Joshua Armstrong is a Research Assistant to The Hon John Howard OM AC, the former Prime Minister of Australia between 1996 and 2007. Prior to his current role, he was a Maritime Warfare Officer in the Royal Australian Navy for nearly six years. He holds a Master’s degree in Strategic studies from the Australian National University and is currently studying a Diploma of Languages (Chinese) at the University of Sydney.
Last December Joshua attended the Australia-China High-Level Dialogue, a 1.5 track leadership dialogue, with Mr Howard in Beijing. Earlier in the year he was the Liberal Party campaign manager for the division of Kogarah, the seat with the highest proportion of Australians with a Chinese background. Being involved in the Australia-China relationship at both the local and national level, he is deeply committed to the people-to-people links between the two nations. More broadly, understanding the challenges for the relationship from both the strategic and political perspectives, he is supportive of continuing engagement by finding new areas of cooperation.
Brodie Burns-Williamson is a Senior Research and Public Affairs Officer at the Australian Consulate-General in Chengdu, China. Brodie uses his Mandarin language skills to build economic and cultural links between Australia and southwest China. Over the last four years, Brodie has assisted high tech Australian start-ups like Cozitrip land in southwest China, overseen two advertising campaigns that reached more than one million people and helped expand the Australian Studies Centre network in China to Sichuan Normal University, among other projects. Along the way, he has conducted research, produced two books and co-founded southwest China's first Australian alumni network. Brodie holds a Master of International Laws from Zhongnan University of Economics and Laws, Wuhan, and a Law/Asian Studies double degree from La Trobe University, Melbourne.
Freya has served as Second Secretary (Economic) at the Australian Embassy Beijing since February 2017. In this role, she is responsible for reporting on China’s economy and cybersecurity-related policy developments, overseeing Australia-China services trade, and supporting Australia’s relationship with international organisations (such as the IMF and World Bank) based in Beijing. Since joining the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in 2012, Freya has served as Third Secretary in the Australian High Commission Nairobi and worked in Canberra on WTO policy and UN and Commonwealth issues. She began her DFAT career in Pacific Division where she was responsible for managing Australia’s relations with Pacific Island Countries including Nauru, Tonga, and Vanuatu. Freya has a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)/Arts from the University of Melbourne. She speaks Mandarin, Italian and French.
Oscar is a Senior Product Actuary at Challenger Limited, Australia’s largest annuity issuer. His main responsibilities include providing actuarial support for pricing and product development of Challenger’s $13 billion annuity portfolio. Oscar has 9-year working experience across financial services industry, specialised in insurance pricing and valuation, product innovation and banking capital management.
Born and raised in China, Oscar moved to Australia as a teenager and has since then become a firm advocate for cultural exchange and mutual understanding between Australians and Chinese. Currently outside of work, Oscar dedicates his free time to working with the non-profit organisation, Australian Wall Street (AWS), which connects Chinese college students in Australia with industry professionals. He is now a mentor, committee member and Head of Actuarial at AWS.
Oscar was a recipient of Victorian Premier’s Award for top international student of the year. He later earned a Melbourne International Undergraduate Scholarship to study in the University of Melbourne, from which he holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours Degree) in Actuarial Studies. Oscar is also a qualified actuary and a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia.
Shasha is a highly-innovated professional with extensive experience in market-entry strategy, digital marketing (Facebook, Wechat, Linkedin, etc), crisis management, content innovation, users engagement, data analytics, and regulatory risks in Asian, particularly China markets. Having lived in China, the UK and Singapore, her career spans from Financial Times Newspaper, J.P.Morgan, and digital startups.
Shasha has worked with clients in various industries including banks, FMCG, education and agriculture. In her spare time, she volunteers as Director of Young China Watchers, a global community of China-engaged young professionals.
Her latest role is the Digital Marketing Director for Eduknow, which helps global education providers to marketing their services to Chinese middle-class families. With solid expertise on China’s social media landscape, her team had successfully engaged with over 300 million parents in 2018.
Roger is a corporate lawyer qualified in Hong Kong and Australia and he currently works in the Hong Kong office of an international law firm with a leading presence in Australia. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and private investment funds. Roger frequently advises Hong Kong, Australian and mainland Chinese clients including multinational corporations, HKEx listed companies, private equity houses, state-owned enterprises, banks and sovereign wealth funds on challenging and exciting matters spanning throughout Asia, Australia and beyond.
