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China Speakers

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.

Capitalise on Chinese Investment

We live in the Asian Century. As the only western country in the Asia Pacific region, Australia is uniquely positioned to capitalise on China’s ‘Going Out’ investment strategy. Paired with an inter-generational report that would see Australia’s population double by the year 2050, it’s easy to see that China’s role in the future our domestic markets, industries and society is significant to say the least.

China is 'Going Out' worldwide. But how do organisations secure Chinese investment? And where do we find investors in the first place?

In this keynote, David will empower businesses with the tools to build strong and binding investment relationships with Chinese investors, as they begin to move much of their almost $65 billion away from mining into other sectors of the Australian economy (a trend now echoed across the globe). As China diversify their investments; moving out into the world to secure their supply chain and build their innovation capabilities – how is your business positioned to be a part of the next wave of investment opportunities?

  • Understand the changing nature of China’s outbound investment – new industries, new people, new cities 
  • Learn how to position yourself and your business for a Chinese investor
  • Cultural tools to build strong and binding investment relationships with Chinese investors

David Thomas

David Thomas, keynote speaker, thought leader and entrepreneur, equips business leaders with the knowledge and tools to navigate the cross-cultural challenges involved in doing business in Asia Pacific and helps them develop their own strategy for success in the region.


Dr Andy Xie

Dr Andy Xie is a Shanghai-based independent economist. He has just been named as one of "50 Most Influential Persons in Finance" by Bloomberg, and is currently director of Rosetta Stone Advisors.


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.

Geoff Raby

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

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.

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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