Previous Australian Delegates

Phillipa Brant

Philippa BRANT (2012 Australian Delegate)

Philippa is a researcher and consultant specialising in China’s foreign aid program. She completed her PhD at The University of Melbourne in mid-2012 where she investigated the implications of China’s foreign aid for the global aid architecture. She also has a first-class honours degree in Asian Studies/Political Science with a thesis on the barriers to education for migrant children in Shanghai.

Philippa previously worked in Beijing as a visiting researcher at the International Poverty Reduction Centre in China (IPRCC), a Chinese government organisation working to translate lessons from China’s own development experience to other developing countries, through South-South Cooperation. She was also an intern at UNICEF China in the Health Division, working on the maternal child health program. These were supported through the Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Endeavour Award, which Philippa received in 2010.

Philippa’s interest in China began through her beginner’s Mandarin studies in a Diploma of Modern Languages – originally intended as a complement to her Japanese skills. Travels to rural China on a university fieldtrip however, cemented her desire to develop a China-related career. Her current interests cover Chinese foreign policy, domestic development challenges, Chinese engagement in Southeast and the Pacific, China’s impact on global governance norms, and Australia-China relations.

Scott Bulman

Scott BULMAN (2010 ACYD Delegate)

Scott has studied Mandarin since 1999. On first travelling to China in 2004 with Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School, he became fascinated with the Chinese language and China’s rich culture and history. Since then he has been able to combine his passion for China with a Law/ Arts double degree whilst studying at La Trobe University.

Scott enjoys his studies at La Trobe University, during his time at which he has been admitted into the Golden Key International Honour Society and awarded the Dean’s Commendation.

In 2006, Scott completed 12 months of Chinese language studies at Liaoning University on a full scholarship awarded by the Australia-China Council. He has also completed a winter law unit at Shanghai University on Chinese law and has studied Chinese business law as part of La Trobe’s International Business Law Masters Program.

In 2009, Scott completed a two-month internship with intellectual property law firm Rouse & Co. International in their Beijing office. Scott lives in Beijing, where he is studying law and Chinese at Renmin University on a full, two-year Chinese Government scholarship. While in Beijing he is also interning with Alderson Campbell, a boutique Australian law firm with expertise in entertainment law.

Sam Byfield

Sam BYFIELD (2010 ACYD Delegate)

Sam Byfield spent several years in China. As an Australian Youth Ambassador for Development at the Yunnan Health and Development Research Association he researched environmental impacts on public health and before that he taught at universities in Jiaxing and Changchun.

Sam has worked for Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade where he co-wrote the Report into Australia’s Relationship with Malaysia and provided research and analysis for other inquiries. He is now at Vision 2020 Australia’s Global Advocacy Coordinator, a role in which he advocates for improved eye health in developing countries.

Sam has a Master of Strategic Affairs from the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies at the Australian National University (ANU) and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Foreign Policy from the University of Newcastle. He is also a writer and editor, having published in leading literary journals in Australia and internationally and participated as a guest at the Sydney Writers Festival and the National Young Writers Festival.

Misha Byrne

Mykolas (Misha) BYRNE (2010 ACYD Delegate)

Misha is a psychology and neuroscience student at the University of Queensland.

After graduating with an Australian Student Prize in 2003, he spent a year studying Chinese at the Beijing Foreign Languages Institute and has since returned to China several times for both work and travel.

Following secondary school involvement with World Vision and the Red Cross, Misha became a member of the student movement of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW).

Misha was elected International Co-Coordinator of the Nuclear Weapons Inheritance Project (NWIP) in 2008. That year he also travelled to Kashmir to engage in peaceful dialogues with Kashmiri medical students. In 2009, he represented IPPNW at the 10th Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Berlin and in August 2010 he rode his bicycle 700km through Germany and Switzerland as part of a peace tour.

His practical background in urban sustainability issues supports his interest in the contributions of resource demands and sustainability concerns to international and local conflict. With analytical skills drawn from debating experience at a national level, he is a strong advocate for non-confrontational dialogue and promotes the importance of youth engagement in cross-cultural conflict resolution.


> Peter CAI (2010 ACYD Delegate & 2011 ACYD Speaker)

Peter was born in the remote Western province of Xinjiang in China and came to Australia as a teenager. After years of Spartan-like schooling at a boy’s college, he went to Germany as an exchange student at a small Bavarian village gymnasium, where he developed his first taste for beer and classical music. Consequently, he abandoned engineering and physics for an academic career in history and international relations. He gradually shifted focus away from Reformation Germany to Meiji Japan and graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Japanese history from the University of Adelaide.

The re-emergence of China on the international stage rekindled his love affair with his country of birth and he followed the footsteps of many Australian scholars. He went to the City of Dreaming Spires (St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford) to read the modern history of China. Cloistered collegiate life, rowing and the fabled tutorials with Oxford dons left him with some of the fondest memories of his life.

Peter tried a few careers when he returned home from England and eventually settled in Canberra to pursue a career in public service.


> Wesa CHAU (2012 Australian Delegate)

Wesa Chau is an insightful speaker, strategic thinker, advocate and consultant.

She is a young leader with passion and ideas for innovation, and has a strong interest in developing a new generation of leaders through programs, presentations and mentorship to other young people.

She has 10 years of experience in advocating on a range of issues including multicultural affairs, international students, young people and people with disability, and was the founder of the Australian Federation of International Students.

Currently, she is the Director of Cultural Intelligence, a consultancy and training organisation specializing in inter-cultural awareness, engagement, and management.

Some of her previous professional roles include, management consultant, project officer and senior manager in industries ranging from healthcare, IT, government, international education, aged care and disability.

Wesa has appeared regularly on a range of television programs, in radio interviews and has published a range of articles and opinion pieces. In 2012, she was an inductee to the Victorian Honour Roll for Women and awarded University of Melbourne “Rising Star” Alumni Award. She was named Young Victorian of the Year 2010 and a recipient of the 2006 Service Delivery to Multicultural Victoria award. In addition, she was a finalist for the 2010 Premier’s Community Volunteering Leadership Award.

