Past Dialogue / 2012 ACYD Archive

Welcome ReceptioN


Ms Adamson arrived in Beijing on 8 August 2011, and presented her Credentials to the President of the People’s Republic of China, HE Mr Hu Jintao, on 16 August 2011.

Ms Adamson served in the Australian Consulate-General in Hong Kong in the late 1980s during the early years of China’s reform and opening, and first visited mainland China in 1987. She was seconded as Representative to the Australian Commerce and Industry Office in Taipei from 2001 to 2005.

She has twice served in the Australian High Commission in London, including as Deputy High Commissioner from 2005-2008 and as Political Counsellor from 1993 to 1997. She was Chief of Staff to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and then the Minister for Defence from 2009 to 2010.

Ms Adamson is an honorary patron of the China-Australia Chamber of Commerce in Beijing, patron of the Australia China Alumni Association, a member of the Advisory Board of the Australian National University’s Australian Centre on China in the World and a member of the national Board of the Australia China Business Council.

She is married with four children and speaks Mandarin.

Michelle GARNAUT

Melbourne-born Michelle Garnaut is a trained chef and restaurateur with a culinary career that spans over 25 years, several continents and positions that have ranged from waitress to chef to caterer and proprietor.

M at the Fringe After traveling the world, Michelle arrived in Hong Kong (only intending a short stay) where she worked in the restaurant business and opened her own catering firm. She opened M at the Fringe in Hong Kong in 1989, which became a pioneer of independent fine dining.

Pioneer on the Bund After a guest chef stint at The Peace Hotel in Shanghai in 1996, Michelle felt that Shanghai was ready for something similar, and in 1999 – when the rest of the Bund was a culinary desert – she opened M on the Bund on the historic waterfront. The first Glamour Room and Bar opened in 2001.

Cultural Events & Literary Festival In 2002, the now-famous cultural events series was launched at the Glamour Bar, along with the enormously popular Shanghai International Literary Festival. By 2006, the Glamour Bar moved to a bigger, better and even more glamorous space on the 6th floor.

Awards & Charity For her achievements, Michelle has been honored with awards that include Entrepreneur of the Year (International Woman of Influence Awards) and the Business Entrepreneurial Award (ANZ Australian Business Awards). Michelle has had a long-term commitment to charity work, including ongoing involvement in the ICC Beach Cleanup, books2eat, and Care for Children. She is currently working on The Village People project, targeted at improving the lives and health of women in rural China.


Paul Glasson is the Chairman of Satori Investments and the Chairman of Sigiriya Capital and the Chief Representative in China of the Australia China Business Council.

He is a renowned expert on China’s ‘zou chu qu’ (or go global) policy and Chinese State Owned Enterprises. He has provided extensive public commentary on China’s National Development and Reform Commission, the State Owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission and outward investment flows from China.

Mr Glasson’s corporate advisory engagements have included roles with a number of China’s largest Chinese and Australian companies working on leading transactions such as with MCC on the $4.5 billion Sino Iron project, the proposed $3.5 billion Yilgarn infrastructure project, the $2 billion Baosteel acquisition, the $750 million HRL gas power project, the $285 million Aquila Resources share placement to Baosteel and the $175 million Aurox Resources – Atlas Iron merger.

He was described by The Australian as one of the five most influential Australians living in China and has been chosen as one of only two Australians as a Young Leader at the Bo’ao Forum for Asia in 2009 and 2010, which involved participation in a dialogue with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and Vice-President Xi Jinping in both years respectively.

Mr Glasson is a fluent Mandarin speaker and is based in Shanghai.


Dominic is an expert in the Chinese economy and the nexus of growth and sustainability. He has studied international development issues with a particular focus on China for over a decade and has researched China and East Asian energy issues for 6 years. Dominic has a multi-disciplinary background. He holds an Honours degree in Politics and International Relations with a major in History from UNSW as well as Graduate Diploma and Masters Degrees in International Development Economics from the ANU. He has submitted his PhD thesis in Economics at the ANU where he was a Rio Tinto China Scholar. Concurrent with his PhD studies Dominic was Project Manager of the China Economy Program at the Crawford School of Public Policy, a Project officer at the East Asian Bureau of Economic Research and a Consulting Editor with the East Asia Forum. He also interned with Citigroup in Hong Kong in 2007 where he advised against the prevailing belief that a repeat of the 1997 Asian financial crisis was impossible.

Dominic’s interest in China began in 2002 as an intern at the Asia-Australia Institute and his first trip to China was in 2003. He arrived without knowing a single word of Chinese and left after a year, having evaded SARS and becoming conversationally fluent in Mandarin. Since then, he has returned to China on an almost annual basis and has spent extended periods of time in a dozen different provinces.

Dominic’s recent research focuses on the impact of China’s economic transformation on the use of energy in the economy. His other research covers geopolitics, climate change, water management, international trade rules, rural poverty, Asian integration and financial regulatory systems. He has published short articles on US and Chinese politics, China-Japan relations, food crises, climate change, international trade, and China’s oil, coal and electricity industries.

Dominic was an advisor to the Australia-China Youth Dialogue in 2010 and participated as a Delegate in 2011 and was the lead author of the 2011 ACYD Delegates’ Submission to the Australian Government White Paper on Australia in the Asian Century. He misses living in Canberra and running ultra marathons and rogains with friends at Bruce Hall.


