Management Team

Jade LITTLE / 李瑶华

Executive Director ; Jade's LinkedIn Profile

Jade Little was elected Executive Director of the Australia-China Youth Dialogue in January 2016, having been a delegate in 2012.

Her career has been focused in the resources industries. She is currently employed by BHP as a Production Manager. Previous work experience has included working for UBS as an Analyst in their Mining Research Team, a consultant in transformation services for mining, oil & gas and construction sectors around Australia for McKinsey & Company, and a Project Manager compiling independent technical reviews used for mining related Initial Public Offerings for RungePincockMinarco based in Beijing. Prior to Jade’s move to China, she worked in Queensland and New South Wales as a mining engineer both on site and in corporate offices and completed university work placements in China and India.

Jade holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Mining Engineering), a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) and a Bachelor of Arts (Chinese) from the University of Queensland (UQ). She also has a Master of Science in Global Finance jointly awarded by Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) and New York University’s (NYU) Stern Business School. She is a member of the UQ’s School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering Industry Advisory Board. She was awarded The Australian Financial Review BOSS Young Executive of the Year in 2017.

Cindy Gottinger / 淑云

Partnership Director

Cindy Gottinger is the client lead at Google responsible for increasing marketing efficiency and effectiveness of large MNC in China. Recognised by the technology industry 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. 

With over fifteen 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 including most recently Australia China Alumni Awards in 2014 and 2015. 

Before joining Google, Cindy was a brand manager at Volkswagen Group China where she was responsible for building the brand Skoda for Chinese consumers. Before moving to Beijing, Cindy was an international business development manager at China Radio International, where she managed the expansion of Chinese media properties both domestically and abroad. Cindy has also 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.

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Tasharni Jamieson

Alumni Manager

Tash Jamieson is the Global Founders Program Manager at the University of New South Wales, helping established startups with their international ambitions.

She has previously worked in Strategic Policy at the Australian Department of Defence, was the inaugural China Alumni Engagement Manager for the Australian Embassy, Beijing, and worked for the and China Australia Chamber of Commerce.

After graduating from a BA in International Studies from RMIT in 2011, Tash completed a Masters in International Relations at Tsinghua University. Whilst completing her thesis, Tash received a scholarship from the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network and UNHRC to undertake studies in Thailand on refugees and statelessness, and interned at the UNDP in Beijing.

Tash is the International Youth Representative for Tall Ships Australia and New Zealand, and is a qualified group fitness instructor. Tash has also performed as a professional musician in both Melbourne, Sydney and Beijing, and recorded vocals for Chinese director Jiang Wen’s box-office film Gone with the Bullets (一步之遥).

Manelle Issa / 易美欣

Communications Manager

Manelle is a marketing and communications professional with a passion for culture and creativity. Having worked predominantly with government, SMEs and not-for-profits she is currently a freelance marketing consultant specialising in these sectors.

For five years Manelle worked in the Chamber of Commerce network within Australia and China. She has worked on international trade projects and with delegations for the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) with a particular focus on export growth for Queensland business in China. She was program manager for CCIQ ecoBiz, a Queensland Government initiative providing education and advisory services to help SMEs across Queensland improve their environmental sustainability and productivity. She has managed corporate partnerships working on accounts including Deloitte, BDO, Shell and Channel 7 providing key relationship management to digital and strategic campaigns. She has worked across education and training managing state and federally funded initiatives across Australia around digital enterprise and is passionate about big data, technology and strategic marketing.

She holds a Bachelor of Business / Creative Industries (with distinction) majoring in Marketing and Media Communications from the Queensland University of Technology.

Manelle joined the ACYD management team in 2016 and her connection to China stemmed from being immersed in the language and culture while growing up in the Asian-centric suburb of Sunnybank in Brisbane. She’s constantly brushing up on her basic Mandarin skills since starting studies in 2005.

She has been a Mentor through the Queensland University of Technology Career Mentor Scheme since 2014 and is passionate about contributing to the community. She has a regular segment on local ABC Radio Brisbane and runs a trivia company in her spare time.

Ted ZHOU Tianyu / 周天羽

IT Manager ; Ted's LinkedIn Profile

Ted currently works at BioBAY, the leading incubator focused on biotech start-ups in China as a specialist in business development.

Holding a Master degree in Structural Biology and Biophysics from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich (ETH) and a Bachelor degree in Biological Sciences from Nanyang Technological University (NTU), he has been immersed in biomedical and life science research for half a decade. With the belief that realizing scientific discoveries into everyone's life is as vital as tackling the unknowns in the laboratories, Ted decided to take a different path to contribute to the life science technologies, by helping scientists find the right commercial environment.

During his undergraduate studies Ted spent one semester in Australia as an exchange student in University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). Having lived in China, Singapore, Australia and Switzerland, as well as having been to more than a dozen of countries, Ted has been convinced with his own experience the importance of cross-cultural exchange and how such communications could have contributed to the benefits of both the individuals and the society in a broader context.

Ted joined ACYD management team in October 2013, being in charge of the website operation and general IT support.

Ted is an enthusiast in technological development, photography and hiking. He is now based in Suzhou.

HU Yuzhou / 胡羽舟

Delegate Selection Manager ; Vincent's LinkedIn Profile

HU, Yuzhou (Vincent) graduated from Australian National University with a honours degree in Finance. He is now working at the Ford Motor Company Asia Pacific Production Development Centre in Melbourne as a Finance Graduate Analyst.

