Past Speakers

HE Ms Frances ADAMSON (2012 Speaker)

Australian Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China

Ms Adamson arrived in Beijing on 8 August 2011, and presented her Credentials to the President of the People’s Republic of China, HE Mr Hu Jintao, on 16 August 2011.

Ms Adamson served in the Australian Consulate-General in Hong Kong in the late 1980s during the early years of China’s reform and opening, and first visited mainland China in 1987. She was seconded as Representative to the Australian Commerce and Industry Office in Taipei from 2001 to 2005.

She has twice served in the Australian High Commission in London, including as Deputy High Commissioner from 2005-2008 and as Political Counsellor from 1993 to 1997. She was Chief of Staff to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and then the Minister for Defence from 2009 to 2010.

Ms Adamson is an honorary patron of the China-Australia Chamber of Commerce in Beijing, patron of the Australia China Alumni Association, a member of the Advisory Board of the Australian National University’s Australian Centre on China in the World and a member of the national Board of the Australia China Business Council.

She is married with four children and speaks Mandarin.

Professor Jon ALTMAN (2011 Speaker)

ARC Professorial Fellow at the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, ANU

Jon Altman is a research professor currently holding an ARC Australian Professorial Fellowship at the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR), School of Social Sciences, the Australian National University.

He has an academic background in economics from the University of Auckland, New Zealand and in anthropology from the ANU. Since arriving in Australia in 1976 he has dedicated his professional career to research on Australian Indigenous economic development, mainly in remote Australia. In 1990 he was appointed the Foundation Director of CAEPR, a position the he relinquished after 20 years in 2010.

Much of his recent research focuses on Indigenous development, the hybrid economy, political ecology of the Indigenous estate, native title, land rights and property rights.

Since 2007 Professor Altman has been a vocal critic of the Northern Territory Emergency Response Intervention; he recently co-edited (with Melinda Hinkson) the award winning book Culture Crisis: Anthropology and Politics in Aboriginal Australia (UNSW Press, 2010).


Lecturer in the International Relations of East Asia, University of Torino

Dr Giovanni B. Andornino is Lecturer in the International Relations of East Asia at the University of Torino and Vice President of T.wai, the Torino World Affairs Institute, with responsibility over the “Emerging Actors” research area.

Dr Andornino holds a Ph.D. from the Catholic University of Milan in international affairs. Among many other publications, he is the author of Dopo la muraglia. La Cina nella politica internazionale del XXI secolo (“After the Wall: China in XXI century international politics”) and co-author of L’orizzonte del mondo (“The world’s horizon”). His chapters on China and global governance feature in the 2010 Routledge Handbook of Chinese International Relations 2011 Brookings Institution Press Frontiers of Europe.

Dr Andornino is also the editor of OrizzonteCina, a leading Italian monthly publication discussing trends and ideas regarding contemporary China’s politics and economy, and General Editor of TheChinaCompanion (, a web portal specializing on Chinese politics, international relations and international political economy. He coordinates TOChina, the working unit on China at the School of Political Science, University of Torino (

Professor Geremie R. BARMÉ (2010 Speaker)

Director of the Australian Centre on China in the World

After graduating in Asian Studies from the ANU (majoring in Chinese and Sanskrit), Geremie studied at universities in the People’s Republic of China (1974

77) and Japan (1980-83), with periods working as a journalist, freelance writer and translator in China. Geremie’s research work in Chinese culture and intellectual history has been interspersed with film, web site and writing projects in the United States and China.

Geremie’s research interests include 20th century Chinese intellectual and cultural history; contemporary Chinese cultural and intellectual debates; modern historiography; Ming-Qing literature and aesthetics; Cultural Revolution history (1950s-70s) and Beijing, its history and reconstruction.

Geremie cites his personal career highlights as being the premiere of The Gate of Heavenly Peace at the New York Film Festival in 1995; foreign publications including The Guardian, The New York Times, Life, and Cosmopolitan‘s China edition, premiere of Morning Sun at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2003; being awarded the Joseph Levenson Prize for Modern China, 2004; working with the New York photographer Lois Conner on the Garden of Perfect Brightness (Yuanming Yuan) in Beijing (1998-2003); and working on the sacred geography of China with the photographer Lois Conner and the Sinologist and translator John Minford.

Amanda BARRY (2012 Speaker)

Senior Cultural Relations Officer at the Australian Embassy in Beijing

Originally from Geelong, Australia, Amanda graduated from the University of Melbourne with a BA(Honours) in 2004, and in 2008 obtained her PhD in Australian Indigenous history, also at Melbourne. Amanda’s academic work has been published in History Australia, the Melbourne Historical Journal, and in a number of refereed edited collections. During her studies Amanda worked as a tutor, lecturer and research assistant at the University of Melbourne and at the Australian Catholic University, was co-editor of the first edition of a Melbourne Scholarly Publishing open-access online academic journal, and was a regular presenter at academic conferences in Australian and New Zealand. Amanda was the recipient of the Dennis Wettenhall prize for best postgraduate Australian history thesis at the University of Melbourne in 2008, and received the Australian Historical Association’s prize for best postgraduate conference paper at its 2007 conference.

Amanda’s first taste of China came in the cold winter of 2003, meeting her future husband’s large extended Beijing family. Encouraged by the warmth and enthusiasm of this experience, despite the language barrier, Amanda returned in 2005 for several months to learn Chinese and explore China and began her long-term fascination and interest in the country. After completing her doctorate in 2008 Amanda Barry returned to China permanently, to commence work with the Australia-China Alumni Association in Beijing as an Australian Youth Ambassador for Development, and helped to establish their Shanghai and Guangzhou branches and increase their sponsorship base. During this time she also managed the inaugural Australia-China Alumni Awards in 2009.

Amanda is currently Senior Cultural Relations Officer at the Australian Embassy Beijing, and has worked there since early 2010. She helps to manage the Australian Embassy’s broad and busy cultural and public diplomacy program in China, through events, cultural exchange programs and forums across literature, publishing, music and performing arts, film and television, visual arts/design, sport and academia. Amanda also regularly offers advice and guidance to a wide range of Australian cultural organisations on their China strategies.

Amanda is passionately committed to international cultural exchange. One of her proudest achievements in China was helping to run the Embassy’s high-profile, busy and successful Imagine Australia: Year of Australian Culture in China program in 2010-11. Amanda is also actively involved in Beijing’s cultural life, regularly performing with the International Festival Chorus Beijing and volunteering on its committee.

Emeritus Professor Geoffrey BLAINEY (2011 Speaker)

Australian Historian

Professor Geoffrey Blainey is one of Australia’s most prominent intellectuals. A social and economic historian, Professor Blainey’s work has had an enormous influence on Australian society and politics. Among many works, his A Short History of the World, The Tyranny of Distance: How Distance Shaped Australia’s History and The Triumph of the Nomads: A History of Ancient Australia have received wide critical acclaim.

Professor Blainey, among other posts, has held the Chair of Australian Studies at Harvard University. He was foundation Chancellor of Ballarat University from 1994 to1998, and Chairman of the Australia-China Council from 1979 to 1984.

Peter Yuan CAI (2011 Speaker & 2010 Delegate)

Asia Affairs Correspondent, The Age

Peter is The Age’s new Asian Affairs Reporter and he will start his new role in October.

Prior to joining The Age, Peter was a policy analyst with the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) at the Australian Treasury. He is also working as a consulting editor for East Asia Forum at the Australian National University (ANU), Canberra.

He has published on modern Chinese and Japanese history, foreign direct investment and Sino-Australian relations.

He studied history and international relations at Adelaide and Oxford universities. Peter, moreover, was an inaugural delegate at the 2010 Australia-China Youth Dialogue

Rowan CALLICK (2011 Speaker)

Asia-Pacific Editor, The Australian

Mr Rowan Callick, The Australian’s Asia-Pacific editor, was the newspaper’s Beijing-based China correspondent for three years until returning to Melbourne at the start of 2009.

He grew up in England, graduating with a BA Honours from Exeter University. He worked for a daily newspaper in the north east before moving to Papua New Guinea, where he became general manager of a locally owned publishing, printing and retail group. In 1987 he came to Australia, working for almost 20 years for The Australian Financial Review, including as Hong Kong-based China correspondent. From 1990-1992 he was a senior writer with Time magazine.

He was a member of the National Advisory Council on Aid Policy from 1994-96, a board member of the Australia Indonesia Institute from 2001-2006, and a member of the Foreign Minister’s Foreign Affairs Council from 2003-2006.

His book Comrades & Capitalists: Hong Kong since the Handover was published by the University of NSW Press in 1998. He won the Graham Perkin Award for Journalist of the Year for 1995, and two Walkley Awards, for Asia-Pacific coverage, for 1997 and 2007.

Gina CASTELAIN (2011 Speaker)

Managing Director of Wik Projects Ltd

Gina Castelain is a 27 year old Wik and Wik Waya woman from Aurukun. Her traditional country includes the Aurukun wetlands (subject to the Archer Basin Wild Rivers Declaration) and the rich bauxite deposits north of Aurukun.