David Walker is Alfred Deakin Professor of Australian Studies at Deakin University. He is a leading cultural historian with a special interest in the history of Australian representations of Asia. His influential book, Anxious Nation: Australia and the Rise of Asia, 1850 to 1939 (UQP, 1999) won the Ernest Scott prize for History in 2001. Anxious Nation has been translated into Chinese and was published by China Renmin University Press in 2009. An Indian edition was published in the same year. A translation into Hindi will appear in October 2012. He is co-editor with Agnieszka Sobocinska of Australia’s Asia: From Yellow Peril to Asian Century, (UWA Press, October 2012). Asian themes also appear in his recent book Not Dark Yet: a personal history (Giramondo publishing, 2011). Professor Walker has extensive experience in the development of Australian Studies programs in the People’s Republic of China, India, Japan and Indonesia. He is a Visiting Professor in the School of Foreign Studies, Renmin University of China, Beijing and a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and the Australian Academy of the Humanities.

Day 1 - Economic Reform and Government Innovation in China

John GARNAUT (Master of Ceremonies)

John Garnaut is The Age and Sydney Morning Herald's China correspondent.

John graduated in law and arts from Monash University and worked for three years as a commercial lawyer at Melbourne firm Hall & Wilcox before joining the Herald as a cadet in 2002.

In 2002 John was appointed the Herald's Economics Correspondent in the Canberra press gallery and in 2007 was posted to Beijing as the Asia Economics Correspondent for The Age and Sydney Morning Herald.


Antony Dapiran is a partner of international law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell, based in the firm's Hong Kong office. His practice focuses on securities offerings and cross-border mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Dapiran has advised on many of the largest and most complex initial public offerings in the China market, on transactions raising in aggregate more than US$60 billion, including the IPOs of Agricultural Bank of China and Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, the largest China IPOs to date. Educated at the University of Melbourne and Peking University, Mr. Dapiran is admitted as a legal practitioner in Hong Kong, New South Wales and England & Wales. He is listed as a leading lawyer in numerous legal industry publications, including IFLR 1000, Chambers Asia, Asia Pacific Legal 500 and the Guide to the World's Leading Capital Markets Lawyers. He was named one of the "New China Hands" by American Lawyer magazine, and one of the "Advance Asia 50" Australian leaders in Asia. Mr. Dapiran has been resident in Beijing and Hong Kong for over 15 years, and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.

Stephen Joske

Stephen Joske is the Senior Manager, Asia at AustralianSuper. Based in Beijing, he is responsible for overseeing the fund’s strategy for its increasing investments in the Asian region across all asset classes. With $42billion in funds under management and a net cash inflow of over $3.5billion a year AustralianSuper is increasingly expanding its overseas investment capability.

Mr. Joske was previously at the Economist Intelligence Unit in Beijing, where he was Director of the China Forecasting Service, managing a team of expert economists and econometricians to provide advice to companies on the factors driving structural change within the Chinese economy.

He has also worked at the Australian Embassy in Beijing as the Senior Australian Treasury Representative to China; as a senior analyst covering the Chinese economy for the Australian Office of National Assessments; and as Senior Adviser on macroeconomic and budget policy to the Australian Treasurer. Mr. Joske has also represented the Australian Treasury at APEC and OECD meetings.

Mr. Joske has degrees in Economics and Asian Studies from the Australian National University and was awarded the National Economic Accounting Prize. He speaks and reads Chinese.


David’s interests encompass a sweep of issues affecting China’s social, economic and political reforms.

A long-term resident in China, he is a regular commentator on current Chinese affairs in the global media.

His more than thirty years research on China combined with his early IT training, created the ChinaBase research and learning tool.

David is concurrently a Visiting Professor at Peking University. He holds an honours degree in anthropology and philosophy and a PhD in Chinese studies from the University of Sydney. He has held a Fulbright Fellowship at the University of Chicago and senior academic positions in Australia, Singapore and China.

Charles LI

Before being appointed as Chief Executive Officer for China of ANZ Bank, Dr Charles Li was Head of Global Banking & Markets, China of the Royal Bank of Scotland, responsible for developing GBM business in China across product divisions. He was also the Branch Manager of RBS Shanghai Branch. He has been actively involved in activities which expand the RBS Group business interests in China.

Dr Li has been with the RBS Group for the past 12 years, working in London, Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai over this period. He held various senior positions in economic research, business planning and strategy, business integration and disposal and client relationship management in both corporate and financial sector.

Prior to joining RBS Group, Dr Li worked as a financial commentator at the BBC World Service London. Even now he remains an active participant in various senior level discussion panels/forum on China and Asian affairs.

Dr Li holds a PhD in Strategic Management from Aston Business School, UK; MSc in Management from Birmingham University, UK and a BEng in Mechanical Engineering from Beijing Institute of Technology.

Justin Yifu LIN

Justin Yifu Lin is Professor of the China Centre for Economic Research (CCER) and honorary dean of National School of Development (NSD) at Peking University. He was the former Senior Vice President and Chief Economist of the World Bank in 2008-2012. Prior to joining the World Bank, Prof. Lin served for 15 years as Founding Director of CCER

Prof. Lin received his PhD in economics from the University of Chicago in 1986 and is the author of 20 books, including Quest for Prosperity: How Can Developing Countries Take Off, New Structural Economics: A Framework for Rethinking Development and Policy, Demystifying the Chinese Economics, Benti and Changwu: Dialogues on Methodology in Economics, and Development and Transition: Thought, Strategy, and Viability. He has published more than 100 articles in refereed international journals and collected volumes on history, development, and transition. In 2007, he gave the Marshall Lectures at Cambridge; and in 2011, the Simon Kuznets Lecture at Yale and the Annual UNU-WIDER Lecture in Mozambique.

Justin Yifu Lin is a deputy of China’s People’s Congress and Vice Chairman of the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce. He served on several national and international committees, leading groups, and councils on development policy, technology, and environment including: the UN Millennium Task Force on Hunger; the Eminent Persons Group of the Asian Development Bank; the National Committee on United States-China Relations; the Global Agenda Council on the International Monetary System; Reinventing Bretton Woods Committee; and the Hong Kong-U.S. Business Council.

