Young Australia China Alumni of the Year Award
This award is open to all alumni who are not yet 35 years old and are involved in fields of employment, community service or voluntary work.
All nominees should demonstrate integrity, initiative and innovation and be on a fast trajectory to leadership in their field.
This award recognises the achievements of our young alumni and celebrates their outstanding talent, accomplishments, and the contributions they have made to the wider Australia-China community.
|Wandi Cao||Kyle Chen||Mingming Chen||Yi Fan|
|Joy Lin||Yang Shen||Jing Sun|
|Li Ciao Yu||Mica Zhao|
|Wandi Cao | 曹琬笛|
University of Melbourne alumna
Brand Manager | Account Executive, Brand Catalyser
目览触达公司，品牌经理 | 客户对接
Wandi Cao is currently working at a cross-border advertising agency in Australia. She graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Master’s degree in Art Curatorship. During her postgraduate studies, she co-curated the exhibition “Amplified, Redefined: Protest for Change” at the George Paton Gallery, which illustrated how the student union has been at the forefront of progressive social actions. In 2018, her exhibition proposal Algorithm was named the finalist of the Emerging Curator Program by the Shanghai Power Station of Art. After graduation, she continues to act as an advocator for art. On social media such as Xiaohongshu, she has produced and released original content, ranging from art student’s study abroad experience, a series of video interviews with art workers, book commentaries and recommendations, to local entertainment events promotions. Since May 2020, her posts have reached over 160,000 views.
Wandi holds passion for empowering the young generation. During her time at the advertising agency, Wandi has initiated a Summer Internship Bootcamp to provide international students with advertising industry workshops and local working experiences in Australia. She went on to offer career advice and job opportunities to international students.
Curator, artist, bilingual stand-up comedian, art blogger, advertiser – Wandi believes that the more titles one holds, the more vivid their life would be. May Arts and Humanities be your relief and strength.
|Kyle Chen | 陈南|
RMIT University alumnus
Creative Director, Sense Tider
Nan Chen, who has been active in the Chinese theatre and film industry as an actor before coming to Australia, has been involved in numerous artistic projects promoting multicultural exchange after graduating from RMIT University with a master of media in 2018.
As the lead actor in the VCA’s one-shot short film “IDOL”, he was awarded the 2020 Brooklyn Film Festival Best Actor. The short film also won several international professional awards and nominations, including the Best Short Film Award at the Sydney Film Festival and the Brooklyn Film Festival.
As a director, Nan Chen worked for Australia 8TV and directed a series of television programs focusing on the lives of immigrants and was broadcasted on Victoria’s Channel 31. He also used the program as a bridge to interview Australian Aboriginal elder Carolyn Briggs to educate the Chinese community on Australia about Aboriginal history and culture.
In addition to his work as an actor and director, Nan Chen currently contributes to the artistic exchange between Australia and China as the creative director of Sense Tider by planning successful social media campaigns, live streams and offline events for various organizations and brands across Australia and China.
|Mingming Cheng | 程明明|
University of Technology Sydney alumnus
Senior Lecturer, Curtin University
Dr Mingming Cheng is an award-winning advocate, educator, and researcher with an international reputation in digital economy and tourism. He was the youngest tourism academic in Australia to win – the Council for Australasian Tourism and Hospitality Education (CAUTHE) Fellows Award and the International Academy of the Study of Tourism Emerging Scholar of Distinction Award (the ‘Oscar’ for early career tourism researchers), which recognises his significant contribution to ground breaking and innovative research in tourism.
As a leading authority on Australia-China tourism, Dr Cheng regularly provides expert commentary in the mainstream media including the ABC News and the South China Morning Post, reaching millions of readers. His work has been also used to inform policy on Australia-China relations. In 2019, he sat on a panel alongside the former New Zealand Prime Minister to discuss the future of tourism trade with China. His extensive public engagement and research impact have been recognised by over a dozen awards including Curtin Business School New Researcher of the Year and Teaching Excellence awards.
