Our program features four keynote speakers, who will discuss sustainability issues related to energy, water, transport and agribusiness for both China and Australia.

The program also features four expert panels. Each panel member will initiate discussions with a brief speech, and then participate in a Q&A session with the audience.

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8 – 9am


9 – 9.10am




Welcome and opening of forum

Ms Clover Moore, Lord Mayor of Sydney

Ms Belinda Hutchinson AM, Chancellor, The University of Sydney

Professor Kerry Brown, Executive Director, China Studies Centre, The University of Sydney

9.10 – 9.25am

Welcome speech: the Hon. Barry O’Farrell, MP, Premier of New South Wales

9.25 – 9.40am

Speech: H.E. Li Huaxin, Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Sydney

9.40 – 9.50am

Keynote address

Mr Tony Cripps, CEO, HSBC Bank Australia Ltd

9.50 – 10am

Keynote address

Mr Zheng Qiyu, Vice General Manager, China Energy Conservation and Environmental Protection Group

10am – 11.05am

Panel One – Sustainable Energy

China is now the world’s largest user of most forms of energy, apart from oil. It is also the world’s largest producer of carbon emissions. In its current five-year program, the Chinese government has set out an ambitious plan to decrease its emissions and to move towards a more sustainable energy and resource model by 2020. As part of that process, China has already become the world’s largest user of solar and wind power, and has introduced major innovations in automotive and solar technology.


What are the drivers of China’s sustainable energy development? What is the context?  What are the challenges for Chinese companies to internationalise their operations in Australia? How can Australian companies be involved? What obstacles do they face?


Chair: Professor Kerry Brown, Executive Director, China Studies Centre


·         Mr Rober Todd, Director, Renewable Energy, Resources and Energy Group, HSBC Hong Kong

·         Mr Andrew Reeves, Chair, Australian Energy Regulator

·         Mr Tim Buckley, Managing Director & Portfolio Manager, Arkx Pty Ltd

·         Mr Wang Yang, Beijing Zhongying Zhengyuan Energy Conservation Co. Ltd

·         Ms Susan O’Rourke, Partner, China Specialist and Lawyer, Managing Director, Four Winds Legal

·         Mr Karl Qin, Executive Director, TDES Group

·         Mr Stephen Tansing, Systems Engineer & Infrastructure Asset Management Specialist, Honeywell Advanced Solutions

11.05 – 11.35am

Morning tea break

11.35 – 11.45am

Keynote address

Mr John Grill, Chairman and Non-Executive Director, WorleyParsons

11.45am – 12.45pm



Panel Two – Sustainable Water

This panel will investigate the ways in which the Chinese wastewater market is ‘investable’. What are the challenges for Australian companies to tap into this market? How can the rise of the renewable energy sector and the reform of the manufacturing sector reduce the pressure on wastewater treatment? And what is Australia’s role in this?

Chair: Professor Bates Gill, CEO, the United States Studies Centre, the University of Sydney


·         Mr Chen Min, Chief Representative, China Council for the Promotion of International Trade

·         Prof Mark Adams, Dean, Faculty of Agriculture and Environment, The University of Sydney

·         Prof Vivienne Bath, Professor of Chinese and International Business Law Centre for Asian and Pacific Law, Sydney Law School, The University of Sydney

·         Mr Ren Desheng, General Manager, GD Loongwater Mem-Technology Co. Ltd. Nanjing

·         Mr Barry Porter, Chief Executive Officer, Nubian Water Systems

12.45 – 1.40pm


1.40 – 2.40pm

Panel Three – Sustainable Transport

The panel will explore the new developments in China’s sustainable transport system and the changes that decisions by the recent 12th People’s Congress will bring to China’s sustainable transport development. What are the lessons, implications and opportunities for Australian companies and governments. What are the opportunities for Australian businesses both here and in China?

Chair: The Hon. Helen Sham-Ho, Solicitor and Former Member of the New South Wales Legislative Council


·         Dr Stephen Greaves, Associate Professor, Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies 

·         Mr Terry Lee-Williams, City Access and Transport Executive Manager

·         Mr Wing You, Senior Regional Manager, BYD Company Limited

·         Mr Robert Dane, CEO, SolarSailor 


2.40 – 2.50pm

Keynote address

Professor Salah Sukkarieh, Professor of Robotics and Intelligent Systems, Australian Centre for Field Robotics, the University of Sydney

2.50 – 3.10pm

Afternoon tea break

3.10 – 3.20pm

Keynote address

Mr Meng Gang, Deputy General Director, Australia Working Group, China Development Bank

3.20 – 4.20pm

Panel Four – Sustainable Agribusiness

This panel will focus on the opportunities for both Australian and Chinese businesses in this sector in each country.

In Australia: While the level of Chinese investment in Australia's agricultural sector remains low when compared with Chinese investment in other areas of the Australian economy (eg mining and resources), the past two years have shown growth, with annual investment in agriculture exceeding $500 million for the first time in 2011. What are the characteristics of Chinese investment in Australia’s agriculture sector? What are the trends? What are the risks for both Chinese and Australian businesses?

In China:  What role can Australia play in the areas of food safety and food security? For Australia, our expertise and similar climatic challenges, is widely recognised. How can Australian companies capitalise on this strength?

Chair: Professor Hans Hendrischke, the University of Sydney Business School


·         Mr Graeme Meehan, Assistant Secretary, East Asia Branch, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

·         Mr James Hudson, CEO, Australia China Business Council NSW

·         Mr Alfred Chung, Executive Director, China Agribusiness Limited

·         Mr Henry Cui, Chief Operating Officer, Chengdu Di’ao International Investment Pty Ltd

·         Mr Frank Mattiussi, Executive Director, Origin Capital Group

·         Mr David Sackett, Managing Director, Growth Farms Australia

·         Dr Robyn McConchie, Head of Department, Plant and Food Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture and Environment

4.20 – 4.30pm

Keynote address

Mr Peng Gang, Economic and Commercial Consul, Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China in Sydney

4.30 – 4.40pm

Launch of the University of Sydney-KPMG report ‘Australia China Agribusiness Outlook’

The Hon. Andrew Stoner MP, Deputy Premier of NSW, NSW Minister for Trade and Investment and Minister for Regional Infrastructure and Services

4.40 – 4.50pm

Highlights and case studies in Demystifying Chinese investment in Australian agribusiness’

Mr Doug Ferguson, Partner, KPMG Asia Business Group

4.50 – 5pm

Closing remarks – Professor Kerry Brown, Executive Director, China Studies Centre, the University of Sydney