2014 Australia China Alumni Awards Finalists

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ACAA - Australia China Alumni of the Year Award


Winner: Geng Xia - Vice Governor of Shandong Province, Shandong Provincial People’s Government
Finalists:
Yongjie Lv - Chairman of the Board, Shanghai Bright Food Group
Baisha Zhang - Partner, Zhong Lun Law Firm
Vincent Lam - Chairman, Asiaray Media Group Limited
Saitan Hui - Vice-Chairman, Board of Directors, Shimao Property
Marin Burela - President and Chief Executive Officer, Changan Ford Automobile Co, Ltd.
Lihua Tong - Public Interest Lawyer and Advocate; Legislator; Founder, Director and CEO, Beijing Zhicheng Public Interest Law Firm

ACAA - Young Australia China Alumni of the Year Award


Winner: Yan Xie - Head of Tissue Repair & Regeneration & Project Planner & Executor – Tissue Engineering Centre & Tissue Organ Bank
Finalists:
Jim (Qinzhi) Wang - Managing Director of Lyncas Consulting (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.
Xiaohui Yang - Lecturer, Modern Handicraft Art Department, Shandong University of Art&Design
Dade Shen - Overseas Business Manager, China General Nuclear Power Group
Xiao Liu - Associate Professor, Assistant to the Dean - Software Engineering Institute, East China Normal University
Kristy Calvert - Managing Director - China, Ogier
Jack Cai - Partner, Head of Eversheds’ Shanghai Office

CPA Australia, Australia China Alumni Award for Banking and Finance


Winner: Mark Bernhard - Chief Financial Officer and Executive Committee Member of General Motors
Finalists:

Chengyu (Annie) Li - CFO, Soft Bank Asia Investment Fund
Xing Xing(Kenneth) - GM and Head, Management Information Reporting & Accounts Operations Department of The Bank of East Asia (China) Limited
Owen Caterer Founding Partner of Caterer Goodman Partners
Stenson Tan -- Head of Global Markets at Credit Agricole
Vaughn Barber - Head of China Outbound and Asia Pacific Regional Leader, Mergers& Acquisitions Tax of KPMG Advisory (China) Limited
Sherry Zhu - CFO of Hearst Magazines China

Austrade - Australia China Alumni Award for Entrepreneurship


Winner: Paul (Bo) Peng - General Manager of IAPA (International Architecture Platform Australia)
Finalists:
David (Yu) Chen - Vice Chairman and President of Hengxing Gold; Managing Director of Huashan Capital
James Tan - COO of Jetbay
Alexandra Chu - Founding Partner of The Anken Group
Terry (Wei) Jin - Founder and General Manager Aerospace Dept. of Oppland Media Group Limited.
David (Zhidong) Li - Executive Director of Vanion Group President of Dongjunfangda Investments Ltd.; CEO of Hancheng Equity Investment Management Firm

Business Events Sydney - Australia China Alumni Award for Research and Innovation


Winner: Dr Chee Hsiang Liow - Chairperson of General Management Team and Managing Director (Operations), Bless China International
Finalists:
Dr Xiaofei Zhang - Professor in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Second affiliated Hospital of Zhejiang University Medical College
David Walker - BHP Billiton Chair of Australian Studies at Peking University
Dr Tianbiao Zhu - Associate Professor and Associate Dean, School of Government, Peking University
Sven Meyer - Director of Research Cooperation, Shanghai Institute of Futures and Derivatives
Yonghua Liu - Professor, Polar Research Institute of China

Australia China Alumni Award for ICT and New Media


Winner: Lei Cheng - Anchor of CCTV-News
Finalists:
Allen (Qi) Wu - Founder and CEO of DSV Network Technology Co. Ltd
Alan Ip - Director, Development Tools, Greater China of Microsoft
Robert Zhu - Executive Chairman of Shenzhen ZNV Technology Co., Ltd.

Beck Property - Australia China Alumni Award for Corporate Achievement


Winner: Richard David - Executive Chairman/Managing Partner and Proventus Asia/The Bund Capital Investors
Finalists:
Darren Burns - President of Weber Shandwick China
Gregory Smith - Regional Director Asia Pacific, iRAP
Simon Lance - Regional Director for Hays in China
Tommy Shen -- HR Director (Global) for Sanpower Group
Yalei Hao -- Deputy Director, New Business Foreign Cooperation Administration, PetroChina
Eric (Donghang) Huang - Deputy General Manager of Sales & Marketing Country Garden Phoenix International Hotels Management Company

Australia China Alumni Award for Women in Leadership


Winner: Professor Linhong Wang - Executive Deputy Director, National Center for Chronic and Non-communicable Disease Control and Prevention, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Finalists:
Huaijian Pu - China Commercial Director, Prosegur China
Mylene Ong - Head of Planning, BBH (Bartle Bogle Hegarty)
Sarah Lim - Partner Communications for Greater China, Apple
Tracy Colgan - President & Managing Director, Kamsky Associates, Inc
Yao Yi - Lawyer and Managing Partner, East & Concord Partner

ACAA - Australia China Alumni of the Year Award


Geng Xia - Vice Governor of Shandong Province, Shandong Provincial People’s Government

Geng Xia - Vice Governor of Shandong Province, Shandong Provincial People’s Government

Winner of ACAA - Australia China Alumni of the Year Award

Macquarie University Alumnus
Jinan based

As the Vice Governor of Shandong Province, the honourable Mr Xia Geng is in charge of a wide range of activities including trade and investment, foreign affairs, commerce and industry, overseas Chinese affairs, provincial legal and financial systems, infrastructure and anti-smuggling activities. Shandong, a key economic powerhouse on China’s eastern coast, had a GDP growth of 9.6% in 2013. With a total GDP of almost 883 billion US dollars, Shandong has the third largest provincial economy in China.

Mr Xia Geng graduated from Macquarie University with a Master’s Degree in Economics in July 2000. After graduating from Macquarie University, Mr Xia Geng was successfully promoted to a number of key positions including Mayor and Party Secretary of Rizhao, Mayor of Qingdao, and most recently to Vice Governor of Shandong Province.

During Mr Xia Geng’s tenure as Mayor of Rizhao and Mayor of Qingdao, the municipalities achieved rapid social and economic development. As Mayor of Qingdao, he supported the municipality in reaching an average an annual GPD growth of 14.5%, an import and export volume of 17.9% and a fiscal revenue increase of 21.2%. Mr Xia Geng was awarded the Pierre De Coubertin Medal in recognition of his contribution to the success of the Olympic Sailing Event as the Chairman of Beijing Olympic Sailing Committee.

Since his appointment as Vice Governor of Shandong Province, he has focused on the integrated development of both domestic and foreign trade and further promoted economic reforms. He has streamlined the industrial and commercial registration process, which has led to an increase of newly registered companies and capital by 50% and 110% respectively since the beginning of 2014. Mr Xia Geng has actively encouraged foreign and private investors to participate in the reforms of financial institutions, characterized by the introduction of private equity funds and he has placed great emphasis on building an inclusive financial system that supports the interests of rural areas, whilst reducing obstacles for small businesses.

Mr Xia Geng is a strong supporter of economic and people-to-people exchanges between China and Australia. He has visited Australia on several occasions and held meetings with various Australian Ambassadors, senior business leaders, and stakeholders. He has actively encouraged Shandong Province’s deeper cooperation and communications with Australia. During the visit to Shandong of South Australia's Premier, Mr Jay Weatherill, in April 2013, Mr Xia Geng played a key role in strengthening the relationship between Shandong and South Australia, which resulted in the signing of a MOU to enhance communication and cooperation.

In September 2014, Mr Xia Geng facilitated Qingdao Dance Theatre’s performance in Australia.

As a result of Mr Xia Geng's and his Australian counterparts’ efforts, Australia has become Shandong’s sixth largest trading partner, its tenth export market, and third importer. As of the end of 2013, there were 139 Shandong companies and institutions registered in Australia with a total investment of 6 billion US dollars, making Shandong Province one of the largest sources of investment in Australia.

Vincent Lam - Chairman, Asiaray Media Group Limited

Vincent Lam - Chairman, Asiaray Media Group Limited

Finalist: ACAA - Australia China Alumni of the Year Award

The University of Sydney, UNSW Alumnus
Shanghai based

Vincent was born in Hong Kong but completed the HSC in NSW, where was accepted to a double degree course (BE and BSC) at the University of Sydney in 1980. While studying Vincent was involved in many University organizations including the University Student Representative Council. He finished the Computer Science Honours program and graduated with Second Class Honours Division One. He also achieved a Master of Commerce majoring in Professional Accountancy from the University of NSW.

In 2005 Vincent founded the China Alumni Network of the University of Sydney and was elected President of the Network in the same year. He became Patron of the China Alumni Network in 2007. He is currently member of the Alumni Council of the University of Sydney, and UNSW Australia Global Circle of Friends.

Vincent came back to Hong Kong in 1993 to found Asiaray which is the largest airport media company and the third largest metro media company in the greater China region. Asiaray currently has over 700 staff and 33 offices across China. Asiaray has the exclusive right to operate the media business in 25 airports in China, among which three are considered in the top ten busiest airports in China and seven are ranked in the top 21. Vincent still remains the role of CEO and Chairman of the Board.

Vincent is very community conscious and regularly devotes his time and energy to help those less fortunate than himself. In 1992 he was appointed Justice of the Peace by the NSW Government and in 1993 he was awarded Honorary Secretary of State by the State of Alabama, USA. In 2010 he was awarded the Austrade Australian Alumni Award for Entrepreneurship. From 2011 until now, he was appointed by the Chief Executive of the HKSAR Government as a member of the Appeal Board (Town Planning). He was appointed a member of the Yunnan Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference and a committee member of the National Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese in 2013.

Having benefited from the development of China and as a way to give back to the community, Vincent formed a charitable organization in memory of his late father (Lam Kwun King Memorial Fund) in Hong Kong in 2004. Currently this charity is directly helping over 300 students in the very poor areas of Shanxi and Yunnan provinces in China. He is also an active member of HK Rotary Club Island West, a committee member of the 2007 Theme Year Working Party of the Hong Kong Management Association (HKMA), an active member of the Bauhinia Foundation in HK (a think tank), a committee member of the Yunnan Overseas Economic Cooperative Organisation, an advisor to the Yunnan Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese, an advisor of the China Advertising Council, a fellow of CPA Australia, and a Class Member and Director of the UNSW Hong Kong Foundation Board.

Baisha Zhang - Partner, Zhong Lun Law Firm

Baisha Zhang - Partner, Zhong Lun Law Firm

Finalist: ACAA - Australia China Alumni of the Year Award

University of Melbourne, University of Western Sydney Alumnus
Guangzhou based

Mr Zhang is a private practice lawyer and specializes in competition law and mergers and acquisitions. He recently joined as partner of one of China’s largest commercial law firms, Zhong Lun Law Firm in Beijing. He is well-known and respected throughout law enforcement agencies and is still involved in the Guangzhou Bar Association.

Mr Zhang is passionate about ‘pushing the boundaries’ to enhance the rule of law and the professional independence of the legal profession in China. He is also committed to improving the industry’s professional ethics and he actively promotes greater awareness of the need for substantial improvements in corporate governance and corporate social responsibility in the legal profession and more broadly in business practices.

Having practiced in leading local law firms for almost two decades, Mr. Zhang is experienced in all aspects of anti-trust law practice. He was one of the few lawyers who pioneered China’s Anti-Monopoly Law’s academic research, legislation, and legal practice. He is committed to improving lawyers' and corporate directors’ knowledge of competition law and has published extensively on the topic.

Mr Zhang has frequently spoken on anti-trust law at local and international seminars and conferences. He was awarded Most Popular Speaker by Duxes Business Consulting for his contributions to their Anti-Monopoly Law Event Series (2007-2014).

Mr Zhang serves as the Director of Fair Trade Law Commission of Guangzhou Lawyers Association and was voted one of Guangzhou’s Top Ten Lawyers by the Guangzhou Lawyers Association for three consecutive years from 2009 to 2011.

Prior to his appointment at Zhong Lun Law Firm, Mr Zhang was a Partner in the Guangzhou Foreign Economic Law Office, and in 2010 he was recognized by the Guangzhou Judicial Bureau and Guangzhou Lawyers Association for his distinguished contributions to the 16th Asian Games and the Asian Para Games.

Mr Zhang graduated from Melbourne Law School with a Masters of Commercial Law in 2004. He also holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Western Sydney and a Master of International Economic Law from the East China University of Politics and Law.

Marin Burela - President and Chief Executive Officer, Changan Ford Automobile Co, Ltd.

Marin Burela - President and Chief Executive Officer, Changan Ford Automobile Co, Ltd.

Finalist: ACAA - Australia China Alumni of the Year Award

Deakin University Alumnus
Chongqing based

Marin Burela has extensive management and leadership experience and is committed to delivering exceptional results. He has worked in China, the United Kingdom and Australia, and has brought a wealth of knowledge to his current role.

Mr Burela is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of Changan Ford, a joint venture of Ford and Chinese company Changan.

Mr Burela believes in community service which he has demonstrated through the organisation of Ford's Global Week of Caring; donations made to the Sichuan Ya'an earthquake this year, and underprivileged family support in the Shanghai Children Hospital for the children's treatment of severe diseases.

In 2010 Ford identified in a press release that "Ford expects 70% of its growth in the next 10 years to come from its Asia Pacific and Africa region, with a majority coming from China". As the President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr Burela had the challenge to make this a reality.

Mr Burela was quoted in a Ford press release after the Guangzhou Auto Show (GZAS) in 2012 as saying “We are very proud to be introducing ‘Go Further’ to China, our enduring commitment to provide Chinese customers with outstanding new products that lead in quality, fuel efficiency, safety, smart design and great value".

Mr Burela was recently named on the Engineers Australia 2013 List of Australia's Top 100 Most Influential Engineers. In acknowledging Mr Burela's achievements, Engineers Australia stated that "for the year to May 2013, the company's sales totaled 231,818 units, up 71% from a year earlier".

