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Many HR issues are common to both countries. Which impact your business most?

08 June 2010

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Wilkin Fon is a director of the retailing company Jeanswest, a wholly owned subsidiary of the multinational Glorious Sun Enterprises Ltd based in Hong Kong. Jeanswest has over 240 stores spread across all states and territories of Australia as well as New Zealand.

Born in Hong Kong, Mr Fon was educated in the US at University of Oregon and Iowa State University. From an early career in the banking and finance sector, he has developed wide management consultancy experiences in major project management, financial advisory and debt restructuring areas.

He has long been involved with the Hong Kong Australia Business Association, where he held the positions of national President, as well as of the Victorian branch. Wilkin has been a member of the Victorian Board of the Australia China Business Council since 2005.


James Gathercole has nearly ten years of executive search experience in China and Australia with top global firms and currently is partner at TRANSEARCH.  He utilizes his senior level executive search and previous management consulting experience to help build leadership teams for organizations in a broad range of industries.

He lived in Shanghai for 15 years, where he held consulting, sales and general management positions, mostly in the enterprise management systems arena and serving clients in the manufacturing, consumer and pharmaceutical industries.  He led three startups in China in the enterprise software, entertainment and professional services industries.

Mr. Gathercole graduated with Honours in Chinese and Economics from the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). A native of the U.K., he speaks fluent Mandarin, some Shanghainese and Cantonese.


Kevin Ke is the managing director of Hisense Australia, operative both in Australia and New Zealand. In a few years’ time Hisense has become a well known brand in the white goods industry, and the Hisense Arena is now an established landmark in Melbourne. After completing his MBA at the Australian School of Business, Mr. Ke went on to Shanghai, where he was appointed vice president for an American company.


Professor Zhu Ying is Director of the Master of HR Management at Melbourne University’s Graduate School and Associate Professor.  He has published extensively on international human resource management, with focus on Asian countries. Among his most recent areas of research are the impacts of new regulatory environments on human resource practices in China, and the challenges faced by foreign companies in China.  After completing his PhD at the University of Melbourne, he has been a research fellow in Shenzhen, a scholar at the ILO in Geneva and at Cambridge.