Delegates

2013 ACYD Australian Delegates

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CAI Yiyong / 蔡奕勇

Dr Cai is a Complex Systems Scientist and Economic Modeller with CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research. He commenced with CSIRO in 2012 and is collaborating with team members from various disciplines on the integrated assessment of global environmental issues such as climate change, food security, carbon mitigation and energy transformation, and to help society make better informed planning and management decisions. Prior to joining CSIRO, Dr Cai was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Australian National University (ANU), Canberra, Australia, researching on stochastic economic growth and climate change economics and policy. Dr Cai has been awarded a Bachelor in Economics from Renmin University of China, a Master of Arts in International Finance with University Medal from Korea University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Economics from ANU. During his PhD, Yiyong was involved in multiple climate policy research projects funded by the Australian Mineral Council, the US Department of Energy, and the Edison Electric Institute. He is also a research associate of the ANU Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis and Asia Fellow of the Seoul-based POSCO T.J. Park Foundation.

Tim COGHLAN

Timothy COGHLAN / 高靖峰

Twitter: @maosuit; LinkedIn Profile

Timothy Coghlan leads the luxury retail team for Savills Property Services China and advises the world’s most iconic fashion and luxury brands on their China entry, expansion and retail strategies.  His clients include, LVMH Group, Kering Group, Richemont, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Ralph Lauren, Coach, and Tiffany & Co.

Timothy is also Founder & Editor of Maosuit.com, the leading China-based English language blog dedicated to the business of fashion and luxury in China. Maosuit.com is widely read amongst fashion, luxury and retail industry professionals and averages over 80,000 page views per month.

In 2012 Timothy received a grant from the Australia – China Council to create the Australia-China Fashion Alliance (ACFA) project. ACFA utilizes ‘catwalk diplomacy’ to engage the China Fashion Association and China Fashion Week through cultural and business dialogues. ACFA showcases designers, fosters mutual cooperation and collaboration, opens strategic and economic dialogue for regular exchange at the senior government and corporate level and provides strategic guidance to the development of Australian fashion brands, designers and related services in China.

Timothy has an extensive global network of fashion and luxury industry CEOs, designers and professionals. He is an influential voice in the China fashion industry and a sought after speaker and media commentator. Timothy graduated from the Australian National University with degrees in both Economics and Asian Studies. He speaks Mandarin and Japanese.

Samantha Cook

Sam COOK / 柯珊

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Sam works in Sydney as a Solicitor at King & Wood Mallesons in the Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) practice group, where she has been involved in a wide-range of private and public M&A transactions, for example joint ventures and takeovers. Sam is interested in cross-border M&A and in particular, the legal, regulatory and corporate governance issues affecting China’s outbound transactions.

Prior to working in Sydney, Sam was awarded the AustCham China Scholarship which launched her career in Beijing, working as a Graduate Solicitor at King & Wood Mallesons. During her time in Beijing, Sam worked in the Banking and Finance department where she honed her legal and language skills.

Sam holds a Juris Doctor from Monash University (2011) and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne (2008) with a major in Chinese Studies. As part of her undergraduate degree, Sam spent a semester abroad at Fudan University, Shanghai.

From an early age, Sam has been fascinated with China and commenced Mandarin studies in Secondary School. She spent one year in Nanjing (2005) working as a trainee teacher on Caulfield Grammar School’s internationalism program. Sam has travelled extensively throughout China, enabling her to develop an appreciation of the issues and opportunities existing in rural China.

Sam is an avid sportswoman and in her earlier life competed at a State and National level in athletics, cross-country and lifesaving. Although her dreams of sporting glory have somewhat faded, when she’s not working, she enjoys running, swimming, soccer and the outdoors.

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Ed Cousins joined the Australian Army in 2006, and upon graduation from the Royal Military College – Duntroon, was allocated to the 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (Parachute) as a Lieutenant. During his time at the Battalion he served in a variety of platoon command appointments.

In 2008, Ed deployed as a Rifle Platoon commander to Timor Leste at short notice, following the attempted assassinations of the President and Prime Minister of Timor Leste. The Platoon spent the next eight months conducting Security and Stabilisation Operations in Timor Leste as part of the International Security Force, working closely with the United Nations and Non-Government Organisations (NGO).

In 2011, Ed deployed to Afghanistan as a Mentoring Team leader, working to develop elements of the Afghan National Army’s 4th Brigade through the planning and conduct of company level combat operations. During his deployment to Afghanistan, Ed also worked closely with AusAID Stability Advisors and various NGOs liaising with the local population about local development programs.

Ed is currently a Captain in the Australian Army and is studying towards a Masters of Security and Strategy though the Australian Defence Force Academy. He is particularly interested in how Australian-Sino relations will develop over the next decade, and feels that greater engagement between the two countries will enhance our economic and security ties.

Cameron Eren

Cameron EREN

Twitter: @CameronEren

Cameron is an economist who has worked with the Department of the Prime Minister & Cabinet (PM&C), the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) and a number of research groups. Cameron has advised on developments in the Chinese economy at both PM&C and the RBA, focusing on the operation of China’s financial, monetary, fiscal, and natural resource management systems.

Cameron’s key interest is systems analysis – understanding how different systems, both artificial and natural, interact to produce outcomes that are relevant to individuals and governments. Cameron has a particular interest in natural resource systems. He has previously lectured and tutored in climate change economics and has worked with some of Australia's largest companies to develop and implement greenhouse emissions reduction plans. In 2008 Cameron negotiated one of the largest office building emissions reduction projects of its kind, which was awarded the 2009 Climate Change Leadership Award by the New South Wales Government. He also worked on developing Australia's carbon pricing scheme that has been operating since 1 July 2012.

Cameron has a double degree in Economics (hons) and Applied Finance from Macquarie University. He is also currently studying a double degree in Science and Arts at the University of Sydney, which he hopes will further develop his understanding of natural resource systems.

Cindy Gottinger

Cindy GOTTINGER / 淑云

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Cindy Gottinger is a Brand Management and Strategy specialist at Volkswagen Group China where she supports the development of Skoda’s brand and strategy in a highly competitive and growing Chinese automotive market. Recognised by the company as a young leader in her field, Cindy possesses an appetite to explore new markets and gain deeper insights into the evolving trends of Chinese consumers. Outside of work, Cindy thrives on working with start-ups and frequently advises Chinese and Australian start-ups on cross-cultural marketing and strategic matters.

With over ten years involvement in the Australia China community, Cindy continues to be an active participant both in Australia and China. She is currently the Executive Director of Australia China Young Professional Initiative (ACYPI) in Greater China where she successfully established a platform for young professionals to engage in bilateral discussions and exchange.

As an experienced presenter fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese and German, Cindy is frequently invited to emcee and moderate a variety of business and community events both in Australia and China. In 2010 she was invited to emcee the AFL first international match played in China between Melbourne Demons and Brisbane Lions where the crowd reached close to 7000 spectators.

Before moving to Beijing Cindy worked for AIMG holdings, Australia’s largest Chinese media company, where she managed the expansion of Chinese media properties both domestically and abroad. Prior to working for AIMG holdings Cindy worked in the Private Wealth Management division at Goldman Sachs JB Were.

Cindy graduated from Monash University in Australia with a Bachelor of Commerce and Arts majoring in economics, Chinese and German.

Isabelle KINGSHOTT

Isabelle KINGSHOTT

Twitter: @isabellekingsho

Isabelle’s interest in China began in her first year of university when she took part in an English Language Tutorial program providing free tutoring to International Students. This interest grew into a passion for student representation and advocacy, which lead to her helping formulate a Language and Cultural Exchange Program as Welfare Officer of the University of Melbourne Student Union in 2012.

Currently, Isabelle is the Victorian President of the National Union of Students and is engaged in campaigns for tertiary students’ rights and wellbeing across the state. Isabelle has a particular interest in the welfare of international students, particularly the ongoing fight for equality for international students with concession card travel.

She has also advocated for increased International Student representation in student unions throughout Victoria through her work with the Chinese Students and Scholars Association at Melbourne University and Proud to be International Students, an initiative run by the Victorian Branch of the National Union of Students.

Isabelle is currently in the final year of a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Melbourne with majors in both Asian Studies and Politics and International Studies. Next year she hopes to complete an honours year at the University of Melbourne in Asian Studies

Anne Kulshevoa

Anne KULESHOVA / 孔睿涵

Victorian Government Fellow

Twitter: @AnneKuleshova; Weibo: Kong_RuiHanLinkedIn Profile

Anne Kuleshova (BCom (Honours), AIAA, A Fin) is an experienced financial professional, having worked in Mergers and Acquisition (M&A) advisory in a top tier investment bank (Macquarie Capital) and in M&A and Valuations in Deloitte Corporate Finance. She holds an honours degree in commerce majoring in actuarial studies from The University of Melbourne.

As an Associate Director 副总监 of China House Consultancy Co., Limited 中皓顾问公司, Anne’s work involves facilitating investment by Chinese State Owned Enterprises, private enterprises and ultra High Net Worths into energy and resources, renewables and agriculture projects in Australia.

As part of her role, Anne works with investment banks, company executives, government representatives as well as other professionals to identify investment opportunities for clients. Anne has developed her corporate finance and strategic professional skills through six years’ experience across a broad range of sectors including minerals, resources, renewable energy, infrastructure and funds management. She combines a deep knowledge of financial valuation and analysis with strong experience in mergers & acquisitions and deal execution.

Her strong commercial and analytical experience is underpinned by a solid actuarial foundation in mathematics, statistics, risk assessment and economics. These skills are further supported by her highly developed communication, negotiation and interpersonal skills.

Anne is very active in charitable, industry leadership and mentoring initiatives and is a member of Finsia’s Young Finance Professionals committee. She speaks fluent Russian and conversational Mandarin.

Stephen MINAS / 周恩润

Twitter: @StephenMinas

Stephen Minas is an adviser in the Office of the Premier of Victoria, where he has worked on policy areas including international engagement, trade and multicultural affairs. Stephen worked on the development of the Victorian Government’s comprehensive strategy to strengthen engagement with China.

Stephen holds Honours degrees in Law and History from the University of Melbourne and a Master of Science in International Relations from the London School of Economics, where he studied on a Graduate Merit Award. Stephen wrote his LSE dissertation on China’s climate change diplomacy and undertook research on related issues at the Shanghai Institutes for International Studies. Stephen’s research on Chinese law and public policy has been published in a number of academic journals.

After law school, Stephen studied Chinese for a semester at Fudan University in Shanghai and did some voluntary English teaching with China Study Abroad. As a journalist, Stephen covered the Copenhagen climate change summit, subsequent climate negotiations and other international stories, reporting on-air for RTHK Radio 3 and writing for a variety of publications, such as The Diplomat, China Dialogue and Eco-Business.

Stephen previously worked for members of the Australian Parliament on a broad range of policy areas including carbon capture and storage, humanitarian issues and multicultural affairs.

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Angus NICHOLSON / 周安杰

Twitter: @freescania; LinkedIn Profile

Angus holds a BA Chinese (1st Class Honours) with a minor in economics from SOAS, University of London. He has worked for Austrade and China Policy in Beijing. He is currently an analyst at Wigram Capital Advisors, an Asia-Pacific-focused macro-economic advisory. He helped set up and establish the China-Britain Youth Association as their London President. He has had excerpts of his dissertation on the Chongqing Model published in Tea Leaf Nation and the Asia Society’s ChinaFile publication, and has written on the China/US hacking scandal for Silicon Valley’s PandoDaily. He is big fan of 1930s New Sensationalist writer, Mu Shiying, and his twitter handle is @freescania.

