Ms Jan Adams AO PSM Ambassador to China
Ms Adams is Australia’s Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China and took up her appointment in February 2016.
Ms Adams is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. She was appointed Deputy Secretary in April 2013 with responsibility for trade and economic issues. In this role she was chief negotiator overseeing conclusion of Free Trade Agreements with China, Korea and Japan. Previously, Ms Adams was First Assistant Secretary, Free Trade Agreement Division.
Ms Adams served as Ambassador for the Environment and Ambassador for Climate Change between 2005 and 2008, and as Minister Counsellor (Trade) in Washington from 2000 to 2004.
From 1993 to 1996, Ms Adams worked as an Adviser to the Minister for Trade and Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, Senator Peter Cook. She also previously worked in the OECD Environment and Trade Directorates in Paris.
Ms Adams joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in 1999 as Assistant Secretary, APEC Branch.
Ms Adams was awarded the Public Service Medal in 2007 for outstanding public service in pursuing Australia's international objectives on trade and the environment. In 2016 she was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to international relations through the advancement of Australia's diplomatic and free trade relationships, particularly with the United States of America, South Korea, Japan and China.
Raised in Wodonga, Victoria, she holds Bachelor of Economics (Hons) and Bachelor of Law (Hons) degrees from Monash University, and is married with one child.
Carol Allen CEO, Sapphire International Holdings
Carol joined the Sapphire Group Board in 2003 and in 2015 became the CEO of Sapphire International Holdings to oversee the international strategy and operation. Carol has also been a director of the BlueCross Board since 2005 until 2016. From 2006 to 2015, Carol was BlueCross’ CEO and Executive Director. She was responsible for the operations of Residential and Care at Home services, marketing and human resources. With more than 30 years’ experience in the community sector Carol’s passion is to change the way aged care is delivered; She has now formed a team of highly committed and experienced managers who share her vision and are working with her to take this vision into China.
On 16 May 2017 Sapphire Holdings Group and Sungin, a subsidiary company of the Fosun Group, signed a JV agreement at the Shanghai Bund Financial Centre on 16 May 2017. This marks our entry into the China Market providing Residential Aged Care based on the Australian standards and Sapphire's "model of care" including quality standards, policies and procedures and will together develop a high-end aged care centre the Palace Gardenin Beijing.
Carols holds a Bachelor of Education and a Graduate Diploma in Research and Development. Andis a Director of Sapphire Holdings Group and Sapphire Care and is also on the Board of The Bays Hospital and Aged Care and Art Building Children’s Dreams a Non for Profit organization supporting early childhood education for children in need.
Amanda Barry Founding Director, Australian National University’s China Liaison Office
Dr Amanda Barry is the founding Director of the Australian National University’s China Liaison Office, and is responsible for deepening and strengthening the ANU’s China engagement across research, teaching and learning and student exchange. Amanda was previously Director of Academics at The Beijing Center, a research, education and study abroad program at Beijing’s University of International Business and Economics.
Amanda holds an award-winning Ph.D. in Indigenous history from the University of Melbourne and has published, presented and taught internationally. Since moving to Beijing in 2005 she has worked in higher education, cultural diplomacy, business consulting and the arts including at the Australian Embassy, Peking University, the Foundation for Australian Studies in China and The Beijing Center. Amanda has a particular interest in the career development and mentoring of young people and is active in women's mentoring in Beijing. Amanda speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese and lives in Beijing with her husband and daughter.
Mathew Benjamin CEO & Co-founder, AsiaRecon
Mathew is CEO & Co-founder of AsiaRecon. Mathew works with technology backed companies to help them secure capital, customers and strategic partners across India, Indonesia, China, Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Before this, Mathew worked in the real estate funds management industry for five years, working across the areas of research, portfolio management, and strategy. He has also held roles with the University of Sydney Business School, the Australia China Business Council, the Lowy Institute for International Policy, and National Australia Bank Asia. Mathew is interested in unlocking cross-border opportunities between Australia & Asia across the TMT and high tech space.
Craig Boyce Head of School, KaiWen Academy Chaoyang Beijing
Bilingual Australian/New Zealand international educator with over 30 years experience and four masters degrees. After beginning my work life as an engineer, then a time studying theology, I travelled to Beijing China to learn Chinese. Following explorations in the diplomatic field and journalism, I decided to make a career in education. This began in Beijing, was significantly developed in Hong Kong, and now takes place back in Beijing where I am deeply involved in exploring how a bilingual education in Chinese and English can find meaningful expression for both Chinese nationals and ‘foreign’ students. As head of a school this involves the need to, as the Delphic maxim simply states, “know thyself,” then to understand and respect others, and cultivate appreciation for the multifaceted nature and influence of context and culture.