He was awarded the 1993 and 2001 Sun Yefang Prize (the highest honour for economists in China), the 1993 Policy Article Prize of Centre for International Food and Agricultural Policy at University of Minnesota, the 1997 Sir John Crawford Award of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, the 1999 Best Article Prize of the Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, the Citation Classic Award in 2000 (by Social Science Citation Index) and honorary doctoral degrees from Universite D’Auvergne, Fordham University, Nottingham University, City University of Hong Kong, London School of Economics, and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Most recently, he was awarded the Professional Achievement Award by the University of Chicago Alumni Association. He is a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy and a Fellow of the Academy of Sciences for Developing World.

MA Guonan

Dr Guonan MA is a senior economist at the Representative Office for Asia and the Pacific of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS). Before joining the BIS in 2001, he worked as a chief North Asia economist for ten years at various investment banks, including Merrill Lynch, Salomon Smith Barney and Bankers Trust. Prior to his investment bank career, he was a lecturer of economics and research fellow at the Australian National University for four years following the completion of his Ph.D. in economics at the University of Pittsburgh (1990).

Dr Ma was born in China where he obtained his undergraduate degree at Beijing University (1982). Guonan Ma has many publications on the Asian and Chinese economies and financial markets over the years.


David Olsson is a Partner of Mallesons Stephen Jaques, based in Beijing and heads up the firm's banking and finance practice in China.

With over 25 years experience working in the Australian and international markets, David has a leading reputation as a corporate finance and debt capital markets specialist. David's practice in China focuses on: market entry issues faced by Australian and international financial institutions; the development and distribution of financial products in the Chinese domestic market; the bond and financial derivatives markets in China; and the financing of Chinese outbound investment and M&A activities, particularly into the mining, energy and resources sectors in Australia.

David brings significant commercial experience to his practice, having been one of the firm's national Managing Partners and prior to that national practice team leader of the banking and finance team. He also headed up the firm's offices in Melbourne and Hong Kong and worked for several years in London and the Middle East. Chambers Asia 2010 says "the firm has also made substantial strides into China under David Olsson's leadership."

David is recommended in the 2009 edition of the Guide to the World's Leading Capital Markets Lawyers produced by Euromoney's Legal Media Group and was also recognised as one of China's leading capital markets lawyers in The International Who's Who of Capital Markets Lawyers 2009.


Jing Ulrich is J.P. Morgan's Managing Director and Chairman of Global Markets, China. She is responsible for covering the firm’s most senior global clients across all asset classes, and for maintaining relationships with executives at the helm of China’s leading enterprises and government entities.

Educated at Harvard and Stanford Universities, Ms Ulrich is one of the most prominent advisors to the world’s largest asset management companies, sovereign wealth funds, and multinational corporations. Her views influence the allocation of trillions of dollars of assets. She also serves as an advisor to Chinese institutions seeking to invest overseas.

Jing Ulrich has received numerous industry accolades for her work as a China watcher. She was ranked as one of Fortune Magazine's 50 Most Powerful Global Businesswomen for the past three consecutive years. Forbes named her one of Asia’s 50 Power Businesswomen in 2012 and one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in the World in 2010, citing her as one of the twenty youngest global power women. For the past three years, two prestigious magazines - China Entrepreneur and China Business Watch - ranked Ms Ulrich among the country's top business elite. She was also named one of FinanceAsia’s Top 20 Women in Finance.

Because of her in-depth knowledge of the China markets, Ms Ulrich has been an important figure in shaping the international community’s approach towards investing in the world’s largest and most dynamic developing economy. She established J.P. Morgan’s Hands-on China series, which has become a leading forum for views and research on the key issues in China’s transformation. The series has hosted hundreds of corporate leaders, industry experts, academics and government officials. Ms Ulrich is also credited with establishing the world’s foremost China investment forum, which routinely attracts thousands of business and government leaders from around the globe.

In addition to her duties at JPMorgan, Ms Ulrich serves as an independent director on the boards of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), a leading global healthcare company (effective July 1, 2012) and Italian luxury-goods firm, Ermenegildo Zegna.

Prior to joining J.P. Morgan, Ms Ulrich was Managing Director of Greater China Equities at Deutsche Bank. She also spent eight years at CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets, where she led the top-ranked team covering China. Global institutional investors frequently voted her the best China strategist in polls conducted by Institutional Investor, Asiamoney, and Euromoney.

Before joining the securities industry, Ms Ulrich worked in Washington DC as one of the first fund managers to focus on the Greater China markets.


Professor Xiao now works as Director of Research in Fung Global Institute, where he directs, oversees and coordinates the institutes’ research projects. He also undertakes and leads research projects as a Senior Fellow.

He is also a Special Advisor for Strategic Development for the Columbia Global Centers | East Asia, an Honorary Professor at the University of Hong Kong, and an Independent Director of the HSBC Bank (China) and the London-based Genesis Emerging Markets Fund. Previously Professor Xiao held positions in a number of institutions, including Director of the Columbia Global Centers | East Asia, founding Director of the Brookings-Tsinghua Center for Public Policy, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, tenured professor of economics at the University of Hong Kong, Head of Research and Advisor to the Chairman at the Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong, Vice President of the Chinese Economists Society in the US, member of the board of supervisors at the Shenzhen Development Bank, Faculty Associate at Harvard University, and Consultant at the World Bank.

Professor Xiao has a BSc in Management Sciences from the University of Science and Technology of China. He obtained his MA and PhD in Economics from University of California at Los Angeles. Professor Xiao has done extensive empirical and policy research on the Chinese economy, especially in areas of macroeconomics, exchange rate, finance, productivity, enterprise and institutional economics. He contributes frequently to public policy debates in domestic and international media and conferences.