Alexandra Phelan

Alexandra PHELAN / 余雪莲

Twitter: @alexandraphelan; LinkedIn Profile

Alexandra Phelan is a Doctorate of Juridical Science (SJD) candidate and General Sir John Monash Scholar at Georgetown University in Washington D.C, where she works in the area of global health law, with particular focus on Australia, China and US laws relating to health, climate change and pandemics.

Before commencing her doctoral studies, Ms Phelan was a solicitor at the top-tier law firm King & Wood Mallesons, where she worked in the climate change law and China groups, and was an active member of the human rights and pro-bono law groups. Ms Phelan holds a Bachelor of Biomedical Science/Bachelor of Laws (Honours) double degree from Monash University, specialising in international law and health human rights, and a Master of Laws, specialising in International Law from the Australian National University. Ms Phelan speaks Mandarin Chinese fluently, holding a Diploma of Languages (Mandarin Chinese), and has lived and worked in Beijing and Dalian, China.

In 2012, Ms Phelan lived and worked in Geneva, Switzerland at the World Health Organization as Gender, Equity and Human Rights intern, and as legal consultant at the GAVI Alliance (the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisations). That same year, the Law Institute of Victoria recognised her as a Young High Flyer in law.

Sarah Stewart

Sarah STEWART 

Twitter: @sarstewart; LinkedIn Profile

Sarah Stewart is an MBA candidate at Harvard Business School, passionate about technology, cross-cultural management and the realization of potential.

Born and raised on the NSW Central Coast, Sarah’s engagement with China began in 2007, when she moved there to see what all the fuss was about (and to try and learn to speak Mandarin). Sarah remained in mainland China from 2007 to 2012, and her work experience includes two years as a project manager at Australian consulting firm, the Beijing Consulting Group, and two years at Touchmedia, a venture capital backed Chinese technology company. At Touchmedia, Sarah was the founding member of the company’s international team, and managed the establishment of the company’s first two markets outside of mainland China, Canada and Hong Kong.

In 2008, Sarah founded the Shanghai branch of the Australia China Alumni Association, growing Shanghai membership from 60 to 1500 in two years and in 2009, was part of the small team that launched the now annual Australia China Alumni Awards. In 2010 she co-founded the Shanghai branch of the Australia China Young Professionals Initiative, and was also selected to serve as an honorary ambassador for Business Events Sydney.

In 2012, Sarah relocated to Boston after being accepted to Harvard Business School, and will graduate in May 2014. At Harvard, Sarah has taken leadership roles in both the Techmedia and Entrepreneurship clubs, and completed a summer internship with Japanese internet conglomerate, Rakuten.

Sarah also holds a BComm (Liberal Studies) from the University of Sydney.

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Lisa QIN / 秦勤

Twitter: @hellolisa888; LinkedIn Profile

Lisa Qin is currently a Frank Knox Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. A teacher and former solicitor with ten years of experience studying and working in education, law and government, Lisa is passionate about examining issues of equity and education internationally, particularly in China and Australia, through meaningful and sustainable educational reforms

Born in Guizhou, China then migrating to Canberra, Australia, Lisa speaks fluent Mandarin and has a long-standing interest in and commitment to Sino-Australian affairs stemming from her desire to understand and reconcile her cultural roots.

Lisa completed the Teach For Australia in 2012, a highly selective program whose participants teach in educationally disadvantaged schools for two years. She taught year 10-12 students at a regional Victorian secondary school and helped introduce an annual Diversity Day for multiculturalism in a predominantly Caucasian environment. Lisa also tutored remanded youth at the Melbourne Youth Justice Centre and taught disadvantaged rural primary and urban secondary students in Guizhou, China.

Before moving into education, Lisa worked for several years as a corporate lawyer in Hong Kong and Sydney with King&Wood Mallesons, an international firm anchored in Asia. She managed the Business Mandarin training and was involved with other China law initiatives.

Lisa received her undergraduate degrees in Commerce and Law from the Australian National University, with a semester abroad at the University of Hong Kong. She also holds a Masters of Teaching from the University of Melbourne.

Veronica Walker

Veronica WALKER / 钱蔚璐

Australian National University College of Asia in the Pacific Alumni Prize Recipient

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Veronica is an Advisor in the Australia in the Asian Century Implementation Taskforce at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. The cross-agency Taskforce was established to support implementation of the Australian Government’s Australia in the Asian Century White Paper. While working in the Taskforce, Veronica has demonstrated her passion for issues relating to Australia’s engagement with Asia, and her particular interest in the Australia-China relationship. Veronica was seconded to the Taskforce from the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

In 2010-11, Veronica spent a year working in Beijing for the Australia China Alumni Association as an Australian Youth Ambassador for Development. In this role, Veronica worked with local staff to build the profile of Australian-educated alumni in China through social and business networking events.

Veronica graduated from the Australian National University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts and Asian Studies (Chinese). As part of her Asian Studies degree, Veronica spent a year studying Mandarin Chinese at the Beijing Language and Culture University. Veronica first started studying Chinese at high school after becoming inspired during a family visit to Jiangsu in 1995.

Veronica is currently completing a Masters of Social Research through the Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute at the Australian National University.

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Sue-Lin WONG / 黄淑琳

Twitter: @suelinwong; Weibo: 淑琳suelin; LinkedIn Profile

Sue-Lin Wong is a sixth year Asian Studies/Laws student at the Australian National University.

She was a recipient of the Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Award 2011-2013. As part of the scholarship, Sue-Lin studied at the Tsinghua-Berkeley Inter-University Program for Chinese language and interned at the Natural Resources Defense Council and the New York Times Beijing Bureau.

During her eight months interning at the New York Times in Beijing, Sue-Lin wrote both English and Chinese language articles and contributed research to pieces that covered topics ranging from urbanization, crackdowns on big dogs in Beijing to the experience of being an overseas Chinese in China.

As an Australian born Chinese, Sue-Lin is particularly interested in how young Australians and Chinese can meaningfully engage with each other. She is fascinated why so many foreigners in China rarely have any deep, real friendships with Chinese.

During her time in China, Sue-Lin has gone root-seeking for her ancestral villages in Guangdong and Fujian provinces, worked at the Beijing Olympics, survived a semester on exchange at a Beijing high school, taught English amongst the rice paddies on rural Hunan, studied in the hallowed halls of Peking University, partied for a semester at Beijing Language and Culture University and ridden lots of trains around China – one of her favourite things of all time.

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CHANG Yao-chung (Lennon) / 張耀中

Australian National University College of Asia in the Pacific Alumni Prize Recipient

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Dr Lennon Chang joined the Department of Applied Social Studies at the City University of Hong Kong as a tenure-track Assistant Professor in November 2011. He is also an Associate Investigator at the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security.

He was awarded his PhD by the Australian National University in November 2010. He has a Masters in Criminology and Bachelor in Law from National Taipei University. In 2007 he received an Endeavour Asia Award and in 2009 was selected by Peking University and Griffith Asia Institute to be an Australia-China Emerging Leader. In 2013, Lennon was a Global Emerging Voices Fellow.

From 2005 to 2007, Lennon worked as a researcher and project manager at the Science and Technology Law Centre, Institute for Information Industry, which is recognized as one of the most important think-tanks in Taiwan in the area of legal responses to new technology. Before joining City University of Hong Kong, Lennon worked as a post-doctoral research officer at the Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security at the Australian National University.

Dr Chang is interested in researching crime and governance of cyberspace — cybercrime, cyber terrorism and cyber warfare. He is particularly interested in the regulation and governance of cyberspace in the Asia-Pacific region. His book Cybercrime in the Greater China Region: Regulatory Responses and Crime Prevention (Edward Elgar, 2012) is about the nature and range of responses to cybercrime between China and Taiwan. Dr Chang’s professional interest in China continues and he is currently researching on-line vigilantism in China. He is also undertaking NGO-sponsored research into cybercrime and cyber-deviance among Hong Kong juveniles.

Jason Ho

HO Wai Kit (Jason) / 何偉傑

Weibo: Jason_WK_Ho; LinkedIn Profile

Jason is a Manager in Risk and Controls Assurance practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers Hong Kong. He is managing the technology risk and strategy, information security, regulatory compliance and incident investigation businesses in Hong Kong and Southern China, including advising numerous financial institutions, governments, regulatory bodies, quasi-government organisations, and major Chinese state-owned enterprises.

Jason also serves as a committee member of the Professional Development Section of ISACA that delivers continuing professional development seminars, professional information security examinations, CISA and CISM revision classes in Hong Kong and Southern China. Jason has been a guest lecturer at the University of Hong Kong to deliver technology general education classes and in Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) to deliver penetration testing workshops.

Jason also serves as a member of Youth Service Advisory Committee of The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups (HKFYG) and a Director, Treasurer and Council Member of his alma mater’s alumni organisation, St. Louis School.

Jason holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Information Engineering (1st class honours) with minor in Business Administration from The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and Master of Laws (LLM) in Arbitration & Dispute Resolution at HKU.

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JU Xiaozhou (Jill) / 鞠晓宙

Twitter: @JillJu; Weibo: Jill_Ju

Jill Xiaozhou Ju is co-chair of Harvard Business School China Entrepreneurship Club and co-founder of Sensible Baby, a Boston based infant safety technology start-up. She is an active member of the Boston tech start-up and social enterprises scene.

Previously, Jill worked for UBS Investment Banking in Hong Kong and Beijing, focusing on China cross-border M&A transactions. She also worked for Fab.com in Berlin and Shanghai Development Research Center in Shanghai.

Jill graduated from Peking University with a Bachelor of Economics. She is currently studying at Harvard Business School as an MBA candidate.

She speaks fluent Mandarin, English and German. With years of studying and working in multicultural environment since a young age, she has a good understanding of both Chinese and western culture and am passionate about bridging those two in both cultural and business context.

Li Yijia

LI Yijia / 李一佳

Victorian Government Fellow

Twitter: @MP-YijiaWeibo: MP-YijiaLinkedIn Profile

Yijia LI holds a double Bachelor degree in Biology from Tsinghua University and in Economics from Peking University. He has done internships in Mercer consulting, Roland Berger Consultant and Tsinghua Science Park. He is now a third year Ph.D. student in Neuroscience at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, University of Melbourne. Besides study, he and other three Chinese overseas students founded a Not-For-Profit Organization called Melbourne Pioneer (MP). MP is strongly supported by the Group of Eight and local community’s network resources, MP is determined to dedicate itself to promoting and providing innovative entrepreneurship services for the young and ambitious generation in Australia.

At MP, we uphold the belief of “growth, and help others grow; achievements, and help others achieve!” It is embraced and reinforced by the enterprise culture “Vision, Passion, Action”. As we are always passionate about innovation and entrepreneurship, this leads to us building better services for businesses and the greater social welfare so that everyone benefits.  MP has demonstrated a rising trajectory in attracting and training more and more talented youth. As Melbourne’s first and proudly the only Chinese innovation and entrepreneurship platform, we have been constantly working to help more Chinese overseas students to realize their personal values and achieve the best in Australia.

In 2013, MP is promoting Chinese students to do volunteering work in local communities to help them be involved in Australian culture.

LIU SISI

LIU Sisi / 刘思斯

Twitter: @niunailizhi; Weibo: 扛霸子田心; LinkedIn Profile

Liu Sisi is a student at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. She received her Bachelor’s Degree with honours in Accounting from Dongbei University of Finance and Economics (DUFE).

Liu Sisi represented DUFE in the Dalian City Model United Nations Conference organized by the Dalian Municipal Communist Youth League Committee. investigating the issues of an aging society, where she played the part of a Cuban diplomat. She has also volunteered at the Dalian Summer Davos, World Economic Forum.

