Australian National University College of Asia in the Pacific Alumni Prize Recipient
Dr Lennon Chang joined the Department of Applied Social Studies at the City University of Hong Kong as a tenure-track Assistant Professor in November 2011. He is also an Associate Investigator at the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security.
He was awarded his PhD by the Australian National University in November 2010. He has a Masters in Criminology and Bachelor in Law from National Taipei University. In 2007 he received an Endeavour Asia Award and in 2009 was selected by Peking University and Griffith Asia Institute to be an Australia-China Emerging Leader. In 2013, Lennon was a Global Emerging Voices Fellow.
From 2005 to 2007, Lennon worked as a researcher and project manager at the Science and Technology Law Centre, Institute for Information Industry, which is recognized as one of the most important think-tanks in Taiwan in the area of legal responses to new technology. Before joining City University of Hong Kong, Lennon worked as a post-doctoral research officer at the Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security at the Australian National University.
Dr Chang is interested in researching crime and governance of cyberspace — cybercrime, cyber terrorism and cyber warfare. He is particularly interested in the regulation and governance of cyberspace in the Asia-Pacific region. His book Cybercrime in the Greater China Region: Regulatory Responses and Crime Prevention (Edward Elgar, 2012) is about the nature and range of responses to cybercrime between China and Taiwan. Dr Chang’s professional interest in China continues and he is currently researching on-line vigilantism in China. He is also undertaking NGO-sponsored research into cybercrime and cyber-deviance among Hong Kong juveniles.
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Jason is a Manager in Risk and Controls Assurance practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers Hong Kong. He is managing the technology risk and strategy, information security, regulatory compliance and incident investigation businesses in Hong Kong and Southern China, including advising numerous financial institutions, governments, regulatory bodies, quasi-government organisations, and major Chinese state-owned enterprises.
Jason also serves as a committee member of the Professional Development Section of ISACA that delivers continuing professional development seminars, professional information security examinations, CISA and CISM revision classes in Hong Kong and Southern China. Jason has been a guest lecturer at the University of Hong Kong to deliver technology general education classes and in Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) to deliver penetration testing workshops.
Jason also serves as a member of Youth Service Advisory Committee of The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups (HKFYG) and a Director, Treasurer and Council Member of his alma mater’s alumni organisation, St. Louis School.
Jason holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Information Engineering (1st class honours) with minor in Business Administration from The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and Master of Laws (LLM) in Arbitration & Dispute Resolution at HKU.
Jill Xiaozhou Ju is co-chair of Harvard Business School China Entrepreneurship Club and co-founder of Sensible Baby, a Boston based infant safety technology start-up. She is an active member of the Boston tech start-up and social enterprises scene.
Previously, Jill worked for UBS Investment Banking in Hong Kong and Beijing, focusing on China cross-border M&A transactions. She also worked for Fab.com in Berlin and Shanghai Development Research Center in Shanghai.
Jill graduated from Peking University with a Bachelor of Economics. She is currently studying at Harvard Business School as an MBA candidate.
She speaks fluent Mandarin, English and German. With years of studying and working in multicultural environment since a young age, she has a good understanding of both Chinese and western culture and am passionate about bridging those two in both cultural and business context.
Victorian Government Fellow
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Yijia LI holds a double Bachelor degree in Biology from Tsinghua University and in Economics from Peking University. He has done internships in Mercer consulting, Roland Berger Consultant and Tsinghua Science Park. He is now a third year Ph.D. student in Neuroscience at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, University of Melbourne. Besides study, he and other three Chinese overseas students founded a Not-For-Profit Organization called Melbourne Pioneer (MP). MP is strongly supported by the Group of Eight and local community’s network resources, MP is determined to dedicate itself to promoting and providing innovative entrepreneurship services for the young and ambitious generation in Australia.
At MP, we uphold the belief of “growth, and help others grow; achievements, and help others achieve!” It is embraced and reinforced by the enterprise culture “Vision, Passion, Action”. As we are always passionate about innovation and entrepreneurship, this leads to us building better services for businesses and the greater social welfare so that everyone benefits. MP has demonstrated a rising trajectory in attracting and training more and more talented youth. As Melbourne’s first and proudly the only Chinese innovation and entrepreneurship platform, we have been constantly working to help more Chinese overseas students to realize their personal values and achieve the best in Australia.
In 2013, MP is promoting Chinese students to do volunteering work in local communities to help them be involved in Australian culture.
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Liu Sisi is a student at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. She received her Bachelor’s Degree with honours in Accounting from Dongbei University of Finance and Economics (DUFE).
