Executive Director (Operations)
Jade Little was elected Executive Director of the Australia-China Youth Dialogue in January 2016, having been a delegate in 2012.
Her work experience has been focused on the resources industries.She is currently employed by BHP Mitsubishi Alliance as a Superintendent for Mine Planning. Previously, work for McKinsey & Company involved her in the transformation services for mining, oil & gas and construction sectors around Australia, while work in Beijing for RungePincockMinarco, an Australian mining consultancy, engaged her managing technical reviews used for Initial Public Offerings for Chinese SOEs listing their global mining assets on the Hong Kong or Toronto Stock Exchanges. Prior to Jade’s move to China, she worked in Queensland and New South Wales as a mining engineer both on site and in corporate offices and completed university work placements in China and India.
Jade holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Mining Engineering), a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) and a Bachelor of Arts (Chinese) from the University of Queensland (UQ). She also has a Master of Science in Global Finance jointly awarded by Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) and New York University’s (NYU) Stern Business School. She is a member of the UQ’s School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering Industry Advisory Board.
Jade’s work and study in China and participation in ACYD engaged her in many aspects of Chinese professional and personal life. The experience impressed her with both the opportunities and challenges posed by Australia’s growing commercial, educational, cultural and people exchanges with the world’s largest economy.
Mert Erkul / 孟德
Mert Erkul is a graduate from the University of Queensland, holding a degree in Bachelor of Economics and Arts.
Mert has previously spent 12 months studying Mandarin on the Chinese Government and Australian Department of Foreign Affairs Scholarship at Peking University. During his studies, Mert was responsible for helping the Australia China Youth Association chapter in Beijing. Upon his return to Australia, Mert assisted with the successful launch of a careers function at the Brisbane chapter of ACYA. The committee secured job opportunities for some of our members through our sponsors. Mert has also received a Huayu Enrichment Scholarship to further his Mandarin in Taiwan at National Taiwan Normal University.
Mert is passionate about finance and economics where he has completed several internships in Asia and Australia. He wishes to one day use his experiences to further Australia’s interests in the region.
Cindy Gottinger is the client lead at Google responsible for increasing marketing efficiency and effectiveness of large MNC in China. Recognised by the technology industry as a young leader in her field, Cindy possesses an appetite to explore new markets and gain deeper insights into the evolving trends of Chinese consumers.
With over fifteen years involvement in the Australia China community, Cindy continues to be an active participant both in Australia and China. She is currently the Executive Director of Australia China Young Professional Initiative (ACYPI) in Greater China where she successfully established a platform for young professionals to engage in bilateral discussions and exchange.
As an experienced presenter fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese and German, Cindy is frequently invited to emcee and moderate a variety of business and community events both in Australia and China including most recently Australia China Alumni Awards in 2014 and 2015.
Before joining Google, Cindy was a brand manager at Volkswagen Group China where she was responsible for building the brand Skoda for Chinese consumers. Before moving to Beijing, Cindy was an international business development manager at China Radio International, where she managed the expansion of Chinese media properties both domestically and abroad. Cindy has also worked in the Private Wealth Management division at Goldman Sachs JB Were.
Cindy graduated from Monash University in Australia with a Bachelor of Commerce and Arts majoring in economics, Chinese and German.
Sharun Sadhwani / 李少龍
Sharun graduated from The University of Queensland, with dual bachelors in Economics and Arts, majoring in International Relations.
As an Indian raised in Australia with family centered in Hong Kong, Sharun has always been passionate about international affairs, particularly involving Australia. After closely following Australia’s foreign affairs over the years, Sharun made the inevitable shift back to his Asian roots and moved to Taiwan to learn Chinese, spending a year at the National Taiwan Normal University Mandarin Training Centre. While in Taipei, Sharun was also fortunate to intern at the Trade & Invest Queensland (TIQ) and work closely with the ACYA Taipei chapter.
In his spare time Sharun enjoys both playing and watching soccer, hiking, and swimming.