Trista Brohier Vice President Coal, Mitsubishi Development Ltd
Trista has 23 years Executive Management experience in a diverse range of industries, including mining, manufacturing and pharmaceutical.
As well as other qualifications, Trista is a Certified Practicing Accountant; she holds a Master of Commercial Law, and a Senior Executive Master of Business Administration from the University of Melbourne.
Completing her career at Ford Australia as the Program Controller of Production Development, Trista joined Sigma Pharmaceuticals as Commercial Manager and then Divisional CFO.
In early 2009 she entered the mining industry with Leighton Contractors as Group Commercial Director. Trista moved to the Minerals and Metals Group (MMG) as Project Director, GM Strategy, and then GM Commercial. Trista joined BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance as Head of Alliance Planning and Asset Management in 2014, and recently been appointed as the Vice President Coal at Mitsubishi Development Ltd. Trista is married, and enjoys traveling and cooking
Shupei Chen Manager, Australian Trade and Investment Commission
Shupei is currently working as a Business Development Manager for the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) in Beijing. As a member of the Austrade China Health and Services Team, Shupei uses her extensive knowledge of local markets to help Australian companies in the health and aged care sectors export their products and services to the Middle Kingdom. Shupei focuses her work on identifying opportunities in Chinese markets for Australian companies, maintaining relationships with central government, municipal government and key industry bodies, and facilitating Australia-China partnerships in China.
Shupei has played a lead role in organising Australian aged care business missions to China, including the inaugural Australia-China International Aged Care Summit in 2015 - the largest ever health and aged care mission to China, providing site visits and local partnership opportunities for more than 70 Australian aged care companies. In 2017, Shupei also initiated the Australian Masterclass - Aged Care Training Capability Demonstration Roadshow in which 17 leading aged care training organizations invited their trainers to provide masterclasses for Chinese companies in Beijing, Chengdu and Shanghai. Apart from displaying their strong training capabilities, the delegation also introduced cutting-edge technologies being used in the aged care industry in Australia, including 3D and VR software. In September 2016 Austrade published the Health and Aged Care Industry in China: A Guide for Australian Business report, for which Shupei was coordinator and co-writer. The report was launched by The Hon Steven Ciobo MP Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment to promote key opportunities emerging in China, Australia’s biggest trading partner.
Shupei holds a Masters in law from Renmin University of China. Shupei was a former ACYD Chinese delegate in 2014.
Guo Hongyu Program Manager, Greenovation Hub
Greenovation Hub (GHUB) is an environmental Think-Do organization with a global outlook. GUO Hongyu works with GHUB as program manager. She is mainly responsible for running the climate communications project, to promote positive narratives of climate action and energy transition. She used to be an employee communications specialist in Intel China Ltd., before which she worked full time in China-Europa Forum as a Workshop Coordinator. She received her MA degree in English and American Literatures from Beijing Foreign Studies University.
Justin Howden, Global Head of Government Affairs and Industry Development, H&H Group
Over the last 5 years Justin has built and led Swisse’s Government Affairs and Industry Development team and now leads this portfolio in H&H Group. This includes global and local public policy contribution on health, trade, innovation, advanced manufacturing policies and the development of the strategic science program of validation and clinical trials with CSIRO, SWINBURNE and Peking Universities. The team also leads the groups’ sustainability program, and the Celebrate Life Foundation, the community arm of Swisse. Justin entered marketing at FMCG leader Kraft Foods, then State Manager Meadow Lea, National Marketing Manager for Bonlac/Fonterra ultimately as Regional Manager Asia for Fonterra. As an ‘intrapreneur’ he revived and established new business divisions and has led teams across emerging markets such as China, ASEAN and the Middle East. After 15 years in Consumer Packaged Goods he joined Business Victoria as General Manager for ASEAN Investment group, progressing to GM International Business including leading the Victorian Government’s network of overseas trade and investment offices. He graduated in the first cohort of the ‘Masters in Entrepreneurship and Innovation’ from Swinburne.
