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  • Mr. David Wang - Founder and Chairman, SPG Land (Holdings) Limited

    Winner of - IELTS Australia China Alumni of the Year Award

    University of Technology, Sydney Alumnus
    Shanghai Based

    David Wang (Wang Weixian) graduated from the University of Technology, Sydney with a Bachelor of Business and is the Chairman and founder of the SPG Land Holdings Ltd (SPG), a China-wide property development and investment corporation based in Shanghai and listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

    David has gained broad international experience in finance, construction, property development and investment. He founded Starwaly Properties Group Ltd, the original holding company for various property projects of the SPG Group, in Australia in February 1999.

    SPG has since dramatically grown and now holds a proud record in the successful development of large scale master planned residential communities and mixed use urban projects including schools, office and retail centres. The company's hotel properties include the acclaimed (named Best Worldwide Business Hotel in 2010 by Fortune Magazine) Peninsula on the Bund in Shanghai, and Holiday Inn Shanghai Pudong Kangqiao. David is a hands-on Chairman and has been instrumental in growing the corporation to now employ around 1290 staff and a substantial national property portfolio.

    In Shanghai he established the SIPO Polytechnic to give students of poorer families' training in nursing, trades and management. He has made further contributions to the education community as a counsellor of the Shanghai Soong Ching Ling Foundation and as a member of the international The Nature Conservancy - China Branch. He is also active in international commerce as a standing member of the Shanghai Overseas Exchange Association.

    In 2010, Mr Wang made a gift of AUD 5Million in 2010 to the Nan Tien Temple in Australia to establish a private university for education in Asian business and cultural practice – The Nan Tian Institute. He also contributed AUD1.5M to The Nature Conservancy (TNC), China to support TNC in protecting vital habitats and fresh water in China for generations to come. 


    SPG Land also donated AUD300,000 in 2008 and AUD500,000 in 2010 through the Song Ching Ling Foundation to a project promoting educational opportunities for women and children. Other donations included $470,000 to relief efforts for flood-affected areas in Haikou, Hainan in 2010, AUD100,000 to provide education opportunities for students in Huangshan region in 2011.

Finalists

  • Mr. Paul Glasson - Chairman, Satori Investments and; Vice-President, Australia China Business Council

    Finalist: IELTS Australia China Alumni of the Year Award

    La Trobe University Alumnus
    Shanghai Based

    Mr. Paul Glasson graduated from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Social Science, majoring in Philosophy, and is currently Chairman of Satori Investments Greater China; Vice President of the Australia China Business Council; Chief Representative in China of Atlas Iron Ltd; Chief Representative of HRL Ltd; and Director of Aokai Co. Ltd.

    Paul first came to China in 1997 and has resided in Shanghai since 1999, where he is married with two children. From 2004-2008, he worked together with KPMG Australia building their advisory practice to Chinese companies investing in Australia.

    Paul has twice been acknowledged by the Boao Forum of Asia as Young Leader in China in 2009 and 2010. He was also recognized by the Australian Newspaper in 2008 as “one of the most influential Australians in China.”

    Paul established Satori Investments Greater China in 2001 to focus on outbound activities of Chinese companies with more than $10Bn of capital raised in Australia and to assist Australian companies to raise capital for large capex projects in Australia.

    Paul has contributed five years to developing and supporting the Australia China Business Council (ACBC)’s work in China and Australia. The role remains pro bono and Paul has also periodically donated financially to the organization to enhance its capacities. He plays a pivotal advocacy role with ACBC in promoting bi-lateral relationship including holding Forums and Dialogues where the highest leaders from China and Australia both participated.

    Paul is the Chief Representative of Atlas Iron--Australia’s fourth largest iron ore producer. With his assistance, Atlas has undertaken three key transactions moved the company from a 300M market cap to $3Bn in 2011.

