Austrade Australia China Alumni Award for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
This award recognises alumni who have demonstrated their entrepreneurial and/or innovative abilities in any industry sector.
Nominees can be the owner of, partner in, or investor in an innovative and forward-looking company, or they may have implemented successful entrepreneurial programs in a large company. All nominees should be able to show their creativity, resourcefulness and sustainability, as well as how their work has benefitted wider society.
|Jeffrey Chan||William Cheng|
|Jonathan Belz||Hazel Hu|
|Hector Xu||Sophie Yao|
|Mr Joe Zou | 邹均 先生 |
CEO, GRGBanking Blockchain Express Co., Ltd.
Joe Zou is a PhD of Computer Science graduated from Macquarie University, MBA of Macquarie Graduate School of Management. He is the CEO of GRGBanking Blockchain Express. He also hold the position of the director of Fintech Committee of Guangdong Digital Finance Association, as well as the position of the director of Blockchain Expert Committee of Electronic Information Association of Guangdong. He was the 2015 Australia China Alumni ICT and Media Award winner, 2016 IEEE ICWS Best PhD Student Paper Award winner. Joe’s PhD thesis was awarded the Vice-Chancellor’s Commendation for Academic Excellence in Macquarie University. Joe is a subject matter expert appointed by the Zhong-Guancun Blockchain Industry Alliance. He is also the main author of the first Blockchain technical book in China: “Blockchain Technical Guide”。He has participated in over ten editorial boards, translated or published over ten books in the areas of cloud computing and blockchain technology. In 2018, Joe’s consensus paper was accepted by the top international journal “IEEE Transaction on Service Computing”. In 2019, under Joe’s leadership, GRGBanking Blockchain Express has been awarded “the top ten innovative blockchain company” by China Enterprise Newspaper. In 2020, Deloitte China has awarded the “Tomorrow’s Enterprise Star of Guangzhou” to the company. Also KPMG China has included GRGBanking Blockchain Express in the list of the leading double-50 fintech companies in China in 2020. In the meantime, GRGBanking Blockchain Express has been awarded as the selected brand in the “Brand Power Advanced Project” by the Guangdong Brand Building Association.
邹均是澳大利亚麦考瑞大学计算机博士，麦考瑞商学院MBA，运通链达任CEO，兼广州市数字金融协会金融科技专委会主任和广东省电子信息行业协会区块链专委会主任。邹均在领先的国际会议和期刊上发表论文20余篇；2016年主编中国第一本系统性介绍区块链技术的《区块链技术指南》， 2018年主编《区块链核心技术与应用》，前后参与出版、翻译云计算和区块链相关书籍十余本。 2015年荣获澳中校友会”杰出校友奖”，2017年获麦考瑞大学”校长奖”。2016区块链论文在IEEE ICWS获最佳论文奖。2018年共识算法论文被国际顶级期刊《Transaction on Service Computing》接受。2019年带领运通链达获得中国企业报评选的”中国区块链十佳创新企业” ，2020年获得广州互联网+新经济论坛颁发的”区块链创新人物奖”，2020年德勤中国颁发”广州明日之星”给邹均领导的运通链达金服科技有限公司，同时运通链达入选毕马威中国颁发的”中国领先金融科技双50″企业名录，同年，公司也入选中国”品牌强国先行工程”入选品牌。
|Ms Sophie Yao | 姚晓菲 女士 JUDGE’S COMMENDATION|
The University of Queensland
Managing Director, Pegasus Tech Ventures
Sophie Yao is a well-recognized entrepreneur as the Managing Director of Pegasus Tech Ventures (China). She has more than 11 years of experience in investment, corporate management, and open innovation at Fortune 500 companies such as Intel and Microsoft.
Sophie specializes in global investment with a focus of cutting-edge technologies such AI and robotics. She has invested in over 30 startups worldwide including SpaceX, Robinhood, Tamr, and Osaro.
Three years ago, Sophie Yao started the Pegasus Tech Venture’s business in China, with the goal of letting innovation go beyond boundaries, she has built a strong team of 30 to provide funding and incubation services to help the global startups to grow and expand. Her team has successfully helped 40+ international startups to land and grow business in China, and incubated over 300+ up-and-rising tech startups. Also, Pegasus Tech Ventures China has held five Startup World Cup (one of the largest startup events worldwide) Regionals in Chengdu, Xian, Beijing, and Hongkong respectively, with 1000+ participating startups, two thirds which get funded after the events. She has been invited as guest speaker at many gender equality events like UN Women Conference, China Female Leadership Summit, and International Woman Day Event by Australia Consulate. She has also worked with many start-up communities and Consulate such as the Austrade Launchpad to help international companies enter the Chinese market and promote Sino-Australian exchanges.
|Mr Hector Xu | 徐天舒 先生 |
University of New South Wales
chief investment officer & funding partner
Trust Mutual Life Insurance Co.