Day 2 - Chinese and Western Philosophy, and the Arts

Amanda BARRY

Originally from Geelong, Australia, Amanda graduated from the University of Melbourne with a BA(Honours) in 2004, and in 2008 obtained her PhD in Australian Indigenous history, also at Melbourne. Amanda’s academic work has been published in History Australia, the Melbourne Historical Journal, and in a number of refereed edited collections. During her studies Amanda worked as a tutor, lecturer and research assistant at the University of Melbourne and at the Australian Catholic University, was co-editor of the first edition of a Melbourne Scholarly Publishing open-access online academic journal, and was a regular presenter at academic conferences in Australian and New Zealand. Amanda was the recipient of the Dennis Wettenhall prize for best postgraduate Australian history thesis at the University of Melbourne in 2008, and received the Australian Historical Association’s prize for best postgraduate conference paper at its 2007 conference.

Amanda’s first taste of China came in the cold winter of 2003, meeting her future husband’s large extended Beijing family. Encouraged by the warmth and enthusiasm of this experience, despite the language barrier, Amanda returned in 2005 for several months to learn Chinese and explore China and began her long-term fascination and interest in the country. After completing her doctorate in 2008 Amanda Barry returned to China permanently, to commence work with the Australia-China Alumni Association in Beijing as an Australian Youth Ambassador for Development, and helped to establish their Shanghai and Guangzhou branches and increase their sponsorship base. During this time she also managed the inaugural Australia-China Alumni Awards in 2009.

Amanda is currently Senior Cultural Relations Officer at the Australian Embassy Beijing, and has worked there since early 2010. She helps to manage the Australian Embassy’s broad and busy cultural and public diplomacy program in China, through events, cultural exchange programs and forums across literature, publishing, music and performing arts, film and television, visual arts/design, sport and academia. Amanda also regularly offers advice and guidance to a wide range of Australian cultural organisations on their China strategies.

Amanda is passionately committed to international cultural exchange. One of her proudest achievements in China was helping to run the Embassy’s high-profile, busy and successful Imagine Australia: Year of Australian Culture in China program in 2010-11. Amanda is also actively involved in Beijing’s cultural life, regularly performing with the International Festival Chorus Beijing and volunteering on its committee.

Daniel A. BELL

Daniel A. Bell was born in Montreal, Canada. He obtained his McGill University and his masters and doctoral degrees at Oxford University. He taught at the National University of Singapore, the University of Hong Kong, and the City University of Hong Kong. He has since held research fellowships at Princeton's University Center for Human Values and Stanford's Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. He is currently Zhiyuan Chair Professor of the Arts and Humanities at Jiaotong University (Shanghai) and Professor of Ethics and Political Philosophy and Director of the Center for International and Comparative Political Philosophy at Tsinghua University (Beijing).

He is the author of The Spirit of Cities (with Avner de-Shalit) (2011), China's New Confucianism (rev. ed. 2010), Beyond Liberal Democracy (2006), and East Meets West (2000), all published by Princeton University Press. He is also the author of Communitarianism and Its Critics (Oxford University Press, 1993). He has edited and coedited nine books, including four with Cambridge University Press and three with Princeton University Press. He is the series editor of the Princeton-China translation series. He coedited and wrote the introduction for the first book in the series Ancient Chinese Thought, Modern Chinese Power (2011) as well as the second book, A Confucian Constitutional Order (forthcoming, 2012), both published by Princeton University Press. His coedited book The Idea of Political Meritocracy will be published next year by Cambridge University Press. He is a frequent contributor to the New York Times, the Financial Times, the Globe and Mail, the Huffington Post, Project Syndicate, and to Chinese language publications (Chinese name: 贝淡宁). His writings have been translated in 22 languages. He has been frequently interviewed on NPR, CNN, CBC, ABC, as well as Chinese and Francophone media outlets. He is a regular participant at Davos meetings in Davos and Dalian. Website:


For over 20 years Kate Croll has been a respected practitioner in the areas of Community Cultural Development (CCD) and Cultural Planning, sharing her practical knowledge with others through her positions as a facilitator and trainer.

She has had an extensive career in the areas of community capacity building, brokering partnerships between local government, arts workers, volunteers, non profit organisations and business sponsors.

In 2008/09 Catherine was employed as the Manager/Curator of the Sydney Olympic Park Traveling Exhibition – Coming Home – Featuring the work of 37 Chinese Australian Artists, this exhibition was held at the Linda Gallery – 798 Art District Beijing during May 2009.

Catherine is also the Manager of the Randwick City Council – Mayors Public Art Project, designed to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Randwick being declared a city in 1859. A panel comprising; Tony Bond (AGNSW), Scott O’Hara (Resident Representative) and the Mayor of Randwick, Bruce Notley Smith assessed applications from a short list of 5 artists with Ruark Lewis being awarded the contract.

In 2008 Catherine was employed as Manager/Curator of the Sydney Olympic Park Authority From Mao to Now exhibition which featured the work of 80 Chinese Australian artists and other contemporary Australian artists who had studied or worked in the People’s Republic of China.

In 2007, Catherine spent 3 months traveling ‘solo’ through remote areas of China’s Yun’nan, Sichuan and Fujian provinces, prior to taking up a 6 week residency at the Red Gate Gallery in Beijing.

In 2006 Catherine received a professional development grant from the Australia Council for the Arts to: Research and document traditional Chinese cultural practices and the ways in which those practices are being interpreted in contemporary arts. She traveled ‘solo’ overland through China for 3 months, culminating in an exhibition of her work titled Catherines Great Adventure, at John Paynter Gallery – Newcastle.

