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2020 Young Australia China Alumni of the Year Award

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.

To view the finalists of other categories, please click HERE

Yuan Chai


Christie Ding


Zhan Huang


Yifan Wang


Yuan Chai

Postdoctoral Research Associate of University of Sydney

Australian National University Alumnus

Sydney based

Studying and living in Australia is an exciting and diverse journey. The marvellous education system provided me with multifaceted potentials across academics, politics and community building.

During my PhD study in the Australian National University (ANU), I was awarded full scholarship support and two major equipment grants. I presented my research outcomes at nine conferences with two awarded the Best Laboratory Paper. I also attended the Global Young Scientist Summit representing young researchers from ANU.

In 2018, I was elected as the International Officer of the Postgraduate and Research Student Association in ANU, representing international students at Academic Board and university wide. During my term, I organized events and activities that celebrated and shared cultures, and led the campaign of fighting against predatory contract cheating, which contributed to the passing of legislation of stamping out academic cheating by the Minister for Education.

For community building, I established an information share platform and developed a plug-in app that were accessible to students in China. I posted weekly blogs sharing my experiences for three years, generated original articles of more than 500,000 words and published a booklet that attracted over a million reads. The platform becomes a popular welcome gift for those who are coming to Australia.


在澳洲国立大学读博期间,我很荣幸获得全额奖学金及两项重大设备基金,并两度夺得Best Laboratory Paper,代表澳国立参加Global Young Scientist Summit。

2018年,我当选硕博学生会International Officer,代表国际学生进入学术委员会。期间,我组织了各类多元文化活动,并发起打击学术不端运动,最终促成教育部长立法驱逐学术欺诈行为。


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Christie Ding

Co-founder, Head of Client Director of Brand Catalyser

University of Melbourne and RMIT University Alumna

Melbourne based

Christie Ding is the co-founder of three Australian companies, which connect with clients all over the world. She has had many years working experience with premium Australian media & advertising groups in Australia with remarkable achievements.

Christie planned and led the Australian Trade Commission’s ‘Win Your Future Unlimited’ global digital campaign in 2014. Later on, she led Medibank’s ‘GymBetter’ campaign, was shortlisted as Mumbrella’s 2016 Campaign of the Year and was added to Facebook’s Success Stories for best practice. Christie also participated in many digital transformation projects for many Australian Premium brands including ANZ, AGL, Aesop, Myer, Stan, Metricon, etc.

Christie established started Brand Catalyser (BC) in 2017 to fill the gap of top-tier Australian brands and enterprises’ specialised in cross-border and cross-cultural strategy, marketing planning, and campaign implementations across China and New Zealand, clients including Alibaba, Vitacto Group, Cherry Hill Orchards, Natio and Go Healthy.

In 2019, BC acquired Piaowu and built it up as the premier Chinese ticketing platform of performances and sports in Australia, clients including AsiaTopa and NGV.

In 2020, Christie was the winner of B&T’s 30 under 30 Entrepreneur Award and Rising Star of The University of Melbourne Alumni Award.


丁雅婷女士策划并主导了澳大利亚贸易委员会的 “赢取未来无限 “全球数字宣传活动。她负责的Medibank(澳洲知名保险集团) “GymBetter “宣传活动,入围了澳洲广告界顶级机构 Mumbrella 2016年度最佳广告营销案例,并同时被列入Facebook最佳实践成功案例。丁雅婷还参与了许多澳大利亚顶级品牌的许多数字化转型项目,包括ANZ,AGL,Aesop,Myer,Stan,Metricon等。

2017年,丁雅婷女士创办了澳洲目览触达公司(Brand Catalyser),以填补澳洲顶级品牌和致力于跨境、多元文化战略、营销策划和活动实施企业在中国和新西兰的空白,主要客户包括阿里巴巴、Vitaco Group, Cherry Hill Orchards、Natio和Go Healthy等。


2020年,丁雅婷女士获得了澳洲权威广告机构B & T举办的优秀企业家奖(30岁以下)和墨尔本大学校友新星奖。


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Zhan Huang

President of Young Sparks

RMIT University Alumnus

Melbourne based

When I first arrived in Australia, I felt lost as my culture wasn’t there, everything was so strange. However, I quickly felt in love with the Melbourne, and with the friendly and helpful Melbournians, and the teaching that allows us to reach out beyond boundaries.

I volunteered to be a student mentor, supporting other students to settle down and study better.

In 2016, I started sharing Australian life and stories on Bilibili and Weibo – now there are thousands of people reading my pages every day,

I embraced the opportunity to manage Young Sparks, a foundation with a mission to support children to grow to their full potential thru free courses. I was there from Day 1 and now I am proud that Young Spark has helped close to 1000 families.

COVID19 has brought disruption to my fellow international students, as well as exposed the situation that not many Australians understand the position of international students in the community, hence I have started online campaigns #StudyLocalSupportLocal putting aside the financial and political aspects of this issue to focus on the connection of international students to Australian everyday life.

Many people and organisations from the community support me to achieve these goals; I strongly believe that is the spirit of building a cohesive community.

For community building, I established an information sharing platform and developed a plug-in app that was accessible to students in China. I posted weekly blogs sharing my experiences for three years, generated original articles of more than 500,000 words and published a booklet that attracted over a million reads.The platform has become a popular welcome gift for those who are coming to Australia.



社区活动也得到了我所在公司MaxBiocare的全力支持,从2019年中开始,由我公司赞助支持的Young Sparks 已经为近1000个家庭提供了儿童教育方面的帮助。



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Yifan Wang

Founder & Director of Australia China Youth Association Women’s Network

University of Melbourne Alumnus

Shanghai based

Yifan works as a consultant in a world-leading IT consulting firm in Shanghai. She studied in Australia for four years, graduated from a Master of Management degree at the University of Melbourne, and became an ACCA Affiliate. While studying her bachelor’s degree at the University of Newcastle, she was selected as the first-ever Global Citizen Award Winner.  

Yifan is passionate about Australia-China relations, social entrepreneurship, diversity and innovation. During her time as the National Treasurer for Australia China Youth Association (ACYA), she founded ACYA Women’s Network to increase young Chinese and Australian women’s confidence and empower next-generation leaders. As such, she was awarded a full scholarship to attend the social entrepreneur incubator, Watson Institute, in Colorado, US in 2019. She once led a team and won three awards at Google Startup Weekend, and was invited as an Ambassador for Alibaba Group 2019 International Women’s Day Campaign. Her life-changing and life-affirming stories were widely featured in various media, including People’s Daily, SCMP, China Scholars Abroad, Lowy Institute, and so on. During her spare time, you can find her visiting new places and sipping a good cup of tea with friends.


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