From 2010, Mr Burela headed Changan Ford Mazda which was then split in November 2012. At this point Mr Burela was appointed to President and Chief Executive Officer of Changan Ford.

Previously Mr Burela was President and Chief Executive of Ford Australia between 2008 and 010.

In 2004, Mr Burela held the position of Vehicle Line Executive Director, Global Small Car Segment Vehicles at Ford of Europe.

In 2002, Mr Burela was Director of Manufacturing for Land Rover in the United Kingdom which was part of the Premier Automotive Group. The Premier Automotive Group included global automotive brands such as Volvo, Aston Martin, Land Rover and Jaguar. On a daily basis, Mr Burela was responsible for company assets worth $US16billion.

Mr Burela has a long history at Ford starting in 1984 as an Engineering Ford College Graduate and has served in a variety of roles including Manufacturing, Marketing and Sales, and Product Development.

He was recognised at the Deakin University Alumni of the Year Awards 2012 for outstanding leadership and management. He has also been presented with the Distinguished Alumni Award for Excellence in Industry and Commerce by his secondary school Western Heights College and is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia (FIEAust).

Saitan Hui - Vice-Chairman, Board of Directors, Shimao Property

Finalist: ACAA - Australia China Alumni of the Year Award

University of Technology Sydney and University of South Australia Alumnus
Hong Kong/Shanghai based

Mr. Sai Tan Hui is the Vice-President of Shimao Group which was founded by Mr Hui’s father, Mr Hui Wing Mau. Before his appointment as Vice-President, Mr Hui was Group Sales Controller of Shimao from 2000 to 2013 and was responsible for the sales, marketing, management and design of the Group’s projects.

He has over 14 years’ experience in the property development industry and has presided over the sales and marketing of Shanghai Shimao Riviera Garden which boasted top sales among residential projects in Shanghai for four consecutive years from 2001 to 2004.

Under his strong leadership, Shimao Group’s property development revenue increased by 50% for two consecutive years in a row and was ranked as one of the top 10 property companies in China. Shimao Group’s sales revenue for 2014 is estimated to be have grown from 80 billion to 150 billion.

Mr Hui has ambitious plans for continued growth and has played a major role in shaping the future direction of the company, responding to changing market demands and future needs. Most notably, the innovative development of up to 30 new ‘mini-malls’ linked to residential developments is his response to increased on-line shopping and the need for access to local food and beverage outlets. This concept also extends to mini hotels, resort and gyms – all linked to residential developments.

Under Mr Hui’s leadership, the company is also building a theme park in Nanjing and has plans to build a university in Shanghai. He has also developed an innovative approach to Human Resource Management at Shimao, resulting in high levels of performance and employee satisfaction.

He is passionate about supporting philanthropic causes. The Hurun Report philanthropy list estimates the philanthropy of Shi Mao (under the direction of Mr Hui and his father) at US$18.9m for disaster relief in 2009, and a total of US$36.5m to various causes (including education and arts) since 2004.

Mr Hui is an alumnus of the UTS Business School and a member of the prestigious UTS Luminaries group of outstanding alumni. Mr Hui is a wonderful ambassador for UTS and for Australia. He has a demonstrated track record of outstanding success as an innovative and effective business leader, managing a highly successful company and has provided invaluable support for the wider community.

Lihua Tong - Public Interest Lawyer and Advocate; Legislator; Founder, Director and CEO, Beijing Zhicheng Public Interest Law Firm

Lihua Tong - Public Interest Lawyer and Advocate; Legislator; Founder, Director and CEO, Beijing Zhicheng Public Interest Law Firm

Finalist: ACAA - Australia China Alumni of the Year Award

University of Technology Sydney Alumnus
Beijing based

Mr Tong is a Public Interest Lawyer and the leading advocate in China for children's, women's and migrant workers’ rights. In 1999, he personally funded and established the Beijing Children’s Legal Aid and Research Centre, which is the first non-governmental organisation dedicated to providing pro bono legal services to children in China.

Driven by his passion to help and his appreciation of the need for legal assistance for migrant workers and women in China, he subsequently expanded the organisation’s operations and renamed it Zhicheng Public Interest Lawyers (Zhicheng). Today Zhicheng is the premier law NGO in the People’s Republic of China comprising of the largest network of subsidiaries located across 33 cities. The organisation’s services have expanded to include the protection of farmers’ rights and criminal legal aid.

His outstanding achievements are well evidenced by the over 80 national and international awards he has received since 2000. These include: China’s Top Ten Outstanding Juvenile Protection Citizens; China’s Top Ten Outstanding Workers’ Rights Protection Attorneys; China’s Top Ten Legal Practitioners; China’s Top Ten Public Interest Advocates; China Outstanding Youth Medal; China Outstanding May Day Medal and the National Model Worker. Mr Tong was the winner of the 2012 International Bar Association Pro bono Award received for demonstrating an exceptional level of commitment and dedication to the provision of free legal services and access to justice.

Mr Tong’s achievements extend beyond founding the largest and most influential NGO in China, which to this day continues to help thousands of people. His most enduring accomplishment is his ability to persuade Chinese authorities to appreciate and accept the need for an independent NGO dedicated to helping an otherwise voiceless segment of the population.

Mr Tong has made important contributions to the community both nationally and internationally. He has become the most well-known personality in matters concerning NGO and people empowerment in China. Since 2008 he has been invited to participate in the annual China-EU Judicial Seminar and present on the reforms regarding the protection of children's and migrant workers’ rights. Mr Tong has been working closely with the Australian Human Rights Commission to exchange ideas on the development of Chinese civil society.

In November 2013 he was invited to the United States to take part in the sixth round of exchanges between legal experts from China and the US, where he presented his views on the current status and developments of the rule of law in China.

Diplomats and members of the international civil society community regularly refer to Mr Tong’s views and the work of his organisation as good indicators of reform. Mr Tong has contributed to a better understanding of civil society organisations in China.

Yongjie Lv - Chairman of the Board, Shanghai Bright Food Group

Yongjie Lv - Chairman of the Board, Shanghai Bright Food Group

Finalist: ACAA - Australia China Alumni of the Year Award

Monash University Alumnus
Shanghai based

Mr Lv YongJie is an experienced Senior Executive, who has worked for some of China’s largest companies during his career. Over the years he has served as Chairman on a number of Boards, through which he has assisted companies to grow and expand their operations.

Mr Lv is currently the Chairman of the Board of Bright Food Group Co. Ltd, a multinational food and beverages manufacturing company headquartered in Shanghai. Founded in 2006, it is now one of the China’s largest food manufacturing companies and is wholly owned by the Chinese State. The group owns many nationally renowned brands such as Bright, Guangshengyuan, White Rabbit, Maling, Shikumen and Hejiu and has four listed subsidiaries.

Mr Lv leads Bright Food Group's internationalisation strategy, which includes investment in Australia through a 75% stake in the food producer Manassen Foods for A$530 million, a 60% stake in the British breakfast cereals manufacturer Weetabix Limited in a £1.2 billion deal and a 56% stake in the Israeli Dairy producer Tnuva for the sum of 2.5 Billion USD. His reputation as a business leader is demonstrated by the high profile of the roles and activities in which he is involved.

In 2014 he was nominated as the inaugural Rotating Chairman of the Strategic Alliance of Shanghai Going Global Enterprises and he has been invited to take part in numerous senior business delegations to and from China.

Mr Lv's prior roles include Chairman of Shanghai Maling Aquarius which is a China-based company primarily engaged in slaughtering and pork processing business, and President and Chairman of Shanghai Light Industry Holding Company.

Mr Lv holds a Master of Business and Administration (M.B.A.) from Monash University.


ACAA - Young Australia China Alumni of the Year Award


Yan Xie - Head of Tissue Repair & Regeneration & Project Planner & Executor – Tissue Engineering Centre & Tissue Organ Bank

Yan Xie - Head of Tissue Repair & Regeneration & Project Planner & Executor – Tissue Engineering Centre & Tissue Organ Bank

Winner of ACAA - Young Australia China Alumni of the Year Award

Queensland University of Technology Alumna
Yinchuan based
Dr Yan Xie is a leading life scientist and tissue engineering researcher at the forefront of new developments in wound healing and regenerative medicine. Currently based at the General Hospital of Ningxiae Medical University (GHNMU), Dr Xie is Head of Tissue Repair and Regeneration and Project Planner/Executor for the Tissue Engineering Centre and Tissue Organ Bank.

In this role she has been responsible for recruiting a team of scientists and researchers (including a number of Australian expatriates) who collaborate with a range of clinical departments as they explore innovative approaches to applying research to burns, surgery, emergency care, skin infections, and liver/bladder and nerve conditions.

A consummate professional, she is committed to assisting departments to combine research and clinical practice. Her work is both helping to improve outcomes for patients and establishing China as a leader in this vitally important medical field.

A trained medical doctor, Dr Xie realized that she could have a profound and positive effect on the quality of life of her patients by applying her clinical skills to research into tissue repair and regeneration. She went on to complete her PhD at QUT in 2009, during which time she developed a reproducible living 3-dimensional human skin model which has enabled researchers to undertake ground-breaking studies examining the healing of wounds in real time. She received numerous academic awards including the prestigious Australian Museum Eureka prize.

As well as continuing to teach and supervise PhD students in Australia as a Visiting Fellow, Dr Xie provides expert reviews for several reputable international medical, life science and biochemistry journals and has presented on her work and research at national and international conferences in China, Australia, Japan, Canada and the United States. She has also been successful in securing eight national and regional funding grants. Dr Xie has been a fine mentor to her students, with many of them following her example and going on to pursue further study and research careers.

Another of DrXie’s significant achievements is the instrumental role she played in forging bilateral Australia-China research cooperation and exchange by facilitating collaborations between QUT and a number of China’s leading research universities. This has resulted in the establishment of the Australia-China Centre for Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, an alliance which is committed to the successful resolution of the scarcity of donor organs in China thus saving countless lives in the future. The collaboration that Dr Xie helped develop has already delivered substantial benefits to all the partners involved, and this is facilitating world-class scientific research output in China.

Dade Shen - Overseas Business Manager, China General Nuclear Power Group

Dade Shen - Overseas Business Manager, China General Nuclear Power Group

Finalist: ACAA - Young Australia China Alumni of the Year Award

CQ University Alumnus
Shenzhen based


As the Overseas Business Manager for China General Nuclear (CGN), Dade Shen is responsible for developing international relationships within the company. CGN is known as a clean energy group, focused on developing nuclear power that is safer and more environmentally friendly.

In November 2012, CGN’s first overseas wind farm project was put into operation in Australia, marking a key initial step of CGN Wind Energy into the international market.

On 24 April 2013, as part of a 2MW roof solar energy project, the first power plant contracted by the French Branch was successfully connected to the grid. In December 2013, the French nuclear and renewable energy company Areva partnered with CGN to focus on offshore wind, biomass, concentrated solar power and energy storage.

CGN recently set up a subsidiary company in France, known as CGN European Energy and on 18 June 2014 it set up a representative office in London. At the same time, CGN and Rolls Royce signed an MOU for cooperation in nuclear power project support, equipment and system supply, supply chain management, instrument & control systems. These steps represent a significant expansion of CGN's overseas business operations.

One of Shen’s primary areas of focus is the South African market. In February this year, the Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa (NECSA) signed a skills development and training agreement with the two Chinese State nuclear energy corporations, including CGN. In March 2014 it was reported by the World Nuclear Association that China’s main nuclear power companies were lining up to bid for a $93 billion contract to build six reactors in South Africa by 2030.

Kristy Calvert - Managing Director - China, Ogier

Kristy Calvert - Managing Director - China, Ogier

Finalist: ACAA - Young Australia China Alumni of the Year Award

The University of Melbourne Alumna
Shanghai based


Ms Kristy Calvert leads Ogier’s China office which she established in 2011 as its Managing Director for China. She has helped grow the firm in China which now has several key practice areas including Investment Funds, Corporate, M&A, Litigation and Private Wealth. Ogier is one of the oldest offshore magic circle law firms headquartered in Jersey, and is the first offshore law firm to launch an office in mainland China.

Kristy is regularly featured and quoted in external publications and was listed in the ALB Hottest 40 Lawyers in Australia and New Zealand and the ALB Hottest 100 lawyers in Asia in 2011. She was also shortlisted for the inaugural Euromoney Legal Media Group Asia Women in Business Law Awards 2011.

Prior to joining Ogier, Kristy was Legal Director with Rio Tinto - China/Asia from 2007 to 2011. She worked on some of the largest corporate transactions in the Australian mining history including the Alcan acquisition in 2007, BHP Billiton’s pre-conditional takeover offers as part of Rio Tinto’s defense team and the Iron ore production JV with BHP Billion. Kristy also advised Rio Tinto in a landmark case in China involving the detention of its four employees by the Chinese government on the charges of breaching China’s state secret laws. Prior to that, she worked as a senior private practice lawyer at international law firms Weil, Gotshal & Manges and Sidley Austin in Asia and Freehills in Australia. She was also an adviser at the Australian Government Treasury on FTA negotiations with ASEAN countries including China and competition law policies and reforms (including the Dawson Review of the Trade Practices Act).

Socially, Kristy founded an association for General Counsel for multinational companies working in China. In 2012, she also co-founded a women’s network 3WC (Third Wednesday Night Club), allowing female leaders to interact with each other in a social forum to share their interests and ideas on how to operate more effectively while balancing work, lifestyle commitments and interests.

From 2008 to 2009, she served as a Board member of the Australian China Business Council (Victoria Division). In China, Kristy participates and supports local charity organisations such as Tzuchi and has taken on employees from the disadvantaged youth groups sponsored by the charity organisations.

A Melbourne University Alumna with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce, her Australian education have given her a well-rounded technical and soft skill set. Now a proud mother of two young children living in Shanghai, Kristy balances her family life with her ongoing professional career.