Kuanghan Li Director, Global Heritage Fund
Kuanghan Li joined Global Heritage Fund in 2008 and currently serves as the Director of the China Heritage Program, managing all of GHF’s conservation Projects in China where she works closely with public and private partners and the local communities on planning, conservation and development issues. Before joining GHF, Han has worked as a consultant to the Getty Conservation Institute’s China Principles Project, and has extensive experience with various architectural design and historic preservation projects in the US, India, France, Morocco, and China. Han holds a BA in architectural studies from the National University of Singapore, a Masters degree in historic preservation and an Advanced Certificate in Architectural Conservation and Site Management from the University of Pennsylvania, and is currently a Ph. D. candidate at Peking University in cultural heritage conservation. Her recent practice and research focus is on the conservation and development of ethnic villages in Southwest China.
Xiaoqin Li Senior Economist, Teck Resources
Dr. Xiaoqin Li is a Senior Economist with Teck Resources, Canada’s largest diversified mining company. She regularly advises the company’s board of directors and senior management on Chinese and Indian macroeconomic issues, providing insights in formulating the company’s strategic decision making processes.
Prior to joining Teck Resources, Dr. Li was China Economist with Wood Mackenzie’s Macroeconomics Team. Utilizing her over a decade of experience in macroeconomic research and analysis, she provided leading corporate clients with unique insights in public policy, macroeconomic environment and their business implications. Dr. Li also worked at the Conference Board China Center. There, she was the resident expert on long-term economic growth and productivity performance. Dr. Li started her career with the China National Bureau of Statistics, where she was based in the National Accounts department, specializing in GDP related measures.
Xiaoqin holds a PhD in Management & Economics from Beihang University.
Jason Yat-sen Li Chairman, Vantage Asia Holdings
Jason has over 20 years experience in law, corporate finance and general management in Australia, the US and China. He is currently Chairman of Vantage Asia Holdings, a commercial group with interests in resources, financial services and technology businesses in Asia.
Jason is a Director of the George Institute for Global Health and a member of the Sydney Committee of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, as well as an advisory panel member of the Australian Turf Club. He was previously Vice Chair of the Australia-China Chamber of Commerce in Beijing, a Governing Member of the Smith Family and a Director of the Sydney Institute and the National Centre for Volunteering. In 2009, Jason was named a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum in Davos, and currently serves on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council for China. Jason was also Australia’s Eisenhower Fellow in 2002.
Jason commenced his career as a commercial lawyer with Corrs Chambers Westgarth in Australia and has worked at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in the Hague. He joined Insurance Australia Group in 2002 as Head of Sustainability. In 2005, Jason was appointed Head of China Strategy for IAG and moved to Beijing as Head of Sales & Marketing for IAG’s China operations. His work on road safety in China won the China PR Association Silver Medal for Best Campaign and the Economic Observer Award for Most Creative Campaign in 2005.
In 2007, Jason founded Yatsen Associates, a corporate advisory firm focused on cross-border M&A. After 10 years in China, Jason returned to Australia with his family in 2015. He speaks fluent Mandarin, Cantonese and German.
Jason has an Arts/Law degree with First Class Honours from the University of Sydney and an LLM from New York University Law School. He is admitted as an attorney at the New York State Bar and as a legal practitioner in New South Wales.
Shanzhen Luo Director, CHJ Care
Shanzhen is from CHJ Care, one of the leading senior living investment and operation management company in Beijing.
Shanzhen is now leading an innovative project called LEZHI for CHJ, who concentrates on building a person-centered, full-ranged and integrated care model for the people suffering from a variety of neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease etc. LEZHI is determined to be a one-stop-shop solution provider for the people with dementia and Parkinson's disease in China in the soon future,
Shanzhen holds 11 years' experience in senior living and witnessed the rapid growth and enormous changes in this industry. She is passionate about transforming the traditional senior living model into the new social care model, not limited in physical, also including social, psychological, and spiritual.
Shanzhen is also a columnist for the Paper (thepaper.cn).
Shanzhen has a Bachelor and a Master of History both from Nanjing University. She also earned another Master of Gerontology from Georgia State University, located in Atlanta, GA.
Mingyan Ma Independent Consultant
Mingyan “Ophelia” Ma is an independent consultant focused on international education innovation. Born and raised in Shanghai, she has lived in the United States as well as Israel, and has worked for schools, policy research organizations and non-profits, most recently as the Director of Curriculum Development at Beijing No.4 High School. Her passion is to develop global citizens through teaching, curriculum design and cross-sectoral innovation. Ophelia holds a B.A. Asian Studies from Pomona College and an M.Ed. in International Education Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Ma Tianjie Managing Editor, China Dialogue
Ma Tianjie is China Dialogue managing editor in Beijing. Before joining China Dialogue in 2015, he was Greenpeace's Program Director for Mainland China. While at Greenpeace, he was a regular commentator on China's environmental challenges contributing to a range of media organizations. He holds a master’s degree in environmental policy from American University, Washington D.C.
