MEDIA RELEASE: Delegates appointed to participate in the 2014 ACYD in Beijing, China

The Australia-China Youth Dialogue is delighted to announce today the appointment of  delegates to participate in the 2014 ACYD to be held in Beijing, China from 21-24 November. From the nearly 250 applications, 30 delegates have been selected to participate in the Dialogue.

Short listing delegates proved a difficult task for the selection committee as the overall candidate standard was high.

As a result, the 2014 ACYD delegates will showcase a rich variety of industries, backgrounds and expertise.  Founder and Chairman Henry Makeham said 'The calibre of the delegates participating in ACYD is extremely high. I am proud to say we have a very diverse group who are united in their passion for advancing the Australia-China relationship'.

The chosen delegates will participate in an intensive four day program with experts discussing issues pertinent to the Australia-China relationship including creative industries, trade and investment, entrepreneurship, food security and climate change. The program includes a special welcome reception hosted by the Australian Ambassador to China, HE Ms Frances Adamson and other meetings with senior experts from academia, government and business.

One of the 2014 ACYD delegates Jean Dong, a Beijing born, Melbourne based entrepreneur, said 'I am very excited to be part of this program. I am looking forward to hearing from prestigious speakers, exchanging ideas with an eclectic cohort of young Australians and Chinese and applying the insights gained at ACYD to my every-day dealings in my current role.'

'With this year’s ACYD to be held in Beijing, it also provides us a great opportunity to have first-hand experience of the rapid growth of China. I believe the four-day thought provoking journey will re-affirm our commitment to developing a more positive and engaging Australia-China bilateral relationship.'

This year's delegates will join another one hundred and twenty outstanding ACYD delegate alumni who have, or are moving into, positions of influence and leadership within the Australia-China relationship.

Congratulations to the appointed delegates. We wish them a productive and valuable Dialogue. Full biographies of the selected delegates can be viewed at

Media enquiries: Olivia Bowden.

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