Jack Cai - Partner, Head of Eversheds’ Shanghai Office

Jack Cai - Partner, Head of Eversheds’ Shanghai Office

Finalist: ACAA - Young Australia China Alumni of the Year Award

University of Western Australia Alumnus
Shanghai based


Jack has close to 10 years of experience working in the field of law. He was made a partner of Evershed's in 2014 at the age of 33 and is one of the youngest partners to make office head in a global law firm in China. During his tenure, he has made great strides in ensuring Eversheds’ China team is fully integrated into the Eversheds’ global business, he is Eversheds’ “go-to” China partner for Foreign Direct Investment work and in a relatively short period of time, he has achieved excellent financial results for the Shanghai office.

Jack is a superb corporate lawyer who specializes in cross-border mergers and acquisitions, China-related investments, employment law, private equity, capital equity market, corporate restructuring and general corporate advisory. He has worked on matters across a range of industries including chemical, diversified industries, pharmaceutical, real estate, financial institutions and energy & resources. In his recent experiences, he has successfully advised a number of market leading international companies (including Brady Corporation, FMC Technologies Inc., DUBAL) on some high profile and complex cross border transactions.

Prior to his employment in Eversheds, Jack worked for several years with a leading Australian law firm in its Corporate / Energy & Resources practice in Perth. He then returned to Shanghai in 2007 and worked with the Shanghai office of a “Magic Circle” firm until 2011. His future plans and career ambitions are to strengthen Evershed's Shanghai office’s current market position and grow it into a leading international law firm in Shanghai.

Jim (Qinzhi) Wang - Managing Director of Lyncas Consulting (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.

Jim (Qinzhi) Wang - Managing Director of Lyncas Consulting (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.

Finalist: ACAA - Young Australia China Alumni of the Year Award

The University of Sydney and University of New South Wales Alumnus
Shanghai based


Mr Jim Wang has over 10 years of work experience in the business sector and he has also made many vital contributions to enhancing Sino-Australia relations in the field of education.

He started off his career by joining the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) as the first Chinese candidate in the Graduate Program. After 6 years with the RBA, in 2011 he joined Gallup, an internationally-renowned consulting firm. He was later transferred from Gallup's Sydney office to the Shanghai office and became the Principal of the Consulting Division in China. He was responsible for delivering HR and Sales Management related consulting services to a wide range of clients, such as Vanke, AIA, DFS, Peninsula Hotel and Minsheng Bank.

In late 2013, Mr Wang started his own consulting firm called Lyncas, specializing in HR Consulting and Education. Within a year, his company was providing valuable services to clients such as Shanghai Finance Department, Minsheng Bank, Ping An Bank and Xing Ye Bank.

Apart from his professional achievement, Jim has been actively involved in a variety of community services. When he served as the President of Australia Chinese Student Club, he was instrumental in organising a number of important events and campaigns, including the 2008 Beijing Olympics Torch Relay in Canberra, the 2008 Charity Donation in Sydney and Melbourne for Wenchuan Earthquake, and the 2009 International Student Safety Campaign in Sydney. When he returned to Shanghai, he was invited to join the Shanghai Youth Intellectuals Association with members from senior executives of education institutions, multinational corporations, and professional service companies. To help promote educational and cultural exchanges between Australia and China, he founded the Australia and China Youth Exchange (ACYE) Association in 2009.

In August 2014, he led a delegation to visit Australia, which was facilitated by Australian Council for Private Education & Training (ACPET) as well as TAFE.

In September 2014, he set up a university tour and signed strategic collaboration agreements related to the New Colombo Plan with many Australian universities, including Melbourne University, UNSW, UTS, Australia Catholic University, and Macquarie University in order to help Australian students study and find internships in China.

Xiao Liu - Associate Professor, Assistant to the Dean - Software Engineering Institute, East China Normal University

Xiao Liu - Associate Professor, Assistant to the Dean - Software Engineering Institute, East China Normal University

Finalist: ACAA - Young Australia China Alumni of the Year Award

Swinburne University of Technology Alumnus
Shanghai based


Dr. Xiao Liu is currently an Associate Professor and Assistant to the Dean at the Software Engineering Institute at East China Normal University (ECNU) in Shanghai. This institute is currently ranked 6th across China and 1st in Shanghai. Xiao received his PhD degree in Software Engineering from Swinburne University of Technology in 2011.

In recent years, Xiao has published extensively in the areas of scientific workflow and cloud computing, including 2 monographs, over 10 international journal articles (including ERA A* ranked journals such as ACM ToSEM, IEEE TSE, IEEE TPDS and IEEE TC), and over 30 international conference papers. According to Google Scholar, Xiao has an h-index of 16 and a total citation of over 800, which is outstanding for such an early stage in his research career. During Xiao’s PhD candidature and Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at Swinburne, he actively participated in 4 ARC projects.

After joining ECNU in 2013, Xiao has successfully applied for 4 national research projects (as Principle Investigator) including one research project supported by the National Science Foundation of China, and one collaborative project with industry partner Tencent (one of the largest Internet companies in China).

Xiao has also shown a great passion for professional and community service both in Australia and China. He was the President (2012-2013) and Executive Vice-President (2010-2012) for VACPS (Victoria Association of Chinese PhD Students and Young Scholars) which is one of the largest professional associations in Australia for young Chinese researchers. VACPS has been playing an increasingly important role in bilateral exchanges of culture, research and education between China and Australia. During Xiao’s term as the President and Executive Vice-President, VACPS hosted over 20 Chinese delegations for their oversea talent recruitment events including metropolitan government agencies such as Beijing, Nanjing, Guangzhou and Shenzhen, and also top research institutes such as Peking University, Beihang University, Shangdong Academy of Science, and China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC).

VACPS has organized an annual Research Symposium for Chinese PhD students and young scholars since 2007, which is jointly sponsored by the Education Office of the Consulate-General of China in Melbourne and the hosting university. It regularly attracts around 150 representatives from both academia and industry. Between 2009 and 2012, Dr Liu acted as the General Chair, the PC Chair and the Organization Chair of this symposium.

In recognition of his service to the Chinese student and scholar community, he was presented with the Excellent Service Award by the Education Office of the Consulate-General of China in Melbourne in 2011.

Since joining ECNU, he has been in active collaboration with Australian universities such as Swinburne and UTS through joint publications, conferences and academic visits.

As the Assistant to the Dean, Xiao has undertaken the responsibility for maintaining the existing and establishing new collaborations between the Software Engineering Institute and its counterparts in Europe and Australia. Dr Liu also serves as the Secretary for the China Computer Federation's YOCSEF Shanghai branch, which is one of the largest local chapters in the country.

Xiaohui Yang - Lecturer, Modern Handicraft Art Department, Shandong University of Art&Design

Xiaohui Yang - Lecturer, Modern Handicraft Art Department, Shandong University of Art&Design

Finalist: ACAA - Young Australia China Alumni of the Year Award

Griffith University Alumna
Jinan based


Xiaohui Yang graduated from Queensland College of Art with a Master of Arts Visual Arts with Honours in July 2008. Her research project was entitled Cultural Collision and investigated the increasing inclusion of Western cultural traditions in Chinese wedding ceremonies.

Since returning to China, Xiaohui has been appointed as a lecturer, teaching jewellery in the Modern Handicraft Art Department of Shandong University of Art & Design. Xiaohui makes a point of incorporating the ideas about originality and innovation she learned at QCA into her teaching. She has introduced new initiatives including the first-ever on-campus market for students to trial and sell their creation. This event was modelled on QCA's J&SO Student Collective. Xiaohui keeps in regular contact with staff and graduates from the Jewellery and Small Objects Department at QCA and in 2013 collaborated with Elizabeth Shaw, the convener of Jewellery and Small Objects at QCA to present a joint exhibition of works from final year students in their respective university courses. The exhibition, "NOW – the start of the conversation", was exhibited first at QCA South Bank to coincide with the national conference of the Jewellers and Metalsmiths Group of Australia. It then travelled to Shandong to coincide with the 40th anniversary of Shandong University of Art & Design. The exhibition was inspired by a joint desire to encourage better exchanges of ideas and understanding between our students.

Xiaohui exhibits her research regularly in China and has received many awards and accolades for her innovation. In 2009 she received the Gold Award in the 5th China Handicrafts School Exhibition and in 2011she received an Award for Excellence in the 6th China Handicrafts School Exhibition. In 2012 Xiaohui was presented with the Gold Award in the Qilu Star Design and in the following year her work was selected for the Beijing International Jewellery Art Exhibition. This year, she was awarded a Chinese government grant to return to Australia to develop her teaching career. She will return to QCA as a visiting scholar in late 2014.


CPA Australia, Australia China Alumni Award for Banking and Finance


Mark Bernhard - Chief Financial Officer and Executive Committee Member of General Motors

Mark Bernhard - Chief Financial Officer and Executive Committee Member of General Motors

Winner of CPA Australia, Australia China Alumni Award for Banking and Finance

Monash University Alumnus
Shanghai based


Mark’s career has spanned 28 years and many regions of the globe. He has achieved both individually and as a team member throughout this period. Mark is a globally experienced Senior Finance Executive in the automotive industry who works closely with the CEO. He has a proven track record of leading and managing through operational complexities, successfully delivering through times of growth and during a mature (declining) market environment.

Mark commenced his career at General Motors Holden in Australia working in various roles in the finance function and gaining broad experience over a 10 year period. He then moved to General Manager International Operations in Zurich, Switzerland and then to Detroit in the USA to take up Financial Planning and Analysis roles. In 1999 Mark moved to General Motor’s Asia Pacific Head Quarters in Singapore, where his roles included leading analysis and approvals for the Daewoo Motor Company acquisition and equity purchase of Fuji Heavy Industries which resulted in GM Chairman’s honors awards.

Mark transferred to General Motors China in 2002 to take up the role of Chief Financial Officer (CFO). He has been CFO at GM Shanghai General Motors, GM China and GM Holden over the past 12 years and has assisted to steer the companies through numerous changes. Mark became a Board Member of GM Holden in 2007 and is presently an Executive Committee member and the CFO at Shanghai General Motors.

Mark has pursued additional avenues of study since graduating from Monash University with a Bachelors Degree – Business (Accounting) in 1985, to assist him to reach his career goals. He was awarded CPA certification in 1991, an MBA in 1995 and a GAIC from the Australian Institute of Company Directors in 2009. Mark’s tertiary education demonstrates his ongoing commitment to governance practices and the importance of education.

Mark was bestowed a Silver Magnolia Award from the Shanghai Government during his time in Shanghai. He was 1 of 46 foreigners presented with the Award to recognise their contribution to the city’s social and economic development.

Finalist: CPA Australia, Australia China Alumni Award for Banking and Finance

Vaughn Barber - Head of China Outbound and Asia Pacific Regional Leader, Mergers& Acquisitions Tax of KPMG Advisory (China) Limited

Vaughn Barber - Head of China Outbound and Asia Pacific Regional Leader, Mergers& Acquisitions Tax of KPMG Advisory (China) Limited

Finalist: CPA Australia, Australia China Alumni Award for Banking and Finance

University of Queensland Alumnus
Beijing based


An inaugural recipient of the Australian Young Scholars in China scholarship, Mr Barber returned to Beijing some 22 years later with his family to take up the role as Head of China Outbound for KPMG China in 2011. Prior to that, Mr Barber worked for almost 15 years with KPMG in Hong Kong as an M&A and international tax partner. Mr Barber is fluent in Mandarin and proficient in Cantonese.

China is a board-level priority for KPMG. Reflecting that commitment, they created the Global China Practice: a team of China experts, cross-border investment advisors and Mandarin speakers in strategic investment locations around the world, bringing insights and investment experience to our Chinese clients investing overseas and our multinational clients interested in investing or expanding in the China marketplace. He is part of the leadership team that developed this strategy and oversaw its rollout to 60 countries globally.

As Head of China Outbound, Mr Barber is responsible for developing and implementing strategy and business plans to achieve our vision of being the number one choice to support Chinese enterprises as they “go global”. This includes identifying emerging trends and building internal capability around these trends, collaborating with key corporate, industry and government stakeholders, thought leadership, our key accounts program and internal communication/training.

As the leader of KPMG China’s outbound tax practice and Regional Leader of our Mergers & Acquisitions Tax practice he has acted on some of China’s largest outbound acquisitions including CNOOC’s US$15.1 billion acquisition of Nexen Inc. in Canada and CITIC Securities’ US$1.25 billion acquisition of CLSA Limited. He worked on 5 of the top 20 China outbound deals in 2013 (all over US$1 billion) acting for CNPC, CIC and CCB respectively.

With this practical experience, Mr Barber has a good understanding of the drivers of Chinese outbound investment, the future trends and the challenges.

Mr Barber was the author of KPMG’s highly successful
report “The Dream Goes On: Rethinking China’s Globalization” 《大潮汹涌,梦想可及——再思中国企业全球化》. The report was referred to by Ministry of Commerce spokesman, Mr. Shen Danyang, when he answered a question at the Regular Press Conference of the Ministry of Commerce on June 18, 20133. Mr Barber is also a co-author of “Demystifying SOE investment in Australia”4 which was commissioned by the Business Council of Australia (BCA) and launched at the inaugural BCA / ANU SOE Forum in August 2014.

Mr Barber is a regular speaker on Chinese outbound investment. In addition to the speaking engagements which have been reported on in the online media, he:
• Participated in a panel discussion on ‘Seeking Chinese Investors: What you need to know” at ‘Australia Week in China’ in Beijing on 8 April 2014;
• Spoke at an EU Chamber Forum on “The Changing Landscape and Opportunities for China Outbound Investment” in Beijing on 10 July 2014;
• Made presentations to senior Chinese business delegations to Australia on achieving win-win outcomes from Chinese investment in Australian infrastructure (November 2013) and agribusiness (July 2014). 
Mr Barber is also a regular commentator in the Chinese and English language press. Here is a selection; other articles can be accessed by searching on line:
• “China’s outbound investment at a turning point: KPMG”, chinadaily.com.cn, 21 July 2013;
• “Private push”, China Daily European Weekly, 30 August 2013, page 1;
• “Going overseas holds the key to development”, China Daily European Weekly, 30 August 2013, page 8;
• “中国企业对外投资质量在提升”, 21st Century Business Herald, 18 November 2013. 