Wesa sits on a number of Boards including, Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria; InTouch – Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence; and ThinkBefore – promoting Student Safety via social media. She was also a member of the Ministerial Overseas Students Experience Taskforce.

She holds a Masters of Business Management; Bachelor of Engineering/Commerce from the University of Melbourne; Graduate Diploma of Law from Monash University and Graduate Certificate of Business (Quality Management) from Swinburne University. She was awarded a scholarship to the Global Leadership Study Program at Northeastern University, Boston USA in 2011.


Emily D'ATH (2011 ACYD Delegate)

Emily D’Ath is based in Beijing as a Project Manager for corporate social responsibility consultancy company, CSR Asia - a post funded by the Australian Youth Ambassador for Development program. Since joining CSR Asia, Emily has worked on sustainability reporting and research projects focusing on corporate foundations and community investment in China. This position involves working with multinational companies such as P&G and PwC along with state owned enterprises in Beijing. Emily also assists with regional and China specific community investment work and business development in Northern China.

Before joining CSR Asia, Emily worked in Shanghai and Sydney as Business Manager for a cross-cultural consulting company. This role primarily involved assisting multinational and Australian companies to be more effective when working in Asia. Emily is an experienced project manager with practical and research experience in sustainable development and corporate social responsibility. She has also worked in Australia, China, Laos, Thailand and Malaysia. Emily completed her Social Science degree (Hon 1st class) at Macquarie University in Australia, majoring in Human Geography. Her studies focused on international aid and politics in the Asia-Pacific region. Research trips to Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia led to an Honours thesis that explored the challenges of measuring aid effectiveness in Laos.

Gareth Durrant

Gareth DURRANT (2012 Australian Delegate)

Graduating from National Taiwan University where he studied business and gender studies, Gareth is passionate about Australia's engagement with Asia and has spent more of his adult life in the Greater China region than at home.

Currently living in Melbourne, Gareth enjoys working on the front line of sexual health education, family planning and HIV/STI prevention as the local team leader for YEAH (Youth Empowerment Against HIV/AIDS), a youth-driven non-profit and at Marie Stopes East St Kilda Clinic. Gareth is pro-choice, sex positive and believes youth should be empowered to take control of their own sexual health.

Kyle FOX

Kyle FOX (2012 Australian Delegate)

Kyle walked in to the Australian Museum "Dinosaurs from China" exhibition in 1983 as a dinosaur fan and came out as a dinosaur/China fanatic.

After learning some Chinese at university in Australia, he spent a year trying to learn a little more at the Beijing Foreign Studies University. He later spent a few colourful years practicing criminal law in western Sydney before returning to Asia, this time to do a Master of Law degree at National Taiwan University. His research examined some of the different options available for dispute resolution in China. While struggling with research and coursework in a foreign language Kyle also coached the university's Jessup Moot team and was a member of the editorial team of two journals – one on WTO law and the other on arbitration. During his time in Taipei he also had the privilege of serving as a docent at the National Palace Museum. Since graduating Kyle has worked for the Australian Government, including the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Kyle lives in Canberra and owns three guitars – none of which he can play very well.


Kelly GERARD (2010 ACYD Delegate)

Kelly Gerard is a PhD student at the University of Western Australia (UWA) and holds bachelor degrees in Arts and Economics.

In 2008 she achieved First Class Honours in International Relations for her thesis on emergent theories of realism and their ability to rationalise Chinese foreign policy. Her doctoral thesis looks at the issue of governance in a globalising world. It examines the factors that prevent social movements from participating in intergovernmental forums in East Asia and the prospects for a more participatory form of regional governance.

Her research interests include globalisation and governance, Asian regionalism, and transnational activism. She has delivered lectures on these issues in undergraduate courses at UWA and presently tutors in two units, Australian Foreign Policy and Politics in Greater China. In 2010, Kelly presented a paper at the Australian Political Studies Association conference and published an article in the East Asia Forum addressing the broad themes of her research.

Prior to undertaking graduate studies, she worked as a Treasury Officer for Pirelli International in London and as a violin teacher. Kelly has travelled to China on a number of occasions to study Mandarin and Chinese culture at Zhejiang Daxue and in Beijing.


Kate GRAHAM (2011 ACYD Delegate)

Kate’s interest in the Australia-China relationship is intrinsically linked to her passion for world affairs, languages and culture - hence her choice of career at the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade.

Kate is in her fifth year with the Department, and has recently commenced work in DFAT’s Australia-China Council (ACC) which is focused on developing and strengthening Australian and Chinese mutual interests in what is a rapidly expanding relationship.

Prior to her work at the ACC, Kate undertook a Diplomatic posting to the Australian Embassy in Beijing, China. Kate’s posting involved two years of Department sponsored Mandarin language training (one year taught in Canberra, and one year taught in Beijing), followed by a posting to the Political Section at the Australian Embassy in Beijing.

Before her posting, Kate worked in the Consular, Public Diplomacy and Parliamentary Affairs Division of DFAT, where she was responsible for building ‘brand Australia’ and managing Australia’s global image. While working in this division, Kate also undertook a short-term mission to Dili, East Timor, in order to achieve Cultural/Public Diplomacy objectives on behalf of the Department.

Preceding Kate’s move to the Government sector, she worked in the international travel industry for four years, where she managed two successful businesses. Kate took over management of the first business after it had been in successive years of financial loss, and guided it into profit within the financial year, with a $1.3 million turn around in sales. Following this success, she was sought out to establish a brand new travel business, which she grew into a stable profitable position before taking on her position at DFAT.

Whilst back in Canberra, Kate is also undertaking study towards a Master of Asia Pacific Studies at the Australian National University. Kate’s study focuses are Mandarin language as well as political, economic and development studies relevant to the Asia Pacific region.

