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ACBC China Business Essentials – Know Your Customer

By Business, Uncategorized

I attended the Australia China Business Council Know Your Customer event. The event was held in conjunction with the Victorian Business Confucius Institute and was a lunchtime session that was aimed at members of these organsiations. We are a member of the Australia China Business Council through Syneka our parent brand.

The event focused on how Australian brands establish a presence in China. Associate Professor Claire Wang who is the Victorian Confucius Institute and Bill Lang from the Human Performance Group of Companies presented at the event.

Claire discussed the Chinese context. She spoke about how the Chinese considered shopping, including online shopping as a social activity. Her presentation was similar to that which I have seen in my postgraduate marketing studies, so it was very informative. It may however have gone over the heads of some of the participants in the room who were not that well versed in marketing. Of note was the fact that there are opportunities for Australian apparel brands to enter the Chinese market.

Bill spoke about the Australian context and the future. His content was similar to what would be covered in an international marketing lecture, and like Claire’s was very academic.

Networking opportunities at this event were limited. There was a light lunch that was served and networking naturally occurred around the food. Most attendees were members of the organisation – so we knew most of them well.

Things to Note:

  • Location: Victoria University, 300 Flinders Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
  • Highlight:  Content covered was very informative
  • Cost: $65 for members
  • Hot Tip: This event is a seminar that is best suited for attendees with existing marketing knowledge


  • Venue:  5/5
  • Catering: 4/5
  • Speaker: 4/5
  • Networking Opportunity: 1/5

Total: 14/20


Australia China Business Council: International Education Forum: Event Review

By Business

I attended the International Education forum Delivering Value to the China Market on Wednesday 16th of May from 10.30am to 2pm.

The event was hosted by the Australian China Business Council (ACBC) and was held at the Westpac building on Collins Street.

Chinese students are the major source of income to the Victorian economy and Australia is the 3rd most popular education destination in the world.

The forum focused on the topic of International education and how we can best deliver value to the Chinese market.

The event begun with a selection of breakfast items such as fruit, pastries and chocolate cake.

The host, Ms Virginia Birrell, the CEO of the ACBC who welcomed the attendees and introduced the key speakers.

The speakers were Phil Honeywood, the CEO of the International Education Association of Australia (IEAA) and Rob Thomason, the Group Executive of Member Engagement and Education.

The keynote speakers discussed some interesting points about International students in Australian Universities and how the percentage is increasing each day.  This was followed by a Q&A panel discussion with the speakers Phil Honeywood, Rob Thomason as well as Judith Uren, the manager of International Education for the Victorian Government and Irene Yu, the Victorian Director of the Cultural Diversity Leadership at Westpac.

Overall, I found the event interesting and I’m glad I attended as the speakers discussions were intriguing.

The forum ended at 1pm with lunch being served and an opportunity to network with the attendees. The majority of the attendees were from leading education providers.

Things to Note:

Location: Westpac Building, Level 12, 150 Collins Street, Melbourne

Highlight: The key speakers

Cost: Member rate

Hot Tip: Arrive early so that you have time for networking


Venue: 4/5

Catering: 4/5

Speakers: 4/5

Networking Opportunity: 3/5

Total: 15/20


ACBC: International Women’s Day Forum and High Tea Event Review

By Business

This International Women’s Day I was fortunate enough to attend the Australia China Business Council’s Forum and High Tea at the Regent Theatre’s Grand Plaza Ballroom. The event presented three incredible female panellists; Holly Ransom, CEO of Emergent, Lydia Khalil, Research Fellow at Lowy Institute and Sarah Chibnall, Group Director of Communications at H&H Group.

The panellists shared their stories of their professional journeys to the top of the ladder. It was identified that a battle women face in business is having to choose to either be shrewd and succeed or nice and settle for a lesser position. However, there was strong sentiment that women must “have courage and be kind”; we do not need to diminish our caring nature to achieve success in our careers.

The venue was incredible, and completely packed. Ornate chandeliers dangled from the ceiling and sheer elegant curtains framed the expansive ballroom. Tables dressed in white lace sprawled around the space, each one boasted multi-levelled serving platters loaded with both savoury and sweet baked goods. The trickle of pouring wine could always been heard in the midst of excited whispers and comments of agreeance.

The event was a lesson for me. It taught me about the struggles and triumphs that women before me have grappled with and fought to achieve. The speakers inspired me, and the atmosphere was electric with passion and perseverance, as we all dedicated ourselves to press for progress. It instilled in me the desire to take on the fight from women before me, as each generation paves the way to social, economic and political equality for both genders.


Things of note:

  • Location: Regent Theatre Grand Plaza Ballroom
  • Highlight: Lydia Khalil
  • Cost: $120
  • Hot Tip: Get there on time, doors do not open until 2pm, but you will miss networking if you are late.



  • Venue: 5/5
  • Catering: 5/5
  • Speakers: 5/5
  • Networking Opportunity: 3/5


Total: 18 / 20

Australian China Business Council Luncheon Review: ‘The Impact of Visa Regulations and New Citizenship In Australia’

By Business

Hosted by the Australian China Business Council in Victoria, the luncheon seminar from 11.45am to 2.30pm was held to bring like-minded individuals together.

The main discussions were focusing on the impact of the visa regulations and new citizenship in Australia.

The event was held at Hall & Wilcox. There was time before the event started to network with the other attendees. The event was a sit down informative seminar whilst listening to a panel of speakers discuss interesting topics such as the insights into the amended legislation, the Western value propositions regarding philanthropy and how this will affect the Chinese living in Australia.

The panel discussion included Eric Gao (the Founder and Managing Director of BMYG) and Edward Buckingham (the Director of Monash Business School) followed by the key speakers who were Sandra Jacobs (the CEO of Bennelong Foundation) and Kristopher Kunasingam (Lawyer and Migration Consultant at Hall & Wilcox). There was an opportunity at the end for the audience to ask the panel questions.

The luncheon selection of food was very good and filling.

Attendees of the event were a mix of lawyers, Migration and Education professionals, finance managers and business owners who had business in China.

Location: Hall & Wilcox, Level 11 Rialto South Tower, 525 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000

Cost: $75

Highlight: The panelist were extremely interesting and the food was very good

Hot tip: Be ready to discuss Chinese business within Australia

Rating: 3/5