CHEN Baicang (2012 ACYD Delegate)
Chen Baicang is a senior lawyer in Beijing Hylands Law Firm, which is one of the leading full-service law firms in China, and a member of the All China Lawyers Association. He passed Pass China National Bar Examination in 2004, received his J. D. from Law School of Peking University, China in 2006, and joined Beijing Hylands Law Firm in 2008.
He specializes in company governance, securities (IPO), M&A, as well as foreign investments; and has advised numerous companies on their IPO and M&A in China Mainland and Hong Kong, such as Shandong Nanshan Aluminum Company (stock code: 600219). He holds qualification of securities practitioner and qualification of future practitioner as well.
CHEN Sheng (2012 ACYD Delegate)
Chen Sheng is the Director of Business Development for Rio Tinto China, and is currently based in Beijing.
Rio Tinto is one of the largest diversified mining groups in the world. In addition to being a major supplier of the mineral resources that help feed China’s growth, it is also a major customer for Chinese goods and a partner to leading Chinese companies in mining projects around the world.
In his current role, Sheng helps manage Rio Tinto’s relationships with its existing Chinese partners and develop new business opportunities within China and internationally.
He has both a BSc and MSc in materials science and engineering from Harbin Institute of Technology, and obtained his PhD from Tsinghua University in 2005.
His career to date has given Sheng the opportunity to visit mining and production operations throughout China, North America, Australia and Africa. Through first-hand observation of the different paths that development can take, Sheng has become a strong advocate for the importance of sustainable development.
Sheng hopes to advance this cause within China and abroad, acting as a bridge to build relationships and share experience regarding the development challenges that will affect us all. Events like the Australia-China Youth Dialogue provide a great forum for this – helping to build the type of mutual understanding and respect that will be required if we are to work together to solve those challenges and achieve a level of prosperity that is both shared and sustainable.
FAN Xinjiang (Flavin) (2010 ACYD Delegate)
Xinjiang is a scholarship student of the University of International Business and Economics. He is majoring in international trade and economics and has an interest in diplomatic trade and relations.
Xinjiang is a program manager at SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise), a global non-profit organisation educating people on market economics, entrepreneurship and business ethics through educational outreach projects. Xinjiang is responsible for 20 SIFE teams across the Beijing region. The position requires him to build relationships with corporate sponsors such as KPMG, TMF and Unilever. He is also responsible for liaising with media in the Beijing region such as the China Daily and the China Youth Daily.
Xinjiang has previously undertaken traineeships with PICC and KPMG. Xinjiang’s participates in various extra-curricular and recently won first place in the Creative E-commerce Competition and third place in the 2010 Mathematical Modelling Contest.
FAN Yibo (2012 ACYD Delegate)
Fan Yibo has just graduated from Jingmen Foreign School, Hubei Province as a science student. He is one of Xindongfang’s top students – the leading language school in China. In 2008, Yibo volunteered to help the local earthquake-affected victims in Sichuan an experience that left him with a deep impression.
His awards include an excellence award in April 2012 in the “Often touched by Canon” photography competition. Yibo’s work experience includes marketing for an audio shop retailer and social practice at the Aeronautical Research Institute.
In the future, Yibo wants to study abroad. Once he has finished his college degree he wants to further pursue his academic education through a master’s degree.
FENG Shenghao (2012 ACYD Delegate)
Feng Shenghao is a PhD (economics) candidate at the Crawford School of Public Policy of the Australian National University (ANU) and a visiting PhD student at the Centre of Policy Studies (CoPS) of the Monash University. He holds a Master in International and Development Economics and a Bachelor in Economics from the Crawford School and the London School of Economics, respectively.
Shenghao’s PhD thesis is titled “The economics modelling of China’s carbon dioxide mitigation policies – a computable general equilibrium analysis”. This modelling practice evaluates the economic impacts of mitigation policies including carbon tax, cap and trade, coal-efficiency improvement and the structural rebalancing towards a domestic and consumption oriented economy. Apart from experts from the ANU and the CoPS, Shenghao also collaborates closely with researchers from the State Information Centre, National Development and Research Commission, China.
Shenghao worked as a research assistant on the World Bank report “Climate Change and Fiscal Policy – a Report for APEC”. He worked in the capacity of analysing the pricing mechanisms for key energy products, namely coal, oil and gas in China. Shenghao is a tutor of the post-graduate level course “Mathematics for Economics” at the Crawford School. He also works as a self-employed translator who specializes in translating climate change related issues between English and Chinese.
Aside from academics, Shenghao is interested in history, politics, philosophy and sports. Shenghao was a delegate of ANU’s Asia Pacific Week in 2010. He was also a winner of Canberra Football Association’s 5-aside Indoor Soccer League, Division 4, 2009.
FENG Yuan (2012 ACYD Delegate)
Feng Yuan is now a student at the Beijing University of Post and Telecommunications; she majored in Telecommunication Engineering & Management at the International School. For this year’s ACYD, she had the honor to be selected as one of the Chinese delegate by the Xin Dongfang School of China. Feng Yuan believes that such an opportunity will be an important step for her as she embarks upon her engineering career. She believes that it is important that the issues that will be explored in this year’s dialogue should be discussed by youth, and not just economists and politicians. Feng Yuan believes that ACYD 2012 will provide the Chinese and Australian youths involved with better ways to communicate and progress their shared-issues together.