Before moving to Hong Kong, Roger worked at the Beijing office of RPMGlobal, an Australian mining consulting company, as an engineering consultant. He worked in a great team which carried out independent analysis and due diligence on mining and resources projects throughout Asia while drawing from the depth of expertise in Australia's own mining industry. Roger moved to Beijing from Australia as part of a program sponsored by the Australian Chamber of Commerce.
Roger was born in Shanghai, and grew up in Melbourne, where he studied law and engineering at the University of Melbourne. He is passionate about the continued success and well-being of the China (including Hong Kong)-Australia relationship, but his Cantonese is actually pretty terrible.
Lucy is the public diplomacy manager at the Australian Consulate-General in Shanghai, where her role is to raise awareness of Australia and broaden the dialogue between Chinese institutions and the Australian counterparts.
Growing up in Melbourne with Chinese parents, Lucy spent her childhood playing bat tennis and grinding ink to write Chinese calligraphy. Lucy uses her cross-cultural strengths to lead the Australia-China Young Professionals Initiative (ACYPI) in Shanghai, a platform for young professionals to engage in bilateral issues.
Lucy is also passionate about mental health and diversity and inclusion, volunteering with Lifeline Shanghai and is the vice-chair of AustCham Shanghai's women in business committee.
Before joining the Consulate, Lucy was an analyst at Westpac where she was responsible for understanding and interpreting Chinese government financial regulations on the Shanghai Free Trade Zone. Prior to that, Lucy was a policy officer at the Department of Education (Canberra).
Lucy holds a Master of Social Research from the Australian National University, and a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne. During her time at university, she was awarded the Endeavour Australia Cheung Kong Award to undertake Chinese language exchange at Tsinghua University.
A Melbournian at heart, Lucy spends her weekends riding her bike around Shanghai looking for a good cup of coffee and smashed avocado on toast.
Sophie Eather New Colombo Plan Fellow
Sophie is an Australian Government New Colombo Plan Scholar from Adelaide. The New Colombo Plan is a signature government initiative which aims to support Australian undergraduates to undertake study and internships in the Indo-Pacific region. Growing up in the Barossa Valley, Sophie is excited about further developing trade between Australia and China, particularly within the wine and tourism industry. Her experience at Yalumba and Penfolds has allowed her to act as an ambassador for South Australian wine and tourism, using her Mandarin skills to deliver carefully tailored wine experiences for Chinese visitors including dignitaries.
The New Colombo Plan has allowed Sophie to continue her ambassadorial role in Shanghai. Sophie recently completed a semester of advanced-level Chinese language study at Fudan University, whilst also completing the Barossa Wine School course in Mandarin at leading wine education providers. Following that she assisted in promoting and translating at China’s largest food and drinks fair: the Chengdu Fair. After completing an intensive Business Chinese language program, Sophie will commence an internship opportunity at Wine Australia’s office in Shanghai. Sophie is eager to share her wine industry experience and Mandarin fluency, and actively contribute towards the all-important cultural and economic dialogue between Australia and China.
Shane Hayes is a sports injury rehabilitation specialist, with 10 year’s experience as head of medical services &/or team physiotherapist, winning major championships with 3 nations.
Recently Shane supported China’s 3x3 basketball team’s 2018 Asian Games campaign and was Medical Lead for 2017 ICC World Champions Trophy winning Pakistan’s Men’s Cricket Team. Gained his first China experiences working closely with Chinese badminton coaches, Wushu & Table Tennis players at Singapore Sports Institute, & at 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games with Team Singapore. Shane was also Head of Medical for Singapore Slingers, the former Australian-NBL basketball team. Ahead of Sochi 2014 he was hired by the Chinese Olympic Committee as Winter Olympic Team’s first Head of Rehabilitation and toured with China’s short-track speed skating team.
Graduated from world’s leading physiotherapy school at University of Sydney, and furthered his qualifications specialising in sports injuries at La Trobe University. He attained APA’s Level 3 sports physiotherapy certification at Australian Institute of Sport.
He has been awarded by Prime Ministers in Australia (2003) and in Pakistan (2017), as one of 5 athletes, and for his contributions towards the country's success, respectively. He also served as a Board Member for Australian Physiotherapy Association’s International Strategy Committee.
