2013 ACYD Australian Delegates

Sydney Harbour

CAI Yiyong / 蔡奕勇

Dr Cai is a Complex Systems Scientist and Economic Modeller with CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research. He commenced with CSIRO in 2012 and is collaborating with team members from various disciplines on the integrated assessment of global environmental issues such as climate change, food security, carbon mitigation and energy transformation, and to help society make better informed planning and management decisions. Prior to joining CSIRO, Dr Cai was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Australian National University (ANU), Canberra, Australia, researching on stochastic economic growth and climate change economics and policy. Dr Cai has been awarded a Bachelor in Economics from Renmin University of China, a Master of Arts in International Finance with University Medal from Korea University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Economics from ANU. During his PhD, Yiyong was involved in multiple climate policy research projects funded by the Australian Mineral Council, the US Department of Energy, and the Edison Electric Institute. He is also a research associate of the ANU Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis and Asia Fellow of the Seoul-based POSCO T.J. Park Foundation.


Timothy COGHLAN / 高靖峰

Twitter: @maosuit; LinkedIn Profile

Timothy Coghlan leads the luxury retail team for Savills Property Services China and advises the world’s most iconic fashion and luxury brands on their China entry, expansion and retail strategies.  His clients include, LVMH Group, Kering Group, Richemont, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Ralph Lauren, Coach, and Tiffany & Co.

Timothy is also Founder & Editor of Maosuit.com, the leading China-based English language blog dedicated to the business of fashion and luxury in China. Maosuit.com is widely read amongst fashion, luxury and retail industry professionals and averages over 80,000 page views per month.

In 2012 Timothy received a grant from the Australia – China Council to create the Australia-China Fashion Alliance (ACFA) project. ACFA utilizes ‘catwalk diplomacy’ to engage the China Fashion Association and China Fashion Week through cultural and business dialogues. ACFA showcases designers, fosters mutual cooperation and collaboration, opens strategic and economic dialogue for regular exchange at the senior government and corporate level and provides strategic guidance to the development of Australian fashion brands, designers and related services in China.

Timothy has an extensive global network of fashion and luxury industry CEOs, designers and professionals. He is an influential voice in the China fashion industry and a sought after speaker and media commentator. Timothy graduated from the Australian National University with degrees in both Economics and Asian Studies. He speaks Mandarin and Japanese.

Samantha Cook

Sam COOK / 柯珊

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Sam works in Sydney as a Solicitor at King & Wood Mallesons in the Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) practice group, where she has been involved in a wide-range of private and public M&A transactions, for example joint ventures and takeovers. Sam is interested in cross-border M&A and in particular, the legal, regulatory and corporate governance issues affecting China’s outbound transactions.

Prior to working in Sydney, Sam was awarded the AustCham China Scholarship which launched her career in Beijing, working as a Graduate Solicitor at King & Wood Mallesons. During her time in Beijing, Sam worked in the Banking and Finance department where she honed her legal and language skills.

Sam holds a Juris Doctor from Monash University (2011) and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne (2008) with a major in Chinese Studies. As part of her undergraduate degree, Sam spent a semester abroad at Fudan University, Shanghai.

From an early age, Sam has been fascinated with China and commenced Mandarin studies in Secondary School. She spent one year in Nanjing (2005) working as a trainee teacher on Caulfield Grammar School’s internationalism program. Sam has travelled extensively throughout China, enabling her to develop an appreciation of the issues and opportunities existing in rural China.

Sam is an avid sportswoman and in her earlier life competed at a State and National level in athletics, cross-country and lifesaving. Although her dreams of sporting glory have somewhat faded, when she’s not working, she enjoys running, swimming, soccer and the outdoors.



Ed Cousins joined the Australian Army in 2006, and upon graduation from the Royal Military College – Duntroon, was allocated to the 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (Parachute) as a Lieutenant. During his time at the Battalion he served in a variety of platoon command appointments.

In 2008, Ed deployed as a Rifle Platoon commander to Timor Leste at short notice, following the attempted assassinations of the President and Prime Minister of Timor Leste. The Platoon spent the next eight months conducting Security and Stabilisation Operations in Timor Leste as part of the International Security Force, working closely with the United Nations and Non-Government Organisations (NGO).

In 2011, Ed deployed to Afghanistan as a Mentoring Team leader, working to develop elements of the Afghan National Army’s 4th Brigade through the planning and conduct of company level combat operations. During his deployment to Afghanistan, Ed also worked closely with AusAID Stability Advisors and various NGOs liaising with the local population about local development programs.

Ed is currently a Captain in the Australian Army and is studying towards a Masters of Security and Strategy though the Australian Defence Force Academy. He is particularly interested in how Australian-Sino relations will develop over the next decade, and feels that greater engagement between the two countries will enhance our economic and security ties.

Cameron Eren

Cameron EREN

Twitter: @CameronEren

Cameron is an economist who has worked with the Department of the Prime Minister & Cabinet (PM&C), the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) and a number of research groups. Cameron has advised on developments in the Chinese economy at both PM&C and the RBA, focusing on the operation of China’s financial, monetary, fiscal, and natural resource management systems.

Cameron’s key interest is systems analysis – understanding how different systems, both artificial and natural, interact to produce outcomes that are relevant to individuals and governments. Cameron has a particular interest in natural resource systems. He has previously lectured and tutored in climate change economics and has worked with some of Australia's largest companies to develop and implement greenhouse emissions reduction plans. In 2008 Cameron negotiated one of the largest office building emissions reduction projects of its kind, which was awarded the 2009 Climate Change Leadership Award by the New South Wales Government. He also worked on developing Australia's carbon pricing scheme that has been operating since 1 July 2012.

Cameron has a double degree in Economics (hons) and Applied Finance from Macquarie University. He is also currently studying a double degree in Science and Arts at the University of Sydney, which he hopes will further develop his understanding of natural resource systems.

Cindy Gottinger

Cindy GOTTINGER / 淑云

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Cindy Gottinger is a Brand Management and Strategy specialist at Volkswagen Group China where she supports the development of Skoda’s brand and strategy in a highly competitive and growing Chinese automotive market. Recognised by the company 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. Outside of work, Cindy thrives on working with start-ups and frequently advises Chinese and Australian start-ups on cross-cultural marketing and strategic matters.

With over ten 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. In 2010 she was invited to emcee the AFL first international match played in China between Melbourne Demons and Brisbane Lions where the crowd reached close to 7000 spectators.

Before moving to Beijing Cindy worked for AIMG holdings, Australia’s largest Chinese media company, where she managed the expansion of Chinese media properties both domestically and abroad. Prior to working for AIMG holdings Cindy 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.



Twitter: @isabellekingsho

Isabelle’s interest in China began in her first year of university when she took part in an English Language Tutorial program providing free tutoring to International Students. This interest grew into a passion for student representation and advocacy, which lead to her helping formulate a Language and Cultural Exchange Program as Welfare Officer of the University of Melbourne Student Union in 2012.

Currently, Isabelle is the Victorian President of the National Union of Students and is engaged in campaigns for tertiary students’ rights and wellbeing across the state. Isabelle has a particular interest in the welfare of international students, particularly the ongoing fight for equality for international students with concession card travel.

She has also advocated for increased International Student representation in student unions throughout Victoria through her work with the Chinese Students and Scholars Association at Melbourne University and Proud to be International Students, an initiative run by the Victorian Branch of the National Union of Students.

Isabelle is currently in the final year of a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Melbourne with majors in both Asian Studies and Politics and International Studies. Next year she hopes to complete an honours year at the University of Melbourne in Asian Studies

Anne Kulshevoa

Anne KULESHOVA / 孔睿涵

Victorian Government Fellow

Twitter: @AnneKuleshova; Weibo: Kong_RuiHanLinkedIn Profile

Anne Kuleshova (BCom (Honours), AIAA, A Fin) is an experienced financial professional, having worked in Mergers and Acquisition (M&A) advisory in a top tier investment bank (Macquarie Capital) and in M&A and Valuations in Deloitte Corporate Finance. She holds an honours degree in commerce majoring in actuarial studies from The University of Melbourne.

As an Associate Director 副总监 of China House Consultancy Co., Limited 中皓顾问公司, Anne’s work involves facilitating investment by Chinese State Owned Enterprises, private enterprises and ultra High Net Worths into energy and resources, renewables and agriculture projects in Australia.

As part of her role, Anne works with investment banks, company executives, government representatives as well as other professionals to identify investment opportunities for clients. Anne has developed her corporate finance and strategic professional skills through six years’ experience across a broad range of sectors including minerals, resources, renewable energy, infrastructure and funds management. She combines a deep knowledge of financial valuation and analysis with strong experience in mergers & acquisitions and deal execution.

Her strong commercial and analytical experience is underpinned by a solid actuarial foundation in mathematics, statistics, risk assessment and economics. These skills are further supported by her highly developed communication, negotiation and interpersonal skills.

Anne is very active in charitable, industry leadership and mentoring initiatives and is a member of Finsia’s Young Finance Professionals committee. She speaks fluent Russian and conversational Mandarin.

Stephen MINAS / 周恩润

Twitter: @StephenMinas

Stephen Minas is an adviser in the Office of the Premier of Victoria, where he has worked on policy areas including international engagement, trade and multicultural affairs. Stephen worked on the development of the Victorian Government’s comprehensive strategy to strengthen engagement with China.

Stephen holds Honours degrees in Law and History from the University of Melbourne and a Master of Science in International Relations from the London School of Economics, where he studied on a Graduate Merit Award. Stephen wrote his LSE dissertation on China’s climate change diplomacy and undertook research on related issues at the Shanghai Institutes for International Studies. Stephen’s research on Chinese law and public policy has been published in a number of academic journals.

After law school, Stephen studied Chinese for a semester at Fudan University in Shanghai and did some voluntary English teaching with China Study Abroad. As a journalist, Stephen covered the Copenhagen climate change summit, subsequent climate negotiations and other international stories, reporting on-air for RTHK Radio 3 and writing for a variety of publications, such as The Diplomat, China Dialogue and Eco-Business.

Stephen previously worked for members of the Australian Parliament on a broad range of policy areas including carbon capture and storage, humanitarian issues and multicultural affairs.


Angus NICHOLSON / 周安杰

Twitter: @freescania; LinkedIn Profile

Angus holds a BA Chinese (1st Class Honours) with a minor in economics from SOAS, University of London. He has worked for Austrade and China Policy in Beijing. He is currently an analyst at Wigram Capital Advisors, an Asia-Pacific-focused macro-economic advisory. He helped set up and establish the China-Britain Youth Association as their London President. He has had excerpts of his dissertation on the Chongqing Model published in Tea Leaf Nation and the Asia Society’s ChinaFile publication, and has written on the China/US hacking scandal for Silicon Valley’s PandoDaily. He is big fan of 1930s New Sensationalist writer, Mu Shiying, and his twitter handle is @freescania.

Alexandra Phelan

Alexandra PHELAN / 余雪莲

Twitter: @alexandraphelan; LinkedIn Profile

Alexandra Phelan is a Doctorate of Juridical Science (SJD) candidate and General Sir John Monash Scholar at Georgetown University in Washington D.C, where she works in the area of global health law, with particular focus on Australia, China and US laws relating to health, climate change and pandemics.

Before commencing her doctoral studies, Ms Phelan was a solicitor at the top-tier law firm King & Wood Mallesons, where she worked in the climate change law and China groups, and was an active member of the human rights and pro-bono law groups. Ms Phelan holds a Bachelor of Biomedical Science/Bachelor of Laws (Honours) double degree from Monash University, specialising in international law and health human rights, and a Master of Laws, specialising in International Law from the Australian National University. Ms Phelan speaks Mandarin Chinese fluently, holding a Diploma of Languages (Mandarin Chinese), and has lived and worked in Beijing and Dalian, China.

In 2012, Ms Phelan lived and worked in Geneva, Switzerland at the World Health Organization as Gender, Equity and Human Rights intern, and as legal consultant at the GAVI Alliance (the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisations). That same year, the Law Institute of Victoria recognised her as a Young High Flyer in law.

Sarah Stewart


Twitter: @sarstewart; LinkedIn Profile

Sarah Stewart is an MBA candidate at Harvard Business School, passionate about technology, cross-cultural management and the realization of potential.

Born and raised on the NSW Central Coast, Sarah’s engagement with China began in 2007, when she moved there to see what all the fuss was about (and to try and learn to speak Mandarin). Sarah remained in mainland China from 2007 to 2012, and her work experience includes two years as a project manager at Australian consulting firm, the Beijing Consulting Group, and two years at Touchmedia, a venture capital backed Chinese technology company. At Touchmedia, Sarah was the founding member of the company’s international team, and managed the establishment of the company’s first two markets outside of mainland China, Canada and Hong Kong.

In 2008, Sarah founded the Shanghai branch of the Australia China Alumni Association, growing Shanghai membership from 60 to 1500 in two years and in 2009, was part of the small team that launched the now annual Australia China Alumni Awards. In 2010 she co-founded the Shanghai branch of the Australia China Young Professionals Initiative, and was also selected to serve as an honorary ambassador for Business Events Sydney.

In 2012, Sarah relocated to Boston after being accepted to Harvard Business School, and will graduate in May 2014. At Harvard, Sarah has taken leadership roles in both the Techmedia and Entrepreneurship clubs, and completed a summer internship with Japanese internet conglomerate, Rakuten.

Sarah also holds a BComm (Liberal Studies) from the University of Sydney.

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Lisa QIN / 秦勤

Twitter: @hellolisa888; LinkedIn Profile

Lisa Qin is currently a Frank Knox Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. A teacher and former solicitor with ten years of experience studying and working in education, law and government, Lisa is passionate about examining issues of equity and education internationally, particularly in China and Australia, through meaningful and sustainable educational reforms

Born in Guizhou, China then migrating to Canberra, Australia, Lisa speaks fluent Mandarin and has a long-standing interest in and commitment to Sino-Australian affairs stemming from her desire to understand and reconcile her cultural roots.

Lisa completed the Teach For Australia in 2012, a highly selective program whose participants teach in educationally disadvantaged schools for two years. She taught year 10-12 students at a regional Victorian secondary school and helped introduce an annual Diversity Day for multiculturalism in a predominantly Caucasian environment. Lisa also tutored remanded youth at the Melbourne Youth Justice Centre and taught disadvantaged rural primary and urban secondary students in Guizhou, China.

Before moving into education, Lisa worked for several years as a corporate lawyer in Hong Kong and Sydney with King&Wood Mallesons, an international firm anchored in Asia. She managed the Business Mandarin training and was involved with other China law initiatives.

Lisa received her undergraduate degrees in Commerce and Law from the Australian National University, with a semester abroad at the University of Hong Kong. She also holds a Masters of Teaching from the University of Melbourne.

Veronica Walker

Veronica WALKER / 钱蔚璐

Australian National University College of Asia in the Pacific Alumni Prize Recipient

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Veronica is an Advisor in the Australia in the Asian Century Implementation Taskforce at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. The cross-agency Taskforce was established to support implementation of the Australian Government’s Australia in the Asian Century White Paper. While working in the Taskforce, Veronica has demonstrated her passion for issues relating to Australia’s engagement with Asia, and her particular interest in the Australia-China relationship. Veronica was seconded to the Taskforce from the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

In 2010-11, Veronica spent a year working in Beijing for the Australia China Alumni Association as an Australian Youth Ambassador for Development. In this role, Veronica worked with local staff to build the profile of Australian-educated alumni in China through social and business networking events.

Veronica graduated from the Australian National University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts and Asian Studies (Chinese). As part of her Asian Studies degree, Veronica spent a year studying Mandarin Chinese at the Beijing Language and Culture University. Veronica first started studying Chinese at high school after becoming inspired during a family visit to Jiangsu in 1995.

Veronica is currently completing a Masters of Social Research through the Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute at the Australian National University.


Sue-Lin WONG / 黄淑琳

Twitter: @suelinwong; Weibo: 淑琳suelin; LinkedIn Profile

Sue-Lin Wong is a sixth year Asian Studies/Laws student at the Australian National University.

She was a recipient of the Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Award 2011-2013. As part of the scholarship, Sue-Lin studied at the Tsinghua-Berkeley Inter-University Program for Chinese language and interned at the Natural Resources Defense Council and the New York Times Beijing Bureau.

During her eight months interning at the New York Times in Beijing, Sue-Lin wrote both English and Chinese language articles and contributed research to pieces that covered topics ranging from urbanization, crackdowns on big dogs in Beijing to the experience of being an overseas Chinese in China.

As an Australian born Chinese, Sue-Lin is particularly interested in how young Australians and Chinese can meaningfully engage with each other. She is fascinated why so many foreigners in China rarely have any deep, real friendships with Chinese.

During her time in China, Sue-Lin has gone root-seeking for her ancestral villages in Guangdong and Fujian provinces, worked at the Beijing Olympics, survived a semester on exchange at a Beijing high school, taught English amongst the rice paddies on rural Hunan, studied in the hallowed halls of Peking University, partied for a semester at Beijing Language and Culture University and ridden lots of trains around China – one of her favourite things of all time.