ms Ji Jingshu (Olivia) – Founder and Vice-President, China Entrepreneurs

Finalist: Australian Education International Young Australia China Alumni of the Year Award

Olivia Jingshu Ji is one of China's top female business leaders. She is currently the Founder and Vice President of China Entrepreneurs and President of BDP Green Technology Co.

Ms. Ji was one of the founding members of Netease (NASDAQ:NTES) and played a key role during its IPO process. After leaving Netease, Ms. Ji founded Culture in China, an interactive innovative multi-media platform. After a successful exit, Business Week and media at that time named her as the top young Entrepreneur in China.

In 2002, Ms Ji went Sydney University where she obtained her masters degree. After graduation, she set up a scholarship to reward the best International student at Sydney university the 'Olivia Jingshu Ji Prize' .

Back in China, she was the Head of TV Division for Ringier in China. Ringier is one of the top European Media Groups and has achieved huge success in new emerging market.

Since 2008, she started to dedicate her time to promoting entrepreneurship in China, and has helped incubate more than 20 start up companies, two of which are now IPO. China Entrepreneurs, the organisation she founded and is now Vice-President of is now an influential organization in entrepreneurship, VC, PE, and capital market circles in China.


ANZ Bank Australia China Alumni Award for Banking and Finance


Ms Wang Yijia – Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, China Life Asset Management Company

Ms Wang Yijia – Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, China Life Asset Management Company

Winner of ANZ Bank Australia China Alumni Award for Banking and Finance

Murdoch University alumna
Beijing-based

Wang Yijia, a graduate of Murdoch University, is currently the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of China Life Asset Management Co.– a position she has held since 2004. China Life Asset Management Co., Ltd is part of the China Life Group, and manages assets up to RMB 1400 billion, with 38% market share. It is the largest insurance asset management company in China, and the largest institutional investor in the domestic capital market.

During the early stages of the company, she worked in many different fields: financial management, investment management, establishment of information systems, development of the company’s third-party capital management business, international investment projects, banking and investment of self-owned capital. She set up the first HK subsidiary company owned by a Chinese insurance company, and her company was one of the first to receive approval for investment in foreign countries. As an important Chinese institutional investor, her company actively participates in international investment projects and was approved as the first company to be allowed to provide consulting service to overseas QFII institutions. She has helped the company to participate in a public listing project after corporate restructuring and helped to execute relevant and financial and tax policies.

Wang has extensive experience working in the insurance sector in China and was Vice Director of the Finance Department of the People’s Insurance Company (Group) of China Limited. Prior to this, she worked for six years in Hong Kong, in securities and investment. The assets she managed during that period reached RMB 6 billion.

She studied Industrial Economy in Renmin University for her Bachelor Degree and received her MBA from Murdoch University in Australia.

Mr Luo (Roy) Xiang– Special Assistant to the Chief and National Program Director, United Nations Industrial Development Organisation

Mr Luo (Roy) Xiang– Special Assistant to the Chief and National Program Director, United Nations Industrial Development Organisation

Finalist: ANZ Bank Australia China Alumni Award for Banking and Finance

University of South Australia alumnus
Beijing-based

Luo Xiang is currently the National Program Director of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) – Investment and Technology Promotion Office (ITPO) in China. His role is to facilitate the industrial development in China through improving nationwide industrial clusters in a broad array of industries such as pharmaceuticals, clean tech and renewable energy, IT, outsourcing and logistics. In China, ITPO partners directly with renowned private equity funds, global enterprises and international institutions to establish industrial funds and identify investment and M&A opportunities for local and foreign entities.

Mr Alfred Leong, Partner, PriceWaterhouseCoopers

Mr Alfred Leong, Partner, PriceWaterhouseCoopers

Finalist: ANZ Bank Australia China Alumni Award for Banking and Finance

University of Queensland alumnus
Guangzhou-based

Alfred Leong is an alumnus of the University of Queensland, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Arts (Majoring in Japanese). He is presently an Assurance Partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers based in Guangzhou. His primary role is to provide professional advisory and audit services to multi-national companies that have operations in southern China. Some of the major clients covered include Colgate-Palmolive, Mars, Sony, Toyota group, and local listed companies such as Yuexiu Property Development group.

He is also responsible for Human Resources and operational matters in the Assurance Division. In an industry where the quality of human resources is key to its business success, he supervises the long-term professional development of staff members through ongoing job training, mentoring, and career guidance and support.

As President of the Australian Chamber of Commerce in South China, Alfred plays an active role in promoting Australia-China relations. In October 2009, Alfred led a delegation of members of the chamber in joining the Guangdong government and a delegation of government officials and representatives from Chinese enterprises on their investment and trade promotion tour to Sydney and other areas in Australia.

As a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, he also provides guidance and assistance to those who are studying to gain similar Australian-based accounting qualifications. Alfred is fluent in English, Cantonese, Mandarin, and Japanese.

Ms Katherine Wei – Director of Finance, Yum! Brands

Ms Katherine Wei – Director of Finance, Yum! Brands

Finalist: ANZ Bank Australia China Alumni Award for Banking and Finance

Southern Cross University alumna
Shanghai-based

Katherine Wei is currently the Director of Finance with Yum! Brands Inc. China Division, where she provides strategic leadership and management on the Treasury operations of the China Division. She works to also ensure the company’s treasury and capital processes, and to ensure compliance with local regulations. Before joining Yum! Brands Inc, she was the Senior Financial Manager with Siemens Financial Services Ltd.

Katherine holds an MBA from Southern Cross University where she graduated in 2003. She also has BA in International Finance from the East China Normal University.

Mr Ian Lee – Chief Financial Officer and Legal Representative, Omnicom Media Group

Mr Ian Lee – Chief Financial Officer and Legal Representative, Omnicom Media Group

Finalist: ANZ Bank Australia China Alumni Award for Banking and Finance

University of Technology Sydney alumnus
Shanghai-based

Ian Lee is presently the Chief Financial Officer and Legal Representative of Omnicom Media Group (OMG) China. OMG is the media services division of the Omnicom Group Inc. (NYSE: OMC), a leading global advertising, marketing and corporate communications company, providing services to over 5,000 clients in over 100 countries. In his current role, Ian directly supervises the finance, HR, administration, legal and IT functions and works closely with the CEO to run day-to-day operations of three agencies namely OMD, PHD, and M2M with offices across Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou.

Some of Ian’s key achievements include bringing OMG China from a second tier agency to one of the largest media service group agencies in China. From 2005 to 2010, he helped OMG China’s annual turnover to grow tremendously, increased staff number and capacity, developed comprehensive company policies aimed at ensuring efficiency in operations, established strong company culture with emphasis on team work and commercial viability and maintained a high level of corporate governance and transparent financial system. A 2008 R3 survey among key international clients showed that OMD China has outperformed the China market in financial transparency, and tops the list in administrative procedures.

Before joining OMG China, Ian was the Senior Vice President, Business Development with STAR Group, Hong Kong where he was responsible for developing media strategies for online, outdoor and print media.

Ian is an alumnus of the University of Technology, Sydney where he graduated with a Master of Management.

Mr Gu Bing – Asia Regional Financial Controller, Furniture Brands International Inc

Mr Gu Bing – Asia Regional Financial Controller, Furniture Brands International Inc

Finalist: ANZ Bank Australia China Alumni Award for Banking and Finance

Victoria University and Deakin University alumnus
Guangzhou-based

Mr Gu Bing is an alumnus of Deakin University and Victoria University, graduating with Bachelor of Commerce, Accountancy and Commercial Law at Deakin in 1996 and a MBA at Victoria University in 2002. Gu is also a CPA Australia member.

Gu is a highly experienced finance executive with over 10 years experience working in Australia, China, Hong Kong, and other areas of the Asia Pacific region. Gu is valued for his insight and financial skills. Gu is also a leader and motivator of people at all levels. He currently works as the Asia Regional Financial Controller for Furniture Brands International Inc., a US public listed corporation since 2008. In this role Gu has responsibility for the company’s finance, legal, IT, administration and Human Resource operations in Asia with annual turnover exceeding USD 300 Million. Prior to his position with Furniture Brands International Gu was employed as Regional Controller for Newell Rubbermaid Asia Limited in Hong Kong, another US publicly listed and fortune 500 company. During his tenure with Newell Rubbermaid, Gu had opportunity to work in Melbourne, Shanghai and Hong Kong

As an Australian Expat in China, Gu has been actively involved in Australia China Alumni activities for number of years, in particular with Australia China Alumni Association (ACAA) branch in South China for the last two years. Gu currently sits on the ACAA South China committee.