In 2004/5 Kate traveled to the Northern Territory to interview representatives from the key arts organisations and indigenous arts cooperatives from Katherine to the Tiwi Islands. Using the data gathered she developed and delivered an intensive training course for Top End artists called ‘Working with Communities’.

In 2001, Kate was responsible for the artistic design and construction of the Hunter Region Float for Centenary of Federation Parade. She was then seconded as Parade Coordinator for Zone 1 (Botanical Gardens to Oxford Street) which involved the recruitment and training of hundreds of volunteer marshals to assist in the coordination of thousands of performers and oversee the event which saw 500,000 people line the streets of Sydney.

Catherine Croll with her Exhibition - Catherines great Adventure In 2000, she was seconded from Arts Hunter by SOCOG (Sydney Olympic Games Organising Committee) to assist with the management of volunteers at the Sydney Olympic Games 2000. In this capacity she was responsible for over 2,000 volunteer performers in the Awakenings and Fire Sections of the Opening Ceremony and 8,000 performers in the Closing Ceremony.

As Principle Trainer for CCD NSW (Community Cultural Development NSW) from 2000 until 2008, she conducted ‘Assessment and Workplace Training’ Certificate IV for facilitators from across NSW, Tasmania and the NT and facilitated the ‘Creative Volunteering – No Limits’ training course offered by Regional Arts Australia to community organisations, volunteers and local government staff.

She is also the author of Australia’s first online Diploma in Community Cultural Development offered annually through CCDNSW from 2003 to 2008

Marina GUO

Dr.Marina Guo works as the Vice Director of John Howkins Research Centre on Creative Economy at School of Creative Studies, Shanghai Theatre Academy, She works closely with UNCTAD as Executive Director for the Global Education Conference on Creative Industries. She was visiting scholar of Queensland University of Technology (QUT) & the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation (CCI). Marina holds Ph.D. in Economics, Master of Arts and bachelor in Economics.

Marina was granted the prestigious merit-based Australian Endeavour Award 2010 (now Australian Award) by Australian government. She won the most competitive Creative Leaders Award at China Creative Industries Award in 2011, and the finalist for Research and Innovation Award at ACAA Australia China Alumni Awards 2011.

Marina Guo is the author of Creative Transformation (China Economic Press 2011), she has collectively completed the translation of the book How Creativity is Changing China written by Prof. Li Wuwei and published internationally by Bloomsbury Academic in 2011 (London, UK). Marina is also a guest lecturer of Manchester Business School, Copenhagen Business School, Kaospilots Int’l, QUT, ACAA, AustCham etc. She is currently board member of American Institute of Performing Arts, and is sitting on the editorial board of International Journal of Cultural and Creative Industries (IJCCI).

Marina Guo used to be a cultural entrepreneur and executive professional before her role in education & research. Marina has been founder and Director of Shanghai Yorkie Investment Management Co., Ltd. which was established in 2004 offering management consulting on project development, creative entrepreneurship, cultural policy and international marketing strategy. She was the co-founder and General Manager of Shanghai Sunspirit Cultural Development Co., Ltd., a leading organization in cultural communication and arts education for children and young people. Previously Dr. Guo worked as Director of International Affairs, Research Centre for Creative Industries, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences from 2008-2010, and editor & reporter for Journal of Creative Industries. She has performed a couple of managerial positions in retail operations, manufacturing procurement, marketing for leading multinational corporates like IKEA, Henkel & GEA, from where she gained her entrepreneurial experiences

Marina Guo is interested in developing cross-cultural and multi-disciplinary creative projects. She has been working with leading international organizations to run international conferences, festivals & cultural events as well as to facilitate international business development for Chinese creative enterprises. By working with London-based BOP Consulting, Marina Guo has contributed greatly to the World Cities Cultural Report 2012, a cultural initiative by Mayor of London among 12 world leading cities. Her potential is being further explored in a few creative cluster developments in China.



Jo Lusby was appointed General Manager of Penguin China, with the task of opening Penguin's China office in 2005. She is responsible for acquiring English rights to excellent Chinese titles, establishing local partnerships with Chinese publishers, and developing Penguin's branding through English language sales and online marketing.

Jo has lived in Asia for 13 years, first in Japan and Indonesia before moving to China in 1998. Prior to joining Penguin, Jo spent five years with Swiss group Ringier, spending the final three years as editor-in-chief of English language publishing, including City Weekend entertainment magazine and custom publishing.

She studied English Literature and Language in the Universities of Leeds, UK and Salzburg, Austria, and plays fiddle in an Irish band with no name. She comes from Manchester, UK.

Michael LYNCH

Michael Lynch, CBE, AM, is the CEO of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority. He is responsible for the establishment of Hong Kong’s ambitious arts precinct. Michael Lynch was formerly General Manager of the Sydney Theatre Company 1989-94. He was then General Manager of the Australia Council, the Federal Government's arts funding and advisory body, 1994-98. In 1998 he became director of the Sydney Opera House, and from 2002 to 2009 he was chief executive of the South Bank Centre in London.

Lynch has overseen the successful rehabilitation of the Royal Festival Hall, which was re-opened in October 2007 by The Queen (King George VI having opened the original building in 1951). Lynch was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the Queen's Birthday Honours List of 2001 for services to arts administration (principally as General Manager of the Australia Council) and in 2008 he was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the Birthday Honours.

In March 2009, Lynch was appointed a director of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.[4] He is also a member of the Board of Film Victoria.