Gina is the managing director of Wik Projects Ltd, an enabling organisation established by Wik and Wik Waya traditional owners to represent their interests; articulate their aspirations and pursue sustainable economic development on their country. Wik Projects also supports several local indigenous commercial operations including an ecotourism company and an earthmoving business.

Gina’s mother, Norma Chevathun, was a prominent indigenous leader and one of the original Wik native title claimants.

Gina considers all people should have opportunity to realise their aspirations. It is her belief that a sustainable economic base for Indigenous communities will only be realised if Aboriginal people are empowered and supported, at a local level, to build it.

Wik and Wik Waya people recognise China as the world’s fastest growing economy and will be directly impacted by proposed Chinese resource and mining expansion on Cape York. Wik and Wik Waya people will continue to engage with Chinese enterprise where genuine opportunity exists to create positive economic and cultural benefits for local communities.

CHEN Guanzhong (2010 Speaker)

Journalist, Film Producer and Author

Chen was born in Shanghai and raised and educated in Hong Kong. He received a Bachelor of Social Science degree at the University of Hong Kong.

He has published more than a dozen Chinese books in Greater China. His latest novel, “The Fat Years”, will soon be in English and other major languages.

Chen was a reporter at an English newspaper in Hong Kong before he started the monthly magazine “City” in 1976, where he was the chief editor for several years and its publisher for 23 years until the magazine was sold.

He started screenwriting in 1981 and went on to be a producer of more than 10 Hong Kong movies and 3 US movies.

Chen was involved in the investment and management of many media-entertainment businesses in the region, including newspapers, magazines, television, internet media, music and book publishing in Greater China.

He was one of the founders of the Hong Kong environmental group Green Power. He is now a board member of Greenpeace International.

He now lives in Beijing.


Research Associate, Lowy Institute for International Policy

Fiona joined the Lowy Institute’s International Security Program as a Research Associate for nuclear issues in March 2009. She supports the Institute’s current partnership with the Nuclear Security Project of the Nuclear Threat Initiative and previously assisted with the Institute’s research for the International Commission on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament.

Fiona holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of Sydney and a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Politics and International Relations) from the University of New South Wales, both with first class honours. She has also studied at Harvard University and the Renmin University of China in Beijing, and interned at the Belfer Center at Harvard University, International Crisis Group and the China Security Program of the World Security Institute.

Kate CROLL (2012 Speaker)

Founding Director of Cultural Partnerships Australia

For over 20 years Kate Croll has been a respected practitioner in the areas of Community Cultural Development (CCD) and Cultural Planning, sharing her practical knowledge with others through her positions as a facilitator and trainer.

She has had an extensive career in the areas of community capacity building, brokering partnerships between local government, arts workers, volunteers, non profit organisations and business sponsors.

In 2008/09 Catherine was employed as the Manager/Curator of the Sydney Olympic Park Traveling Exhibition – Coming Home – Featuring the work of 37 Chinese Australian Artists, this exhibition was held at the Linda Gallery – 798 Art District Beijing during May 2009.

Catherine is also the Manager of the Randwick City Council – Mayors Public Art Project, designed to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Randwick being declared a city in 1859. A panel comprising; Tony Bond (AGNSW), Scott O’Hara (Resident Representative) and the Mayor of Randwick, Bruce Notley Smith assessed applications from a short list of 5 artists with Ruark Lewis being awarded the contract.

In 2008 Catherine was employed as Manager/Curator of the Sydney Olympic Park Authority From Mao to Now exhibition which featured the work of 80 Chinese Australian artists and other contemporary Australian artists who had studied or worked in the People’s Republic of China.

In 2007, Catherine spent 3 months traveling ‘solo’ through remote areas of China’s Yun’nan, Sichuan and Fujian provinces, prior to taking up a 6 week residency at the Red Gate Gallery in Beijing.

In 2006 Catherine received a professional development grant from the Australia Council for the Arts to: Research and document traditional Chinese cultural practices and the ways in which those practices are being interpreted in contemporary arts. She traveled ‘solo’ overland through China for 3 months, culminating in an exhibition of her work titled Catherines Great Adventure, at John Paynter Gallery – Newcastle.

In 2004/5 Kate traveled to the Northern Territory to interview representatives from the key arts organisations and indigenous arts cooperatives from Katherine to the Tiwi Islands. Using the data gathered she developed and delivered an intensive training course for Top End artists called ‘Working with Communities’.

In 2001, Kate was responsible for the artistic design and construction of the Hunter Region Float for Centenary of Federation Parade. She was then seconded as Parade Coordinator for Zone 1 (Botanical Gardens to Oxford Street) which involved the recruitment and training of hundreds of volunteer marshals to assist in the coordination of thousands of performers and oversee the event which saw 500,000 people line the streets of Sydney.

She is also the author of Australia’s first online Diploma in Community Cultural Development offered annually through CCDNSW from 2003 to 2008

Antony DAPIRAN (2010 and 2012 Speaker)

Partner, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, Hong Kong

Antony Dapiran is a leading international lawyer, and has lived and worked in Greater China for over 14 years. He spent 11 years with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, becoming managing partner of the firm’s Beijing office. In November 2010 he joined premier global law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP in Hong Kong as a founding partner of their Hong Kong practice.

Antony advises on corporate transactions, specialising in securities offerings, private equity and cross-border mergers and acquisitions. He has advised on the largest and most complex initial public offerings (IPOs) in the China market, on transactions raising in aggregate more than US$58bn, including most recently the IPO of Agricultural Bank of China, China’s largest IPO to date. He is also counsel to Fortune China 100 companies advising them on regulatory, compliance and general corporate matters.

Antony is admitted as a legal practitioner in Hong Kong, England and Wales, New South Wales and the High Court of Australia.

Antony was named one of the “Advance Asia 50” Australian leaders in Asia, and has been recognised by The American Lawyer as one of the “New China Hands”. He is a frequent commentator on Chinese business and legal matters, and his views have been quoted in media including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Business Week, Sydney Morning Herald and South China Morning Post.

Antony was educated at The University of Melbourne and Peking University, and is fluent in Mandarin.

Tim Davies (2011 Speaker)

Chief Investment Officer - Asia Caledonia (Private) Investments

Tim has over 14 years of investment experience, with a particular focus on the Asian region. Prior to joining Caledonia, Tim was the Portfolio Manager of the China proportion of the portfolio for Ellerston Capital and Consolidated Press Holdings, from 2004 to 2009. Tim lived in Shanghai from 2006 to 2008 where he established the Shanghai office employing 20 local research staff and invested in Chinese equities listed in mainland China (A&B shares) and Hong Kong as well as through Asian and international exchanges.

Prior to working at Ellerston Capital, Tim was an Associate Director at Goldman Sachs (1998-2001), working on the European hedge fund sales trading desk in London. From 2001 to 2004, Tim worked as an investment analyst at Consolidated Press Holdings, the parent company of Ellerston.

Tim graduated from Monash University in Melbourne, completing a Bachelor of Psychology and Physiology in 1995 and an Honours Degree in Physiology in 1996. Timothy Davies joined Caledonia in March 2010.

Clinton DINES (2011 Speaker)

Chairman - Asia, Caledonia (Private Investments)

Clinton first arrived in China in early 1979 on a Post Graduate Program arranged by Griffith University. He has been living and working in the Greater China Region ever since, the majority of that time in mainland China. During his business career Clinton has occupied management positions with the Jardine Matheson Group, the Santa Fe Transport Group and Asia Securities Venture Capital. In 1988 he joined BHP as the senior country executive for China and stayed with the group for over 21 years, retiring from that role in July 2009.

Throughout his career Clinton has specialised in the business practices relating to negotiating, establishing and operating Sino-Foreign ventures, in the management and development of foreign-invested and operated businesses, and marketing and commercial activities in China. He was closely involved in one of the earliest Sino-Foreign joint ventures in China in 1980 and he has subsequently been continuously involved in a wide range of ventures, investments and business initiatives across a variety of industries and regions in China.

Clinton is a fluent Mandarin speaker and after 14 years in Beijing relocated to Shanghai in late 2002 to run the merged and restructured BHP Billiton China operations from there. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Australian Chamber of Commerce in China in 1993 and chaired that organization from 1998 to 2000. He is a Founding Governor of the Capital Club in Beijing, President of the Executive Committee of the Shanghai Rugby Football Club, a founding Member of the Oriental Mining Club and is involved in various other charity and not-for-profit organizations.

He was invited by the Australian Olympic Committee to be the Attaché to the Australian Olympic Team for the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008. He was also the only non-Chinese invited by BOCOG to sit on the judging panel which selected the design for the Beijing Olympic Medals. He is currently Executive Chairman Asia for Caledonia Investments, a Non-Executive Director of Kazakhmys plc and of Zanaga Iron Ore Company, a Visiting Fellow of the Lowy Institute for International Policy and a member of the Griffith University Council.

