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Brisbane: Doing Business with China August - Navigate Chinese Culture, Business practice, Government systems and Negotiation - Event Fully Subscribed

16 August 2016

UQ Business School, L19 Central Plaza One, 345 Queen Street, Brisbane

Date                Tue 16th August 2016

Time                8.30am Registration for 8.45am – 12.45pm

Venue             UQ Business School, Level 19 Central Plaza One, 345 Queen Street

Topics covered:

  • Chinese culture and history - background principles of the language, social networks and personal relationships, Confucianism, superstitions, basic taboos, and dining etiquette
  • Establishing initial contacts and developing relationships with Chinese people
  • Doing business and working with Chinese people – Communicating and negotiating techniques, body and sign language, and decision making processes
  • Overcoming misunderstandings with China in business dealings
  • Understand the Chinese political structure and bureaucratic systems and the process of working with Governments in China
  • Panel Discussion on Cross cultural communication and negotiation with China

Speaker and Panelists

Fred Hong - Confucius Institute UQ.  Fred is a qualified and experienced teacher of Business Chinese.  Fred has over 20 years of experience in doing business with China, Chinese governments and Chinese education institutions as well as in training of teachers from China. Fred is one of the leading Chinese writers in Australia and have published widely in Australia, NZ, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Mainland China.  His newest book on Cultures was completed in May 2016 and is in the process of being published.  He has delivered presentations or papers on Chinese culture and literature at numerous international conferences.  He has a Master in Education with honours from Griffith University and has undertaken research on the acculturation process of Chinese students in Australia.  

Michael Choi –Company Director.  Michael is a director of various companies with over 25 years of experience in assisting Australian and Chinese companies trading and investing in Australia and China.  He secured major architectural and master planning works in China as early as the 90s. Michael is a qualified, Australian-trained, professional Project Manager and Engineer.He is experienced in strategic planning, process improvement, financial management and business development. He was the first Asian-Australian to be elected into Queensland Parliament and held office for almost 12 years. He was Assistant Minister for a number of portfolios including Mines and Energy, Natural Resources, Trade and Multicultural Affairs. He is also the Vice President ACBC Qld and is currently an Independent Director of Dongfang Modern Agriculture Group Limited which is listed on the ASX.

Dr Carl Hinze– Partner,Corporate and Commercial Group, and Head of China Practice, Holding Redlich. Before returning to Australia in 2014, Carl worked for over 10years in China in the fields of investment banking and law. Carl has helped many overseas companies invest successfully in mainland China as well as many Chinese clients to successfully invest in Australia, in the fields of agribusiness, tourism & resorts, commercial property, renewable energy and financial services. Carl also has a PhD from UQ in Chinese socio-linguistics. He is a recognised expert in the field of Chinese politeness research and he is an Associate Fellow at the UQ Confucius Institute. He agrees completely with Confucius who said, “When I walk with two others, they both serve as my teachers”.

Christopher Hewitt – Partner, Moulis Legal. Christopher leads Moulis Legal’s cross-border dispute resolution and international investment practices. Christopher has worked in China and with Chinese businesses for over10 years. He is a regular speaker at national and international conferences on investment and business in China and elsewhere in Asia.  Christopher has a master’s degree in Chinese law from the East China University of Politics and Law in Shanghai and the University of Sydney.  He has extensive experience in advising and representing businesses in Australia, China and across Asia on dispute management, trade, investment and government procurement.  
Luisa Rust - China Investment Specialist, Investment Division, Austrade
. Luisa works across Austrade’s Investment teams in Australia and China on Chinese investment attraction strategies including engagement with investors and contributes strategic analysis and insight to encourage and support Chinese investment. Luisa was the Australian Consul (Commercial) and Trade Commissioner in Austrade Shanghai from 2010 – 2014 and managed Austrade’s office in Hangzhou. Since returning, Luisa held the roles of State Director QLD and NT and Team Leader for Austrade’s Agribusiness team.  Prior to Austrade she worked in various international marketing roles in the food and beverage and agricultural sectors. Luisa has a Master of Business in International Marketing from University of Technology,Sydney.

Who should attend:  Australian businesses engaging with or planning to do business with China.  It is important for any company’s China strategy to have a sound understanding of Chinese culture and particularly its business culture and practices.

Limited Seats Available


Member per person                                       $45 (Incl GST)

Non Member per person                            $100 (Incl GST)

(Morning tea and light lunch provided)

Limited seats available

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