Geoffrey RABY

Dr. Geoffry Raby is a former Australian Ambassador to China. Dr. Raby has had a long and distinguished career as an Australian diplomat which commenced upon his appointment to Beijing in 1986 as the head of the Embassy’s Economic Section. He has held a number of senior positions in Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (“DFAT”), including First Assistant Secretary, International Organisations and Legal Division (2001-2002), Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organisation, Geneva (1998-2001) and First Assistant Secretary, Trade Negotiations Division (1995-1998). In addition, he was Australia's APEC Ambassador from Nov 2002 to Dec 2004. He is now head of the consulting firm Geoff Raby & Associates. He is also an Executive Director of Riverstone Advisory, an adviser to law firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth and a Vice-Chancellor’s Professorial Fellow at Monash University.

Between 1993 and 1995, Dr. Raby was head of the Trade Policy Issues Division of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Paris.

In 1991, Dr. Raby established in DFAT the Northeast Asia Analytical Unit which subsequently became the East Asia Analytical Unit. He was head of the Unit from 1991 to 1993.

Between 1986 and 1991 he served in Beijing twice as head of the Embassy's Economic Section.

Dr. Raby took the post of Ambassador of Australia on 3 February 2007 and presented his Credentials to the President of the People’s Republic of China HE Mr Hu Jintao on 11 May 2007. Dr. Raby officially retired from his post on the 5th of August 2011.

Through his role as Ambassador, Dr. Raby gained significant insight and knowledge into China’s growing economy and its need for raw materials in order to sustain domestic growth. He has gained a deep understanding of the bureaucratic system inside of China and also a significant understanding of the domestic resource industry.

Dr. Raby holds Bachelor of Economics, Master of Economics and PhD degrees from the Latrobe University in Melbourne.

Willy TSAO

Willy Tsao has been instrumental to the development of the modern dance in China. Tsao was born and educated in Hong Kong and received his modern dance training in the U.S. from 1973 to 1977. In 1979 he graduated from the University of Hong Kong with an MBA degree, and established the Hong Kong City Contemporary Dance Company. He was invited to teach modern dance at the Beijing Dance Academy in 1986. From 1987 to 1991, he was the teacher and advisor for the Guangdong Dance School modern Dance Program. He has conducted intensive modern dance workshops in many cities in China since 1987, Including Shanghai, Wuhan, Kunming, Fuzhou, Taiyuan and Daqing etc. He helped to set up the Guangdong Modern Dance Company, the first professional modern dance company in China, and had been its Artistic Director from 1992 to 1998. He was invited to be the artistic director of the Beijing Modern Dance Company in 1999. In September 2005, he left the Beijing Modern Dance Company and set up the BeijingDance / LDTX.

Tsao’s choreographic works vary in style and have been presented in the U.S., Canada, Korea, Japan, Israel, Germany, France as well as Beijing, Shanghai and Taipei in China. In July 1999, he was awarded the “Bronze Bauhinia Star” by the Hong Kong SAR government for his significant contribution to the development of local arts. Other honors and awards include the “Dancer of the Year” award from the Hong Kong Artists Guild (1988), the “Ten Outstanding Young Persons” (1990) “The Badge of Honor” from H.R.H. Queen Elizabeth II (1993) and the “Louis Cartier Award of Excellence-Outstanding Choreographer” (1998).

His major choreographic works include: “Bird Songs”, “Kunlun”, “China Wind, China Fire”, “Wandering in the Realm of Lightness”, “One Table Two Chairs”, “Sexing Three Millenniums”, “In Search of the Grand View Garden” etc.

Day 3 - Sports, Geopolitics and China's New Development Challenges


Geoff Bowan is the Counsellor (Development Cooperation) at the Australian Embassy in Beijing, where he is responsible for Australia's development cooperation relations with China and Mongolia and Australia's humanitarian assistance to DPRK. Before coming to Beijing in March 2011, he managed AusAID's North Asia Section and worked in AusAID's budget area. Prior to joining AusAID, he worked in the Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade from 2001-2008 and was posted to Beijing to report on China's external relations. He and partner Joanna have three children.

DOU Ding

Professor Ding is an associate professor in the School of International Studies at Peking University, where he specializes in questions of political economy and integration. He has been a visiting scholar in the US and Japan on frequent occasions, and has written widely on issues from currency reevaluation to bilateral economic relations.

GUO Chunmei

Guo Chunmei is an assistant research fellow on Australian studies at the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR), China’s leading think tank on international affairs. She is also a former 2011 ACYD Delegate.

After obtaining her M.A. in Sociology from Jilin University, she began her research on Australian studies. In recent years, she has published a lot of articles on bilateral relations between China and Australia, e.g. Julia Gillard: Prime Minister of Australia (International Data Information No.1, 2011), Tweaking Sino-Australian Relations (China Daily 06/30/2010), Playing up the ‘China Threat’ (Beijing Review No.21, 2009), etc. and often been interviewed by Chinese TV and newspapers.

Chunmei is proud of being one of the few scholars following Australian dynamics almost everyday. She aims to introduce Australia to more Chinese people and considers youth exchange as a very important bridge between the two countries.

JING Xuezhu

Jing Xuezhu is the Vice-Principal of Xiannongtan Sports Institute, one of China's leading sports institutes. Before her career in sports administration, Jing was herself a world-class track and field athlete, crowned Chinese National Champion in 2001 for High Jump. Xiannongtan Sports Institute is home to seven sports, including Tennis, Football, Weightlifting, Track and Field, Table Tennis, Gymnastics and Rugby Union. Xiannongtan produced numerous medalists at the recent 2012 London Olympics, including Golds in Gymnastics and Table Tennis.


Gillian Mellsop is UNICEF's Representative to China. She has long worked to enable children to enjoy fulfilling childhoods, previously serving as UNICE's Representative in Nepal, as well as in the Pacific Islands.

Ms. Mellsop believes the opportunity to contribute to the lives of children in China is especially exciting. "The Chinese government has made enormous strides on children's rights," Ms. Mellsop says, citing China's achievement of its Millennium Development Goals in education and health and nutrition. "But there are still significant challenges for children as well. Pockets of inequity are now more pronounced, and China is dealing with newer children's issues such as children affected by migration."

