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David Thomas


David Thomas is well known in Australia and the Asia Pacific region as a China Expert, a passionate and engaging keynote speaker and a strong advocate of business, trade and investment collaboration between Australia and China. A former Vice President of the Australia China Business Council (ACBC) in NSW, and now President of the Australia China SME Association (ACSME), David has organised and led numerous trade missions and study tours to China, including the annual Australian mission to the Asian Financial Forum in Hong Kong and BRIC+ Study Tours for investment professionals to China and the other BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China).

He is an Honorary Adviser to the Australia China Economic Trade and Cultural Association (ACETCA), Chair of Australia China Business Week and is regularly invited to represent Australia at official events to welcome official Chinese delegations. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the ASX listed Emerging Markets Masters Fund which keeps him abreast of local market developments and economic trends. In recent years, working with his business partner, Vanessa Xing, David has provided advice, support and guidance to both Australian and Chinese entrepreneurs and investors as they navigate the challenges, barriers and opportunities of doing business and investing in both countries.

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Vanessa Xing

Vice President

Born in Xian and an Australian citizen for 20 years,Vanessa Xing is the ideal bridge between Chinese investors, entrepreneurs and business leaders and their counterparts in Australia. Well known for her direct communication style and high levels of energy, Vanessa stays focused on outcomes and solutions as she navigates the journey of relationship-building, negotiation and execution for every project.

With a background in financial services and technology,Vanessa has extensive experience of working in China on behalf of Australian companies seeking new capital, introductions and business networks. Her strengths and skills as a passionate, effective and bilingual communicator makes her the ideal partner for David Thomas in presenting a Sino-Anglo face to every business and/or investment transaction.

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Joseph Tse

VP of Innovation & Technology

Joseph has built a long career and history as an entrepreneur and business adviser to Governments, public and private companies in Hong Kong, China and Australia, with extensive knowledge and experience, particularly in IT, software, telecommunications, Internet, Fintech and the technology sectors.

He obtained a Computer Science Degree in Canada and worked for 8 years in the Hong Kong Airport Authority as an IT Manager, managing the delivery of IT Airport Systems. He also worked as a General Manager in a prestigious Hong Kong telecom company before listing in Hong Kong in late 2006. From 2007 onwards, Joseph has run his own business consulting company guiding American and Japanese technology companies to develop China market and Asian market.

In 2017, Joseph returned to Australia to pursue his passion to develop new partnerships between Australian and Chinese technology firms and to promote innovation, collaboration and bilateral commercial cooperation on both sides.

China offers immense and long-term business potential for Australian technology companies in terms of investment, funding, manufacturing and marketing. And ambitious Chinese technology companies have an interest in Australia as a stepping stone to launch their global business platform, including IPOs, mergers and acquisitions.

As the VP of Innovation and Technology, Joseph can assist ACSME members with:

  • Appropriate funding strategies;

  • Partnership, M&A, Listing & exit advice;

  • Assistance and advice at Board Level;

  • Technology commercialisation, licensing and IP Protection

  • Formulation and execution of Market Entry strategies.

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Claire Wang

VP, Melbourne

Claire Wang is the Chinese-Director of the Victoria Business Confucius Institute (VBCI) since the establishment of VBCI in November 2015, She teaches “doing business in China” to undergraduate students at VU, conducts training in doing business in China to local industry. Before that, Claire was an associate professor at the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) in Beijing, China. She taught Management Accounting, Mergers Acquisition and Project Management to local and international students.

Claire has visited Australia to do research and teaching at the University of Adelaide from 2011 to 2013. Claire has 10 years of experience in international collaboration in higher education in various roles, all of which help to enhance efficiency and quality of the programs. Claire has worked closely with industry, especially the financial investment industry in China – she took on the role of senior consultant of some Chinese leading capital management corporations and funds.

Areas of expertise

  • Corporate finance

  • Corporate governance of Chinese state-owned companies

  • Financial Analysis of Chinese Enterprises

  • Private equity investment

  • Project management

  • Marketing in China

  • Inter-cultural communication and collaboration