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HE Ms Jan Adams PSM

Australian Ambassador to the People's Republic of China


I am delighted to take on the role of patron of the Australia China Alumni Association (ACAA) and to support the Association’s work in recognising the achievements of our Australian Alumni and building links between Australia and China.


For many of our Chinese alumni, Australia is their ‘second home’ as, for a growing number of Australian alumni, is China. Being comfortable in both countries means that alumni are well placed to become influential leaders in a range of fields, building people-to-people links, investment partnerships, trade links and knowledge exchange.


During my tenure as patron, I look forward to following ACAA’s upgrade of its new online platform to improve communication and connectivity between alumni, their universities, businesses and the Australian Government. A strong community platform will provide these groups a space to communicate, support each other and share their experience.


I encourage Australian universities and alumni of these universities who are living in China to become involved in the ACAA alumni community; a community that supports mutual understanding and bilateral cooperation between Australia and China.


Businesses also have much to gain from engagement with the alumni community. Alumni make skilled employees and business partners for Australian companies in China, and can be a gateway to Australia for Chinese companies seeking entry and investment in the Australian market.


Due to their diverse background, alumni are also uniquely placed as drivers of innovation and entrepreneurship in both Australia and China.


The Australian Government recognises the importance and increasing potential of this growing network of Australian alumni in China, and is committed to assisting future leaders and young professionals on their journey to success, and to celebrating and promoting alumni achievements.


The ACAA is Australia’s central pillar of alumni engagement efforts in China. I look forward to building on this strong partnership between the Australian Government and the ACAA.


Biographical note

Ms Adams is Australia’s Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China  and took up her appointment in February 2016.

Ms Adams is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.  She was appointed Deputy Secretary in April 2013 with responsibility for trade and economic issues.  In this role she was chief negotiator overseeing conclusion of Free Trade Agreements with China, Korea and Japan.  Previously, Ms Adams was First Assistant Secretary, Free Trade Agreement Division.


Ms Adams served as Ambassador for the Environment and Ambassador for Climate Change between 2005 and 2008, and as Minister Counsellor (Trade) in Washington from 2000 to 2004.


From 1993 to 1996, Ms Adams worked as an Adviser to the Minister for Trade and Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, Senator Peter Cook. She also previously worked in the OECD Environment and Trade Directorates in Paris.

Ms Adams joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in 1999 as Assistant Secretary, APEC Branch.

Ms Adams was awarded the Public Service Medal in 2007 for outstanding public service in pursuing Australia's international objectives on trade and the environment.


Raised in Wodonga, Victoria, she holds Bachelor of Economics (Hons) and Bachelor of Law (Hons) degrees from Monash University, and is married with one child.

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