AMY PAN / 潘佳媛
Communications Manager (Greater China)
Amy Pan is an advisor within the external affairs team of Rio Tinto China, and currently assists with the delivery of the company’s China stakeholder engagement strategy, particularly engagement with Chinese government and business partners. She also contributes to the company’s messaging in its China outreach programs. She is skilled in multiple disciplines within the extractives industry including government and corporate relations, policy and sustainable development, with special insights into the Australian and Chinese market. She was heavily involved in multiple Australia-China joint ventures and partnerships, working with an extensive network of Chinese business partners and government bodies.
A firm believer in partnerships, she is also an active promoter of regional dialogues between the Australia business and its major markets including China, Japan, South Korea, India and other ASEAN countries. She enjoys working with a diverse network of people in a multi-cultural context, and is a passionate supporter of cross-cultural exchanges. She aspires to establish deeper and more extensive relationships within the Australia-China circle, and contribute to the long-term mutually beneficial relations between the two countries.
Amy has a Master’s degree in Journalism and Communication from Tsinghua University. She was an ACYD delegate in 2015.
Manelle Issa / 易美欣
Communications Manager (Australia)
Manelle is a communications professional with a passion for culture and creativity. She graduated with a Bachelor of Business/Creative Industries (with distinction) majoring in Marketing and Media Communications from the Queensland University of Technology.
Her connection to China stemmed from being immersed in the language and culture while growing up in the Asian-centric suburb of Sunnybank in Brisbane’s south. With family currently living and working in China, she’s always trying to brush up on her language skills since starting studies in 2005.
She's is currently employed by the Chamber of Commerce & Industry Queensland as Program Manager where she connects with government to manage a sustainability program. She has communications experience in professional services, education and events.
Manelle is fresh to the ACYD team, joining in 2016 and is keen to connect young Australia-China professionals while exploring the opportunities for economic and cultural collaboration on a greater scale.
Ted ZHOU Tianyu / 周天羽
Ted currently works at BioBAY, the leading incubator focused on biotech start-ups in China as a specialist in business development.
Holding a Master degree in Structural Biology and Biophysics from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich (ETH) and a Bachelor degree in Biological Sciences from Nanyang Technological University (NTU), he has been immersed in biomedical and life science research for half a decade. With the belief that realizing scientific discoveries into everyone's life is as vital as tackling the unknowns in the laboratories, Ted decided to take a different path to contribute to the life science technologies, by helping scientists find the right commercial environment.
During his undergraduate studies Ted spent one semester in Australia as an exchange student in University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). Having lived in China, Singapore, Australia and Switzerland, as well as having been to more than a dozen of countries, Ted has been convinced with his own experience the importance of cross-cultural exchange and how such communications could have contributed to the benefits of both the individuals and the society in a broader context.
Ted joined ACYD management team in October 2013, being in charge of the website operation and general IT support.
Ted is an enthusiast in technological development, photography and hiking. He is now based in Suzhou.
HU Yuzhou / 胡羽舟
Delegate Selection Manager
HU, Yuzhou (Vincent) graduated from Australian National University with a honours degree in Finance. He is now working at the Ford Motor Company Asia Pacific Production Development Centre in Melbourne as a Finance Graduate Analyst.
Vincent has demonstrated a strong academic record at ANU, as evidenced by the Terrell International Student Scholarships, which awards top two international students university wide. His fine performance in finance courses also enables him to receive the CFAI Student Scholarships. He has a genuine interest in financial markets. He started his personal investment portfolio (equity) two years ago. He has also completed two internships in the first and second year of university, one at the China Construction Bank (Shanghai) and the other at a boutique accounting firm.
Additionally, he is actively involved in student societies and clubs. He is the Event Partner at the ANU Management Consulting Association (AMCA), cooperating with other functional teams to arrange venues, catering and logistics; as well as reporting events in the newsletters. He leads a team in a pro-bono consulting engagement between AMCA and the Australian-Indonesian Youth Association (AIYA), with the aim to formulate a consolidation strategy facilitating perpetual growth. He also serves as a secretary at the Golden Key Honours Society and a mentor at the sign-Mentor program.