Clinton is married to Jeronia Muntaner, another long-term resident of China from Spain who is a Program Director for the Half the Sky Foundation working in Chinese orphanages. They have three children – a son and two daughters, the youngest of whom was adopted in China.

Professor Peter DRYSDALE (2011 Speaker)

Emeritus Professor of Economics, the Australian National University

Professor Peter Drysdale is Emeritus Professor of Economics and Head of the East Asian Bureau of Economic Research and the East Asia Forum at the Australian National University.

He is widely recognised as the leading intellectual architect of APEC. He is the author of a number of books and papers on international trade and economic policy in East Asia and the Pacific, including his prize-winning book, International Economic Pluralism: Economic Policy in East Asia and the Pacific.

He is recipient of the Asia Pacific Prize, the Weary Dunlop Award, the Japanese Order of the Rising Sun with Gold Rays and Neck Ribbon, the Australian Centenary Medal and he is a member of the Order of Australia.

The Hon. Dr Craig Emerson MP (2011 Keynote Speaker)

Australian Minister for Trade

Dr Craig Emerson is currently the Minister for Trade and has been the Member for Rankin since 1998. From 2007 to 2010 he had portfolio responsibility for small business, competition policy, consumer affairs and deregulation.

Craig holds a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) Degree from the University of Sydney, a Master of Economics Degree from the University of Sydney and a PhD in Economics from The Australian National University.

He has been a Post-Doctoral Fellow at The Australian National University and has 17 publications to his name, including a book setting out a vision and plan for Australia’s future. Since becoming a parliamentarian Craig has had more than 70 opinion pieces published in national newspapers.

Professionally, he has been Secretary of a Queensland Government Department, CEO of a Queensland Statutory Authority, Assistant Secretary in the Department of the Prime Minister, and Cabinet and Economic Analyst at the United Nations.

Professor John FITZGERALD (2011 Speaker)

Country Representative, Ford Foundation, Beijing

John Fitzgerald is representative of the Ford Foundation’s office in Beijing. He develops the overall strategy and direction of the foundation’s work in China, which emphasizes opportunities for poor and marginal communities to participate fully and equally in China’s development. Before joining the Ford Foundation in 2008, John was head of the School of Social Sciences at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia, and director of the International Center of Excellence in Asia-Pacific Studies at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra.

He served as a member of the Australia-China Council of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and as chairman of the Committee for National and International Cooperation of the Australian Research Council. He also served as president of the Chinese Studies Association of Australia.

His publications include “Awakening China: Politics, Culture and Class in the Nationalist Revolution” (Stanford University Press, 1996), which was awarded the Joseph Levenson Prize for 20th Century China by the Association for Asian Studies, and “Big White Lie: Chinese Australians in White Australia” (University of New South Wales Press, 2007), which received the Ernest Scott Prize in Australian History from the Australian Historical Association Prize in Australian History from the Australian Historical Association.

John GARNAUT (2010 and 2012 Speaker)

SMH China Correspondent

John Garnaut is The Age and Sydney Morning Herald's China correspondent.

John graduated in law and arts from Monash University and worked for three years as a commercial lawyer at Melbourne firm Hall & Wilcox before joining the Herald as a cadet in 2002.

In 2002 John was appointed the Herald's Economics Correspondent in the Canberra press gallery and in 2007 was posted to Beijing as the Asia Economics Correspondent for The Age and Sydney Morning Herald.

Michelle GARNAUT (2012 Speaker)

Australian Restaurateur

Melbourne-born Michelle Garnaut is a trained chef and restaurateur with a culinary career that spans over 25 years, several continents and positions that have ranged from waitress to chef to caterer and proprietor.

M at the Fringe After traveling the world, Michelle arrived in Hong Kong (only intending a short stay) where she worked in the restaurant business and opened her own catering firm. She opened M at the Fringe in Hong Kong in 1989, which became a pioneer of independent fine dining.

Pioneer on the Bund After a guest chef stint at The Peace Hotel in Shanghai in 1996, Michelle felt that Shanghai was ready for something similar, and in 1999 – when the rest of the Bund was a culinary desert – she opened M on the Bund on the historic waterfront. The first Glamour Room and Bar opened in 2001.

Cultural Events & Literary Festival In 2002, the now-famous cultural events series was launched at the Glamour Bar, along with the enormously popular Shanghai International Literary Festival. By 2006, the Glamour Bar moved to a bigger, better and even more glamorous space on the 6th floor.

Awards & Charity For her achievements, Michelle has been honored with awards that include Entrepreneur of the Year (International Woman of Influence Awards) and the Business Entrepreneurial Award (ANZ Australian Business Awards). Michelle has had a long-term commitment to charity work, including ongoing involvement in the ICC Beach Cleanup, books2eat, and Care for Children. She is currently working on The Village People project, targeted at improving the lives and health of women in rural China.

Geoffrey GARRETT (2011 Speaker)

Chief Executive Officer, United States Studies Centre, University of Sydney

Dr Geoffrey Garrett is founding CEO of the United States Studies Centre and Professor of Political Science at the University of Sydney. He was previously President of the Pacific Council on International Policy in Los Angeles and before that Dean of the UCLA International Institute. Garrett is a frequent commentator on all aspects of US politics, economics and foreign policy in Australian media, including The Australian, Australian Financial Review, Sydney Morning Herald, Sky TV and ABC radio and television programs.

Among the most influential political scientists of his generation, Garrett is author of Partisan Politics in the Global Economy, editor of The Global Diffusion of Markets and Democracy, both published by Cambridge University Press, and over fifty articles in the world’s leading social science journals. Garrett has held academic appointments at Oxford, Stanford and Yale universities and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the New York-based Council on Foreign Relations as well as the Los Angeles-based Pacific Council on International Policy.

A dual citizen of Australia and the US, Garrett was born and raised in Canberra and holds a BA (Hons) from the Australian National University. He earned his MA and PhD at Duke University in North Carolina, where he was a Fulbright Scholar.

Sam GEALL (2010 Speaker)

Deputy Editor of

Sam Geall is Deputy Editor of, a bilingual journal for analysis and discussion on all environmental issues, with a special focus on China. He has a BA in Chinese Studies from Leeds University and an MA in Anthropological Research from Manchester University, where he is also a PhD candidate in Social Anthropology.

Sam’s research focuses on Chinese environmental Journalists and he is currently a visiting researcher at Peking University.Sam previous studied at Harvard University on a one-year scholarship from the Kennedy Memorial Trust. He was also a recipient of a British Association of Chinese Studies scholarship and is currently on a scholarship from the British Inter-university China Centre.

His writing on the environment and Chinese affairs has appeared in a number of international publications including Foreign Policy, Far Eastern Economic Review, New Internationalist, Green Futures and The Guardian. He is author of a forthcoming publication from International Media Support, Climate-change Journalism in China: Opportunities for International Cooperation.

Danny GILBERT (2011 Speaker)

Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Gilbert + Tobin Lawyers

Danny Gilbert is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Gilbert + Tobin Lawyers.

Danny currently holds a number of directorships including Chairman of the National Museum of Australia and Chairman of the Cape York Institute for Policy and Leadership. He is Non-Executive Director of the National Australia Bank and a Director of the Australian Indigenous Minority Supplier Council.

He is also a trustee of several private charitable trusts.

In 2005, Danny was honoured with the Order of Australia (AM) for his services to the law and the community, particularly Australia’s Indigenous peoples.

Paul Glasson (2011 and 2012 Keynote Speaker)

Chief China Representative, Australia-China Business Council

Paul Glasson is currently Chief Representative in China and Director of the Australia China Business Council; Chairman of Satori Investments Greater China; Chief Representative in China of Atlas Iron Ltd; Chief Representative in China to HRL Ltd; Director of Aokai Co. Ltd; Director of Li Jin Capital Pty Ltd; and Non-Executive Director of HighHai Trading Co Ltd. From 2004-2008 Mr Glasson worked together with KPMG Australia building their advisory practice to Chinese companies investing in Australia.

Mr Glasson has been in China for more than thirteen years and is recognized in industry as one of the foremost experts on outbound investments by Chinese enterprises. He was acknowledged in 2009 and 2010 as one of the Young Leaders in China by the Boao Forum; and by the Australian newspaper in 2008 as one of “the Most Influential Australians in China”.

Mr Glasson has been involved in many of the M + A transactions involving Chinese capital investment into Australia, having begun focusing on outbound transactions as early as 2001. Paul Glasson plays a pivotal advocacy role with the Australia China Business Council in promoting bilateral trade and investment ties including running the Australia China Economic & Trade Forum in 2010 and 2011 with Prime Minister of Australia Julia Gillard MP; Deputy Premier of China Li Keqiang; Vice President of China Xi Jinping and senior government and business leaders; as well as a range of other bi-lateral engagements with Australian and Chinese government and business.