Graduated from UNSW, I joined AEGON-CNOOC Life Insurance as Investment Director. Five years later, I joined in AEGON-Industrial Fund Management Company as Deputy General Manager & CIO. AUM of the company increase from RMB 30 billion to 300 billion in 8 years, and also become one of best performance companies in China mutual fund industry.
In 2017, together with other three partners, we established Trust Mutual Life Insurance (TML). It is the first and only Mutual Life Insurance Company in China. The registered capital is RMB 1 billion. Its shareholders include Alibaba and 7 other companies. My role is CIO. The company begin to make profit in 3 years, which break local record (life insurance usually need 7 years before making profit). The investment performance of TML is much better than peer companies, which directly contribute to bottom line.
I am also the mentor of CEIBS, Central University of Finance & Economics, Shanghai University of Finance & Economics.
|Ms Hazel Hu | 胡欢 女士 |
University of Melbourne
Co-Founder, Head of Asia-Pacific Market
Hazel Hu is the co-founder of Brand Catalyser, an Australian cross-border advertising agency committed to breaking boundaries and bridging the gap between local brands and overseas markets. Hazel has helped over 100 Australian brands, homegrown and multinational groups develop and implement strategies that enabled them to launch and flourish in the Asian market. Hazel has co-led Brand Catalyser’s foray into the Chinese market in Australia, New Zealand, and China, now going further north into Southeast Asian markets like Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam and more.
Cultural diversity and individual development have always been at the center of Hazel’s professional pursuit and Brand Catalyser. As a natural leader, Hazel stimulates employee and company growths with her relentless and innovative management initiatives. Evidently, from the initial 3-people team to the now big family of 25 employees, the employee retention rate remains high at 90%. The team has gathered talents from all across the globe, yet been unified with the same fervent passion for the industry and collective goal.
胡欢，澳洲跨境广告公司目览触达联合创始人。目览触达致力于打破界限，在本地品牌和海外市 场之间架起桥梁，现已帮助超过100家澳洲本土品牌和跨国集团制定和实施战略，帮助其进入亚 洲市场并蓬勃发展。胡欢领导团队从澳新华人市场，开拓至中国大陆，新加坡，马来西亚，印度西 尼亚，越南等国家和地区。
公司尊重多元文化，并且鼓励员工多元发展。团队从初创时3名员工发展到25名，员工留存率高达 90%。作为一个领导者，Hazel在公司内的努力和发展举措促进了每个员工和整个公司的持续成 长。即使员工都来自不同的文化背景，Hazel致力于为员工提供一个平等、尊重、时刻保持热情的 工作环境，指引他们解决在工作中里遇到的问题，为同一个目标努力。
|Mr Jonathan Belz | 强森 先生 |
University of New South Wales
Co-Founder and Managing Partner
Belz Family and Associates
Jonathan is a passionate entrepreneur, business builder and connector with a particular focus on businesses and leadership in Australia & China. His family escaped Nazi Germany in World War II and lived in the “Shanghai Ghetto”, inspiring Jonathan’s commitment to Australia and China. Jonathan’s core focus is empowering Australian and Chinese families and investors to make better decisions for generations.
Jonathan is fluent in Mandarin (written, reading and spoken), and passed the highest level of Mandarin Fluency (HSK6) in 2014 after private and self-study, in what Global Times recognised as the “quickest and most impressive intensive study achievement by a Westerner”.
Jonathan founded Belz Family & Associates (BFA) in 2019, with a vision for the business to become a leader in the Australia/China investment world. The company has grown to be backed by a Chinese Fintech unicorn, leading Chinese families in Australia and some of Australia’s best family offices. Achievements of the company include:
• The platform has grown with 1500 active members (50% Chinese/Australian) and invested > A$50mn in top-quality companies including Epic Games, Klarna, Space-X, DJI, Baidu and Australian Funds.
• The business founded Yaru Ventures (JV with Will Zhao – ex CEO Metcash/E-cargo) that works with Australia’s leading brands to enter the China market. The company accumulated 8 core clients in just 12 months with partnerships for Listed and Unlisted Australian companies set up with Alibaba/JD.com/Little Red Book and others
• Driven female empowerment (Women’s Club) and Next Generation Leadership (Next Generation Club) and launched Platinum/Family Office programs.
Prior to BFA, Jonathan led other key innovative projects including:
• Partnership with CEO Office of Victor Smorgon Group, building various projects for the family in China, eg. a hydroponic tomato plant in Shaanxi, co-investment in a Gold project in Victoria, and restructured waste management and baby formula business.
• First Westerner hired in the Goldman Sachs China team in Hong Kong.
• Co-founded the Future Leader’s Group at ACBC, Victoria Branch in 2017.