My objective in undertaking all this work has been to deepen mutual understanding and trust, and to play a practical role in helping companies inside and outside China to find new areas of co- operation and achieve long-term, win-win outcomes from Chinese foreign investment.

Chengyu (Annie) Li - CFO, Soft Bank Asia Investment Fund

Chengyu (Annie) Li - CFO, Soft Bank Asia Investment Fund

Finalist: CPA Australia, Australia China Alumni Award for Banking and Finance

Macquarie University Alumna
Shanghai based


Ms Li Chengyu is the CFO for portfolios with SAIF Partners. With over 100 investments in Asia, SAIF Partners is one of the top PE funds in Asia and has been awarded “Best Investor” by Forbes.

Ms Chengyu is also the CFO of Xi’an Maike Metal International Group (Maike). Maike Group, the largest commodities trading platform enterprise and copper import merchant in China with annual revenue of over RMB 100 billion, has been actively researching business opportunities in the resource sector in Australia.

Ms. Li has a wealth of experience in investment, financing, corporation management, auditing, internal control, tax planning and IPO. Her career goal is to help more companies and entrepreneurs prosper.

In her current role, Ms Li is leading Maike Group’s overall finance function and potential investment activities in Australia, which will attract attracting new funds, create job opportunities and promote trade between Australia and China.

As a Fellow of CPA Australia, Ms. Li volunteered to be CPA Australia East and Central China Committee Member. She is actively involved in promoting CPA Australia in China, attracting talents in China for the CPA program and training finance management for China-based companies listed on the ASX. She has also conducted a number of seminars for CPA Australia members and promoted CPA Australia at high-profile events.

After graduation from Macquarie University, Ms. Li worked in a number of CFO roles in various multinational companies and large private businesses, where she developed a wealth of experience in accounting practices and corporate management.

Ms. Li is a keen mentor for young professionals and her Australian education and domestic career success enables her to coach young people on accounting best practices. She has presented speeches at professional development events of CPA Australia and has written a number of articles to share her experiences with young people in the financial world. She also regularly provides detailed technical advice to newly-qualified accountants and guidance on working opportunities for CPA Australia members.

Sherry Zhu - CFO of Hearst Magazines China

Sherry Zhu - CFO of Hearst Magazines China

Finalist: CPA Australia, Australia China Alumni Award for Banking and Finance

University of Wollongong Alumna
Shanghai based


Sherry Zhu graduated from University of Wollongong, with a Master of Commerce Degree, majoring in accounting. Since then, she has been working in accounting and finance in various large multinational companies in Sydney. She was the Finance Manager for Australian and New Zealand J.D. Edwards (Now People Soft), one of the largest enterprise applications software company. She also undertook a regional corporate accountant role in TMPW eResourcing (formerly Morgan & Banks Ltd. now Hudson), a world leading providers of global recruitment solutions.

Her work experience and study in Australia provides her with in-depth professional knowledge of accounting and financial management and she is an Australia CPA.

Since July 2014, Sherry joined IMS, an unit of Interpublic Group of Companies. During the 9 years of her tenure, the China operations have grown at a significant pace and is now one of the largest marketing groups in China. She was instrumental in the success of build of these operations by instituting and effective financial operating infrastructure which spanned across multiple brands and discipline and across several operating centers. She led China finance team to complete the project of implementation of accounting system migration to SAP.

Sherry is currently the CFO of Hearst Advertising China, a subsidiary business unit of Hearst Corporation. She is a core member of the China executive team, in partnership with the China CEO, fulfilling broad responsibilities as a financial and business advisor on business planning, competitive intelligence, strategic planning, capital investment and other important strategic initiatives.

She speaks fluent English, Mandarin, Shanghainese and some Cantonese. She has many interests such as swimming, cooking, wine tasting, travelling, listening music, and eating out to try different food and learn different culture.

Xing Xing(Kenneth) - GM and Head, Management Information Reporting & Accounts Operations Department of The Bank of East Asia (China) Limited

Xing Xing(Kenneth) - GM and Head, Management Information Reporting & Accounts Operations Department of The Bank of East Asia (China) Limited

Finalist: CPA Australia, Australia China Alumni Award for Banking and Finance

University of South Australia and University of Sydney Alumnus
Shanghai based


Kenneth graduated from the University of South Australia with a Bachelor of Commerce in 2004. He was previously awarded an MBA degree from Northern Territory University (now Charles Darwin University) and a graduate certificate in IR and HRM from the University of Sydney.

Kenneth is currently General Manager and Head of the Management Information Reporting & Accounts Operations Department with the Bank of East Asia (China) Limited and is based in Shanghai. In this role he is responsible for providing financial and management information analysis, reports and recommendations to management to support achievement of overall business objectives. He leads the bank’s annual budgeting and five year financial planning process and ensures the accounting policy and procedures are well complied with by all branches/businesses. He has previously worked in the Head Office of Standard Chartered Bank (China) Limited for seven years in finance related management roles covering both corporate/institutional banking and personal banking businesses. Together these roles have provided him with significant exposures to the operations, especially financial/business management of foreign banks in China.

Kenneth is justifiably proud of his career achievements and credits the University of South Australia for teaching him the foundations of accountancy knowledge and financial literacy, and building the basis of his profession in the financial services industry.

His financial service vocation calling began in 2000 when he was working for the Northern Territory Credit Union in Darwin. He then worked for the Australia Central Credit Union in Adelaide (now People’s Choice Credit Union) leading him to undertake his study (part time whilst working) with the University of South Australia in order to fulfill academic requirements for his CPA Australia membership.

Kenneth remains committed to supporting others’ academic pursuits by volunteering with current University students to share both his personal and professional experiences. Volunteering to build libraries and computer labs for disadvantaged schools in rural China, as well as providing support through fundraising activities is central to Kenneth’s civic contribution to society. His active participation to support environmental causes has taken him to Inner Mongolia where he planted trees to prevent land desertification. An Australiancitizen, Kenneth has chosen to live in Shanghai to fulfill his career ambition and family commitments.

Stenson Tan -- Head of Global Markets at Credit Agricole

Stenson Tan -- Head of Global Markets at Credit Agricole

Finalist: CPA Australia, Australia China Alumni Award for Banking and Finance

The University of South Australia and Curtin University Alumnus
Shanghai based


Dr Stenson Tan graduated from the University of South Australia with a PhD in Business and Management after completing his Masters in International Business from Curtin University of Technology. Since 1999, he has worked in New York, Tokyo, Singapore, Hong Kong before residing and working in China. Having extensive experience in both banking and manufacturing industries, he started with JPMorgan in Singapore, was the Deputy Managing Director of Kaily Packaging Group in China before joining ABN AMRO as Head of Commercial Banking Sales. Currently Dr Tan is leading Credit Agricole CIB Global Market Division in China. Credit Agricole is the 9th largest bank by Tier 1 assets in the world in 2014. In his current role, Dr Tan has been responsible for expanding different types of businesses such as Trading, Treasury, as well as sales & advisory business, such as Financial Institutions, Inter-bank, corporate clients, demonstrating the global capabilities and enterprising foresight. In addition to his successful career, Dr Tan has been a committed volunteer with the Shanghai-Singapore Business Association, (a not-for-profit organisation founded in 1988) since 2003/4. He was elected as Vice President in 2004/5 and then President in 2005/6, 2006/7 and 2011/12. The Shanghai-Singapore Business Association is the biggest Singaporean association outside of Singapore. Dr Tan has maintained his connection to the University of South Australia, as a volunteer business mentor for students from UniSA since the inception of the mentoring program in 2012. Contributing to society and giving back to his University remain a priority for Dr Tan despite his tight and demanding work schedule.

Owen Caterer Founding Partner of Caterer Goodman Partners

Owen Caterer Founding Partner of Caterer Goodman Partners

Finalist: CPA Australia, Australia China Alumni Award for Banking and Finance

Griffith University Alumnus
Shanghai based


Since graduation Mr Owen Caterer has worked with the Queensland Premier's Department in Trade Facilitation and then as a financial consultant in Shanghai from 2005 until 2010 rising to be Chief Investment Officer responsible for portfolios to a value of US$280 million across Asia. Following that Mr Caterer left to found his own firm with a partner focusing on developing China and Asia's first fee-based financial advisory (rather than commission-based). This has grown to now have 8 staff and almost 200 clients throughout Asia managing almost US$35 million. This business success was recognised as a finalist in the 2013 ACBA in the Start Up Enterprises category and are one of a small number of foreign managed firms to have a full asset management license. Mr Caterer has also been active in the community volunteering for the Australian Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai and acting as the Vice-Chair of the Small Business Working Group (2012-2014) and as the Co-Deputy Chair of the Financial Services since 2013 until the present. They have continued to grow their business and have now been selected as a small group of companies who are platinum members of the Australian chamber of commerce. The achievement they are most proud of is their efforts to reform the financial planning industry in China and push it away from a hard-sales commission driven model to a more ethical management fee and long term customer service model. The shift has focused attention on limiting conflict of interest and increased competition in our industry to look after clients with better investment terms in the best way possible - a welcome change. They look forward to continuing to grow and looking after their clients in China for many years to come.


Austrade - Australia China Alumni Award for Entrepreneurship


Paul (Bo) Peng - General Manager of IAPA (International Architecture Platform Australia)

Paul (Bo) Peng - General Manager of IAPA (International Architecture Platform Australia)

Winner of Austrade - Australia China Alumni Award for Entrepreneurship

University of New South Wales Alumnus
Guangzhou based


Mr Paul Peng is the General Manager of IAPA Design and Consulting Firm. He founded IAPA in Sydney in 1998 and established the Guangzhou office in 2003. IAPA has been one of the leading Australian practitioners operating within the fields of architecture, urban planning, heritage conservation design, landscape design and interior design. It is currently involved a large number of projects through out Australia and China.

Paul has over 30 years experience of architecture design, urban planning, construction management and property development. He is excellent in illustrate oriental traditions in the modern design style. He earned the Master of Architecture in the University of New South Wales. During his time in UNSW, he won the first prize from 100 international entries in the VR Une Architecture ArchiCAD/Quick Time ideas competition and won 2nd Prize in ANTAC/PLEA with his work "Home Stay for Homeless". After graduating from the UNSW, Paul has worked in some small architecture firms in Australia and also top firms like HBO+EMTB. He is also a member of RAIA (The Royal Australian Institute of Architects).

One of his masterpieces is Xi-AN Da Ming Palace National Heritage Park and it was designed in the way of closest to the nature. It was completed in 2009 and it is known as a world-class heritage conservation by the International Council on Monuments and Sites. Guangzhou Daily Group Culture Center is another masterpiece of IAPA. The design creates vivid imagery and references the culture significance of newspaper in the print media industry.

Paul is also keen on promoting culture exchange between Australia and China. In 2015 Chinese New Year, IAPA is having an exhibition of South China architecture development in Museum of Contemporary Arts in Sydney.

David (Yu) Chen - Vice Chairman and President of Hengxing Gold; Managing Director of Huashan Capital

David (Yu) Chen - Vice Chairman and President of Hengxing Gold; Managing Director of Huashan Capital

Finalist: Austrade - Australia China Alumni Award for Entrepreneurship

Monash University Alumnus
Shanghai based


Mr. Chen graduated from Monash University in Australia in 1992. Majored in Bachelor of Economics. Mr. Chen is currently the Vice Chairman and President of Hengxing Gold (HKSE: 2303), a Hongkong listed gold mining company operating the largest gold mine in Northeastern China. He is the founder and managing director of Huashan Capital, providing corporate investment advisory on cross border M&A transactions specializing in the resources sector. He is the Venture Partner at Tripod Capital since 2010, a US$270 million private equity fund focusing on China investment. He also serves as an independent director since 2009 for Zhonglu Group (SHA: 600818), a Shanghai Stock Exchange listed diversified investment holding company, and a director for Payeco Ltd, an emerging mobile payment service provider which he invested in 2010. Mr. Chen previously co-founded and served as the CEO for Shine Media Acquisition Corp, a special purpose acquisition vehicle for investing US$117 million in media and advertising sector in China. He started his career in the media industry in 1993 and served in senior sales and marketing positions with CNN International and Turner Broadcasting from 1995 to 1999 in Asia. He worked for a number of technology ventures in China during 2000-2004 in marketing and business development functions.

Terry (Wei) Jin - Founder and General Manager Aerospace Dept. of Oppland Media Group Limited.

Terry (Wei) Jin - Founder and General Manager Aerospace Dept. of Oppland Media Group Limited.

Finalist: Austrade - Australia China Alumni Award for Entrepreneurship

University of Newcastle Alumnus
Shanghai based


Mr Terry Wei Jin is an outstanding young leader and a natural entrepreneur. After completing a Bachelor of Business majoring in Management at the University of Newcastle in 2006, Terry returned to China and secured a producer position for China Decision Makers Consultancy (CDMC), a largest conference business specialising in industry and retail.

During his time at CDMC Terry produced two major conferences with a combined revenue of more than RMB 4 million - The China Power & Alternative Energy Summit in 2008, which involved over 200 delegates and 40 speakers; and the China Luxury Summit in 2009, which involved over 250 delegates and 30 speakers.

After seeing a niche in the conference business market, at just 25 years of age Terry founded the Oppland Corporation in 2008. Terry pioneered his company to produce and operate top- level business events and become the premier platform for business generation and networking in China. Unlike other businesses within the conference industry, Terry tailored the Oppland Corporation to specifically deliver five-star conference events to the aviation, electricity and renewables, transportation, property and pharmaceuticals industries.

