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2023 Australia China Alumni Awards Judges Panel

Carolyn AtkinsonKen CaoJoseph KwanKylie CooperJianzhong LvPhilippa Jones

Counsellor (Public Affairs), Australian Embassy in Beijing

Carolyn Atkinson is the Counsellor (Public Affairs) at the Australian Embassy in Beijing. Her role is to strengthen understanding of Australia within China.

Carolyn is a career diplomat. She was Counsellor (Political-Economic) at the Australian High Commission in Singapore from 2016 until June 2019. From 2013 until 2015, Carolyn was seconded as an adviser to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. She was First Secretary (Economic) at Australia’s Embassy in the Philippines from 2008 until 2011. Prior to this Carolyn worked in a variety of roles, including in consular crisis management, economic and public diplomacy and trade. Carolyn joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in 2006, prior to which she worked at the Department of Industry, Science and Resources.


作为一名职业外交官,卡洛琳在亚洲拥有丰富的工作经验。 本次赴任前,她曾担任澳大利亚外交贸易部经济外交处处长。

卡洛琳于 2016 年至 2019 年 6 月担任澳大利亚驻新加坡高级专员公署参赞(政治经济)。2013 年至 2015 年,卡洛琳被借调至总理内阁部担任顾问。2008 年至 2011 年,她在澳大利亚驻菲律宾大使馆担任一等秘书(经济)。此前,卡洛琳还在领事危机管理和公共外交和贸易等领域从事过多项工作。 卡洛琳曾在工业、科学和资源部工作并于 2006 年加入外交贸易部。

Ken Cao

President ECM and Managing Partner of Hong Kong Gofintech Financial Group and Executive Director of Austra Capital

Ken在国际金融和政府领域工作超过 20年经验。Ken是香港 Gofintech 金融集团资本证券总裁兼管理合伙人,以及
Austra Capital 的执行董事,Ken 也投资了一些创业企业,担任澳洲和中国的孵化园导师。Ken是澳大利亚Macquarie大学的校友,曾担任澳大利亚悉尼国王队的大使。

Ken has over 20 years experience in global financial industry and government operations in Australia and China.Ken is the President ECM and Managing Partner of Hong Kong Gofintech Financial Group and Executive Director of Austra Capital. Ken invested a few start-ups and is the mentor of incubators both in Australia and in China. Ken is an alumni of Macquarie University. Ken was the Ambassador of Sydney Kings.
Ar. Dr. Joseph Kwan MH 
Founder and Managing Director, UDA Consultants Ltd.
Winner of 2018 Australia China Alumni of the Year Award


Ar Joseph Kwan MH is an internationally recognised leader, architect and expert in accessible built environments with more than 40 years’ experience in architecture and environmental psychology practice. He has worked extensively in Australia, the United Kingdom, France and Hong Kong. Mr Kwan has dedicated his career to making Hong Kong, and other communities around the world, more accessible for the elderly and people with disabilities, with a particular focus on the built environment, city planning, public transportation and tourism. He believes passionately that accessibility plays a fundamental role in ensuring equality and the safe and full participation of all citizens in their communities. He is the Founding Director of UDA (Universal Design & Accessibility) Consultants Ltd. As a passionate forerunner and respected advocate in the ‘Barrier-Free Access’ (BFA) arena in Hong Kong since 1987, Mr Kwan has provided expert consultancy on universal accessibility design and performed access audit services for numerous construction projects, including government buildings and precincts, 20 hospitals, 8 universities ; and professional advice to many public places such as the Kai Tak Sports Park and the West Kowloon Cultural District Development in Hong Kong. Mr Kwan regularly gives his time and expertise advising a whole host of committees for local government, professional institutions, non-government organizations, and disabled persons organizations across Hong Kong and beyond. In addition, he has lectured globally in 34 countries on universal access and inclusive design. In 2001 he was awarded the prestigious “Medal of Honour” by the Hong Kong government for his work and commitment to inclusive design.