Jonathan是一位充满激情的企业家、商业建设者和连接人。 他特别关注澳大利亚和中国的商业业务和领导力。他的家人在二战期间逃离纳粹德国，住在“上海的犹太聚居区“ 。 这段家族历史令Jonathan致力于澳中联谊。 他最专注的是让澳大利亚和中国的家庭以及投资者能够为子孙后代做出更好的决策。
Jonathan于 2019 年创立了 Belz Family & Associates (BFA)，其愿景是让该公司成为澳大利亚/中国投资界的领导者。该公司已经获得一家中国金融科技独角兽公司，顶级澳籍华人家庭和一些澳大利亚最好的家族办公室等在内的支持。公司的成就包括：
• 该平台已发展壮大，拥有 1500 名活跃会员（50% 为中国人/澳大利亚人），并向包括 Epic Games、Klarna、Space-X、DJI、百度和澳大利亚基金在内的顶级公司投资了超过 5000 万澳元。
• 该公司成立了Yaru Ventures（与Metcash/E-cargo前首席执行官Will Zhao 合资）与澳大利亚领先品牌合作进入中国市场。公司在短短12个月内积累了8个核心客户，服务于澳大利亚上市和非上市公司在阿里巴巴/京东/小红书等平台的业务
在加入 BFA 之前，Jonathan 领导了其他关键创新项目，包括：
• 与Victor Smorgon Group 的CEO 办公室合作，为中国家庭建立各种项目，例如陕西水培番茄厂，共同投资维多利亚黄金项目，重组废物管理和婴儿配方奶粉业务
• 2017 年在 ACBC 维多利亚分行共同创立了未来领袖小组
|Mr William Cheng | 成胜惠 先生 WINNER|
Vice President of Sales and Operation, Plus
Shenghui(William) Cheng has been working in automotive industry for more than 16 years, and this is also his main link between China and Australia.
2005, Led a China-Australia co-project for students when he worked as a university lecturer.
2007, Led a Hybrid Electric Vehicle project co-worked between Belarus and Australia, as a project leader. This project got the award of ‘The best diversified high-tech project’ in Belarus.
2010, Joined Cummins, exported Cummins engine to Russia, Korea, UK, Brazil, Australia;
2015, Joined Daimler, responsible for Mercedes-Benz Powertrain in Greater China.
2017, Founded Knight NEV Co., Ltd., an electric logistic vehicle operation company, providing customized EV for logistic companies. Discussed how to develop the infrastructure for EV market in Australia.
2019, Founded Matrix Mobility Co., Ltd., providing EV charging platform to OEMs and customers.
2020, Founded Panasonic NavInfo Mobility Co., Ltd., providing online battery analysis for EVs.
2021, Joined Plus, a new challenging business – Autonomous Driving of commercial vehicle, making logistic more safe, more efficient. Keeps communication to develop autonomous driving vehicle in Australia
In a word, not the end but a new starting point, William will continuously give his effort to enhance China-Australia relationship.
|Mr Jeffrey Chan | 陈家辉 先生 |
Charles Sturt University
Co-owner & CFO, Laservall Group
My early career in China finance started with Hutchison Whampoa China in 1992. I spearheaded financing of China projects including JV with P&G, oil companies and infrastructure highways and bridge. Some of the projects later became separately listed as Cheung Kong Infrastructure Group.
When I worked for Royal Dutch Shell in the 1990s we set up different joint ventures in China which helped built energy infrastructure, e.g., highway fuel stations, oil/gas depots, LPG tanks for industrial zones, bitumen for highways, etc. These laid foundation for the industrial and manufacturing boom in China.
In 2000s I was Regional Finance Director of Triumph International Lingerie, with design, production and sales operations in different parts of the world, including two factories in China. These helped less developed cities, e.g., Yancheng, to prosper and sustain in industrial development. I was then promoted to manage the extended Asia region.
With digital transformation, I have since 2017 started my own shared resources virtual financial service company. I became CFO for some international companies and have a team of finance professionals serving businesses, NGOs and professional firms. We provide finance function in China, Hong Kong and Australia on shared resources basis and help companies on strategic and digital transformation. We have collaborative partners in FinTech (e.g., OFX), infrastructure (e.g., AWS), audit and financing. With the excellent achievements and relationship, I also became co-owner of one of my clients which is in laser technology.
I was President of CPA Australia Greater China Division in 2016, Corporate Sector Committee Chairman in 2010-2014, and I am currently Honorary Advisor to the Division and Committee member of its Global Professional Education Advisory Committee.
I am also a Specialist Advisor to Ministry of Finance, an Accounting Committee member of the Association for Promotion of Guangdong-HK-Macao Cooperation, and President of CSU Alumni HK Chapter. My satisfaction arises from developing graduates from Australia, China and HK to be professionals with the business mindset and integrity who in return contribute to the societies.
随着数字化转型，我自 2017 年起创办了自己的共享资源虚拟财务服务公司。我成为了一些国际公司的首席财务官，拥有一支财务专业团队，为企业、非政府组织和专业服务公司提供服务。我们在共享资源的基础上在中国、香港和澳大利亚提供财务功能，并帮助公司进行长远战略和数字化转型。我们在金融科技（例如 OFX）、基础设施（例如 AWS）、审计和融资方面拥有合作伙伴。