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2016 ACAA & IELTS Australia China Alumni Awards in Guangzhou

2016 ACAA & IELTS Australia China Alumni Awards in Guangzhou

The 2016 ACAA & IELTS 8th Australia China Alumni Awards was held on 19th November in Guangzhou. As one of the largest celebrations of Australia-China alumni’s achievements in China, this years’ Gala Dinner was attended by over 200 alumni, including representatives of the Australian government (including the Australian Consul General in Guangzhou) , top Australian universities and national and international companies. As the ACAA’s patron, the Australian Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, H.E. Ms. Jan Adam was present to welcome all attendees to the event. Senior representatives from IELTS, the Australian Trade and Investment Commission, CPA Australia, Business Events Sydney, AIDE Education Service and IDP Education attended to present the winners with the award they sponsored.

Australian Ambassador to the P. R. of China, H.E. Ms. Jan Adams welcomed all attendees

A Toast to their Success: Award Winners together with Ambassador H.E. Ms. Jan Adams, Consul General in Guangzhou Mr. Dominic Trindade and President of the ACAA South China Committee Mr. Kevin Li.

From left to right: Matthew Murphy, Haijun Shi, Jackie Robb, Katie Brown (representing Professor Xiaowei Du), Xiaodong Chen, Xuxu Zhuang, H.E. Ms. Jan Adams, Yijia Li, Kevin Li, Dominic Trindade and Daniel Shi (representing Peter Davison)

The year’s awards consisted of 8 categories and generated 50 finalists, with 8 winners all from different Australian universities.

Mr. Xiaodong Chen from Murdoch University was selected as the winner of 2016 IELTS - Australia China Alumni of the Year Award. This award recognizes all-round excellence in work, life and community service and celebrates an alumna/alumnus who has established his- or herself as a leader in his or her chosen field and has contributed to the deepening of the Australia-China relationship.

After receiving his award, Mr. Xiaodong Chen shared not only his thoughts on the meaning of integrity, innovation and enthusiasm in business in China but also the significance of education, and, in particular, how Australian education helped him in his commercial success and achievements.

Since the 1970’s, over 200,000 Chinese students have completed their further study in Australia and make contribution of the development of China. The Australia China Alumni Awards is high-profile initiative recognizing the wide-ranging achievements of graduates of Australian universities that are currently based in China, both local and expatriate.

The 2016 Australia China Alumni Awards was sponsored by the following organizations:


Australian Ambassador to the P.R of China

Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade)

IDP Education

CPA Australia

AIDE Education Service

Business Events Sydney 

Winners Announcement

To read the winners' profile, please click their personal photos.

IELTS - Australia China Alumni of the Year Award

Winner: Xiaodong Chen


Intime Retail (Group) Co., Ltd

Murdoch Alumnus

Australian Ambassador’s Alumni Award for Women in Leadership

Winner: Jackie Robb


Staples Greater China

Monash Alumna

ACAA - Australia China Alumni Award for Corporate Achievement

Winner: Matthew Murphy

Managing Partner& CEO

MMLC Group Lawyers and Consultants

QUT Alumnus

The AIDE Education Service - Young Australia China Alumni of the Year Award

Winner: Yijia Li


Shunxi Regenerative Medicine-Yunnan Province Stem Cell Bank

Melbourne Alumnus

IDP Education - Australia China Alumni Award for ICT and New Media

Winner: Xuxu Zhuang


Motion Global Ltd.

UTS Alumnus

Business Events Sydney - Australia China Alumni Award for Research and Innovation

Winner: Xiaowei Du


HUCM & Vice-President of The Pharmacy College

Newcastle Alumnus

CPA Australia - Australia China Alumni Award for Banking and Finance

Winner: Haijun (Curt) Shi

Founding Partner

Imprint Capital Partners

WSU Alumnus

Austrade - Australia China Alumni Award for Entrepreneurship

Winner: Peter Davison


23Seed Venture Capital

UQ Alumnus

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