Mr Huang Lei (Larry) – Tax Director Asia Pacific, Automatic Data Processing

Mr Huang Lei (Larry) – Tax Director Asia Pacific, Automatic Data Processing

Finalist: ANZ Bank Australia China Alumni Award for Banking and Finance

Macquarie University alumnus
Shanghai-based

Huang Lei (Larry) is an alumnus of Macquarie University graduating with a Master of Accounting in 2004. He is also a CPA Australia member.
In 2005, Huang worked for Deloitte in Shanghai as a senior tax consultant. Following that, he joined Anheuser-Busch InBev as a China Tax Manager. Since September 2008, he has worked for Automatic Data Processing (ADP) as Regional Tax Director of Asia Pacific. ADP is a US Fortune 500 company and the world's largest providers of business outsourcing solutions. His education and experiences in taxation greatly helped him to deal with ADP Australia tax audit. His professional tax knowledge gained from his Australian education has helped him to lead the ADP Japan and ADP Korea tax audit team to successfully convince tax auditors on major tax disputes.

At ADP Australia, his tax advice helped the company to save millions AUD of withholding taxes and avoided Permanent Establishment risks. At ADP Australia-Chinese clients invoicing project, he designed a new transaction model which dramatically improved the company’s AR collection from Chinese clients, eliminated complex foreign exchange clearance process, and saved millions AUD of tax costs. In December 2009, ADP granted Larry a special award to acknowledge his outstanding performance.


AusAID Scholarships Australia China Alumni Award


Mr Peng Gaojian – Deputy Director-General, Department of Politics, Human Resources and Social Security, Legislative Affairs Office of the State Council

Mr Peng Gaojian – Deputy Director-General, Department of Politics, Human Resources and Social Security, Legislative Affairs Office of the State Council

Winner of AusAID Scholarships Australia China Alumni Award

University of Adelaide and Curtin University of Technology alumnus
Beijing-based

Peng Gaojian is an alumnus of University of Adelaide and Curtin University, graduating from the Graduate Diploma in International Economics program (Adelaide) in 1998 and a Masters of Commerce (Curtin) in 2000. During that time, China was in the process of the negotiation for its accession to the WTO, and Peng’s study in Australia proved invaluable as he drafted documents and legislation. Over the past decade, he has participated in the legislative work of more than ten laws and regulations, mainly in the field of human resources, social security, anti-corruption, ethnic affairs and religious affairs.

Peng is currently Deputy Director-General of Department of Politics, Human Resources and Social Security in the Legislative Affairs Office of the State Council of China, and has worked in various positions within the State Council for almost 20 years. Peng has also published several books relating to his legal work and research, and in 2008 was a visiting scholar at Harvard Law School in the USA.

Ms Cui Yanyang – Deputy Director, Department of European Affairs, Ministry of Commerce

Ms Cui Yanyang – Deputy Director, Department of European Affairs, Ministry of Commerce

Finalist: AusAID Scholarships Australia China Alumni Award

University of Sydney alumna
Beijing-based

Cui Yanyang is an alumnus of the University of Sydney, graduating with a Masters of International Business with merit in 2007. She has been working with the Ministry of Commerce over ten years.

As the Deputy Division Director of the European Union Affairs, she has played an important role in coordinating high-level bilateral and multilateral economic and trade events between China and the EU and the European countries.

Since Cui concluded her study in Australia and returned to the Ministry of Commerce, she has been one of the key members to led the coordination of the China-EU Business Summit 2007 /2009, with presence of the Chinese Premier Wen Jia Bao, leaders of the EU presidency and the European Commission, and business leaders from the well-known Chinese and European enterprises. Cui has also led the coordination of China’s Trade and Investment Promotion missions to European countries including the China-Belgium Economic and Trade Forum held in Brussels in October 2009 which was attended by Vice President Xi Jinping and Belgian Crown Prince Phillip. Cui has also been deeply engaged in negotiations to establish the Vice-Premier-level Mechanism of China-EU High-level Economic and Trade Dialogue and comprehensive work to prepare the first and the second Dialogue held in 2008 and 2009 respectively.

Mr Wose Phuntsok – Physician in Charge, Tibet Autonomous Region Disease Prevention and Control Centre

Mr Wose Phuntsok – Physician in Charge, Tibet Autonomous Region Disease Prevention and Control Centre

Finalist: AusAID Scholarships Australia China Alumni Award

La Trobe University alumnus
Lhasa

Wose Phuntsok is an alumnus of Latrobe University where he graduated with a Master in Health Management in 2008. He is also a graduate of the Shanghai Medical Workers College, majoring in TB prevention.

Wose Phuntsok has been engaged in TB prevention and control since he started working. As a leader of TB prevention, he does his best to master the latest knowledge of TB prevention and control. TB prevention and treatment has greatly improved in Shigatse region. In 1991, Wose Phuntsok participated in a national survey of TB epidemiology and received excellent award issued by Ministry of Health. In 1995, he started to work at Epidemic Prevention Station in Tibet, and continue to work for TB prevention and control. He was responsible for TB prevention project supervision and staff training. In 2009, he applied for the research project of Ministry of Personnel. The research topic was ‘Service Mechanism Study and Design for Tibetan Urban Residents Health Service Centre’. The research will be completed in 2010.

Wose Phuntsok is originally from Tibet and is currently based in Lhasa.

Associate Professor Zhou Yun – Director of International Cooperation, Chinese Research Academy of Social Science

Associate Professor Zhou Yun – Director of International Cooperation, Chinese Research Academy of Social Science

Finalist: AusAID Scholarships Australia China Alumni Award

University of Newcastle alumna
Beijing-based

Zhou Yun has been working with the Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Science (CRAES) since 1990. She is now the Director of International Cooperation Centre at CRAES. She has been involved in a number of projects funded by World Bank, ADB and AusAID, Canadian International Development Agency, Swedish International Development Agency as project director/coordinator. Her interests are climate change and energy, environmental impact assessment, and public participation in environmental protection.

Yun received an AusAID scholarship in 2002 and with that, pursued a Master degree in Environmental Studies at the University of Newcastle in Australia. She has been very active in Sino-Australian environmental cooperation, especially in the Australia-China Environment Development Programme.

Yun is based in Beijing and presently a doctoral candidate at the Beijing Normal University.

Mr Xia Jun – Vice Director, Department of International Cooperation, Division for Bilateral Affairs, State Forestry Administration

Mr Xia Jun – Vice Director, Department of International Cooperation, Division for Bilateral Affairs, State Forestry Administration

Finalist: AusAID Scholarships Australia China Alumni Award

University of Queensland alumnus
Beijing-based

Xia Jun is an alumnus of University of Queensland, where he graduated with a Master of Natural Management in 2006. He also holds a BA in English from the Beijing Language Institute.

He is currently the Deputy Director – Bilateral Affairs Division in the Department of International Cooperation, State Forestry Administration. He deals on bilateral cooperation with forestry authorities in Asia Pacific, Oceania and the USA.


Austrade Australia China Alumni Award for Entrepreneurship


Mr Vincent Lam – Founder and Chairman, ASIARAY Group

Mr Vincent Lam – Founder and Chairman, ASIARAY Group

Winner of Austrade Australia China Alumni Award for Entrepreneurship

University of New South Wales and University of Sydney alumnus
Shanghai-based

Vincent Lam is an alumnus of the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales, graduating with a Bachelor of Science (Hons) majoring in Computer Science (Sydney) in 1983 and Master of Commerce majoring in Professional Accountancy (UNSW) in 1985 respectively. As a successful Australian-Chinese businessman, Lam is passionate about sharing his values of integrity, innovation, passion and the importance of education.

Lam is the founder and chairman of the ASIARAY Group, the largest airport media operator in China covering over 30 key cities, including Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Guangzhou with recent expansion into transit systems in Hong Kong. The group has over 300 professional staff with a strong financial track record. In 2008, the group recorded a remarkable revenue growth of nearly 200%, to a combined turnover of RMB 605 million. His success in his field has earned him the title ‘The Top 10 most Influential Media Operator in China’ in 2009.

Lam’s alumni and charity works are also wide-ranging. In 2005 Vincent initiated the China Alumni Network by the University of Sydney and was named Patron of this network. Lam is also a member of Yunnan Economic Development Committee and ‘Theme Year Committee Member’ of the Hong Kong Management Association. Influenced by his sponsored education in Australia, he founded the Lam Kwun King Memorial Fund, which has helped close to 1000 under privileged students with education and health needs since 2003.

Mr Morry Morgan – General Manager, ClarkMorgan Corporate Training

Mr Morry Morgan – General Manager, ClarkMorgan Corporate Training

Finalist: Austrade Australia China Alumni Award for Entrepreneurship

RMIT University and Monash University alumnus
Shanghai-based

Morry Morgan is an alumnus of RMIT University and Monash University, graduating with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Laboratory Science), an Advanced Certificate in Business Administration, and Advanced Certificate in Chinese (Mandarin) from RMIT University in 1997. He completed his Australian Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Association Continuing Education Certificate at Monash University in 2000.