Before joining UNICEF in 2003, Ms. Mellsop worked for AusAID and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of New Zealand. She has a bachelor's degree in Anthropology and History from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and a master’s degree in Development Management from the Australian National University, Canberra, Australia.


Alongside his involvement in the ACYD and ACYA's Engaging China Project, Jacob is a current member of the Australian Sevens Rugby Team. Jacob competes in an annual Sevens World Series against over 20 other countries, the pinnacle of which is the Hong Kong Sevens. During his time working and studying in China, Jacob has established a strong connection with the Chinese rugby community, and is assisting both China and Australia to form meaningful connections through sport.

Day 4 - Energy, the Environment and Climate Change


Dr Jiang currently leads energy and environmental policy analysis at the Energy Research Institute of the National Development and Reform Commission (China’s macroeconomic planning agency). The major focus of this work includes energy market analysis, climate change analysis, local environmental policies and international negotiations.

Dr Jiang has worked with the IPCC since 1997 and is a lead author of the IPCC’s 4th Assessment Report. He has also been highly involved in the IPCC Special Report on Emission Scenarios and their 3rd Assessment Report. He is a lead author for the Group on Earth Observations 4th report and holds a doctorate degree from Tokyo Institute of Technology.

Since 1993, Dr Jiang has extensively researched energy policy analysis from a climate change perspective, with a particular focus on assessing energy technology policy, energy supply policy, renewable energy development and energy conservation.


Associate Professor Yin Lun is social anthropologist of Bai ethnic minority background, born in 1974 in Kunming, Yunnan Province. He is currently Associate Professor of the Yunnan Academy of Social Sciences, Branch Director of the Chinese Society for Environmental Sciences - Ecology and Nature Conservation, Special Supervisor of the Yunnan Department of Supervision, and a member of the Kuomintang Revolutionary Committee of Yunnan Provincial Party.

Yin Lun has a strong background in the research of Indigenous Knowledge of eastern Himalayan mountain ethnic groups and is the programme leader of several sustainable livelihood development work programs. In 2007, with the support of UNDP Asia-Pacific Regional Centre, Yin Lun carried out the research project "Impacts of Climate Change on Traditional Livelihoods and Adaptation of Local Tibetan Peoples in Northwest Yunnan." In 2008, with the support of the Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research, Yin Lun implemented the project "Climate Change in Eastern HImalayas: Community-based advancing Scientific Capacity to Support Climate Change Adaptation."

Yin Lun has been awarded the World Bank China Development Market Association Innovation Award, and in 2009 was selected by the British Government to attend the Global Environmental Youth Leadership Training Program.

YU Jie

Dr. Yu is the director of external affairs and policy for The Nature Conservancy in China, based in Beijing. She also leads the climate and energy policy program for the organization.

Prior to joining TNC, Dr. Yu worked as head of policy for The Climate Group China office, leading and supervising its low carbon city and corporate carbon strategy research. She also served as a program manager for the Heinrich Boell Foundation, leading its climate and environment funding projects between 2007 and 2008. Before that, she worked as a policy advisor for Greenpeace China from 2004 to 2006.

Dr. Yu has been participating in UNFCCC conferences since 2004 and has been actively engaged in policy work from the perspective of Chinese civil society. Her expertise also covers carbon market, corporate carbon market and urban form and climate related issues.

She is one of the authors of China National climate Science Review (with National Metrological Bureau), China Climate Change Annual book 2010 (With Urban Environment Center of Chinese Academy of Social Science), and China Annual Environment Protection Green Book 2009 (with Friends of Nature). Recently, she finished a report for French Development Agency titled the political economy of China’s urban expansion and its climate cost: evidences and insights from Nanjing. Dr. Yu holds a Ph.D. in public policy from Nanjing University.

Dr Yu frequently writes for various media, including the Financial Times, New Century Weekly and Caijing (Finance) magazine.

Day 5 - Civil society, the rule of law, and closing Questions and Answers


Carol Danmajyid is from a rural Tibetan nomadic area in Gansu Province, China and currently reads Public Communication at the University of Technology in Sydney in Australia. She is also a former 2011 ACYD Delegate.

Growing up in a nomadic area and experiencing a Tibetan woman’s difficult life, Danmajyid observed and understood a woman’s responsibilities to be the rearing children, herding livestock, fetching water, and collecting fuel for cooking. The experience of observing the lives of illiterate women with very few opportunities for personal betterment is what drives Danmajyid to achieve her goals.

Danmajyid works with social issues such as educational disadvantage and poor social mobility, believing that in breaking down gender-based barriers that have historically dominated her home country she is helping not only women but whole communities to better their lives.

In order to futher this goal, Danmajyid organised a program to deliver clean running water to over 60 households in order to improve living conditions in the village and to reduce women’s workloads. She has also been involved with other development projects such as in-stalling solar panels in her village.

Through implementing these projects, Danmajyid has learnt that we are all responsible for achieving our potential and to let communities see that women play an vital role in society; and that confidence is essential in the pursuance of life goals. Through her actions and work within her village community, she has helped change some people’s opinions towards women where her words alone could not.


Clare Pearson is the Corporate Social Responsibility Manager of international law firm DLA Piper in Asia (Bangkok, Singapore, HK, Shanghai, Tokyo, Beijing). A UK qualified lawyer, her role involves advising clients on issues relating to corporate governance, supply chain management, environmental degradation and community/government relations. She provides a combination of legal advice and recommendations as to best practice in each field. Further responsibilities include establishing partnerships with Government charities in China, sitting on clients' ethics committees in Beijing and assisting with the international integration of DLA Piper's Asia offices.

