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Brisbane: Cultural Acumen in the China-Australia Business Space: Panel Discussion & Mid Year Networking Drinks

31 May 2018

McCullough Robertson Lawyers Level 11, 66 Eagle Street, Brisbane City

Join the ACBC Queensland community for Mid-Year networking drinks and a fascinating panel conversation about cultural nuances in the Australia-China business landscape. Hear our panelists share their extensive experience on how to communicate effectively, build trust and partnerships, navigate government regulations and discern the important differences in Australian and Chinese business hierarchies.  Find out answers to “why the business trip seemed to have gone well but two months later the deal is still not done” and “why a simple yes from your Chinese client may not be as simple as you thought”.

Date:     Thursday 31 May 2018

Time:     4.30pm - 7.00pm (including drinks and canapes)

Venue:   McCullough Robertson Lawyers Level 11, 66 Eagle Street, Brisbane City


  • Case studies - practical tips for Australian and Chinese businesses
  • Building long-term intercultural partnerships
  • How to adapt your marketing material and business approach
  • Verbal and non-verbal language: maintain etiquette throughout the business cycle
  • How to conduct business negotiations


  • Learn to engage more effectively with Chinese or Australian businesses
  • Gain a deeper understanding of your clients from a different cultural background
Don’t miss out on our AMAZING lucky door prize

donated by our generous prize sponsor Hong Kong Airlines

Ian Hazzard – Partner, McCullough Robertson 

Ian Hazzard leads the Tourism Industry Group at McCullough Robertson and is renowned for his sharp knowledge and passion for the industry. He acts for developers large and small and specialises in master planned and integrated communities and resorts. Ian has been with the firm for 32 years, over this time he has led many strategic and complex property matters for his hotel owner and developer clients. Ian regularly acts for Chinese companies operating in Australia and is a strong supporter of cooperation and participation between the Australia-China business communities.

Philip Fung - Director International Engagement, Laureate Australia

Philip Fung, a business veteran has extensive experience in the international education sector with a focus on engaging the China market. In his current role he is responsible for driving, developing and implementing strategic international engagement, marketing and sales plans for Laureate Australia and New Zealand, which includes some of the region’s most iconic education brands.  Philip maintains a number of community roles such as Industry Mentor of Griffith University, and is the Immediate Past President for the Hong Kong Australia Business Association (HKABA) initiated by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council which aims to reinforce economic development and trade opportunities between Hong Kong/China and Australia.

Ashley Ng – Senior Manager Market Development Asia, Brisbane Marketing

Ashley has over 20 years’ experience in both the Queensland Government sector and the private sector in Australia, including senior positions with Trade & Investment Queensland, the Queensland Department of Education, the Queensland Department of State Development, and Navitas. Ashley has extensive experience in Sino-Australian affairs, international business development, business relationship management, trade facilitation, investment attraction and sales and marketing. In her current role Ashley leads a team and works with the Brisbane Convention Bureau, Leisure Tourism Brisbane and Study Brisbane to promote Brisbane as a destination for international students, leisure tourists and business travellers from Asia. 

Matthew MacDonald – Investment Adviser, Morgans Financial Ltd 

Matthew is a private client advisor for Morgans, Australia's largest retail stockbroking and wealth management firm. In his current role he works closely with high net worth individuals both in Australia and overseas. A significant portion of Matthew's business is servicing Chinese clients, based in both Australia and China.
Prior to working for Morgans, Matthew worked in different parts of China (Shenzhen, Shanghai, Wuxi) as a Project Manager for two U.S. multi-nationals in the electronics and photonics industries. He successfully managed development and manufacturing projects that brought together design, sales, purchasing, operations and manufacturing teams between China, the U.S. and Singapore. Matthew is fluent in Mandarin.


Members:                               $55 (+GST and booking fees)
Non-Members:                       $88 (+GST and booking fees)
RSVP:                                     Monday 28 May (subject to availability)