Joe Yizhou He
Mr. Joe He is the managing director and China CEO of Australian Capital Equity (“ACE”), a private investment group founded by the prestigious Australian magnate, Kerry Stokes AC. Joe has led more than USD $300million investment in the internet and consumer sector. Such as WiFi Master Key, a global WiFi share mobile application with more than 600 million users worldwide; MeiCai, China’s largest online B2B food delivery services company covers 25+ cities in China; DJI, world’s largest consumer drone and image technology provider; and AHAVA, a treasured Israeli cosmetic brand, the transaction was awarded as “M&A of the Year” in 2016. Joe is a member of Advisory Board of CMC Capital Partners and the Board Member of Shanghai Oriental Pearl Mobile Television Co., Limited. Before joining ACE, Mr. He was the investment director of Fosun Group, a renowned comprehensive investment group in China. As the vice chairman and CEO of Fosun’s cosmetic sector, Mr. He has led a series of successful cross-border investments and M&As. Bridging China’s capital with global industrial resources, Mr. He helped the invested companies enter into Chinese market and achieve mutual benefits. Mr. He has a wide range of interests including photography, Kung-Fu, diving, and mountaineering.
Patrick is a strategy consultant in AlphaBeta Advisors' Sydney office. He has significant experience in public policy, and has worked on projects that have informed digital and sustainability policy across Australia.
Prior to joining AlphaBeta, Pat worked at the Asia Society Policy Institute in New York as Special Assistant and Senior Advisor to the President. Pat started his career in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in Canberra, where he focused on foreign and strategic policy matters relating to China, Southeast Asia and the Pacific.
Pat holds a BA with First Class Honours from the Australian National University, and an MSc with Distinction from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Siyao Jiang University of Sydney Fellow
Economist and historian by training, with a banking career spanning across Australia’s central bank, the Reserve Bank, Macquarie, Sumitomo Mitsui, and Natixis.
Energy and Natural Resources banker, facilitating cross-border transactions in metals & mining, oil & gas, and agriculture over the last decade.
Master’s degrees from Oxford University in Medieval History and Sydney University in International Law, keen interests in global medievalism and the exchange of ideas, people and goods across the Eurasian continent over the last millennium.
Adrian is a Commercial Manager at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). He works on special projects for the university and helps manage its commercial operations. These projects include launching online courses, establishing international campuses, student accommodation and property leasing and development. Adrian plays a crucial role in ensuring that projects are financially sustainable and align with UNSW’s strategic priorities, and has been active in promoting closer ties between Australia and China. He has dedicated his career to the tertiary education sector, as he believes that universities will play a critical role in the transition to a knowledge economy. Prior to UNSW, Adrian worked at Morgan Stanley’s investment banking division, where his focus on mergers and acquisitions helped facilitate cross-border investment into Australia.
Born and raised in Hong Kong and fluent in both Cantonese and Mandarin, Adrian migrated to Australia as a teenager. In the years since, he has traveled extensively across China and has personally witnessed the country’s rapid economic development.
Adrian recently completed a Masters of Business Administration (Executive) with the Australian Graduate School of Management, which involved an exchange semester at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business to study strategy, technology and marketing.
His hobbies include badminton, Latin dancing and travelling.
Honor McLennan is a senior international relations professional and qualified legal practitioner, specializing in China-Australia engagement.
Honor currently leads the NSW Government’s engagement with China; overseeing a team of thirteen staff that spans across Sydney, Shanghai and Guangzhou to attract Chinese productive foreign direct investment, support exporters to enter the Chinese market and foster positive bilateral relations between NSW and China.
Prior to her role at NSW Government, Honor held a number of roles at the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade), where she advised senior leadership on strategy for the China and ASEAN markets.
Honor’s commitment to the Australia-China relationship extends beyond the workplace. She has served as the President and Director of the NSW Chapters of the Australia China Youth Association and the Australia China Young Professionals Initiative respectively, and continues to develop strong Mandarin language skills.
Honor holds a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) and Bachelor of Arts in International Studies (China) from the University of Technology, Sydney; and she completed a yearlong exchange at Zhejiang University, Hangzhou.
Zhu Mei FASIC Fellow
Zhu Mei, also known as Zoe Mei, is Investment Risk Manager at New Hope Group, a pioneering Chinese private company mainly engaging in agriculture, food processing and finance. In this role, Zoe identifies and reviews investment projects for the group, as well as coordinates international business development.