Terry purposefully focused on contributing to the generation of business and networking within China by facilitating the sharing of business knowledge, strategy and synergy between foreign and local companies/decision makers inside of China, at his conferences.
The Oppland Corporation has more than 20 intellectual property owned conferences in China that generate annual revenue of RMB 8 million per annum. These include the China Power & Alternative Energy Summit 2008; China Luxury Summit 2009; China Hi-End Retail Summit 2009/10; China Railway Innovation Summit 2009; China Commercial Aircraft Summit 2010/11/12; SMARTricity Asia Congress 2010/11; Renewable Energy & Grid Integration China 2011 /12; Electric Vehicle Infrastructure China Summit 2011; PHARMA Manufacturing China Summit 2010; and China International Antibody Drug Summit 2012.

In the role of Partner and Production Director, Terry was responsible for industry analyses and overseeing all external communications. He is a skilled presenter and communicator with an excellent understanding of the Chinese and Asian markets and as such, he is often invited as a guest speaker at special business events.

In 2013, Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) purchased a 50 per cent share of the Oppland Corporation. AVIC is the largest aircraft original equipment manufacturer in China, and was the first Chinese defence enterprise listed in the World Top 500 companies. Oppland is helping AVIC CAN to penetrate local markets and Terry is now General Manager of the Aerospace Department at Oppland.
Under Terry’s leadership, the Oppland Corporation actively supports its community by participating in the ‘1kg Program’, a grass-roots initiative that delivers one kilogram of stationery or books to local children from mountain villages in Guangxi Province. The Oppland company annually donates funding, books, and basketballs to the local elementary school.

The University of Newcastle is proud of Terry’s contribution to PR China through the facilitation of business networking and the sharing of ideas, and is pleased to nominate him for the Australia China Alumni Awards.

James Tan - COO of Jetbay

James Tan - COO of Jetbay

Finalist: Austrade - Australia China Alumni Award for Entrepreneurship

University of South Australia Alumnus
Beijing based


James Tan is an alumnus of the University of South Australia.

James is COO of Jetbay, a venture-backed, Silicon Valley company with presence in the United States, China and Southeast Asia.

Currently in beta, Jetbay launches as the world's leading platform for foreign travellers to research and book their trips to China.

James is also founder and partner of QuestVC - China’s leading angel fund for technology companies that have scalability and replicability in large internet communities. He is co-founder and former COO of 55tuan, one of the largest social e-commerce sites in China with presence across more than a hundred cities.

Prior to this, James was in the technology and financial sectors with companies in the Singapore Technologies group and JPMorgan Chase. His functional roles included operations, sales, marketing and product management, with the last in a regional capacity with Singapore's largest payment network.

James was awarded scholarships from the Singapore and Beijing governments for a Tsinghua-MIT MBA. He was recognised as a finalist in the Telstra Sensis Australia China Alumni Award for ICT and New Media in 2011. James has been guest speaker at China-centric and entrepreneurship events such as Global Entrepreneurship Week. He is a regular guest lecturer at IE Business School and Tsinghua SEM.

James is a steering committee member of the Action Community for Entrepreneurship, a director on the investment and financing committee of the Beijing Software Industry Association, and an executive member for the Business Angel Network of Southeast Asia. He is the founder of Ideas for Singapore, a non-profit organisation connecting China-based leaders of industry for the sharing of ideas.

James contributes to society and the environment by volunteering in marine conservation as a PADI scuba-diver whenever possible in his busy schedule.

For leisure, James is a photographer and has shot commercially, featured in magazines such as ComputerWorld and Readers' Digest and represented by agencies. He enjoys backpacking throughout Asia and is a qualified DAN dive-safety instructor.

Alexandra Chu - Founding Partner of The Anken Group

Alexandra Chu - Founding Partner of The Anken Group

Finalist: Austrade - Australia China Alumni Award for Entrepreneurship

University of Melbourne Alumna
Shanghai based


Award winning architect and urban planner, Ms Alexandra Chu is one of the founders of innovative boutique development companies ENCLAVE Planning, Landscape Architectureand The Anken Group.

Since graduating from the University of Melbourne in 1997, Ms Chu has become known as a leader in environmentally conscious planning, architecture and construction initiatives in Shanghai. She is committed to adopting the principles of sustainable development and encourages a greater awareness for environmental practices in commercial development in China. In 2003, Ms Chu established ENCLAVE Planning, Landscape Architecture in partnership with US/Spanish Landscape Architect David San Roman. Its projects embraced urban regeneration in Shanghai and the young firm quickly gained a reputation for New Urbanism and Landscape Design.

Through ENCLAVE, Ms Chu became involved in the restoration of several warehouse and historical buildings around the older parts of Shanghai. These projects eventually brought about the establishment of The Anken Group.

The Anken Group’s first project was built in 2006. Anopen plan incubator for small businesses requiring office space in Shanghai, it was the first of its kind and offered a new platform for collaboration between foreign enterprises and the local government. In 2008, Anken Green was developed - a mixed-use 6,222 sqm project built to accommodate the growing demand by companies in the creative industries (predominantly Australian) setting up bases in China.

The Anken Group has now completed several successful developments in Shanghai. Its focus remains on the renovation and transformation of existing buildings for commercial use, applying grass roots sustainable practices. Over the last 8 years, The Anken Group has grown significantly becoming a multifaceted business in the areas of investment, development, construction and property management.

In the 2007 Austcham Australia China Business Awards, ENCLAVE was a Finalist for the Business Entrepreneurial Award and in the 2010 Westpac sponsored awards, The Anken Group went on to receive the Australia Post Sustainable Development Award and the People's Choice Award. These awards recognized the successful implementation of sustainable development programs and processes by an Australian company in Greater China.

In 2011 Anken became the first foreign company to receive the prestigious Shanghai Government "Creative Industry Clustering Park" title and in 2013 it became a Model Unit for the protection of Intellectual Property. Ms Chu has successfully managed to build two complimentary businesses–Anken Group and ENCLAVE –that meet the needs of both Chinese and Australian interests in what is a significantly competitive environment.

In addition to her entrepreneurial successes, Ms Chu can be applauded for her contribution to the community. Her projects instill vibrancy and renewed purpose in underutilized spaces and she is heavily involved in promoting grass roots sustainability in the community through her involvement in Good to CN, Sky Farms Urban Farming, Pecha Kucha events, Eco Design Fairs and seminars. Ms Chu’s philosophy is that everyone can make a positive contribution to community sustainability and the environment, no matter how big or small.

David (Zhidong) Li - Executive Director of Vanion Group President of Dongjunfangda Investments Ltd.; CEO of Hancheng Equity Investment Management Firm

David (Zhidong) Li - Executive Director of Vanion Group President of Dongjunfangda Investments Ltd.; CEO of Hancheng Equity Investment Management Firm

Finalist: Austrade - Australia China Alumni Award for Entrepreneurship

University of Newcastle Alumnus
Beijing based


In 2005, Dr. Zhidong Li was the first person to be awarded a Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) from the University of Newcastle Australia. He has published a range of well received publications, such as books, journal articles and conference papers, related to finance, banking, leadership and business management. He was appointed by the University of Newcastle to supervise a number of DBA candidates and some of his candidates have successfully been awarded doctor degrees from the University of Newcastle.

Dr. Li has had a 19-years distinguished career to date, developing and implementing groundbreaking business strategies which have had significant corporate development and financial outcomes in various business sectors, such as financial services, new energy and urban development industries.

As the Founder and President of Dongjunfangda Investments, and acting as the Executive Director of Vanion Group and CEO of Hancheng Equity Management Frim, Dr. Li manages a RMB 500 million equity found and a RMB 4 billion asset portfolio including several recreation and tourism projects in East Coast of China. He also sucessfully lead a M&A project in Taiwan TMT industry in this year

Previously, as the President of The Heter Electronics Group, one of the leading lithium iron phosphate green battery manufacturers in China, Dr. Li and his team established an environmental education program by working with the China National Committee for the Wellbeing of the Youth. The program provides on-site education to local students to learn about various new energy solutions.

In 2011, as the Chairman of Corun Group Investment and Risk Management Committee, a new energy group in China. Dr. Li led his team acquired a nickel-hydride battery plant in Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo, from Panasonic Corp, which produces electric vehicle batteries for Toyota, Nissan and Honda . This acquisition will push Corun to realize its development strategy and help it rapidly tap into the international market.

From 2008 to 2010, Dr. Li was the Vice President of Pilot Investment Holdings, a state owned urban developer with over RMB 30 billion assets. With a commitment to sustainable design principles and the best practices of urban planning, his team and partners have realized their vision and invested over RMB 20 billion RMB for a new environmental friendly city.

In 2007, Dr. Li was appointed as the CEO of China Organic Agriculture. To produce high quality organic rice, his team invested significantly in educating local farmers to preserve land from pollution. With his leadership, the company performance improved significantly, the share price increased from $0.35 to above $4.00.

Dr. Li also served for China Marxism Research Foundation at China Central School of the Central Committee of C.P.C. China Marxism Research Foundation is a non-profit organisation, and managing and financing a number of influential research projects on economics and politics issues in China.


Business Events Sydney - Australia China Alumni Award for Research and Innovation


Dr Chee Hsiang Liow - Chairperson of General Management Team and Managing Director (Operations), Bless China International

Dr Chee Hsiang Liow - Chairperson of General Management Team and Managing Director (Operations), Bless China International

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

University of Newcastle Alumnus
Kunming based

Dr Chee Hsiang Liow is a highly accomplished medical professional whose career demonstrates a deep commitment to the improvement of community health in poverty-stricken areas of rural China. After graduating from the University of Newcastle with a Bachelor of Medicine in 1998, Dr Liow worked in various hospitals in Singapore while completing his Masters of Medicine (Public Health) with the National University of Singapore.

In 2002 he joined Bless China International (BCI), a NGO operating across six sites in China’s Yunnan Province providing healthcare, community development and child services to 42,000 people annually. Dr Liow spent two years designing, improving and organising the Village Doctor Training Program in the Xishuangbanna Prefecture in the Yunnan Province of rural China, by drawing on modified problem-based learning methodologies adopted from the University of Newcastle. The program has now trained more than 500 village doctors.

In 2005 Dr Liow began work as BCI’s HIV/AIDS Department Director, designing and leading a pilot HIV/AIDS prevention program targeting more than 30,000 people - high-risk (commercial sex workers) and the general population - in one of the highest HIV prevalence areas of China (bordering Myanmar and Laos). The project demonstrated significant behavioural changes and is now run entirely run by Chinese administrators and is being up-scaled.

Dr Liow has lent his considerable expertise to numerous projects aimed at improving the health and living conditions of underprivileged communities. He trained village doctors and nurses in Myanmar in basic healthcare and HIV management, and facilitated the design of a HIV/TB care and monitoring structure in four states within Myanmar. He partnered with the China National Centre for Disease Control and Prevention in various research projects including research into the prevalence of sexually transmitted diseases among commercial sex workers in Yunnan. Dr Liow also advised in the design of a HIV/AIDS Consortium in the Mekong Region involving three countries (China, Myanmar and Thailand) and six NGOs.

In 2011 Dr Liow became Managing Director (Operations) of BCI. In this position, he has led the improvement and streamlining of the company’s operations, encompassing 16 projects across eight sites. He is responsible for shifting the organisation from focusing on project outcomes, to growing and developing local staff and local leaders to build sustainable poverty alleviation projects.

In 2012, Dr Liow took on the additional role of Chairman of BCI’s General Management Team, overseeing organisational sustainability, succession planning for high-level local leaders, and the smooth operation of administration, human resources, finance and IT.

Dr Liow demonstrates his leadership skills and commitment to the community in various other ways: in 2008 he was among a team of expatriate doctors providing medical support after the Wenchuan earthquake; and in 2007 he assisted the Clinton Foundation in training Prefecture Hospital Infectious Disease doctors in optimal HIV/AIDS treatment in Yunnan.

Dr Liow’s selfless career choices are clearly indicative of his long-term dedication to community service.

Sven Meyer - Director of Research Cooperation, Shanghai Institute of Futures and Derivatives

Sven Meyer - Director of Research Cooperation, Shanghai Institute of Futures and Derivatives

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

Flinders University, UNSW Alumnus
Shanghai based

Sven Meyer is dedicated to the development of state of the art financial practices in China. As the Director of Research Cooperation at the SHIFD (Shanghai Institute of Futures and Derivatives) which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Shanghai Futures Exchange and the leading Chinese think tank on futures, derivatives and other financial innovations. In this role Sven contributes to the development of financial derivatives in China through introducing international experts on financial derivatives to the apex of the Chinese derivatives industry.

In 2013 he assisted with the organization of the 2nd International Conference on Futures and Derivatives Markets (ICFDM), at which Nobel Laureate, Dr Myron Scholes, the co-inventor of the Black & Scholes options pricing formula delivered a keynote speech. This year, he has organized the 3rd ICFDM which was held at the end of October. Experts on derivatives globally attended the conference in Shanghai and shared their latest research and discussed ways to implement advanced financial instruments in China's rapidly-growing financial industry.

Sven graduated with Finance and related degrees from Flinders University and the University of New South Wales. With a Magister of Arts degree in Chinese Studies he is strongly positioned to conduct his work, which requires both deep understanding of linguistic and cultural complexity and strong practical and theoretical knowledge of finance.

He has been employed in the finance industry in China since 2010, previously as CEO of a Chinese precious metals market maker. Due to his research interests and practical experience also working in the expat finance industry in China, he is in a very strong position to contribute to the development of China’s financial industry. Sven has previously served as the financial brand consultant to Ping An Group and Guangfa Securities and has been a partner in an Australian asset management company in Shanghai.

Sven is also actively engaged in philanthropic work. He is currently organizing an English corner for senior staff in the Shanghai Futures Exchange, the parent entity of Shanghai Institute of Futures and Derivatives. He regularly provides finance presentations and courses for MBA classes in Shanghai, for example at EMLYON, Shanghai University of International Business & Economics, ESSCA, Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade, École Supérieure de Commerce de Paris, École supérieure des sciences commerciales etc.

Currently, Sven is working towards a PhD degree and is working on his thesis on Universal Banking in China.

