Yu Tao (2019 Chinese Delegate)

Learning, analysing, and reflecting on the many vitally important issues concerning the future of mankind with a group of the best minds and souls from Australia and Greater China over four days is an experience parallel to none, and joining the wonderful ACYD alumni network is a great privilege with which come great opportunities and responsibilities for the further improvement of the Australia-China relations. The success of the ACYD is vivid evidence that sincere, constructive, and inspiring discussions can be achieved through hard work, dedication, and determination, even in a world which is increasingly influenced by the toxic politics of unilateralism and ultra-nationalism. I would unreservedly recommend the ACYD to all Australian and Chinese young professionals and emerging leaders who believe in the mission of making our world a better place.

Honor McLennan (2019 Australian Delegate)

The ACYD has distinguished itself as the preeminent leadership forum for emerging leaders in Australia-China relations and being selected as a delegate in the 2019 cohort, as ACYD marks 10 years, was a privilege. The forum expanded my understanding of the relationship, challenged my perspectives and introduced me to a network of diverse and inspiring delegates (who I now count as friends). I left the ACYD more informed, empowered and ambitious to contribute to the Australia-China relationship now and into the future.

Patrick Ingle (2019 Australian Delegate)

The ACYD gives young Australian and Chinese leaders a unique opportunity to explore some of the most interesting and challenging themes in our bilateral relationship. Many of the most engaging conversations I had were in coffee breaks or over the dinner table, where the ACYD's intensive nature really comes into its own. I look forward to ACYD's next ten years and its critical role in fostering debate between our countries.

Zhu Mei (2019 Chinese Delegate)

In a diverse, professional environment, ACYD provides delegates excellent opportunities to learn more about different perspectives of Australia-China relations, with meaningful conversations and insightful sessions. And I got the chance to meet top talents who inspired me with ambition and expertise. It’s a good place to initiate collaboration and try to brainstorm ideas for new concepts. ACYD is one of the best international events I’ve been to.

Shanzhen Luo (2018 Delegate)

Meeting ACYD is one kind of fate. Amazing and Fantastic.

ACYD 2018 was diverse and dynamic, which brought macro- and micro- perspectives and created an open and pleasant atmosphere to have in-depth discussions on various and important issues in the past four days. I did not realize how much I enjoyed ACYD until I recalled my endless happy memories with my friends back to China. I strongly recommend that more young talents should join ACYD family to grow people-to-people links between our two countries.

Deshuai Wang (2018 Delegate)


Catherine O'Keefe (2018 Delegate)

The Australia China Youth Dialogue provides a wonderful platform for young leaders from across the Asia-Pacific to come together and discuss the ever evolving bilateral relationship enjoyed by Australia and China. The 2018 program was thought provoking, relevant and was presented by eminent leaders in their respective fields. The ACYD will stay with all delegates, long into the future, as it fosters connections between like-minded people and that is its greatest legacy.