Zoe is a high-performing professional in developing strategic international partnerships. Before joining New Hope Group, Zoe spent years in organizations including China’s public sector and public-private partnership organization in Europe. Passionate about international trade and finance, Zoe provides services that help international business grow sustainably in China and present global cooperation opportunities to Chinese companies.
Zoe holds Master degree in Cognition and Communication from University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
Alanna Rennie is an Associate at law firm Baker McKenzie in Sydney, where she practices Mergers and Acquisitions and plant intellectual property. Alanna has a strong interest and vision for the Australia-China relationship, particularly in the agricultural space. Alanna completed her Masters in Chinese Law at Tsinghua University and thesis on Plant Breeder's Rights in China, where she engaged closely with China's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs and the State Forestry and Grasslands Administration, international plant breeders active in or looking to enter the Chinese market, and other stakeholders. In her capacity at Baker McKenzie and through her work with international breeding association, CIOPORA, Alanna has worked closely with Australian and other foreign breeding companies on their commercial and intellectual property strategy in China and on novel enforcement issues. Alanna has played a significant role in facilitating exchange between the foreign breeding community and Chinese officials and judges in this space, and has directly contributed to the legislative changes in China's Plant Breeders Rights legislation.
Alanna is fluent in Mandarin, having studied from the age of thirteen, undertaken numerous home stays with Chinese families and undertaken advanced Mandarin with China's pre-eminent language program, IUP.
Justin Steele is Head Honcho (老大) at AussieYou Travel (澳自游), a leading Sydney-based tour company specialising in small-group “live-like-a-local” experiences. A former corporate lawyer, Justin escaped his desk-job in 2016 to start a new career in tourism. Since then, he’s been a tour guide, a boutique hotel and hostel receptionist, a freelance consultant and an MC and video host for Chinese organisations including the People’s Daily and NetEase.
Justin speaks advanced “tour guide-level” Mandarin and has shown thousands of guests from all over the world around his adopted home of Sydney on his bilingual tours. In his previous life as a corporate lawyer, Justin advised Chinese SOEs and private enterprises on investments and acquisitions in Australia across a range of sectors.
Justin has been involved in Australia-China affairs for over a decade and held leadership roles in the Australia-China Youth Association and the Australia-China Young Professionals Initiative, as well as being involved in the inaugural Australia-China Youth Dialogue (ACYD) in 2010. He is excited to be returning to Shanghai to celebrate ten years of ACYD.
Rachel works at the intersection of data collection and care delivery, improving patient outcomes and health system operations. Her research with BCG on international health measurement led to the formation of the International Consortium for Health Outcomes, unlocking the potential of value-based health care, now recognised as the OECD standard for patient reported outcomes. Following a decade with The Boston Consulting Group, Rachel founded an Australian health outcomes consulting firm. Dr. Swift was strategic adviser to the Special Representative of the Secretary General for the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response working in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. Rachel worked with the Clinton Health Access Initiative, designing a new program to combat malnutrition with Presidents’ Clinton and Kagame launching the Rwanda program in 2013. She has also worked on behavioural economic programs to support Indigenous economic development in Cape York. Rachel holds Board positions in Medical Innovation and Education and has held appointments at the Universities of Oxford, Adelaide, and Magdalen College School. She is a published medical researcher with a doctorate in Clinical Medicine from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar and Bachelor degrees in Molecular Biology, Arts and Honours Biochemistry.
Dr Yu Tao is a lecturer in Asian Studies at the University of Western Australia (UWA), where he teaches contemporary China and coordinates the Chinese Studies major. Prior to UWA, Yu worked as a senior lecturer and course leader in Asia Pacific Studies at the University of Central Lancashire in England. Yu holds dual bachelors' degrees in public administration and sociology from Peking University, a master's in sociology from the University of Cambridge, and a doctorate in politics from the University of Oxford. Trained as a political sociologist, Yu primarily focuses his academic investigations on the interactions and interactions among religious groups, civic organisations and local state agencies in contemporary Chinese society and overseas Chinese communities. Yu is currently leading a faculty Accelerator Grant project on Chinese international students at UWA and has been actively working with local public entities in Western Australia to enhance the study and life experience of international students in Australian universities. In addition to his academic publications in reputable English and Chinese journals, Yu has also published dozens of op-ed articles in newspapers, magazines, and online platforms.