Liu Sisi represented DUFE in the Dalian City Model United Nations Conference organized by the Dalian Municipal Communist Youth League Committee. investigating the issues of an aging society, where she played the part of a Cuban diplomat. She has also volunteered at the Dalian Summer Davos, World Economic Forum.
She represented her alma mater in the CFA Global Investment Research Challenge broadcast on China Central Television (CCTV) and won “The Best Performing Team” award in December 2010. She also led a 4-member team in the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) Global Business Challenge, making it into the TOP 20 in Northern China in 2010-11.
Liu Sisi began learning Guzheng, a traditional Chinese musical instrument at an early age. She is also accomplished in Chinese calligraphy and a number of her works have been collected and exhibited in the local art gallery. She dreams of one day promoting Chinese traditional culture internationally. She believes that cultural diplomacy will bring the people of China and Australia closer together.
Twitter: @hartmannsliebe; Weibo: Wellington-LiuTao; LinkedIn Profile
Mr. Liu Tao (Wellington) is currently a graduate student of Master in Public Policy at Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. His specialisation in his Masters program is in economic policy analysis focusing on Asia. Prior to studying in Singapore, he had 10 years work experience with China Customs and Shanghai Municipal Government. In Singapore, he also worked with the team of Worldtrade Management Services at PricewaterhouseCoopers to provide trade compliance advisory. At present, he is conducting a summer internship with United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok, Thailand.
Liu started his career in 2002 with Shanghai Customs as a Customs official. During his tenure of 7 years, he was fortunate to have substantial practical and research experiences in the trade facilitation area and to be engaged in some national Customs reform projects, e.g. e-Customs and e-Port. He was closely connected with the foreign trade community and has witnessed firsthand the difficulties of pushing through system-wide changes in China’s trade institution. Some of his professional thoughts and achievements contributed to the published working papers and won him awards from Customs.
From 2009 to 2012, Liu worked for the Foreign Affairs Office of Shanghai Government as a desk officer for Asia in the consular affairs division. His duties included liaison with diplomats of Consular Corps in Shanghai and international cooperation between Shanghai and foreign governments. He also took responsibility for resolving the conflicts and disputes of foreign expats and handled the consular protection requested from the consulates. His duty facilitated him to be in frequent contacts with the Australian Consulate General in Shanghai and other senior delegates from Australia.
In his current internship with the UN in Bangkok, there are many exciting highlights in the multi-national civilization exchange. He joined the Trade and Investment Division to work with the trade facilitation unit, contributing to the national single window policy guideline for Asia and the Pacific region.
Based on his previous and current professional roles in trade, diplomacy and business, Liu will bring to ACYD 2013 his insightful perspective on not only the China-Australia ties, but the challenges and opportunities of an emerging Asia to the globe.
Liu was born and grew up in Shanghai, China. He holds a Bachelor degree of Engineering and a Master of Public Administration from Tongji University and has short-term study experience in Austria receiving a Diploma in European Studies from the University of Vienna. He has been awarded the prestigious Oei Hong Leong Scholarship to study economic policy in Singapore from 2012 to 2014.
University of Sydney's China Studies Centre Fellow
Yun Liu is an incoming student of Johns Hopkins Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), which is based in Washington, D.C. Yun’s strong interest in international affairs and unique international experiences have been demonstrated through her diverse working experiences in both Australia and China. She previously interned at the Lowy Institute for International Policy, where she assisted in conducting research and preparing international workshops for the East Asian Program. She also worked in the Office of Vice-Chancellor at the University of Sydney as a project assistant, and successfully coordinated and implemented over 15 high-level leadership training programs from Asia-Pacific. Yun has also interned at China Radio International, the most prominent international radio company in China. The internship provided her the opportunity to look at international affairs from a media angle.
Yun graduated from the University of Sydney in April 2013 with First Class Honours in her Bachelor of International and Global Studies, majoring in Government and International Relations, and Economics. During her Honours year, she completed a 19,000-word thesis on Taiwan’s changing economic policymaking towards China Mainland. Her outstanding academic record has brought her many awards, including the 2009 International Merit Scholarship and the 2010 Academic Merit Prize. As a Chinese student in Australia, Yun has devoted herself to promoting cross-cultural exchange in her capacity as the International Student Intern at the University of Sydney Union. In 2012, she was awarded a University of Sydney Union Blue Award for her outstanding contribution to the student community. She is also a finalist of the University of Sydney Graduate Medal.
Yun hopes to work in an international organisation in the future, where she can continue to promote mutual understanding and consensus building for China and the rest of the world.