Kate hopes to continue to build her career as a leader and specialist within the Asia Pacific region over the years to come, and looks forward to using the 2011 ACYD as a platform to engage with peers to gain inspiration and insight regarding issues pertinent to the Australia China bilateral relationship and the Asia Pacific region.

Joshua Gray

Joshua GRAY (2010 ACYD Delegate)

Joshua is a lawyer at Gilbert + Tobin who specialises in competition, regulatory, telecommunications and economic law. His legal practice has a significant international dimension and regularly advises clients throughout Asia and the Middle East.

Joshua has a keen interest in China personally and professionally. In 2008-09 he studied Chinese at Tsinghua University, during which he helped establish the Australia- China Youth Association.

Joshua holds an honours degree in law from the University of New South Wales (UNSW). During his studies, he spent two years serving on the editorial board of the UNSW Law Journal, one of Australia’s leading legal academic journals. In 2008, he represented UNSW in the Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Vienna. Josh was also a Dean’s Scholar at the University of Wollongong, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in economics and finance.

Julian Gruin

Julian GRUIN (2012 Australian Delegate)

Julian Gruin is a doctoral candidate and the Wai Seng Senior Research Scholar in Asia-Pacific Studies at St Antony’s College of the University of Oxford. During 2012 he is a visiting researcher at the Peking University School of Government, and the Institute of World Economics and Politics at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. In 2011 he held a visiting research fellowship at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Society in Cologne.

His research focuses upon the the political economy of China’s financial development, the politics of global finance, and the evolution of varieties of capitalism. His doctoral dissertation examines the role of the financial system in China’s growth strategy since 1993, as a particular mechanism for reconciling nationally specific social, economic, and political demands. Interrogating the relationship between government agencies and financial institutions, it seeks to cast light on the potential for mitigating financial instability and promoting sustainable development via different institutional and regulatory configurations. His most recent article is "Asset or Liability? The Role of the Financial System in the Political Economy of China's Rebalancing", to be published in the Journal of Current Chinese Affairs.

Julian was born in 1985 on the Mediterranean island of Mallorca, to a Taiwanese mother and Australian father. Growing up in Brisbane, he graduated in 2008 with honours degrees in Political Science and Law from the University of Queensland. Prior to commencing his doctoral studies at Oxford, he also worked in Sarajevo, Sydney, and Singapore in the fields of both law and development.


Catherine HARDIE (2012 Australian Delegate)

Catherine Hardie is currently pursuing doctoral studies as a Clarendon Scholar at the University of Oxford’s Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology. Her areal concentration is contemporary China and its Tibetan regions, and her research addresses themes such as modernisation, urbanisation, cosmopolitanism, ethnicity, and identity. Prior to commencing her doctorate, she completed a Masters in Asian Studies with a China specialisation as an East West Center Graduate Degree Fellow at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa. Catherine lived, studied, and worked in greater China for a combined total of more than seven years before embarking on postgraduate studies. Over this time, she was fortunate to have been able to complete eighteen months of her undergraduate Arts/Law degree from the University of Melbourne as an exchange student at Peking and Tsinghua Universities, and, two years before that, to have enjoyed eighteen months as a Chinese language student in Taiwan under a Taiwanese Education Ministry scholarship. Her work experience in mainland China includes eighteen months as a volunteer teacher on an English training program for Tibetan teachers in the Ganzi Autonomous Tibetan Prefecture in Sichuan province, and another eighteen months in the same region working with a Tibetan nomadic artisan cooperative in market research and product design. She has travelled extensively in China, and is proficient in both Mandarin Chinese and Tibetan. Catherine looks forward to joining the team of delegates at the 2012 Australia China Youth Dialogue, and is excited by the prospect of participating in such a significant forum of exchange.


Russell HARWOOD (2012 Australian Delegate)

Dr Russell Harwood brings to the 2012 ACYD a deep knowledge of China’s economic, social and political context, which he has developed through his PhD research and publications on China, and roles as a university lecturer and coordinator of the Australia-China Education Fund. Russell has studied Chinese language, undertaken PhD fieldwork and worked on-and-off in China for more than three and a half years. His PhD, awarded by the University of Western Australia in 2009, examined how China’s ethnic minorities are negotiating economic development and modernisation, and included 12 months of independent fieldwork in an isolated rural community in northwest Yunnan. In 2013 Russell’s PhD will be published as a book with the University of Washington Press.

During his PhD fieldwork Russell initiated the Australia-China Education Fund to provide better educational outcomes and a more secure future for children from disadvantaged backgrounds in rural southwest China. His projects have included building an all-weather concrete path to connect an isolated, mountain-top village with the local primary school and providing university scholarships for ethnic minority women.

He currently manages AusAID’s Mongolia Program and works on the broader AusAID North Asia portfolio.

Russell will be attending the 2012 ACYD in a personal capacity and any views expressed in relation to ACYD, including those expressed at events and in associated publications, are his own and do not reflect those of the Australian Government.


Tim HEATH (2010 ACYD Delegate)

Tim Heath joined the Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development (AYAD) Program in 2009 as a crop and Livestock Systems Project Officer and spent four months working in China. He has also worked on a collaborative project between the University of Adelaide and the Tibet Agricultural Research Institute. The project, now in its sixth year, has introduced new cropping practices into Tibet and trained young scientists from the Tibet Agricultural Research Institute in techniques aimed at increasing farmers’ average income.

Tim has a rich Agricultural background having grown up on a family farm in Southern Australia before completing tertiary qualifications. Tim is now employed by The University of Adelaide working on an Australian Centre for International Research (ACIAR) project and spends 5 months in Tibet each year working with in-country partners.

Tim has a great passion for working in and understanding China on many levels and is at the moment completing an international fellowship program.


David HOWELL (2011 ACYD Delegate)

Born in the United States and educated in Australia, David is a dual citizen of both countries. A Mandarin speaker, David graduated from the University of Sydney with First Class Honours and the University Medal. Currently interning at International Crisis Group in Beijing, he is also a non-resident Research Assistant at the United States Studies Centre, the University of Sydney.

