The Australia-China Youth Dialogue announce Natalie Cope as Chair to the Board


MEDIA RELEASE Monday May 23, 2016

The Australia-China Youth Dialogue announce Natalie Cope as Chair to the Board

The Australia-China Youth Dialogue (ACYD) is excited to announce the appointment of Natalie Cope, one of ACYD’s founding members and long-term non-executive directors, as Chair. Natalie, in collaboration with the Board will be responsible for steering the long term strategic direction and governance of the ACYD.

Natalie (BA/LLB(Honours)), who will shortly step into the role of CEO, Australia-China Business Council (NSW Branch), comes with a depth of business and China experience, which includes her most recent role as Manager of Partnerships and Development at Asialink Business.

Natalie said “The ACYD is a very important contributor to the Australia-China bi-lateral relationship. It is one the best vehicles for emerging leaders of both nations to sound their voices and have a say on issues affecting the relationship.

“It is a privilege to take up the role, and build on the legacy and leadership of founder and former chair Henry Makeham”.

ACYD Founder and former Chair Henry Makeham said “Natalie Cope’s appointment to drive ACYD’s growth as Chair of our Board of Directors will deliver new perspectives and diversity that shall enhance the richness of ACYD’s offerings.

Henry said “It has been an honour and a privilege to serve as the ACYD’s Chair of our Board of Directors since I founded the initiative in 2010. The ACYD adventure has been remarkable. To see the platform grow, to witness the transformation of concept into reality, and to see the relationships and networks generated around ACYD has been the most rewarding sense of accomplishment in my life to-date.

“Under Natalie’s leadership, I am confident she will bolster our track record of success as Australia’s pre-eminent early career leaders dialogue with Greater China. I wish Natalie the very best of success in her tenure as ACYD Chair.”

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