She represented her alma mater in the CFA Global Investment Research Challenge broadcast on China Central Television (CCTV) and won “The Best Performing Team” award in December 2010. She also led a 4-member team in the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) Global Business Challenge, making it into the TOP 20 in Northern China in 2010-11.

Liu Sisi began learning Guzheng, a traditional Chinese musical instrument at an early age. She is also accomplished in Chinese calligraphy and a number of her works have been collected and exhibited in the local art gallery. She dreams of one day promoting Chinese traditional culture internationally. She believes that cultural diplomacy will bring the people of China and Australia closer together.

Liu Tao

LIU Tao (Wellington) / 刘涛

Twitter: @hartmannsliebe; Weibo: Wellington-LiuTao; LinkedIn Profile

Mr. Liu Tao (Wellington) is currently a graduate student of Master in Public Policy at Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. His specialisation in his Masters program is in economic policy analysis focusing on Asia. Prior to studying in Singapore, he had 10 years work experience with China Customs and Shanghai Municipal Government. In Singapore, he also worked with the team of Worldtrade Management Services at PricewaterhouseCoopers to provide trade compliance advisory. At present, he is conducting a summer internship with United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok, Thailand.

Liu started his career in 2002 with Shanghai Customs as a Customs official. During his tenure of 7 years, he was fortunate to have substantial practical and research experiences in the trade facilitation area and to be engaged in some national Customs reform projects, e.g. e-Customs and e-Port. He was closely connected with the foreign trade community and has witnessed firsthand the difficulties of pushing through system-wide changes in China’s trade institution. Some of his professional thoughts and achievements contributed to the published working papers and won him awards from Customs.

From 2009 to 2012, Liu worked for the Foreign Affairs Office of Shanghai Government as a desk officer for Asia in the consular affairs division. His duties included liaison with diplomats of Consular Corps in Shanghai and international cooperation between Shanghai and foreign governments. He also took responsibility for resolving the conflicts and disputes of foreign expats and handled the consular protection requested from the consulates. His duty facilitated him to be in frequent contacts with the Australian Consulate General in Shanghai and other senior delegates from Australia.

In his current internship with the UN in Bangkok, there are many exciting highlights in the multi-national civilization exchange. He joined the Trade and Investment Division to work with the trade facilitation unit, contributing to the national single window policy guideline for Asia and the Pacific region.

Based on his previous and current professional roles in trade, diplomacy and business, Liu will bring to ACYD 2013 his insightful perspective on not only the China-Australia ties, but the challenges and opportunities of an emerging Asia to the globe.

Liu was born and grew up in Shanghai, China. He holds a Bachelor degree of Engineering and a Master of Public Administration from Tongji University and has short-term study experience in Austria receiving a Diploma in European Studies from the University of Vienna. He has been awarded the prestigious Oei Hong Leong Scholarship to study economic policy in Singapore from 2012 to 2014.

Yun Liu

LIU Yun / 刘韵

University of Sydney's China Studies Centre Fellow

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Yun Liu is an incoming student of Johns Hopkins Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), which is based in Washington, D.C. Yun’s strong interest in international affairs and unique international experiences have been demonstrated through her diverse working experiences in both Australia and China. She previously interned at the Lowy Institute for International Policy, where she assisted in conducting research and preparing international workshops for the East Asian Program. She also worked in the Office of Vice-Chancellor at the University of Sydney as a project assistant, and successfully coordinated and implemented over 15 high-level leadership training programs from Asia-Pacific. Yun has also interned at China Radio International, the most prominent international radio company in China. The internship provided her the opportunity to look at international affairs from a media angle.

Yun graduated from the University of Sydney in April 2013 with First Class Honours in her Bachelor of International and Global Studies, majoring in Government and International Relations, and Economics. During her Honours year, she completed a 19,000-word thesis on Taiwan’s changing economic policymaking towards China Mainland. Her outstanding academic record has brought her many awards, including the 2009 International Merit Scholarship and the 2010 Academic Merit Prize. As a Chinese student in Australia, Yun has devoted herself to promoting cross-cultural exchange in her capacity as the International Student Intern at the University of Sydney Union. In 2012, she was awarded a University of Sydney Union Blue Award for her outstanding contribution to the student community. She is also a finalist of the University of Sydney Graduate Medal.

Yun hopes to work in an international organisation in the future, where she can continue to promote mutual understanding and consensus building for China and the rest of the world.

Chloe Qiu

QIU Wenlin (Chloe) / 裘文琴

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Chloe is an investment banker-turned-entrepreneur who was born in Shanghai and now lives in Hong Kong with her husband. Chloe moved to Australia at the age of 16 to study and graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Commerce (Liberal Studies) degree. She has a Master of Finance (Investment Banking) degree from INSEAD Business School which was sponsored by her first employer, Macquarie Capital.  At Macquarie, Chloe worked for five years in the Real Estate Corporate Advisory team in Sydney, Melbourne, Hong Kong and Shanghai. In the summer of 2011, she met her current business partners and established Findings Group Limited, an advanced distribution and business development company in Hong Kong.

Having spent half of her life in China and Australia respectively, Chloe has a deep understanding and appreciation for both cultures, their similarities and more so their differences. With the increasing number of Chinese immigrants as well as the growing economic ties between the two nations, Chloe firmly believes that China and Australia will both benefit by making an effort to learn from and better understand each other, such as the deep rooted respect towards the elderly in Chinese societies and the value of ‘a fair go’ in Australian culture. As a part of her work, she helps western companies who are interested in entering China bridge this cultural gap and form localised business strategies.

Chloe is a quantum physics enthusiast with further interests in yoga and meditation.

Ren Jie

REN Jie / 任杰

China University Media Union Fellow

Twitter: @JeffreyRen; Weibo: 无事生非Jeffrey

REN Jie, though a junior student from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, is now a youth ambassador of Corporate Social Responsibility honoured by the UN Global Compact Network, and President of China Alliance of Campus International Societies. He devotes time to promoting more enterprises to value Corporate Social Responsibility including environment protection, human rights and technology innovation. Under his leadership, China Alliance of Campus International Societies achieved the connection to Embassies and other international organizations. At the end of July, he attended the China Summit on Caring for Climate and organized youth from different countries to draft a proposal of prevent climate change. During the Summit, he interviewed high-end entrepreneurs and attracted the attention of media.

As Secretary-General of BUAA Model United Nations Association, he successfully held a College United Nations conference last year and attended a Harvard Model Nations Summit as head delegate of his University. With some experience in youth leadership, he helped organize the UK-CHINA Youth Forum and “youth in action” program with youth from both Europe and China. With rich experience in public diplomacy and international communication, he was selected as the Chinese delegate to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Youth Forum 2012 and discussed youth problems with officials from countries

He has also achieved in his major field. At the Asian Science Camp held in Japan, which is only open to top technology students in Asia, Ren Jie gained a lot from communication with Asian Nobel Prize owners in cutting-edge areas of Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry. A summer intern in Citibank also aroused his interest in financial and investigation, which inspires him to go further.

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SHEN Ying / 沈莹

Weibo: StephanieShen

As an Australian Postgraduate Award Scholar, Ying Shen is now a PhD candidate in Environmental Law at the University of Western Sydney. She received her LL.B (Ranking No. 1) from Nanjing University, China and two LL.M degrees from Nanjing University, China and the University of Goettingen, Germany. During her undergraduate and postgraduate study, Ying volunteered and interned with various institutions in China and Germany. Upon completion of her LL.M study, she worked as an Assistant Judge at Jiangsu Wuxi People’s Intermediate Court in China from 2010 to 2011. To pursue her academic interest, she resigned her post as Assistant Judge and took up her PhD candidature in Australia in 2011.

Ying’s current research focuses on the development of the legal framework for the control of carbon emissions in China. She conducts her research work from a comparative perspective. She has written on different mitigation mechanisms such as carbon tax and ETS, and her articles have been published or accepted for publication by some leading American environmental law journals.

Ying was a frequent scholarship recipient. She secured scholarships in each academic year during her undergraduate study and was funded by DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) during her time in Germany. With studying and living experience in several countries, she is keen to cross-cultural conversations with people from different background.

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SHEN Yunting (Lulu) / 沈云婷

Weibo: Lulushen8677; LinkedIn Profile

Lulu (Yun Ting) Shen was born in Beijing, China and came to Australia pursuing a higher education at Monash University.

Currently working as the Chinese media specialist for the City of Sydney, Lulu has intimate knowledge in engaging a significant variety of cultural communication projects, many of which involves Australia and China bilateral relations. The experience provides Lulu with inside knowledge about journalism practices in both Australia and China.

Lulu assisted in successful publicity campaigns for the City of Sydney’s Chinse New Year Festival (CNY) and New Year’s Eve celebration, resulting in the highest level of national and international ethnic media coverage ever recorded. She supported the City in maintaining the CNY as the largest CNY celebration outside of mainland China, resulting in the event being one of the City’s most successful CNY celebrations to date.

Lina Tao

TAO Lina / 陶丽娜

Foundation for Australian Studies in China Fellow

Weibo: 呼吸中的轻羽; LinkedIn Profile

Lina Tao is a postgraduate research student at the School of Humanities, University of New South Wales, Australia. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies at Peking University in 2004. After graduating, she worked as a journalist and news editor at a Chinese daily newspaper, the Beijing Times (Jinghua Shibao). From 2008-12, she worked as a researcher and policy analyst at China Policy, a Beijing-based policy consultancy. She managed research projects on a wide range of social and policy issues with a particular focus on the power of Chinese social media and developed protocols and content for China Policy’s information system products.

Lina received an ‘Excellent Students Award’ and ‘University Principal’s Fund Research Award’ as an undergraduate at Peking University. In 2013, she was awarded the University International Postgraduate Award by UNSW. Her research project examines the intersections between the media, migration, and children in contemporary China. As an individual who had moved from rural to urban China and has now experienced a transnational movement to Australia, she is always fascinated by migrants’ journeys and the media’s role in the populous mobility. Her research interests lie in migration, practice of journalism, media policies, and social media.

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WANG Zhe (Neroli) / 王喆

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Neroli Wang recently graduated from Peking University with a Juris Master Degree, with which she majored in anti-monopoly and anti-unfair competition law. Currently, she sets her feet in three different fields, including in the field of law as a part-time lawyer, business as the CBO&CLO of McJayden (Beijing) Biotech Co., Ltd., and in culture as a fixed guest of  CCTV 1.

Neroli previously worked as a Legal Intern at the Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, advising on Chinese competition law and merger control, such as General Cable on its acquisition of Alcan Cable business from Rio Tinto. Neroli was also an intern at the Ministry of Commerce’s Anti-Monopoly Bureau of P.R.C.in 2011. At the beginning of 2012, she was awarded a scholarship to the China Young Development Program held at Columbia University in the United States.

Neroli is very civic minded and has always taken a very keen interest in roles where she can promote community development. In 2010, she volunteered at the Yilian Labor Legal Aid and Research Center of Beijing as a consultant. She investigated mining areas, researching the professional and living conditions of mine-workers and provided legislative proposals for prevention and control of occupational diseases.

Neroli is well-practiced in the piano, the violin and the African drums with a bunch of prizes. Her poetry recital skills earned her a national prize and, to this day, Neroli is still active on the stage as a visiting host for the Evening Dialogue program of CCTV-1, which is the primary channel on China’s state television network, spreading the voice of young people through dialogue with celebrities.