Jeremy GOLDKORN (2010 Speaker)

Founder and Editor of

Jeremy Goldkorn founded the popular China media website, and acts as editor and publisher. The site has tracked the changes in China’s media and internet on a daily basis since 2003 and also produces video interviews with people in culture and the media in China.

According to The London Review of Books, “Danwei gives a range of sources, news and opinions on China that no mainstream news organisation can match”, while Public Affairs magazine called Goldkorn “one of China’s most prolific and powerful social media commentators.”

Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, he has lived in Beijing since 1995. He has lived in a workers dormitory, ridden a bicycle across Xinjiang and Tibet, and spent the last decade working in the Chinese media, advertising and Internet industries.

Goldkorn produced the documentary film African Boots of Beijing. His writing has appeared in many Chinese and foreign publications including The Guardian, The New York Times, Life (生活), and Cosmopolitan‘s China edition (时尚 杂志), covering a range of subjects from media regulation, Internet business, freedom of expression, the habits of young Chinese Internet users, Sino-African affairs, the Great Wall and Chinese consumer culture.

GUO Jian (2011 Speaker)

Contemporary Chinese artist

Arriving in Australia in 1992, Guo Jian’s art practice has been fuelled by his position as a reflective, sharply satirical Chinese expatriate who grew up during the Cultural Revolution. Jian’s early experiences of art were inevitably entwined with communist authority, ideology and militaristic power - his first acquaintance with art was time spent as a propaganda-poster painter for the People’s Liberation Army then later, as an art student in Beijing.

Jian takes the Socialist Realism he grew up with in China, subverts and transforms it, often humorously, into Socio-Realism in an almost celebratory act of protest and liberation. His flat surfaces and heightened colours owe much to the Chinese visual and political language of the Communist era. Underlying conflicting themes of sex and violence, East and West are dominant forces in Jian’s works. Soldiers are captivated and awestruck by female performers, sometimes in quiet contemplation, sometimes in overly excited wonderment, but a sense of false happiness, hypocrisy and hysteria often pervade the scenes.

Jian’s work challenges the ideologies behind both eastern and western cultures and countries. Jian is an artist who revels in juxtapositions and the search for identity: ‘Put your feet into someone else’s shoes to think about the world and your own life differently. For me, if the surroundings change, are combined, are old or new, it doesn’t matter.’

Marina GUO (2012 Speaker)

Vice Director of John Howkins Research Centre on Creative Economy, Shanghai Theatre Academy

Dr.Marina Guo works as the Vice Director of John Howkins Research Centre on Creative Economy at School of Creative Studies, Shanghai Theatre Academy. She works closely with UNCTAD as Executive Director for the Global Education Conference on Creative Industries. She was visiting scholar of Queensland University of Technology (QUT) & the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation (CCI). Marina holds Ph.D. in Economics, Master of Arts and bachelor in Economics.

Marina was granted the prestigious merit-based Australian Endeavour Award 2010 (now Australian Award) by Australian government. She won the most competitive Creative Leaders Award at China Creative Industries Award in 2011, and the finalist for Research and Innovation Award at ACAA Australia China Alumni Awards 2011.

Marina Guo is the author of Creative Transformation (China Economic Press 2011), she has collectively completed the translation of the book How Creativity is Changing China written by Prof. Li Wuwei and published internationally by Bloomsbury Academic in 2011 (London, UK). Marina is also a guest lecturer of Manchester Business School, Copenhagen Business School, Kaospilots Int’l, QUT, ACAA, AustCham etc. She is currently board member of American Institute of Performing Arts, and is sitting on the editorial board of International Journal of Cultural and Creative Industries (IJCCI).

Marina Guo used to be a cultural entrepreneur and executive professional before her role in education & research. Marina has been founder and Director of Shanghai Yorkie Investment Management Co., Ltd. which was established in 2004 offering management consulting on project development, creative entrepreneurship, cultural policy and international marketing strategy. She was the co-founder and General Manager of Shanghai Sunspirit Cultural Development Co., Ltd., a leading organization in cultural communication and arts education for children and young people. Previously Dr. Guo worked as Director of International Affairs, Research Centre for Creative Industries, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences from 2008-2010, and editor & reporter for Journal of Creative Industries. She has performed a couple of managerial positions in retail operations, manufacturing procurement, marketing for leading multinational corporates like IKEA, Henkel & GEA, from where she gained her entrepreneurial experiences

Marina Guo is interested in developing cross-cultural and multi-disciplinary creative projects. She has been working with leading international organizations to run international conferences, festivals & cultural events as well as to facilitate international business development for Chinese creative enterprises. By working with London-based BOP Consulting, Marina Guo has contributed greatly to the World Cities Cultural Report 2012, a cultural initiative by Mayor of London among 12 world leading cities. Her potential is being further explored in a few creative cluster developments in China.

The Hon. RJL (Bob) Hawke AC (2011 Keynote Speaker)

Prime Minister of Australia from 1983 – 1991

Bob Hawke was born in 1929 at Bordertown, South Australia. Western Australia’s Rhodes Scholar of 1953, he also studied at Oxford University from 1953 to 1955, graduating with the degree of Bachelor of Letters.

Mr Hawke joined the Australian Labor Party (ALP) in 1947 and after being ACTU President from 1970 – 1980 he was elected President of the ALP for the period 1973-1978. In 1980 he was elected to the Federal parliament, and in February 1983 became the Leader of the Opposition.

He led the Labor Party to victory in the general election in March 1983 and, in winning three successive elections, became Australia’s longest serving Labor Prime Minister.

He ceased to be Prime Minister in December 1991 and resigned from the Parliament in February 1992.

Mr Hawke is also engaged in business consulting work and is a co-founder of the Boao Forum for Asia.

Dr Linda JAKOBSON (2011 Speaker)

Director, East Asia Program Director, the Lowy Institute for International Policy

On 1 April 2011 Linda Jakobson took up the position of East Asia Program Director at the Lowy Institute for International Policy in Sydney. Before that she lived and worked in China for close to 20 years and published six books about China and East Asian society.

A Mandarin speaker, she has published extensively on China’s foreign policy, the Taiwan Straits, China’s energy security, and climate change and science & technology polices.

Prior to joining the Lowy Institute, Jakobson served as Director of the China and Global Security Programme and Senior Researcher at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).

Her most recent publications are China’s Energy and Security Relations with Russia: Hopes, Frustrations and Uncertainties (SIPRI Policy Paper 2011/29 with Paul Holtom, Dean Knox and Jingchao Peng); New Foreign Policy Actors in China (SIPRI Policy Paper 2010/26 with Dean Knox); China prepares for an ice-free Arctic (SIPRI Insights on Peace and Security 2010/2) as well as “The Myth of a Sino-Russian Challenge to the West” (International Spectator, with Hiski Haukkala, vol 44, no 3, September 2009).

Jakobson’s research focuses on China’s foreign and security policy as well as regional security issues in Northeast Asia.

Philippa JONES (2010 Speaker)

Managing Director of China Policy

Philippa Jones is managing director of a policy research and consulting group in Beijing, China Policy. From 2004-09 Philippa led the agriculture, quarantine, quality and standards programs of the EU-China Trade Project, the EU’s largest trade-related technical assistance program worldwide. Responsible for standards issues across all sectors, Philippa’s own focus was on risk and safety.

Prior to joining the EUCTP Philippa was with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, serving as the trade policy specialist in Australia’s Embassy in Beijing from 1999-2003.

Professor David KELLY (2010 and 2012 Speaker)

Professor of China Studies at the China Research Centre, University of Technology, Sydney

He studied social sciences and Chinese studies in the University of Sydney, graduating with a PhD in 1982. He subsequently held teaching and research positions in the Contemporary China Centre, ANU, the Australian Defence Force Academy, and the East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore.

A resident of Beijing in recent years, Professor Kelly’s work ranges widely across Chinese politics: intellectual history, especially of Chinese Marxism and liberalism; political sociology, mainly of intellectuals, urban homeowners and migrant workers; and public policy, focusing on the dilemmas of governance under turbulent current conditions.

Professor Kelly’s publications include:

  • India and China: The Lessons of Globalisation, Singapore and New York: World Scientific Publishing Co., 2007 (ed. with Ramkishen Rajan).
  • ‘The Rise of Social Justice,’ Contemporary Chinese Thought, vol. 37, no 4 (Fall 2006), guest editor and translator.
  • ‘The Mystery of the Chinese Economy: Selected Writings of Qin Hui,’ The Chinese Economy, vol. 38, nos. 4, 5 and 6 (September, October and November 2005); guest editor and translator of three special issues.
  • Asian Freedoms: Journeys of an Idea in the Cultural Contexts of East and Southeast Asia, Cambridge University Press, 1998 (ed. with Anthony Reid).
  • Chinese Marxism in the Post-Mao Era, Stanford University Press, 1990 (with Bill Brugger).
  • ‘Realistic Responses and Strategic Options: An Alternative CCP Ideology and its Critics,’ Chinese Law and Government, 29(2), Spring-Summer 1996, pp. 1-96; guest editor and translator.

