Matt Baker

Dr Matt Baker is a Scientia Research Fellow in the School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences at UNSW Sydney. Matt was a Delegate at ACYD in 2015 in Brisbane and has chaired panels in Research Partnerships at ACYD in 2017 and 2018.

Matt completed a DPhil in Biophysics at Oxford University as a John Monash Scholar studying the bacterial flagellar motor that makes bacteria swim. His research now focusses on investigates the evolutionary origins and self-assembly of molecular machines. He has active research collaborations at Beida, Tsinghua and SUSTech.

Matt has a love of radio: in 2015 he was a Top 5 Under 40 Scientist in Residence at the ABC, and he has produced content for Radio National's Health Report, Science Show, Saturday Extra, and Earshot. He was also embedded at the Sydney Morning Herald as the Google News Initiative Fellow in 2016.

Matt has fenced internationally for some time, he represented Australia at the 2014 Commonwealth Fencing Championships in Scotland in 2014 (CFC2014), switched sides to represent New Zealand in CFC2018 and hopes to represent New Zealand in fencing in Hangzhou at the Asian Games in 2022.


David Bennett

David Bennett is IP Australia’s first Intellectual Property Counsellor to China, based at the Australian Embassy, Beijing. He helps Australians to protect their intellectual property in China, in particular by providing information and guidance on the realities of IP registration and enforcement, which often differ from people’s expectations. He also supports the Australian government’s engagement with China on IP matters.

David has worked in IP Australia’s international, domestic, and trade policy sections, as well as in the private sector. He is a registered Trade Marks Attorney and former biotechnology patent examiner, with a technical background in molecular biology. He has worked and studied in the USA, Japan, Australia and China, and he participated in the Australia-China Youth Dialogue in 2016. David enjoys exploring Beijing, particularly the hutongs and the growing craft beer scene.


Cindy Gottinger

Cindy Gottinger is the client lead at Google responsible for increasing marketing efficiency and effectiveness of large MNC in China. Recognised by the technology industry as a young leader in her field, Cindy possesses an appetite to explore new markets and gain deeper insights into the evolving trends of Chinese consumers. 

With over fifteen years involvement in the Australia China community, Cindy continues to be an active participant both in Australia and China. She is currently the Executive Director of Australia China Young Professional Initiative (ACYPI) in Greater China where she successfully established a platform for young professionals to engage in bilateral discussions and exchange.

As an experienced presenter fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese and German, Cindy is frequently invited to emcee and moderate a variety of business and community events both in Australia and China including most recently Australia China Alumni Awards in 2014 and 2015. 

Before joining Google, Cindy was a brand manager at Volkswagen Group China where she was responsible for building the brand Skoda for Chinese consumers. Before moving to Beijing, Cindy was an international business development manager at China Radio International, where she managed the expansion of Chinese media properties both domestically and abroad. Cindy has also worked in the Private Wealth Management division at Goldman Sachs JB Were.

Cindy graduated from Monash University in Australia with a Bachelor of Commerce and Arts majoring in economics, Chinese and German.


Tasharni Jamieson

Tash Jamieson is the Global Founders Program Manager at the University of New South Wales, helping established startups with their international ambitions.

She has previously worked in Strategic Policy at the Australian Department of Defence, was the inaugural China Alumni Engagement Manager for the Australian Embassy, Beijing, and worked for the and China Australia Chamber of Commerce.

After graduating from a BA in International Studies from RMIT in 2011, Tash completed a Masters in International Relations at Tsinghua University. Whilst completing her thesis, Tash received a scholarship from the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network and UNHRC to undertake studies in Thailand on refugees and statelessness, and interned at the UNDP in Beijing.

Tash is the International Youth Representative for Tall Ships Australia and New Zealand, and is a qualified group fitness instructor. Tash has also performed as a professional musician in both Melbourne, Sydney and Beijing, and recorded vocals for Chinese director Jiang Wen’s box-office film Gone with the Bullets (一步之遥).


Michael Su

Michael is a senior strategy manager at Tencent, responsible for devising and executing strategic initiatives for Tencent’s Online Media business group, including, but not limited to, content and IP strategy, product strategy and internationalisation. Prior to joining Tencent, Michael was a Project Director at Pingan backed real estate services platform start-up Haofang, based in Shanghai, where he lead the Rental Properties BU and the Overseas Properties BU.

Michael was born in Beijing and later immigrated to Australia where he completed his studies and joined global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, during which he travelled extensively across Asia, Europe and Africa, and worked across a whole range of industries ranging from traditional manufacturing and resources, to TMT and high-tech.

Having experienced first hand the social, economic and technological forces which have transformed China over the past few decades, Michael is passionate about how China will contribute to the region and to the world, the role that technology will play in the future of bilateral and multilateral relations, and promoting cross-border entrepreneurship.


Yen Tan

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Yen developed strong ties to Australia whilst travelling around the country on a working holiday visa at the age of 20.  She went back to Hong Kong to finish university and later joined Morgan Stanley, helping clients in China and Southeast Asia raise capital via overseas listings and mergers.

Yen migrated to Sydney in 2012 and later became an Executive Director at Goldman Sachs Australia.  She provides business intelligence on financial services, consumer retail, technology and natural resources as well as contributing to some of the largest cross-border mandates.

With her broad set of skills, cultural sensitivity and exposure to different markets, she wanted to promote Australia-China economic and cultural exchange via the Australia-China Youth Dialogue (ACYD).  Yen was selected as a Chinese Delegate in 2017 and became the Alumni Country Head (Australia) in 2019.

Following the growing opportunities in Asia, Yen has recently returned to Hong Kong as Regional Director, Trade & Investment (Hong Kong, Macau and South China, Invest Northern Ireland) at the British Consulate-General in Hong Kong.  In her new role, she is responsible for developing market strategy and partnerships to secure trade and investment in the region.