Under the cultural going-out strategy of Chinese government, Neroli organises a translation team, made up of students from Cambridge University, Australian National University and Peking University, to translate thirteen outstanding Chinese reporting literatures into English. These books will go to overseas markets as the earliest translated Chinese literature this year. In the future, Neroli wishes to help the publishing house to import valuable Australian literature into China, with the aim of creating more chances for Sino-Australia exchange and communication.

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ZHANG Lei / 张磊

Foundation for Australian Studies in China Fellow

Weibo: BillBushy

ZHANG Lei joined the Australian Studies Centre at Renmin University of China where he has organised a series of events promoting Australia. He has lead activities ranging from the RUC Australian Cultural Week, to Australia-oriented academic lectures, to managing the Centre’s blog focusing on current affairs in Australia.

As a MA candidate in Australian Studies program, his research interests include relation between Australia and the Asia-Pacific, Sino-Australia relationship and Australian Postmodern Literature. His current interests include re-positioning Australia in the Asia-Pacific in the new century, the implications of America’s rebalancing toward Asia in Australia, transnational Australian studies and transpacific studies. Zhang Lei has attended forums and conferences in South Korea, America and Europe. He finds it a great pleasure to meet new friends and share cutting-edge ideas.

Zhang Lei graduated with a BA in English from China Agricultural University with the Best Graduate Thesis Award and the Graduate Honour in 2011. During his undergraduate years, he served as the chair of the student union in the department for two terms and co-founded the International Communication and Cooperation Association at CAU.

Joe Zhao

ZHAO Xu (Joe) / 赵旭

ANZ Fellow

Weibo: Joexz

Joe Zhao has been working for Australia and New Zealand Bank (ANZ) since September 2009. He is currently the Director as Head of Large Local Corporate in ANZ Shanghai Branch. Previously, Joe also worked in Corporate Banking for Royal Bank of Scotland for almost 4 years and Standard Chartered Bank for 2 years. The work scope includes large Chinese corporate-orientated marketing, communication and selling commercial bank’s products. In Joe’s client portfolio, a number of clients also have subsidiaries set up and operating in Australia, covering industry across iron & steel, agriculture, shipping, container transportation, renewable energy, automakers, etc. With strong economic ties and collaboration between Australia and China, Joe has assisted more and more Chinese companies explore business opportunities in the Australian market.

Joe Zhao studied in the UK and holds a Master degree in Economics and Finance from University of Warwick, and an undergraduate degree from University of Buckingham. Outside of work, he enjoys swimming and playing golf.

2012 ACYD Chinese Delegates

Chinese Delegates
陈柏苍Chen Baicang-18910595127

CHEN Baicang

Chen Baicang is a senior lawyer in Beijing Hylands Law Firm, which is one of the leading full-service law firms in China, and a member of the All China Lawyers Association. He passed Pass China National Bar Examination in 2004, received his J. D. from Law School of Peking University, China in 2006, and joined Beijing Hylands Law Firm in 2008.

He specializes in company governance, securities (IPO), M&A, as well as foreign investments; and has advised numerous companies on their IPO and M&A in China Mainland and Hong Kong, such as Shandong Nanshan Aluminum Company (stock code: 600219). He holds qualification of securities practitioner and qualification of future practitioner as well.

CHEN Sheng

Chen Sheng is the Director of Business Development for Rio Tinto China, and is currently based in Beijing. Rio Tinto is one of the largest diversified mining groups in the world. In addition to being a major supplier of the mineral resources that help feed China’s growth, it is also a major customer for Chinese goods and a partner to leading Chinese companies in mining projects around the world.

In his current role, Sheng helps manage Rio Tinto’s relationships with its existing Chinese partners and develop new business opportunities within China and internationally.

He has both a BSc and MSc in materials science and engineering from Harbin Institute of Technology, and obtained his PhD from Tsinghua University in 2005.

His career to date has given Sheng the opportunity to visit mining and production operations throughout China, North America, Australia and Africa. Through first-hand observation of the different paths that development can take, Sheng has become a strong advocate for the importance of sustainable development. Sheng hopes to advance this cause within China and abroad, acting as a bridge to build relationships and share experience regarding the development challenges that will affect us all. Events like the Australia-China Youth Dialogue provide a great forum for this – helping to build the type of mutual understanding and respect that will be required if we are to work together to solve those challenges and achieve a level of prosperity that is both shared and sustainable.

Fan Yibo

FAN Yibo

Fan Yibo has just graduated from Jingmen Foreign School, Hubei Province as a science student. He is one of Xindongfang's top students - the leading language school in China. In 2008, Yibo volunteered to help the local earthquake-affected victims in Sichuan an experience that left him with a deep impression.

His awards include an excellence award in April 2012 in the “Often touched by Canon” photography competition. Yibo's work experience includes marketing for an audio shop retailer and social practice at the Aeronautical Research Institute.

In the future, Yibo wants to study abroad. Once he has finished his college degree he wants to further pursue his academic education through a master's degree.

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FENG Shenghao

Feng Shenghao is a PhD (economics) candidate at the Crawford School of Public Policy of the Australian National University (ANU) and a visiting PhD student at the Centre of Policy Studies (CoPS) of the Monash University. He holds a Master in International and Development Economics and a Bachelor in Economics from the Crawford School and the London School of Economics, respectively.

Shenghao’s PhD thesis is titled “The economics modelling of China’s carbon dioxide mitigation policies – a computable general equilibrium analysis”. This modelling practice evaluates the economic impacts of mitigation policies including carbon tax, cap and trade, coal-efficiency improvement and the structural rebalancing towards a domestic and consumption oriented economy. Apart from experts from the ANU and the CoPS, Shenghao also collaborates closely with researchers from the State Information Centre, National Development and Research Commission, China.

Shenghao worked as a research assistant on the World Bank report “Climate Change and Fiscal Policy – a Report for APEC”. He worked in the capacity of analysing the pricing mechanisms for key energy products, namely coal, oil and gas in China. Shenghao is a tutor of the post-graduate level course “Mathematics for Economics” at the Crawford School. He also works as a self-employed translator who specializes in translating climate change related issues between English and Chinese.

Aside from academics, Shenghao is interested in history, politics, philosophy and sports. Shenghao was a delegate of ANU’s Asia Pacific Week in 2010. He was also a winner of Canberra Football Association’s 5-aside Indoor Soccer League, Division 4, 2009.

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FENG Yuan

Feng Yuan is now a student at the Beijing University of Post and Telecommunications; she majored in Telecommunication Engineering & Management at the International School. For this year's ACYD, she had the honor to be selected as one of the Chinese delegate by the Xin Dongfang School of China. Feng Yuan believes that such an opportunity will be an important step for her as she embarks upon her engineering career. She believes that it is important that the issues that will be explored in this year's dialogue should be discussed by youth, and not just economists and politicians. Feng Yuan believes that ACYD 2012 will provide the Chinese and Australian youths involved with better ways to communicate and progress their shared-issues together.

Clive Lee

Clive LEE

Mr. Clive Ka-lun Lee is a round-the-world traveler, a serial social entrepreneur, an NGO leader, as well as a director of over 10 international youth organizations and a high school. Graduated from the University Hong Kong, he had a great career in power sector and received the highest recognition for an engineering graduate, the Trainee of the Year Award from the Hong Kong Institute of Engineers and also represent Hong Kong for the Dragon 100 Outstanding Chinese Young Leaders Forum. Owing to the Sichuan earthquake in 2008, he was inspired by the idea of social entrepreneurship and decided to quit his job for his life goal as a social entrepreneur for youth empowerment.

He is the Founding President of GEILI (Global Exchange In Leadership Initiatives), a global alliance of youth organizations to empower youth social changers through service learning, internship and exchange. GEILI organized over 30 programs around the world within a year and develop partnership over 100 countries. GEILI has also received lots of global recognition, e.g. Clinton Global Initiative University, Grameen Creative Lab by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Prof. Muhammad Yunus, British Council Social Enterprise Development Program, ECSEL (Empowering Chinese Social Enterprise Leaders) Fellow, TEDxSummit Scholarship, U.S. StartingBloc Fellow at Babson College and etc. GEILI had meetings with Bill Clinton, President Ma Ying-jeou (Taiwan), Mr. Len Brown (the Auckland Mayor) and other world leader.

He is also the Founding President of the DragoNation, a global network for Chinese Young Professionals and Scholars which organizes the Dragon 100 to gather 100 influential young Chinese leaders from all over the world in Hong Kong and China to discuss global issues and develop strategies for social changes.

In 2009, he also founded and chaired Envision Hong Kong, a social enterprise which organize large scale community-based mentorship program to encourage underprivileged high school students to serve the community through the life examples of young professional mentors.

His contribution was globally recognized, e.g. Harvard/Tsinghua/Peking University IMUSE Fellow, Brown University Strait Talk Fellow, HKU/National Taiwan University/Beijing Normal University/Southwest University of Finance and Economy YLSD Social Entrepreneurship Fellow, Sweden Tallburg YES Fellow, Swire Scholar, Li Ka Shing Foundation Love Ideas, Baidu Social Enterprise Competition awardee, Global Citizenship Program Coordinator in the United Nations and more. In 2010, he was invited by Oxfam as the only Chinese trainer to train 300 young leaders from 96 countries in India.

Clive is also a experiential trainer, a wedding planner, a painter, a drama actor and a writer.

Li Yifan

LI Yifan

Li Yifan studies in Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (BUAA). She finished her primary school as an “Honor roll student” of Shanxi province, China. After she progressed into middle school, she won the “Excellent League Member” of Shanxi province, China in 2007 and the national first prize of “National middle-school student English skills competition (high grade group)” in 2009. In 2011, she became a university student. Because of her hard work, great leadership and teamwork ability, she was elected to be the monitor of class, the minister of Venues Department in the blue sky volunteer association of BUAA, and in charge of the BUAA debating society. Yifan loves and is very proud to be a volunteer. She takes part in many kinds of volunteering activities, such as “The first Chinese college students Integrity and Honest weeks”, “The literature and art joint performance for the peaceful liberation of Tibet 60th anniversary” and “The 11th China International Chorus Festival and International Federation for Choral Music World Choral Summit”. In addition, she is a member of debate team of BUAA and awarded second place and “Best Debater” in the fifth “Inspiring Cup” freshmen debate competition in BUAA.

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MI Xujing

Mi Xujing is a senior student majoring in both Diplomacy and International Economics and Trade at China Foreign Affairs University. This double-major academic background enables her to analyze affairs from more than one perspective.

Mi Xujing is always interested in communication. She is a campus journalist, once interviewing celebrities such as Pakistani ambassador to China and many big events like the reconstruction after the Wenchuan earthquake. New media is the field she decides to have a further study. When interning in China Youth Daily, she has participated in the design of a mobile APP, which inspires her to go further.

Besides academic achievements, Mi Xujing also spends much time helping better the community. She once served as a volunteer teacher in a remote primary school in Shaanxi Province and a Beijing Primary School. What’s more, Mi Xujing was the program manager of SIFE Beijing (now, it’s renamed Enactus), managing 21 teams in Beijing. Students are encouraged to enable progress through entrepreneurial action, bringing sustainable improvement of living standards to people in need.

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Ken SHAO

Dr Ken Shao is a Senior Lecturer in Law at Murdoch University and Director, the Postgraduate Certificate in Chinese Law (partnered with City University of Hong Kong). He is also an Education Committee Member in the Australia China Business Council (ACBC) and a research fellow/adjunct professor in a number of Chinese universities.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Chinese Law Dr Shao directs is a unique, top-level career-enhancing momentum and the leading brand of its kind in Australia. The Program has received generous sponsorships from Minter Ellison and the DEEWR. It has appeared in The Australian and Australian Financial Review. So far it has trained 150 highly motivated Australians.