Video MessagES


Colin Barnett was elected as Western Australia’s 29th Premier on 6 September 2008.

Following the election victory, he formed a Liberal-National Government with the support of three Independent Members of Parliament.

Becoming Premier is the culmination of a long parliamentary career. Colin was first elected as the Liberal Member for Cottesloe in 1990 and became Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party in 1992.

He was a senior Minister in the Court Government (1993 – 2001) holding the portfolios of Resources Development, Energy, Education and Tourism. Colin was also Leader of the House. From 2001 to 2005, he was Leader of the Opposition.

Colin held the Treasury portfolio from April 2010 until December 2010 and delivered the second budget of the Liberal-National Government.

As well as Premier, Colin is also Minister for State Development.

Colin Barnett's special video address can be viewed here.


David Mortimer AO was educated in Sydney, matriculating in 1962. He then completed a Bachelor of Economics degree at Sydney University graduating with First Class Honours.

After a career in the banking and finance industry in Australia and the United States, he joined TNT Limited in 1973 becoming Chief Financial Officer and a Director of the company in 1985. He also had overall responsibility for the group’s North American operations until the public float of those operations in February 1992 under the name TNT Freightways Corporation.

In September 1992, Mr Mortimer was appointed Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the TNT Limited worldwide group a leading Australian transport company with revenues of $7 billion at the time. Following the merger of TNT Limited with the Dutch based KPN group in December 1996, he remained as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Asian Pacific Region until he resigned in September 1997. The TNT Group is now listed as TNT Post on international exchanges.

Mr Mortimer was Deputy Chairman of Ansett Australia Holdings Limited from 1992 to 1996 and Chairman of GD Express Worldwide from 1992 to 1996. He was also a Director of Ascham School Limited from 1989 to 1997.

In November 1996, Mr Mortimer was appointed by the Federal Government to conduct a review of Business Programs that resulted in “The Mortimer Report”.

Mr Mortimer was Chairman of Sydney Airports Corporation Limited from July 1998 until its sale in July 2002, Chairman of Bankstown Airport Limited, Camden Airport Limited and Hoxton Park Airport Limited until their sale in December 2003, Chairman of MIA Group Limited from 2000-2004 and Chairman of Citect Corporation Limited from 1997 to 2006. Mr Mortimer was a Director of the Australian Tourist Commission (ATC) from 1997 to 2004, Director of Adsteam Marine Limited from 1997 to 2007 and Director of Sigma Pharmaceuticals until June 2007. He was also Chairman of the Defence Procurement Advisory Board from 2004 to 2008.

In 2005 Mr Mortimer was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia.

In 2008 Mr Mortimer was appointed by the Federal Government to conduct two reviews, the review of Export Policies and Programs titled “Winning in World Markets” and the Defence Procurement and Sustainment Review titled “Going to the Next level.” Both Reviews were released at the end of September 2008.

He is presently Chairman of Australia Post, Crescent Capital Partners and Leighton Holdings Limited.

He is a Director of Macquarie Infrastructure Investment Management Limited, Petsec Energy Limited and Governor of the Australia Israel Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Mortimer was formerly a director of the Australian Graduate School of Management. He is also a member of the Board of Governors of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia – CEDA.

David Mortimer's special video address can be viewed here.


Mike Smith has been Chief Executive Officer of Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ) since October 2007.

Until June 2007, Mr Smith was President and Chief Executive Officer, The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited; Chairman, Hang Seng Bank Limited; Global Head of Commercial Banking for the HSBC Group and Chairman, HSBC Bank Malaysia Berhad. Previously, Mr Smith was Chief Executive Officer of HSBC Argentina Holdings SA and was subsequently appointed Chairman of HSBC in Argentina in 2000.

Mr Smith joined the HSBC Group in 1978 and during his 29-year career he held a wide variety of posts in Hong Kong and the Asia-Pacific region, the United Kingdom, Australia, the Middle East and South America, including appointments in Commercial, Institutional and Investment Banking, Planning and Strategy, Operations and General Management.

Mr Smith graduated with honours in Economic Sciences in 1978 from City University of London.

He is Chairman of the Australian Bankers’ Association and a Member of both the Business Council of Australia and the Asia Business Council.

Mr Smith is a Director of the Institute of International Finance; a Member of both the Chongqing Mayor’s International Economic Advisory Council and the Shanghai Mayor’s International Financial Advisory Council; and a Fellow of The Hong Kong Management Association. He is also a Director of the Financial Markets Foundation for Children, Financial Literacy Australia Limited and the Financial Literacy Advisory Board.

Mr Smith was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2000 and a Chevalier de l’Ordre du Merite Agricole in 2007.

He is married with three children. His interests include wine, tennis and classic cars.

Mike Smith's special video address can be viewed here.


Innes Willox is Chief Executive of the Australian Industry Group, a leading industry organisation representing businesses in a broad range of sectors including manufacturing, defence, ICT and labour hire.

Innes joined Ai Group as Director International and Government Relations in 2008 with responsibility for policy development and advocacy across the federal and state government systems including in the areas of trade, defence, climate change, industrial relations and communications. He was appointed Chief Executive in May 2012. Prior to joining Ai Group he held a number of senior roles in both the public and private sectors. He served as the Australian Consul General to Los Angeles from 2006 to 2008, where he represented wide-ranging Australian interests on the west coast of the United States. He was Chief of Staff to the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Alexander Downer, from 2004 to 2006. Earlier, he was Manager of Global Public Affairs for Singapore Airlines based in Singapore (2000-04).

Innes began his working career as a journalist. His positions included Chief of Staff at The Age newspaper in Melbourne and Chief Political Correspondent for The Age in the Canberra Parliamentary Press Gallery.

Innes Willox's special video address can be viewed here.