GUO Wenna (Margaret) (2010 ACYD Delegate)
Margaret comes from Beijing, where she is completing her BA in English literature at Beijing Foreign Studies University.
Margaret is a passionate public speaker. For the past three years she has participated in international debating tournaments organised by the International Debate Association and in the Asian University Students Debate Championship 2009 and the World University Students Debate Championship 2009.
Serving as the President of the University Students’ Union, Margaret has won various national English competitions including the 21st Century English Speaking Competition and 2010 CCTV Cup.
Margaret is a keen volunteer and is interested in public welfare issues. From July to September 2008, she volunteered for the Beijing Olympic Games and Paralympics Games, serving as a media associate for the International Broadcasting Centre (IBC). In 2008, she performed at the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games.
Margaret highly values opportunities to participate in political, economic and cultural events for policy-making and social progress. In 2010 she represented China at the Toronto G20 Summit as one of the seven youth delegates. So far, she has worked for McKinsey, the Wall Street Journal and Reuters Beijing.
HU Xiangyu (2010 ACYD Delegate)
Hu Xiangyu is an English major student at the Foreign Language and Culture School of Nanjing Normal University. She is a Shanghai World Expo registered university student reporter, Executive President of the China University Media Union, President of China (Jiangsu) University Media Union and the Executive Chief Editor of the magazine Nanjing Normal University Youths.
Hu Xiangyu is interested in media, culture, art, literature, photography and communications. Xiangyu is an Outstanding Organisation Award of Ding Ling Literature winner. In the past, She has undertaken internships with the Chinese Youth Daily and at the Jiangsu Education Publishing House.
HUANG Rui (2011 ACYD Delegate)
Rui is a liaison and a research assistant at Australian Studies Center, Sun Yat-Sen University and a 2010 International Journalism graduate from Guangdong University of Foreign Studies. He has developed a great interest in Australia since first year at university, which has led him to his current position.
Rui focuses on Sino-Australian bilateral political, economic and trade relations, and China’s public diplomacy and climate change research. Aside from his academic endeavors, Rui co-organised the Sino-Australian SME Summit in 2010 as one of the starting points of his practical research program, through which he wishes to stress the practical function of research outcomes.
During his undergraduate studies, Rui was award- ed the campus-wide Second Prize scholarship twice in 2007 and 2008. Studying international journalism has exposed Rui to international problems and disputes, which has led him to believe that communication is by far the best channel through which mutual understanding should be improved, cooperation enhanced and warfare avoided.
Rui has also undertaken extensive volunteer work in local communities, including his two years of service as President of the College Students’ Association in his hometown Leizhou, during which he organised voluntary teaching programs for tens of primary and middle schools in rural towns, and several other city-wide activities to help local students understand more of the outside world, such as English Speaking Competitions and Experience Sharing events.
His one-year service as deputy minister of the Organization Department, Guangdong Provincial Students’ Union, during which he worked closely with senior provincial government officials and political peers, contributed greatly to his passion for international relations and understanding of politics.
To further promote his expertise and his practical research program, Jason plans to undertake short-term study in Australia in 2012 and help co-ordinate and organize more Australian-related activities to help people in Southern China know more about Australia.
JIANG Ziyi (2010 ACYD Delegate)
Jiang is in her third year of a Bachelor of Human Resource Management at Shanghai Jiaotong University (SJTU).
Jiang is Vice President of SJTU Student Union, a role that involves organising and running events such as the 2010 Global Forum for College Students in Shanghai. This involved working with international students from world- class universities and has given Ziyi a deep understanding and appreciation of international communication and culture.
Ziyi has previously filled the role of Vice President of the SJTU College of Economics and Management and has interned at the Shanghai Merchant Bank.
Clive LEE (2012 ACYD Delegate)
Mr. Clive Ka-lun Lee is a round-the-world traveler, a serial social entrepreneur, an NGO leader, as well as a director of over 10 international youth organizations and a high school. Graduated from the University Hong Kong, he had a great career in power sector and received the highest recognition for an engineering graduate, the Trainee of the Year Award from the Hong Kong Institute of Engineers and also represent Hong Kong for the Dragon 100 Outstanding Chinese Young Leaders Forum. Owing to the Sichuan earthquake in 2008, he was inspired by the idea of social entrepreneurship and decided to quit his job for his life goal as a social entrepreneur for youth empowerment.
He is the Founding President of GEILI (Global Exchange In Leadership Initiatives), a global alliance of youth organizations to empower youth social changers through service learning, internship and exchange. GEILI organized over 30 programs around the world within a year and develop partnership over 100 countries. GEILI has also received lots of global recognition, e.g. Clinton Global Initiative University, Grameen Creative Lab by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Prof. Muhammad Yunus, British Council Social Enterprise Development Program, ECSEL (Empowering Chinese Social Enterprise Leaders) Fellow, TEDxSummit Scholarship, U.S. StartingBloc Fellow at Babson College and etc. GEILI had meetings with Bill Clinton, President Ma Ying-jeou (Taiwan), Mr. Len Brown (the Auckland Mayor) and other world leader.