Since arriving in China in 2001, Morgan has created the following businesses/events: ClarkMorgan Corporate Training (www.clarkmorgan.com), Network HR (www.networkhr.com), Tanghui Music Bar, Premier Events and Spark09 (www.spark09.org). One of Morgan’s notable firsts was the creation of ClarkMorgan Corporate Training which has gone on to win Greater China ‘Training Firm of the Year’ for the past two years, and is a finalist for the 2009 title. Earlier this year Morgan created China's first 'Ideas Conference', called Spark09, which has since been repeated in Hong Kong and Beijing, generating awareness on innovation in China, while raising money for China-based charities.

Morgan’s first book ‘Peng! Negotiating with Chinese Characteristics’, which was written on the topic of selling and negotiating in China with Chinese firms, and his second ‘Think Big!’, on the topic of presentation skills, will be published in 2010.

Mr David Keir – Founder, Dash Brands

Mr David Keir – Founder, Dash Brands

Finalist: Austrade Australia China Alumni Award for Entrepreneurship

University of Queensland alumnus
Shanghai-based

David Keir is an alumnus of the University of Queensland, graduating in 1989 with a Bachelor of Economics (Hon) and a Bachelor of Arts, with a double major in Journalism. He is also a Certified Financial Analyst.

David first arrived in China in 1993, after having worked as an economist for the Commonwealth Treasury in Canberra immediately after graduating. In his 17 years in China he has worked in senior management and as a corporate advisor to MNCs and entrepreneurial companies with Deloitte.

David is the President of Dash Brands, a company that has the operating rights for Gloria Jean’s Coffee’s, Boost Juice Bars and Subway in Shanghai and surrounding territories. The company, which David founded in 2006, employs more than 300 staff and now operates more than 50 restaurants, either directly or through franchisees. The company continues to grow rapidly, and is becoming one of the leading quick service restaurant franchise businesses in China. Dash is regularly recognized by its brand partners as amongst the best operators in Asia and globally. The company is defined by is positive, people oriented culture that merges positive forward looking people in a western style business environment.

As a Director of the Australian Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, David is in close touch with the Australian business community. David has also been active on the Board of Xin Xing Aid for Street Kids, a charity based in western China. He is also an avid photographer, travels in China frequently and enjoys spending time with his 10 year old daughter, Holly.

Mr Michael Mittasch – Executive Director and owner, Mitchells Equipment (Hebei) Co. Ltd

Mr Michael Mittasch – Executive Director and owner, Mitchells Equipment (Hebei) Co. Ltd

Finalist: Austrade Australia China Alumni Award for Entrepreneurship

RMIT University alumnus
Beijing-based

As an executive with the Mitchells Group of Companies, Michael has transformed and grown Mitchells from a China-based manufacturing workshop for its parent company (Mitchell Mill Systems Canada) to a stand-alone company exporting equipment globally.

Mitchells Equipment designs, manufactures and supplies customised material handling systems and equipment worldwide. More specifically, Mitchells is in the business of the engineering and manufacturing of purpose-built conveying equipment for grain and feed processing.
Since becoming the owner and Executive Director of Mitchells, Michael has achieved an 81% increase in sales revenue comparing the three year period prior to acquisition and three years of ownership; an 80% increase in the company’s manufacturing facility size and a 42% increase in the number of employees.

The Chinese Government has awarded Mitchells an Exceptional Leadership in Industrial Revitalisation Award and an Excellence in Development and Innovation Award.

Mitchells has played a key role in raising the awareness and profile of Australian Rules Football internationally as a major supporter of the Chinese Australian Rules Football Team – the Red Demons. Mitchells is also working with local universities in Yanjiao to provide six-month internships to 3rd and 4th year students.

Michael graduated from RMIT University in 1990 with a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering.

Dr Leo Yeung – General Manager, Shenzhen Galaxy Real Estate Management

Dr Leo Yeung – General Manager, Shenzhen Galaxy Real Estate Management

Finalist: Austrade Australia China Alumni Award for Entrepreneurship

University of South Australia alumnus
Shenzhen-based

Leo Yeung completed his first degree in 1986, becoming a UK Royal Chartered Designer. After graduation, Leo worked as a fashion designer traveling to Northern Europe, Japan, Italy, Canada and the Far East.

In 1989, began working for Esprit China and in 1994 he received a masters degree from Hong Kong Polytechnic. Following graduation, Leo began working for Jeanswest, which currently operate 1400 stores in China. From 2000, Leo began working in Hong Kong for the Joyce Group, which carry Armani, Hugo Boss, Jil Sander and Costume Nation.

Between 2002-2004, Leo was Vice-President of New Balance, China, managing expansion, design, buying, marketing and retail operation. During this time the number of New Balance stores in China grew from 13 to 140 stores.

From 2004, Leo’s career moved in the direction of managing retail shopping malls with a focus on fashion retail. He became Director of China for Cushman & Wakefield. In 2005, Leo was awarded his doctorate from the University of South Australia. His thesis examined brand alliance. Following this, Leo set up a company with his partner. There focus is helping brands build their China network and involves working closely with landlords on marketing their malls and leasing to the right brand.

As General Manager of Shenzhen Galaxy Group, Leo is responsible for developing management strategies, administration, marketing, construction, cost control and overall management of six shopping malls. Leo manages three malls in Shenzhen and is building another three in South China and the Nanjing region.

Mr Choon Quek – Founder and Chairman, Simply the Group

Mr Choon Quek – Founder and Chairman, Simply the Group

Finalist: Austrade Australia China Alumni Award for Entrepreneurship

Monash University alumnus
Shanghai-based

Singapore born Choon Quek is a graduate of Monash University in Melbourne. Originally a CPA, Choon was the Chief Financial Officer of a Fortune 500 company before founding Simply the Group in 1999.

It all began in 1994, when Choon first arrived in Beijing, to transform the antiquated accounts system of a multi-million dollar plant. The plant was purchased from the Chinese Government by Kraft General Foods International, and incorporated into Kraft’s Flagship manufacturing site. While overcoming this daunting task, Choon realised that China was a place that was going somewhere.

In 1997, Choon moved to Shanghai as the Chief Financial Officer for Pillsbury International and his love for Shanghai began. In 1999, Choon left Pillsbury to follow his dream, and opened the multi-award winning Simply Thai, Shanghai’s first authentic Thai restaurant. The group continued to develop, and subsequently opened Simply Life, a cosy & chic boutique that was the first of its kind in Shanghai.

As Shanghai developed, so did Choon’s business and a catering arm was set up – eventually acquiring a catering business called the Party People (tPP) (2001). Today, tPP is proud to be Shanghai’s longest running independent caterer, with a state of the art central kitchen, as well as being China’s premier on-site caterer. The list of their credentials is impressive from superstar rock concerts to top multinationals and some of Shanghai’s most famed celebrities.

Choon’s love of spicy food also led to the acquisition of a Sichuan restaurant, Pin Chuan, in 2008, which has just opened its second location. As Choon expanded his empire, a holding company was formed to contain all the brands.

Today, there are four Simply Thai restaurants, two Simply Life boutiques, two Pin Chuan restaurants and an expanding catering business (the Party People) that are part of Simply the Group, with a staff strength of over 350 people.

Mr Yang Peng (Roc) – Founder and Chief Executive Officer, China Data Group

Mr Yang Peng (Roc) – Founder and Chief Executive Officer, China Data Group

Finalist: Austrade Australia China Alumni Award for Entrepreneurship

University of New South Wales alumnus
Beijing-based

Yang Peng is an alumnus of the Australian Graduate School of Management at the University of New South Wales, graduating with an MBA. After graduation, Peng spent two years in the US with the premier consulting firm PWC Consulting in its Philadelphia office and then came back to China. Starting from 2000, he embarked on an entrepreneurial path of no return and had been pioneer and industry leader of several new sectors.

Over the years, Peng has set up three innovative companies in logistics IT, Banking IT and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), where he acted as an evangelist of new industries, and brought his companies to market-leading positions within a short space of time. In the meantime, he has made tremendous contribution to the growth and development of these industries as a trainer, educator, writer, conference organizer and industry association leader.

He is currently president of the Beijing Financial Outsourcing Association, Chairman of Supervisory Board of the Beijing Association of Service Sourcing and Executive director of the IT and Information Services Alliance. As a visiting professor at UIBE, Peng is also author/translator of two books and a bi-monthly journal.

In return, he has won numerous awards and accolades from community, industry, and the government, including Leader of the Year of the Outsourcing Industry for 2008 and 2009, Entrepreneur of the Year in Jiangsu Province in 2008 and Entrepreneur of the Year in Suzhou City in 2008.

In particular, in the last four years, as founder and Chairman of the China Data Group (CDG), he has grown this company into China's largest BPO provider with over 3000 employees and about 70% market share. His company has been awarded ‘Best Business Model in Outsourcing’ and ‘Best Business Model Award’ respectively by two leading business journals in China. His story has also become a Harvard Business School case study on Leadership.