David is an aspiring scholar-diplomat whose interests lie in international security, politics and diplomacy, in addition to the foreign policies of his three home countries: China, Australia and the United States.


Christian JACK (2010 ACYD Delegate)

Christian is undertaking a Bachelor of Laws and Arts (International Relations) degree at the University of Queensland and studying at Peking University’s Department of Chinese Language Studies and Guanghua School of Management in Beijing.

During his undergraduate studies he has received the Commonwealth Scholarship, the Warren Braxton Bannister Bursary and the Prime Minister’s Australia-Asia Endeavour Award. He has also received the Dean’s Commendation for High Achievement for two consecutive years (2008 and 2009).

As part of the Prime Minister’s Australia-Asia Endeavour Award, Christian is undertaking research on the re-emergence of China and the implications for the Sino- Australian relationship at Peking University. Christian has authored three publications on the Asia-Pacific region, two of which focus on Sino-Australian relations.

Christian is also the founding editor of international affairs magazine Contribute (2008) and was a member of the executive organising committee for the Asia-Pacific Model United Nation’s Conference (2009) and of Queensland University’s United Nations Student Association (2008-2009). Christian has also worked with Left Right Think Tank (2009-2010) where he co-authored/authored policy papers on Chinese investment in Australia and on electoral reform. He recently tutored in international relations at the University of Queensland (2010), where he was awarded the Dean’s Commendation in recognition of his teaching excellence.

Christian has completed internships with the Australian Institute of International Affairs and Thynne and Macartney Solicitors and has undertaken humanitarian work with the United Nations Relief Works Agency in Syria.


Phillip KINGSTON (2012 Australian Delegate)

Phillip Kingston is an interdisciplinary business professional who works with governments, IGOs, NGOs and companies to solve complex problems involving technology, people, policy and finance. He works in many countries through his global management consulting and technology services company Kingston ( He utilises trends in high technology, responsible investment, entrepreneurship, social learning and media to maximise business and policy objectives today.

He has a Bachelor of Science (Melb), Bachelor of Commerce (Melb), Graduate Certificate Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation (Adel), Certificate in Company Directorship (AICD) and a Graduate Certificate in Psychoanalytic Studies (Deakin).

He is passionate about sustainability and social entrepreneurship as such he regularly assists universities, NGOs and companies in these areas. He speaks on the interrelated topics of social technology, marketing, web-based automation and entrepreneurship. He is the author of The War for Eyeballs – An Introduction to Internet Marketing.

Phil is an experienced company director, sitting on a range of private company and not-for-profit boards in Australia. Presently, he is the Managing Director of Kingston, Voyance Capital, Kingston Investments, the International Technology Fund and BBQ Hero Pty. Ltd. He is the Vice Chair of the Centre for Sustainability Leadership.


Christopher KONG (2011 ACYD Delegate)

Christopher was born and bred in Australia. During his academic pursuits, he led a team to win the Richard Ivey School of Business’ Case Competition in Canada. After graduating from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Commerce/Laws (Honours) double-degree in 2003, he went on receive the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

During his career to date, Christopher has made a lasting impact in strategic roles across Asia Pacific at Cadbury Schweppes. After assisting to establish the Regional Headquarters in Singapore, he developed consumer segmentations across business units in Asia Pacific. He was also part of the team that facilitated the smooth integration of two large businesses in Australia.

For five of the past seven years, Christopher has worked on China-related projects, including two years based in Beijing and three years in Singapore. During this time, he enabled a turnaround business to achieve its first year of profits after 15 years of losses in China. He also led a cross-functional team of 15 people, based in Beijing and Guangzhou, to launch a $6 million USD brand.

Outside of work, Christopher is passionate about community engagement. Previously he mentored local tenants to start-up a café on the Richmond public housing estate and was congratulated by then Australian Prime Minister John Howard. In 2006, he was awarded the Earthshare Fellowship to conduct research on cocoa production in Ghana. He also helped to establish the Cadbury China Corporate Social Responsibility Committee in 2009.

More recently, Christopher has been writing a novel about a man’s journey of discovery set on a green tea plantation in mainland China. As part of his research, he has traveled to over 15 different provinces.

In the future, Christopher is looking forward to leveraging his consumer goods strategy experience to other industries and contributing to the Australia-China relationship.


Amy KING (2010 ACYD Delegate)

Amy is completing her PhD in International Relations at Oxford University as an Australian Rhodes Scholar. Her doctoral research examines China’s foreign policy towards Japan during the Cold War.

Amy holds degrees in international relations and business (with dual university medals) from the University of South Australia and a Masters in Modern Chinese Studies (with distinction) from the University of Oxford. Amy has also undertaken periods of study at Peking University and Okayama University.

Prior to studying at Oxford, Amy worked as a research associate at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute in Canberra and at the Centre for International Risk in Adelaide. Amy has also worked with the University of South Australia to develop more equitable modes of entry into higher education for disadvantaged students.

Amy has advised the South Australian government and was appointed a member of the state’s Community Engagement Board. This Board oversaw the development of the government’s strategic plan and measured its success in meeting social and economic indicators.

Amy’s broader research and policy interests encompass foreign policy and international relations within the Asia Pacific region. Amy hopes to pursue a combined academic and policymaking career in this field.

Fiona Lawrie

Fiona LAWRIE (2012 Australian Delegate)

Fiona is the Chief Operating Officer and Campaign Manager at Thirst, a Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum initiative focused on water availability. Prior to relocating to Beijing, Fiona was an investment banker in Melbourne for several years.

In 2008 Fiona was selected to participate in the Brightest Young Minds Summit, held in Australia. In 2007 she was invited to participate in the inaugural Australian young leaders delegation invited to China by Premier Wen Jiabao.

Fiona was the recipient of Australia China Council’s Year in China Program scholarship to study Mandarin at Liaoning University, Shenyang and the Taiwanese Education scholarship to study Mandarin at the Political University, Taiwan. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mandarin and International Relations from the University of Melbourne.