David Walker - BHP Billiton Chair of Australian Studies at Peking University

David Walker - BHP Billiton Chair of Australian Studies at Peking University

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

University of Adelaide and Australian National University Alumnus
Beijing based

Professor David Walker’s impressive academic career has seen him publish more than 12 books, contribute chapters to a further 40 books and publish over 35 articles. Since 1992 Professor Walker has worked on multiple research projects that have received grants totaling over $1.6 million, and held positions at several prestigious universities around the world including his current position at Peking University, Beijing.

The educational positions that he has held have been important for the China-Australia academic relationship. Currently Professor Walker is the Professor of Australian Studies, a Visiting Professor in the School of Foreign Studies at Renmin University in Beijing, and in 2013 Professor Walker was appointed BHP Billiton Chair of Australian Studies at Peking University, Beijing, in a three year appointment. He also holds the title of Alfred Deakin Professor from Deakin University Australia.

As the Chair of Australian Studies at Peking University, Professor Walker raises awareness and understanding of Australia in China and provides academic leadership to a network of over 30 Australian Studies Centers in Chinese universities. This is the first high-profile, privately-funded Australian professorial position in China, and reflects the growing academic engagement between the two countries.

Since being appointed Chair of Australian Studies, Professor Walker has established an intern program for Australian and Chinese students at the Australian Studies Centre PKU, and created a residential program for a senior translator to work at the Australian Studies Centre. Professor Walker has created the Stephen FitzGerald Senior Scholar in Residence Program, to be introduced in 2015.

Since 1992 Professor Walker has delivered almost 100 conference papers and addresses. His recent keynote addresses have been delivered at Otemon Gakuin University in Osaka, Mudanjiang Normal University in China, and the University of Shandong, Weihai, China.

Professor Walker was diagnosed with Macular Degeneration and in 2004 became legally blind, which led him to write and publish 'Not Dark Yet'. 'Not Dark Yet' drew critical acclaim and was translated into Chinese for publication in March 2014.

Yonghua Liu - Professor, Polar Research Institute of China

Yonghua Liu - Professor, Polar Research Institute of China

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

University of Newcastle Alumnus
Shanghai based

Prof Yonghua Liu is a senior scientist at the Atmospheric Science and Space Physics Department at the Polar Research Institute of China and graduated with a PhD from the University of Newcastle where he completed a thesis entitled: ‘ULF Waves in the Earth’s Magnetosphere’.

As a researcher, Professor Liu has written more than 45 scientific papers with 18 in SCI journals including GRL and JGR. He is an expert on Ultra Low Frequency (ULF) waves and has published a number of papers investigating wave size, sources, characteristics, phase structure and propagations in the magnetosphere.

Professor Liu has led many high level projects as the Chief Investigator including a conjugate study on Pc5 pulsation at high latitude, a 300,000 RMB project support by the Natural Scientific Foundation of China and a collaborative research project on Space Plasma Waves between China and Australia. He also played a key role in a 10 million RMB project supported by the Natural Scientific Foundation of China on Geo-Space Storm courses at multi-temporal and spatial scales.

In recognition of his research, Professor Liu won the Excellent Paper Award on Polar Scientific Research of China three times (2009, 2010 and 2014). He has also won the 2nd Award of Science and Technology Progress in Shanghai (2005), the 2nd Award of the Oceanic Scientific Creation in State Oceanic Administration of China (2005, 2011) and the 1st Award of the Oceanic Scientific Creation in State Oceanic Administration of China (2001).

Dr Tianbiao Zhu - Associate Professor and Associate Dean, School of Government, Peking University

Dr Tianbiao Zhu - Associate Professor and Associate Dean, School of Government, Peking University

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

University of Sydney Alumnus
Beijing based

Dr Tianbiao Zhu has demonstrated significant academic achievement in the fields of policy and government research in China. He is currently the Associate Professor and Associate Dean at Peking University, one of the most prestigious institutions in China.

During his time at Peking University, he has been presented with many teaching awards such as the Excellent Teacher Award in Beijing in 2009. He was voted "Most Popular Teacher" by students in the School of Government and one of the Top Ten Teachers of the university in 2004.

Dr Zhu is the author of three books, including The Origin and Transformation of Northeast Asian Developmentalism in Taiwan and South Korea and numerous articles. He is also Chief Editor of a series of translations called Comparative Political Economy which are published by Jinlin Publishing Corporation.

Tianbiao Zhu graduated from Sydney in 1993 with a Bachelor of Economics (Social Sociences), first class honors where he also won the University Medal. Furthering his studies at Cornell University he gained a PhD in 2000. While at Cornell, Tianbiao also took time off to complete a Masters in Management at Cambridge in 1999.

Dr Xiaofei Zhang - Professor in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Second affiliated Hospital of Zhejiang University Medical College

Dr Xiaofei Zhang - Professor in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Second affiliated Hospital of Zhejiang University Medical College

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

University of Newcastle Alumnus
Hangzhou Based

Professor Zhang is a Professor in Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Director of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Second Affiliated Hospital of Zhejiang University Medical College. Professor Zhang’s area of expertise is in non-communicable diseases (NCD), which the World Health Organisation says are responsible for more than 36 million deaths each year.

Professor Zhang is a prolific researcher with more than 37 publications in national and international journals and books. He has investigated a wide range of areas including epidemic trends, risk factors and the prevention of cardiovascular disease in China, work and disability related injuries in the US, risk factors for strokes, factors influencing hypertension and AIDS.

In 2008, Professor Zhang was offered a Senior Research Fellow in Epidemiology at the University of Sydney, Australia. There he worked on an initiative for tobacco control in China and also salt modeling work for predicting cardiovascular disease among Australians.

From 2009 to 2012 he was a Professor in Epidemiology and Public Health at the National Center for Chronic and Non-Communicable Disease Control and Prevention in China. Professor Zhang was involved in high-level research projects such as developing a city demonstration-modeling program to prevent non-communicable disease in China. His public health research and practice has helped inform policy decisions and evidence-based medicine by identifying risk factors for disease and targets for preventive medicine.

He graduated from the University of Newcastle with a PhD in Clinical Epidemiology and Community Health in 2006.


Australia China Alumni Award for ICT and New Media


Lei Cheng  - Anchor of CCTV-News

Lei Cheng - Anchor of CCTV-News

Winner of Australia China Alumni Award for ICT and New Media

University of Queensland Alumna
Beijing based


Originally from Hunan, Cheng Lei is a Chinese turned Aussie, accountant turned reporter and multi-award winning television anchor and producer.

Beijing based, Cheng Lei is a Certified Practicing Accountant having graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce from The University of Queensland (UQ) in 1995.

Cheng Lei began her professional career in Australia, holding accountancy and business analyst roles with Cadbury Schweppes and ExxonMobil immediately following University. She returned to China in 2000 as Business Analyst for Luneng Finemores Logistics – a Sino-Australian logistics joint venture. It was here she garnered a taste for the stories behind China’s fast-changing economy and began reporting on China’s business and economic issues spending 9 years as the China Correspondent for CNBC Asia from 2003. She began her media career at CCTV-News in 2002 and returned in 2012. As a bi-lingual television journalist and anchor, Lei has continued to bring Chinese business news to global audiences and global business stories to Chinese viewers in both English and Mandarin.

The UQ Commerce Degree proved the perfect grounding enabling her to accurately interpret the market and the essence and rationale of business globally and within the Australia-China relationship.

She continues to be an Australian government accredited translator between Chinese and English. Among her translation achievements are the Communicate in Chinese series of textbooks, CCTV, Ride with Mr Wright, The Travel Channel in 2014 and monthly articles in the China Tourism magazine, HKCTP.

A frequent visitor to Australia, where she previously lived for sixteen years, she is a sought-after Master of Ceremonies and Host for major events including the Australia China Alumni Awards 2010, 2012 and 2013. She also hosted the Gala celebrating 40 years of Australia-China education ties in Canberra in 2012, the Australia China Business Awards in Beijing in 2013, the American Express China Business Travel Forum from 2005 and co-hosted the APEC Women Leadership Forum this year. She remains a successful and popular Host and media interviewer in both Australia and China.

Ms Cheng continues to contribute to promoting cross-cultural understanding, building lasting friendships, academic and business partnerships and professional educational opportunities across China and Australia. Cheng Lei has volunteered her teaching services and experience at numerous community associations and schools. She has also continued to give presentations in career guidance for the young.

Her expertise is vast encompassing everything from broadcast journalism, news writing, field producing, teaching, video production, media relations, translating and interpreting services.

Cheng Lei lists her private interests as writing about fun, travelling anywhere and laughing hard – all essential ingredients for a demanding, highly successful and public career.

Allen (Qi) Wu - Founder and CEO of DSV Network Technology Co. Ltd

Allen (Qi) Wu - Founder and CEO of DSV Network Technology Co. Ltd

Finalist: Australia China Alumni Award for ICT and New Media

Monash University Alumnus
Beijing based


Allen has demonstrated entrepreneurial flair since completing a Master of International Business and returning to China. He has had significant professional success at an individual and company level and continues to demonstrate drive and enthusiasm, delivering results and founding new ventures to deliver products to consumers in the Chinese market and beyond.

Allen recently founded and is the current CEO of DSV Network Technology Co. Ltd, a venture he has been working on for the past year. The Company operates www.72byte.com and www.xchuandai.com, China’s leading intelligent hardware interactive website and China’s leading wearable devices portal. Allen has grown the company extensively, and its estimated current market value is over US$30 million. Allen is based in Beijing and is concentrating on further growth and development of the company.

Prior to founding DSV Network Technology Co.Ltd, Allen was a Co-Founder and the President of www.nengyuan.com for 2 years. The website is a China energy website and was the first website for Chinese energy trading and has offered a platform for China’s value chain of the energy industry. Through the effective website SEO execution plan Allen oversaw significant improvements in company performance, included improvements to nengyuan.com traffic.

Allen was also the General Manager of a Chinese region of a B2B internet trading company, www.tradekey.com in a Middle Eastern Country. He was the first Chinese staff member who helped develop the Tradekey China Office and the Tradekey Chinese Company and the only Chinese person on the senior executive team of the Company. Allen progressed through various roles at the company from a BD Senior Executive to achieve the position of General Manager.

Allen has shown consistently high performance over his career in a very short period of time. His entrepreneurial skills have allowed him to create and deliver business models, build teams of people, and create and grow businesses.

Alan Ip - Director, Development Tools, Greater China of Microsoft

Alan Ip - Director, Development Tools, Greater China of Microsoft

Finalist: Australia China Alumni Award for ICT and New Media

University of Newcastle Alumnus
Beijing based


Dr Alan Ip has more than 20 years’ experience in business management, working with some of the largest IT and telecommunications companies in the world including IBM, Telelogic, Compuware, Oracle, PeopleSoft, Dell Computer, Microsoft and PCCW. Among his notable skills, Alan is an expert in enterprise software, Solution Architecture, Cloud Computing, virtualization, business analysis and IT service management.

Alan’s expertise culminated in his appointment earlier this year as Director/General Manager of Development Tools for Microsoft’s Greater China operations. In this role Alan oversees software development and platform tools across China; defines sales and marketing strategies with Developer Tools priorities; and leads and manages a large and highly motivated team of direct solutions sales, telesales, technical sales and marketing specialists.

Prior to Microsoft, Alan was an Executive at Rational Software, Greater China for IBM. IBM was ranked by Fortune in 2012 as the second largest US firm in terms of employees and the ninth most profitable. At IBM Alan led sales, presales, marketing and operations teams to meet company assigned targets. He also led business opportunities for IBM, including major enterprises with government and commercial customers.

As General Manager of IBM Rational and Director of Microsoft Development Tools for Greater China region, Alan has been the business and technology evangelizing leader to lead and drive the ALM (application development lifecycle management) business and growing the market at 20%+ rate YOY (year on year basis). Alan has not only helped local software developers to learn and improve application development skills and knowledge, but to help improving enterprise and government’s competitiveness, ability and capability under the current application software and knowledge driven economy.

From 2008-11 Alan worked with Telelogic, a software business headquartered in Malmo, Sweden, which is now owned by IBM. Alan held two positions at Telelogic including Country Manager (Rational) for South China and General Manager and Regional Director for Hong Kong and Taiwan. In the latter position, Alan reported to the President of the Asia Pacific Division and held profit and loss responsibility and general management for Telelogic business in Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan regions. Alan created and managed the company’s business in selling Application Lifecycle Management and Enterprise Lifecycle Management solutions to all customers in the regions. Alan also led complex sales campaigns and developed strategic account relationships with customers across different industry sectors some of which included HSBC, Hutchinson, China Light and Power and Chunghwa Telecom.

In the two years prior to Telelogic, Alan worked for Compuware Asia Pacific Limited as the Director, Partner Business Development Group, North Asia. In this role, Alan identified and managed partnership with technology partners such as Microsoft, HP, Oracle and IBM. He was responsible for the sell-through business in North Asia including China PRC, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau and Guam to meet company targets.

Over his dynamic career within IT and telecommunications, Alan has also worked for Oracle, Dell and Microsoft in Hong Kong and PCCW in various roles in senior sales and business development positions.

Robert Zhu - Executive Chairman of Shenzhen ZNV Technology Co., Ltd.

Robert Zhu - Executive Chairman of Shenzhen ZNV Technology Co., Ltd.

Finalist: Australia China Alumni Award for ICT and New Media

RMIT and Monash University Alumnus
Shenzhen based

After Robert Zhu graduated from Monash University with a MBA, his career started to take off. Robert steadily rose through the ranks at ABB Group (one of the largest electrical engineering company in the world), during his 10 years with them. He began his time at ABB Group as a Product Manager and he reached the position of Group Vice President.

Robert worked as the Asia Pacific President for Tyco International for 5 years before he joined ZNV as Executive Chairman.

He has helped ZNV achieve many important milestones. The latest one being the launch of the world's first H.265 High-Definition IP Camera. This innovative camera requires less bandwidth for its video stream transmission, less space to store the videos and can record quality videos even in very poor light conditions.