Dr Shao’s research covers intellectual property, innovation and China-related issues. He has published in prestigious journals such as the Columbia Journal of Asian Law, Tsinghua Law Review and Hong Kong Law Journal. One of his key contributions is a counter to Harvard professor William Alford’s widely accepted views on Chinese intellectual property history.

Dr Shao has been interviewed by leading media such as Skynews, The Australian, ABC Radio, The Guardian and China Radio International on Washington China-US Strategic and Economic Dialogue, Obama’s visit to Australia, Baidu copyright disputes, Huawei’s AU$36 billion NBN bids, etc. He has been invited to speak in various leading universities and international conferences.

Dr Shao is devoted to improving real China knowledge in China and Australia. He interacts closely with younger generations. He is an amateur of Chinese classical art.

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SHEN Yuyan

Born in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province, Shen Yuyan developed great interest in literature, music and language learning during her childhood. After entering Renmin University of China, she was keen on voluntary work and international exchange activities, exemplifying her involvement in the 2011 EU-China Year of Youth and her leading role in Global China Connection, a student organization aimed at promoting communication between youth leaders from China and foreign countries. She also played a part in some drama shows, keyboard concerts, basketball matches and singing competitions. She's currently pursuing her master's degree in Peking University Law school and would like to become a professional with insight into the global market.

Ann WANG

Ann is a founder and director of “We Impact”. “We Impact”, the first of its kind in China, is a social enterprise based in Beijing, whose mission is to develop and promote opportunities to realize sustainable lifestyles through the dissemination of knowledge, cultural engagement, and business and to facilitate a transition for interested parties including businesses, cultural institutions, NGOs, and government bodies towards becoming sustainable.

Before founding “We Impact”, Ann was a Business Development Director of “P1.CN”, an invitation-only social network for urban affluent Chinese. Prior to which she worked as the Strategic Development Director for the Beijing-based non-profit organization Golden Bridges, a nonprofit organization pioneering in in social entrepreneurship and philanthropy between China and the US.

Ann sits on the board of a number of charity foundations in China, and in 2011 she represented Mr. Al Gore as a Chinese presenter for “The Climate Project”. And in 2009, Ann was instrumental in initiating China's first Youth Delegation to the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.

She has has undertaken studies at Cambridge University, Beijing Foreign Studies University as well as Beijing University. She is passionate about the environment, and “making the world a better place”.

Ding Wang

WANG Ding

Ding is currently the Chief of Staff for ANZ China Institutional Banking Division, responsible for the development and execution of country strategies, business plans and client initiatives. Recently, Ding has led the ANZ China business in developing capabilities across the RMB cross border front, both in strategy and execution. Through this, he has gained great exposure in the field of currency reform, policy/financial innovation and business transformation, at both a macro and client level.

With his childhood and adolescent years shared between Beijing and Melbourne, Ding is deeply familiar with the customs and mindset of the two nations. He has always planned to be at the centre of building business and relations between Australia and China. A diplomat for both, a conduit in between. As such, it was no surprise when Ding accepted the Management Trainee offer from ANZ, at which point in time, the Big Blue had just announced their strategy to become a super-regional bank with significant investments planned for Asia and in particular China. And it was no surprise again when he jumped at the opportunity to work for ANZ in China. Now, three years based in Shanghai, the gateway between the East and West, and he is getting a sense of what transformation and change really means!

Outside work, he enjoys the thrills of outdoor activities including Snowboarding, Scuba Diving, Hiking, Bike Riding and Basketball. Ding loves the local Beijing food and also the occasional beer!

Ding holds a degree in Information Technology and Business Management from the Swinburne University, awarded industry scholarships to intern at blue chip corporate incl. IBM, Telstra, Coles Myer Limited.

Wang Zikai

WANG Zikai

Zikai Wang is currently working with CO2CRC on economical modelling of CO2 abatement technologies in Sydney. He received his B.E. from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2008, with top awards such as Schneider Electric Scholarship and Endress+Hauser Scholarship. He’s a travel enthusiast with experience across Southeast Asia, North America, Middle East & North Africa and Europe.

Elaine Zhao

Elaine ZHAO

Elaine Jing Zhao is a postdoctoral research fellow with ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation (CCI) at QUT. At CCI, she has had the privilege to work in an environment which embraces both theoretical and applied research that is cross-disciplinary and internationally focused. Elaine is also the vice director of Asian Creative Transformation, a network of researchers who are dedicated to understanding how transformations is taking place in Asia-Pacific through creative initiatives.

Her main research interests include digital media, creative economy, user co-creation, and their social, cultural and economic implications. Currently Elaine takes part in two ARC funded Discovery Projects. One adopts a transnational perspective in exploring the interactions between formal and informal media economies in the Asia-Pacific. The project aims to provide a new direction for intellectual property debates, and contribute to media, innovation and telecommunications policy discussions. The other examines the role of mobile and social technologies in promoting positive lifestyle among young women.

Elaine completed her PhD at QUT in 2011 on the adoption and use of mobile media in building consumer relationships in China. Prior to that, her professional experience with Nokia in China provided her with knowledge of both domestic and overseas mobile media innovations.

Outside work, Elaine is actively engaged in various communities committed to cross-cultural communications, including serving as the online column editor for TEDtoChina from 2009 to 2011. She is also a NAATI accredited professional translator with rich experience in translation across a multitude of industrial and academic settings.

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ZHOU Jiamiao

Zhou Jiamiao is currently a PHD candidate majored in International Relations at Nanjing University.

As a young scholar, Jiamiao ’s research interests are mainly on American Diplomatic History, American Environmental Diplomacy , Australian-American alliance and Sino-Australia relationship. Her PHD dissertation is on American Environmental Diplomacy under the administration of Nixon. In 2009, Jiamiao was awarded Fulbright Scholarship, having studied at Department of Political Science, University of Southern California (2009-2010). In recent years, Jiamiao has been working on her dissertation and has published many articles on Chinese newspapers and journals.

Since 2011, Jiamiao has been working as an external faculty member at School of Chinese Language and Literature, Beijing Foreign Studies University. She teaches overseas students Chinese History and Chinese Culture.

2012 Australian ACYD Delegates

Phillipa Brant

Philippa BRANT

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.

Wesa CHAU

Wesa CHAU

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.

Gareth Durrant

Gareth DURRANT

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

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.

Julian Gruin

Julian GRUIN

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.

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Catherine HARDIE

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.

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Russell HARWOOD

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.

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Phillip KINGSTON

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 (www.kdis.com.au). 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.

Fiona Lawrie

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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

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.

Lynn MORRISON

Lynn MORRISON

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.

Elizabeth Payne

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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.

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TANG Shuyin

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.

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Philip WEN

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

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.

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.

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> 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.

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> 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 (www.kdis.com.au). 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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CHEN Baicang (2012 ACYD Delegate)

Chen Baicang is a senior lawyer in Beijing Hylands Law Firm, which is one of the leading full-service law firms in China, and a member of the All China Lawyers Association. He passed Pass China National Bar Examination in 2004, received his J. D. from Law School of Peking University, China in 2006, and joined Beijing Hylands Law Firm in 2008.

He specializes in company governance, securities (IPO), M&A, as well as foreign investments; and has advised numerous companies on their IPO and M&A in China Mainland and Hong Kong, such as Shandong Nanshan Aluminum Company (stock code: 600219). He holds qualification of securities practitioner and qualification of future practitioner as well.

CHEN Sheng (2012 ACYD Delegate)

Chen Sheng is the Director of Business Development for Rio Tinto China, and is currently based in Beijing. Rio Tinto is one of the largest diversified mining groups in the world. In addition to being a major supplier of the mineral resources that help feed China’s growth, it is also a major customer for Chinese goods and a partner to leading Chinese companies in mining projects around the world.

In his current role, Sheng helps manage Rio Tinto’s relationships with its existing Chinese partners and develop new business opportunities within China and internationally.

He has both a BSc and MSc in materials science and engineering from Harbin Institute of Technology, and obtained his PhD from Tsinghua University in 2005.

His career to date has given Sheng the opportunity to visit mining and production operations throughout China, North America, Australia and Africa. Through first-hand observation of the different paths that development can take, Sheng has become a strong advocate for the importance of sustainable development. Sheng hopes to advance this cause within China and abroad, acting as a bridge to build relationships and share experience regarding the development challenges that will affect us all. Events like the Australia-China Youth Dialogue provide a great forum for this – helping to build the type of mutual understanding and respect that will be required if we are to work together to solve those challenges and achieve a level of prosperity that is both shared and sustainable.

FAN Xinjiang (Flavin) (2010 ACYD Delegate)

Xinjiang is a scholarship student of the University of International Business and Economics. He is majoring in international trade and economics and has an interest in diplomatic trade and relations.

Xinjiang is a program manager at SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise), a global non-profit organisation educating people on market economics, entrepreneurship and business ethics through educational outreach projects. Xinjiang is responsible for 20 SIFE teams across the Beijing region. The position requires him to build relationships with corporate sponsors such as KPMG, TMF and Unilever. He is also responsible for liaising with media in the Beijing region such as the China Daily and the China Youth Daily.

Xinjiang has previously undertaken traineeships with PICC and KPMG. Xinjiang’s participates in various extra-curricular and recently won first place in the Creative E-commerce Competition and third place in the 2010 Mathematical Modelling Contest.

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FAN Yibo (2012 ACYD Delegate)

Fan Yibo has just graduated from Jingmen Foreign School, Hubei Province as a science student. He is one of Xindongfang's top students - the leading language school in China. In 2008, Yibo volunteered to help the local earthquake-affected victims in Sichuan an experience that left him with a deep impression.

His awards include an excellence award in April 2012 in the “Often touched by Canon” photography competition. Yibo's work experience includes marketing for an audio shop retailer and social practice at the Aeronautical Research Institute.

In the future, Yibo wants to study abroad. Once he has finished his college degree he wants to further pursue his academic education through a master's degree.

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FENG Shenghao (2012 ACYD Delegate)

Feng Shenghao is a PhD (economics) candidate at the Crawford School of Public Policy of the Australian National University (ANU) and a visiting PhD student at the Centre of Policy Studies (CoPS) of the Monash University. He holds a Master in International and Development Economics and a Bachelor in Economics from the Crawford School and the London School of Economics, respectively.

Shenghao’s PhD thesis is titled “The economics modelling of China’s carbon dioxide mitigation policies – a computable general equilibrium analysis”. This modelling practice evaluates the economic impacts of mitigation policies including carbon tax, cap and trade, coal-efficiency improvement and the structural rebalancing towards a domestic and consumption oriented economy. Apart from experts from the ANU and the CoPS, Shenghao also collaborates closely with researchers from the State Information Centre, National Development and Research Commission, China.

Shenghao worked as a research assistant on the World Bank report “Climate Change and Fiscal Policy – a Report for APEC”. He worked in the capacity of analysing the pricing mechanisms for key energy products, namely coal, oil and gas in China. Shenghao is a tutor of the post-graduate level course “Mathematics for Economics” at the Crawford School. He also works as a self-employed translator who specializes in translating climate change related issues between English and Chinese.

Aside from academics, Shenghao is interested in history, politics, philosophy and sports. Shenghao was a delegate of ANU’s Asia Pacific Week in 2010. He was also a winner of Canberra Football Association’s 5-aside Indoor Soccer League, Division 4, 2009.

