Speakers

Mike Smith

Michael Smith was the China correspondent for The Australian Financial Review. He is currently based in Sydney.

Bill Birtles

Bill Birtles was the ABC's China correspondent in Beijing from 2015 to 2020, his posting coming to a sudden end when he was rushed out of the country by Australian diplomats in an unprecedented diplomatic standoff. Reporting from both major cities and remote provinces throughout the mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan, he covered an era-defining period of change, upheaval and diplomatic tension as China asserted itself on the world stage.

Geoff Raby

Australia's former ambassador to China provides insights into Australia's future position in global affairs.

Maria Ressa

Ressa was included in Time's Person of the Year 2018 as one of a collection of journalists from around the world combating fake news. Ressa has been honoured globally for her courageous and bold work in fighting disinformation and attempts to silence the free press.

Peggy Liu

Peggy Liu is an internationally recognized expert on China's energy landscape, speaking around the world on the lessons she has learnt in tackling China's toughest environmental challenges: pollution, urbanization, epidemics, drought, obesity and diabetes.

Jason Yat-Li

Jason Yat-Li He speaks regularly to a range of government, community and business audiences on inclusive societies, education and young people, opportunities in the Asian region and the promises and challenges of China.

Jung Chang

Dr Jung Chang’s spellbinding lectures charting the dramatic developments in 20th century China provide a truly unique, inspiring and uplifting experience and help to understand the challenges of 21st Century globalisation.

Leonie McKeon

Leonie McKeon enables her audiences to understand the commonly used 36 Chinese Strategies derived from Sun Tzu's – The Art of War. She inspires her audiences to feel confident and therefore able to enjoy being part of the game of negotiating in any environment.

Edith Yeung

Recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of the Silicon Valley investors you must know, Edith Yeung is a venture capitalist, technology executive, and China Internet expert. As a partner at 500 Startups, the world’s most active early seed investor, Edith has invested in more than 40 mobile, AI and blockchain startups.

Li Cunxin

Li's story is one of determination, passion, integrity and love. His journey filled with dreams shattered and revitalized. It is an empowering tale with so many lessons.

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