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2019 Judging Panel

Celebrate the Success of Australian Alumni in China

Mr Derek Chan

    Equity Partner, Ernst & Young (EY)

    Winner of 2013 Australia China Alumni Award for Banking and Finance

Derek Chan is the Equity Partner of Ernst & Young (EY) for Greater China. His role is to develop and drive M&A and Restructuring opportunities in the Transaction Advisory Services practice. His key clients consist of large SOE and commercial banks, focused on the financial services, and power and utilities sectors.

Before working in EY, he was appointed Partner and Executive Member of Plateau Private Equity Fund in 2013, one of the largest private equity funds in China. Here he was responsible for deal origination and project management, and amongst other things, successfully closed a 2bn equity investment of AVIC, a first tier central SOE.

Derek has more than 30 years’ corporate finance-related work experience across China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Australia. In 2006 he was promoted to Equity Partner by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, Greater China, before that period Derek was Senior Director for both Arthur Andersen and PwC Taiwan.

Currently Derek is President of CPA Australia (Northern China Committee), Vice Chairman and Founder of the Hong Kong Professionals (Beijing) Association, a professional tutor at Dongbei University of Finance and Economics, and a lecturer at the Beijing National Accounting Institute.

Ms Sara Cheng
    Head of International Business, Australian Business Chamber

Sara is a well-respected writer, thought leader, and one of the most sought-after China business experts in Australia. She actively promotes bilateral trade and investment between Australia and China, and co-authored the book ‘Engaging China – The Realities for Australian Businesses’.

Sara has over 20 years’ experience in China and Australia, specialising in China business strategy development, distribution channel management, and mergers and acquisitions. She held senior management roles in China within a large Chinese international trade company and an international organization before migrating to Australia 19 years ago.

As Head of the International Business of the Australian Business Solutions Group, Sara manages the International business team in both Australia and overseas to assist Australian businesses to trade or invest overdead. She has personally assisted over 1000 Australian businesses (including some iconic brands), across a broad range of industry sectors successfully do business with China.  

Sara has also managed and run various federal and state government programs including Stepping Up, Instilling International Entrepreneurship in Emerging Enterprises, and Women Going Global.

Mr Joseph Kwan
    Founder and Managing Director, UDA Consultants Ltd
    Winner of 2018 Australia China Alumni of the Year Award

Joseph Kwan has practiced architecture in Australia, United Kingdom and France; and founded the practice UDA Consultants Ltd., a specialist consultancy on Universal Design and Accessibility in 2005.

He has over 40 years’ experience in architecture, of which 30 years has been focused on projects in universal design and accessibility to the built environment, transportation and inclusive tourism. He is:

  • Director, UIA Region IV Work Programme
  • UIA Representative, on reviewing of ISO Standard
  • Deputy Vice-President Asia Pacific, Rehabilitation International (RI)
  • RI-ICTA Global Chair (2006-16)
  • Inaugural Chair, ARCASIA Committee on Social Responsibility
  • Member of the Hong Kong Government’s Rehabilitation Advisory Committee (RAC)
  • Convenor of RAC-Subcommittee on Access
  • Served on the Building Committee of the Housing Authority, the Buildings Department, and the Equal Opportunities Commission Hong Kong.
  • Served as Vice-President of the Hong Kong Institute of Architects and the Vice-Chair of the Architects Registration Board Hong Kong.
  • Served as the Chair of the Quality Building Award 2004.

He has lectured globally in 34 countries on universal access and inclusive design.

Awards

  • QUT Outstanding Alumni Award, Winner of Excellence in Contribution to the Community Award, 1999.
  • Citation, The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Hong Kong, 2000.
  • Medal of Honour (MH), Hong Kong SAR Government, 2001.
  • QUT Alumni Service Award, 2006.
  • Champion of Inclusive Design Award, Include Global Network, a joint award conferred by the Royal College of Art, London UK; Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Hong Kong Design Centre, 2013.
  • Winner – Australia China Alumni of the Year, Australia China Alumni Association Awards, 2018.
  • QUT Outstanding Alumni Award, Creative Industries Faculty, 2019.

Mr Rhett Miller
    Consul (Commercial) Australian Consulate-General, Shanghai
    Trade Commissioner (Education), Australian Trade and Investment Commission

Rhett Miller is the Consul (Commercial) and Trade Commissioner (Education) (North Asia) at the Australian Consulate-General in Shanghai. In this capacity, Rhett is responsible for the overall leadership and direction in promoting Australian international education in Greater China, the Republic of Korea and Mongolia.

Rhett has extensive experience in the international education sector having served as Head of Asian Markets at the University of Sydney where he managed a large team responsible for marketing, recruitment and business development across the Region.  In this role, Rhett pioneered arange of new initiatives which substantially grew the international cohort at the University.  He has also held international marketing and business development roles at both the University of Melbourne and Victoria University. 

Prior to his career in international education, Rhett was a solicitor working at the major Australian firm Allens, and was admitted to practise in the Supreme Courtof Victoria. 

Rhett holds a Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Arts and Diploma of Modern Languages(Chinese) from the University of Melbourne.

Ms Maree Ringland
Counsellor, Public Affairs and Culture, at the Australian Embassy in Beijing

Ms Maree Ringland took up her role as Counsellor, Public Affairs and Culture, at the Australian Embassy in Beijing in February 2016.

This is her second time living and working in China; she first came to Beijing in 1999 as a language trainee preparing to work on energy and resources issues in the Economic Section at the Australian Embassy (from 2000 to 2004).

In her 13 years in between stints in China, she worked on bilateral trade negotiations with China (from 2005 to 2008), served as Deputy Head of Mission at the Australian Embassy in Chile (from 2009 to 2012), edited the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Annual Report (2013), and returned to trade negotiations, this time with the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (RCEP) (from 2013 to 2015).

She has a Master’s in International Relations from Monash University, and a Combined Asian Studies/Law Degree (with Honours) from the Australian National University.  She speaks Mandarin, Japanese, and Spanish.