Edwin Maher Former News Anchor, CCTV
A quirk of fate brought Edwin Maher to China in 2003 and within nine months he had made history, becoming the first non-Asian face to read prime-time news on Chinese state TV.
A broadcast journalist for most of his working life, Maher was a highly recognised personality across networks of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) in Melbourne for more than 20 years. His unique presentation of the weather added to his fame.
Jen Mason Political Counsellor, Australian Embassy Beijing
Jen Mason has served as Political Counsellor at the Australian Embassy Beijing since June 2016, covering the Australia-China bilateral relationship and China’s foreign policy. She is a career foreign service officer with previous postings in the political team in Seoul, covering the DPRK and ROK foreign policy and domestic politics from 2006 to 2010, and the public affairs team in Beijing from 2013 to 2015.
Ms Mason has previously held a range of roles in Canberra, including as foreign policy adviser to former Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd in 2011-12, covering North Asia, the Pacific, regional architecture and climate change. She served in Australia’s climate change negotiating team at the Framework Convention on Climate Change negotiations in Cancun in 2010, and wrote the strategy for Australia’s UN Security Council term in 2012. Most recently, Ms Mason served as Director of the FTA Advocacy Unit in 2016, travelling around Australia to promote opportunities under Australia’s FTAs with China, the ROK and Japan.
Ms Mason holds a double degree in law and Asian studies from the Australian National University. She speaks Mandarin and Korean.
Jonathan Milton Assistant Defence Attaché, Australian Embassy Beijing
Lieutenant Commander Jonathan Milton joined the Navy in 2003, serving in a variety of positions as a Maritime Warfare Officer.
Lieutenant Commander Milton has served as Weapons Officer HMAS Gascoyne, Navigator Hunter Two, a Mine-Hunter rotational crew and as Executive Officer Assail 2, an Armidale Class Patrol Boat rotational crew. In 2009 Lieutenant Commander Milton posted to Headquarters Northern Command as a Current Operations (J33) desk officer before moving to the role of Staff Officer to Commander Northern Command. In 2012, Lieutenant Commander Milton posted to Headquarters Joint Operations Command as a Global Operations Planning (J35G) desk officer with a primary role of managing ADF commitment to UN operations.
Lieutenant Commander Milton has deployed as an Escort Officer for the ADF Parliamentary Program in the Middle East Area of Operations and to South Korea as the 2nd Operational Command Multinational Forces Liaison Officer for Exercise Key Resolve.
In 2014 Lieutenant Commander Milton studied Chinese at the Defence Force School of Languages before commencing a three year posting as Assistant Defence Attaché at the Australian Embassy, Beijing.
Lieutenant Commander Milton is married to Ashliegh. Their hobbies include various outdoor pursuits and motorsport.
Dr. Geoff Raby Chairman & CEO, Geoff Raby & Associates
Dr. Geoff Raby was Australia’s Ambassador to China from 2007 to 2011. Following completion of his Ambassadorial term, after 27 years in the public service, mostly with DFAT, he resigned to establish Geoff Raby and Associates Ltd.
Dr. Raby also holds a number of non-executive, independent director positions with ASX-listed companies, i.e. OceanaGold , Yancoal and iSentia. Dr. Raby was appointed to the Investment Attraction South Australia Advisory Board on 29 March, 2016. In China, Dr. Raby serves as Co-Chair of Corrs Chambers Westgarth’s China practice.
He is head of Trade Policy at the London-based think-tank Policy Exchange.
Dr. Raby is a member of the non-for-profit Advance Global Advisory Board, University of Sydney’s China Studies Center Advisory Board, La Trobe University Asia Advisory Board, and the Foundation of the National Gallery of Victoria.
Lisa Renkin Deputy Commissioner, Victoria State Government
Lisa Renkin took up her appointment as the Deputy Commissioner for Victoria in China in April 2017. Based in Chengdu, Lisa supports the Commissioner and represents Victoria’s interests in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
Lisa has worked in strategic and technical leadership roles in China since 2003, managing teams and establishing commercial and program structures in both the mainland and in Hong Kong SAR.
Before taking up this role with the Victorian Government, Lisa was Manager of International Initiatives and Head of the China program for the Burnet Institute, leading the development and implementation of an integrated public health and biotech initiative with an emphasis upon Western China.