Guannan Wang has been working in China Council for the Promotion of International Trade ,which is China's government agency for promotion of international trade and investment for 16 years. She is a practical, result-driven leader with extensive experiences in China's international trade and outbound investment promotion. She has overseas working experiences in UK and Australia.
Jeanette Wang was born in Hangzhou, China and came to Australia in 2011 as an international student. She graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Arts (Communication and Journalism) degree.
Since graduating she has worked at the State Parliament of Victoria, a boutique investment company and is currently embarking on a career in the aviation industry. Jeanette is an Executive Member for the National Council of Women Australia (NSW). In 2017, Jeanette featured in an episode of ABC’s Compass, 'Power of belonging', in which she discussed her experience as a young migrant to Australia.
Johnson returned to Australia earlier this year to co-found Riverlane Capital, a private investment firm that aims to sustain and grow Australian small business over future generations.
Prior to Riverlane, Johnson worked in London for the private equity team at Oaktree Capital Management, and before that he was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company. In addition, Johnson co-founded CHOPCHOP, a foodtech startup in London, and was a product manager at Thanx, a customer intelligence startup in San Francisco. Johnson’s professional career began in various factories in China where he assembled metal woks on conveyor belts for his family’s business.
Johnson holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BEng and BComm from The University of Melbourne. He also spent a semester at Tsinghua University in the Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies.
Matthew Warr’s professional and educational background has revolved around China and the Australia-China relationship for the past ten years. Matthew currently lives in South China where three main things occupy his time.
As a legal consultant at Zhong Lun Law Firm in Guangzhou, Matthew works with a team of Chinese lawyers to provide legal advice and services to foreign companies doing business in or with China in the practice areas of corporate law, foreign direct investment, mergers & acquisitions, labour & employment, intellectual property, and litigation & arbitration.
Matthew is also a Board Director of the Australian Chamber of Commerce (AustCham) South China, a volunteer role which involves working with leading executives from Australia and China to connect, inform and advocate on behalf of Australian businesses, and advance the overall Australia-China business and economic relationship.
In addition to his current professional endeavours, Matthew is also studying an MBA at Peking University HSBC Business School in Shenzhen on a BHP Billiton Australia-China Scholarship.
Through his previous China-related work at the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) Beijing, the Confucius Institute at the University of New South Wales, China Policy in Beijing, and the Australian Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo, Matthew has developed an in-depth understanding of the business, political and cultural ties that exist between China and Australia.
Matthew holds a Bachelor of Global Studies (Major in Legal Studies) and a Bachelor of Business (First Class Honours) in Management from the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), is a former recipient of a Prime Minister’s Australia-Asia Endeavour Award, and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.
Jing Wei RMIT Fellow
Jing currently works as post-doc in Tsinghua University, Department of Hydraulic Engineering. Her current research focus on comparative assessment of Australia and China river basins management in identifying important policy, institutional difference and/or cultural differences, as well as transboundary river conflict and cooperation analysis. Jing holds a PhD degree from the University of Melbourne, and Bachelor of Engineering from RMIT University.
During her PhD period, Jing has worked as research assistant in Australia-China Joint Research Center on River Basin Management, she assisted in coordinating 2013 Tsinghua-Melbourne University summer school program, and the first joint course between The University of Melbourne and Tsinghua University on International River Basin Management, which aims to equip tomorrow’s water managers with adaptive approach by linking cutting edge knowledge to stress-tested practices in river basin management.
Jing was born in China and lived in Australia for the past 10 years. She is passionate about advancing Australia-China relations through research collaboration and is looking forward to furthering this aims with other ACYD delegates.
Jessica is a Chinese-Australian young professional who enjoys having roots in both cultures.
Jessica is a Director in the Deals and International Tax practice of a Big Four accounting firm in Sydney. As a lawyer and Chartered Accountant, Jessica has approximately 12 years of experience advising large multinational groups with the Australian tax aspects of their investments and cross-border transactions. Jessica enjoys leading cross-border projects including assisting Chinese investors in the technology and consumer industries with the tax, legal and accounting aspects of their Australian investments.
