SYDNEY CHINA BUSINESS FORUM 2013 SPEAKERS
We have assembled an outstanding array of leaders from the University of Sydney and government and business sectors in both Australia and China to provide new insights into Australia-China partnerships in sustainability.
Panel one - Sustainable energy
Panel two - Sustainable water
Panel three - Sustainable transport
Panel four - Sustainable agribusiness
Ms Clover Moore, Lord Mayor of Sydney
Ms Clover Moore is Lord Mayor of Sydney, currently serving her third term. She is the first popularly elected woman to lead the City of Sydney and previously served on the City and South Sydney councils.
From March 1988 Clover was continuously elected to represent the Bligh/Sydney electorate as an Independent MP in the NSW Parliament. She was forced to resign on 21 September 2012 after a state law made it illegal for her to continue in both roles.
Her achievements include small bars, Freedom of Information laws, boarding house protection, strata title reform and making same sex adoption legal.
As Lord Mayor, Clover has led the development and implementation of the City of Sydney’s internationally renowned long-term plan – Sustainable Sydney 2030. The plan includes ambitious targets to take action on climate change.
Under her leadership, the City of Sydney has developed a global reputation for delivering award-winning facilities, protecting open space, promoting design excellence, delivering new transport options, championing sustainability and initiating progressive solutions to complex city social problems.
Belinda Hutchinson AM
Belinda Hutchinson AM is Chancellor of the University of Sydney. A graduate of the University, Ms Hutchinson is Chairman of QBE Insurance Group, and a director of AGL Energy, the Salvation Army Eastern Territory Advisory Board and Australian Philanthropic Services, and a member of the Federal Government Financial Services Advisory Council.
She is the immediate past president of Chief Executive Women, a member-based organisation comprising 240 of Australia's women leaders. Ms Hutchinson was previously an executive director of Macquarie Group where she was the head of Macquarie Equity Capital Markets. Prior to this she was a vice president of Citibank in project and corporate finance.
She began her career working for Andersen Consulting in Australia and the USA. She has also served on the boards of St Vincent's Health Australia, NSW State Library Foundation, Telstra Corporation, Coles Myer Limited, Crane Group, Energy Australia, TAB, Snowy Hydro Trading and Sydney Water.
The Hon. Barry O'Farrell MP
Premier O’Farrell leads a Government focused on growing NSW as a globally competitive business hub. Strengthening international engagement between NSW and our closest trade and investment partners is a focus for the NSW Government.
“I have made it a priority to visit China each year since being elected, with my third visit taking place in June 2013. I look forward to travelling to China again in 2014,” said Premier O’Farrell.
“China is our largest trading partner and that is why it is critical we work hard to enhance this relationship and examine opportunities for further growth.
“My message to Chinese government leaders and potential investors is that NSW is open and ready for business.”
H.E. Consul General Li Huaxin
Mr Li Huaxin is Consul General (Ambassadorial Rank) of the People's Republic of China in Sydney. Born in 1957, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree and began his distinguished career at the Department of West Asia and North Africa Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China.
He went on to hold a succession of high-level diplomatic posts around the world, as a representative of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China to countries including Iraq, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Sydney. During this time, he held a variety of positions including attaché, third, second and first secretary, counselor, ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary.
Mr Huaxin also served the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China for many years – first in the Department of West Asia and North Africa Affairs and, from 2011-13, as director-general of the Senior Diplomats Committee of the ministry.
He was appointed to the role of Consul General (Ambassadorial Rank) of the People's Republic of China in Sydney in mid 2013.
Mr Tony Cripps
Mr Tony Cripps is Chief Executive Officer of HSBC Bank Australia, which supports retail, business, corporate and institutional banking customers through its network of 36 local branches and offices.
Tony has worked in banking for more than 25 years, with management roles in institutional banking, treasury, trading and sales businesses, transaction banking, information technology and operations.
He first joined HSBC in 1986 as a floor trader for the Sydney Futures Exchange and went on to manage Australia’s futures business before being appointed head of foreign exchange and rates strategy for HSBC Asia Pacific. He has held numerous senior roles in Hong Kong. London and Australia. Before taking on his
current role, Tony was president and chief executive officer of HSBC Philippines.
Mr Meng Gang
Mr Meng Gang is Deputy General Director, Australia Working Group, China Development Bank and High Commissioner of International Cooperation in charge of businesses in both
Australia and New Zealand.
He holds a National Lawyer Certificate in the People’s Republic of China. Mr Meng also has a PhD degree in Constitutional Law and Administrative Law from Zhejiang University Law School, and a master’s degree in Economic Law from Peking University Law School in China.