The Hon Michael KIRBY AC CMG (2011 Video Message)

Former High Court Justice

One of Australia’s most eminent jurists, the Honourable Michael Kirby retired from the High Court of Australia in 2009, having been appointed in 1996. Considered one of Australia’s most liberal jurists, he has been a leading advocate of judicial activism in the High Court.

In addition to his judicial duties, the Honourable Michael Kirby has also served on many national and international bodies. He has served as a member of the World Health Organisation’s Global Commission on AIDS (1988-92); President of the International Commission of Jurists, Geneva (1995-8); as UN Special Representative Human Rights in Cambodia (1993-6); and a member of the High Commissioner for Human Rights’ Judicial Reference Group (2007-).

Charles LI (2012 Speaker)

CEO for ANZ Bank, China

Before being appointed as Chief Executive Officer for China of ANZ Bank, Dr Charles Li was Head of Global Banking & Markets, China of the Royal Bank of Scotland, responsible for developing GBM business in China across product divisions. He was also the Branch Manager of RBS Shanghai Branch. He has been actively involved in activities which expand the RBS Group business interests in China.

Dr Li has been with the RBS Group for the past 12 years, working in London, Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai over this period. He held various senior positions in economic research, business planning and strategy, business integration and disposal and client relationship management in both corporate and financial sector.

Prior to joining RBS Group, Dr Li worked as a financial commentator at the BBC World Service London. Even now he remains an active participant in various senior level discussion panels/forum on China and Asian affairs.

Dr Li holds a PhD in Strategic Management from Aston Business School, UK; MSc in Management from Birmingham University, UK and a BEng in Mechanical Engineering from Beijing Institute of Technology.

Justin Yifu LIN (2012 Keynote Speaker)

Professor of the China Centre for Economic Research (CCER) and honorary dean of National School of Development (NSD) at Peking University;  the former Senior Vice President and Chief Economist of the World Bank.

Justin Yifu Lin is Professor of the China Centre for Economic Research (CCER) and honorary dean of National School of Development (NSD) at Peking University. He was the former Senior Vice President and Chief Economist of the World Bank in 2008-2012. Prior to joining the World Bank, Prof. Lin served for 15 years as Founding Director of CCER

Prof. Lin received his PhD in economics from the University of Chicago in 1986 and is the author of 20 books, including Quest for Prosperity: How Can Developing Countries Take Off, New Structural Economics: A Framework for Rethinking Development and Policy, Demystifying the Chinese Economics, Benti and Changwu: Dialogues on Methodology in Economics, and Development and Transition: Thought, Strategy, and Viability. He has published more than 100 articles in refereed international journals and collected volumes on history, development, and transition. In 2007, he gave the Marshall Lectures at Cambridge; and in 2011, the Simon Kuznets Lecture at Yale and the Annual UNU-WIDER Lecture in Mozambique.

Justin Yifu Lin is a deputy of China’s People’s Congress and Vice Chairman of the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce. He served on several national and international committees, leading groups, and councils on development policy, technology, and environment including: the UN Millennium Task Force on Hunger; the Eminent Persons Group of the Asian Development Bank; the National Committee on United States-China Relations; the Global Agenda Council on the International Monetary System; Reinventing Bretton Woods Committee; and the Hong Kong-U.S. Business Council.

He was awarded the 1993 and 2001 Sun Yefang Prize (the highest honour for economists in China), the 1993 Policy Article Prize of Centre for International Food and Agricultural Policy at University of Minnesota, the 1997 Sir John Crawford Award of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, the 1999 Best Article Prize of the Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, the Citation Classic Award in 2000 (by Social Science Citation Index) and honorary doctoral degrees from Universite D’Auvergne, Fordham University, Nottingham University, City University of Hong Kong, London School of Economics, and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Most recently, he was awarded the Professional Achievement Award by the University of Chicago Alumni Association. He is a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy and a Fellow of the Academy of Sciences for Developing World.

LU Jianzhong (2010 Speaker)

Senior Executive, BHP Billiton, Beijing

Dr. Lu is a BHP Billiton senior executive currently based in Shanghai and regularly travels between Shanghai, Beijing and Australia for work. He has led a highly diverse and colourful life, with many notable career accomplishments. As an undergraduate student, Dr. Lu studied Chemical Engineering at Zhejiang University in China, which eventually led him to complete his Masters in Industrial Management and Innovation at the Grande Ecole Centrale de Paris in France. He went on to complete his PhD degree in Electronic Commerce at the University of Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia.

Upon graduation, he worked for the United Nations as China’s UN Trade Efficiency Program Country Manager. He worked closely with the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Trade and Cooperation and went on to become an Expert Diplomat for the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development but later decided that his expertise was more suitable for the private sector. In 2000, he began his career with the now BHP Billiton group and moved to Australia, where he oversaw the successful merger between BHP Limited and Billiton Plc in 2001. His positions within BHP Billiton have included Country Manager of Technology in China, where he oversaw R&D Strategy, Development, Collaborations with CAS and mining industries in mainland China. He has also managed Business Development within Uranium resources and other joint venture establishments in China. He is currently the Vice President of Corporate Affairs and oversees strategic relations and development collaborations with the Chinese government, media and other community stakeholders.

Jo LUSBY (2012 Speaker)

Jo Lusby was appointed General Manager of Penguin China, with the task of opening Penguin's China office in 2005. She is responsible for acquiring English rights to excellent Chinese titles, establishing local partnerships with Chinese publishers, and developing Penguin's branding through English language sales and online marketing.

Jo has lived in Asia for 13 years, first in Japan and Indonesia before moving to China in 1998. Prior to joining Penguin, Jo spent five years with Swiss group Ringier, spending the final three years as editor-in-chief of English language publishing, including City Weekend entertainment magazine and custom publishing.

She studied English Literature and Language in the Universities of Leeds, UK and Salzburg, Austria, and plays fiddle in an Irish band with no name. She comes from Manchester, UK.

Michael LYNCH (2012 Speaker)

Michael Lynch, CBE, AM, is the CEO of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority. He is responsible for the establishment of Hong Kong’s ambitious arts precinct. Michael Lynch was formerly General Manager of the Sydney Theatre Company 1989-94. He was then General Manager of the Australia Council, the Federal Government's arts funding and advisory body, 1994-98. In 1998 he became director of the Sydney Opera House, and from 2002 to 2009 he was chief executive of the South Bank Centre in London.

Lynch has overseen the successful rehabilitation of the Royal Festival Hall, which was re-opened in October 2007 by The Queen (King George VI having opened the original building in 1951). Lynch was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the Queen's Birthday Honours List of 2001 for services to arts administration (principally as General Manager of the Australia Council) and in 2008 he was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the Birthday Honours.

In March 2009, Lynch was appointed a director of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.[4] He is also a member of the Board of Film Victoria.

MA Guonan

Dr Guonan MA is a senior economist at the Representative Office for Asia and the Pacific of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS). Before joining the BIS in 2001, he worked as a chief North Asia economist for ten years at various investment banks, including Merrill Lynch, Salomon Smith Barney and Bankers Trust. Prior to his investment bank career, he was a lecturer of economics and research fellow at the Australian National University for four years following the completion of his Ph.D. in economics at the University of Pittsburgh (1990).

Dr Ma was born in China where he obtained his undergraduate degree at Beijing University (1982). Guonan Ma has many publications on the Asian and Chinese economies and financial markets over the years.

MA Jun (2010 Speaker)

Director / Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs

Professor Ma began his environmental research and writing in the mid-1990s, when he worked for South China Morning Post. In late 1999 his book China’s water crisis was published by China Environmental Science Press. Based on the assessment and analysis of water challenges in all seven major water basins in China, the book concluded that the country needs a new water management strategy or it would face a water crisis.

Professor Ma worked as an environmental consultant and then a Yale World Fellow from 2002 to 2005. He currently directs IPE (Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs), which developed the China Water Pollution Map (www., a public interface that displays thousands of government sourced pollution data and violation records nationwide. Professor Ma was named a 2006 Green China Man of the Year for his work. He also manages the China Air Pollution Map (, which was launched in December 2007.

Warwick McKibbin (2011 Keynote Speaker)

Director of the Research School of Economics, ANU, non-resident Senior Fellow of the Brookings Institute and Professorial Fellow of the Lowy Institute

Professor Warwick McKibbin is a Professorial Fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Policy. He is also Director of ANU Research School of Economics. He is also a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, and President of McKibbin Software Group.

He is a member of the Board of the Reserve Bank of Australia. Professor McKibbin until recently was a member of the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council and served on the Prime Minister’s Uranium Mining and Nuclear Energy Review.

William O’CHEE (2011 Speaker)

Former National Senator

Former National Party Senator for Queensland from 1990 to 1998, William O’Chee was the first member of the Australian parliament of Chinese descent.

