Getting Ready for the Asian Century

Co-presented with the Confucius Instituteat the University of Sydney as part of the City of Sydney’s Chinese New Year program.

Date: Tuesday 11 February 2014

The 'Asian Century' has been become a commonly used term but what does it really mean for government and business in Australia today? As part of the annual City of Sydney's Chinese New Year Festival program, the Confucius Institute and Sydney Ideas will host a discussion on the topic.

Pamela Young will discuss the cultural gap between Australia and Asian nations, and the findings in her published book 'Stepping Up: Lead culture change for diversity and growth in the Asian century that highlights the issues that impact Australia's ability to do well in Asia, the challenges Asian people encounter working in Australia, and what we can all do to improve the situation.

Pamela Young


Pamela Young is a globally experienced executive and consultant who is known for her visionary and strategic thinking, change-agent capability and extensive knowledge of how cultures operate.

Pamela has an extensive global career in both consulting and executive management. She has lived and worked in many cultures including Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, the UK, continental Europe and the USA.

David Olsson



Pamela will share the stage with David Olsson, former Chairman of the Australian-China Chamber Commerce, who has lived in Beijing for six years and is a key contributor to the book. David is the China Practice Consultant for King & Wood Mallesons and was instrumental in growing his company's business across the region and facilitating Australia-China client relations.




Pamela and David will discuss their ideas on how to build stronger relations with China and gain competitive advantage in the Asian Century. The discussion will be followed by book sales and book signing for Stepping Up: Lead culture change for diversity and growth in the Asian century (rrp$44.00)