Sydney China Business Forum 2011 speakers

Our speakers at the forum are thought leaders and decision-makers from government, business, finance, industry and Chinese media. They include the following:

Associate Professor Vivienne Bath

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Vivienne Bath is the Associate Dean (International Students), Faculty of Law and the Associate Director (China), Centre for Asian and Pacific Law.

Vivienne Bath’s teaching and research interests are in international business law and Chinese law (particularly Chinese investment and commercial law). She has first-class honours in Chinese and law from the Australian National University, and a Master of Laws from Harvard University in the United States.

She has extensive professional experience in Sydney, New York and Hong Kong, specialising in commercial law, with a focus on foreign investment and commercial transactions in the People’s Republic of China.


Ian Bauert

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Ian Bauert is Rio Tinto’s managing director in China and established their very first office in China. He is based in Beijing and speaks fluent Mandarin.

He has worked for Rio Tinto for more than 30 years in different senior positions including as the managing director of Dampier Salt in Western Australia. He was appointed to his current role in 2010.


Nicholas Curtis AM

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Founding Partner and Chairman –Riverstone Advisory. Nicholas is the Founding Partner and Chairman of the private corporate advisory firm, Riverstone Advisory. Riverstone specialises in providing tailored mergers and acquisitions solutions to the natural resources sector. It works to bridge the gap between western resource opportunities and the increasing Chinese demand for raw materials.

Nicholas is also Executive Chairman of Lynas Corporation Limited and Chairman of Forge Resources Limited, both ASX listed companies in the resources sector.

Nicholas’ background is in resources, banking and financing based on more than 25 years as a professional in the finance and resources industries. Nicholas has had deep involvement with China for more than 15 years via his previous role as President and Chief Executive Officer of Sino Mining International Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of China National Nonferrous Metals Industry Corporation, a large Chinese trading company and via his role as founder and Chairman of Sino Gold Mining Limited an Australian public company, also listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, with gold assets in China. The company was sold to Eldorado Gold in 2009.

On 13 June 2011, Nicholas was awarded an AM (Member of the Order) for his services to the community through executive roles supporting medical research and healthcare organisations and also for his work fostering Australia-China relations.


Nicholas Davis

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Associate Director, Deputy Head of Strategic Risk Foresight World Economic Forum Bachelor of Arts (Hons), University of Sydney; Bachelor of Laws (Hons), University of Sydney; Master of Business Administration (Hons), University of Oxford.

Admitted to the Supreme Court of New South Wales as Solicitor and Barrister. A strategy professional and scenario expert focused on links between the private sector, non-profits and public policy in economic development, stakeholder management, organizational performance and risk management. 2001-03, Commercial Lawyer, Windeyer Dibbs Lawyers; 2003-06, Director, Oxford Investment Research. Since 2006, with World Economic Forum, focussing on catalysing responses to global, regional and industry challenges; Associate Director and Deputy Head, Strategic Risk Foresight; co-Editor of Global Risks 2011, Sixth Edition.

Recipient of awards and honours, including: Australian Leadership Award; Fellow, Royal Society of Arts, UK (FRSA). Expertise in macro-economic analysis, scenario development and strategic options, session design and facilitation for annual, regional and industry meetings, global trends and risk analysis, interviewing, primary and secondary research, issue synthesis and presentation. Interests: rock climbing, skiing, triathlon, writing.


John Denton

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Corrs CEO John W.H. Denton is a global leader in three arenas; a legal expert in the areas of government, workplace relations, and international trade and investment; a national business leader and an international adviser on global policy. His advice is sought by the nation’s most prominent corporations and by governments and international bodies alike.

John is one of three Prime Ministerial representatives on the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC); Chair of ABAC’s Finance and Economics Working Group; board member of the Business Council of Australia; Chair of the BCA Global Engagement Taskforce and Chairman of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees Australia.

He was also appointed by the Prime Minister and Treasurer as one of two Australian delegates to the B20, the business reference group of the G20. He is a board member of the Commonwealth Business Council and the Asia Society Australasia Centre.