Lisa was also Vice President of the Victorian branch of the Australia China Business Council (ACBC) and chair of its Health & Medical Research working group. Lisa holds an Adjunct position with Monash University as a Senior Lecturer and routinely undertakes teaching programs and student supervision in post-graduate courses.
Lisa’s international expertise spans twenty years of responding to health, humanitarian, development and commercial priorities, with a focus on effective programmatic and health systems strengthening initiatives throughout the developing world.
Lisa has previously lived and/or worked for extended periods of time in South Africa, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Indonesia, PNG, and in China: Yunnan, Xinjiang, the Tibet Autonomous Region of China, Jiangsu, Shanghai, Hong Kong SAR and Beijing. Lisa speaks Mandarin.
Maree Ringland Public Affairs and Culture Counsellor, Australian Embassy Beijing
Ms Maree Ringland took up her role as Counsellor, Public Affairs and Culture, at the Australian Embassy in Beijing in February, 2016.
This is her second time living and working in China. She first came to Beijing in 1999 as a language trainee preparing to work on energy and resources issues in the Economic Section at the Australian Embassy as the Second Secretary (2000-2004).
In her 12 years in between stints in China, she worked on bilateral trade negotiations with China (2005-2008), served as Deputy Head of Mission at the Australian Embassy in Chile (2009-2012), edited the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Annual Report (2013) and worked on more trade negotiations, this time with the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (RCEP) (2013-2015).
She has a Masters in International Relations from Monash University and a Combined Asian Studies/Law Degree (with honours) from the Australian National University. She speaks Mandarin, Japanese and Spanish.
Huw Slater Research Manager, China Carbon Forum
Huw Slater is China Carbon Forum’s Research Manager. He is the co-author of the 2015 and 2017 China Carbon Pricing Surveys, as well as publications focusing on China's carbon emissions targets, carbon market development, coal power overcapacity, the 'war on pollution' and climate change adaptation policy. He has spoken on behalf of CCF at forums around China, as well as recently in Delhi, India. In addition, he manages CCF’s regular expert panel discussions on low-carbon topics. Huw has been based in Beijing since 2011, first working with Chinese NGO Institute for Environment and Development, and then conducting Masters research on carbon markets and the power sector. Previously he worked with an Australian National University (ANU) research team, reporting on Climate Change and Fiscal Policy as part of the APEC Finance Ministers’ Policy Initiatives of 2008. Huw has a Master of Asia Pacific Studies and a Master of Climate Change from Australian National University.
Gerald Thomson Deputy head of Mission to China (People's Republic of)
Mr Thomson is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He commenced as Deputy Head of Mission at the Australian Embassy in China on 8 November 2016. Previously, he served as Australia’s Ambassador to Sweden, Finland, Estonia and Latvia (Jan 2013 to Sept 2016), Counsellor (Political/Economic) at the Australian High Commission in Papua New Guinea (2005-2008) and as Third Secretary (subsequently First Secretary) at the Australian Embassy in China (1995-1999). In Canberra, he was most recently Assistant Secretary, North East Asia Branch 2010-2012). Mr Thomson joined the Department of Foreign Affairs as a Graduate in 1993.
Mr Thomson holds a Graduate Diploma in Foreign Affairs and Trade from the Australian National University, and a Master of Business Administration, and a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Western Australia. He speaks Mandarin and Swedish.
Leonie Valentine Managing Director, Sales & Operations, Google Hong Kong
Leonie Valentine is Managing Director, Sales & Operations of Google Hong Kong. She has over 20 years of experience in marketing and sales, and has served as Director of Customer Experience for Asia Pacific at Google for the past two years.
Prior to joining Google, Leonie was Executive Vice President, Customer Service & Operations at CSL Limited. Earlier, she held the position of Chief of Staff for Telstra International Group, and was a member of the Executive Leadership Team charged with managing Telstra Corp's business growth and assets outside of Australia and New Zealand.
Leonie holds an Executive Certificate in Business Administration from the Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship of Swinburne University, a Master's Degree in Communication Management from the University of Technology, Sydney, and a Bachelor of Science from Melbourne University.
Leonie actively supports The Women's Foundation in Hong Kong, and is a member of the Women on Boards Advisory Panel (30% Club) and the Technology Advisory Committee. She was a board member for HandsOn Hong Kong from 2014-16, and is studying Chinese to add depth to her international business experience.