关国乐先生是享誉国际的建筑师,致力于无障碍建筑及包容性城市的研究和发展,先后在澳大利亚、英国、法国和香港从事建筑行业超过40年。 关国乐先生致力于在香港,甚至全球范围内推动无障碍设计,通过构建环境、优化城市规划以及公共交通,为老年人及残障人士提供更友好的居住环境。他深信”通行无阻”是保障市民安全和生活质量,鼓励市民投入参与到社区的基础。 关国乐先生创立了通用设计与无障碍(UDA)顾问公司,现任董事总经理一职。自1987年起,关国乐先生一直在前沿推动香港公共场所的”无障碍通道”化。20年来,他先后为数百个建筑项目提供无障碍设计及审查服务,其中包括政府大楼和警区、20家医院、8所大学,以及香港科学馆、香港亚洲协会文化会议中心、海港城和香港时代广场等公共场所。 此外,关国乐先生利用自身的专业知识,在业余时间参与主持香港境内相关行业组织,为服务中心、互助小组和教育项目提供协助。 他还在全球34个国家讲授无障碍和通用设计。 2001年,关国乐先生因其在通用设计领域的成就和贡献,获得香港政府颁予的”荣誉勋章”。

Kylie Cooper

A/Executive Director, Study Queensland

Kylie Cooper was appointed Acting Executive Director of Study Queensland in March 2023. She leads a high performing team that supports Queensland’s International Education and Training sector and has led the development and implementation of the Queensland International Education and Training Strategy (2022-2027).

Kylie has extensive experience working across the Queensland Government in economic policy, regional development, research and innovation strategy and program delivery. She has designed and delivered a wide range of innovative grant, partnership and procurement programs across government, and represented the state on Commonwealth, State and Territory forums on innovation and international education and training.

As Project Manager in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, she worked with the Queensland Chief Scientist to develop Queensland’s first whole-of- government research and development strategy.
As Director, Innovation Policy with the Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation, Kylie led a team of innovation policy and program professionals to deliver innovation policy and strategy supporting the Advance Queensland agenda, and the development and delivery of a range of state-wide innovation programs.

Her background also includes tertiary education, with four years at The University of Queensland (UQ), where she developed the first UQ Entrepreneurship Strategy and delivered new entrepreneurship programs, events and activities. Kylie has spoken at numerous conferences and events and been a university guest lecturer on innovation and government policy.

Dr. Lu Jian Zhong
Board Member of Global Reporting Initiative GRI
Deputy Director General of China CSR Think Tank
Deputy Chairman of Shanghai Foreign Invested Association


Dr. Lu Jian Zhong, currently Board Member of Global Reporting Initiative GRI and Deputy Director General of China CSR Think Tank,Deputy Chairman of Shanghai Foreign Invested Association.
He performed many senior executive roles for more than 20 years in a variety of industry sectors and multinational companies, such as President General Affairs Essilor Greater China, President China of The Weir Group, and Global Partner of Brunswick Group, Executive Vice President of Singapore RGE Group (China) and Chief Representative, Chairman of RGE subsidiary Asia Symbol Paper & Pulp Ltd, Acting President of BHP Billiton (China). In his roles of leading China operation in the companies, he made significant contribution to help those companies establish and promote their business strategy, commercial development and growth, organizational development, operating excellency and continuous improvement, social responsibility, employee engagement and development, corporate branding and profiling, risk and crisis management as well as sustainability initiatives. He has been also performed as corporate coach and personal development coach inspiring many CEOs, senior executives, and entrepreneurs to exceed their limits and achieve break-through as well as helping their organizations to achieve higher goals of business growth and sustainable development.

Dr Lu is a well-known pioneer of sustainable business strategy and well-respected industry thought leader, with profound and systematic practical expertise and theoretical methodologies. Dr. Lu is the founder of “Sustainable Business strategy Paradigm”, “Sustainable Business Strategy Design Model and Leadership Model for Sustainability”, “Hybrid Compass Model for ESG Strategy Evaluation Framework”, “CSR Thought Systematic Methodology”. He has acquired profound and pragmatic industrial expertise in stakeholder engagement, materiality identification, corporate strategy and roadmap design, business-society ecosystem development and shared value creation. His forward thinking and tireless action have deeply influenced and motivated many companies’ executives, young entrepreneurs, and students to join the sustainability journey.