The Hon Craig Emerson MP - Keynote Speaker

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The Hon Dr Craig Emerson MP is the Minister for Trade in the current Australian federal government. He has worked as an economic analyst with the United Nations.

During his political career he has been part of the Australian government at state and federal levels. He was economic adviser to prime minister Bob Hawke and then senior policy adviser to the Queensland premier.

Dr Emerson has a master’s degree in economics from the University of Sydney and a PhD in economics from Australian National University in Canberra.


Professor Alex Frino

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Dr Alex Frino is Professor of Finance and Chief Executive Officer of the Capital Markets Cooperative Research Centre Ltd, University of Sydney.

Professor Frino holds a Masters Degree in Finance from the University of Cambridge, England and a PhD in Finance from the University of Sydney. His research specialisation is security market microstructure. He has attracted over $5 million in Australian Research Council funding and leads a successful Cooperative Research Centre funding bid valued at over $100 million. In 2005,he received the 2005 Fulbright Senior Scholar Award in recognition of his research achievements.

He first joined the University of Sydney in 1991. He specialises in teaching corporate finance and derivatives, and is the lead author of a widely used finance textbook entitled An Introduction to Corporate Finance which is currently in its fourth edition. In recognition of his commitment to postgraduate teaching, he received the Vice-Chancellors Award for Excellence in Postgraduate Supervision in 2008. He has also held visiting positions with Credit Suisse First Boston, Sydney Futures Exchange, Australian Securities Exchange and Commodity Futures Trading Commission in the USA. He has also held visiting professorial and research positions at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, Cambridge University, England, Universita' Federico II, Italy and Georgetown University, USA. Professor Frino currently serves on the editorial boards of the Pacific Basin Finance Journal and Review of Futures Markets. He is on the Board of Directors of the Financial Management Association of Australia Limited (FMAA), Asian Finance Association and Wollongong Anglican Residential College Limited. He also serves on the Disciplinary Tribunal of the Australian Securities Exchange.


Professor Geoffrey Garrett

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Dr Geoffrey Garrett is founding CEO of the United States Studies Centre and Professor of Political Science at the University of Sydney. He was previously President of the Pacific Council on International Policy in Los Angeles and before that Dean of the UCLA International Institute.

Garrett is a frequent commentator on all aspects of US politics, economics and foreign policy in Australian media, including The Australian, Australian Financial Review, Sydney Morning Herald, Sky TV and ABC radio and television programs. Garrett is author of Partisan Politics in the Global Economy, editor of The Global Diffusion of Markets and Democracy, both published by Cambridge University Press, and over fifty articles in the world's leading social science journals.

Garrett has held academic appointments at Oxford, Stanford and Yale universities and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the New York-based Council on Foreign Relations as well as the Los Angeles-based Pacific Council on International Policy.


Professor David Goodman - Business Forum MC

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David S G Goodman is a Professor of Chinese Politics at the University of Sydney, where he is also Acting Director for the China Studies Centre. Professor Goodman’s research is concerned primarily with social and political change in China, particularly at the provincial and local levels.

In recent years, he has written on the history of the Chinese Communist Party, China’s social history in the 20th century, and local social and political change in China.

Professor Goodman is currently working on two major research projects. The first is a social history project, looking at German colonial adventurers in China from 1870–1937. The second is concerned with contemporary social and political change and examines ‘The new rich and the state in China: the social basis of local power’.


Professor Hans Handrischke

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Hans Hendrischke is Professor of Chinese Political Economy at the University of Sydney and Executive Chairman of the China Studies Centre. He has worked in China since the beginning of the reform period in the late 1970s.His research focuses on informal institutions and private enterprise, a sector that did not exist when he lived for the first time in China but now accounts for two thirds of China’s Gross Domestic Product.

Professor Hendrischke’s research interests include Australian Chinese business development. His publications are on emerging local entrepreneurship and local governance. His 2007 book Economy in the 21st Century: Enterprise and Business Behaviour (co-edited with Barbara Krug) was published in a paperback edition in 2009.


