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2020 Australia China Alumni Award for Community and Social Impact

Australia China Alumni Award for Community and Social Impact new category

This Award recognises alumni who have made an outstanding committment to service in the community and society in China or Australia, and who have thereby bettered the lives of others through professional or volunteer efforts.

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Ying Chen


Jing Li



Kylie Lu


Jason Palmer


Geoff Raby

WINNER OF Judges’ Citation

La Trobe

Ying Chen

Finance Director, Golden Age Biotech VIC Pty Ltd

University of Melbourne Alumna

Melbourne based

In June 2019, Ying successfully initiated the first Australia- China bilateral conversation in philanthropy. Ying organized and facilitated a roundtable meeting between East West Philanthropy Forum and Philanthropy Australia. During the meeting, Ying was appointed the Chief Representative ANZ of East West Philanthropy Forum.

In March 2020, Ying co-founded Impact  the Future Giving Circle which is the first Chinese giving circle registered under Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation,and also the first Chinese giving circle in Australia.

From 2019-2020, Ying invested and participated in several business projects which would create positive social impact in a range of areas including biomedicine, wastewater treatment, education and training, and maternal and child health.




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Jing Li

Principal Consultant, JOID International Consulting

Adelaide University Alumnus

Adelaide based

During early stage of Jing’s career in the financial sector, he facilitated the first wave of Chinese IPOs on the Australian stock exchange in his capacity as a corporate analyst. He also cofounded Adelaidebbs.com in 2008, the most successful Chinese community media in South Australia at the time and remain one of the most successful today.

In 2013, Jing was appointed Director China Strategy with the State Government of South Australia. After three years, South Australia’s China Strategy was praised by the Ambassadors of both countries as the best practice for state level engagement. During that time Jing directly contributed to many prominent projects such as:

  • The direct flight from Guangzhou to Adelaide by China Southern and the settlement of Bank of China Adelaide Branch in 2016
  • The Rejuvenation of Shandong South Australia sister state relationship and
  • South Australia’s largest ever outbound mission with 315 delegates and a comprehensive program

In 2016 Jing was appointed Director for International Investment and sat on several government and business boards and committees. He continued to facilitate many trade and investment deals originated from China in his current role as the Principal Consultant of JOID International Consulting.

Jing won the 2018 Golden Wattle Award – Australia’s top 10 Chinese Youths acknowledged by the Prime Minister of Australia, along with his peers.



  • 2016年广州与阿德莱德首次实现直航以及中国银行阿德莱德分行的落地
  • 山东与南澳州姐妹省关系的重生
  • 南澳州有史以来最大的国际经贸外访团,目的地-中国



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Kylie Lu

Section Chief of Investment Promotion Bureau, Administrative Committee of Xishan Economic & Technological Development Zone

Deakin University Alumna

Wuxi based

As the Section Chief of Investment Promotion Bureau of Xishan Economic & Technological Development Zone (ETDZ), I assist investors to establish a presence in Wuxi, which includes connecting with the local resources such as business partners, land, workshops, etc.

I’ve introduced many investors to develop region economy, including Kempe as the first Australia WFOE, Parker Hannifin (USA) 2 Plants with investment of $99.8 million/20 million, Goodman (Australia) with investment of $99.8 million, Impro (USA) with investment of $500 million, Norma (German) with investment of€30 million, HAWE Hydraulic (German) with investment of RMB 1 billion, Oerlikon (German) with investment of €22.5 million.

I network with many industry leaders and had been fortunate to travel overseas to promote Wuxi city, including 2009 and 2015 Wuxi Melbourne Investment Seminars. I was nominated as the Best Worker of Wuxi 2009 and multiple times for Best Employee of of Xishan ETDZ.

During COVID-19 epidemic, I worked 24/7 to update latest polices to enterprises, helped to set up control measurements, get protective sets, coordinate home/hotel quarantine and donated masks both in Wuxi and abroad. Many GM sent us letters of Thanks and shared moved stories.