Vincent has demonstrated a strong academic record at ANU, as evidenced by the Terrell International Student Scholarships, which awards top two international students university wide. His fine performance in finance courses also enables him to receive the CFAI Student Scholarships. He has a genuine interest in financial markets. He started his personal investment portfolio (equity) two years ago. He has also completed two internships in the first and second year of university, one at the China Construction Bank (Shanghai) and the other at a boutique accounting firm.

Additionally, he is actively involved in student societies and clubs. He is the Event Partner at the ANU Management Consulting Association (AMCA), cooperating with other functional teams to arrange venues, catering and logistics; as well as reporting events in the newsletters. He leads a team in a pro-bono consulting engagement between AMCA and the Australian-Indonesian Youth Association (AIYA), with the aim to formulate a consolidation strategy facilitating perpetual growth. He also serves as a secretary at the Golden Key Honours Society and a mentor at the sign-Mentor program.

His role at ACYD is to manage delegate applications.


Mathew Benjamin

Program Curator

Mathew Benjamin joined the Australia-China Youth Dialogue Management Committee in January 2019, having been a delegate in 2018, and speaker in 2017.

Mathew is Founder of AsiaRecon, an organisation that was established in 2014 to accelerate the connectivity of people, ideas and capital between Australia and Asia across the areas of science, technology & innovation. Since its inception, AsiaRecon has helped attract over AU$100M in foreign direct investments into Australia’s leading technology backed startups from the likes of Foxconn, Sequoia China and Tencent.

Mathew holds a Master of International Business and Law from the University of Sydney. Mathew has also undertaken coursework at East China University of Political Science and Law in Shanghai, and was awarded the Taiwan Ministry of Education MTC Scholarship to undertake Chinese studies at the National Taiwan National University, Taipei.

William ZHAO

Treasurer ; William’s LinkedIn Profile

William Zhao is a Transactional Risk professional with the Private Equity and Mergers & Acquisitions Services team of Marsh, a subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies (NYSE: MMC). Prior to joining Marsh, William worked as a M&A Analyst at Yatsen Associates, a boutique corporate advisory firm focused on cross-border M&A transactions between Australia and China.

William’s passion for Sino-Australian relations was fostered through his work at Australia China Business Council, China Australia Millennial Project, University of Sydney’s China Studies Centre, and through his leadership roles at ACYA national board and ACYPI Sydney chapter.

William holds a Master’s degree in Banking from University of Sydney, where he served on Chancellor's Committee and was elected as National Vice-President of Council of International Students Australia, the national peak body representing all international students in Australia including circa 200,000 students from Greater China. He is proud to be the first Chinese student elected to the Council since its inception.

In addition to studying in Australia and China, William had also completed international exchange programs at University of Nottingham in UK and State University of New York in US.

William was an ACYD delegate in 2016 and joined ACYD management team as the Treasurer since 2017.

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Karim ISSA

Projects Manager

Karim is a lawyer working for an international firm in Beijing. His practice focuses on representing Chinese and foreign clients in cross-border mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions in the Asia region. His passion for China began when growing up in the Asian-centric suburb of Sunnybank, in Brisbane’s south. Surrounded by Chinese-speaking classmates from Hong Kong, Taiwan and the Mainland, Karim immersed himself in the linguistic and cultural world from which so many of his friends came. Since this time, he has combined his formal studies of Chinese Mandarin with his career pursuits, embedding his fascination with Chinese history, culture and traditions in his professional life.

Outside of Karim’s professional endeavors, he has applied his love for China to propel his success in numerous cultural events, including representing Australia in the World Finals of the China Bridge Chinese Language Competition and various other language and cultural competitions. Most recently, he was a finalist for the Young Australian China Alumni of the Year Award, and was a panelist on the CCTV coverage of the G20 Leaders’ Summit held in Hangzhou in September 2016.  Additionally, he was a 2016 ACYD delegate.

Karim holds a Bachelor of Laws with honours and a Bachelor of Arts (Chinese) from the University of Queensland and a diploma in Advanced Chinese Studies from the Beijing Language and Culture University. Prior to moving to Beijing, Karim worked in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Brisbane – his passion for cross-cultural and linguistic connections has seen him pick up a little bit of Japanese, Cantonese and Queensland-English along the way.


Alistair Sexton

Logistics Manager

Alistair Sexton is a Relationship Manager at the Australian Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai. He works with members to further their business interests by ensuring they have access to all the networking, support, advocacy and services that the Chamber provides. Alistair is primarily focused on assisting companies in HR, Manufacturing and professional services sectors.

He holds a Bachelor of International Business and a Bachelor of International Relations from Griffith University. After graduation, Alistair worked as a project manager for an Australian manufacturing company in Brisbane for 2 years before taking the leap and moving to Shanghai in 2018.

Alistair is also on the committee of the Australia-China Young Professionals (ACYPI) chapter in Shanghai, organizing activity to help young professionals develop a deeper understanding of the issues facing businesses in China and Australia.

James Tang

Media Manager

James Tang  completed studies in Engineering (Mechanical), Arts (Chinese) and MBA from the University of Western Australia.  He is currently a senior consultant at Deloitte in the Strategy and Operations team where he helps clients realise value for technology and automation projects. He is also a director of a start-up Readyteamone that focuses on designing virtual reality (VR) experiences and industry applications.

The Australia-China relationship has always played an integral part of his personal and professional working life. He spent 4 years working in Beijing as an engineering consultant for Asian clients seeking to raise capital or invest in large mining projects around Asia and Australia. Prior to this, he was a site based mechanical engineer for Rio Tinto Iron Ore in the Pilbara, working on improving the reliability of Chinese procured train wagons. In his spare time, he enjoys practicing photography and video production.