Jessica is particularly drawn to the “Technology” theme of this year’s ACYD Conference – from a tax professional’s lens, the taxation of global technology companies is a “hot topic” and a significant focus of many countries including Australia and China. Taking a broader lens, how Australia and China embrace emerging technologies and capabilities will present many business opportunities for start-ups as well as more established businesses in both countries.
Jessica is a foodie, has recently started learning violin and painting Impressionist style art as an adult beginner. She speaks Cantonese and has been brushing up on her Mandarin in advance of the Shanghai ACYD Conference.
Zoe is a strategy professional with over 8 years of experience working across Australia and China.
She is currently the Strategy Manager at Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) North Asia. Previously, she held global strategy roles partnering with senior leaders within TWE to develop and implement successful growth strategies for Asia. Prior to this, Zoe was an Associate at L.E.K. Consulting in Melbourne where she worked across a variety of industries on M&A and strategy projects.
She is also passionate about social impact and enjoys being “on the ground”, having volunteered in multiple international outreach programs. Combining this passion with her experience in strategy, she currently serves as a Director on the Board of the Global Consulting Group, a not-for-profit organisation providing pro-bono consulting services to charities.
Zoe graduated from the University of Melbourne with a double degree in Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Commerce.
Ms Yin Xing currently works for the Australian Embassy in Beijing as Senior Interpreter and Engagement Officer. Prior to this position, Ms Yin worked for Chevron China as Senior Interpreter and Bullseye Energy in Houston as Assistant Land Manager and Interpreter. Ms Yin is an interpreter, translator and editor, with deep interest in energy sector, non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, environmental protection and climate change. She graduated with MA in Translation and Interpretation in 2016 from Monterey Institute of International Studies in the United States and MA in English Language and Literature in 2008 from Southeast University in China.
Louise Yun Monash University Fellow
Louise is a banking and finance solicitor at King & Wood Mallesons, an international law firm with a strong presence in Asia. She has worked with Chinese banks, advised on China's Cybersecurity Law and co-authored publications on data and autonomous technology. She also coordinates the firm's national China Practice Group fortnightly call and is actively involved in the firm's China focused events and initiatives. Louise was previously with Deloitte Lawyers, advising clients including high net wealth Chinese individuals looking to invest in Australia on various aspects of tax law. She has also worked several years for Jenny Macklin, a former Federal MP and Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.
Outside of work, Louise is a violinist in the Melbourne Lawyers' Orchestra and plays in a social dodgeball league. She graduated from Monash University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Commerce / Bachelor of Laws, holding various leadership positions in student committees and receiving awards for her studies in international finance and behavioural economics.
Louise was born in Shanghai and raised in New Zealand and Australia. She speaks English, Mandarin and Cantonese. She is keen to use her career to help foster further collaboration between Australian and Chinese communities and organisations.
Rebecca Zhang is a Senior Venture Architect at BCG Digital Venture in Shanghai. At BCG DV, she works with multidisciplinary team to invent, build and invest in startups with the world’s most influential companies. Rebecca has worked and lived in China, Australia and United States.
She has over 10+ years working experience in financial services. Since she returned to Australia in 2010, she has worked at JP Morgan and Moody’s Investor Service before she pivoted her career into venture capital and startups. Rebecca holds of Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Adelaide and Master of Applied Finance from the University of New South Wales. In 2018, She completed her MBA (Executive) from Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM) and did an exchange at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Rebecca is passionate about venture capital and entrepreneurship, in particular, to encourage more female investors to engage in venture capital in order to bring in the diversification to the industry.
Rebecca’s motivation to attend ACYD 2019 is to deepen the understanding of Australia-China relationship, uncover new ways how China and Australia can collaborate more in terms of technology advancement, cross-border early stage investment deals.
As an operations manager and engineer at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Yutong works on developing sustainable manufacturing processes covering chemical, pharmaceutical, minerals and energy sectors. He is interested in research collaborations and technology commercialisation, and has implemented multiple CSIRO technologies into industry.
Yutong is also passionate about cross-disciplinary communications in Australia-China space and currently serves as president for the Australia China Young Professionals Initiative (ACYPI), a not-for-profit volunteering organisation for young professionals to engage with the Australia-China relationship through events in major cities across two countries.
Yutong holds a Bachelor and Master degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Queensland, and has previously studied at Tianjin University in China and Georgia Institute of Technology in the US.