An alumnus of Oxford University and investment banker, O’Chee is best known for his opposition to racism and, in particular, the anti-Asian platform of the One Nation Party. He did much to raise the profile of Chinese Australians and their contribution to the nation. O’Chee has also been named a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum.

David OLLSON (2010 and 2012 Speaker)

Partner, Mallesons Stephen Jaques, Beijing Chairman, Austcham, Beijing

David is an international lawyer in Mallesons’ Beijing office and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the China-Australia Chamber of Commerce, Beijing (AustCham, Beijing).

David has lived in Beijing for nearly 3 years and has been practicing as a lawyer in the region of over 20 years. After graduating from the Australian National University, David’s career commenced in Canberra and has subsequently taken him to London, Hong Kong and the Middle East, as well as Sydney and Melbourne.

He now heads Mallesons’ banking and finance practice in China where he advises Australian and international banks and financial institutions on their China market entry strategies, as well as financial product development and regulation. He acts frequently for Chinese banks involved in the financing of a number of landmark Chinese investments into Australia and is also recognised as a specialist in the China derivatives and bond markets.

With AustCham, David has played an active role in setting up and leading the Financial Services Working Group and, as newly elected Chairman of the Board, is leading several initiatives in China to promote greater discussion and debate around the business relationship between Australia and China. He is also focused on developing a single AustCham voice for Australian business throughout Greater China.

Dr Martin Parkinson PSM (2011 Keynote Speaker)

Secretary of the Australian Treasury

Dr Parkinson is currently the Secretary of the Australian Treasury. Dr Parkinson previously served as Secretary of the Department of Climate Change from its establishment on 3 December 2007.

From 2001, Dr Parkinson spent six years as Deputy Secretary in Treasury with responsibility for domestic and international macroeconomic issues and as Deputy Secretary of the Climate Change Group in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet with responsibility for leading and coordinating implementation of the emissions trading scheme and coordinating climate change policy.

Dr Parkinson was Australia’s G-20, IMFC and Development Committee Deputy and Co-chair of the G-20 Deputies process in 2006. He has previously worked at the International Monetary Fund on the reform of international financial architecture and in the early 1990s served as Senior Adviser to Treasurer Dawkins.

He holds a Ph.D from Princeton University, a M.Ec from the Australian National University and a B.Ec (Hons) from the University of Adelaide.

Laurie PEARCEY (2010 & 2011 Speaker)

Chief Executive Officer and Company Secretary, Australia-China Business Council

Laurie Pearcey is a fluent Mandarin speaker and a Visiting Fellow in Pacific and Asian History at the Australian National University. Laurie was appointed as a Scholar of the Order of Australia Association Foundation by the Governor-General for community leadership and excellence in Chinese Studies.

As Chief Executive Officer of the Australia China Business Council, Laurie is responsible for working with the Chairman and the Board of Directors on research, policy and corporate governance as well as managing key relationships with the Australian Government and Chinese consular corps and coordinating the Council’s national engagement with corporate Australia.

Laurie is a Director of the McKell Institute, which is a recently formed progressive public policy think tank designed to develop practical policy proposals to build a fairer and more prosperous society. Laurie is also a Member of the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism’s Approved Destination Scheme Industry Advisory Panel and the Advisory Board of the Australia-China Youth Association.

Laurie has organised several trade and investment delegations to a variety of jurisdictions in mainland China. Laurie has worked on major bilateral visits between Australia and China including the recent Australia China Economic and Trade Cooperation Forums coinciding with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Chinese Vice-President Xi Jinping’s respective visits to Beijing and Canberra.

Geoffrey RABY (2011 and 2012 Speaker)

Former Australian Ambassador (2007-2011), People’s Republic of China

Dr. Geoffry Raby is a former Australian Ambassador to China.  Dr. Raby has had a long and distinguished career as an Australian diplomat which commenced upon his appointment to Beijing in 1986 as the head of the Embassy’s Economic Section. He has held a number of senior positions in Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (“DFAT”), including First Assistant Secretary, International Organisations and Legal Division (2001-2002), Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organisation, Geneva (1998-2001) and First Assistant Secretary, Trade Negotiations Division (1995-1998). In addition, he was Australia's APEC Ambassador from Nov 2002 to Dec 2004.  He is now head of the consulting firm Geoff Raby & Associates.  He is also an Executive Director of Riverstone Advisory, an adviser to law firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth and a Vice-Chancellor’s Professorial Fellow at Monash University.

Between 1993 and 1995, Dr. Raby was head of the Trade Policy Issues Division of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Paris.

In 1991, Dr. Raby established in DFAT the Northeast Asia Analytical Unit which subsequently became the East Asia Analytical Unit. He was head of the Unit from 1991 to 1993.

Between 1986 and 1991 he served in Beijing twice as head of the Embassy's Economic Section.

Dr. Raby took the post of Ambassador of Australia on 3 February 2007 and presented his Credentials to the President of the People’s Republic of China HE Mr Hu Jintao on 11 May 2007. Dr. Raby officially retired from his post on the 5th of August 2011.

Through his role as Ambassador, Dr. Raby gained significant insight and knowledge into China’s growing economy and its need for raw materials in order to sustain domestic growth. He has gained a deep understanding of the bureaucratic system inside of China and also a significant understanding of the domestic resource industry.

Dr. Raby holds Bachelor of Economics, Master of Economics and PhD degrees from the Latrobe University in Melbourne.

Dennis Richardson AO (2011 Keynote Speaker)

Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, AOC

Mr Dennis Richardson is the current Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Prior to his current role, he was Australian Ambassador to the United States from 2005 to 2009. He was Director-General of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation from 1996-2005 and before that, the Deputy-Secretary of the Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs 1993-1996.

He held various senior public service roles in the Departments of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and Department of Immigration from 1986- 1991, including Principal Adviser to the Prime Minister 1990-1991.

He has a held variety of diplomatic posts from 1969 to 1986, including postings to Nairobi, Port Moresby and Jakarta.

Richard RIGBY (2010 Speaker & 2011 Keynote Speaker)

Executive Director of the China Institute, the Australian National University (ANU)

Professor Richard Rigby graduated in History at the The Australian National University in 1970 and went on to do his PhD - subsequently reworked and published by the ANU Press as The May 30th Movement - under Professor Wang Gungwu in the then Department of Far Eastern History (now the School of Culture, History & Language).

Richard joined Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs in 1975, where he worked until the end of 2001: postings included Tokyo, Beijing (twice), Shanghai (Consul-General 1994-1998), London, and Israel (Ambassador, 2000-2001). He then joined the Office of National Assessments as Assistant Director-General, responsible for North and South Asia, where he worked until taking up his current position with the ANU China Institute in April 2008.

While engaged in government work, Richard continued to pursue his academic interests with a series of translations, book reviews and articles on China-related topics. His personal interests in Chinese studies are primarily literary and historical, but his profession has ensured a thorough immersion in all aspects of contemporary China and other major Asian cultures.

Sam ROGGEVEEN (2011 Speaker)

Editor, The Lowy Intrepreter, Fellow, the Lowy Institute for International Policy

Sam Roggeveen is currently a Fellow of the Lowy Institute for International Policy and Editor of the Lowy Interpreter.

Sam Roggeveen was a senior strategic analyst in Australia’s peak intelligence agency, the Office of National Assessments, where his work dealt mainly with nuclear strategy and arms control, ballistic-missile defence, North Asian strategic affairs and WMD terrorism. Sam also worked on arms control policy in Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs, and as an intelligence analyst in the Defence Intelligence Organisation.

He has written for various Australian publications on US and Australian politics, terrorism, international relations theory, ethics, soccer, cricket, PG Wodehouse and Michael Oakeshott.

John RUSSELL (2010 Speaker)

Executive Vice President, Weber Shandwick/Powell Tate - Beijing

John Russell is responsible for our corporate communications and public affairs practices in the Asia Pacific region. He has extensive experience gained in Europe and the Asia Pacific. He spent 10 years as the executive director of the American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union before moving to Weber Shandwick/Powell Tate in 1999 to head up our Brussels office.

Since moving to Asia in 2005, John has advised a wide range of corporate, NGO and government clients facing a myriad of issues and stakeholders. He has counselled the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs ahead of a G8 Summit in 2008, worked with drinks group InBev on its corporate citizenship strategy for China and assisted Daimler and Mars on developing robust communications structures, issues and crisis management processes in Asia.

Other clients John has advised include MasterCard, Microsoft, BT, Asia Pulp and Paper (APP), Air Products, Cerberus and environmental organisation WWF.

Aaron SEETO (2011 Speaker)

Director, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art

Aaron Seeto’s curatorial work revolves around the Asia-Pacific region and the impact and experience of migration and globalisation on contemporary art practice. As a curator he has developed significant projects with key Asian and Asian-Australian artists for a range of cultural institutions including 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney and Campbelltown Arts Centre.