Chloe is an investment banker-turned-entrepreneur who was born in Shanghai and now lives in Hong Kong with her husband. Chloe moved to Australia at the age of 16 to study and graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Commerce (Liberal Studies) degree. She has a Master of Finance (Investment Banking) degree from INSEAD Business School which was sponsored by her first employer, Macquarie Capital. At Macquarie, Chloe worked for five years in the Real Estate Corporate Advisory team in Sydney, Melbourne, Hong Kong and Shanghai. In the summer of 2011, she met her current business partners and established Findings Group Limited, an advanced distribution and business development company in Hong Kong.
Having spent half of her life in China and Australia respectively, Chloe has a deep understanding and appreciation for both cultures, their similarities and more so their differences. With the increasing number of Chinese immigrants as well as the growing economic ties between the two nations, Chloe firmly believes that China and Australia will both benefit by making an effort to learn from and better understand each other, such as the deep rooted respect towards the elderly in Chinese societies and the value of ‘a fair go’ in Australian culture. As a part of her work, she helps western companies who are interested in entering China bridge this cultural gap and form localised business strategies.
Chloe is a quantum physics enthusiast with further interests in yoga and meditation.
China University Media Union Fellow
Twitter: @JeffreyRen; Weibo: 无事生非Jeffrey
REN Jie, though a junior student from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, is now a youth ambassador of Corporate Social Responsibility honoured by the UN Global Compact Network, and President of China Alliance of Campus International Societies. He devotes time to promoting more enterprises to value Corporate Social Responsibility including environment protection, human rights and technology innovation. Under his leadership, China Alliance of Campus International Societies achieved the connection to Embassies and other international organizations. At the end of July, he attended the China Summit on Caring for Climate and organized youth from different countries to draft a proposal of prevent climate change. During the Summit, he interviewed high-end entrepreneurs and attracted the attention of media.
As Secretary-General of BUAA Model United Nations Association, he successfully held a College United Nations conference last year and attended a Harvard Model Nations Summit as head delegate of his University. With some experience in youth leadership, he helped organize the UK-CHINA Youth Forum and “youth in action” program with youth from both Europe and China. With rich experience in public diplomacy and international communication, he was selected as the Chinese delegate to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Youth Forum 2012 and discussed youth problems with officials from countries
He has also achieved in his major field. At the Asian Science Camp held in Japan, which is only open to top technology students in Asia, Ren Jie gained a lot from communication with Asian Nobel Prize owners in cutting-edge areas of Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry. A summer intern in Citibank also aroused his interest in financial and investigation, which inspires him to go further.
As an Australian Postgraduate Award Scholar, Ying Shen is now a PhD candidate in Environmental Law at the University of Western Sydney. She received her LL.B (Ranking No. 1) from Nanjing University, China and two LL.M degrees from Nanjing University, China and the University of Goettingen, Germany. During her undergraduate and postgraduate study, Ying volunteered and interned with various institutions in China and Germany. Upon completion of her LL.M study, she worked as an Assistant Judge at Jiangsu Wuxi People’s Intermediate Court in China from 2010 to 2011. To pursue her academic interest, she resigned her post as Assistant Judge and took up her PhD candidature in Australia in 2011.
Ying’s current research focuses on the development of the legal framework for the control of carbon emissions in China. She conducts her research work from a comparative perspective. She has written on different mitigation mechanisms such as carbon tax and ETS, and her articles have been published or accepted for publication by some leading American environmental law journals.
Ying was a frequent scholarship recipient. She secured scholarships in each academic year during her undergraduate study and was funded by DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) during her time in Germany. With studying and living experience in several countries, she is keen to cross-cultural conversations with people from different background.
SHEN Yunting (Lulu) / 沈云婷
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Lulu (Yun Ting) Shen was born in Beijing, China and came to Australia pursuing a higher education at Monash University.
Currently working as the Chinese media specialist for the City of Sydney, Lulu has intimate knowledge in engaging a significant variety of cultural communication projects, many of which involves Australia and China bilateral relations. The experience provides Lulu with inside knowledge about journalism practices in both Australia and China.
Lulu assisted in successful publicity campaigns for the City of Sydney’s Chinse New Year Festival (CNY) and New Year’s Eve celebration, resulting in the highest level of national and international ethnic media coverage ever recorded. She supported the City in maintaining the CNY as the largest CNY celebration outside of mainland China, resulting in the event being one of the City’s most successful CNY celebrations to date.