The Hon Joe Hockey MP - Keynote Speaker

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Joe Hockey is the federal Member for North Sydney and the Shadow Treasurer. Joe was first elected to the Australian Parliament in 1996 and following his re-election in 1998, was made Minister for Financial Services and Regulation. He has since held a number of Ministerial portfolios including Small Business and Tourism, Human Services and Employment and Workplace Relations.

Following the 2007 Federal Election Joe held a number of senior Shadow Ministry portfolios before being appointed Shadow Treasurer in February 2009.

Prior to entering politics, Joe was a banking and finance lawyer with a major Australian law firm. He was also Director of Policy to the Premier of New South Wales.


Professor Yiping Huang

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National School of Development, China Center for Economic Research, Peking University

Mr. Yiping Huang is a Professor of Economics at the China Center for Economic Research at Peking University. He is also Managing Director and Chief Economist, Emerging Asia at Barclays Capital, based in Hong Kong. He leads the firm’s coverage of macro-economic research on China, and is responsible for Hong Kong and the cross-straits political aspects of relations with Taiwan. He also held the position of Rio Tinto Professor in the Chinese Economy, Crawford School of Economics and Government at the Australian National University. Previously, he was Chief Asia Economist and Head of Asia Pacific Economic and Market Analysis at Citigroup. Other positions include General Mills International Visiting Professor at the Columbia Business School, and Policy Analyst with the Research Center for Rural Development of the State Council. Mr. Huang graduated with a Master of Economics degree from the Renmin University of China and a PhD in Economics from the Australian National University.


Jason Yat-Sen Li

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Jason Yat-Sen Li is the CEO of Yatsen Associates, a specialist management consulting and corporate advisory firm focused on the China market, and based in Beijing.

He studied Arts/Law at the University of Sydney and has worked with the United Nations and with many cultural and philanthropic organisations in Australia. during the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000 he played a pivotal role as the culture spokesperson for NSW Tourism.

in 2002, he joined insurance Australia group (IAG) as Head of Sustainable development. A year later he was appointed Head of China Strategy, then general manager of Sales and marketing for IAG in China. He speaks mandarin, Cantonese, German and Dutch fluently.


David Olsson

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David Olsson is a partner of international law firm Mallesons Stephen Jaques, based in Beijing.

With over 30 years’ experience in Asia, Europe and Australia, David has assisted many of Australia’s leading companies in relation to their China market entry and regulatory compliance strategies, as well as advising a number of Chinese entities on landmark investments into Australia.

He is the Chairman of the China - Australia Chamber of Commerce (AustCham) Beijing, as well as founder and head of its Financial Services Working Committee.

David brings significant commercial experience to his practice, having been one of the firm's national Managing Partners and prior to that national practice team leader of the banking and finance team. He also headed up the firm's offices in Melbourne and Hong Kong and worked for several years in London and the Middle East. Chambers Asia 2010 says "the firm has also made substantial strides into China under David Olsson's leadership."

David is recommended in the 2009 edition of the Guide to the World's Leading Capital Markets Lawyers produced by Euromoney's Legal Media Group and was also recognised as one of China's leading capital markets lawyers in The International Who's Who of Capital Markets Lawyers 2009.


Dr John Phillips AO

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Dr John Phillips is the chairman of the Foreign investment Review Board, which examines proposals for foreign investment in Australia and makes recommendations to the Treasurer according to Australia’s foreign investment policy.

Dr Phillips is the Chancellor of the University of Western Sydney and an officer of the order of Australia (AO). He is a former deputy governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia and has extensive experience in the public, finance and business sectors.


