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AIDE – Young Australia China Alumni of the Year Award

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AIDE – 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. 

Ms Cecily Huang

UTS

Mr Jon Pedersen

Griffith

Mr Ken Ip

UniSA

Ms Lisa Qin

UniMel

Ms Samantha Kwok

USYD

Ms Yang Guo

UNSW

Prof. Zetao Chen

QUT

To view the finalists of other categories, please click HERE.

 

Ms Cecily Huang
    Producer, ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation), Beijing Office
    University of Technology, Sydney Alumna 
    Beijing Based

As a bilingual journalist, Cecily Huang currently works for ABC, Beijing office as a producer, after she obtained the master degree from University of Technology, Sydney in 2016. Her work includes news feature about Cui Jian, the ‘Godfather of Chinese Rock-n-Roll,’ and Chinese contemporary artist Zeng Fanzhi, documentaries for the Foreign Correspondent program, The Love Boat, and Leave No Dark Corner,  

Previously, she worked for The Guardian Beijing office, as a China researcher and news assistant for three years, reporting on the changing face of China. She was also a contributor to The Diplomat and The Sydney Morning Herald. 

She is very interested in the growing opportunity and deepening relationship between Australia and China.

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Mr Jon Pedersen
    Co-Founder & Board Member, Foundation for Shared Impact
    Griffith University Alumnus
    Hong Kong Based 

After graduating with stellar academic records and becoming the valedictorian for his graduating cohort, Mr. Pedersen declined all the job offers he received and decided instead to pursue his own entrepreneurial dreams.

Today, Mr. Pedersen is predominantly occupied within the social enterprise and education field in Hong Kong, both as a standalone facilitator, as well as manager of his own projects and social ventures. Overall, he seeks to make a positive societal impact in everything he does, and he wants all of us to live in a world where every human is empowered to give his or her unique gift to the world.

Mr. Pedersen is currently the founder and director of the social enterprise incubator Foundation for Shared Impact (FSI), director of Soap Cycling, co-teacher of the Social Venture Management internship course at The University of Hong Kong (HKU), coordinator of HKU’s upcoming MOOC on Fintech Ethics, and owner of Ejj Holding Limited.

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Mr Ken Ip
    Head of Communications, Leigh & Orange
    University of South Australia Alumnus 
    Hong Kong Based

Ken Ip is a creative brand leader, with numerous domestic and international accomplishments in corporate positioning, new company, brand and product launching, as well as brand strategy and management.

His career first took off in the world of advertising, managing campaigns for some of the biggest brands in the world, including the likes of Starbucks, Intercontinental Hotels Group and ANZ Bank. Since then, Ken has held roles that span from corporate consulting to public affairs advisory for leading multinational and conglomerates.He is currently the Head of Communications for a 145-year-old international design practice based in Hong Kong.

A popular keynote speaker and columnist, Ken has been interviewed and is a regulator contributor on the subject of B2B Marketing. He is also the author of two best-selling titles, “Life Hacks” and “Growth Hacks”.

Ken holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Melbourne, a Master of Arts from RMIT University, and a MBA from the University of South Australia. He is also an accomplished jazz musician and Martial Arts instructor.

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Ms Lisa Qin
    Education Officer, UNICEF
    The University of Melbourne Alumna 
    Beijing Based

Lisa Qin is an education specialist passionate about community building and enhancing the Australia-China relationship.  Benefiting from a world-class education built the foundation for Lisa’s strong advocacy for all children to have an excellent education.  A former lawyer, her career in education has involved addressing educational disadvantage. 

Lisa taught at a regional school through Teach for Australia, and worked for the Asian Development bank on reforming vocational education in China.  She then moved to UNICEF China working to improve equitable and quality education, especially for the most vulnerable children.  Since then, Lisa has become recognised as a leader influencing national education policy to transform children’s education outcomes through Teach For All, a global education organisation. 

Lisa has demonstrated leadership through numerous community service activities, including founding a knowledge exchange network for early childhood educators and enhancing cross-cultural engagement through the Australia China Youth Dialogue, a forum for young leaders to advance the bilateral relationship, where she was a board director.

An Australian National University graduate, Lisa holds dual master’s degrees in Teaching from the University of Melbourne and in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education where she received the Frank Knox Fellowship.

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Ms Samantha Kwok
    Founder, Jingjobs
    The University of Sydney Alumna 
    Beijing Based

Samantha is from Sydney, Australia and an alumni of the University of Sydney. She moved to Beijing upon graduation in 2013 to learn Chinese and founded JingJobs within the same year. JingJobs is a recruitment consulting firm that focuses on connecting bilingual talent to start up focused opportunities in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen. Since 2014, JingJobs has made thousands of successful connections between jobseekers and startups, and serviced over 900 companies. With over 50,000 jobseekers aged 21-30 within their talent pool, JingJobs also regularly holds professional development workshops, mentorship programs and talent fairs in order to foster a positive, helpful community for jobseekers to find their dream careers and foster growth. Samantha is also on the founding team of the Beijing Women’s Network (2015), an organization with over 4000 members in Beijing, that promotes peer to peer mentorship, creates a supportive community of young professional women, and provides affordable resources to encourage the personal and professional development of their members. All proceeds raised from events and fundraising initiatives go to their women focused charity of the year.

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Ms Yang Guo
    Vice President of Institutional Business Group, Harvest Fund Management
    University of New South Wales Alumna 
    Beijing Based

In 2012, Yang graduated from UNSW with a master of finance degree. After that she joined the global management associate program in DBS, the top commercial bank in Singapore and worked with 68 MAs from 6 countries. In 2015, she closed the 1st CCS deal for Institutional Business Group 2 after she finished her rotation.

In January 2016, Yang left DBS and joined Harvest Fund Management Co., ltd. Harvest Fund Management is one of the top 3 fund management companies in China. During her 2 years working there, she increased the team’s size of asset under management by 10.3bn and fulfilled revenue of 56mn this year, which is over 300% of her previous budget. She closed a money market fund transaction of RMB 5bn, which ranked 2nd out of hundreds of the same kind of transaction in terms of size. And she was promoted as the youngest VP in the firm in March 2018.

Outside work, Yang also got the EMBA offer (class of 2021) from University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She won the gold medal in Gold Medal Women’s Epee Individual Events of 2016 Chinese Fencing Association Club League. Also, Yang was one of the mentors for ACAA in 2017. And she sponsored a girl in Yunan for 2 years and helped her to complete her junior high school.

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Prof. Zetao Chen
    Professor & Attending Doctor, Hospital of Stomatology, Sun Yat-sen University 
    Queensland University of Technology Alumnus
    Guangzhou Based

Zetao Chen is presently professor at Guanghua School of Stomatology, Sun Yat-sen University. He holds Bachelor and Master of Dental Science (BDSc, MDSc) from Sun Yat-sen University, China and PhD degree from Queensland University of Technology, Australia. He was awarded with the Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award from QUT. After graduation, he continued working in the Prof. Yin Xiao’s lab as a research associate. In November 2016, he was recruited to Sun Yat-sen University under the One-hundred top talent scheme. In February 2018, he was included into the Recruitment Program of Global Young Talent from China. He is now the committee member of Chinese Oral Biology Association and Oral Implantology Association of Guangdong province. A major contribution of his work has been to newly define the concept “osteoimmunomodulation”. To date, he has published 28 SCI journal papers in field of regenerative medicine, tissue engineering, biomaterials, periodontal diseases, and dental materials etc. These include one first-authored publications in the journal ASC Nano (IF = 13.709) and Materials Today (IF = 24.537). As a young investigator, he has been a chief investigator on 8 research grants, earning a total of more than 1,000,000 US dollars from various granting bodies, including the National Natural Science Foundation of China, ITI research grant, the Osteology Foundation, etc.

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To view the finalists of other categories, please click HERE.