Mr John Grill
John is Chairman of the Board and the Nominations Committee. He is a member of the Health, Safety and Environment Committee and the Remuneration Committee. John has over 40 years’ experience in the resources industry, starting his career with Esso Australia.
In 1971, he became Chief Executive of Wholohan Grill and Partners, the entity that ultimately became WorleyParsons Limited. This specialized consulting practice acquired the business of Worley Engineering Pty Limited in Australia in 1987. It listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) in 2002 as Worley Group Limited following a restructuring of the company. In 2004, Worley Group Limited acquired Parsons E&C Corporation, a US-based global project services company, and changed its name to WorleyParsons Limited. The company then acquired the Colt Group in Canada in 2007, substantially increasing its capability in the upstream and downstream components of oil sands. John has personal expertise in every aspect of project delivery in the resources and energy industries. He has strong relationships with WorleyParsons’ major customers and was closely involved at Board level with the company's joint ventures. John was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Sydney in 2010 in recognition of his contribution to the engineering profession. He is the Chairman of the National Precincts Board and is also on the board of Neuroscience Research Australia and the Australian Chamber Orchestra.
Mr Doug Ferguson
Mr Doug Ferguson is Partner in charge of KPMG Australia’s China business practice, based in Sydney.
Between September 2008 and December 2011, Mr Ferguson was heavily involved with liquidation of Lehman Brothers’ principal investment assets throughout Asia. He worked in Hong Kong and Beijing between 2001 and 2006, managing more than 70 acquisition due diligence engagements across China in most industry sectors.
In recent years Mr Ferguson has led a number of major in-bound Chinese investment projects. He has also led all external marketing and media campaigns for KPMG Australia within the Australia–China corridor.
Mr Ferguson is a chartered accountant in Australia and a Hong Kong CPA.
Mr Peng Gang
Mr Gang Peng is Economic and Commercial Consul (Counsellor Rank) at the Chinese Consulate General in Sydney. He graduated from Beijing Foreign Studies University in July 1989 and received his Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) from the Capital University of Economics and Business of China in June 2000. He has been working in the area of China’s foreign economic and trade cooperation for more than 20 years.
Before his appointment to the consulate, Mr Peng held senior positions in the Chinese government, including economic and commercial counsellor of the Chinese Embassy in the Republic of India, commercial counsellor, deputy director-general of the Department of Asian Affairs, Ministry of Commerce, People’s Republic of China and deputy director, Department of Asian Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation, People’s Republic of China.
Mr Zheng Qiyu
Mr Zheng Qiyu is Vice General Manager of the China Energy Conservation and Environmental Protection Group, one of China’s 115 strategic enterprise groups.
Mr Zheng is a graduate from Nankai University with a technical postgraduate degree. He started working at Beijing Geo- Mechanics Factory and later held various senior positions, including director of Human Resources and Operations of Beijing Geo-Mining Bureau, head of Beijing Geology Research Institute; director of Beijing Geo-Mining Bureau, general manager of China Geo-Engineering Company Ltd, chairman of China Geo-Engineering Corporation, party secretary of China Geo-Engineering Corporation, and vice president of China New Era Group Corporation.
The Hon. Andrew Stoner
The Hon. Andrew Stoner MP is the NSW Deputy Premier, Minister for Trade and Investment and Minister for Regional Infrastructure and Services.
Before entering Parliament, Andrew obtained a Bachelor of Business and a Master of Business Administration, and he has also worked as an employment agency manager.
Andrew was first elected into Parliament as the Nationals Member for Oxley on 27 March 1999, and was elected Leader of the NSW National Party in March 2003. Following the NSW Liberals and Nationals Coalition election win on 26 March 2011, he was sworn in as Deputy Premier and took on his ministerial responsibilities.
As the Deputy Premier, Andrew is dedicated to growing the NSW economy and is committed to working closely with his international counterparts to strengthen NSW’s bilateral relationships. He is also deeply committed to his community, as exemplified through his involvement in charitable and community organisations, chambers of commerce and his church.
Professor Salah Sukkarieh
Professor Salah Sukkarieh is Professor of Robotics and Intelligent Systems at the University of Sydney’s Australian Centre for Field Robotics. He is an international expert in the research, development, operationalisation and commercialisation of field robotic systems. He has led a number of robotics and intelligent systems R&D projects in logistics, commercial aviation, aerospace, education, environment monitoring, agriculture and mining. He has also consulted to industry including Rio Tinto, BHP, Patrick Stevedores, Qantas, BAE Systems, Biosecurity Queensland, Meat and Livestock Australia, and the NSW Department of Primary Industries, among others.