Recent major projects for 4A include The Day After Tomorrow - Shen Shaomin (2011, upcoming); Last Words (2010) a survey of current Asian and Asian-Australian practice presented as an exhibition and publication project Cinema Alley, Yang Fudong - Estranged Paradise (2010); Qiu Anxiong- Nostalgia (2009), and Ming Wong - Vain Efforts (2009); Dadang Christanto Survivor (2009) and SPEAKEASY (2009) co-curated with Vernon Ah Kee charting Asian and Indigenous histories.

He has curated large-scale projects for other cultural institutions (as co-curator) - Edge of Elsewhere (2010) at Campbelltown Arts Centre and 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art; News from Islands (2007) an Asia-Pacific survey exhibition at Campbelltown Arts Centre and Primavera (2006), Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.

Seeto is a regular commentator on contemporary Asian Art. He is also currently developing the Public Art Plan for Chinatown for the City of Sydney; is a Director of the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) and sits on the Advisory Board for the City of Sydney Chinese New Year Festival.

Edward SMITH (2010 Speaker)

Managing Director, Beijing Consulting Group and Founder, Australia China Alumni Association

Edward is a highly experienced China business advisor who has lived and worked in China since 1990.

Edward’s career has spanned working as a computer programmer and systems analyst at National Australia Bank in Melbourne, working for the Immigration Department at the Australian Embassy in Beijing, and working with Austrade where he helped set up the Australian Consulate General in Guangzhou.

He has also worked at Fortune 500 Japanese trading house, Kanematsu, in Melbourne and at a US consulting firm in Beijing which specialises in assisting Western companies to invest and establish operations in China. Edward has assisted numerous Fortune 500 companies to set up or expand their operations in China has undertaken major projects in sectors including aerospace, specialty inks, printing and packaging, ICT, construction, entertainment, etc.

Edward co-founded the Beijing Consulting Group in 2000 with two partners. Since then, BCG has grown rapidly to become a leading Australia-China consulting firm with several offices across China. BCG operates nationally across China and has assisted numerous Western firms to establish businesses in China. BCG has also undertaken a number of projects for various Australian government departments.

Edward served as Deputy-Chair of AustCham Beijing from November 2002 to March 2007 and has previously served as Chair of the AustCham Education and Training Working Group as well as being an active member of the AustCham Government Relations and External Relations Committees.

Laurie SMITH (2010 Speaker)

Regional Director, Austrade, Shanghai

Mr. Smith has over 20 years experience dealing with Asia in corporate, advisory and government roles and has been based in Guangzhou, Beijing, Taipei and now Shanghai for a total of 15 years.

He currently leads Austrade’s network of offices across Korea, Japan and Greater China which includes 185 staff in 23 offices (including 13 offices in China). Austrade is the Australian Government’s export and international business promotion and facilitation agency.

Between 1994 and 2002, Mr. Smith worked with News Corporation and its affiliates in a number of capacities and from 1998-2001 was News Corp’s chief representative in China responsible for the company’s portfolio investments, joint ventures and wholly owned operations in television, internet and related technologies in China. During this period he also served on the board of Netease, a major NASDAQ-listed internet technology company and other News Corp affiliates.

Mr. Smith started his career working for the Australian Government in policy roles in the former Department of Trade and later the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade dealing principally with economic and political relations with greater China.

Before joining News Corporation, Laurie worked in a Sydney-based consultancy practice assisting numerous companies - micro, small, medium and large - with Asian market entry strategies.

Mr. Smith is one of Australia’s leading Chinese linguists and acted as official interpreter for successive Australian Prime Ministers in the 1980s and early 1990s.

Jaede TAN (2010 Speaker)

Managing Director of China Study Abroad

Jaede is the Managing Director of China Study Abroad, an education consultancy specialising in raising awareness of the importance of China and the Chinese language around the world and assisting students from across the globe to study in China.

Prior to joining CSA, Jaede worked at a Beijing-based venture capital and Asian investment platform, Mediaplus Capital, dealing in asset-raising, organic sales and marketing for a range of locally based Chinese businesses ranging from retail, food and beverage, to renewable energy. Before joining Mediaplus Capital, Jaede was a relationship manager for institutional clients at Atlas Capital, based in London. Jaede also co-founded MCS, a boutique hedge fund recruitment specialist. Jaede has a BSc in Economics and Economic History from the University of Bristol.

Having grown up in the UK, Jaede first visited China in 2001 and has been returning to regularly ever since before relocating permanently in 2008. Jaede is fluent in both English and Mandarin Chinese.

Willy TSAO (2012 Speaker)

Willy Tsao has been instrumental to the development of the modern dance in China. Tsao was born and educated in Hong Kong and received his modern dance training in the U.S. from 1973 to 1977. In 1979 he graduated from the University of Hong Kong with an MBA degree, and established the Hong Kong City Contemporary Dance Company. He was invited to teach modern dance at the Beijing Dance Academy in 1986. From 1987 to 1991, he was the teacher and advisor for the Guangdong Dance School modern Dance Program. He has conducted intensive modern dance workshops in many cities in China since 1987, Including Shanghai, Wuhan, Kunming, Fuzhou, Taiyuan and Daqing etc. He helped to set up the Guangdong Modern Dance Company, the first professional modern dance company in China, and had been its Artistic Director from 1992 to 1998. He was invited to be the artistic director of the Beijing Modern Dance Company in 1999. In September 2005, he left the Beijing Modern Dance Company and set up the BeijingDance / LDTX.

Tsao’s choreographic works vary in style and have been presented in the U.S., Canada, Korea, Japan, Israel, Germany, France as well as Beijing, Shanghai and Taipei in China. In July 1999, he was awarded the “Bronze Bauhinia Star” by the Hong Kong SAR government for his significant contribution to the development of local arts. Other honors and awards include the “Dancer of the Year” award from the Hong Kong Artists Guild (1988), the “Ten Outstanding Young Persons” (1990) “The Badge of Honor” from H.R.H. Queen Elizabeth II (1993) and the “Louis Cartier Award of Excellence-Outstanding Choreographer” (1998).

His major choreographic works include: “Bird Songs”, “Kunlun”, “China Wind, China Fire”, “Wandering in the Realm of Lightness”, “One Table Two Chairs”, “Sexing Three Millenniums”, “In Search of the Grand View Garden” etc.

Jing ULRICH (2012 Keynote Speaker)

Jing Ulrich is J.P. Morgan's Managing Director and Chairman of Global Markets, China. She is responsible for covering the firm’s most senior global clients across all asset classes, and for maintaining relationships with executives at the helm of China’s leading enterprises and government entities.

Educated at Harvard and Stanford Universities, Ms Ulrich is one of the most prominent advisors to the world’s largest asset management companies, sovereign wealth funds, and multinational corporations. Her views influence the allocation of trillions of dollars of assets. She also serves as an advisor to Chinese institutions seeking to invest overseas.

Jing Ulrich has received numerous industry accolades for her work as a China watcher. She was ranked as one of Fortune Magazine's 50 Most Powerful Global Businesswomen for the past three consecutive years. Forbes named her one of Asia’s 50 Power Businesswomen in 2012 and one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in the World in 2010, citing her as one of the twenty youngest global power women. For the past three years, two prestigious magazines - China Entrepreneur and China Business Watch - ranked Ms Ulrich among the country's top business elite. She was also named one of FinanceAsia’s Top 20 Women in Finance.

Because of her in-depth knowledge of the China markets, Ms Ulrich has been an important figure in shaping the international community’s approach towards investing in the world’s largest and most dynamic developing economy. She established J.P. Morgan’s Hands-on China series, which has become a leading forum for views and research on the key issues in China’s transformation. The series has hosted hundreds of corporate leaders, industry experts, academics and government officials. Ms Ulrich is also credited with establishing the world’s foremost China investment forum, which routinely attracts thousands of business and government leaders from around the globe.

In addition to her duties at JPMorgan, Ms Ulrich serves as an independent director on the boards of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), a leading global healthcare company (effective July 1, 2012) and Italian luxury-goods firm, Ermenegildo Zegna.

Prior to joining J.P. Morgan, Ms Ulrich was Managing Director of Greater China Equities at Deutsche Bank. She also spent eight years at CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets, where she led the top-ranked team covering China. Global institutional investors frequently voted her the best China strategist in polls conducted by Institutional Investor, Asiamoney, and Euromoney.

Before joining the securities industry, Ms Ulrich worked in Washington DC as one of the first fund managers to focus on the Greater China markets.

Nicola Wakefield Evans (2011 Keynote Speaker)

Partner, Mallesons Stephen Jacques

Nicola Wakefield Evans is a Partner of Mallesons Stephen Jaques in Sydney office. She specialises in mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, projects, infrastructure and corporate governance. Nicola is also a non-executive director of Toll Holdings Limited, Australia’s largest transport and logistics company.

