Associate Team


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. 


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.


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.


Matt BAKER

Session Chair

Dr Matt Baker is a Lecturer in the School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences and an Affiliated Biophysicist at the EMBL Australia Node for Single Molecule Science at the University of New South Wales, in Sydney, Australia. Matt was a Delegate at ACYD in 2015 in Brisbane.

Matt completed his DPhil at Oxford University as a John Monash Scholar studying the bacterial flagellar motor that makes nearly all bacteria swim and now investigates the origins and self assembly of complex molecular machines, with active research collaborations at both Peking and Tsinghua Universities.

Matt has a strong love of radio and follows the media closely: he was formerly a Top 5 Under 40 Scientist in Residence at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), and has produced and presented content for Radio National including the Health Report, Science Show, Saturday Extra, and Earshot. Matt is the regular science correspondent for ABC Nightlife broadcast throughout Australia on ABC Local Radio, and he was also Australia's inaugural Google News Lab Fellowship which embedded him at the Sydney Morning Herald as a Data Scientist and Data Journalist in 2016.


MICHAEL MCGREGOR / 胡墨客

Session Chair

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Michael McGregor is a Policy Officer at the Australian Public Service in Canberra.  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.


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Rachel Mourad

Session Chair

Rachel Mourad is a former member of, and legal advisor to, the Australian Department of Defence. She began her United Nations (UN) career at the UN Counter Terrorism Executive Directorate, and currently works for the UN Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force, where she leads on issues relating to border security and the foreign terrorist fighter phenomenon. In this context, she has experience of capacity-building in Member States most affected by the foreign terrorist fighter phenomenon.

Rachel completed a combined Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Asian Studies (Specialist), majoring in Mandarin and Security and Strategic Studies at the Australian National University. In 2005 she obtained a scholarship to undertake one year of intensive Chinese language studies at Beijing University. She has also studied at the Tsinghua – UC Berkeley Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies; the premier language programme for advanced professional competence in Mandarin.

Rachel holds a Master of Laws from UC Berkeley, and is admitted as a lawyer to both the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory and the New York State Bar. She has published on counter-terrorism strategy and air-power theory.


Lisa Qin

Session Chair

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Lisa Qin is an education officer in UNICEF China and former corporate lawyer and teacher.  She has over a decade of experience spanning international development, education and law.  Her work supports schools in China’s rural and western areas, particularly with the most vulnerable children, to have improved quality education. 

Born in Guizhou, China, Lisa grew up in Canberra, Australia and is passionate about addressing educational disadvantage and bringing people together through cross-cultural engagement. She also founded and runs the Beijing Yoga Meditation and Wellness group.  

Lisa holds bachelor’s degrees from the Australian National University and master’s degrees in Teaching and Education from the University of Melbourne and the Harvard Graduate School of Education.  She has been involved in ACYD since 2013 as a delegate, organiser, and board member and speaks in her personal capacity.


Philip Wen

Session Chair

Philip Wen joined the Reuters news agency in February, where he covers politics and general news from Beijing. He started his reporting career on the business and news desks of the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, before first being posted to Beijing as China correspondent in 2012. As well as reporting widely from across mainland China, Phil has also reported from Japan, South Korea, Mongolia, Taiwan, Hong Kong and the United States.  For his coverage, Phil has been nominated for Walkley Awards, Melbourne Press Club Awards and the Lowy Institute Media Award.

Born in Melbourne to Taiwanese parents, he spent his early school years in Singapore. He worked for consulting firm KPMG before deciding to pursue a career in journalism.


Elva Zhang

Session Chair

Elva is a Legal Counsel at ANL Container Line Pty Ltd (“ANL”), an Australian-based global shipping line. She works in a close-knit legal team directly with the General Counsel and the senior management team advising on a wide array of legal affairs within the ANL Group worldwide with a particular focus on maritime issues, cross-border transactions and international dispute resolution. Currently Elva is the co-chair of the Cultural Diversity Committee at Victorian Women Lawyers, aiming to promote cultural diversity in law and to advocate access to justice for migrant women. Previously she was the co-chair of International Law Section and the Community Issues Committee at the Law Institute of Victoria, and was the President of the Australian Federation of International Students.

In addition to her legal career, Elva Zhang is also the founder of Peace Lab, which was created to provide a new way to counter stress, cultivate well-being and build stronger connections through laughter yoga, imaginative play and creative meditation. At its core, Peace Lab synthesises wisdom from ancient Eastern philosophies (Chinese Taoism, Buddhism and Indian yogi traditions) and new discoveries from Western science (such as neuroplasticity), and provides an experiential opportunity for others to create a positive mindset.

Born in Hangzhou China, Elva came to Australia as an international student after completing high school. Having now lived in China, Australia and Switzerland, Elva holds a firm belief that true cultural diversity is realised when we can thrive by embracing, celebrating and synthesising our differences and uniqueness. 

Elva holds a Master of Laws in International Law (specialising in International Economic Law) from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland, a Graduate Diploma in International Law and double bachelor degrees in Law and Arts (Political Science/International Studies) from the University of Melbourne. Elva is a Chinese delegate for 2014 Australia-China Youth Dialogue. She speaks Mandarin Chinese (native), English (fluently) and Cantonese Chinese (proficiently).