Fiona is frequently invited to speak at business and community events both in Australia and China. Most recently she has presented at TED x Beijing and TED x Minda on the water, food and energy nexus.

Fiona is the Beijing Director of the Australia China Young Professionals Initiative.

Jade Little

Jade LITTLE (2012 Australian Delegate)

Jade has been based in Beijing for the past year as a Project Manager/Consultant Mining Engineer contributing to the development of prospectuses for mining-related Chinese companies that are seeking to list on the Hong Kong and other Stock Exchanges. The projects she has worked on have been located all over the world.

Prior to Jade’s move to China, she worked in both the Queensland and New South Wales mining industry for approximately four years both on site and in corporate offices. Additionally during her time at university she completed two three-month vacation work placements in China and India. The insights she has gained from her work experience have impressed upon her the importance of furthering relations between China and Australia, as both have much to offer the other. Jade hopes to continue to develop a career within the Australian and Chinese mining industry and she is passionate about raising the level of interest in China and the understanding of China’s rich culture amongst fellow Australian peers.

Jade graduated from the University of Queensland (UQ) with Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) and a Bachelor of Arts (Chinese) in 2007 and more recently with a Doctor of Philosophy (Mining Engineering) in 2012. In November 2012, she will begin a Master of Science in Global Finance Program jointly offered by Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and New York University’s Stern Business School.


Katrie LOWE (2010 ACYD Delegate)

Katrie is a final year undergraduate student of the University of Technology, Sydney, soon to complete a combined Bachelor Civil and Environmental Engineering degree and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies majoring in China. While completing her degree, Katrie has completed two internships: working for top international engineering firm CH2M HILL and Australia’s largest water utility, Sydney Water.

Katrie’s passion for all things China and water-related has lead to her particular interest in China’s approach to environmental issues. While attending a year of in- country study at Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, in 2008, she undertook independent research into the “Attitudes of Chinese Youth Towards the Uptake of Sustainable Practices”.

As recipient of the 2010 Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Endeavour Award, she is attending Tsinghua University, Beijing, developing an “Urban Water Strategy for Beijing” as part of her final year thesis.

Katrie looks forward to developing her career as an engineer in the water industry and a possible long-term career positively influencing Australian and international water policy.


Patrick MAYOH (2010 ACYD Delegate)

Patrick is fourth year Bachelor of Laws/Asian Studies (Specialist) student at the ANU. He has worked and studied in Beijing on seven separate occasions and is undertaking a Graduate Diploma at Peking University as a Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Endeavour Award Scholar.

Patrick has worked at TransAsia Lawyers in Beijing, was an event host for Network 7 at the Beijing Olympic Games and has recently completed a clerkship at Mallesons Stephen Jaques in Hong Kong. In 2008, he came third in the International Chinese Bridge Competition in Hunan.

Patrick has been the President of the ACYA ANU Chapter, President of the ANU Law Students’ Society, the ANU representative to the Australian Law Students’ Association Council meetings and the ANU Students’ Association Asian Studies and Law Representative. He has also been awarded the prestigious Charles Hawker Scholarship, an Australia–China Council China Experience Scholarship, an ANU International Alliance of Research Universities Grant for study at the National University of Singapore, the ANU AL Basham Prize, the ANU Chinese Language Scholarship, a Han Ban Language Scholarship, and an ANU National Achievement Scholarship.

Patrick is actively involved in the community and has undertaken extensive volunteer work in indigenous communities. He has been involved in house-building projects in Cambodia and spent six months teaching English in Ghana. Patrick has a strong interest in contemporary Chinese society, language, international relations and international law.


Will MCCALLUM (2011 ACYD Delegate)

Will McCallum is Manager of Communications at Asialink and the Asia Society Austral-Asia Centre - one of Australia’s leading organisations for the promotion of Australia-Asia engagement. As part of this role he also promotes the activities of the Asia Education Foundation and Asia Australia Mental Health.

Prior to this Will worked in Hong Kong for video production company Asia Pacific Vision, whilst earning a Master of Journalism degree at the University of Hong Kong. He has programmed, filmed and edited a wide variety of video content and produced stories for Radio Australia. He has also worked on the production of an international young leaders dialogue, broadcast on Indonesia’s SCTV network.

Will has interned for Channel 10, Thomas Crampton of Ogilvy Public Relations and participated in the Victorian Parliamentary internship program

He holds an honours degree in Political Science and Chinese Language from the University of Melbourne and Beijing University. His honours thesis focused on nationalist discourses in Chinese new media in the lead up to the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He has travelled widely in China and throughout East and South-east Asia.

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Dominic MEAGHER (2011 ACYD Delegate)

Dominic Meagher is a Rio Tinto China Scholar in the final stages of his PhD in economics at the ANU. The central objective of his thesis is to analyse recent aspects of change and non-linearity in the energy use – economic growth relationship in China with an eye to how China’s recent changes fit into broader patterns in energy use observed across many countries as their economies evolve and develop. A few key questions inspire the inquiry. Why is China consuming so much energy? Is China’s economy peculiar in its huge and rapidly growing consumption of energy or does it conform with the experience of other countries? Do the bewilderingly rapid changes to China’s economy alter the relationship between the economy and its use of energy and if so, how? What can we say about China’s energy future and its impact on the world?

Dominic first became interested in China while interning at the Asia-Australia Institute in Sydney. He has previously lived in China where he learned to speak mandarin. He spent some time teaching at the Shaanxi University of Technology before moving to the ANU to study for a Masters degree in development economics. In 2007 Dominic interned with Citi (Hong Kong) where he authored a report concluding that changes to financial regulation and macroeconomic policy in the 10 years since the Asian crisis had not made a repeat event substantially unlikely. After leaving Citi, Dominic returned to the ANU as project manager for the China Economy Program. At the ANU he was involved in the East Asia Forum and the East Asian Bureau of Economic Research. He has been heavily involved in projects relating to energy and climate change.

Dominic holds a Masters in development economics and a BA (Hons) in political science, international relations and history. He intends to work in China upon completion of his PhD.