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Jason Palmer

Principal, Primary School International Division, Soong Ching Ling School

Charles Sturt University Alumnus

Shanghai based

Jason is a strong and experienced education professional who is passionate about improving education systems in China. Jason has 26 years of experience in the education sector, of which he has worked for seven years in China. During this time, he has been named Centre Principal of the Year twice by Dipont Education.

Jason was promoted to the role of Deputy Director of Academics, where he was responsible for ten AP centres across China. In this role he worked with principals on not only setting targets, but also achieving these targets. Jason valued professional development and implemented staff professional development and principal professional development opportunities. He performed this role for two years and received evaluations of 3.8/4.0 and 3.9/4.0.

In August 2019, Jason began a new role as Principal of the primary school, international division at Soong Ching Ling. Jason began an extensive curriculum review and began to revise the curriculum following the UbD model.  

Jason is committed to remaining in China in an educational leadership role, and will use his experiences, education, and background to improve education systems for both staff and students to get the most of their education. 

Jason’s commitment to lifelong learning to further enhance his skills within his industry is evident through his completion of a Master’s in Education (School Leadership) and beginning doctoral studies in online and distance education.






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Geoff Raby

Chairman & CEO, Geoff Raby & Associates

La Trobe University Alumnus

Sydney based

Dr Geoff Raby AO was Australia’s Ambassador to China from 2007 to 2011. After 27 years in the public service, he completed his Ambassadorial term and resigned to establish Geoff Raby and Associates in 2011, a Beijing-based strategic advisory company.

He currently serves as an Independent Non-executive Director of ASX-listed companies, Yancoal, Oceanagold, and Netlinkz.  He was also as an independent director with Fortescue Metals Group, 2011-17.

He is Chair of the Murdoch University’s Vice Chancellors Advisory Board, Western Sydney University’s Australia-China Institute of Arts and Culture, and VisAsia at the Gallery of NSW; he is a member of the Board of the Garvan Foundation.

In 2019, his donation of his personal collection of Chinese Contemporary Art was La Trobe University’s biggest gift of cultural philanthropy.

Between 2002 and 2006, he was Deputy Secretary in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), with responsibilities for north-east Asia and international trade negotiations.   He has held a number of other senior positions in DFAT, including APEC Ambassador (2002-2004), First Assistant Secretary, International Organisations and Legal Division (2001-2002), Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organisation, Geneva (1998-2001), First Assistant Secretary, Trade Negotiations Division (1995-1998). He was head of the Trade Policy Issues Division in the OECD in Paris during 1993-95.  He was First Secretary (Economic) and subsequently Counsellor (Economic) in Australia’s Embassy in Beijing, 1986-1991.  He joined the Office of National Assessments as its China economic analyst in 1984.

In 2002, he was made a member of Chile’s Order of Bernhard O’Reilly (Chile’s highest medal for citizens) for services to international trade and agricultural liberalization.  In 2010, he was made La Trobe University’s Inaugural Distinguished Alumni.

In recognition of his contributions to advancing relations between Australia and China and his contribution to multilateral trade diplomacy, Dr Raby was awarded the Order of Australia in June 2019.


芮捷锐博士同时兼任OceanaGold, Yancoal等多家在澳上市公司的非执行董事或独立董事职位。在中国,芮捷锐博士同时担任澳洲阔思律师事务所中国区的联席主席。芮捷锐博士还担任伦敦智库机构Policy Exchange的贸易政策分部主任。


在此之前,在外交贸易部担任过多个要职,包括澳大利亚外交贸易部副部长(2002年-2006),国际组织和法律司司长(2001-2002),常驻世界贸易组织代表和大使(日内瓦,1998-2001),以及贸易谈判司司长 (1995-1998)。2002年11月至2004年12月任澳大利亚”亚太经济合作组织”(APEC)大使。1993年至1995年,芮捷锐博士曾在巴黎担任”经济合作与发展组织(OECD)贸易政策问题司司长。



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