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FENG Yuan (2012 ACYD Delegate)

Feng Yuan is now a student at the Beijing University of Post and Telecommunications; she majored in Telecommunication Engineering & Management at the International School. For this year's ACYD, she had the honor to be selected as one of the Chinese delegate by the Xin Dongfang School of China. Feng Yuan believes that such an opportunity will be an important step for her as she embarks upon her engineering career. She believes that it is important that the issues that will be explored in this year's dialogue should be discussed by youth, and not just economists and politicians. Feng Yuan believes that ACYD 2012 will provide the Chinese and Australian youths involved with better ways to communicate and progress their shared-issues together.

GUO Wenna (Margaret) (2010 ACYD Delegate)

Margaret comes from Beijing, where she is completing her BA in English literature at Beijing Foreign Studies University.

Margaret is a passionate public speaker. For the past three years she has participated in international debating tournaments organised by the International Debate Association and in the Asian University Students Debate Championship 2009 and the World University Students Debate Championship 2009.

Serving as the President of the University Students’ Union, Margaret has won various national English competitions including the 21st Century English Speaking Competition and 2010 CCTV Cup.

Margaret is a keen volunteer and is interested in public welfare issues. From July to September 2008, she volunteered for the Beijing Olympic Games and Paralympics Games, serving as a media associate for the International Broadcasting Centre (IBC). In 2008, she performed at the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games.

Margaret highly values opportunities to participate in political, economic and cultural events for policy-making and social progress. In 2010 she represented China at the Toronto G20 Summit as one of the seven youth delegates. So far, she has worked for McKinsey, the Wall Street Journal and Reuters Beijing.

HU Xiangyu (2010 ACYD Delegate)

Hu Xiangyu is an English major student at the Foreign Language and Culture School of Nanjing Normal University. She is a Shanghai World Expo registered university student reporter, Executive President of the China University Media Union, President of China (Jiangsu) University Media Union and the Executive Chief Editor of the magazine Nanjing Normal University Youths.

Hu Xiangyu is interested in media, culture, art, literature, photography and communications. Xiangyu is an Outstanding Organisation Award of Ding Ling Literature winner. In the past, She has undertaken internships with the Chinese Youth Daily and at the Jiangsu Education Publishing House.

HUANG Rui (2011 ACYD Delegate)

Rui is a liaison and a research assistant at Australian Studies Center, Sun Yat-Sen University and a 2010 International Journalism graduate from Guangdong University of Foreign Studies. He has developed a great interest in Australia since first year at university, which has led him to his current position.

Rui focuses on Sino-Australian bilateral political, economic and trade relations, and China’s public diplomacy and climate change research. Aside from his academic endeavors, Rui co-organised the Sino-Australian SME Summit in 2010 as one of the starting points of his practical research program, through which he wishes to stress the practical function of research outcomes.

During his undergraduate studies, Rui was award- ed the campus-wide Second Prize scholarship twice in 2007 and 2008. Studying international journalism has exposed Rui to international problems and disputes, which has led him to believe that communication is by far the best channel through which mutual understanding should be improved, cooperation enhanced and warfare avoided.

Rui has also undertaken extensive volunteer work in local communities, including his two years of service as President of the College Students’ Association in his hometown Leizhou, during which he organised voluntary teaching programs for tens of primary and middle schools in rural towns, and several other city-wide activities to help local students understand more of the outside world, such as English Speaking Competitions and Experience Sharing events.

His one-year service as deputy minister of the Organization Department, Guangdong Provincial Students’ Union, during which he worked closely with senior provincial government officials and political peers, contributed greatly to his passion for international relations and understanding of politics.

To further promote his expertise and his practical research program, Jason plans to undertake short-term study in Australia in 2012 and help co-ordinate and organize more Australian-related activities to help people in Southern China know more about Australia.

JIANG Ziyi (2010 ACYD Delegate)

Jiang is in her third year of a Bachelor of Human Resource Management at Shanghai Jiaotong University (SJTU).

Jiang is Vice President of SJTU Student Union, a role that involves organising and running events such as the 2010 Global Forum for College Students in Shanghai. This involved working with international students from world- class universities and has given Ziyi a deep understanding and appreciation of international communication and culture.

Ziyi has previously filled the role of Vice President of the SJTU College of Economics and Management and has interned at the Shanghai Merchant Bank.

Clive Lee

Clive LEE (2012 ACYD Delegate)

Mr. Clive Ka-lun Lee is a round-the-world traveler, a serial social entrepreneur, an NGO leader, as well as a director of over 10 international youth organizations and a high school. Graduated from the University Hong Kong, he had a great career in power sector and received the highest recognition for an engineering graduate, the Trainee of the Year Award from the Hong Kong Institute of Engineers and also represent Hong Kong for the Dragon 100 Outstanding Chinese Young Leaders Forum. Owing to the Sichuan earthquake in 2008, he was inspired by the idea of social entrepreneurship and decided to quit his job for his life goal as a social entrepreneur for youth empowerment.

He is the Founding President of GEILI (Global Exchange In Leadership Initiatives), a global alliance of youth organizations to empower youth social changers through service learning, internship and exchange. GEILI organized over 30 programs around the world within a year and develop partnership over 100 countries. GEILI has also received lots of global recognition, e.g. Clinton Global Initiative University, Grameen Creative Lab by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Prof. Muhammad Yunus, British Council Social Enterprise Development Program, ECSEL (Empowering Chinese Social Enterprise Leaders) Fellow, TEDxSummit Scholarship, U.S. StartingBloc Fellow at Babson College and etc. GEILI had meetings with Bill Clinton, President Ma Ying-jeou (Taiwan), Mr. Len Brown (the Auckland Mayor) and other world leader.

He is also the Founding President of the DragoNation, a global network for Chinese Young Professionals and Scholars which organizes the Dragon 100 to gather 100 influential young Chinese leaders from all over the world in Hong Kong and China to discuss global issues and develop strategies for social changes.

In 2009, he also founded and chaired Envision Hong Kong, a social enterprise which organize large scale community-based mentorship program to encourage underprivileged high school students to serve the community through the life examples of young professional mentors.

His contribution was globally recognized, e.g. Harvard/Tsinghua/Peking University IMUSE Fellow, Brown University Strait Talk Fellow, HKU/National Taiwan University/Beijing Normal University/Southwest University of Finance and Economy YLSD Social Entrepreneurship Fellow, Sweden Tallburg YES Fellow, Swire Scholar, Li Ka Shing Foundation Love Ideas, Baidu Social Enterprise Competition awardee, Global Citizenship Program Coordinator in the United Nations and more. In 2010, he was invited by Oxfam as the only Chinese trainer to train 300 young leaders from 96 countries in India.

Clive is also a experiential trainer, a wedding planner, a painter, a drama actor and a writer.

LENG Ke (2011 ACYD Delegate)

Leng Ke in currently on leave from the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China to complete a Masters of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore.

Leng Ke has extensive diplomatic experience, having worked as cultural attaché at the People’s Republic of China Embassy in Pakistan (2005-2008) and as Third Secretary at People’s Republic of Embassy in Poland (2008-2010). He returned to China in 2010 to work as a Protocol Officer for Ministers, Ministry of Culture, where he was responsible for the organisation and management of visits by foreign dignitaries.

A graduate of the Beijing Language and Cultural University, Leng Ke speaks fluent English and French and intends to spend a year in Paris studying at the Institute of Political Science, before returning to the Ministry of Culture.

LI Wei (Jeff Lee) (2010 ACYD Delegate)

Li Wei is studying interpretation at the Graduate School of Translation and the Beijing Foreign Studies University. Li Wei graduated from Beijing Normal University with a strong academic record, during his time at which he won a national scholarship and a first prize scholarship every year of his degree.

As a student of interpretation, Li Wei has broad knowledge of global issues and is interested in economics and finance. He has published four academic papers and won various awards from the International Poetry Journal for his English poetry compositions.

Li Wei is the Chief Student Representative of his school and has previously worked as an interpreter for the Chinese Academy of Governance and the United States Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance.

Li Wei has worked for the CCTV Business Channel and has also translated and published two books on energy issues and behavioural finance for Renmin University Press.

Li Yifan

LI Yifan (2012 ACYD Delegate)

Li Yifan studies in Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (BUAA). She finished her primary school as an “Honor roll student” of Shanxi province, China. After she progressed into middle school, she won the “Excellent League Member” of Shanxi province, China in 2007 and the national first prize of “National middle-school student English skills competition (high grade group)” in 2009. In 2011, she became a university student. Because of her hard work, great leadership and teamwork ability, she was elected to be the monitor of class, the minister of Venues Department in the blue sky volunteer association of BUAA, and in charge of the BUAA debating society. Yifan loves and is very proud to be a volunteer. She takes part in many kinds of volunteering activities, such as “The first Chinese college students Integrity and Honest weeks”, “The literature and art joint performance for the peaceful liberation of Tibet 60th anniversary” and “The 11th China International Chorus Festival and International Federation for Choral Music World Choral Summit”. In addition, she is a member of debate team of BUAA and awarded second place and “Best Debater” in the fifth “Inspiring Cup” freshmen debate competition in BUAA.

LIANG Xiaoyan (2010 ACYD Delegate)

Xiaoyan was born in rural China and moved to Hunan to study at Central South University in 2005. After four years at university, she was recommended to the top language university in Shanghai and offered a full scholarship.

During this time she received an opportunity to work in the USA for a summer, where she was exposed to an entirely different culture. This experience inspired her to study intercultural communications and significantly shaped her interest and understanding of economic imbalances, regional cultural and cross-cultural issues and environmental protection.

Xiaoyan believes that questions of how to battle global problems and make the world a better place for all is based on national politics and the views of, and power given to, decision makers. As such, effective intercultural communication is essential and there is so much to learn about it.

LIAO Qiongyao (2010 ACYD Delegate)

Liao Qiongyao is studying interpretation and translation at Beijing Foreign Studies University. She studied in Singapore as an exchange student in 2010. In 2009 she received her combined Bachelor of English Literature and Tourism Management (with distinction) from Sichuan International Studies University in Chongqing.

Qiongyao’s experience living in different cities throughout China has given her a broad understanding of modern China in terms of local culture, environment issues and international relations.

Now studying in Beijing, Qiongyao volunteers for the China Youth Daily. During her time at the China Youth Daily she has exchanged ideas on foreign policy issues with Cui Tiankai, Chinese Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs among other world leaders. Qiongyao also has experience working as a volunteer at the Confucius Institute in Beijing.

LIU Chen (2010 ACYD Delegate)

Liu Chen is a graduate from Xi’an International Studies University with a double major in diplomacy and international politics and translation and interpretation.

During her studies, Liu Chen was awarded the Superior Scholarship every year. She also established the Model United Association at her university and participated in 12 MUN conferences in various capacities.

In 2008, Liu Chen helped organise the Harvard Summit of Young Leaders of China and was subsequently invited to Harvard twice. She also volunteered for the Beijing Paralympics in 2008 and participated in the XISU Debate and APEC Voice of Future 2009.

Liu Chen has always felt it was her responsibility to pursue the study of different cultures, while also preserving and promoting Chinese culture. At a very early young age Liu Chen read both Taoism and Shakespeare and learned both piano and Chinese folk vocal music. These experiences enabled her to view international relations from the perspective of culture and society and to analyse international affairs with a solid cultural foundation.

Liu Chen attended the China National Model United Nations in March 2008. The same year, she represented Australia in the Asian International Model United Nations Conference, where she won the Outstanding Delegate Award.

LIU Suyu (2010 ACYD Delegate)

Liu Suyu is a current PhD candidate in sociology at Oxford University. He holds a MA in science and philosophy as well as a BA in economics.

With an interest in developing economies, Suyu is focusing on the bilateral economic and trade relationships between China and Australia. In 2010, Suyu was a volunteer leader of the China Economic Association and Society Master and Editor of OxBridgeChina. He has also held various other extracurricular positions throughout his studies including Student Editor of the UK-China Weekly at Cambridge University and Director of the Division of Academics at the Oxford Chinese Scholars’ Association.