He is also the Founding President of the DragoNation, a global network for Chinese Young Professionals and Scholars which organizes the Dragon 100 to gather 100 influential young Chinese leaders from all over the world in Hong Kong and China to discuss global issues and develop strategies for social changes.
In 2009, he also founded and chaired Envision Hong Kong, a social enterprise which organize large scale community-based mentorship program to encourage underprivileged high school students to serve the community through the life examples of young professional mentors.
His contribution was globally recognized, e.g. Harvard/Tsinghua/Peking University IMUSE Fellow, Brown University Strait Talk Fellow, HKU/National Taiwan University/Beijing Normal University/Southwest University of Finance and Economy YLSD Social Entrepreneurship Fellow, Sweden Tallburg YES Fellow, Swire Scholar, Li Ka Shing Foundation Love Ideas, Baidu Social Enterprise Competition awardee, Global Citizenship Program Coordinator in the United Nations and more. In 2010, he was invited by Oxfam as the only Chinese trainer to train 300 young leaders from 96 countries in India.
Clive is also a experiential trainer, a wedding planner, a painter, a drama actor and a writer.
LENG Ke (2011 ACYD Delegate)
Leng Ke in currently on leave from the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China to complete a Masters of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore.
Leng Ke has extensive diplomatic experience, having worked as cultural attaché at the People’s Republic of China Embassy in Pakistan (2005-2008) and as Third Secretary at People’s Republic of Embassy in Poland (2008-2010). He returned to China in 2010 to work as a Protocol Officer for Ministers, Ministry of Culture, where he was responsible for the organisation and management of visits by foreign dignitaries.
A graduate of the Beijing Language and Cultural University, Leng Ke speaks fluent English and French and intends to spend a year in Paris studying at the Institute of Political Science, before returning to the Ministry of Culture.
LI Wei (Jeff Lee) (2010 ACYD Delegate)
Li Wei is studying interpretation at the Graduate School of Translation and the Beijing Foreign Studies University. Li Wei graduated from Beijing Normal University with a strong academic record, during his time at which he won a national scholarship and a first prize scholarship every year of his degree.
As a student of interpretation, Li Wei has broad knowledge of global issues and is interested in economics and finance. He has published four academic papers and won various awards from the International Poetry Journal for his English poetry compositions.
Li Wei is the Chief Student Representative of his school and has previously worked as an interpreter for the Chinese Academy of Governance and the United States Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance.
Li Wei has worked for the CCTV Business Channel and has also translated and published two books on energy issues and behavioural finance for Renmin University Press.
LI Yifan (2012 ACYD Delegate)
Li Yifan studies in Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (BUAA). She finished her primary school as an “Honor roll student” of Shanxi province, China. After she progressed into middle school, she won the “Excellent League Member” of Shanxi province, China in 2007 and the national first prize of “National middle-school student English skills competition (high grade group)” in 2009. In 2011, she became a university student. Because of her hard work, great leadership and teamwork ability, she was elected to be the monitor of class, the minister of Venues Department in the blue sky volunteer association of BUAA, and in charge of the BUAA debating society. Yifan loves and is very proud to be a volunteer. She takes part in many kinds of volunteering activities, such as “The first Chinese college students Integrity and Honest weeks”, “The literature and art joint performance for the peaceful liberation of Tibet 60th anniversary” and “The 11th China International Chorus Festival and International Federation for Choral Music World Choral Summit”. In addition, she is a member of debate team of BUAA and awarded second place and “Best Debater” in the fifth “Inspiring Cup” freshmen debate competition in BUAA.
LIANG Xiaoyan (2010 ACYD Delegate)
Xiaoyan was born in rural China and moved to Hunan to study at Central South University in 2005. After four years at university, she was recommended to the top language university in Shanghai and offered a full scholarship.
During this time she received an opportunity to work in the USA for a summer, where she was exposed to an entirely different culture. This experience inspired her to study intercultural communications and significantly shaped her interest and understanding of economic imbalances, regional cultural and cross-cultural issues and environmental protection.
Xiaoyan believes that questions of how to battle global problems and make the world a better place for all is based on national politics and the views of, and power given to, decision makers. As such, effective intercultural communication is essential and there is so much to learn about it.
LIAO Qiongyao (2010 ACYD Delegate)
Liao Qiongyao is studying interpretation and translation at Beijing Foreign Studies University. She studied in Singapore as an exchange student in 2010. In 2009 she received her combined Bachelor of English Literature and Tourism Management (with distinction) from Sichuan International Studies University in Chongqing.
Qiongyao’s experience living in different cities throughout China has given her a broad understanding of modern China in terms of local culture, environment issues and international relations.
