Griffith University Alumnus
Clinton Dines has a Degree in Asian Studies from Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia. He is also a graduate of the Course in International Management at INSEAD in France. Clinton came to China in 1979 on a Post Graduate Program arranged by Griffith University and has been living and working in the Greater China Region ever since, the majority of that time in the People’s Republic of China.
During his career Clinton has occupied senior management positions with the Jardine Matheson Group, the Santa Fe Transport Group and Asia Securities Venture Capital. From 1988 to 2009 he was the senior country executive in China for BHP and, since the merger in 2001, for BHP Billiton, from which role he retired in July 2009.
Throughout his career Clinton has specialised in the business practices relating to the negotiation, establishment and operation of Sino‐Foreign ventures and foreign investments in China, and in the strategic and operational management and development of foreign operated businesses, marketing and commercial activities in China. He was closely involved
in one of the earliest Joint Ventures established in China in 1980 and he has subsequently been continuously involved in a wide range of ventures and business initiatives across a variety of industries and regions in China.
Clinton is a fluent Mandarin speaker and after 14 years in Beijing relocated to Shanghai in late 2002 to run the restructured BHP Billiton China operations from there until he retired from the Company in 2009. He was instrumental in the establishment of the first Australian Chamber of Commerce in China and later chaired that organization from 1998 to 2000. He is also a Founding Governor of the Capital Club in Beijing and on the Management Committee of the Shanghai Rugby Football Club. He was invited by the Australian Olympic Committee to be the Attaché to the Australian Olympic Team at the Beijing Olympics and was invited by BOCOG to be the only non‐Chinese on the judging panel which selected the design for the 2008 Olympic Medals. He recently joined the Board of Kazakhmys plc, a London‐listed resources group with operations in Kazakhstan. He is also a Member of the Griffith University Council, a Visiting Fellow of the Lowy Institute for International Policy in Sydney and advises a range of international companies with respect to their dealings with China.
Clinton is married to Jeronia, another long-time resident of China from Spain, and they have three children – a boy and two girls, the youngest of whom was adopted in China.
Melbourne University Alumnus
Kevin E. Wale is an alumnus of the University of Melbourne, graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce with Honours in 1975. Wale began his career General Motors (GM) with Holden, the automaker's Australian unit, in 1975, working in various roles within the company's finance department, working in the United States and Australia for several years before being appointed executive in charge of operations for GM Asia Pacific in September 1998. Based in Singapore, Wale was responsible for the general management of GM's operations across the region. In 2001, Wale was appointed Managing Director & Chairman of Vauxhall and also was a member of GM Europe Strategy Board.
He was appointed president and managing director of the GM China Group, effective May 1, 2005. Based in Shanghai, Wale is responsible for the overall coordination of GM's extensive operations in mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, and has led the company’s enormous China expansion in the last few years.