Beck Property - Australia China Alumni Award for Corporate Achievement


Richard David - Executive Chairman/Managing Partner and Proventus Asia/The Bund Capital Investors

Richard David - Executive Chairman/Managing Partner and Proventus Asia/The Bund Capital Investors

Winner of Beck Property - Australia China Alumni Award for Corporate Achievement

Queensland University of Technology Alumnus
Shanghai based


With more than 30 years of experience in all facets of real estate including 15 years in senior operational roles in China, Mr. Richard David has played a prominent and influential role in the burgeoning Chinese real estate market.

His career in China has largely mapped the evolution of the Chinese real estate markets, growing from the nationwide surge in residential construction in the late 1990’s to the development of non-residential real estate which occurred as the finance and service sectors grew exponentially. His recent movement into the Chinese real estate private equity sector signifies the next opportunity for growth, investment and wealth creation.

Mr. David’s experience in China includes the establishment of three full-service real estate development management platforms, the development of more than 5000 residential dwellings, the development and management of more than 1.5 million square meters of commercial real estate, the management of foreign-sourced private equity and a number of significant capital markets and merger & acquisitions transactions.

Relocating to China from Australia in 1999, Richard first headed up Macquarie Bank’s China real estate business. This was one of the earliest investors or developers to take advantage of the then-privatization of China’s residential housing sector and the first foreign real estate investor to acquire commercial real estate en masse.

Mr. David is just as passionate about corporate social responsibility and giving back to his community. In 2008 he received the Shanghai “Charity Star” award for his leadership in charity programs including work undertaken with the City Charitable Foundation and UNICEF to secure funding and capital for reconstruction programs, aid and community health activities, and welfare support for children and the elderly. He was also a director of the Forterra Foundation for the Children of China, established to provide aid, education and welfare to China’s and activities across rural and regional China, positively influencing the lives of over 20,000 children.

Simon Lance - Regional Director for Hays in China

Simon Lance - Regional Director for Hays in China

Finalist: Beck Property - Australia China Alumni Award for Corporate Achievement

The University of Western Australia Alumnus
Shanghai based


As the Regional Director for Hays in China, Simon Lance not only leads an industry-leading recruiting business in China, but is also considered by many as a thought leader in attracting talent in China.

One of Simon’s passions is to work with young people from overseas who are looking to start their professional career in China. He provides them with personal advice and guidance about their job search and career prospects. He is actively involved with both local and international universities to promote careers in China and to attract overseas Chinese to return to China. He also works closely with the multiple chambers of commerce and large MNCs to provide his insight into best business practices and cross-cultural management issues.

Within Hays, Simon has played an instrumental role in changing the culture and direction of this business. Always standing by his people, he strives to achieve business profit whilst ensuring that Hays remains an employer of choice and provides an environment that cultivates teamwork and collaboration. Simon also believes in the importance of running an international business with a local flair – he constantly encourages an open and cross-cultural approach to making business decisions.

Simon is never one to stand on the side-lines and he actively participates in all matters relating to his staff, whether it be attending a client meeting that a junior consultant has organised or helping a senior manager host a client networking event. He is hands-on but always encourages and empowers the next generation to step-up and lead. One of the most impressive traits Simon has demonstrated in the past 3 years is his strategic mindset and approach to driving Hays to become the leading recruitment brand in China.

From the moment he landed in Shanghai in 2011, Simon set out to achieve a 3-year plan that will position the business in a dominating position in the Asia arena. Demonstrating foresight and patience and commitment to executing his plan, anyone from clients to candidates will agree that the business today is significantly different to what it was three years ago.

A particularly noteworthy point is Simon’s vision to differentiate Hays in the recruitment industry. Unlike many of its competitors, Hays is a business that cares deeply about customer service and building long-term relationships. As of today, closely 90% of their clients and candidates in China will actively promote Hays as their recruitment partner – an impressive result considering most recruitment companies don’t even measure customer satisfaction.

Darren Burns - President of Weber Shandwick China

Darren Burns - President of Weber Shandwick China

Finalist: Beck Property - Australia China Alumni Award for Corporate Achievement

Griffith University Alumnus
Shanghai


Darren Burns has dedicated the past 18 years to helping brands manage their reputations and develop genuine engagement with audiences in the Greater China region. As President of Weber Shandwick China, he is responsible for developing strategic business communications solutions for a broad range of global and local clients in one of the world’s most exciting and dynamic markets.
Darren’s passion for delivering creative, results-oriented, integrated campaigns has helped Weber Shandwick become one of China’s most celebrated agencies, including being named Greater China PR Consultancy of the Year in 2014 by PRWeek.

Prior to his recent appointment, Darren helmed Weber Shandwick China as Managing Director since 2012, after leading operations for the firm in Shanghai and Guangzhou since 2006. Before that, Darren was Managing Director of GolinHarris in Taiwan. He started his career in Asia as a journalist and marketing consultant in 1996.

He has served a vast array of clients in Taiwan, mainland China and the greater Asia Pacific region, spanning the consumer, finance, technology and corporate arenas. These include leading teams to create international award-winning campaigns for General Motors, Nike, MasterCard Worldwide, Unilever, Yahoo!, Kimberly-Clark, New Zealand Meat and Wool, and Merck KgaA among others. Darren has also led global campaigns for clients out of Greater China.

Darren holds two undergraduate degrees in International Business Management and Asian Studies from Griffith University in Australia. He has also completed executive education courses at Harvard Business School. Darren is a regular industry commentator and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.

Throughout his career Darren has demonstrated a commitment to furthering Australia and China’s business relationships and passing on his knowledge by extending many internship opportunities to undergraduates. Darren often hosts students from Australian universities and has created an internship program for returning students from the University of Southern California. He has also worked to create innovative content and film internships with Ngee Ann Polytechnic out of Singapore. Additionally, Darren has given training sessions to visiting classes from James Cook University and Murdoch University among others.

He is hugely dedicated to his staff at Weber Shandwick, nurturing their time with the company as a career not just as a ‘job’. Darren has actively created a number of programs to enhance staff training providing them with new skills and offering benefits and incentives for staff to encourage them to achieve their best.

Even with his extensive corporate success, Darren still finds time to play cricket in Pudong and was a part of the Shanghai Cricket Club Executive Committee. The league grew from four teams in 2008 to 16 teams in three divisions in 2011.

Gregory Smith - Regional Director Asia Pacific, iRAP

Gregory Smith - Regional Director Asia Pacific, iRAP

Finalist: Beck Property - Australia China Alumni Award for Corporate Achievement

University of Wollongong Alumnus
Beijing based


Greg Smith displays his true commitment and passion for safety by working with countries that need and want to improve road safety. He is currently the Regional Director, Asia Pacific of iRAP, a registered charity dedicated to preventing the more than 3500 road deaths that occur every day worldwide. At the heart of iRAP is a spirit of cooperation, that is demonstrated through their provision of tools and training to help automobile associations, governments, funding agencies, research institutes and other non-government organisations in more than 70 countries make roads safe.

Greg’s strong technical engineering skills gained from his undergraduate studies at UOW have laid the foundation for his work in road safety and this expertise has been highly transferable internationally, including in China. He went on to further studies in Policy at the Australian National University focusing on governance and economics.

Greg is a strong advocate for building a strong relationship between both countries and iRAP works with Australian road authorities, research organisations (such as ARRB Group) and motoring clubs, each of which are considered leaders internationally.

Since 2012, Greg has been working very closely with the team in Beijing to help develop and enhance their capacity to improve road safety, and this is now translating into successes. Not only is the team in high-demand in China, but also internationally and Greg is one of just a few non-Chinese to be working in this area of specialisation in China. He is currently working with the Ministry of Transport in China on the China Road Assessment Program (ChinaRAP). This program provides roads with a star rating according to their crash risk levels and develops safety countermeasure plans. It is now being used in 14 city and highway projects across China, helping to shape development bank projects worth more than 9 billion RMB (USD 1.5 billion). The Research Institute of Highways (RIOH), part of the Chinese Ministry of Transport recently won the iRAP Asia Star Pacific Star Performer award for the leadership of ChinaRAP.

Greg has also won a number awards including the Prince Michael International Road Safety Award (2014), the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITEANZ) Emerging Professional of the Year Award (2010) and the Roads Engineering Association of Asia and Australasia (REAAA) Katahira Award for Best Technical Paper (2009).

Outside of his work commitments, Greg is a volunteer coach with HeyRunning, China’s largest international running community training thousands of runners of all skill levels to either become fit and healthy or achieve new running goals.

Tommy Shen -- HR Director (Global) for Sanpower Group

Tommy Shen -- HR Director (Global) for Sanpower Group

Finalist: Beck Property - Australia China Alumni Award for Corporate Achievement

CQ University Alumnus
Nanjing based


In 1998, Mr Shen graduated from the CQ University with a Masters of Business and Administration. He returned to China after graduation. He strongly believes that it is the manner of thinking that was cultivated in him during his time at an Australian university that helped his achievements in his field of human resources management over the last sixteen years. In all aspects of his career, he upholds the principle of "Think globally, Act locally".

Mr Shen started his career in the American company, TRW, as the first human resources manager in China from 1998 to 2001.

Before Mr Shen's current position of the Global HR Director of Sanpower Group, he worked for several multinational companies. He has worked for China Sunergy as the Global HR Director between 2010 and 2014 where he helped drive China Sunergy from being a local Chinese company to an international enterprise listed in NASDAQ with an annual revenue of 10 billion. Faced with the policy of anti-dumping and anti-subsidies in the US and Europe, Mr Shen was the key decision maker to establish a factory in Turkey to transfer Sunergy's capacity. That decision proved crucial and China Sunergy's 200 MV output last year helped it overcame the crisis.

From 2007 to 2009, he was the Director of Human Resources of Saint-Gobain in China . He also worked for Spirent Communications (Asia) Ltd. as a Senior HR Manager between 2004 and 2006.

Mr.Shen is also the member of Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario and Human Resources Association of China. His commitment to the Association leads to the cross cultural communication and mentorship. He held more than 30 seminars during the past 3 years, coaching and mentoring the other members not only in China, but also in Australia and Canada. He thinks mentorship may be broader than just showing someone the ropes in the organization. It can include wide-ranging career and life advice, and as Drucker said, provide big benefits not only to the “mentee” but also to the mentor. Mr. Shen saw self-management as an ongoing discipline, requiring self-knowledge, introspection, and personal responsibility. He promotes Peter Drucker’s theory to the Association. With his influence, more than 2500 members became the follower of Peter Drucker’s theory and the “ CEO of their own life and career”. He promotes Drucker’s tenets which help staffs create a more satisfying and meaningful life and career.

Eric (Donghang) Huang - Deputy General Manager of Sales & Marketing Country Garden Phoenix International Hotels Management Company

Eric (Donghang) Huang - Deputy General Manager of Sales & Marketing Country Garden Phoenix International Hotels Management Company

Finalist: Beck Property - Australia China Alumni Award for Corporate Achievement

Murdoch University and Edith Cowan University Alumnus
Guangzhou based


With a double master degrees in Information Systems and City Policy, Eric was appointed as the Head of Marketing and Sales to China Hotel by the American Marriott Group. He later joined Netel Computer Information Technology (Zhuhai) Ltd and gained a rich experience of eCommerce and data analysis.

In 2011, Eric joined Country Garden Phoenix International Hotels Management Company. With a dedicated interest in the applications of innovative Internet technology, he built up the company’s central reservation system and official website. His data analysis skills and management ability were clearly demonstrated during his time with Country Garden Phoenix and he was promoted to the General Manager of Sales & Marketing in 2013. Eric led his team to increase online sales by 86% in 2013 and was presented with an “Outstanding Manager” award by the company.

Yalei Hao -- Deputy Director, New Business Foreign Cooperation Administration, PetroChina

Yalei Hao -- Deputy Director, New Business Foreign Cooperation Administration, PetroChina

Finalist: Beck Property - Australia China Alumni Award for Corporate Achievement

University of South Australia Alumnus
Beijing based


Dr. Hao Yalei graduated from the University of South Australia with a PhD in 2009. From 2008 to 2012, Dr. Hao was the Deputy Director of Natural Gas Project Management in PetroChina's Foreign Cooperation Administration. He was actively involved in supervising and directing the implementation of natural gas projects between international oil companies like Chevron, Shell and Total. During this period more than 10 billion USD was invested in these projects, including two with Australian interests. The accumulated natural gas production was more than 45 billion cubic meters, part of which was supplied to Beijing during the 2008 Olympic season.

Currently, as Deputy Director of New Business, he is one of the few key contacts of PetroChina with regards to upstream cooperation with international oil companies.

Dr. Hao has been instrumental in the success of PetroChina. His significant contributions to the company have resulted in a solid foundation for PetroChina's international cooperative ability. Consequently, during Dr Hao's tenure, PetroChina has signed more than 10 agreements and contracts with firms such as Chevron, BP, ConocoPhillips and Eni.

Furthermore, Dr. Hao has been a frequent contributor to the cultural and academic activities of the University of South Australia’s International Graduate School of Business MBA program. Dr Hao is a committed Alumnus, volunteering as a guest speaker to address UniSA students interested in doing business with China and bringing his Australian and Chinese business partners and associates with him. He is passionate about disseminating his professional knowledge and business experience in oil industry in such a way as to give as much back to society as he can.

Dr. Hao works tirelessly to promote cultural understanding between Australia and China.


Australia China Alumni Award for Women in Leadership


Professor Linhong Wang - Executive Deputy Director, National Center for Chronic and Non-communicable Disease Control and Prevention, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Professor Linhong Wang - Executive Deputy Director, National Center for Chronic and Non-communicable Disease Control and Prevention, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Winner of Australia China Alumni Award for Women in Leadership

Griffith University Alumna
Beijing Based

Professor Linhong Wang’s has demonstrated outstanding leadership and contributions to China’s public health, particularly in the areas of female health and non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

As China CDC’s Deputy Director of Maternal and Child Health, she has played a key role in leading a professional network of 120,000 physicians and health workers and national research teams to address women's health issues. Under her leadership, maternal and child mortality and morbidity, health service standards particularly in the HIV/AIDS mother to child prevention and capacity of reproductive health workers in rural areas have improved significantly. As evidence of the recognition for her outstanding leadership and achievements, in 2011 she was appointed the executive Deputy Director of the National Center for NCDs, to build and lead a team to address this immense health challenge which currently accounts for over 80% of the disease burden that affects China.