Foundation for Australian Studies in China Fellow
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Lina Tao is a postgraduate research student at the School of Humanities, University of New South Wales, Australia. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies at Peking University in 2004. After graduating, she worked as a journalist and news editor at a Chinese daily newspaper, the Beijing Times (Jinghua Shibao). From 2008-12, she worked as a researcher and policy analyst at China Policy, a Beijing-based policy consultancy. She managed research projects on a wide range of social and policy issues with a particular focus on the power of Chinese social media and developed protocols and content for China Policy’s information system products.
Lina received an ‘Excellent Students Award’ and ‘University Principal’s Fund Research Award’ as an undergraduate at Peking University. In 2013, she was awarded the University International Postgraduate Award by UNSW. Her research project examines the intersections between the media, migration, and children in contemporary China. As an individual who had moved from rural to urban China and has now experienced a transnational movement to Australia, she is always fascinated by migrants’ journeys and the media’s role in the populous mobility. Her research interests lie in migration, practice of journalism, media policies, and social media.
Neroli Wang recently graduated from Peking University with a Juris Master Degree, with which she majored in anti-monopoly and anti-unfair competition law. Currently, she sets her feet in three different fields, including in the field of law as a part-time lawyer, business as the CBO&CLO of McJayden (Beijing) Biotech Co., Ltd., and in culture as a fixed guest of CCTV 1.
Neroli previously worked as a Legal Intern at the Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, advising on Chinese competition law and merger control, such as General Cable on its acquisition of Alcan Cable business from Rio Tinto. Neroli was also an intern at the Ministry of Commerce’s Anti-Monopoly Bureau of P.R.C.in 2011. At the beginning of 2012, she was awarded a scholarship to the China Young Development Program held at Columbia University in the United States.
Neroli is very civic minded and has always taken a very keen interest in roles where she can promote community development. In 2010, she volunteered at the Yilian Labor Legal Aid and Research Center of Beijing as a consultant. She investigated mining areas, researching the professional and living conditions of mine-workers and provided legislative proposals for prevention and control of occupational diseases.
Neroli is well-practiced in the piano, the violin and the African drums with a bunch of prizes. Her poetry recital skills earned her a national prize and, to this day, Neroli is still active on the stage as a visiting host for the Evening Dialogue program of CCTV-1, which is the primary channel on China’s state television network, spreading the voice of young people through dialogue with celebrities.
Under the cultural going-out strategy of Chinese government, Neroli organises a translation team, made up of students from Cambridge University, Australian National University and Peking University, to translate thirteen outstanding Chinese reporting literatures into English. These books will go to overseas markets as the earliest translated Chinese literature this year. In the future, Neroli wishes to help the publishing house to import valuable Australian literature into China, with the aim of creating more chances for Sino-Australia exchange and communication.
Foundation for Australian Studies in China Fellow
ZHANG Lei joined the Australian Studies Centre at Renmin University of China where he has organised a series of events promoting Australia. He has lead activities ranging from the RUC Australian Cultural Week, to Australia-oriented academic lectures, to managing the Centre’s blog focusing on current affairs in Australia.
As a MA candidate in Australian Studies program, his research interests include relation between Australia and the Asia-Pacific, Sino-Australia relationship and Australian Postmodern Literature. His current interests include re-positioning Australia in the Asia-Pacific in the new century, the implications of America’s rebalancing toward Asia in Australia, transnational Australian studies and transpacific studies. Zhang Lei has attended forums and conferences in South Korea, America and Europe. He finds it a great pleasure to meet new friends and share cutting-edge ideas.
Zhang Lei graduated with a BA in English from China Agricultural University with the Best Graduate Thesis Award and the Graduate Honour in 2011. During his undergraduate years, he served as the chair of the student union in the department for two terms and co-founded the International Communication and Cooperation Association at CAU.
Joe Zhao has been working for Australia and New Zealand Bank (ANZ) since September 2009. He is currently the Director as Head of Large Local Corporate in ANZ Shanghai Branch. Previously, Joe also worked in Corporate Banking for Royal Bank of Scotland for almost 4 years and Standard Chartered Bank for 2 years. The work scope includes large Chinese corporate-orientated marketing, communication and selling commercial bank’s products. In Joe’s client portfolio, a number of clients also have subsidiaries set up and operating in Australia, covering industry across iron & steel, agriculture, shipping, container transportation, renewable energy, automakers, etc. With strong economic ties and collaboration between Australia and China, Joe has assisted more and more Chinese companies explore business opportunities in the Australian market.
Joe Zhao studied in the UK and holds a Master degree in Economics and Finance from University of Warwick, and an undergraduate degree from University of Buckingham. Outside of work, he enjoys swimming and playing golf.