Professor Geoff Raby

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Professor Geoff Raby was the Australian Ambassador to China from February 2007 to August 2011 and Deputy Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) from November 2002 to November 2006. He has held a number of senior positions in DFAT, including First Assistant Secretary, International Organisations and Legal Division (2001-2002), Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organisation, Geneva (1998-2001) and First Assistant Secretary, Trade Negotiations Division (1995-1998). He was Australia’s APEC Ambassador from Nov 2002 to Dec 2004. Between 1993 and 1995,

Professor Raby was head of the Trade Policy Issues Division of the OECD, Paris. In 1991, Professor Raby established in DFAT the Northeast Asia Analytical Unit which subsequently became the East Asia Analytical Unit. He was head of the Unit from 1991 to 1993.
He served in Beijing twice as head of the Embassy's Economic Section. He has also held positions as trade policy adviser to the Minister for Trade (1993) and in the Office of National Assessments (1984 to 1986).

In 2007 Professor Raby was a recipient of the La Trobe University Distinguished Alumni Award and in 2010 he was made a guest Professor of Nankai University, Tianjin PRC. Professor Raby is a Member of the Order of Bernard O’Higgins, Chile, for services to international trade, especially for promoting agricultural trade liberalisation. Professor Raby has recently been appointed as Vice Chancellor’s Professorial Fellow at Monash University.


Hu Shuli - Keynote Speaker

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Hu Shuli is the editor-in-chief of Caixin, a Beijing-based leading media group that provides business and financial news through a variety of media outlets.

She is also Dean of the School of Communication and Design at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China. She is widely admired for her frank, provocative and courageous journalism and was named as one of “The TIME 100” Influential People by Time Magazine in 2011, and as one of the “Top 100 Global Thinkers” by Foreign Policy both in 2009 and 2010.


The Hon Warwick Smith AM

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Warwick Smith is the Chairman of the Advisory Board of Australian Capital Equity Pty Ltd ( ACE) where he has a strategic focus on the Group’s international and domestic cross-sector activities. Warwick is also the Chairman of E*TRADE Limited and the Chairman of the Australian New Zealand Banking Group ( ANZ Ltd) for the State of New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory.

Formerly, Warwick was an Executive Director with Macquarie Bank for 10 years operating as Global Head of the Bank’s Corporate Communications Division and chairing the Telecommunications, Media, Entertainment and Technology (TMET) Group within Investment Banking.

Warwick has served as a Federal Government Minister in a Parliamentary career spanning 15 years. He served as Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the 2000 Olympics, Minister for Sport, Communications, Privatisation, Family Services, and Aboriginal Affairs. In 2007, Warwick chaired the National Tourism Investment Strategy Consultative Group and was a member on the Trade Policy Advisory Council.

Warwick has a strong focus on international affairs. He is the Immediate Past Chair of the Australia China Business Council. He is the Deputy Chair of the Asia Society of Australia. He is also the Inaugural Australian Member for BOAO Forum for Asia and a Board Member of The Global Foundation. In 2008, he was honoured in the Order of Australia for his contribution to the Parliament of Australia, philanthropy, international trade, tourism, and the telecommunications industry.


The Hon Wayne Swan MP - Keynote Speaker

Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer Wayne Swan

The Hon Wayne Swan MP is the Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer of Australia. As Treasurer, he coordinated Australia’s response to the 2007 global financial crisis with a number of initiatives, including the introduction of a stimulus package designed to encourage retail spending.

In delivering his fourth Federal Budget in May 2011, Mr Swan predicted that Australia would become a major service centre catering for the growing Asian middle class.


The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP - Keynote Speaker

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Shadow Minister for Communications and Broadband


Dr Michael Wesley

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Michael Wesley is the Executive Director of the Lowy Institute for International Policy. Previously he was Professor of International Relations and Director of the Griffith Asia Institute at Griffith University. Prior to this, he was the Assistant Director-General for Transnational Issues at the Office of National Assessments, and a senior lecturer in International Relations at the University of New South Wales.

Between 2007 and 2009, Dr Wesley was the editor of the Australian Journal of International Affairs. He has served on the Australian Research Council’s College of Experts and the Queensland Art Gallery’s Board of Trustees. Dr Wesley is a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and an adjunct professor at Griffith University and the University of Sydney.