Since 2014, Dr Cheng has provided numerous trainings for a range of stakeholders in Australia (e.g., Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development) and the wider Asia Pacific (e.g., International Automobile Federation) fostering digital innovation and connection with China. In 2021, he established a Chinese International Students Storyboard to address the concerns of Chinese students studying in Australia.
Dr Cheng has life mission to support the economic, social and cultural prosperity of our community.
|Yi Fan | 范祎|
University of Melbourne alumna
Peking University School and Hospital of Stomatology
I completed my PhD at Melbourne Dental School, University of Melbourne in 2019. Precise treatment planning, innovative clinical protocols and new technologies that have a positive impact on patient care have always been at the center of my work. A strong quest for clinical excellence and an excitement about new technological developments, paired with a deep passion for teaching and research, motivated me to continue my journey in dentistry after I went back to China.
I am leading several rigorous and innovative projects to solve clinical problems in Dentistry. For example, I developed augmented reality navigation techniques to assist orthodontic mini-implant placement, which overcame inherent challenges in surgical visualization. I have published 18 SCI papers, won three international-recognized research awards in addition to book chapters to my credit.
I am also a compassionate volunteer on many social works. I worked at Nightingale Cultural and Communication Centre to promote cultural exchange among teenagers between China and the globe. I served at Peking University Melbourne Alumni Association to organize events and provide platforms for sharing ideas. I also helped hearing-impaired children in the hospital.
Melbourne is where I find my purpose, where I learn, grow, and envision bigger life for myself.
我主持并参与多个严谨、创新的科研项目来解决牙科的临床实际问题。例如，我开发了基于增强现实的导航技术辅助正畸微螺钉的植入，该技术实现了手术区中解剖结构的可视化。目前，我已发表了18 篇 SCI 论文，获得了 3 项国际认可的学术奖项，此外我还参与了书籍的撰写。
|Joy Lin | 林晓雨|
Griffith University Alumnus
Co-Founder & CEO of GAPPER INTERNATIONAL
Joy Lin is the Co-founder and CEO of GAPPER INTERNATIONAL which offers a variety of volunteer programs in over 20 developing countries, helping local communities to find out a way to develop in long-term sustainability.
Joy studied Tourism management in University of Queensland, then she acquired Master of Commerce in Griffith University. After served as an International volunteer in Nairobi Kenya during her gap year, she tried to solve the problem of regional inequalities through tourism arrangement, therefore she founded GAPPER International in 2012, using the concept of “Make a difference on the Way” to encourage China youth to get involved with local community of being volunteers while traveling.
So far around 35000 volunteers has participated, and more than 35 NGOs are supported in Gapper program. In China, Gapper implemented serving location in over 15 villages, including Child Care, Animal Care, Environment Conservation, Village Education, Intangible Cultural Heritage Experience, and so on.
Meanwhile, Gapper offer CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) service for companies or organizations who are aimed at raising the welfare of its workers, consumers and the environment.
GAPPER is awarded the Excellent Business of Innovation and Entrepreneurship by Shanghai Science and Technology Commission, the Top 20 National Youth Federation One Belt, One Road Youth Entrepreneurship, and Forbe China Under 30 social enterprise.
Joy 曾在昆士兰大学学习旅游管理，随后在格里菲斯大学取得商科硕士学位。间隔年的一次前往肯尼亚内罗毕做志愿者的公益经历，让她开始尝试通过“旅游服务”来解决各地区资源分配不平等问题。因此她于2012年创立了GAPPER国际义工旅行，以“Make a Difference on the Way”的口号，提出并发扬公益旅行的理念，为中国青年人提供更多探索世界的服务。9年来，GAPPER通过公益研学服务，让超过30000名年轻人通过旅行实践公益并实现自我成长，为国内外超过35个NGO和社会组织提供自我“造血”方案，在中国建立15个乡村建立志愿者服务站，提供的项目包括儿童关爱、动物保育、环境保护、乡村教育、非物质文化遗产体验等。
|Yang Shen | 沈洋|
University of Sydney alumnus
Senior Manager of Organic Waste Leading Group
Shenzhen Expressway Co Ltd
Ms Shen leads to long-term strategic cooperation with Henan energy group, kaiphosphorus group, Sinopec and other large state-owned enterprises, establish several resource and energy recycling projects for the treatment of general industrial solid waste on behalf of Guangzhou Enterprises in Guizhou, help local central enterprises and state-owned enterprises in Guizhou achieve energy conservation and carbon reduction of millions of tons a year, and practice the national strategic deployment of carbon peak and carbon neutralization.