In 1994 Professor Wang was selected by Beijing Medical University as part of a distinguished pool of medical doctors to undertake a research traineeship at Griffith University. She was promoted to the Deputy Director of the National Center for Women and Children’s Health in 2003 and has since led professional and research teams addressing key areas of sexual and reproductive health: maternal mortality reduction, adolescent health, cervical cancer screening, prevention of mother to child HIV transmission and women’s gynecological diseases.

Apart from winning many national awards, her notable contributions to the field include:
1) securing funding from the World Bank, WHO, the UN Family Planning Association, USCDC, and MOH of China to lead 16 national project teams to address serious reproductive health problems;
2) leading research teams to publish over 100 scientific articles and over 30 scholarly monographs, including as chief editor of 11 textbooks to improve and standardize professional practices;
3) presiding over many international and local project teams on NCDs, including national high risk behavior surveillance, intervention & evaluation of NCD projects, comprehensive management of hypertension and diabetes mellitus, investigation of health of the elderly;
4) serving as a member of the Chinese Preventive Medicine Association, the chairperson of the Women’s Health Care Branch of CPMA, and a member of the national consultation committee of Chinese ministry of health, WHO, UNFPA, UNCEF and World Bank’s projects;
5) involvement in the development of national policy, and regional and global strategy in women’s health and NCDs.

Professor Wang has also committed to reduce inequity in health, particularly between urban and rural areas. She has devoted herself to improving the health services for poor rural women by finding resources to improve the capacity of health workers. This has been achieved through training programs and the development of technical guidelines and appropriate technologies to improve service quality.

As an alumni of Griffith University, Wang has facilitated collaborations between the two institutes and was instrumental in an MOU in 2013 between Griffith University and her National NCD Center. Several of Griffith's alumni are now working under her to develop and implement national programs of significance.

Yao Yi - Lawyer and Managing Partner, East & Concord Partner

Yao Yi - Lawyer and Managing Partner, East & Concord Partner

Finalist: Australia China Alumni Award for Women in Leadership

The University of Melbourne Alumna
Beijing Based

Yao Yi is a founding partner of Chinese law firm, East & Concord Partners and is known in the market for her impressive client list and rich experience in handling high profile transactions.

She has over 20 years of legal experience specializing in corporate law with a focus on foreign investment in China, mergers and acquisitions, company restructuring, banking and finance.

Focused on building a strong commercial, management and leadership structure for Concord & Partners in August 2014 Yao Yi led a merger between Concord & Partners and East Associates Law Firm - two prestigious law firms with considerable influence in the field. After the completion of the merger in December 2014, Yao Yi will be a senior partner of the newly merged East & Concord Partners; a firm with hundreds of legal professionals and offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Wuhan.

In 2014 Yao Yi was named as the leading lawyer when Chambers Asia Pacific Clients Guide listed Concord & Partners as the leading law firm for “company acquisition” in 2014. The firm was recognized as the leading firm in “Energy and Mineral resources”. In 2013, Concord & Partners won the inaugural China Business Law Award in the Energy, Projects and Infrastructure division.

Yao Yi is Deputy Director of the Beijing Bar Association, a member of the Company Law Professional Committee and an independent Director of the Bridge Trust Investment Co. Ltd, a leading trust joint venture between China Power Investment Corporation and J.P. Morgan.

Following graduation with a Masters of Law from University of Melbourne in 1996, Yao Yi worked as a lawyer at Minter Ellison in Melbourne. Returning to China she played a fundamental role in the establishment of Concord & Partners, which originated from the former Beijing Foreign Economic Law Office, a prestigious state-owned law firm established in 1983 where Yao Yi had previously worked as a legal assistant. She was promoted to Partner during the firm’s transition.

Yao Yi has made a valuable contribution to the University of Melbourne's current and future students and China-based alumni through her active and ongoing involvement in the university's activities.

Yao Yi has also been a high profile attendee at a number of alumni receptions including as co-host of an exclusive dinner in Beijing celebrating the launch of the University of Melbourne’s ‘Believe’ Campaign in March 2014. This campaign aims to raise $500million (AUD) by 2017 in support of scholarships, research and infrastructure projects for the university.

In addition to her degree from the University of Melbourne, Yao Yi earned a Bachelor and Masters degree from Renmin University in China.

Huaijian Pu - China Commercial Director, Prosegur China

Huaijian Pu - China Commercial Director, Prosegur China

Finalist: Australia China Alumni Award for Women in Leadership

RMIT University Alumna
Shanghai Based

Ms Pu Huaijian is an accomplished professional with more than 14 years of experience working for multinationals in the functional areas of Business Development, Business Operations and Events Management in both China and Australia.

Ms Huaijian has made tangible contributions to the early phases of the development of the security industry in China and has established herself as a successful innovator in the sector.

Ms Huaijian is currently the China Commercial Director for Prosegur, a multinational company offering security solutions across Asia, Europe, Oceania and Latin America. In this role, she is responsible for developing and implementing commercial strategies for all of the China business units, and building and leading the commercial team.

Prior to joining Prosegur, Ms Huaijian worked as the China Business Development Manager and the Sales and Marketing Manager for G4S, the largest security company worldwide with over 600,000 employees and operations in 125 countries. She successfully led the smooth transition of G4S China’s largest global account and achieved similar results in Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines.

She is actively involved with the ASIS Shanghai Chapter, the world’s preeminent Security Professional Association, and is currently a candidate for the Certified Protection Professional (CPP) training.

Ms Huaijian has also worked extensively for many Australian companies. As the China Centre Manager for Servcorp, she managed the company’s largest business centre in the Asia Pacific Region and ensuring that it became and reamained the most profitable unit in the Greater China Region. Ms Huaijian also contributed significantly to the development of the China market in her previous roles at Crown, Noppen and Marcus Evans.

Tracy Colgan - President & Managing Director, Kamsky Associates, Inc

Tracy Colgan - President & Managing Director, Kamsky Associates, Inc

Finalist: Australia China Alumni Award for Women in Leadership

The University of Melbourne Alumna
Beijing Based

Ms Colgan is President of corporate advisory firm Kamsky Associates Inc (KAI) and is Managing Director of KAI’s China Operations.

Ms Colgan joined KAI in 1993 as a Consultant, later rising to the position of Lead Consultant and then Managing Director, and was appointed President in 2000. She is responsible for the overall management and strategic direction of KAI, as well as overseeing the structuring and implementation of client engagements involving China and the Asia Pacific Region.

Ms Colgan’s significant experience with KAI has seen her advise across a range of sectors including financial services, chemicals, paper and packaging, aviation, entertainment, publishing, and natural resources. She is known for her abilities in ensuring that clients achieve their direct investment goals in China, blending her expertise in China-specific issues and cultural sensitivities with a keen understanding of business fundamentals.

Ms Colgan remains at the forefront of cross-border mergers and acquisitions. Direct investment projects she has led to completion include: a $30 million joint venture chemicals manufacturing facility in Shanghai; a $50 million wholly foreign owned enterprise based in Guangzhou; a joint venture with the People’s Bank of China in Beijing involving issues of high national priority to China; and a cooperative aviation venture based out of Zhuhai, near the border with Macau. Ms Colgan has not only driven the partner identification, due diligence, negotiation, and approval processes for these investment projects, but has remained closely involved as an advisor to the Board of Directors on ongoing operational issues.

Ms Colgan is Chair of the Australian Chamber of Commerce in Beijing, which is a not-for-profit organization that represents over 250 corporate and individual members doing business in China. In this role she strives to bring together experts and professionals from Australian and Chinese business to optimize the opportunities and overcome the challenges faced by Australian businesses operating in China.

Ms Colgan has been recognised as an influential leader in Asia through her inclusion as one of the Advance Asia Summit 50; a list of notable alumni from Australian universities based in Asia. She is active in women’s issues in Beijing, including the AustCham Women's group Phoenix which runs a popular mentoring program for young professionals in Beijing with 85 Broads and Amcham.

Following her studies at the University of Melbourne, Ms Colgan was awarded a private corporate scholarship by Qantas to study Mandarin at the Beijing Languages Institute. She was then awarded a two-year scholarship from the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, under which she completed post-graduate study at Wuhan University and in Beijing at People’s University.

 Sarah Lim - Partner Communications for Greater China, Apple

Sarah Lim - Partner Communications for Greater China, Apple

Finalist: Australia China Alumni Award for Women in Leadership

Queensland University of Technology Alumna
Beijing based

Ms Sarah Lim has forged a highly successful career as a senior sales and marketing executive in the competitive global technology and telecommunications market. After graduating from Queensland University of Technology in 1995 with a Bachelor Degree in Information Technology, Ms Lim was one of the first women to work in the technology field. She has since embarked on an international career for 18 years with 10 years working in China since 2005.

Ms Lim currently heads up the Greater China Partner Communications team for Apple, and is responsible for planning and executing brand communications to support Apple's as well as its strategic carrier and retail partners’ objectives. She played a key role in forging relationships with China Mobile, the largest mobile service provider by network scale and subscriber base (over 760 million customers) in China, which resulted in Apple rapidly securing a large percentage of China’s booming and highly lucrative premium phone market following the launch of iPhone in early 2014. She continued to work closely with all the carrier partners across China, Hong Kong and Taiwan in the lead up to the launch of the new iPhone 6 this year.

Previously Ms Lim held senior roles at leading US microprocessor manufacturing company Intel in Beijing and Shanghai. In her Intel Marketing Development role for the Lenovo Account, Ms Lim established a profitable, self-sustaining retail storefront project, which generated a 9 points growth for the company’s high-end processor share. She was also responsible for overseeing the worldwide launch of Intel's Ultrabook campaign to establish Lenovo as an early Ultrabook category leader.

Her other notable achievements include executing Intel’s largest-ever Intel Developer Forum in Beijing which hosted over 7,000 attendees, developing children-focused content for the Intel Museum hosted within the China Science and Technology Museum (Beijing), managing Intel’s Channel Partner program which benefited 30,000 channel partners across Asia-Pacific; and managing all of Intel China’s corporate events including the executive trips of Intel’s ex-Chairman and CEO. In 2008 Ms Lim led a 10-day visit by Intel ex-Chairman Mr Craig Barrett to provide disaster relief to communities affected by the Sichuan earthquake.

Prior to moving to China in 2005, Ms Lim was based in Singapore where she supported sales and marketing teams for NTTDoCoMo (Inter-touch) and was responsible for business development, securing new accounts, increasing sales revenue (221% increase with significant gains in Singapore, Thailand and Philippines) and penetrating new markets such as Indonesia. She also oversaw an APAC regional revenue of over US$20m for US Robotics. Her work at 3Com resulted in a gold award for exceptional performance on driving mobile wireless connectivity initiatives.

Mylene Ong - Head of Planning, BBH (Bartle Bogle Hegarty)

Mylene Ong - Head of Planning, BBH (Bartle Bogle Hegarty)

Finalist: Australia China Alumni Award for Women in Leadership

University of Newcastle Alumna
Shanghai Based

Mylene Ong is an advertising professional who has worked with some of the world’s largest advertising agencies on well known brands including Dulux, IKEA, Macy’s, Nestle, Smirnoff, Kraft and Unilever. As an expert strategic planner, Mylene excels in creating insightful strategies for brands. She is a specialist in combining market data, consumer research, cultural context, and product knowledge within a strategy to enable the agency to produce innovative communication ideas that will stick in consumers’ minds and, more importantly, will make a difference in their lives.

Mylene is currently the Head of Planning for Bartle Bogle Hegarty (BBH) in Shanghai. BBH is an award-winning British advertising agency, which delivers integrated digital, broadcast, and print and brand publishing communications. BBH employs more than 1,000 staff with offices in London, New York, Sao Paulo, Singapore, Mumbai, Los Angeles and Shanghai. The firm’s impressive list of clients includes Audi, PlayStation, Levi Strauss, British Airways, Johnnie Walker and Axe.

At BBH Shanghai, Mylene manages a team of eight planners across 12 active brands. She oversees brand strategy and engagement planning for the entire agency; leads BBH’s consulting arm, driving both project strategy and business development; and directs BBH’s strategic thought leadership.

Some of the key accounts Mylene has been heavily involved with at BBH include Dulux, IKEA and Inoherb, China’s biggest skincare company. Mylene was responsible for developing Dulux’s global strategy for China. She launched the Dulux Million Colorful Starts campaign in 2012; developed CQ, a colour personality tool to stimulate interest beyond white and pastels; and launched Dulux Ambiance, a fashion platform that gives consumers a new navigation tool when choosing paint.

Prior to BBH, Mylene was the Planning Director for JTW New York, the fourth-largest agency network in the world. Mylene worked on campaigns for Macy’s, Nestle Stouffers, Nestle Toll House and Smirnoff. Her key achievements included launching the Believe holiday campaign for Macy’s. Mylene also provided planning for Nestle Stouffer’s Let’s Fix Dinner campaign, which was awarded a Silver Effie marketing effectiveness award in 2010. In 2009 Mylene came to the rescue of Nestle Toll House after an Ecoli crisis forced their products to be withdrawn from the shelves for six weeks. Mylene launched the Bake Some Love campaign, which was so successful that it quickly re-established Toll House’s Standing as America’s Favourite Cookie.

Mylene’s impressive career spans across 3 international cities: Singapore, New York and Shanghai. Her other experiences include time with Draft FCB New York as a Senior Creative Planner working across Kraft Foods accounts; Senior Creative Planner with MFP New York; and Strategic Planner/Account Director with M&C Saatchi in Singapore.

Mylene is most passionate in understanding the deeper workings of culture, trends and innovation, particularly in women, home-life and food & beverage categories. She recently led the planning team to create a strategic blog that investigates the intersections of strategy, culture and creativity in China.