His most recent book There Goes the Neighbourhood: Australia and the Rise of Asia (NewSouth Books 2011) won the 2011 John Button Prize for best writing on Australian public policy.


Geoff Wilson

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Geoff Wilson is Chief Executive Officer of KPMG in Australia. Geoff graduated from the University of New South Wales in 1979 in commerce and joined KPMG that year. He joined the partnership in KPMG’s Audit division in 1990 and spent several years in the firm’s leading technology practice in Silicon Valley. On his return to Australia he became National Managing Partner of Audit, becoming NMP of Audit and Advisory a year later.

Geoff is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, a Fellow of Certified Practicing Accountants, a Governor of the American Chamber of Commerce, member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a member of the Californian Society of Certified Public Accountants. He is also a council member of the Australian School of Business.

Geoff was appointed Chief Executive Officer of KPMG in Australia in January 2008. In this role, Geoff manages the firm and sets its strategic direction. Geoff also plays an important role in KPMG’s Asia-Pacific practice as a member of the firm’s regional Executive Group.

Geoff is a board member of the Australian Business Community Network and Business for Millennium Development. Geoff has driven KPMG’s involvement in Indigenous Enterprise Partnerships and is a member of the Chairman’s Panel of the Great Barrier Reef Foundation.


Professor Chenggang Xu

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Mr. Chenggang Xu, Professor of Economics, joined SEF, Hong Kong University in 2009. Before that he has taught at the London School of Economics after obtaining a PhD from Harvard in 1991 (tenured in 1997 and became a reader in 2006 at LSE). He is a research fellow at HIID, CID of Harvard and CEPR. He is a Special-Term Visiting Professor at Tsinghua and World-Class University Visiting Professor at Seoul National University, and has also visited HKUST etc. He is the current President of the Asian Law and Economics Association (AsLEA).

His research interests involve China’s institution and development, the “soft budget constraint,” law and economics, finance and growth, financial regulation, and political economy. His contributions in analyzing China’s institution and economic development make him a leading “China expert” in the world. Joined with his coauthors, he is among the first who pointed out the so called “China Puzzle” and a set of his papers provide a solution to this “Puzzle.” His forthcoming JEL paper on China’s development is the first comprehensive China paper published in this AEA official journal since 1986. Moreover, he is a leading economist in the area of the “soft budget constraint,” which is widely recognized as a key factor causing the most important problems in all centrally planned economies and their reforms.


Professor Yongda Yu

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Professor Yu is the doctoral supervisor of the School of Public Policy & Management, Tsinghua University. He is also the director of the Institute of International Strategy and Development and the deputy director of the East Asia Research Center. He received his master's degree from Jilin University, majoring in international economics. Afterwards, he visited Kyoto University and stayed there as a Guest Professor for several years.

Professor Yu’s research covers Technology innovation and business incubation; small and medium-sized enterprises, entrepreneurship and macro-economics; advantages integration in economic growth and development; leadership and regional economic development; international organizations’ influence in international economics; dumping, anti-dumping and conflicts in international economics; relationship between international trade and finance. However, he mainly focuses on advantages integration, international economy and leadership.

Areas of Research: International economy; economic cooperation and friction; enterprise innovations and multi-national operation.


Chen Zeng

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Head of Australia Office, CITIC Group. Mr. Zeng Chen was appointed the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company in September 2010. He has been an executive director of the Company since 2004. He is also a director of several subsidiaries of the Company.

He is responsible for the corporate development, management and operations of the Group. Mr. Zeng holds a Master’s Degree in International Finance from Shanghai University of Finance and Economics. He is currently a director of CITIC Group, the executive chairman of CITIC Australia Pty Limited, a non-executive director of Macarthur Coal and Marathon Resources Limited (both listed on the ASX), and a director (formerly the chairman and a non-executive director) of CATL which was delisted from the ASX in January 2009. He also holds directorships in several other subsidiaries of CITIC Group. Mr. Zeng has over 22 years’ experience in business operations and development, project investment, asset restructuring and the aluminium and coal industry.