Business Events Sydney Australia China Alumni Award for Research and Innovation


Professor Zhang Fengming – Professor, Department of Physics, Nanjing University; Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Tianwei New Energy Holdings Co Ltd

Professor Zhang Fengming – Professor, Department of Physics, Nanjing University; Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Tianwei New Energy Holdings Co Ltd

Winner of Business Events Sydney Australia China Alumni Award for Research and Innovation

University of Newcastle alumnus
Nanjing-based

Zhang Fengming, was born in the city of Chengdu. He received the B. S. degree in 1986 from Shandong University in Jinan, China. Following a competitive examination process, he enrolled in graduate studies at the Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, China in 1986. With a M.S. won there in 1989, he became a lecturer at Sichuan University in Chengdu, China.

In 2003, Zhang enrolled in the University of Newcastle in Australia with the Overseas Postgraduate Research Scholarship (OPRS) and the University of Newcastle Postgraduate Research Scholarship (UNRS) and got his Ph.D in Physics there in 1997. From early 1996 to middle 2001, he worked at the University of New South Wales and Pacific Solar Pty Ltd. in the field of solar cells as a research scientist.

In 2001, he joined Nanjing University in China as a professor. With active research activities in the field of nano-magnetism and solar energy, he has supervised over 10 Ph.D. students and has been responsible to quite a few key research projects from the Chinese Government. In 2005, he was awarded "Talent Cultivation Plan of New Century" by the Education Ministry of China. At the same time, as one of the key founders of China Sunergy he has been as the Executive Board Director and Vice President for manufacturing from August 2004 to April 2009. In 2008, he was awarded the prize of ‘Top-ten talents for Achievement in Innovation and Enterprise Set-up’ by Nanjing Municipal Government. Since joining Tianwei New Energy Holdings as a Vice General Manager and Chief Technology Officer late 2009, he has improved the technology level of the company significantly.

Professor Rao Zihe – President, Nankai University

Professor Rao Zihe – President, Nankai University

Finalist: Business Events Sydney Australia China Alumni Award for Research and Innovation

Melbourne University alumnus
Tianjin-based

Professor Zihe Rao is an alumnus of the University of Melbourne, graduating with a PhD in Protein Crystallography in 1989. Since graduating, he has continued to maintain close links with Australia. In 2008, he was invited to deliver a special talk for the 50th anniversary of St. Vincent’s Institute in Melbourne. He currently serves as Patron of Melbourne University’s Beijing Alumni Association.

Zihe Rao’s research is mainly focused on the structure, function and drug discovery of important human, disease- and virus-related proteins. His notable achievements to date include his important recent work on the discovery of two new major drug targets from the influenza virus polymerase that provide new avenues for the discovery of anti-influenza therapeutics. However, the main focus of his research following the 2003 global SARS outbreak has been the structure and function studies of SARS coronavirus (SARS-CoV) proteins.

In his present capacity as President of Nankai University, Zihe Rao has established close links with a number of Australian universities, including Monash, Flinders and RMIT. He also renewed and built upon an existing relationship with Melbourne University, which took Nankai University as its first academic partner in China in 1984.

In October 2009, Zihe Rao received the educateUK/CQI “Outstanding Academic Leadership” award at the World Hi-Tech Forum in London, for his role as President of Nankai University.

Professor Hou Minyue – Deputy Director and Professor, Australian Studies Centre, East China Normal University

Professor Hou Minyue – Deputy Director and Professor, Australian Studies Centre, East China Normal University

Finalist: Business Events Sydney Australia China Alumni Award for Research and Innovation

La Trobe University alumnus
Shanghai-based

Dr Hou Minyue is an alumnus of La Trobe University, graduating with a PhD 2005. Dr Hou is Deputy Director and Professor of Australian Studies Centre at East China Normal University (ECNU), and is dedicated to advancing Australian studies in China. His special interest is bilateral relations between Canberra and Beijing and he has made a significant contribution to this field. His monograph A History of Sino-Australian Relations is the only book of its kind published in China in the Chinese language.

He is also author of ‘The Impact of China’s Modernisation on Relations with Australia’ (2005), which was awarded Australia-China Council 2006 Certificate for an Outstanding Work by the prestigious Australian-Government funded Australia-China Council. In 2007 Dr Hou was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to further his research a unique project examining the US-Australian relationship from the Chinese perspective.

Professor Hou has shown himself to be a respected leader playing a significant role in building expertise in Australian Studies in China generally and at ECNU in particular. His academic achievements are illustrated in his appointment as a Fulbright scholar in 2008 and he continues to provide essential and direct guidance to young academics and postgraduate students at ECNU.

Dr Chen Wanqing – Deputy Director, National Office of Cancer Prevention and Control

Dr Chen Wanqing – Deputy Director, National Office of Cancer Prevention and Control

Finalist: Business Events Sydney Australia China Alumni Award for Research and Innovation

University of Sydney alumnus
Beijing-based

Dr. Chen Wanqing is an alumnus of the University of Sydney, graduating with a Master of International Public Health (Honors) in 2004. After graduation, he joined the National Office for Cancer Prevention and Control, Ministry of Health, P.R. China and was appointed as Deputy Director in his second year, due to excellent performance. Today, he is the project manager of several national programs related to cancer prevention research, and is also in charge of the National Central Cancer Registry.

Dr. Chen is also a member of the National Health Information Society, Executive Vice Director of the Cancer Registration and Surveillance Committee, a standing committee member of the Chinese Preventive Medicine Association, Branch of Prevention and Control for Chronic Non-Communicable Disease, Editorial Director of the Journal of China Cancer, country representative for the Asian Association of Cancer Registries, and a member of the editorial board of several professional journals. He has published 20 scientific articles and 5 monographs as editor-in-chief, and also acted as a peer reviewer in several science journals.

Dr Ma Xiaolin – Deputy Director, Henan Provincial Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology

Dr Ma Xiaolin – Deputy Director, Henan Provincial Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology

Finalist: Business Events Sydney Australia China Alumni Award for Research and Innovation

La Trobe University alumnus
Zhengzhou-based

Ma Xiaolin studied at the Department of Archaeology of La Trobe from April 2000 to October 2003 and obtained PhD in April 2004.

After completing his PhD, Xiaolin worked for the Henan Provincial Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology, which is one of the largest and most important archaeological institutes in China. He established a zooarchaeological laboratory in the institute in which he and his colleagues have collected tons of faunal remains covering various periods in China.

He visited the University of Michigan from November 2007 to July 2008 on sponsorship from the American Council of Learned Society/Henry Luce Foundation. He is now in completion of his stay at Harvard University sponsored by China Scholarship Council.

His current research is focusing on wild pigs. His research has been funded by China National Foundation of Social Sciences, Foundation of Science and Technology Ministry, Henan Provincial Foundation of Social Sciences, ACLS/Henry Luce Foundation and so on. He has published books and articles in BAR International Series, Journal of Archaeological Science both in English and Chinese. He also successfully organized the first international conference of zooarchaeology in 2007 in China.

Dr  Wang Shuguang – Director (Research), Institute of Sociology, Sichuan Academy of Social Sciences; Associate Professor, School of Psychology, University of Newcastle

Dr Wang Shuguang – Director (Research), Institute of Sociology, Sichuan Academy of Social Sciences; Associate Professor, School of Psychology, University of Newcastle

Finalist: Business Events Sydney Australia China Alumni Award for Research and Innovation

University of New South Wales and University of Newcastle alumnus
Chengdu-based

A leading sociologist, psycho-cultural researcher, and national recognized international advisor in HIV/AIDS of China, since completing PhD of the University of Newcastle (1998) and NHMRC post-doctoral at the National Centre in HIV Social Research, UNSW, Australia (2004), Dr Shuguang Wang as an A/Prof. Sichuan Academy of Social Sciences and the University of Newcastle, in cooperation with the China-Australia Centre at Sichuan University, China has been significant in maintaining ongoing positive cooperation and innovation which has arisen directly from his Ph. D. and post-doctoral based on research in the last 15 years.

Dr Wang has successfully undertaken over 30 bilateral/multilateral international collaborative HIV/AIDS programs in HIV/AIDS prevention. e.g. Australia NHMRC (2001); Australia AFAO HIV Project (2005); AusAID Tibet HIV program (THSSP,2007); Unicef China HIV project (2007-present); and Keats Research Projects (Newcastle University 2001-2010 gonging academic China studies) covering various vulnerable population to support strategic development for integrated and innovated response to epidemics and disaster in diverse challenged settings across China. Dr Wang published eight academic books and more than ninety papers to significantly contribute academic literature on China’s sociology and psycho-cultural studies of HIV and health both national and international profiles.


Telstra Sensis Australia China Alumni Award for ICT and New Media


Mr Neil Ducray – Managing Director, TouchMedia

Mr Neil Ducray – Managing Director, TouchMedia

Winner of Telstra Sensis Australia China Alumni Award for ICT and New Media

Monash University alumnus
Shanghai-based

Neil is an alumnus of Monash University in Melbourne. He has spent 25 plus years working in advertising, media and marketing in 14 countries across Europe, the US and Asia. In mid-2006, he joined a media/technology start-up in Shanghai, TouchMedia, created by the Chinese-American entrepreneur Micky Fung.