Lynn MORRISON (2012 Australian Delegate)

As a qualified Chartered Accountant, Lynn is passionate about her career as a financial adviser. She has practiced both in KPMG Australia and KPMG China for the past 8.5 years. She specialises in auditing and providing advices to clients across a broad range of industries and has been highly regarded throughout her career.

Lynn’s first hand commercial experience in China and deep knowledge about Australia commercial market makes her highly respected by her Chinese and Australian clients. Lynn is an important member in KPMG’s China Practice. Lynn contributed to KPMG China Practice’s success in becoming market leader for servicing Australia-China cross border commercial ties in the private sector.

Lynn’s work experience in assurance and financial advisory has allowed her to provide advices with commercial insights and with deep understanding on the needs of Chinese investment in Australia and the opportunities and challenges Chinese companies may face in the Australian market. She has been managing and leading cross-culture teams in providing professional services to both Chinese and Australian clients.

Her slogan “If You Think You Can, You Can” brings her strength to get through the challenging times and is the greatest driving force in both professional and personal life towards her chosen goals, in particular during adversities.

Lynn enjoys skiing, travelling, social networking and mentoring high school students in her spare time. In addition, she is also active in Chinese community services and often provides guidance for new Chinese immigrants on settling in Australia.


Andrea MYLES (2011 ACYD Delegate)

Andrea Myles has had a fascination with China since first adventuring across it solo in 2002. Since then she has pursued her passion by obtaining a Master of Arts in International Studies (China) in 2006 and a Master of Arts in China Studies in 2011, from the University of Technology, Sydney. She has spent 6 and 12 month periods studying Mandarin at the National Political University in Taipei and at Yunnan Normal University, Yunnan Province.

Her area of expertise is rural development in China, particularly regarding great western development and ethnic minority and tourist areas. Professionally, her field is education development, most recently in projects that foster greater engagement between Australia and China . Andrea has worked at the University of Technology, Sydney since 2004 and in 2009-2010 she worked in Shangri-la, Yunnan province at the Eastern Tibet Training Institute in donor relations and communications. Since returning from Shangri-la, she has managed the 2011 Australia – China Business Leaders Forum in Beijing and begun an Asia Literacy Ambassadorship with Asialink, partnering with a school in rural South Australia to increase participation in Asia-related subjects.

She would like to increase international tertiary education opportunities for rural folk in China and has worked closely with another ACYD delegate Danma Niu, who is from China’s rural west. She remains committed to Australia – China relations and the is excited at the potential for greater engagement opportunities.


Andrew NICHOLLS (2011 ACYD Delegate)

Andrew’s engagement with China started from an early age. He began learning Mandarin in primary school from the age of six, and visited the mainland for the first time in Year 11 as part of his senior school’s China trip.

While undertaking a double degree in Law and Arts (Media & Communications) at the University of Melbourne, Andrew continued his Mandarin studies with a concurrent Diploma in Modern Languages (Chinese). He was awarded a Chinese Government Scholarship in 2008 to further study Mandarin and Chinese law at Tsinghua University in Beijing. During his time at Tsinghua University, Andrew became involved in the early development of ACYA and served as ACYA’s first China Representative.

Upon his return to Australia, Andrew became President of ACYA’s University of Melbourne Chapter and set about establishing ACYA’s presence on campus and throughout Melbourne. He also became a member of the Melbourne Chinese Law Society where he briefly served as their Alumni Representative.

After graduation, Andrew took up employment at the Victorian branch of the Australia-China Business Council (ACBC) as Communications Officer. There he was responsible for establishing the ACBC Victorian Branch Newsletter and preparation of news articles and interviews of interest to Melbourne’s Australia-China business community. During his time at ACBC, Andrew also became involved in helping establish the Australia-China Young Professionals Initiative (ACYPI) in Melbourne and also began studying Bahasa Indonesia.

Since March this year, Andrew has been undertaking his Graduate year at the global law firm DLA Piper. As part of the Melbourne Finance & Projects Team, he has a strong focus on renewable energy projects in Australia and overseas.

Elizabeth Payne

Elizabeth PAYNE (2012 Australian Delegate)

Elizabeth has extensive policy and research experience and has held roles with the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) in China, with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Kenya, with the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Energy Working Group (APEC), and with the Australian Government. Her research interests are in climate change and environmental sustainability, developmental health policy, and indigenous affairs. Elizabeth speaks English, Chinese and Spanish.

As an environmental health officer with the WHO in China, Elizabeth was involved on three Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Joint Programmes: a USD$19 million Climate Change Partnership Framework, a USD$5.8 million Governance for Water and Sanitation in China, and a USD$7.6 million Migrants and Youth Unemployment Programme. She was also involved in the development and roll out of the first Drink and Drive Intervention Education Campaign in China – the first of its kind in the country – in collaboration with the Chinese Ministry of Health and China’s Global Road Safety Partnership Initiative.

Elizabeth holds a Masters of Public Policy (International Policy) from Australian National University. During her Masters, Elizabeth represented Australia at an International Symposium in Japan, hosted by Waseda University, in which participants debated the viability of an East Asian Free Trade Agreement. She also has a Bachelor of Business (International Business), a Bachelor of Arts (International Studies) and a First Class Honours in Business from the University of South Australia.

Elizabeth has a passion for world affairs and travel and has spent six years of her life working and studying abroad in a diverse range of countries including China, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Mexico, the United States, and Kenya.


Huw POHLNER (2010 ACYD Delegate)

Huw Pohlner works at the Crawford School of Economics and Government at the Australian National University (ANU). He designs and coordinates short training programs for Australian and foreign government officials. This year, he travelled to Malaysia with the ‘Leading Australia’s Future in Asia’ (LAFIA) elite public service study tour.