    Paul has been working with HRL in the Chief Representative role since 2005. HRL has entered into an arrangement with China for a lead Chinese EPC contractor and Chinese financier to develop the 600MW IDGCC Power Plant in the Latrobe Valley in Victoria.

    Paul and his wife, Shang Jing, support ten children annually by providing scholarships for study in his wife’s home city in Jiangsu province.

Finalists

  • Mr. Patrick Stringer - Commissioner for Greater China and Mongolia, State Government of Victoria, Australia

    Finalist: IELTS Australia China Alumni of the Year Award

    RMIT University Alumnus
    Shanghai Based

    Patrick is the current Commissioner for Greater China and Mongolia for the State Government of Victoria, Australia and graduated from RMIT University with Masters of Business Administration.

    Patrick possesses a unique blend of private and public sector expertise with more than 25 years experience in senior sales, strategy, engineering and general management roles with multinational companies in the automotive, aerospace and defence sectors such as Qantas, Volvo and BAE Systems.

    Since December 2009, he has been appointed as Victoria’s Commissioner to Greater China and Mongolia. The Commissioner is Victoria's chief representative with broad responsibility for representing Victorian commercial, economic, cultural and educational interests in China. He is based in Shanghai and is responsible for leading Victoria's largest overseas trade network including offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Nanjing and Guangzhou. The China network of offices enables the Victorian Government to deliver more than A$140 million of trade and investment contribution to its economy annually.

Finalists

  • Mr. Bin Jun (BJ) Zhuang AM - Group Manager (Business Development), Fortescue Metals Group

    Finalist: IELTS Australia China Alumni of the Year Award

    University of Western Australia Alumnus
    Shanghai Based

    Mr. Bin Jun Zhuang AM is currently the Group Manager for Business Development with Fortescue Metals Group Ltd after joining them in March 2012 and an Alumnus of The University of Western Australia (UWA). Prior to commencing his Masters of Business Administration at UWA he joined the Shanghai Branch of China International Travel Service as an interpreter and tour operator.

    Mr. Zhuang’s three decades of dedicated public service began with his appointment to the Australian Consulate in Shanghai in 1984. From here, he joined the Western Australian Government, initially as an advisor to the Overseas Relations Office, and then as Manager at the China Desk, eventually becoming Regional Director of the Western Australian Trade Office based in Shanghai.

    His work with the Western Australian government has been instrumental in developing Western Australia’s relationship with China. He is a passionate advocate for stronger investment ties between the two especially regarding China’s first LNG purchase and other numerous iron ore investments including the negotiations of a $25 billion Guangdong gas contract.

    Mr. Zhuang has advised many Western Australia companies on their strategies in the People’s Republic of China. He is highly respected by the industry and the Western Australian Government for his contribution and assistance with creating and advising on the issue of trade with China. His contribution to this essential trade relationship was recognized in the 2004 Queen’s Birthday Honours list where he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia.

Finalists

  • Mr. Liu Junling - CEO and Co-Founder, Yihaodian

    Finalist: IELTS Australia China Alumni of the Year Award

    Flinders University Alumnus
    Shanghai Based

    Junling graduated from Flinders University with a Bachelor of Teaching and a Masters of International Business Administration. He is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Chinese online supermarket YiHaoDian, which began in 2008, and has become an exemplar for on-line retailing. In YiHaoDian's first year of operation the companies sales ammassed to 4.17M RMB, where in just a few years in 2011 this grew to 2.72B RMB. YiHaoDian has since received capital investment from global retailing giant Walmart and is the subject of a case study course in Wharton's MBA program. In November 2011, Deloitte recognised YiHaoDian as the fastest growing company in the Asia Pacific Region.

    Before co-founding YiHaoDian, Mr. Liu was Co-President of Dell China and Hong Kong, while he also held senior management positons with Avaya China, Avaya Asia Pacific and Lucent Technologies.

    Junling was named as “Top 10 Financial Figures of the Year in China’s IT Industry” in 2006 and “Top 10 Figures of the Year in Computer World” in 2007.
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