TouchMedia uses interactive touch screens in the back of taxis to create a dialogue between advertisers and consumers. Conventional media can reach millions of people, but its effectiveness is often limited. Research shows that in Shanghai the average person sees 1200 plus ads per day and may remember only 2 or 3. The internet is more effective, leaving consumers with higher product awareness, recall and response, but it has ‘no reach’ - you need to have a whole other marketing campaign to let people know your site is there. Touchmedia combines the best of both worlds.

Neil joined Touchmedia almost a year before it launched its system. Over the last 4 years Neil’s principle role, under Founder, Micky Fung, was first as General Manager and then as Managing Director, but as in most start ups, he has worn many hats at different times including Sales, Business Development, Copywriting, PR and Marketing.

In that time the company has grown from 30 to 400 staff. Sales, which were around 150,000 USD in Neil’s first year, have grown more than 200 fold. Today, TouchMedia has more than 20,000 screens in 4 cities in China reaching 25 million people per month. This year the company will sign several agreements for its first international operations. Most of the hardware and software was developed in house and the company has been awarded more than 20 patents. Last year the company received the Global Red Herring award at a ceremony in San Diego, given annually for the best technology startup companies. Past winners include Google, eBay, Skype and Baidu. We are planning to do an IPO in New York in 2011.

Mr Andrew Collins – Chief Executive Officer, Mailman Limited

Mr Andrew Collins – Chief Executive Officer, Mailman Limited

Finalist: Telstra Sensis Australia China Alumni Award for ICT and New Media

Swinburne University alumnus
Shanghai-based

A proud Australian, Andrew completed his undergraduate degree in Media/Commerce at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne in addition to completing a year of study at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.

An entrepreneur by heart, Andrew was fascinated by the media industry and had goals of making a business from it.

Following graduation Andrew was running a small business whilst also accepting a role with Jack Morton Worldwide, a global communications agency.

Following 2 years of success within the agency, Andrew sought to make is mark in China by acquiring what is now his foundation in the alternative media group, Mailman Ltd, in 2007.

In 2007, Mailman was a flagging media company in desperate need of new life. Andrew delivered that; today Mailman is a company hitting record years in revenue with a leading social media business. Since taking a direction into the World Wide Web, Mailman has won the business of two iconic brands – the AFL and American Airlines.

This experience has helped Andrew establish Mailman’s own digital assets by creating the first in what he hopes will become Australia’s best User generated sports channel. With ambitions to create other online media assets Andrew is wasting no time as Mailman establishes itself as the leading company for building communities online.

Mailman has established itself as a leader in growing online communities for clients wishing to build longer term relationships with its customers. As Andrew puts it “we offer considerable value to a business which cannot be ignored”.

In 2008 Andrew was recognized for his early achievements with a 'Top 30 Entrepreneur under 30' by the Australian Anthill magazine and hopes to continue the success with the Mailman team whom he states as the reason behind the recent success.

Mr Peng Lu – President and Chief Operating Officer, Shenzhen Domain Network Software Co Ltd

Mr Peng Lu – President and Chief Operating Officer, Shenzhen Domain Network Software Co Ltd

Finalist: Telstra Sensis Australia China Alumni Award for ICT and New Media

University of New South Wales alumnus
Shenzhen-based

Peng Lu is an alumnus of the University of New South Wales, graduating with a Master of Technology Management in 2004.

Peng Lu has built an impressive career in the software engineering industry in both China and Australia. He is currently President and Chief Operating Officer of Shenzhen Domain Network Software Co. Ltd. (a controlled subsidiary of Tencent Group). In this position, Peng Lu has taken care of the daily operations of the company and has been focusing on optimizing business process and procedures to improve development efficiency. The company, under his leadership, saw net profit grow more than 200% in 2008 compare to 2007.
In the mean time, number of staff has also doubled. Shenzhen Domain has become the front runner in the second tier of online game companies in China.

Prior to joining Shenzhen Domain, Peng Lu was Vice President at Tencent IED (0700.HK), Peng Lu was in charge of business development for Tencent’s online game business. During the term, Tencent established partnership with more than 30 international game companies around the world, including top companies like Electronic Arts (EA), Activision, Capcom, etc. Under Peng Lu’s leadership, Tencent also established its presence in Korea and created extensive network in Korean online game industry. From 2006 to 2009, Tencent’s game business achieved growth rate of over 100% YoY and has now overtaken Shengda (NASDAQ:SNDA) as the biggest online game publisher in China in terms of revenue and profit, of which, a major part of revenue comes from various types of cooperation with partners.

Mr Pack Ling – Chief Information Officer, General Electric, Greater China

Mr Pack Ling – Chief Information Officer, General Electric, Greater China

Finalist: Telstra Sensis Australia China Alumni Award for ICT and New Media

University of South Australia alumnus
Hong Kong-based

Pack Ling has assumed the Chief Information Officer of General Electric (GE) China since Jul 2006. He directs the IT strategies of the company and leads the IT function of over 200 professionals and 800 engineers in Greater China region.

Pack joined GE in July 1996 as a management trainee of Information Management Leadership Program. He led 5 office relocation projects and established the Asia-wide shared email server during his trainee time. Upon his graduation from program, Pack accepted the role as Asia IT Project Leader in GE Capital where he got an achievement award for his contribution to a few business acquisition projects in Asia.

In Jan 2000, he was promoted to lead dual regional roles – Asia IMLP Program Manager and Asia End-User Computing Leader. In 2 years time, he grew the trainee program from 40 to over 100 members while he outsourced the whole Asia EUC operation to external vendors. In 2002, he was named as the Asia Pole Leader of Corporate Information Service Department, leading an operation to provide IT shared services for over 50,000 employees in Asia. He had implemented multiple IT solutions in the region including Enterprise Selling platform, Oracle Financial, electronic travel claim and electronic leave systems. In 2008, Pack had led an IT operation for a 1.7B business during the Beijing Olympics time.

Pack received a B.Sc. in Computer Science from University of Hong Kong in 1996, M.A. in Chinese Politics from Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2005 and a MBA from University of South Australia in 2010.

Mr Huang Wei – Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Shanghai T-Rex Games

Mr Huang Wei – Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Shanghai T-Rex Games

Finalist: Telstra Sensis Australia China Alumni Award for ICT and New Media

Griffith University and Bond University alumnus
Shanghai-based

Huang Wei is an alumnus of Griffith University and University of Canberra, graduating with a Master of Technology Management (Griffith) in 1998, and a Bachelor of Art in Computing Studies (University of Canberra) in 1994. He is also a deferred EMBA candidate at Bond University.

Wei joined Electronic Arts (EA), the largest video game publisher and developer in the world, in 1998, based in Gold Coast Queensland, EA’s Asia Pacific headquarters. He moved back to Shanghai in 2003 to establish EA China, and was EA’s first employee in Shanghai. After that, he joined Shanda Games as Vice-President; Shanda is the largest online game company in China. During his tenure with Shanda, Wei also founded a spin-off media company, Shanghai In-Game Media, with US$10 million investment from Shanda. Wei then joined a startup company Ferry Game as COO. Ferry Game is a strong online game publisher and developer with over 250 talented staff and 60 million RMB in private funding.

In November 2009, Wei founded Shanghai T-Rex Games with a small team of 6 people. T-Rex Games is a online interactive entertainment product developer. T-Rex Games is currently working on the development of a MMORPG, Massively Multi-Player Online Role Playing Game, with plans to launch first game in autumn next year.
Wei expects to grow T-Rex to 40 people by the end of 2010. T-Rex is in close contact with Australian game development companies and expects to start its first co-development project with a Queensland-based developer every soon.

Dr Ma Xiaohang (Shawn) – Senior Researcher, Lucrent Technologies

Dr Ma Xiaohang (Shawn) – Senior Researcher, Lucrent Technologies

Finalist: Telstra Sensis Australia China Alumni Award for ICT and New Media

La Trobe University alumnus
Qingdao-based

Dr Xiaohang Ma is an alumnus of La Trobe University, graduating with a PhD in 2005. After graduation, Ma joined the Alcatel-Lucent Qingdao Research and Development Center a global company leading fixed, mobile and converged broadband networking, IP and optics technologies, applications and services. In his third year of working for Alcatel-Lucrent, Ma was appointed Technical Manager in recognition of his excellent performance.

Ma has received high recognition from the Alcatel-Lucent and in return this has encouraged him to deliver high quality services to the enterprise. The team he is leading gained Nation Award for Excellent Quality Management and Alcatel-Lucent President Award for an Outstanding Team. Xiaohang’s recent endeavors include the research and development of the Next Generation Network, cooperating with global R&D team. He is also responsible for offering global technical support for IP Based Multimedia System for the telecommunication service providers including Telstra, TNZ, CMCC, etc.