LU Yi (2011 ACYD Delegate)

Lu Yi is a senior student focusing on International Economics and Trade at the China Foreign Affairs University. Besides her academic commitments, Yi actively participates in several public affairs organisations in an effort to develop her abilities and global perspective.

Yi was the campus coordinator of “Junior Achievement China” and arranged mock interviews for the students with the cooperation of volunteers from World Top 500 enterprises. She has a great interest in economics and international affairs and represented her university in 2011 at the Harvard Model United Nations in Singapore.

Yi has worked for Deloitte in China and for the Hong Kong-China Interns Association where she helped many Mainland Chinese students find internship opportunities in Hong Kong.

Yi is very excited to be a participant at the Australia-China Youth Dialogue and to have the chance to share her views on the China-Australia relationship with speakers and delegates alike, and looks forward visiting Australia.

Mi Xujing

MI Xujing (2012 ACYD Delegate)

Mi Xujing is a senior student majoring in both Diplomacy and International Economics and Trade at China Foreign Affairs University. This double-major academic background enables her to analyze affairs from more than one perspective.

Mi Xujing is always interested in communication. She is a campus journalist, once interviewing celebrities such as Pakistani ambassador to China and many big events like the reconstruction after the Wenchuan earthquake. New media is the field she decides to have a further study. When interning in China Youth Daily, she has participated in the design of a mobile APP, which inspires her to go further.

Besides academic achievements, Mi Xujing also spends much time helping better the community. She once served as a volunteer teacher in a remote primary school in Shaanxi Province and a Beijing Primary School. What’s more, Mi Xujing was the program manager of SIFE Beijing (now, it’s renamed Enactus), managing 21 teams in Beijing. Students are encouraged to enable progress through entrepreneurial action, bringing sustainable improvement of living standards to people in need.

PENG Jingchao (2011 ACYD Delegate)

Peng Jingchao is a graduate of the University of International Relations in Beijing, where he was awarded a BA in English in June 2008. He is currently a Research Assistant at the China and Global Security Programme of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), an international think tank that is dedicated to research on arms control, arms transfers and world conflict and security issues. Prior to his position in SIPRI, Peng Jingchao worked as a Junior Researcher at Kroll Beijing, an American business-consulting firm.

Peng Jingchao’s research focuses on China’s foreign policy and security issues. His current work concentrates primarily on China’s strategic interests in the Arctic, China-Russia energy relations, as well as China’s energy and security interests in Central Asia.

His research has been presented at the ‘Taiwan Second Track Dialogue’ conference of Stiftung Wissenschaft Politik (“From economic cooperation to the building of cross-Strait mutual political trust: a view from Beijing”) and he has contributed to SIPRI Insights Paper “China prepares for an ice-free Arctic”and SIPRI Policy Report “New Foreign Policy Actors in China”. In 2011, Peng was recognised as a Global Emerging Voices Fellow.

Peng Jingchao is the co-author of the forthcoming SIPRI Policy Report “China’s energy and security relations with Russia”.

REN Wanlin (2010 ACYD Delegate)

Ren Wanlin is a final year undergraduate student majoring in international economics and trade at Capital Normal University in Beijing. He has had an interest in international economic and political relations since high school.

Wanlin is the top ranked student in his course and in 2009 was one of 26 undergraduate students (out of 10,000) at his university awarded a prestigious Ministry of Education National Scholarship.

Wanlin has participated as a National Chinese Delegate in the China Future Leadership Program and has completed an internship with Peking University’s International MBA program.

Wanlin has been involved in many extra-curricular activities including volunteering for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games as a media assistant and assisting with the CET exchange program of Capital Normal University.

Wanlin has travelled widely across Europe and China.

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Ken SHAO (2012 ACYD Delegate)

Dr Ken Shao is a Senior Lecturer in Law at Murdoch University and Director, the Postgraduate Certificate in Chinese Law (partnered with City University of Hong Kong). He is also an Education Committee Member in the Australia China Business Council (ACBC) and a research fellow/adjunct professor in a number of Chinese universities.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Chinese Law Dr Shao directs is a unique, top-level career-enhancing momentum and the leading brand of its kind in Australia. The Program has received generous sponsorships from Minter Ellison and the DEEWR. It has appeared in The Australian and Australian Financial Review. So far it has trained 150 highly motivated Australians.

Dr Shao’s research covers intellectual property, innovation and China-related issues. He has published in prestigious journals such as the Columbia Journal of Asian Law, Tsinghua Law Review and Hong Kong Law Journal. One of his key contributions is a counter to Harvard professor William Alford’s widely accepted views on Chinese intellectual property history.

Dr Shao has been interviewed by leading media such as Skynews, The Australian, ABC Radio, The Guardian and China Radio International on Washington China-US Strategic and Economic Dialogue, Obama’s visit to Australia, Baidu copyright disputes, Huawei’s AU$36 billion NBN bids, etc. He has been invited to speak in various leading universities and international conferences.

Dr Shao is devoted to improving real China knowledge in China and Australia. He interacts closely with younger generations. He is an amateur of Chinese classical art.

Shen Yu Sarah

SHEN Yuyan (2012 ACYD Delegate)

Born in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province, Shen Yuyan developed great interest in literature, music and language learning during her childhood. After entering Renmin University of China, she was keen on voluntary work and international exchange activities, exemplifying her involvement in the 2011 EU-China Year of Youth and her leading role in Global China Connection, a student organization aimed at promoting communication between youth leaders from China and foreign countries. She also played a part in some drama shows, keyboard concerts, basketball matches and singing competitions. She's currently pursuing her master's degree in Peking University Law school and would like to become a professional with insight into the global market.

Ann WANG (2012 ACYD Delegate)

Ann is a founder and director of “We Impact”. “We Impact”, the first of its kind in China, is a social enterprise based in Beijing, whose mission is to develop and promote opportunities to realize sustainable lifestyles through the dissemination of knowledge, cultural engagement, and business and to facilitate a transition for interested parties including businesses, cultural institutions, NGOs, and government bodies towards becoming sustainable.

Before founding “We Impact”, Ann was a Business Development Director of “P1.CN”, an invitation-only social network for urban affluent Chinese. Prior to which she worked as the Strategic Development Director for the Beijing-based non-profit organization Golden Bridges, a nonprofit organization pioneering in in social entrepreneurship and philanthropy between China and the US.

Ann sits on the board of a number of charity foundations in China, and in 2011 she represented Mr. Al Gore as a Chinese presenter for “The Climate Project”. And in 2009, Ann was instrumental in initiating China's first Youth Delegation to the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.

She has has undertaken studies at Cambridge University, Beijing Foreign Studies University as well as Beijing University. She is passionate about the environment, and “making the world a better place”.

Ding Wang

WANG Ding (2012 ACYD Delegate)

Ding is currently the Chief of Staff for ANZ China Institutional Banking Division, responsible for the development and execution of country strategies, business plans and client initiatives. Recently, Ding has led the ANZ China business in developing capabilities across the RMB cross border front, both in strategy and execution. Through this, he has gained great exposure in the field of currency reform, policy/financial innovation and business transformation, at both a macro and client level.

With his childhood and adolescent years shared between Beijing and Melbourne, Ding is deeply familiar with the customs and mindset of the two nations. He has always planned to be at the centre of building business and relations between Australia and China. A diplomat for both, a conduit in between. As such, it was no surprise when Ding accepted the Management Trainee offer from ANZ, at which point in time, the Big Blue had just announced their strategy to become a super-regional bank with significant investments planned for Asia and in particular China. And it was no surprise again when he jumped at the opportunity to work for ANZ in China. Now, three years based in Shanghai, the gateway between the East and West, and he is getting a sense of what transformation and change really means!

Outside work, he enjoys the thrills of outdoor activities including Snowboarding, Scuba Diving, Hiking, Bike Riding and Basketball. Ding loves the local Beijing food and also the occasional beer!

Ding holds a degree in Information Technology and Business Management from the Swinburne University, awarded industry scholarships to intern at blue chip corporate incl. IBM, Telstra, Coles Myer Limited.

WANG Zekai (2011 ACYD Delegate)

Zekai Wang is currently the Co-Chair and Executive Director of the Global Sustainable Leaders Forum (GSLF), which is supported by the United Nations Youth Program, UN Secretary-General Climate Change Support Team and nearly 100 global youth organisations.

As a major event in Asia Pacific to celebrate United Nations International Year of Youth, the forum gathered more than 200 speakers (the honourable speakers including UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon (online), and the Boao Asia Forum Secretary-General Long Yongtu. GSLF runs four main programs: an Annual forum, China social innovation fellowship, youth organizations development project and 2012+ Youth Sustainable Initiative.

In the past, Zekai has been the National Director in AIESEC Mainland of China 2008-2009. He worked full-time for one year to lead a 300 person volunteer sales team based in over ten Chinese cities, managing partnerships with more than 200 organizations in China and travelling to more than 20 countries for conferences and partnership meetings.

After his position with AIESEC, Zekai Wang co-founded an initiative called “Global Climate Change Youth Congress 2009-Model United Nations COP15 in Beijing” and was a Chinese youth delegate to United Nations COP15 conference.

Wang Zikai

WANG Zikai (2012 ACYD Delegate)

Zikai Wang is currently working with CO2CRC on economical modelling of CO2 abatement technologies in Sydney. He received his B.E. from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2008, with top awards such as Schneider Electric Scholarship and Endress+Hauser Scholarship. He’s a travel enthusiast with experience across Southeast Asia, North America, Middle East & North Africa and Europe.

WEI Shuge (2011 ACYD Delegate)

Shuge is a PhD student at the Australian National University. She holds a B.A. degree in English and journalism with a Best Thesis Award from Beijing Foreign Studies University and a M.A. from Heidelberg University, Germany, where she received the Fellowship scholarship provided by the Heidelberg Centre for American Studies.

Passionate about Sino-foreign communications, Shuge is undertaking research on the Guomindang Government’s foreign propaganda in English-language press from 1928 to 1941. Her study is fully funded by the ANU and the IDP Foundation. The project sheds light on China’s dilemma in the power struggle between the West and Japan in the inter-war period, the intricate media environment in the cosmopolitan Shanghai, and the formation of a centralized foreign propaganda system. By reviewing the past, Shuge seeks to deepen the understanding of China’s pursuit of soft power today.

Shuge has authored research articles on China and Japan’s rivalry in the English-language press and presented papers at Asia-Pacific Week (2009) and the conference of Chinese Studies Association of Australia (2010). She delivers lectures on interpreting, Chinese culture and language, tutors modern Japanese society and works as research assistant on these issues at the ANU. She was a visiting scholar to the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences (2009) and Academia Sinica (2009). She also organized the History Graduate Seminar of School of Culture, History and Language at the ANU from September 2010 to August 2011.

Prior to undertaking PhD studies, Shuge was regional specialist for Athena Wissenscharftsmarketing, Germany. Undertaking an internship within the International Department of the Xinhua news agency also provided her with inside knowledge about journalism practices in China.

Ben XU (2011 ACYD Delegate)

Ben Xu is www.qq.com Microblog Opening Platform Manager,Tencent with Tencent. Ben Xu has worked in Tencent for more than 4 years, starting to organize the opening platform team for Tencent micro-blog service since July, 2010, which has become the first choice for China’s Internet companies to cooperate with.

Ben Xu graduated from Beijing Polytechnic University in 2000, working as the web reporter for “Popular Science News” since the end of that year. He has been as an online reporter for ten years.