His role at ACYD is to manage applications for the 2015 ACYD this November.
Karim is a lawyer working for an international firm in Beijing. His practice focuses on representing Chinese and foreign clients in cross-border mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions in the Asia region. His passion for China began when growing up in the Asian-centric suburb of Sunnybank, in Brisbane’s south. Surrounded by Chinese-speaking classmates from Hong Kong, Taiwan and the Mainland, Karim immersed himself in the linguistic and cultural world from which so many of his friends came. Since this time, he has combined his formal studies of Chinese Mandarin with his career pursuits, embedding his fascination with Chinese history, culture and traditions in his professional life.
Outside of Karim’s professional endeavors, he has applied his love for China to propel his success in numerous cultural events, including representing Australia in the World Finals of the China Bridge Chinese Language Competition and various other language and cultural competitions. Most recently, he was a finalist for the Young Australian China Alumni of the Year Award, and was a panelist on the CCTV coverage of the G20 Leaders’ Summit held in Hangzhou in September 2016. Additionally, he was a 2016 ACYD delegate.
Karim holds a Bachelor of Laws with honours and a Bachelor of Arts (Chinese) from the University of Queensland and a diploma in Advanced Chinese Studies from the Beijing Language and Culture University. Prior to moving to Beijing, Karim worked in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Brisbane – his passion for cross-cultural and linguistic connections has seen him pick up a little bit of Japanese, Cantonese and Queensland-English along the way.
William Zhao is a Mergers and Acquisitions Analyst at a boutique corporate advisory and management consulting firm. Based between Sydney and Beijing, he has cross-border transaction experience that has led to a deeper understanding of business between Australia and China.
His passion for Sino-Australian relations has also been fostered through his work at the Australia China Business Council NSW Chapter, the China Australia Millennial Project, and the University of Sydney’s China Studies Centre, as well as through his leadership roles as National General Manager (Australia) of the Australia-China Youth Association and committee member of the Australia-China Young Professionals Initiative Sydney Chapter.
Prior to this, William was elected as the National Vice-President of the Council of International Students Australia in 2013, the national student peak body representing all international students in Australia including 150,000 Chinese students. He was the first Chinese student elected to the Council since its inception.
William holds a Master’s degree in Banking from the University of Sydney, where he proudly served on the Chancellor's Committee. In addition to having completed exchange programs at the University of Nottingham and the State University of New York, he has studied, worked, volunteered and travelled across 5 continents.
Joel Wing-Lun is a PhD candidate in History and East Asian Languages at Harvard University studying the social history of China’s southwest frontier during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Born and raised in Sydney, he has worked as a policy analyst at China Policy, Beijing, a research associate at the Lowy Institute for International Policy, Sydney, and interned at the Peking University Australian Studies Center. In 2013-14, Joel was a senior visiting student in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Peking University.
Joel previously served as Communications Director for the Australia-China Youth Association and on the management team of the Australia-China Youth Dialogue. He is excited to rejoin the ACYD team after completing the coursework component of his PhD.
Joel graduated from the University of Sydney in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts (Languages) and Class I Honours and the University Medal for his thesis on the “New Left” intellectual Wang Hui. In 2017-18, Joel will be based at Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, conducting fieldwork and archival research in south and southwest China.
James Tang is an engineering professional currently undertaking an MBA (Finance) at the University of Western Australia, where he also completed his undergraduate studies in Engineering (Mechanical) and Arts (Chinese).
The China-Australia relationship has always played an integral part of his personal and professional working life. Over the past 4 years, he worked in Beijing as an engineering consultant for Australian mining advisory firm RungePincockMinarco. In this role, he delivered independent technical and due diligence studies for Asian clients seeking to raise capital or invest in large mining projects around Asia and Australia. Prior to this, he was a site based mechanical engineer for Rio Tinto Iron Ore in the Pilbara, working on improving the reliability of Chinese procured train wagons.
In his spare time, he enjoys practising photography and video production. James hopes to continue bridging the cultural and language barriers between Australian and Chinese businesses over the course of his career.