Nicola has acted for major Australian, Chinese, Asian and international corporations and investment banks including UC Rusal, BHP Billiton, Macquarie Bank, AMP, GE, Morgan Stanley, Fushan, APAC, Lion Nathan and a number of PRC companies, and has held a number of client relationship partner roles for the firm’s key clients.

Nicola has been involved in significant transactions in the energy and resources, financial services, airports, private equity, media, technology and communications sectors. She has experience negotiating and documenting corporate transactions including company and business transactions, joint ventures and restructurings, capital raisings and takeovers.

A key member of the firm’s corporate governance group, Nicola has experience in providing strategic advice to company boards on the conduct of meetings, director and senior executive remuneration, directors indemnities, board composition and compliance. She has written papers and given seminars on corporate governance, directors’ duties and directors’ duties during insolvency and takeovers, on corporate issues in the energy and resources industry and capital markets.

Nicola co-authored an article published by the International Bar Association (IBA) corporate and M&A Law Committee 2009 - Australia: Squeeze-Out Guide

David WALKER (2012 Speaker)

David Walker is Alfred Deakin Professor of Australian Studies at Deakin University. He is a leading cultural historian with a special interest in the history of Australian representations of Asia. His influential book, Anxious Nation: Australia and the Rise of Asia, 1850 to 1939 (UQP, 1999) won the Ernest Scott prize for History in 2001. Anxious Nation has been translated into Chinese and was published by China Renmin University Press in 2009. An Indian edition was published in the same year. A translation into Hindi will appear in October 2012. He is co-editor with Agnieszka Sobocinska of Australia’s Asia: From Yellow Peril to Asian Century, (UWA Press, October 2012). Asian themes also appear in his recent book Not Dark Yet: a personal history (Giramondo publishing, 2011). Professor Walker has extensive experience in the development of Australian Studies programs in the People’s Republic of China, India, Japan and Indonesia. He is a Visiting Professor in the School of Foreign Studies, Renmin University of China, Beijing and a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and the Australian Academy of the Humanities.

WEI Guan (2011 Speaker)

Contemporary Sino-Australian artist

Born 1957, Beijing, China. In 1989, three years after graduating from the Department of Fine Arts at Beijing Capital University, Guan Wei came to Australia to take up an artist-in-residence at the Tasmanian School of Art. He was invited to undertake two further residencies: one at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney (1992), the other at the Canberra School of Art, Australian National University (1993). Since then he obtained many grants, including Australia Council’s grant for Greene St New York studio in 2003, Cite International des Art Paris in 2007 & Fellowship in 2008-2009. In 2008 he set up a studio in Beijing. Now he lives and works in both Beijing and Sydney.

Guan Wei’s work has a profoundly felt, if implicitly ironic, moral dimension. In their complex symbolic form, his subjects potently embody current social and environmental dilemmas. They are equally the product of his rich cultural repertory of symbols and his informed socio-political awareness and art-historical knowledge.

Guan Wei has held 45 solo exhibitions, including, most recently, ‘Spellbound’ Guan Wei 2011 at He Xiang Ning OCT Contemporary Art Centre Shenzhen; ‘Cloud in the sky, Water in the bottle’ Shumu Art Space, Beijing 2010; ‘Other Histories: Guan Wei’s Fable for a Contemporary World’ at Powerhouse Museum, Sydney 2006-2007; ‘A Distant Land’ at Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, Adelaide in 2006; ‘Looking for home’, Earllu Gallery, Singapore in 2000; also, Nesting, or Art of Idleness Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney in 1999.

He has been included in numerous important contemporary exhibitions internationally, such as Shanghai Biennial 2010; 10th Havana Biennial Cuba in 2009; ‘Handle with Care’ Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, at Art Gallery of South Australia in 2008; ‘Face Up: Contemporary Art from Australia’, Hamburger Bahnhof Museum, Berlin 2003; Osaka Triennial Contemporary Art space Osaka Japan 2001. ‘Man and Space’, Kwangju Biennale 2000; and Third Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery Australia 1999.

Craftsman House has published Guan Wei’s monograph in 2006. Guan Wei has won several awards, including the 2002 Sir John Sulman Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australia. His work has been held in major public collections and numerous university, corporate and private collections internationally.

Hugh White (2011 Keynote Speaker)

Professor of Strategic Studies and Head of the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, ANU, and Visiting Fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Policy

Hugh White is Professor of Strategic Studies at the Australian National University and a Visiting Fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Policy.

His work focuses primarily on Australian strategic and defence policy, Asia-Pacific strategic issues, and global strategic affairs as they affect Australia. He has worked on these issues for thirty years, as an intelligence analyst with the Office of National Assessments, as a journalist with the Sydney Morning Herald, as a personal adviser to Defence Minister Kim Beazley and Prime Minister Bob Hawke, as a senior public servant, and as a policy scholar and academic.

From 1995 to 2000 he was Deputy Secretary for Strategy and Intelligence in the Department of Defence, and was the principal author of the 2000 Defence White Paper. From 2001- 2004 he was the first Director of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI). His recent publications include Power Shift: Australia’s Future between Washington and Beijing published as a Quarterly Essay in September 2010.

In the 1970s he studied philosophy at Melbourne and Oxford Universities.

Alice WONG (2011 Speaker)

Head of International Client Services, Bank of Melbourne

Alice has over three decades experience in banking and financial services and is currently the Head of International Client Services at the Bank of Melbourne. She sees her role as unique opportunity to assist businesses, migrants and expatriates as they move to and from Australia.

Her particular understanding of both Asian and Australian cultures has allowed her ‘add value’ to her clients’ banking relationships, whether it be as simple as a hint about etiquette in a new country, or providing networking opportunities between complementary clients.

Alice is the Patron of the Chinese Cancer Society of Victoria, sits on the Committee of the Advisory Board of the Confucius Institute, and is a Board Member of Asialink, the Asia Society AustralAsia Centre, and International House at the University of Melbourne.

She was also a member of the Prime Minister’s Reference Group for the National Asian Language and Studies in Schools Program.


Professor Xiao now works as Director of Research in Fung Global Institute, where he directs, oversees and coordinates the institutes’ research projects. He also undertakes and leads research projects as a Senior Fellow.

He is also a Special Advisor for Strategic Development for the Columbia Global Centers | East Asia, an Honorary Professor at the University of Hong Kong, and an Independent Director of the HSBC Bank (China) and the London-based Genesis Emerging Markets Fund. Previously Professor Xiao held positions in a number of institutions, including Director of the Columbia Global Centers | East Asia, founding Director of the Brookings-Tsinghua Center for Public Policy, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, tenured professor of economics at the University of Hong Kong, Head of Research and Advisor to the Chairman at the Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong, Vice President of the Chinese Economists Society in the US, member of the board of supervisors at the Shenzhen Development Bank, Faculty Associate at Harvard University, and Consultant at the World Bank.

Professor Xiao has a BSc in Management Sciences from the University of Science and Technology of China. He obtained his MA and PhD in Economics from University of California at Los Angeles. Professor Xiao has done extensive empirical and policy research on the Chinese economy, especially in areas of macroeconomics, exchange rate, finance, productivity, enterprise and institutional economics. He contributes frequently to public policy debates in domestic and international media and conferences.

Dr YOU Ji (2011 Speaker)

Associate Professor in International Relations, University of New South Wales

Dr You Ji is Reader of political science in the School of Social Science and International Studies, the University of New South. He has published widely on China’s political, military, and foreign affairs.

He is author of three books, including China’s Enterprise Reform: Changing State/Society Relations after Mao, 1998; and The Armed Forces of China, 1999; and numerous articles.

You Ji is on the international editorial board of the China Journal; Provincial China; East Asia Policy; and Journal of Contemporary China. He is also a member of advisory board for the series on contemporary China, World Scientific Publisher, Singapore.

YUAN Jingdong (2010 Speaker)

Associate Professor at the Centre for International Security Studies (CISS) at the University of Sydney

Dr. Jingdong Yuan is Associate Professor at the Centre for International Security Studies (CISS) at The University of Sydney. Prof Yuan specialises in Asia-Pacific security, Chinese defence and foreign policy, and global and regional arms control and non-proliferation issues.

A graduate of the Xi’an Foreign Language University, People’s Republic of China (1982), he received his Ph.D. in political science from Queen’s University in 1995 and has had research and teaching appointments at Queen’s University, York University, the University of Toronto, the University of British Columbia, where he was a recipient of the prestigious Iaazk Killam Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, and the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

He is the co-author of China and India: Cooperation or Conflict? (Boulder and London: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2003) and his publications have appeared in Asian Survey, Contemporary Security Studies, Far Eastern Economic Review, The Hindu, Japan Times, International Herald Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Nonproliferation Review, South China Morning Post and the Washington Quarterly. He is currently working on a book manuscript on post-Cold War Chinese security policy.

Prior to joining CISS, Dr. Yuan served as Director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Program, and was Associate Professor of International Policy Studies at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, a graduate school of Middlebury College. In July-August 2009, he was a visiting senior research fellow at the East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore.