Advisory Council

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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.

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Advisory Council

  • Nick Bisley
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    Nick Bisley

    Advisory Council

    Nick Bisley is Dean and Head of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and Professor of International Relations 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. Professor Bisley is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of International Affairs, the Secretary of the Council of Australasian Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, and a member of the Council for Security and Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific. He was previously the Editor-in-Chief of the Australian Journal of International Affairs, Australia’s oldest scholarly journal in the field of International Relations. He 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.

     

    Professor Bisley is the author of many works on international relations, including Issues in 21st Century World Politics, 3rd Edition (Palgrave, 2017), Great Powers in the Changing International Order (Lynne Rienner, 2012), and Building Asia’s Security (IISS/Routledge, 2009, Adelphi No. 408). He regularly contributes to and is quoted in national and international media including The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, CNN and Time Magazine.

  • Natalie Cope
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    Natalie Cope

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    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.

  • Helen Dai
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    Helen Dai

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    Helen Dai is Senior Global Engagement Manager at the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade). She has over a decade of experience serving in the federal government, including as a foreign investment specialist at the Australian Treasury and as departmental liaison officer in a Treasury Minister’s office. Helen started her public service career at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and was posted to the Australian Embassy in Jakarta as Second Secretary and Consul. Helen was recognised in the 40 under 40 Most Influential Asian-Australian awards in 2019. Helen is passionate about the role of the Arts in catalysing social change. She was recently appointed Treasurer on the board of Griffin Theatre Company in Darlinghurst, Sydney.

     

    Helen majored in Philosophy, Finance and Accounting at the University of Sydney and has a Master of Public Policy in Economic Policy from the Australian National University. Helen is a qualified CPA.

  • Peter Leahy
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    Peter Leahy AC

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    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.

  • Jason Yat-sen Li
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    Jason Yat-sen Li

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    Jason Yat-sen Li is Chairman of investment group Vantage Asia and Managing Director of corporate advisory firm YSA. YSA specialises in complex cross-border, Asia-related M&A and capital raising mandates. Jason is a Fellow of the University of Sydney Senate and Chair of the University’s Risk and Audit Committee. He is President of the Chinese Australian Forum, a director of Asialink, a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and was a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on China. He was previously a non-executive director of the George Institute for Global Health, Vice Chair of the Australia-China Chamber of Commerce, a Director of the Sydney Institute and a Governing Member of the Smith Family.

     

    Jason has an Arts-Law degree from the University of Sydney and a Masters of Law from New York University, where he was Australia’s Hauser Global Scholar.

  • John O’Neill
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    John O’Neill AO

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    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.

  • 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.  His work focuses primarily on Australian strategic and defence policy, Asia-Pacific security issues, and global strategic affairs especially as they influence Australia and the Asia-Pacific. Before entering academia he served as a senior advisor to the Australian Government, and also as a senior official in the Department of Defence. His publications include Power Shift: Australia’s future between Washington and Beijing, (2010) and The China Choice: Why America should share power (2012) and How to defend Australia (2019).

     

    Mr White holds a BA from the University of Melbourne and a BPhil from Oxford University.

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

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    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, and a member of the Industry Research and Development Board.  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.