As a member of the core project team, she participated in the bid winning of Shenzhen Guangming District Industrial Park for daily treatment of 1000 tons of food waste in 2019 to turn food waste into treasure and produce biomass diesel, biogas power generation and biological fertilizer.
2017 and 2018 participated in the CPPCC meeting, wrote social and public opinion information and proposals, and wrote relevant proposals such as problems and Countermeasures for carbon reduction and comprehensive utilization of industrial solid waste in China. In 2020, she was elected as a member of the youth working committee of Guangdong Provincial Committee of China Association for the promotion of democracy and a member of the working committee of resources and environment.
Social title and position:
– Energy and environmental protection industry investors;
– 2019 Forbes China’s 30 young elites under the age of 30;
– In 2015, the queen of Belgium and members of the Belgian Royal family received him as a representative on a state visit to China;
– 2012 Phoenix Satellite TV miss China global competition, Sydney, Australia;
– Best speaker of Pan Pearl River Delta Forum of Hong Kong University of science and technology;
– Representative of outstanding exchange scholars of National University of Singapore
|Jing Sun | 孙婧 WINNER|
University of Queensland
Associate Professor, Tongji University
A/prof Jing Sun obtained her Ph.D degree from the University of Queensland, Australia in the field of Environmental Engineering and joined Tongji University, China in 2015. Her research works focus on wastewater collection and treatment engineering, mainly including developing economical and environmental-friendly technologies that guarantee the safety of wastewater collection systems and recovery energy and resources from wastewater and sludge.
She is also a pioneer in wastewater-microplastics research. A/Prof. Sun has held 11 competitive research grants, such as the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Similar to the ARC), as a Chief Investigator (CI). She has over 70 high-quality research papers, including 54 SCI journal papers and 2 authorized patents. Her H index is 23 and over 90% of her publications are in the top 10% journals (according to SciVal). Based on her research outcomes, A/Prof. Sun received over 10 international, regional, and institutional awards as a team member or individual, such as the International Water Association Global Project Innovation Awards (only winner, as a team member). She has also been a lecturer in several undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
She developed MOOC on Industrial Wastewater Pollution Prevention with her colleagues, which is the first MOOC on this subject in China and attracting 10000 people from universities, industries, and communities. She was awarded as “Excellent University Course in Shanghai (provincial level)” and “Tongji University Teaching Achievement Award (First Prize)”. She is a management committee member of the International Water Association (IWA) Specialist Group, a scientific committee member of three high-level international conferences, and the editorial board member of three SCI journals, such as Environmental Research (IF=6.498) and Scientific Reports (IF= 4.379).
数据库）。获得国际水协会全球创新项目奖等团队或个人奖项10余项。讲授6门本科生或研究生课程，开设全国第一门《工业废水污染防治》慕课，吸引了10000多人参与。教学方面获得上海市精品课程、同济大学教学成果一等奖。担任国际水协会专家组管理委员会委员，2届国际会议学术委员会委员，以及Environmental Research (IF=6.498)和Scientific Reports (IF= 4.379)等多个SCI期刊编委。
|Li Ciao Xu | 徐小乔|
University of Southern Queensland
Marketing Director; International Marketing Director, Coloro
Ms. Ciao XU has eight years of experience in brand incubation both domestic and overseas. During her tenure at COLORO, she directs the B2B strategy of brands as marketing director. COLORO is the global authority on color trend forecasting for textile, apparel, and CMF fields. To through patent technology to convert sentimental color trends visualized in business intelligence.
