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. She was awarded The Australian Financial Review BOSS Young Executive of the Year in 2017.
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 / 淑云
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.
Manelle Issa / 易美欣
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.
Patricia Saw / 苏丽燕
Trish is a Senior Associate in the Environment & Planning team at Corrs Chambers Westgarth in Melbourne.
Her interest in all things China started with a school trip to Nanjing while in Year 9, and flowed through into a major in Mandarin Chinese as part of an Arts degree, a Diploma in Languages (Mandarin Chinese), and two study trips to China including a year at South East University in Nanjing on a Chinese government scholarship, all while concurrently studying Law at Monash University. Trish graduated with first class honours in her Bachelor of Laws, with an honours thesis analysing the then-proposed carbon tax and pilot emission trading schemes in China within the framework of international environmental law.
Trish has continued to seek opportunities to combine her interests in China and environmental law, from her involvement in various industry groups to her participation in professional forums. In her day to day legal practice, Trish continues to see growth in the volume of work stemming from foreign investment from China, particularly in renewable energy, agribusiness and urban development. Her keen passion lies in the potential for connection and growth in Australia and China’s carbon markets, and investment in renewable energy and green technologies.
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.
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.
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.