He joined China’s largest IT professional website eNet (www.eNet.com.cn) in 2002, and became the senior editor of Sina (www.sina.com.cn), one of China’s largest portal websites in 2004, working as the host of Sina’s program “President online” as well. He also founded “Silver Age”, a business talk show at the same period. The two programs are the most popular the start-up field of Chinese Internet business sites.

XUE Wencong (Anna) (2010 ACYD Delegate)

Anna Wencong Xue grew up in Sydney before moving to Beijing to undertake tertiary study. She graduated from Peking University in 2010 with a BA in Arabic studies and international relations.

In 2008, Anna was nominated as a state-sponsored scholar by the China Scholarship Council to study in Egypt, where she attended the Faculty of Economics and Political Science at Cairo University.

While conducting research on the emerging economic ties between China and Arab countries, she worked part-time for the Cultural Counsellor’s Office at the Chinese Embassy and CARE International, where she designed campaigns for health, education and women’s empowerment in the Middle East.

Anna completed her bachelor’s thesis on the development trajectory of Sino-Saudi relations over the past 20 years. During this time she served as an intern at the Carter Center in Beijing, where she conducted research and facilitated surveys on electoral reform and local-level democratisation in China.

Currently at Yale, Anna intends to foster her interest in China’s increasing activities in the Middle East and their economic and political implications for the United States. Her studies are aided by a background in Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), Arabic (al-fus’ha and al- `āmmiyya), French and Korean.

YANG Yawei (2011 ACYD Delegate)

Yang Yawei is undertaking a Bachelor of Laws and Arts (Diplomacy) at China Foreign Affairs University and has just completed a semester’s study at Barnard College, Columbia University. During her undergraduate studies, she has received the Zhang Wenjin Scholarship and First Prize Scholarship. She has also received the Excellent All China Youth Federation Member prize for two consecutive years (2009 and 2010).

Besides her academic achievements, Yawei has demonstrated her capability in internatonal communication. As the Executive President of the China University Media Union, she has actively organised and participated in several international communication programs.

In 2011, Yawei, as one of 10 Team Leaders in China-US Youth Research, Mentorship and Exchange Partnership promoted mutual understanding when cooperating with Ivy League students in several on-site research programs in Inner Mongolia. Yawei has also represented China at several international programs, such as the United Nations Development Program’s Greater Mekong Sub-regional Youth Program.

In pursuing her passion for promoting understanding through communication, Yawei has had the opportunity to meet key international figures, including Tony Blair, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and David Mulroney, Canada’s Ambassador to China. She has also spent time with youth delegates including Ivy League delegates and Saudi Arabian youth delegates. She has interviewed business pacesetters such as CEO of RIM in a series of activities for The Dialogue with the World. She has also published in The China Youth Daily and The Beijing News.

As the Vice President of CFAU Student Union, Yawei is leading a research group focusing on mass communication via new media under the instruction of the All China Youth Federation. She is also responsible for organizing the National Foreign Knowledge and Etiquette Competition. Yawei is also co-founder of CFAU SIFE Team (Students in Free Enterprise), a global non-profit organization educating people on concepts like market economics, entrepreneurship, and business ethics through educational outreach projects.

ZHANG Guo (2010 ACYD Delegate)

Zhang Guo is a reporter for the China Youth Daily, one of the most widely read Chinese language newspapers.

In 2004 he completed his degree in literature at Nankai University in Tianjin. Between finishing his studies and joining the China Youth Daily, Zhang Guo worked for the Nankai University’s public relations office and the Nankai Weekly.

As a member of the Nankai University’s Delegation to Australia, Zhang visited the University of Melbourne, ANU and Monash University. He was impressed by the number of Chinese students there and realised that the two countries had many ties to each other.

As a reporter, Zhang Guo has been recognised for several of his works, in particular his expose on the “Hush Money Incident”, in which coal mine owners bribed more than 60 journalists to conceal an accident. In 2009 he received first prize in the 2009 Chinese Journalism Awards, the national honour for Chinese journalists issued by the All- China Journalists Association.

Carol H ZHAO (2011 ACYD Delegate)

Carol Carol H Zhao is a graduate of Melbourne University with a B.A. in Political Science and History. In 2009 she completed a M.A.( International Politics. In 2006 she undertook a one-year exchange at the Boston University’s Political Science Department.

Carol was awarded the Hamish Malcolm Memorial Prize in Political Science during her M.A. study at the University of Melbourne. During her time in Melbourne, Carol lived with the Yorta-Yorta indigenous Australian community conducting research on improving livelihoods within indigenous communities. Carol also participated in several conferences and workshops during her time in Australia, such as ‘The European Union and Globalization’.

In 2010, Carol joined Phoenix Satellite Television serving as a Public Liaison Officer/Associate Producer/ Journalist with the “Talking with World Leaders,” program, which reveals compelling insights into the minds of key world figures, celebrities, prominent political leaders and scholars whose decisions influence politics and public policy worldwide.

In her capacity as Public Liaison Officer, Carol has been intimately involved in preparing, conducting and translating interviews with over 50 world leaders, including: US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Prime Minister of Thailand Yingluck Shinawatra, President of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Prime Minister of Australia Julia Gillard, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Australia, Kevin Rudd, Iranian Minister for Foreign Affairs Ali Akbar Salehi, Israel Vice-President and Defense Minister, Ehud Barak, Vice Prime Minister of New Zealand, Bill English, former Pakistan Prime Minister, Shaukat Aziz, President of Chile Miguel Pinera, and former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Carol has published extracts of her personal diary “Days of studying at Melbourne University” in The Chinese Business Magazine and has also been published in The Beijing Times. After interviewing Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, Carol wrote and published The Most Exciting Days in Libya.

Carol currently lives in Beijing with her family.

Elaine Zhao

Elaine ZHAO (2012 ACYD Delegate)

Elaine Jing Zhao is a postdoctoral research fellow with ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation (CCI) at QUT. At CCI, she has had the privilege to work in an environment which embraces both theoretical and applied research that is cross-disciplinary and internationally focused. Elaine is also the vice director of Asian Creative Transformation, a network of researchers who are dedicated to understanding how transformations is taking place in Asia-Pacific through creative initiatives.

Her main research interests include digital media, creative economy, user co-creation, and their social, cultural and economic implications. Currently Elaine takes part in two ARC funded Discovery Projects. One adopts a transnational perspective in exploring the interactions between formal and informal media economies in the Asia-Pacific. The project aims to provide a new direction for intellectual property debates, and contribute to media, innovation and telecommunications policy discussions. The other examines the role of mobile and social technologies in promoting positive lifestyle among young women.

Elaine completed her PhD at QUT in 2011 on the adoption and use of mobile media in building consumer relationships in China. Prior to that, her professional experience with Nokia in China provided her with knowledge of both domestic and overseas mobile media innovations.

Outside work, Elaine is actively engaged in various communities committed to cross-cultural communications, including serving as the online column editor for TEDtoChina from 2009 to 2011. She is also a NAATI accredited professional translator with rich experience in translation across a multitude of industrial and academic settings.

ZHENG Yangpeng (2010 ACYD Delegate)

Zheng Yangpeng grew up in Hunan before moving to Beijing to complete a BA in journalism at Peking University. He is now a MA candidate in international journalism and communications at Tsinghua University.

Yangpeng has undertaken internships at several Chinese media organisations including the China Daily, Southern Metropolis News and China News Weekly. During his internship at Southern Metropolis News he assisted reporters in covering several diplomatic news stories, notably US State of Secretary Hillary Clinton’s visit to China in February 2009.

Yangpeng was previously Editor-in-Chief of Peking University’s only campus run newspaper, Peking University Youth, and received the newspaper’s top award, Editor of the Year.

Yangpeng’s experience with international news reporting has spurred his interest in cross-cultural communication.

Zhou Jianmiao

ZHOU Jiamiao (2012 ACYD Delegate)

Zhou Jiamiao is currently a PHD candidate majored in International Relations at Nanjing University.

As a young scholar, Jiamiao ’s research interests are mainly on American Diplomatic History, American Environmental Diplomacy , Australian-American alliance and Sino-Australia relationship. Her PHD dissertation is on American Environmental Diplomacy under the administration of Nixon. In 2009, Jiamiao was awarded Fulbright Scholarship, having studied at Department of Political Science, University of Southern California (2009-2010). In recent years, Jiamiao has been working on her dissertation and has published many articles on Chinese newspapers and journals.

Since 2011, Jiamiao has been working as an external faculty member at School of Chinese Language and Literature, Beijing Foreign Studies University. She teaches overseas students Chinese History and Chinese Culture.

ZHOU Jing (Samantha) (2010 ACYD Delegate)

Zhou Jing works with the European Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai. The dynamic working environment and diverse European business projects that she is involved in have helped her to gain an insight into how foreign enterprises conduct their operations in China.

Previously, Zhou Jing worked as an interpreter for the State Revenue Office in New South Wales. Two years of living and studying in Australia provided her with a good understanding of “Aussie life” and Australian culture. Jing has been successful in building many enduring friendships in Australia.

Jing completed a Master in Translating and Interpreting at Macquarie University in Australia. She gained a distinction in Australia’s national accreditation exam for interpreting and translating.

Jing has a strong interest in international students’ advocacy in Australia. In 2009, she joined the Macquarie Student Union and served to improve the representation of international students at the university. She also has a passion for public speaking, having participated in many English Speaking Contests in China. In 2006, on behalf of her university, she attended the 5th CCTV Cup English Speaking Contest and gained third place in the Hunan Provincial-wide competition.

ZHOU Kang (2010 ACYD Delegate)

With an organisational and communications background, Zhou Kang helps to promote sustainable development and environmental protection in southern China. He has professional experience in the public and private sectors, which helps him bring a fresh perspective to the business of his clients and partners.

Prior to working in the commercial field, Zhou Kang worked as a government officer in Hunan Province. He has been responsible for coordinating public policy and advocacy strategies among stakeholders and for the planning and execution of working conferences, seminars and other events.

Zhou Kang is undertaking research work for the 12th Five-Year Plan and is currently engaged in business development in China with foreign partners.

ZOU Tong  (2011 ACYD Delegate)

Tong is a senior student from Beijing, where she attends the High School affiliated to Renmin University of China (RDFZ).

Tong currently serves as the President of the RDFZ Student Union and leads several student organisations. During the summer of 2010, she was the school representative at the Student Global Leadership Institute, Punahou School, USA.

Owing to her strong sense of social responsibility, Tong has served as the Chairman of the Little Angels Action Fund of the China Youth Development Foundation since 2010. She has previously organised a fund raising fun-run at China’s National Stadium and designed music-teaching materials for students in Western China, which have benefited 55 schools. In 2011, she initiated a year- long charity concert tour and piano teacher lessons for the elderly and people with a disability.

Tong is the author of “Climate Change and Its Impacts on the Poverty-Stricken Areas in China” and has presented her work at the 2010 East- Asia Symposium on the Environment, Korea. She is also the co-author of a UNESCO educational research project, “The Summer Palace – Current Situation and Solutions to Problems in the Preservation of Cultural Heritage” and has been invited to speak at the 5th Beijing International Forum on Education for Sustainable Development, as the founder of “One Bottle Less”, a campaign to reduce bottled water consumption.

As an active public speaker, Tong has won numerous awards including Peking University’s National Model United Nations Conference and Primary School English Speech Competitions.

Aside from her academic and philanthropic pursuits, Tong is also an aspiring young pianist. Starting her career in 2005, she has played five concertos with prestigious Chinese orchestras including the China Philharmonic Orchestra, with two recitals in Beijing and Shanghai, and participated in three international summer music academies in China, France, and Austria.