Andrea Myles loves China. Since her first encounter in 2002, she has pursued every opportunity to gain a deeper insight into this fascinating country. She has lived in China for more than five years, worked on social enterprise programs in regional China, headed up the Australia China Business Council, led the business delegation of then Prime Minister Gillard’s second trip to China, and co-founded the Engaging China Project, a best-practice China engagement program in Australian high schools. Andrea has a working proficiency in Mandarin and holds two bilingual Masters degrees in Chinese business and culture. She is also a fellow of the School for Social Entrepreneurs and the Sydney Leadership Program.
Driven by her passion and a slight frustration in the transactional nature of the Australia-China relationship, Andrea co-founded the China Australia Millennial Project (CAMP) to connect leading talent in both nations via this world-first, bilateral innovation and cross-cultural leadership program. The program, CAMP, was a finalist in the Good Design Awards for Social Innovation in 2016.
In 2016 Andrea was an innovation delegate in the PM’s Australia Week in China delegation to China and was selected to launch the new Shanghai Landing Pad. She was also a delegate in Lucy Turnbull’s Women Leaders Trade Mission to Israel and a guest speaker at the Sydney Guangzhou Business Leaders Forum in June 2016.
In 2015 Andrea was a finalist in the Emerging Entrepreneur category of the NAB Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards. She was nominated by Australia’s former Foreign Minister Professor Bob Carr for a 2015 Telstra Business Women’s Award, an award for which was nominated again for in 2016. In 2014, Andrea was named one of Australia’s 100 Most Influential Women by Westpac and the Australian Financial Review.
Check out Andrea on the panel "China’s Disruptive Business Models: What Can Australia Learn from the East?" at the 2016 Advance Global Australian Summit. We also interviewed Andrea about China, innovation and entrepreneurship, click here to read the article.