Advisory Council

China Matters Ltd
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China Matters is registered as a charity under the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC).

China Matters is an independent organisation that strives to advance sound China policy. We are unique in Australia. We engage business executives, public servants, politicians, and university leaders about challenging policy choices in the Australia-China relationship. We generate public debate about Australia’s relationship with the People’s Republic of China, which aims to inject nuance and realism into discussions. On the basis of solid China expertise and Chinese-language sources, we research problematic policy issues with the goal of formulating recommendations and providing analysis on how these policy challenges are viewed in Beijing.

China Matters does not have an institutional view.

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 General Manager, Office of the CEO 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, she is playing a leading role in advancing the business’ expansion into Asia and in particular China. Prior to this role, Ms Cope 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.
    Ms Cope 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 is Australia’s Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China. He was most recently First Assistant Secretary, North Asia Division. He has been involved with the Australia-China relationship at various times since joining DFAT in 1983. This has included four postings to the Embassy in Beijing (1986-88, 1997-2000 and 2004-08, and 2019-present) and a period as lead negotiator for the China-Australia FTA. He has previously served overseas as Deputy Head of Mission, Australian Embassy, Washington; Deputy Head of Mission, Australian Embassy, Beijing; and Counsellor, Australian Embassy, Beijing.

  • 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 six 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, LTGEN Leahy 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.

  • 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, Mr O’Neill 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. Mr O’Neill 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 20 years. Mr Smith 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.
    Mr Smith 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

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    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).

  • Su-Ming Wong (Chair)
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    Su-Ming Wong (Chair)

    Advisory Council

    Su-Ming Wong is Chairman and CEO of CHAMP Ventures. He is an investment professional with over 35 years’ of direct investment, international corporate advisory and merchant banking experience. He co-founded CHAMP Ventures in 2001, an Australian mid-market private equity funds manager with over $750 million funds under management.

    He is currently a director of Scentia and Lorna Jane.  He has been chairman/director of over 20 other CHAMP Ventures portfolio companies.

    Mr Wong is a Professor of Practice, AGSM & School of Banking and Finance at the UNSW Business School, director of Asia Society Australia and Sydney Writers’ Festival, Member of UNSW Business School Advisory Council and Council Member of American Chamber of Commerce.  He was a member of the Council of University of Technology, Sydney and the Council of VisAsia, NSW Art Gallery. He was a founding director of National ICT Australia, a member of the Industry Research and Development Board and a director of Unisearch.  He was also a council member of the Australian Venture Capital Association and a member of the South Australian Government’s Venture Capital Board.

    He holds a Master of Engineering from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand and a Master of Business Administration from the Australian Graduate School of Management, UNSW.

  • 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. He 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. Mr Li 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.