Huw graduated from the ANU in Asian Studies with First Class Honours where he studied on a National Undergraduate Scholarship. Huw has also studied at Liaoning University and Renmin University in China with the support of the Australia-China Council and Chinese Scholarship Council. He participated in the Second Premier-Invited Delegation of Young Australians to Visit China in 2007 as a delegate of the ANU. Earlier this year, Huw was recognised as an ‘Emerging Scholar of Asia’ by East Asia Forum and attended a conference with 11 other young scholars from institutions in Australia, the USA, China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Pakistan and the Philippines. His work is published in the East Asia Forum Quarterly.

Huw volunteers for youth-run aid and development agency, The Oaktree Foundation, where he manages a Community Campaigner program. Huw was a group leader on the 2007 and 2010 MakePovertyHistory roadtrips and represented ANU at the 2007 Intervarsity Summit on Australia’s Role in Ending Extreme Poverty.


Jeffrey SHEEHY (2010 ACYD Delegate)

Jeffrey Sheehy is a fourth year Arts (Chinese)/Law student of the University of Queensland.

From an early age Jeff has been engaged with Chinese language and culture, studying the language and competing in language contests throughout his school years. In Jeff’s final year of schooling at Brisbane Grammar he was awarded the school captaincy and was recognised by the Queensland Olympic Council and Australian Defence Force for his leadership potential.

Upon leaving Brisbane Grammar with a number of awards, Jeff received a scholarship to attend the University of Queensland. By progressing through the School of Languages and Comparative Cultural Studies at UQ, Jeff’s interest in China grew. As a result, in 2009/10, Jeff founded the Australia China Youth Association at UQ and was the Chapter’s inaugural president.

Jeff’s interest in China is further fuelled by his employment at Minter Ellison Lawyers where he works in the Energy and Resources section. Here, Jeff’s knowledge of coal, iron ore and gas export issues has deepened.

Jeff is completing his Extended Major in Chinese at Peking University.


Sally SITOU (2010 ACYD Delegate)

Sally Sitou is a policy adviser in the Australian Government.

In 2008, Sally spent one year working in Beijing as an Australian Youth Ambassador for Development. She worked at Community Alliance, a not-for-profit grassroots organisation which supports the elderly in China. During her year living in China, she came to develop a deep appreciation of the rise of China’s global influence. She also greatly improved her Mandarin skills.

Sally is a member of the Australian Labour Party. She has worked on a number of State and Federal election campaigns. Sally is committed to social justice and the role of government in providing an opportunity for all.

She has an honours degree in psychology from Macquarie University. Sally’s parents are ethnic Chinese. She identifies strongly with her Chinese background.


TANG Shuyin (2012 Australian Delegate)

Shuyin is currently a Volunteer Consultant with TechnoServe, an international development non-profit whose mission is to bring “business solutions to poverty”. Based in Mumbai, she is leading the development of a large global donor’s rice strategy for India and Bangladesh, with the potential to impact millions of smallholder farmers across both countries. Prior to joining TechnoServe, she spent 4 years at management consulting firm Bain & Company in both Australia and India, gaining wide industry exposure and expertise in customer experience, growth strategy, cost reduction and organisational redesign.

While Shuyin’s career path has recently taken an Indian turn, her studies at the ANU had a strong China focus, through a double major in International Relations and Mandarin as part of the prestigious PhB program. Her studies culminated with an honours thesis on the interplay between Chinese nationalism and international minority rights norms, which was awarded the University Medal, First Class Honours and the L F Crisp Prize for International Relations. While at the ANU, she also undertook internships in U.S. Congress, UNICEF and the Lowy Institute for International Policy.

As a result of these experiences, she will bring a slightly different perspective to ACYD: a Sinophile’s grounding in Chinese history, politics and international relations, but also a deep connection to the other Asian giant so critical for Australia’s future, India. She is strongly committed to fostering closer engagement not only between Australia and China, but also amongst the wider Asian region.


Jacob TAYLOR (2011 ACYD Delegate)

Jacob’s involvement with China has developed in the areas of social anthropology and sport. Jacob is interested in the potential of sport, such as his own sport of rugby union, to act as a space for meaningful intercultural exchange between China and Australia. In 2006 Jacob received an ACC ‘Year in China’ scholarship to study at Liaoning University, Shenyang.

In 2008, Jacob returned to China to work at the Beijing Olympics, before completing an exchange semester in sociology and social anthropology at Peking University. Since 2006, Jacob has developed strong ties with the Chinese rugby community, spending extended periods of time training and playing with various teams, most notably the Chinese National team.

In 2010, while representing the Australian Rugby Sevens team in the IRB World Series, Jacob completed his combined honours thesis in Anthropology and Chinese studies, entitled Tackling Rugby in China, for which he received a Sydney University Medal. Jacob has been named vice captain of the Australian Rugby Sevens team for the upcoming 2011/12 IRB Sevens season, and is also drawing on his knowledge of sport and China to assist the Australian Rugby Union in their formulation of an Asia Pacific strategy.


Stephanie WANG (2010 ACYD Delegate)

Stephanie practices law in private equity and capital markets at Minter Ellison Lawyers, one of the largest Asia Pacific law firms with a strong China focus. Prior to taking this post she worked for Federal Member of Parliament Mike Symon and travelled with him to the 2009 International Forum on Legislative Actions to Promote New and Renewable Energy Development, held in Beijing by the State Council.

Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne, where she studied on the Melbourne National Scholarship. Awarded Melbourne Law School exchange funding, she studied Chinese Law at Tsinghua University in 2008.

Stephanie is fluent in Mandarin and also speaks Shanghainese. She holds a Graduate Diploma in Interpreting and Translating from RMIT and has passed Australia’s national accreditation exam for Chinese-English translation.

Stephanie is passionate about strengthening her connection with her Chinese ancestry and peers in China. In 2006, she secured 15 full scholarships for disadvantaged Chinese high school students to study in Australia. In November 2008, she was invited by the State Council to attend the Eminent Young Overseas Chinese Program and was a guest speaker at one of the sessions.


