Neil Thomas is a Research Associate at MacroPolo at the Paulson Institute, where he works on Chinese politics and international political economy. Neil previously worked for The Australian National University, both as a Morrison Scholar at the Australian Centre on China in the World and as a Research Project Officer at the Crawford School of Public Policy. He has also spent time at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center, Danwei Media, and The Texas Tribune, and has written for various publications. Neil holds a Master in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
On 24th November 2018, the Australia China Alumni Awards were announced at the Westin Beijing Chaoyang Hotel. Lisa Qin, a 2013 alumna of ACYD was awarded winner of the category AIDE – Young Australia China Alumni of the Year Award. Congratulations Lisa!
To come up with a low-cost arsenic removal technique, Kate Smith, an Australian PhD candidate at Tsinghua's School of Environment, spent days experimenting with different filters.
For Australian student Chloe Dempsey, a trip to China in 2012 to work as a volunteer English teacher in rural Sichuan sparked a deep curiosity for the country and its people that would eventually lead her to becoming involved with the Foundation for Australian Studies in China (FASIC), and return to China on a regular basis.
Cindy Gottinger moved to Shanghai to start her role as Industry Lead at Google, where she helps Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) MNCs leverage existing and emerging technologies to digitalise and transform their marketing operations. With over fifteen years’ involvement in the Australia China community, Cindy continues to be actively involved both in Australia and China. Serving as the Executive Director of Australia China Young Professional Initiative(ACYPI) in Greater China, she successfully established a platform for young professionals to engage in bilateral discussions and exchange. Cindy spoke to Advance about how Australia-China relations are important to keep Australia forward-moving and agile, her involvement with the ACYPI, and what the rest of the world can learn from China.
ACYD alumus Helen Zhang was recently awarded with the ANU Young Alumni of the Year. Following predecessor Henry Makeham (2015) and Alan Wu (2016), Helen has been the third ACYD alumus in a row to receive the honor. Congratulations Helen!
Jill Xiaozhou Ju, an ACYD alumnus, was recently listed Forbes 30 under 30, a very significant achievement. Graduate of Peking University and Harvard Business School, Jill has worked in UBS in Hong Kong and Beijing, and is currently working at Greystar Europe managing a portfolio around 1Bn Pounds. Jill shared her story and motivation with ACYD organizer Mert Erkul recently, and here is their interview.