Harold Weldon Board Member, Australia China Council
Harold has more than thirty years’ experience as a respected independent strategic advisor and trusted China specialist, drawing on a background of engagement across a deep network of commercial, cultural, and political spectrums within China.
Recently awarded the 2017 Special Book Award of China. This prestigious national-level award recognises lifetime achievement for international writers and publishers for the promotion of cultural exchange between China and the world. Administered by the State Administration of Press Publication Radio Film and Television, the award is given by the Vice Premier of China in the Great Hall of the People, Beijing.
Current Board Member, Australia China Council Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Australian Government
Founder/Chief Executive Weldon Global (Hkg/Beijing) Consulting.
Harold has a proven track record in navigating the protocols and nuance of the Chinese system to create the best market entry for success. As an intermediary, he has overseen bi-lateral facilitation and integration between companies, industry groups, the Arts, government, and academic institutions with relevant counterparts. Harold’s long established awareness of cultural knowledge and sensitivity enables him to deliver cross-cultural access and trade outcomes.
Harold’s expertise in new market entry includes identifying key partnership opportunities, marketplace intelligence, facilitating commercial opportunities and enabling the delivery of end to end deal transactions for pre-qualified clients from Australia, China, and the rest of the world.
He has a demonstrated ability to lead high level project teams and deliver above expectations and has been responsible for the management and convening of many bi-lateral events in Australia and China including “2nd channel dialogues”.
Additionally, Harold's rigour in research and development and his keen understanding of the issues and stories which engage and inspire has informed his exceptional abilities in content creation and development across global markets. Specifically, extensive television and new media production experience including; producing, writing, directing, narration and presenting factual programming.
Most recently piloting a program broadcast by Sky News Business “China’s Business Leaders”. He received the prestigious University of Georgia’s 1989 “Peabody Award” for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism for a four-hour documentary on the Chinese Army, his “the Great Wall of Iron” which he created and produced. (continued)
Harold’s passion for supporting Australian innovation particularly during the incubation phase has led him into numerous mentorship and board positions, in particular the Queensland’s State Government sponsored technology incubator ILAB, the Creative Industries Precinct at the Queensland University of Technology and the Australian Microelectronics Centre and Füri Knives, the innovative Australian startup which is now a global company.
He is adept at providing independent, well-researched, market–ready advice to Australian businesses or not-for-profit organisations seeking to extend the reach of their products or services into a particular global market.
Kee Wong Founder, e-Centric Innovations
Kee Wong is the founder and the Managing Director of e-Centric Innovations, a management and technology consulting company that provides strategic advice and systems integration services in e-business and IT for large enterprises and government in Australia, New Zealand, the United States and SE Asia.
Kee is currently the Chairman of the AIIA Board. He also sits on the Board of Directors of Asialink, Australian Services Roundtable (ASR), Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO) and the Advisory Board of the Australia-Malaysia Institute (AMI).
Peng Xi Associate Professor, Peking University
Dr. Peng Xi is an associate professor in College of Engineering, Peking University, China. His current research interests are focused on research and development of optical super-resolution microscopy techniques. He has published over 50 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals including Nature, and holds 10 issued invention patents, including 2 US patents. He is elected as a senior member of OSA since 2015. His research is sponsored by the National Science Foundation of China, and Ministry of Science and Technology in China. He is on the editorial board of 5 SCI-indexed journals: Light: Science and Applications, Scientific Reports, Microscopy Research and Techniques, Micron, and Chinese Optics Letters. He has been invited to give many invited talks in international conferences hosted by OSA and SPIE.
He has been collaborated with Australia researchers from University of Technology Sydney, Macquarie University, University of Adelaide, RMIT, etc. The collaborated work has been published on highly esteemed journal such as Nature, Nature Photonics, Nature Nanotechnology, etc. He is also the leader of the Center for Nano-BioPhotonics (CNBP) Beijing node, an ARC Center of Excellence.
Zhong Weiyun Director-General, International Department of CPC Central Committee
Mr. Zhong Weiyun, born in 1965. Served as Director-General of Bureau for North American, Oceanian and Nordic Affairs, International Department of CPC Central Committee (IDCPC) since January 2017. He graduated from the Department of History, Peking University with a master’s degree. In 1990, he started to work at Bureau for African Affairs, IDCPC and from 1993 to 1997, he was posted to Chinese embassy in Ethiopia as third secretary. From April 1997, he served successively as Deputy Division Director, Division Director, Deputy Director-General and Director-General of Bureau for African Affairs.