Xiaohang has published more than 10 technical articles in Intelligent Image Retrieval Systems Using Artificial Intelligence Techniques areas and has one patent filed in the Alcatel-Lucent Company. He also acts as a peer reviewer for Bell Lab Technical Journal.


Mallesons Stephen Jaques Australia China Alumni Award for Corporate Achievement


Mr David Lynch – Chief Information Officer and Environmental Council Chairman, Standard Chartered Bank (China); Director, Scope International (China)

Mr David Lynch – Chief Information Officer and Environmental Council Chairman, Standard Chartered Bank (China); Director, Scope International (China)

Winner of Mallesons Stephen Jaques Australia China Alumni Award for Corporate Achievement

RMIT University and Monash University alumnus
Shanghai-based

David graduated from RMIT / Monash Universities (Melbourne). He is currently CIO, Standard Chartered Bank (China) leading more than 1000 staff and is the youngest Executive Committee member. He is Director of Scope International (China) and Chairman of the Standard Chartered (China) Environment Council.

David joined Standard Chartered in January 2007. He has since led major system and infrastructure upgrades across Wholesale and Consumer Banking, including successful delivery of systems for Standard Chartered’s local incorporation. David has been at the forefront of the internationalization of the Renminbi, including the execution of Standard Chartered’s first RMB cross border trade and associated systems.

Under David’s leadership, infrastructure, processes and customer focus has been significantly strengthened through innovative process automation capabilities, new internet and mobile banking systems and technologies such as artificial intelligence. Performance across virtually all measures has reached record levels.

David is passionate in developing Chinese talent. He has deployed social networking capabilities to harness staff creativity. David oversees bank’s rapidly growing international technology and operations centre in TEDA, Tianjin. He has led the introduction of several major talent development programs including the Operations Manager School, the Scope Academy and Professional Networking Training.

As Chairman of the Environment Council, he led a team to Inner Mongolia as part of the bank’s commitment to plant 6000 trees in support of the Million Tree Project. David is an industry leader in Green IT and also secured the bank’s sponsorship of the China GreenTech initiative, a groundbreaking piece of market research. In 2009, David's team funded the reconstruction of the Jianke Village school, Qinghai and in 2010 they have already exceeded charitable funds raised for social responsibility projects over 2009.

David previously worked for GM Asia Pacific, as Director, Business Services and as Acting CIO for Holden before he left Australia in 2003.

Mr Andrew Whitford – General Manager and Country Head (China), Westpac Banking Corporation

Mr Andrew Whitford – General Manager and Country Head (China), Westpac Banking Corporation

Finalist: Mallesons Stephen Jaques Australia China Alumni Award for Corporate Achievement

Curtin University alumnus
Shanghai-based

Andrew Whitford is an alumnus of Curtin University having graduated in 1982 with a Bachelor of Business majoring in accounting. He commenced his career with Price Waterhouse in Perth and was transferred to Price Waterhouse Sydney office. During this time he became a member of Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia. He commenced his 25 year banking career in 1985, joining ANZ Capital Markets, in 1988 he joined the capital markets division at BNZ Securities Australia Limited, in 1990 he joined National Australia limited in there capital markets team and moved to National Australia bank in 1993 where he Headed the Structured Finance division, in Victoria in 1996 Andrew moved to London to establish the Structured Finance business for NAB.

Andrew joined Westpac Institutional Bank in Sydney in 2004, as Director, Relationship Management responsible for managing a portfolio of Clients in the Government, Health and Insurance industry sectors. In 2007 he was transferred to Shanghai to establish Westpac's business in China, the opening of the Shanghai branch in 2008, was the first offshore branch that Westpac had opened in fifteen years. Not withstanding the Global financial crisis over the last couple of years, Westpac has developed and grown its business in mainland China, turning the business profitable in its second year of operations. A passionate advocate of corporate and social responsibility, Andrew has shared Westpac's experience in this space with Chinese business leaders and has instigated the bank's CSR principles in the China business.

Andrew chairs the financial services working group for the Australian Chamber of Commerce.

Mr Jimmy Qin – Senior Sports Marketing Director, Li-Ning (China) Sports Goods Ltd

Mr Jimmy Qin – Senior Sports Marketing Director, Li-Ning (China) Sports Goods Ltd

Finalist: Mallesons Stephen Jaques Australia China Alumni Award for Corporate Achievement

University of Technology Sydney alumnus
Shanghai-based

Jimmy Qin is one of the most recognised and seasoned sports marketing executives in China. Jimmy has over 14 years sports marketing experience at Coca-Cola & Nike with proven track record of some industry first ever accomplishments. He won the 2008 Coca-Cola World Wide Marketing & Commercial Excellence Award, as well as the 2007 Coca-Cola China President Award. He is one of the major contributors to build up tremendous asset of Chinese Olympic star team and one of key team members to bring the Coke Olympic strategies to life.

Jimmy has been instrumental in establishing sports marketing practice, and has deep insight of Sports Marketing and FMCG industry trends of development with strong know-how of operating in a developing and complex China Sports Marketing ecosystem. Jimmy has also established strong relationships with International & Central China Sports Administration and individual Sports Federations.

Jimmy has solid skills and knowledge on strategic planning, integrated marketing communication, marketing assets management, project /event management in a global context equipped with rich experience of working with global partners such as NBA, IOC and FIFA and multiple international/local agencies.

Jimmy used to be a professional basketball player. As the captain of Shanghai Team (Now Shanghai Shark where Yao Ming started his career), he played for the city team for almost 8 years.

Mr Dan Phillips – Executive Director and Office Head, Macquarie Bank, Shanghai

Mr Dan Phillips – Executive Director and Office Head, Macquarie Bank, Shanghai

Finalist: Mallesons Stephen Jaques Australia China Alumni Award for Corporate Achievement

University of Technology Sydney alumnus
Shanghai-based

Dan is an alumnus of the University of Technology, Sydney (Kuring-gai CAE), graduating with Bachelor of Business. He is also an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Dan's career started at Price Waterhouse where he spent 7 years in the Taxation Division in Sydney. He moved to Macquarie Bank in January 1989, where he has worked for the last 21 years.

Dan is the founder and head of Macquarie's principal investment business, which partners with entrepreneurs to help build market leading businesses. Over the last 10 years, Dan's team at Macquarie has achieved annual returns of more than 70% investing in more than 15 growth companies. These include: Seek - one of the world's most successful online employment advertising business; ISoft - a leading Asia-Pacific and European health IT company; RP Data - Australia's leading property information services company; ATM Solutions - a leading Australian automatic teller machine operator; and oOh Media - the leading outdoor media company in regional Australia.

In April 2007, Dan relocated with his family to Shanghai to build Macquarie's principal investment business in China. So far, Dan's team has made investments in a major Chinese education services company and a top 3 Chinese online employment classifieds business.

Outside of family and work, Dan's main passion is sport and personal fitness, particularly running, which he has been able to pursue for fundraising purposes in both Australia and China. In May 2008, Dan ran the Great Wall Marathon, where he achieved 5th place but more importantly raised $130,000 for UNICEF to support the Sichuan earthquake relief efforts. In May 2009 he returned to compete in the Great Wall Half-Marathon, which he won.

Mr Kenneth Cao – General Manager, South China, Chow Sang Sang Jewellery (Foshan) Co. Ltd.

Mr Kenneth Cao – General Manager, South China, Chow Sang Sang Jewellery (Foshan) Co. Ltd.

Finalist: Mallesons Stephen Jaques Australia China Alumni Award for Corporate Achievement

University of Sydney alumnus
Guangzhou-based

Kenneth Cao, is an alumnus of the University of Sydney where he graduated with a Master of Commerce degree majoring in marketing and management.

Kenneth is currently General Manager of Chow Sang Sang (China) for the South China region. Established in the 1930’s, Chow Sang Sang Jewellery is a Hong Kong-based publicly listed jewellery company. It is a major jewellery manufacturer, wholesaler and retail operator in Asia. Being the most renowned luxury jewellery brand name, Chow Sang Sang currently operates more than 200 prestige retail outlets in Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan and PRC. Chow Sang Sang has been awarded as a ‘Super Brand’ by Super Brand International.

In 2003, Kenneth started working as a Business Director for Chow Sang Sang operations in the PRC. In this role, Kenneth set the foundations for Chow Sang Sang in China and established its management and operation structure, as well as expanding its retail networks from 12 shops in 2003 to more than 160 wholly owned retail stores in 2010.

Aside from his extensive experience with Chow Sang Sang, Kenneth has worked in the banking, travel, retail and semiconductor industries.