Dr Lu is also Deputy Director of Sustainability Council of China Academic Committee of Management, Member of PRME Committee China (UN Principles for Responsible Management Education), Member of the Examination and Curriculum Committee of Hongkong Institute of Education for Sustainable Development, invited expert of the China Federation of Industries and Economics Think Tank, member of Shenzhen Municipal Strategic Advisory Board for advanced manufacturing, Promoter of China 100 people CSR Forum, Founding Director of Ziya Business School. He was former co-Chair of Sustainable Business Committee of Shanghai American Chamber and Shanghai British Chamber, Chairman of British Chamber China ESG Awards 2022 and 2023, Chairman of the First Session of Supervision Committee of the Shanghai Foreign Investment Association, Chairman of the Asia Sustainable Supply Chain Summit 2023.

Dr. Lu is a guest professor at Nankai University, invited speaker to many EMBA and MBA programs at Hongkong City University, Fudan University, Zhejiang University Management School and Zhejiang University International Business School, Shenzhen Institute of International Philanthropy, as well as gust speaker to many leading companies’ annual conferences (Yili Group, Allianz Group, StoraEnzo, DSM, etc.). He has been an invited key-note speaker for many of the most important annual international and regional sustainability conferences over the last 10 years. Dr. Lu is the column writer for “China Business News”, “Economy Observation”, and editor-in-Chief and co-author of the book “The Road of Vision” which is a publication illustrating the development and success of Essilor (China) in China market.

Dr. Lu acquired PhD of Ecommerce (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology) , Master Degree of Industrial Innovation Management Ecole Centrale de Paris, and Bachelor Degree of Chemical Engineering Zhejiang University.

吕建中博士现任全球报告倡议组织(GRI)董事、中国CSR智库副理事长,上海外商投资协会副会长。吕博士曾担任多家世界500强等跨国集团及大型家族企业的中国区领导,包括依视路集团(EssilorLuxottica)大中华区事务总裁、英国伟尔集团(The Weir Group)中国总裁、博然思维集团 (Brunswick Group)全球合伙人、新加坡金鹰集团(RGE Group)中国执行副总裁、亚太森博(山东)浆纸有限公司董事长、必和必拓集团(BHP)中国代理总裁,为这些公司在华推进本地化商业战略、业务增长、组织建设、持续改善、社会责任、员工发展、企业品牌和风险管理及可持续发展做出了重要的贡献。同时,作为经验丰富、造诣深厚的企业教练、商业教头和个人成长教练,吕博士帮助了众多企业家和创业者超越自我,取得成功;帮助他们的企业找到了增长与发展战略突破口和实现价值创造的路径。





Philippa Jones
Managing director, China Policy, Beijing

Following a career in economic research and diplomatic service, Philippa created China Policy in 2011. Immersed in the company’s coverage across macroeconomy, industry, environment, science and innovation, social and governance and geopolitical issues, she brings cross-sectoral synthesis to emerging issues. She advises clients in the public, private and non-profit sectors.
She has supported many Australian students in Beijing. Among the most memorable moments being when her Sanlitun living room was used as one of the first venues for ACYA events in Beijing。
Philippa worked as a senior advisor on China trade policy issues for the European Commission 2004-09. From 1999-2004, during China’s WTO accession, she was responsible for bilateral and multilateral trade issues at the Australian Embassy, Beijing. Prior to her appointment in Beijing she was an officer of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs in Canberra. Ms Jones holds an honours degree in Chinese and economics from the University of Oxford.
Philippa Jones(周平)女士,多年来履职于外交部门和经济研究领域,于2011年创立了北京齐纳百思咨询有限公司(China Policy)。现负责公司的宏观经济,产业,环境,科创,社会,治理和地缘政治相关的项目和业务。以跨行业的融合视野,为政府部门,私营企业和非赢利组织的客户提供新兴,前沿挑战之洞见。