Ciao XU direct the team to work with other global, regional, and internal functions to differentiate the brand. She has successfully run major marketing campaigns reaching millions of audiences globally. This led to steep improvement in raising the vigorously brand awareness and nature and forge the trade, customer, and sales relationships. Merged with content marketing, publicity, sophisticated funnel operation to maximize brand equity. Through a consecutive market exposure for the brand and gathering leads to run as a community. Endorsed by internet celebrities and expertise, and newspaper and media. Being cost-conscious to gain free millions of clicks for the company by placing 5 videos on domestic search engines.
Through sophisticated funnel operation to span leads growth and profitability. In China, the topic marketing of Traditional Chinese costume and colors receiving the invitation to be published by famous publishers.
Whilst via communication strategy, COLORO received continuous cooperation from the fashion and art industry. Such as China Fashion Week, China Intangible Cultural Heritage Association, and relevant local intangible cultural heritage associations, such as Nanjing brocade, Chinese silk tapestry, and Song Brocade, with the theme of Traditional Chinese costume, which helped promote Chinese traditional colors. Ms. Ciao XU has also incubated brands in overseas listed companies and led brands to appear on the cover story of the well-known press such as Nanyang Business Daily, Oriental Daily, and Silicon Valley Investor and Bloomberg as well as interviewed by national TV stations.
As a volunteer, she advocates participating in several non-profit organizations’ initiatives, the French Film and Culture Festival of the French Ministry of Education in 2014. In 2019, 2020, and 2021, he served as the mentor in the field of Marketing in Australia China Alumni Association Mentor Program and industrial Mentor Program of the University of Southern Queensland.
建立私域流量池，以精细化的用户运营形成长效品牌曝光为公司带来优质业务转化。 在国内，主笔汉服相关的传统服饰与色彩的话题营销为公司荣获出版社出版专题的机会。同期，COLORO以汉服专题受到时尚艺术领域的关注，例如中国时装周、中国非遗协会、相关的地方非遗协会例如南京云锦、缂丝、宋锦等协会的持续合作，为中国传统色彩助力。Ciao XU女士亦曾在海外上市公司孵化品牌，曾带领品牌登上知名媒体《南阳商报》《东方日报》《硅谷投资人》等封面以及接受国家电视台的采访。
|Mica Zhao | 赵立竣 |
Central Queensland University alumnus
Partner, Mesoor AI
Hi, my name is Lijun Zhao (Mica), My business scope is leading the application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the human resources industry to make the recruitment more efficiency.
I studied a Bachelor of Hospitality Management at CQUniversity’s Melbourne campus from 2011-2013. After my graduation, I moved back to China and have forged a career working in leading human resources companies, specialising in innovative artificial intelligence solutions.
Currently, I am a Partner at Mesoor AI, a leading Artificial Intelligence (AI) and recruitment software service provider which provides corporate recruitment, headhunting and RPO for organisations. During my time as Partner at Mesoor AI, I have successfully signed contracts with customers including Net-ease, Xiaomi, Golden Education, Geely Automobile, China Soft International, Neusoft Group, Randstard and FESCO Adecco.
In 2021, two years after I joined Mesoor AI as a Partner, the organisation was included in HRTechChina’s Top 30 Human Resources Technology Innovation Brands in China. Mesoor AI joined companies like Manpower Group, Guanaitong (subsidiary of Chinese Human Resource Provider CIIC, who have branches in 5 provinces servicing more than 18,000 customers), Microseer (received over $30M in funding, multi-award winning company) and FESCO (multi-award winning company established in 1978, and joined with Adecco in 2010). The inclusion of Mesoor AI in the list demonstrates the industry-recognised innovative applications and management practices of Mesoor AI.