Philip WEN (2012 Australian Delegate)

Philip has been a journalist with Fairfax Media broadsheets The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age since January 2010. Based in Melbourne, he currently reports on business and economic news, with a particular focus on how the rise of China and Asia impacts on Australia.

He was acting China correspondent for Fairfax Media, based in Beijing, between January and June this year. Fluent in Mandarin, Philip holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne and a Graduate Diploma in Journalism from the University of Technology, Sydney.

He was a chartered accountant with consulting firm KPMG before deciding to pursue a career in journalism.

Alan WU

Alan WU (2012 Australian Delegate)

As the youngest and longest-serving Chair of Australia’s national youth peak, Alan successfully lobbied for $2million in new, annual federal funding to ensure that young people are represented in national policy discussions. For this, Alan was recognised by the Australian Human Rights Commission, named a finalist in the Young Australian of the Year Awards, and was amongst the youngest invitees to the Australia 2020 Summit.

Alan currently serves on the Board of Directors of Oxfam Australia, on Victoria Legal Aid's Community Consultative Committee, and on the School Board of Stromlo High School.

He has previously served on the Classification Review Board and the ABC Advisory Council.

Internationally, he has previously served as Special Envoy for Young People to the United Nations Environment Programme, on the Australian National Commission for UNESCO, and with the Australian Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York.

Alan has been a participant in the Asialink Leaders Program, the Emerging Pacific Leaders Dialogue, the Australian-American Young Leaders Dialogue and the US Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program. He is one of the youngest recipients of the Future Summit Leadership Awards, and was a 2009 and 2010 Australia Day Ambassador.

Alan has qualifications in law from the University of Melbourne and the Australian National University, and is admitted as a lawyer in the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory.


Tom WILLIAMS (2011 ACYD Delegate)

Thomas Williams is currently completing his Asian Studies Honours and Law degree for the University of Western Australia on exchange at Peking University in China as part of the Prime Minister Endeavour Award. He is the Director of Education of the Beijing Chapter of the Australia-China Youth Association. He is also in the process of establishing a 180Degrees Consulting Branch for NGOs in Beijing. In the future he hopes to co-establish with University friends a study-volunteering-adventure tour programme for Australian secondary students in China.

Tom has long felt that young people need to actively engage themselves with their local and wider communities as they have the greatest potential to sustain positive change and the greatest vested interest in the future. The key aspect of this engagement is education as it is the most empowering process to affect real personal and social progress. To this end he has previously worked with the UNDP and Commonwealth Youth Programme to inaugurate the Wansolwara Youth Peace Building Conference which provides Pacific youth leaders with the necessary educational materials, training, contacts and sources of funding to formulate and implement peace and conflict resolution strategies in their Pacific home islands. He has also led the UWA Fogarty Scholar’s Expedition North which endowed scholars with a better understanding of the systemic socio-economic, legal, and health constraints facing indigenous and rural Australia through touring prisons, work camps, hospitals, energy projects and indigenous community centres and spending time with local school teachers and students.

Tom hopes over the next few years to complete a Masters in Asian Studies and then start an education oriented organisation in China.

Even though Tom greatly enjoys living in the vivacious human vibrancy that is Beijing, he does occasionally long for the miracle of Australian beaches and sunshine.


Helen ZHANG (2011 ACYD Delegate)

Helen Zhang is currently a Graduate Associate at Mallesons Stephen Jaques (Beijing office) in the Banking and Finance practice group, where she assists the firm with its structured derivative products and bond market capabilities in the PRC. She recently completed her Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the ANU and will soon be admitted as an Australian-qualified lawyer in December 2011.

Prior to joining Mallesons Stephen Jaques, Helen was awarded the inaugural Australia-China Council – Aust-Cham Young Leaders Scholarship, which gave her the opportunity to begin her graduate career in China. Under this scholarship programme, Helen worked as the AustCham Greater China Coordinator for the China-Australian Chambers of Commerce in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. In this role, Helen successfully facilitated the first stage of the three Chambers’ amalgamation process across Greater China. As part of the scholarship programme, Helen also interned in the Economic Section of the Australian Embassy in Beijing, where she assisted with researching and producing briefs on some of Australia-China’s key economic issues.

Helen graduated from the ANU in 2010 with a combined Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Asian Studies (Specialist), within which she majored in Mandarin, Asian Politics and International Relations. In 2008, Helen was awarded the Cheung-Kung Foundation Scholarship and undertook her ‘Year in China’ programme at Tsinghua University in Beijing, where she studied courses in advanced Chinese language and literature, Chinese law, international development and public policy.

Helen has long been committed to the Australia-China relationship and demonstrated this through her diverse range of work experiences in China. She has worked with Network Seven during the Beijing Olympics in 2008, interned with the United Nations Development Programme and Reuters Beijing in the Text and Television teams. Helen has also had public sector work experience with the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.

Outside of work and study, Helen enjoys radio broadcasting, playing touch football and theatrical acting.

Mimi ZOU (2011 ACYD Delegate)

Mimi migrated to Sydney, Australia from Guangzhou, China at the age of seven. She has maintained strong personal and profe sional connections with China, and has been actively involved in the Chinese and wider community in Australia. She was a recipient of the 2010 New South Wales Premier’s Chinese Community Service Awards, and a finalist in the 2009 Young Australian of the Year Awards.

Mimi is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese, and has worked in China for international organisations, law firms and financial institutions. She has also collaborated with Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Institute of Law on a variety of research projects. Mimi is currently working as a consultant on a labour law project at the China office of the International Labour Organization.

Mimi graduated from the University of Sydney with Bachelor of Economics (Hons I & University Medal) and Bachelor of Laws (Hons I). She also studied at the School of Economics and Management at Tsinghua University for a semester on the Cheung Kong Endeavour Australia Scholarship. Mimi has recently completed the Bachelor of Civil Law with Distinction (Hons I) at the University of Oxford. She is a qualified lawyer in New South Wales, England and Wales.

Mimi is currently reading for a Doctor of Philosophy in Law at Oxford on a Commonwealth Scholarship from the UK government.