Now studying in Beijing, Qiongyao volunteers for the China Youth Daily. During her time at the China Youth Daily she has exchanged ideas on foreign policy issues with Cui Tiankai, Chinese Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs among other world leaders. Qiongyao also has experience working as a volunteer at the Confucius Institute in Beijing.
LIU Chen (2010 ACYD Delegate)
Liu Chen is a graduate from Xi’an International Studies University with a double major in diplomacy and international politics and translation and interpretation.
During her studies, Liu Chen was awarded the Superior Scholarship every year. She also established the Model United Association at her university and participated in 12 MUN conferences in various capacities.
In 2008, Liu Chen helped organise the Harvard Summit of Young Leaders of China and was subsequently invited to Harvard twice. She also volunteered for the Beijing Paralympics in 2008 and participated in the XISU Debate and APEC Voice of Future 2009.
Liu Chen has always felt it was her responsibility to pursue the study of different cultures, while also preserving and promoting Chinese culture. At a very early young age Liu Chen read both Taoism and Shakespeare and learned both piano and Chinese folk vocal music. These experiences enabled her to view international relations from the perspective of culture and society and to analyse international affairs with a solid cultural foundation.
Liu Chen attended the China National Model United Nations in March 2008. The same year, she represented Australia in the Asian International Model United Nations Conference, where she won the Outstanding Delegate Award.
LIU Suyu (2010 ACYD Delegate)
Liu Suyu is a current PhD candidate in sociology at Oxford University. He holds a MA in science and philosophy as well as a BA in economics.
With an interest in developing economies, Suyu is focusing on the bilateral economic and trade relationships between China and Australia. In 2010, Suyu was a volunteer leader of the China Economic Association and Society Master and Editor of OxBridgeChina. He has also held various other extracurricular positions throughout his studies including Student Editor of the UK-China Weekly at Cambridge University and Director of the Division of Academics at the Oxford Chinese Scholars’ Association.
LU Yi (2011 ACYD Delegate)
Lu Yi is a senior student focusing on International Economics and Trade at the China Foreign Affairs University. Besides her academic commitments, Yi actively participates in several public affairs organisations in an effort to develop her abilities and global perspective.
Yi was the campus coordinator of “Junior Achievement China” and arranged mock interviews for the students with the cooperation of volunteers from World Top 500 enterprises. She has a great interest in economics and international affairs and represented her university in 2011 at the Harvard Model United Nations in Singapore.
Yi has worked for Deloitte in China and for the Hong Kong-China Interns Association where she helped many Mainland Chinese students find internship opportunities in Hong Kong.
Yi is very excited to be a participant at the Australia-China Youth Dialogue and to have the chance to share her views on the China-Australia relationship with speakers and delegates alike, and looks forward visiting Australia.
MI Xujing (2012 ACYD Delegate)
Mi Xujing is a senior student majoring in both Diplomacy and International Economics and Trade at China Foreign Affairs University. This double-major academic background enables her to analyze affairs from more than one perspective.
Mi Xujing is always interested in communication. She is a campus journalist, once interviewing celebrities such as Pakistani ambassador to China and many big events like the reconstruction after the Wenchuan earthquake. New media is the field she decides to have a further study. When interning in China Youth Daily, she has participated in the design of a mobile APP, which inspires her to go further.
Besides academic achievements, Mi Xujing also spends much time helping better the community. She once served as a volunteer teacher in a remote primary school in Shaanxi Province and a Beijing Primary School. What’s more, Mi Xujing was the program manager of SIFE Beijing (now, it’s renamed Enactus), managing 21 teams in Beijing. Students are encouraged to enable progress through entrepreneurial action, bringing sustainable improvement of living standards to people in need.
PENG Jingchao (2011 ACYD Delegate)
Peng Jingchao is a graduate of the University of International Relations in Beijing, where he was awarded a BA in English in June 2008. He is currently a Research Assistant at the China and Global Security Programme of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), an international think tank that is dedicated to research on arms control, arms transfers and world conflict and security issues.
Prior to his position in SIPRI, Peng Jingchao worked as a Junior Researcher at Kroll Beijing, an American business-consulting firm.
Peng Jingchao’s research focuses on China’s foreign policy and security issues. His current work concentrates primarily on China’s strategic interests in the Arctic, China-Russia energy relations, as well as China’s energy and security interests in Central Asia.
His research has been presented at the ‘Taiwan Second Track Dialogue’ conference of Stiftung Wissenschaft Politik (“From economic cooperation to the building of cross-Strait mutual political trust: a view from Beijing”) and he has contributed to SIPRI Insights Paper “China prepares for an ice-free Arctic”and SIPRI Policy Report “New Foreign Policy Actors in China”. In 2011, Peng was recognised as a Global Emerging Voices Fellow.
Peng Jingchao is the co-author of the forthcoming SIPRI Policy Report “China’s energy and security relations with Russia”.
REN Wanlin (2010 ACYD Delegate)
Ren Wanlin is a final year undergraduate student majoring in international economics and trade at Capital Normal University in Beijing. He has had an interest in international economic and political relations since high school.
Wanlin is the top ranked student in his course and in 2009 was one of 26 undergraduate students (out of 10,000) at his university awarded a prestigious Ministry of Education National Scholarship.
Wanlin has participated as a National Chinese Delegate in the China Future Leadership Program and has completed an internship with Peking University’s International MBA program.
Wanlin has been involved in many extra-curricular activities including volunteering for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games as a media assistant and assisting with the CET exchange program of Capital Normal University.
Wanlin has travelled widely across Europe and China.
Ken SHAO (2012 ACYD Delegate)
Dr Ken Shao is a Senior Lecturer in Law at Murdoch University and Director, the Postgraduate Certificate in Chinese Law (partnered with City University of Hong Kong). He is also an Education Committee Member in the Australia China Business Council (ACBC) and a research fellow/adjunct professor in a number of Chinese universities.
The Postgraduate Certificate in Chinese Law Dr Shao directs is a unique, top-level career-enhancing momentum and the leading brand of its kind in Australia. The Program has received generous sponsorships from Minter Ellison and the DEEWR. It has appeared in The Australian and Australian Financial Review. So far it has trained 150 highly motivated Australians.
Dr Shao’s research covers intellectual property, innovation and China-related issues. He has published in prestigious journals such as the Columbia Journal of Asian Law, Tsinghua Law Review and Hong Kong Law Journal. One of his key contributions is a counter to Harvard professor William Alford’s widely accepted views on Chinese intellectual property history.
Dr Shao has been interviewed by leading media such as Skynews, The Australian, ABC Radio, The Guardian and China Radio International on Washington China-US Strategic and Economic Dialogue, Obama’s visit to Australia, Baidu copyright disputes, Huawei’s AU$36 billion NBN bids, etc. He has been invited to speak in various leading universities and international conferences.
Dr Shao is devoted to improving real China knowledge in China and Australia. He interacts closely with younger generations. He is an amateur of Chinese classical art.
SHEN Yuyan (2012 ACYD Delegate)
Born in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province, Shen Yuyan developed great interest in literature, music and language learning during her childhood. After entering Renmin University of China, she was keen on voluntary work and international exchange activities, exemplifying her involvement in the 2011 EU-China Year of Youth and her leading role in Global China Connection, a student organization aimed at promoting communication between youth leaders from China and foreign countries. She also played a part in some drama shows, keyboard concerts, basketball matches and singing competitions. She’s currently pursuing her master’s degree in Peking University Law school and would like to become a professional with insight into the global market.
Ann WANG (2012 ACYD Delegate)
Ann is a founder and director of “We Impact”. “We Impact”, the first of its kind in China, is a social enterprise based in Beijing, whose mission is to develop and promote opportunities to realize sustainable lifestyles through the dissemination of knowledge, cultural engagement, and business and to facilitate a transition for interested parties including businesses, cultural institutions, NGOs, and government bodies towards becoming sustainable.
Before founding “We Impact”, Ann was a Business Development Director of “P1.CN”, an invitation-only social network for urban affluent Chinese. Prior to which she worked as the Strategic Development Director for the Beijing-based non-profit organization Golden Bridges, a nonprofit organization pioneering in in social entrepreneurship and philanthropy between China and the US.
Ann sits on the board of a number of charity foundations in China, and in 2011 she represented Mr. Al Gore as a
Chinese presenter for “The Climate Project”. And in 2009, Ann was instrumental in initiating China’s first Youth Delegation to the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.
She has has undertaken studies at Cambridge University, Beijing Foreign Studies University as well as Beijing University. She is passionate about the environment, and “making the world a better place”.
WANG Ding (2012 ACYD Delegate)
Ding is currently the Chief of Staff for ANZ China Institutional Banking Division, responsible for the development and execution of country strategies, business plans and client initiatives. Recently, Ding has led the ANZ China business in developing capabilities across the RMB cross border front, both in strategy and execution. Through this, he has gained great exposure in the field of currency reform, policy/financial innovation and business transformation, at both a macro and client level.
With his childhood and adolescent years shared between Beijing and Melbourne, Ding is deeply familiar with the customs and mindset of the two nations. He has always planned to be at the centre of building business and relations between Australia and China. A diplomat for both, a conduit in between. As such, it was no surprise when Ding accepted the Management Trainee offer from ANZ, at which point in time, the Big Blue had just announced their strategy to become a super-regional bank with significant investments planned for Asia and in particular China. And it was no surprise again when he jumped at the opportunity to work for ANZ in China. Now, three years based in Shanghai, the gateway between the East and West, and he is getting a sense of what transformation and change really means!
Outside work, he enjoys the thrills of outdoor activities including Snowboarding, Scuba Diving, Hiking, Bike Riding and Basketball. Ding loves the local Beijing food and also the occasional beer!
Ding holds a degree in Information Technology and Business Management from the Swinburne University, awarded industry scholarships to intern at blue chip corporate incl. IBM, Telstra, Coles Myer Limited.
WANG Zekai (2011 ACYD Delegate)
Zekai Wang is currently the Co-Chair and Executive Director of the Global Sustainable Leaders Forum (GSLF), which is supported by the United Nations Youth Program, UN Secretary-General Climate Change Support Team and nearly 100 global youth organisations.
As a major event in Asia Pacific to celebrate United Nations International Year of Youth, the forum gathered more than 200 speakers (the honourable speakers including UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon (online), and the Boao Asia Forum Secretary-General Long Yongtu. GSLF runs four main programs: an Annual forum, China social innovation fellowship, youth organizations development project and 2012+ Youth Sustainable Initiative.
In the past, Zekai has been the National Director in AIESEC Mainland of China 2008-2009. He worked full-time for one year to lead a 300 person volunteer sales team based in over ten Chinese cities, managing partnerships with more than 200 organizations in China and travelling to more than 20 countries for conferences and partnership meetings.
After his position with AIESEC, Zekai Wang co-founded an initiative called “Global Climate Change Youth Congress 2009-Model United Nations COP15 in Beijing” and was a Chinese youth delegate to United Nations COP15 conference.
WANG Zikai (2012 ACYD Delegate)
Zikai Wang is currently working with CO2CRC on economical modelling of CO2 abatement technologies in Sydney. He received his B.E. from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2008, with top awards such as Schneider Electric Scholarship and Endress+Hauser Scholarship. He’s a travel enthusiast with experience across Southeast Asia, North America, Middle East & North Africa and Europe.
WEI Shuge (2011 ACYD Delegate)
Shuge is a PhD student at the Australian National University. She holds a B.A. degree in English and journalism with a Best Thesis Award from Beijing Foreign Studies University and a M.A. from Heidelberg University, Germany, where she received the Fellowship scholarship provided by the Heidelberg Centre for American Studies.
Passionate about Sino-foreign communications, Shuge is undertaking research on the Guomindang Government’s foreign propaganda in English-language press from 1928 to 1941. Her study is fully funded by the ANU and the IDP Foundation. The project sheds light on China’s dilemma in the power struggle between the West and Japan in the inter-war period, the intricate media environment in the cosmopolitan Shanghai, and the formation of a centralized foreign propaganda system. By reviewing the past, Shuge seeks to deepen the understanding of China’s pursuit of soft power today.
Shuge has authored research articles on China and Japan’s rivalry in the English-language press and presented papers at Asia-Pacific Week (2009) and the conference of Chinese Studies Association of Australia (2010). She delivers lectures on interpreting, Chinese culture and language, tutors modern Japanese society and works as research assistant on these issues at the ANU. She was a visiting scholar to the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences (2009) and Academia Sinica (2009). She also organized the History Graduate Seminar of School of Culture, History and Language at the ANU from September 2010 to August 2011.
Prior to undertaking PhD studies, Shuge was regional specialist for Athena Wissenscharftsmarketing, Germany. Undertaking an internship within the International Department of the Xinhua news agency also provided her with inside knowledge about journalism practices in China.
Ben XU (2011 ACYD Delegate)
Ben Xu is www.qq.com Microblog Opening Platform Manager,Tencent with Tencent. Ben Xu has worked in Tencent for more than 4 years, starting to organize the opening platform team for Tencent micro-blog service since July, 2010, which has become the first choice for China’s Internet companies to cooperate with.
Ben Xu graduated from Beijing Polytechnic University in 2000, working as the web reporter for “Popular Science News” since the end of that year. He has been as an online reporter for ten years.
He joined China’s largest IT professional website eNet (www.eNet.com.cn) in 2002, and became the senior editor of Sina (www.sina.com.cn), one of China’s largest portal websites in 2004, working as the host of Sina’s program “President online” as well. He also founded “Silver Age”, a business talk show at the same period. The two programs are the most popular the start-up field of Chinese Internet business sites.
XUE Wencong (Anna) (2010 ACYD Delegate)
Anna Wencong Xue grew up in Sydney before moving to Beijing to undertake tertiary study. She graduated from Peking University in 2010 with a BA in Arabic studies and international relations.
In 2008, Anna was nominated as a state-sponsored scholar by the China Scholarship Council to study in Egypt, where she attended the Faculty of Economics and Political Science at Cairo University.
While conducting research on the emerging economic ties between China and Arab countries, she worked part-time for the Cultural Counsellor’s Office at the Chinese Embassy and CARE International, where she designed campaigns for health, education and women’s empowerment in the Middle East.
Anna completed her bachelor’s thesis on the development trajectory of Sino-Saudi relations over the past 20 years. During this time she served as an intern at the Carter Center in Beijing, where she conducted research and facilitated surveys on electoral reform and local-level democratisation in China.
Currently at Yale, Anna intends to foster her interest in China’s increasing activities in the Middle East and their economic and political implications for the United States. Her studies are aided by a background in Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), Arabic (al-fus’ha and al- `āmmiyya), French and Korean.
YANG Yawei (2011 ACYD Delegate)
Yang Yawei is undertaking a Bachelor of Laws and Arts (Diplomacy) at China Foreign Affairs University and has just completed a semester’s study at Barnard College, Columbia University. During her undergraduate studies, she has received the Zhang Wenjin Scholarship and First Prize Scholarship. She has also received the Excellent All China Youth Federation Member prize for two consecutive years (2009 and 2010).
Besides her academic achievements, Yawei has demonstrated her capability in internatonal communication. As the Executive President of the China University Media Union, she has actively organised and participated in several international communication programs.
In 2011, Yawei, as one of 10 Team Leaders in China-US Youth Research, Mentorship and Exchange Partnership promoted mutual understanding when cooperating with Ivy League students in several on-site research programs in Inner Mongolia. Yawei has also represented China at several international programs, such as the United Nations Development Program’s Greater Mekong Sub-regional Youth Program.
In pursuing her passion for promoting understanding through communication, Yawei has had the opportunity to meet key international figures, including Tony Blair, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and David Mulroney, Canada’s Ambassador to China. She has also spent time with youth delegates including Ivy League delegates and Saudi Arabian youth delegates. She has interviewed business pacesetters such as CEO of RIM in a series of activities for The Dialogue with the World. She has also published in The China Youth Daily and The Beijing News.
As the Vice President of CFAU Student Union, Yawei is leading a research group focusing on mass communication via new media under the instruction of the All China Youth Federation. She is also responsible for organizing the National Foreign Knowledge and Etiquette Competition. Yawei is also co-founder of CFAU SIFE Team (Students in Free Enterprise), a global non-profit organization educating people on concepts like market economics, entrepreneurship, and business ethics through educational outreach projects.
ZHANG Guo (2010 ACYD Delegate)
Zhang Guo is a reporter for the China Youth Daily, one of the most widely read Chinese language newspapers.
In 2004 he completed his degree in literature at Nankai University in Tianjin. Between finishing his studies and joining the China Youth Daily, Zhang Guo worked for the Nankai University’s public relations office and the Nankai Weekly.
As a member of the Nankai University’s Delegation to Australia, Zhang visited the University of Melbourne, ANU and Monash University. He was impressed by the number of Chinese students there and realised that the two countries had many ties to each other.
As a reporter, Zhang Guo has been recognised for several of his works, in particular his expose on the “Hush Money Incident”, in which coal mine owners bribed more than 60 journalists to conceal an accident. In 2009 he received first prize in the 2009 Chinese Journalism Awards, the national honour for Chinese journalists issued by the All- China Journalists Association.
Carol H ZHAO (2011 ACYD Delegate)
Carol Carol H Zhao is a graduate of Melbourne University with a B.A. in Political Science and History. In 2009 she completed a M.A.( International Politics. In 2006 she undertook a one-year exchange at the Boston University’s Political Science Department.
Carol was awarded the Hamish Malcolm Memorial Prize in Political Science during her M.A. study at the University of Melbourne. During her time in Melbourne, Carol lived with the Yorta-Yorta indigenous Australian community conducting research on improving livelihoods within indigenous communities. Carol also participated in several conferences and workshops during her time in Australia, such as ‘The European Union and Globalization’.
In 2010, Carol joined Phoenix Satellite Television serving as a Public Liaison Officer/Associate Producer/ Journalist with the “Talking with World Leaders,” program, which reveals compelling insights into the minds of key world figures, celebrities, prominent political leaders and scholars whose decisions influence politics and public policy worldwide.
In her capacity as Public Liaison Officer, Carol has been intimately involved in preparing, conducting and translating interviews with over 50 world leaders, including: US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Prime Minister of Thailand Yingluck Shinawatra, President of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Prime Minister of Australia Julia Gillard, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Australia, Kevin Rudd, Iranian Minister for Foreign Affairs Ali Akbar Salehi, Israel Vice-President and Defense Minister, Ehud Barak, Vice Prime Minister of New Zealand, Bill English, former Pakistan Prime Minister, Shaukat Aziz, President of Chile Miguel Pinera, and former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.
Carol has published extracts of her personal diary “Days of studying at Melbourne University” in The Chinese Business Magazine and has also been published in The Beijing Times. After interviewing Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, Carol wrote and published The Most Exciting Days in Libya.
Carol currently lives in Beijing with her family.
Elaine ZHAO (2012 ACYD Delegate)
Elaine Jing Zhao is a postdoctoral research fellow with ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation (CCI) at QUT. At CCI, she has had the privilege to work in an environment which embraces both theoretical and applied research that is cross-disciplinary and internationally focused. Elaine is also the vice director of Asian Creative Transformation, a network of researchers who are dedicated to understanding how transformations is taking place in Asia-Pacific through creative initiatives.
Her main research interests include digital media, creative economy, user co-creation, and their social, cultural and economic implications. Currently Elaine takes part in two ARC funded Discovery Projects. One adopts a transnational perspective in exploring the interactions between formal and informal media economies in the Asia-Pacific. The project aims to provide a new direction for intellectual property debates, and contribute to media, innovation and telecommunications policy discussions. The other examines the role of mobile and social technologies in promoting positive lifestyle among young women.
Elaine completed her PhD at QUT in 2011 on the adoption and use of mobile media in building consumer relationships in China. Prior to that, her professional experience with Nokia in China provided her with knowledge of both domestic and overseas mobile media innovations.
Outside work, Elaine is actively engaged in various communities committed to cross-cultural communications, including serving as the online column editor for TEDtoChina from 2009 to 2011. She is also a NAATI accredited professional translator with rich experience in translation across a multitude of industrial and academic settings.
ZHENG Yangpeng (2010 ACYD Delegate)
Zheng Yangpeng grew up in Hunan before moving to Beijing to complete a BA in journalism at Peking University. He is now a MA candidate in international journalism and communications at Tsinghua University.
Yangpeng has undertaken internships at several Chinese media organisations including the China Daily, Southern Metropolis News and China News Weekly. During his internship at Southern Metropolis News he assisted reporters in covering several diplomatic news stories, notably US State of Secretary Hillary Clinton’s visit to China in February 2009.
Yangpeng was previously Editor-in-Chief of Peking University’s only campus run newspaper, Peking University Youth, and received the newspaper’s top award, Editor of the Year.
Yangpeng’s experience with international news reporting has spurred his interest in cross-cultural communication.
ZHOU Jiamiao (2012 ACYD Delegate)
Zhou Jiamiao is currently a PHD candidate majored in International Relations at Nanjing University.
As a young scholar, Jiamiao ’s research interests are mainly on American Diplomatic History, American Environmental Diplomacy , Australian-American alliance and Sino-Australia relationship. Her PHD dissertation is on American Environmental Diplomacy under the administration of Nixon. In 2009, Jiamiao was awarded Fulbright Scholarship, having studied at Department of Political Science, University of Southern California (2009-2010). In recent years, Jiamiao has been working on her dissertation and has published many articles on Chinese newspapers and journals.
Since 2011, Jiamiao has been working as an external faculty member at School of Chinese Language and Literature, Beijing Foreign Studies University. She teaches overseas students Chinese History and Chinese Culture.
ZHOU Jing (Samantha) (2010 ACYD Delegate)
Zhou Jing works with the European Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai. The dynamic working environment and diverse European business projects that she is involved in have helped her to gain an insight into how foreign enterprises conduct their operations in China.
Previously, Zhou Jing worked as an interpreter for the State Revenue Office in New South Wales. Two years of living and studying in Australia provided her with a good understanding of “Aussie life” and Australian culture. Jing has been successful in building many enduring friendships in Australia.
Jing completed a Master in Translating and Interpreting at Macquarie University in Australia. She gained a distinction in Australia’s national accreditation exam for interpreting and translating.
Jing has a strong interest in international students’ advocacy in Australia. In 2009, she joined the Macquarie Student Union and served to improve the representation of international students at the university. She also has a passion for public speaking, having participated in many English Speaking Contests in China. In 2006, on behalf of her university, she attended the 5th CCTV Cup English Speaking Contest and gained third place in the Hunan Provincial-wide competition.
ZHOU Kang (2010 ACYD Delegate)
With an organisational and communications background, Zhou Kang helps to promote sustainable development and environmental protection in southern China. He has professional experience in the public and private sectors, which helps him bring a fresh perspective to the business of his clients and partners.
Prior to working in the commercial field, Zhou Kang worked as a government officer in Hunan Province. He has been responsible for coordinating public policy and advocacy strategies among stakeholders and for the planning and execution of working conferences, seminars and other events.
Zhou Kang is undertaking research work for the 12th Five-Year Plan and is currently engaged in business development in China with foreign partners.
ZOU Tong (2011 ACYD Delegate)
Tong is a senior student from Beijing, where she attends the High School affiliated to Renmin University of China (RDFZ).
Tong currently serves as the President of the RDFZ Student Union and leads several student organisations. During the summer of 2010, she was the school representative at the Student Global Leadership Institute, Punahou School, USA.
Owing to her strong sense of social responsibility, Tong has served as the Chairman of the Little Angels Action Fund of the China Youth Development Foundation since 2010. She has previously organised a fund raising fun-run at China’s National Stadium and designed music-teaching materials for students in Western China, which have benefited 55 schools. In 2011, she initiated a year- long charity concert tour and piano teacher lessons for the elderly and people with a disability.
Tong is the author of “Climate Change and Its Impacts on the Poverty-Stricken Areas in China” and has presented her work at the 2010 East- Asia Symposium on the Environment, Korea. She is also the co-author of a UNESCO educational research project, “The Summer Palace – Current Situation and Solutions to Problems in the Preservation of Cultural Heritage” and has been invited to speak at the 5th Beijing International Forum on Education for Sustainable Development, as the founder of “One Bottle Less”, a campaign to reduce bottled water consumption.
As an active public speaker, Tong has won numerous awards including Peking University’s National Model United Nations Conference and Primary School English Speech Competitions.
Aside from her academic and philanthropic pursuits, Tong is also an aspiring young pianist. Starting her career in 2005, she has played five concertos with prestigious Chinese orchestras including the China Philharmonic Orchestra, with two recitals in Beijing and Shanghai, and participated in three international summer music academies in China, France, and Austria.