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Building Business Infrastructure to Grow in China - Thought Leadership Forum.

06 September 2018

Building Business Infrastructure to Grow in China - Thought Leadership Forum.





How do you manage the above business infrastructure to achieve growth?

Do you have the right business infrastructure in place to establish long term growth in China?

Whether you’re about to enter or are currently in the China market, it’s imperative to review what you need to grow. Australian businesses must be prepared to review their current technology, people, relationships, marketing, partnerships, government relationships, skills and capabilities.

In this Thought Leadership Forum, you will hear from industry and government experts who will share their experience and knowledge from a range of sectors including health, services, education, tourism, financial services and government.

This event will include a series of speakers as well as an expert panel, followed by a Q&A session, providing you with the latest insights and knowledge.

Event details

Date: Thursday, 6 September 2018.

Event time: 4pm - 6pm (networking to commence 6pm onwards)

Venue: Telstra CIC Centre, 400 George St, Sydney

What you will learn

In this seminar you will gain insights and knowledge about:

  • The importance of why businesses need solid business infrastructure to grow in China.
  • How to ensure your partners are working hard to build long term relationships.
  • Building a partnership strategy that achieves growth.
  • Technology and the role it can play to enable your business.
  • Developing a team of people who have the right skills and capabilities to drive growth.
  • Real-life examples of successful businesses shared by our panel of experts.

Keynote speaker

Jason Li, Chairman of Vantage Asia Holdings

Expert Panel

  • Bing Liu, Asia Lead, Austrade
  • Nigel Stitt, Head of Australia and New Zealand, Telstra Global
  • Laurie Pearcey, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International), UNSW Sydney
  • Jessie Liu, Head of China Desk, ANZ

 Event Partners

  • Shinewing
  • King & Wood Mallesons
  • ANZ

Bio – Jason Li, Chairman, Vantage Asia

Jason is currently Chairman of investment group Vantage Asia and Managing Director of corporate advisory firm YSA.  He is also a member of the University of Sydney Senate, the Sydney Committee for the Australian Chamber Orchestra, a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on China, and a National Committee Member of the Australian Republic Movement.   He was previously a non-executive director of the George Institute for Global Health, Vice Chair of the Australia-China Chamber of Commerce and a Governing Member of the Smith Family.

Jason completed an Arts-Law degree at the University of Sydney, and a Masters of Law at New York University, where he was Australia’s Hauser Global Scholar.  In his early career, Jason worked with Sir Ninian Stephen at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in the Hague on war crimes and genocide.  Returning to Australia, he led a number of social-political campaigns, including for the Republic Referendum in 1999 and against One Nation in 1998. 

Jason was formerly Head of China Strategy for Insurance Australia Group, Head of Sales & Marketing for IAG’s China operations as well as Head of Sustainability, where he helped drive the company’s work around climate change and safer communities. His work on road safety in China won the China PR Association Silver Medal for Best Campaign in 2005.  Jason has also worked as a commercial lawyer for Corrs Chambers Westgarth in Sydney and Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York. 


Bing Liu, Asia Lead, Austrade

Bing Liu is currently responsible for the coordination and support of client service delivery across Austrade’s Asian markets. Prior to this role, Bing worked as Acting Executive Director, International Markets and Acting General Manager, Asia.

Returning to Australia in 2016, Bing was the Senior China Adviser heading Austrade’s China Hub which provides insight into the China market for both external and internal key stakeholders.

Bing started working with Austrade in 2001, the most recent role offshore was the Senior Trade Commissioner/Deputy Consul General at the Australian Consulate Shanghai. While in Shanghai, Bing managed the Austrade East China network of offices by providing business opportunities and services for Australian entities in trade, education and inward investment.

Bing has also worked in similar roles at both the Australian Consulate in Guangzhou and the Australian Embassy in Beijing from 2004-2012.

Bing holds a bachelor degree of Medicine from China and a bachelor degree of Nursing from Australia.


Jessie Liu, Head of China Desk, ANZ

Jessie has more than 10 years’ experience in banking industry in China, Australia and HK.

Jessie joined ANZ Australia in March 2016 as Asia Desk Relationship Management

covering big MNCs from Asian Countries including China, Korea, HK, Taiwan, SG, India,

and Indonesia. She has extensive experiences in managing MNCs' banking transactions in Australia and in-depth industry knowledge especially in Auto, Technology, Aviation & Transportation sectors.

Jessie Liu was appointed as Head of China Desk since Feb 2017. She is responsible for initiating/driving cross border deals between China and Australia, improving connectivity for China investment in Australia with the purpose to position ANZ as the leading bank for all Chinese companies operation or investing in Australia.

Before that, Jessie worked for 6 years with ANZ Shanghai as Director to look after large local Chinese Institutional clients. Jessie also spent around 3.5 years with ABN AMRO Bank/RBS in Shanghai, HongKong etc. Jessie holds a Master and Bachelor Degree of International Finance form University of International Business and Economics.


Laurie Pearcey, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International), UNSW Sydney

Laurie Pearcey is Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International) at UNSW Sydney. Laurie is responsible for developing the global impact pillar of UNSW’s 2025 Strategy.

Appointed to his current position at 33, Laurie is the youngest Pro Vice-Chancellor in the Australian higher education sector and is one of the youngest university leaders internationally. Prior to his appointment, Laurie led the development of UNSW’s China and India Strategies which resulted in a range of major outcomes including the establishment of the $1 billion Torch Innovation Precinct. Laurie has also served as the Executive Director of the International Office and the Director of the Confucius Institute.

Laurie is a Board Member of the Australia India Institute, a Member of the Group of Eight’s International Strategy Group and Chair of the Board of the Confucius Institute at UNSW. Passionate about facilitating youth engagement between Australia and its Asian partners, Laurie was selected as a Delegate to the 2018 Australia India Youth Dialogue and sits on the Advisory Board of the Australia China Youth Association.

Prior to joining UNSW, Laurie was the Chief Executive Officer of the Australia China Business Council. Appointed to the CEO role at just 25, he led the Council’s strategic engagement with the Chinese and Australian Governments and represented the collective interests of major industry stakeholders in the Sino-Australian trade and investment relationship.

A fluent Mandarin Chinese speaker, Laurie was described by the China Daily as 'at the forefront of almost all business, personal and political relations between Australia and China' and is widely regarded as one of Australia's leading China experts. He is a respected commentator on the Chinese political economy, Australia's relationship with China and higher education issues contributing regularly to major media organisations in Australia and around the world.


Nigel Stitt, Head of Australia and New Zealand, Telstra Global

Nigel is an experienced sales leader working across primarily the Telecommunication and aligned Technology solutions market. Market segment of focus and experience cover Global Multinationals, Federal and State Governments, Enterprise and Mid Market.

Nigel is currently the Head of Sales for Telstra Global. In this role he is responsible for leading Telstra’s global solutions into multinational companies within Australia and NZ. The focus includes leading the sales organisation, working across a matrix of other internal stakeholders domestically and globally.

Prior to joining Telstra, Nigel was the Sales Country Manager of Pacnet ANZ having previously been the National Sales director. Pacnet was a Telecommunications services provider of connectivity, managed services and data centres into both domestic and international markets in enterprise, government and mid-market sectors.

Nigel is a business, sales / marketing orientated ITC leader who believes in a challenger mindset approach to business. Keeping the customer at the center of all strategy and tactical market execution is a key methodology to business.

Nigel holds a Bachelor of Arts and an MBA.