Sydney China Business Forum Draft Program

Capitalising on China’s Digital Burgeoning Revolution

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Monday 25 September, 2017
Four Seasons Hotel, Sydney



8.30 – 9:00am


9:00 – 9:05m

Acknowledgement of Country – MC, Ms Ticky Fullerton, Business Presenter, Sky Business

9:05 – 9:10am

Welcome and Opening of Forum
Belinda Hutchinson AM, Chancellor, The University of Sydney

9:10 – 9:12am

Mr Robert Kok, Councillor, City of Sydney, representing the Lord Mayor

9:12 – 9:32am

Keynote Speech 1
NSW Government Digital Strategy
The Hon. Victor Dominello, Minister for Finance, Services and Property

9:32 – 9: 52am

UBTech- Demonstration of Robots

9.52 – 10.22am

Keynote Speech 2 -
Mr Bruce Ren, Chief Strategy Officer, UBTech


Morning tea

10.40 – 11:25am

Panel 1 – Role of Government and Policy-makers
Moderator: Ms Ticky Fullerton

- What steps that policymakers need to take in the coming years to translate opportunity into reality?

- Megadata & privacy

- What governments can and should do for digitisation in areas such as urban environment and carbon emission?  

- Cyber Economy in China’s 13th Five Year Plan

Professor Hans Hendrischke, Professor of Chinese Business and Management, The University of Sydney Business School

Ms Kate Deacon, Executive Manager Research, Strategy and Corporate Planning, City of Sydney

- Mr Danny Zhang, Co-founder & Director, InnoQuantum Capital Management


Keynote Speech 3

Digitisation and health

11:45 am – 12:25pm

Panel 2 – Digitisation, Robotics & Artificial Intelligence
Moderator: Ms Ticky Fullerton

- Smart manufacturing and robotics in China

- The Chinese Government is encouraging commercial application of artificial intelligence technologies in all sectors. What does this mean for Australia?

- Social robotics & field robotics: use of robotic technology in aerospace, agriculture, defence, marine, medical, mining and other areas, its future and risks.


-Professor Salah Sukkarieh, Australian Centre for Field Robotics, The University of Sydney

 -Mr Justin Gong,    Mr Justin Gong, Co-Founder & CMO, XAIRCRAFT

-Mr Ashley Brinson, Executive Director, The Warren Centre

12.25 – 12.45pm


12.45 – 2:00pm

Networking lunch


Business Lunch
Lunch Keynote Speech
Laying the foundations for a successful launch into the China digital market.
Mr Nicolas Chu, CEO, Sinorbis

2.00pm – 2.10pm


2:10 – 2:30pm

Keynote Speech 4

The fourth industrial revolution – what Australia can offer China

Mr Adrian Turner, CEO, Data61


Keynote Speech 5
Smart city in China and cooperation opportunities between Australia and China

Mr Glenn Lukey
Chief Strategy Officer for ZTE Australia

2:50 – 3:40pm

Panel 3 – Smart Cities: Sustainable & Digitised Living

Moderator: Ms Ticky Fullerton

-How to help tomorrow’s cities face the challenges of growing urban populations with Internet of Things technology;

-Role of robotics and artificial intelligence in building smart cities;

-There are currently no laws and regulations directly governing Smart Cities in China. The Chinese government has, however, introduced a number of guidance notices. What are the opportunities for Australian businesses in China & what are the barriers?

-Data in Smart Cities: Boon or Curse?


-Professor Luigi Tomba, Director, China Studies Centre, The University of Sydney

-Professor Robyn Dowling, Associate Dean, Research, Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning

Mr Jon Williams, Partner - People and Organisation, PwC

3:40 – 4:00pm

Afternoon tea

4:00 – 4:55pm


Panel 4 – China’s Digital Future

Moderator: Professor Gregory Whitwell, Dean, The University of Sydney Business School

-China’s digital transformation & the impact of the Internet on its productivity and economic growth;

-Major differences between how digitisation was viewed in China vs. the West;

-  What does China’s digital future mean for Australia?


- Mr Jeongmin Seong, Senior Fellow, McKinsey & Company 

4:55 - 5:00 pm


Closing remarks

Dr Michael Spence AC, Vice-Chancellor and Principal, The University of Sydney


Networking Cocktails