Mr Richard Exton – Chief Information Officer, Bank of Hangzhou

Mr Richard Exton – Chief Information Officer, Bank of Hangzhou

Finalist: Mallesons Stephen Jaques Australia China Alumni Award for Corporate Achievement

Deakin University alumnus
Hangzhou-based

Mr. Richard Exton is an alumnus of Deakin University, graduating from the Faculty of Business and Law with a Graduate Certificate in Commercial Law in 2009. Richard is General Manager of Information Technology for Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s (CBA) International Financial Services division and since 2006 has been based in China as Chief Information Officer for its Chinese partner bank, Bank of Hangzhou (HZBank).

In this role, Richard has been leading a technology transformation program in order to strengthen internal capabilities and confidence for supporting the HZBank’s growth aspirations across China. Richard's challenging program influenced people to use new methods for identifying and solving problems whilst respecting the bank's traditional culture.

Transformation initiatives focussed on internal risk controls through improved governance whilst driving an evolution to new and innovative business solutions, including the entry into Credit Cards, Online Banking and a two-year investment in renewing its Core Banking Systems.

Richard has demonstrated value with the CBA / HZBank partnership with mutual benefits realised by both banks through his sponsoring of Capability Transfer Programs which has included sharing technology solutions for driving business growth. In 2008, Richard facilitated a delegation of HZBank officials visiting CBA experts in Australia in fostering further knowledge sharing.

Industry recognition came in 2009 when HZBank was awarded ‘City Commercial Bank of the Year (2008)’, including several other industry awards from The Chinese Banker magazine.

Richard has also undertaken tertiary studies in Computer Science, is a graduate of the Executive Management Program from Harvard Business School in USA, and spoken at numerous forums on behalf of The China Banking Regulatory Commission on industry best practices.


IELTS Australia China Alumni Award for Women in Leadership


Professor Han Feng – Assistant Dean, College of Architecture and Urban Design, Tongji University

Professor Han Feng – Assistant Dean, College of Architecture and Urban Design, Tongji University

Winner of IELTS Australia China Alumni Award for Women in Leadership

Queensland University of Technology alumna
Shanghai-based
Professor Han Feng is currently Professor, Department of Landscape Studies and Assistant Dean of the College of Architecture and Urban Planning at Tongji University (CAUP) in Shanghai. She completed a Doctor of Philosophy within the Built Environment and Engineering Faculty at the Queensland University of Technology in 2007.

Professor Han is an expert member and China representative of the ICOMOS-IFLA International Scientific Committee on Cultural Landscapes and an expert within the UNESCO program for Conservation and Management of World Heritage Sites in China. She is a consultant to the Chinese Government, acting as an expert in the international evaluation of World Heritage nominations. She is currently leading cultural landscape research and conversation in China, including the leadership of two World Heritage project sites in Lushan National Park and Slender Lake in Yangzhou.

Professor Han has demonstrated approximately 20 years of research within the field of landscape studies, and is published in over 10 journals and books. She has presented numerous conference papers and been the key-note speaker at high profile scientific symposiums, as well as leading site planning and design for up to 20 research and practice projects on sites throughout China, including Wudang Mountain, Tianmu Lake National Tourism Zone, Sheshan National Tourism Zone and Qiandao Lake.

Throughout her research and involvement with global scientific committees, Professor Han has continuously focused on connecting China to the international community and increased the capacity for approved World Heritage sites in China. Professor Han is a leading figure in the cultural landscapes arena and has increased China’s recognition of its heritage sites and their importance to tourism in China.

Ms Jessica Bo – Regional Supply Chain Manager, Asia Pacific, Dupont China Holding Co Ltd

Ms Jessica Bo – Regional Supply Chain Manager, Asia Pacific, Dupont China Holding Co Ltd

Finalist: IELTS Australia China Alumni Award for Women in Leadership

Macquarie University (MGSM) alumna
Shanghai-based

Jessica Bo is an alumna of the Macquarie Graduate School of Management, graduating with an MBA in 1999. Over the last fifteen years she has built a career in business analysis, and more recently in supply chain management. Since 2003, Bo has worked as Regional Supply Chain Manager for the Asia Pacific at Dupont. During her time with Dupont, Bo moved up the ranks quickly, Dupont recognising her maturity and character and her potential to be a future leader.

At Dupont, Jessica has established Supply Chain organization and managing processes for Flurochemicals in Asia Pacific, which has supported Dupont’s business in the Asia-Pacific to grow seven fold in the past five years. Bo developed the first full-function supply chain in China, and the Asia Pacific region for Fluorochemicals. Bo has driven excellence in Supply Chain Management and leadership at Dupont over the last six years.

Bo has already received numerous awards for professional excellence and for mentoring, in recognition of her enthusiasm and dedication and her leadership by example. Bo also maintains links with her university, and in 2004 she facilitated a study tour of Dupont for Macquarie students.

Ms Anthea Webb – Director, United Nations World Food Program, China

Ms Anthea Webb – Director, United Nations World Food Program, China

Finalist: IELTS Australia China Alumni Award for Women in Leadership

Charles Sturt University and Australian National University alumna
Beijing-based

Anthea Webb has been the Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in China, the UN’s forefront agency in the global fight against hunger, since 2007. Anthea holds a B.A. in Communications from Charles Sturt University and an M.A. in International Relations, from Australian National University. In China specifically, her list of achievements include raising US $14 million from the Chinese government for WFP humanitarian operations in other developing countries, appointing WFP's first-ever Chinese Ambassador Against Hunger, Chinese Olympian Mr Li Ning and spearheading WFP’s participation in the Shanghai Expo in 2010. Webb also led WFP’s earthquake responses to Sichuan (2008) and Qinghai (2010).

Prior to her current position, Webb worked in the donor relations and communications divisions at WFP’s headquarters, highlighting the funding needs for WFP’s operations. She specialized in building relations with new partners, such as the new Member States of the European Union. During a term as chief of WFP’s publications unit, Webb managed advertising campaigns run in the Financial Times, the Economist, the International Herald Tribune, TIME, Newsweek, Fortune and Business Week. She also designed and managed media & advocacy training for 500 WFP staff in 80 countries.

Webb also worked as a spokesperson for WFP in Kosovo, and has written speeches for the UN Security Council, World Economic Forum (Davos), US Congress and European Parliament. Her work has been published in the Economist, the Financial Times and the International Herald Tribune as well as Chinese, French, German, Spanish and Nordic publications.

Prior to joining WFP in 1998, Webb worked for AusAID, the Australian Government’s aid agency and for the Jesuit Refugee Service in Rome and Hong Kong. She has field experience in humanitarian assistance to refugees from Vietnam, Sudan, Rwanda, Burundi and the former Yugoslavia.

Ms Tan Lei – Deputy Director General, Qingdao Municipal Overseas Investment Promotion Bureau

Ms Tan Lei – Deputy Director General, Qingdao Municipal Overseas Investment Promotion Bureau

Finalist: IELTS Australia China Alumni Award for Women in Leadership

Curtin University and University of Adelaide alumna
Qingdao-based

Tan Lei graduated from the University of Adelaide with a Graduate Diploma in International Economics. There, she received a special commendation for outstanding performance. She also has a Master of Commerce from Curtin University of Technology. In 2002, she was awarded as one of the top 100 talents working in Qingdao by the Qingdao Municipal Government.

She is presently the Deputy Director General for the Qingdao Municipal Overseas Investment Promotion Bureau of Shandong Province – a role she has held since 2000. In her role, Mrs. Tan has helped more than 100 foreign companies to set up or facilitate their business in Qingdao every year. In 2009, with the help of Mrs. Tan, the largest original Australian logistics company Pacific Network opened its China head office in Qingdao.

From 1994 to 2000, working in Shandong provincial government, she played an important role in promoting international trade of Shandong Province. Today, Shandong is the 6th largest province in terms of international trade.

Mrs. Tan continues to play an important role in the development of the relationship between Australia and Shandong province and Qingdao. She engages in developing the communication between Australia and China not only in business but also in culture, education etc.

Ms Cheng Lei – Correspondent, China, CNBC

Ms Cheng Lei – Correspondent, China, CNBC

Finalist: IELTS Australia China Alumni Award for Women in Leadership

University of Queensland alumna
Shanghai-based

Originally from Hunan, Cheng Lei is a Chinese turned Aussie, accountant turned reporter. As the China Correspondent for CNBC, Lei reports for CNBC's ‘Squawkbox’, ‘Cashflow’ shows from Shanghai, as well as mandarin shows for Shanghai Media Group's CBN (China Business Network). As a high-profile bi-lingual television journalist, Lei brings Chinese business news to global audiences and global business stories to Chinese viewers.

Lei’s list of achievements includes reporting on key events throughout China’s economic rise, including the yuan revaluation of 2005, the stock craze of 2007, Beijing’s 2008 Olympics and Shanghai’s 2010 World Expo, China-US trade relations, and recent business stories involving Google and Rio Tinto. She also covered the 2008 financial crisis for two audiences, in Chinese for Shanghai Media Group, and in English for CNBC.

