China Matters is an Australian Public Company (ABN 19601328018). It is an independent not-for-profit entity focused exclusively from a policy perspective on China’s rise and how it matters to Australia. China Matters is registered as a charity under the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC).

Advisory Council

  • Nick Bisley
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    Nick Bisley

    Advisory Council

    Nick Bisley is Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at La Trobe University. He was previously the Executive Director of La Trobe Asia. His research and teaching expertise is in Asia’s international relations, globalisation and the diplomacy of great powers. Nick is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Australian Journal of International Affairs, Australia’s oldest scholarly journal in the field of International Relations. Nick is a director of the Australian Institute of International Affairs, a member of the Council for Security and Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific and has been a Senior Research Associate of the International Institute of Strategic Studies and a Visiting Fellow at the East-West Center in Washington DC.

  • Natalie Cope
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    Natalie Cope

    Advisory Council

    Natalie Cope is the Head of Strategy & Partnerships, Asia at GenesisCare, Australia’s largest and leading provider of cancer and cardiac care, and the biggest private provider of cancer care in the UK and Spain. In this capacity, Natalie is playing a leading role in advancing the business’ expansion into Asia and in particular China. Prior to this role, Natalie was the Chief Executive Officer of the NSW Branch of the Australia China Business Council (ACBC), and previously Manager of Partnerships and Development at Asialink Business.

    Natalie was Australia’s 2015 Top Emerging Leader and MBA Scholar, receiving the 2015 Emerging Leaders MBA Scholarship by the University of Sydney Business School and The Australian Financial Review’s BOSS Magazine. She is the Ambassador of the Westpac Bicentennial Foundation, Asian Exchange Program and is a founding member and current Chair of the Australia-China Youth Dialogue.

  • Graham Fletcher
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    Graham Fletcher

    Advisory Council

    Graham Fletcher heads up the North Asia Division in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He has been involved with the Australia-China relationship at various times since joining DFAT in 1983. This has included three postings to the Embassy in Beijing (1986-88, 1997-2000 and 2004-08) and a period as lead negotiator for the China-Australia FTA. He has also served in Noumea and Washington.

  • Peter Leahy
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    Peter Leahy AC

    Advisory Council

    Peter Leahy concluded his career in the Army in 2008, as Chief of the Army, with the rank of Lieutenant General. He served in this appointment for 6 years. His period of command was marked by the continuous global deployment of Australian soldiers on high tempo, complex and demanding combat operations. He was also responsible for the rapid expansion and development of the Army to meet the changing demands of modern conflict.

    Since leaving the Army Peter has joined the University of Canberra as a Professor and become the foundation Director of the National Security Institute. He has been appointed to the Boards of Codan Limited, Electro Optic Systems Holdings Limited and Citadel Group Limited. Additionally, he is a member of the Defence South Australia Advisory Board, Chairman of the Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal Committee in the ACT, Chairman of the charity “Soldier On” and a Trustee of the Prince’s Charities Australia.

  • Jason Yat-sen Li
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    Jason Yat-sen Li

    Advisory Council

    Jason Yat-sen Li is Chairman of Vantage Asia Holdings, a commercial group with offices in Beijing and Sydney with interests in financial services, resources and technology businesses in Asia. Jason spent 10 years living and working in Beijing, first with Insurance Australia Group where he was Head of China Strategy, and then as Managing Director of Yatsen Associates, a corporate advisory firm he founded specialising in cross-border mergers and acquisitions. Jason was recently a non-executive director of the George Institute for Global Health and is a member of the Sydney Committee of the Australian Chamber Orchestra. He was appointed a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum in 2009 and currently serves on the WEF’s Global Agenda Council for China.

  • Xiaoling Liu
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    Xiaoling Liu

    Advisory Council

    Xiaoling Liu is currently an independent non-executive Director of Newcrest Mining, Iluka Resources and Melbourne Business School. Prior to this she spent 26 years with Rio Tinto Group where she held various positions. As the President and CEO of Rio Tinto Minerals, China was an important market for its various Borates products. As the President of Primary Metal Pacific, she had responsibility for a joint venture aluminium smelter in China. Before joining Rio Tinto, she worked as a Research Fellow at City, University of London and as a lecturer at Chongqing University in China. She has a Bachelor of Engineering from Chongqing University and a PhD from Imperial College London. She is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. She became an Australian citizen in 1991 and currently resides in Melbourne.

  • John O’Neill
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    John O’Neill AO

    Advisory Council

    John O’Neill is Chairman and Non-Executive Director of The Star Entertainment Group Limited. He was Managing Director of the State Bank of New South Wales, and CEO of Australian Rugby Union (ARU). In 2004, John joined Football Federation Australia where he established the A-League and took the Socceroos to the 2006 FIFA World Cup for the first time in over 30 years. The following year he returned to the ARU as Managing Director and CEO and was appointed inaugural Chairman of Events NSW. John was a recipient of the Australian Sports Medal in 2000 and an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2004. He has also been awarded the Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur and in 2015 he was inducted as a Member into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame for outstanding achievement in rugby union and football.

  • Laurie Smith
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    Laurie Smith

    Advisory Council

    Laurie Smith is currently a member of the national board of the Australia China Business Council and a member of the Advisory Council of China Matters. He served as the Executive Director of International at Austrade 2011-2015 and before that lived and worked in China in various government and private sector roles for close to twenty years. Laurie has extensive experience in trade, investment and related policy issues in Asia generally and greater China in particular and has worked across many industry sectors with particular experience in agriculture, food, technology, media, education and training.

    Laurie has a Bachelor of Science from Melbourne University, and undertook post-graduate study at Peking University. He is fluent in Mandarin.

  • Hugh White
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    Hugh White AO

    Advisory Council

    Hugh White has been Professor of Strategic Studies in the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University since 2004. Before that he was a senior official of the Australian Government. His publications include Power Shift: Australia’s future between Washington and Beijing, (2010) and The China Choice: Why America should share power (2012).