|Ms Sara Cheng|
| Head of China Practice, Australian Business Solutions Group / Australian Business Chamber
Vice President, Australia China Business Council NSW Branch
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 17 years ago.
As Head of the China Practice of the Australian Business Solutions Group, Sara manages the China team in both Australia and China to assist Australian businesses to trade or invest in China. She has personally assisted over 1000 Australian businesses (including some iconic brands), across a broad range of industry sectors successfully do business with China. Currently, she manages the Export Growth China program (exportgrowth.com.au) on behalf of all chambersacross Australia to assist Australian businesses to enter and expand in the Chinese market.
|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 a range 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.
Rhett holds a Bachelor of Law, a Bachelor of Arts, and a 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.