Lei has interviewed an impressive array of political and business leaders, including Bill Gates, EU president Jose Manuel Barosso, then US treasurer John Snow, Alexander Downer, Rodrigo Rato (Managing Director of the IMF) and around 100 CEOs of Fortune 500 companies. She has also hosted the American Express China Business Travel Forum for the past 4 years running.

Lei received the bronze award for ‘China, the next lap’ at the New York Festival for TV special reporting, as well as a Women in Media award at CCTV and International Reporting awards at SMG.

Lei’s career in journalism began in Beijing at CCTV's English channel. She also spent a year in Shandong province on a sino-Australian logistics joint venture – her first job since returning from Australia, where she spent sixteen years. Lei started out in finance and worked for five years with Cadbury Schweppes and ExxonMobil in Melbourne. She is a Certified Practising Accountant.

Lei obtained her Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Queensland, Australia, and as well as being a CPA and television journalist, she is an accredited translator between Chinese and English, having translated textbooks for CCTV and nine years of articles for ‘China Travel’ magazine. Lei was born in China but became an Australian citizen.


2010 Australia China Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award


Emeritus Professor Long Rijin, Sichuan Foreign Languages University

Emeritus Professor Long Rijin, Sichuan Foreign Languages University

Winner of 2010 Australia China Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award

Emeritus Professor Long Rijian was one of the Group of Nine, which became the first group of Chinese students to travel to Australia for study after the Cultural Revolution. Professor Long gained his Masters Degree in English and Linguistics from the University of Sydney in 1981.

Upon his return to China, Professor Long taught English at South-West China Teachers' University, Sichuan and in 1993 he joined the English Department at the Sichuan Foreign Languages Institute.

Emeritus Professor Hou Weirui, Shanghai International Studies University

Emeritus Professor Hou Weirui, Shanghai International Studies University

Winner of 2010 Australia China Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award

Emeritus Professor Hou Weirui is a member of the Gang of Nine, which in 1979 became the first group of Chinese students to travel to Australia for study after the Cultural Revolution. Professor Hou gained his Masters degree in English and Linguistics from the University of Sydney in 1981.

Professor Hou is former Vice-President of the Shanghai International Studies University where he was also Professor of English and an expert on British literature. Professor Hou has published nearly 50 papers on English literature and his History of Modern British Novels and A History of English Fiction. Professor Hou has also translated two American saga novels and 10 conventional novels. Professor Hou died in 2001.

Emeritus Professor Hu Wenzhong, Beijing Foreign Studies University

Emeritus Professor Hu Wenzhong, Beijing Foreign Studies University

Winner of 2010 Australia China Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award

Emeritus Professor Hu Wenzhong is a member of the Group of Nine, which became the first group of Chinese students to travel to Australia for study after the Cultural Revolution. Professor Hu gained his masters degree in English and Linguistics from the University of Sydney in 1981.

Professor Hu, a former Professor of English at the Beijing Foreign Studies University, is also the former President of the Chinese English Education Association which oversees English language teaching in teritary institutions and at primary and secondary school level.

Professor Hu is a member of the International Association of Applied Linguistics, former President of the China Association of Intercultural Communication and former editor of the journal, Foreign Literature.

Emeritus Professor Yang Chaoguang, the University of International Business and Economics Beijing

Emeritus Professor Yang Chaoguang, the University of International Business and Economics Beijing

Winner of 2010 Australia China Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award

Emeritus Professor Yang Chaoguang was one of the 'Group of Nine', which became the first group of students to travel to Australia for study after the Cultural Revolution.

Professor Yang gained his Masters Degree in English and Linguistics from the University of Sydney in 1981. Upon his return to China, Professor Yang began teaching an English course in Linguistics at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing.

Emeritus Professor Hu Zhuanglin, Beijing University

Emeritus Professor Hu Zhuanglin, Beijing University

Winner of 2010 Australia China Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award

Emeritus Professor Hu Zhuanglin is a member of the Group of Nine, which became the first group of Chinese students to travel to Australia for study after the Cultural Revolution. Professor Hu gained his Masters degree in English and Linguistics from the University of Sydney in 1981.

Professor Hu is former Director of the Beijing University Australian Studies Centre and former Chairman of the China Language and Semiotics Association. Professor Hu is Honorary Chairman of the China Stylistics Association and Viice Chairman of the Beijing Linguistics Association. Professor Hu is also former Chairman of the Academic Committee of Foreign Language Education Research Centre at the Ministry of Education.

Emeritus Professor Du Ruiqing, Xi’an Foreign Studies University

Emeritus Professor Du Ruiqing, Xi’an Foreign Studies University

Winner of 2010 Australia China Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award

Professor Du Ruiqing is former president of Xi'an International Studies University (1998-2005) and was one of the 'group of nine' the first group of Chinese students to travel to Australia for study after the Cultural Revolution.

Professor Du gained his Bachelor degree in English from the Xi'an International Studies University in 1966, his Masters of Arts (English and Linguistics) from the University of Sydney in 1981 and his PhD in Educational Leadership in 1990 from Brigham Young University, USA.

In addition, Professor Du is the former Editor-in-Chief of Foreign Language Education a leading social science journal.

His major translations include Sons and Lovers (English to Chinese), 2003; Kidnapped (English to Chinese) 1986; Gallipoli (film script from English to Chinese) 1987.

In 2006 Professor Du was appointed as a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Bagwell College of Education, State University of Kennesaw, USA.

Emeritus Professor Huang Yuanshen, East China Normal University

Emeritus Professor Huang Yuanshen, East China Normal University

Winner of 2010 Australia China Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award

Emeritus Professor Huang Yuanshen, was a member of the 'group of nine' which in 1979 became the first group of students to travel to Australia for study after the Cultural Revolution.

Professor Huang was professor at the East China Normal University and is currently the Honorary Director of the Australian Studies Centre at the Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade.

Professor Huang gained his Masters of Arts (English and Linguistics) from the University of Sydney in 1981 and has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Sydney, La Trobe University and Pennsylvania State University.

Professor Huang is also former President of the China Australia Studies Association, council member of the China Association of Foreign Literature Teaching at Universities and Colleges, council member of the standing committee of China English Language Teaching Association, member of the Supervision Committee for Foreign Language Teaching at Universities in China, and Vice Chairman of the Shanghai Translators Association.

Professor Huang has won numerous awards for his publications, including 1996 Australian Government Award for best translation My( Brilliant Career), 1995 Ministry of Education First Prize for Best College Textbook and 1997 Second National Prize for Outstanding Teaching (both for College English book 5-8), 1997 First Prize for Shanghai Best College Textbook (College English Book 1-4), 1998 Ministry of Education Second Prize for Humanities Works (A History of Australian Literature), 1996 Second Prize for Shanghai Best Works in Social Sciences (A Critical View of Australian Literary Works), 1995 National Best Foreign Literature Textbook (An Anthology of Australian Literature), and 2004 Shanghai Award for Outstanding Overseas Graduates.

In November 2002, at the thirtieth anniversary of the establishment of China-Australia diplomatic relations, Professor Huang won the Australia-China Council Award, together with seven former Chinese ambassadors accredited to Australia, for his outstanding achievements in Australian studies in China and great contribution to 'strengthening the bilateral relationship'.

Emeritus Professor Qian Jiaoru, Nanjing University

Emeritus Professor Qian Jiaoru, Nanjing University

Winner of 2010 Australia China Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award

Emeritus Professor Qian Jiaoru, former professor of English at Nanjing University, was one of the 'Group of Nine', the first group of students to travel to Australia for study after the Cultural Revolution.

Professor Qian gained his Bachelor degree at the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature, Nanjing University in 1964. He studied at the University of Sydney from 1979 to 1981 where he recieved his Masters degree in English.

Professor Qian was invited to Cornell University in 1986 as senior visiting scholar and joined UNESCO in 1993 as senior reviser in the Translation Division at its headquarters in Paris where he worked till his retirement in 2003. His publications include essays in Chinese and English on stylistics, contemporary literary criticism and a translation of Fredric Jameson's The Prison-House of Language.

Emeritus Professor Wang Guofu, Suzhou University

Emeritus Professor Wang Guofu, Suzhou University

Winner of 2010 Australia China Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award

Emeritus Professor Wang Guofu is one of the Group of Nine, which in 1979 became the first group of Chinese students to travel to Australia for study after the Cultural Revolution. Professor Wang gained his Masters degree in English and Linguistics from the University of Sydney in 1981.

Professor Wang is a former Professor of English and Dean of the Foreign Language Department, Suzhou University. In 1991, Professor Wang founded the Suzhou University Australian Studies Centre. He was Chair of the Centre until 2001 and currently holds the position of Honourary Chair of the Centre. Professor Wang is also a council member of the China-Oceania Friendship Society.

Professor Wang has visited Australia six times and has translated, from English to Chinese, the Macquarie Concise Dictionary, the Macquarie Dictionary of Australian Education, and A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language. He has also complied an English-Chinese dictionary of Australianisms.