Associate Team

Yushan LI

Communications Associate

Yushan Li is a project manager at one of the Fortune Global 500 corporations, China State Construction Engineering Corporation. She is a very passionate professional who constantly seeks to maximize her full potential in eliminating the gap among different cultural backgrounds using her expertise.

Yushan has worked both in Australia and China, and enjoys working with a diverse network of people in a multi-cultural context. She is an active promoter of dialogues among Australia, China, US and Europe, and has been involved in different kinds of cross-cultural projects. Examples of these include an academic exchange with Hawaii University and collaboration with Finland VTT.

Yushan has extensive experience in delivering results for a variety of clients. Her team collaborates with architects, researchers and economic experts to study the practice and exploration of new urbanisation in China. In their work they identify how their company can play a vital role in urbanisation process, and based on their research, position themselves strategically to achieve this goal. Prior to entering her career in planning, she worked in an international media company in Australia as she sees media as a catalyst, an enlarger to direct public opinion.

Using her fluent bilingual skills Yushan has been able to establish strong connections overseas and convince her network abroad to find potential markets in China.

Yushan holds a Master Degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Engineering from Beijing Forestry University. She was an ACYD delegate in 2016.

Joshua PICKSTONE / 朱华

Communications Associate

Joshua currently works at the ridesharing app, Uber, as a Marketing and Partnerships professional for Queensland. He has a communications and marketing background in a range of industries such as non-profit, government and education engaging current and prospective stakeholders.

He has always had a passion for Australia-China relations stemming from primary school where he studied Mandarin all the way through into tertiary studies. Not only did this discover a love for Josh’s Chinese language but also foregrounded the importance of cultural relations between Australia and China.

Josh is excited to join the ACYD team in 2017 and continue to explore that passion for Australia-China relations whilst he completes his Bachelor of Business majoring in Marketing and Public Relations at the Queensland University of Technology.

Claudia Föcking / 罗可歆

Alumni Engagement Associate

Claudia Föcking is an undergraduate student pursuing an Arts Global degree at Monash University in Melbourne.

Born and raised in Germany, Claudia developed an interest in global issues from an early age. This interest led Claudia to complete field trips to Colombia and exchanges to Shanghai and Beijing respectively.

While studying abroad in Beijing and earning a scholarship through Monash University to further her Mandarin at Tsinghua University, Claudia became involved with the Schwarzman Scholars where she was part of the public development team. While studying in Beijing, Claudia also worked in Business Advisory with a focus on assisting European SMEs in their business registration (Sino-Foreign Joint Ventures, WFOE) and overall legal set up in Mainland China.

Upon her return to Australia, Claudia joined a specialist recruitment business in Wealth Management where her focus lies on Financial Planning, ensuring that clients and candidates' needs are met. She joined the business with a mandate to grow the Wealth Management recruitment segment in Australia. 

In her free time, Claudia enjoys reading Asia-Pacific affairs and speaking foreign languages.

Dominic Meagher

Alumni Engagement Associate

Dominic is the program manager and senior economist at China Matters, a one-of-a-kind policy initiative focused exclusively from a policy perspective on China’s rise and how it matters to Australia. He is a multi-disciplinary political economist with a background in institutional economics and Chinese policy and economic analysis. Before joining China Matters Dominic was at the Fung Global Institute in Hong Kong, researching China's institutional evolution and reform process.

Dominic holds a PhD (economics) from the Australian National University where he was Rio Tinto China Scholar, as well as degrees in International Development Economics, Politics and International Relations and History.

Chloe Dempsey

Partnerships Associate

Chloe is a 2016 New Colombo Plan Scholar studying at Renmin University. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Arts at the University of Western Australia, alongside a Diploma of Modern Languages in Mandarin.

Chloe is the National Education Director for the Australia China Youth Association(ACYA) and current secretary of ACYA Beijing. Previously completing a semester at Tsinghua University under the Westpac Bicentennial Foundation’s Asian Exchange Scholarship, Chloe has had the opportunity to understand the importance that Australian business, government and community organisations place on the Australia-China relationship.

She has recently returned from the Hansen Summer Institute where she completed three-weeks of intensive learning on international cooperation, leadership and social entrepreneurship. Chloe has experience with a number of charitable organisations in Australia and has a deep interest in charitable giving and social enterprise within China. She believes organisations like ACYA create real connections across cultures that encourage collaboration and social innovation in the Australia-China space, which she aims to contribute to.

Chloe’s passion for China originates from five months in Sichuan as a volunteer teacher under a Foundation for Young Australians program. Chloe has since spent time in Zhejiang, Taiwan and Beijing.

Wayne Wang

Partnerships Associate

Wayne Wang is an outstanding young professional graduate of Australia living and working in Guangzhou. In the short time since graduating university in Australia, Wayne has made impressive contributions to both Australia and China. Wayne currently holds an executive position as Director of External Affairs at the Kingold Group. Through his work at Kingold, Wayne has helped forge ties between China and Australia, both socially and economically. His positions as Chief Representative of the Australia China Friendship and Exchange Association (ACFEA) in China and Liaison Officer at the Guangdong Foreign Affairs Office have also helped him play a meaningful role in the development of the Australia-China relationship.

Wayne has also been instrumental in facilitating connections between Australian educational institutions including UTS and University of Sydney with Chinese counterparts, leading to the establishment of educational facilities for Australian and Chinese communities.

Wayne has also played an important role in providing a platform for international discussions through his role as organizer of the Imperial Springs International Forum, where heads of state and government are invited to participate in in-depth conversations about world issues. In his role as organizer of this event, Wayne has met and hosted world leaders, heads of state, influential international dignitaries including The King Felipe of Spain, Former Prime Minister of Australia, Mr. John Howard and Former Prime Minister of New Zealand, Ms. Jenny Shipley among many others.

Wayne has also made great contributions to the education field as he also acts as a visiting lecturer at the Guangdong University of Foreign Studies where he introduces Australian culture to students. Through this role, Wayne has been able to encourage students to learn about and travel to Australia, inspiring the next generation of Australian alumni. 


Session Chair

The Partnerships Manager (Australia) is Michael McGregor.  Between 2014 and 2015 he worked at the Peking University Australian Studies Centre as Research Coordinator, focusing on Australian cultural relations, Australia-China academic exchange, assisting the organisation of the annual FASIC Conference and managing the internship program.  He also studied Chinese at Renmin University in 2013 and 2014.  Between 2011 and 2013 Michael worked as a Policy Analyst at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ), working on state and federal economic development, fiscal and monetary policy and regulatory reform policy. He holds a Masters of International Relations (East Asian Studies) and Bachelor of Management from Griffith University, receiving the Vice Chancellor’s Postgraduate Award for Academic Excellence.  He is currently based in Canberra working on Australian foreign policy in the public service.