Shanghai: On the Ground in China

AustCham Shanghai is pleased to host an "On the Ground in China" series with two panel discussions drawing on the knowledge of top China experts. Presentations will be moderated by Angus Grigg and Lisa Murray, China correspondents for the Australian Financial Review.

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#1 The Chinese Consumer

Our first panel of the afternoon will consider what it means to sell in the China market, bringing together insights from some of the experts who have been doing it well here for a long time. We will hear from Jackie Yun, co-owner of the successful Wagas restaurant group, Benjamin Liu, Chief Executive Officer at Domino's Pizza China and Craig Aldous, CEO of Elders China.

Jackie Yun, Wagas

Jackie Yun was born in Sydney, Australia and is of Papua New Guinea (PNG) Chinese heritage. Educated in Sydney, Jackie moved to Shanghai in 1999 to study Chinese and took on a part time job in a bar-restaurant in Shanghai’s Xintiandi about a year later. She quickly developed a passion for the Food/Hospitality Industry and began to research how to start a small business in China.

Fate and good fortune brought Jackie and John F. Christensen, founder of Wagas and highly successful entrepreneur together in 2001. Currently the Wagas group operate over 60 busy café and bakeries in 10 cities – Shanghai, Beijing, Nanjing, Suzhou, Chengdu, Wuxi, Qingdao, Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Hangzhou with a membership base of +360K. 2017 will see the company open 25 new Wagas and Baker & Spice stores in greater China. 

Benjamin Liu, Domino's Pizza China

Benjamin Liu is the CEO of Domino's Pizza China and has worked in China for 4 years. Prior to this, Benjamin spent over 10 years in Australia and the United States as an operating partner with the principal investing business of Australian listed, Macquarie Group.

Craig Aldous, Elders China

Craig first came to China in 1992 on a University language scholarship and for the past 22 years has been leading companies in the food, beverage and agriculture sectors in both Australia and China. He is currently the Country Head for all business in China for Australian agribusiness, Elders, and also serves as the President of Elders Fine Foods, Asia-Pacific - a role that sees him sit on the Boards of related Elders companies in China and ASEAN markets.

#2 A China Focused Boardroom

Our China boardroom panel includes The Hon John Brumby, National President and Chairman of the Australia China Business Council (ACBC) and an Independent Director of Huawei Australia, John Macpherson, Senior Partner, Greater China and North Asia at Control Risks, Lily Ho, Partner at Ernst & Young, Michael Wadley, a former Board Director of Bellamy's and Richard Coote, National Manager - China at Austrade. Pitched at C-suite executives, the panel will talk about the importance of China experience in Australian boardrooms, and corporate governance and risk management in the China market.

John Brumby, ACBC/Huawei Australia

John was the Premier of Victoria between 2007-2010 and previously served as State Treasurer, Leader of the Opposition, and in the Federal Parliament as the Member for Bendigo in the Hawke Government. Since retiring from politics, John has accepted a number of appointments including as National President of the ACBC and as an Independent Director of Huawei Australia.

John Macpherson, Control Risks

John is a Senior Partner in Control Risks, Greater China and North Asia. He is responsible for Control Risks’ overall consulting practices across mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, the Koreas and Mongolia. He also works closely with the region’s team of political risk analysts and experts.

Lily Ho, Ernst & Young

Lily has over 24 years of experience, including over 13 years in Shanghai, previously worked in Melbourne Australia and Hong Kong Offices of EY, served as client service and engagement partner for multi-national corporations with investment in China. Industry spanning over manufacturing, construction & engineering, retail, chemicals, technology, real estate, pharmaceutical etc. Lily is a fellow member of CPA Australia, and holds the degree from University of Melbourne, Australia.

Michael Wadley, Wadley Consulting Shanghai

Based in Shanghai for more than a decade, Michael draws on his 20 years of experience in corporate and legal advisory services as Principal of Wadley Consulting Shanghai. Michael was until recently an Independent Non-Executive Director of Australian listed and Tasmanian based branded food business Bellamy's and is a registered foreign lawyer in China and Hong Kong.

Richard Coote, Austrade

Richard was appointed as National Manager – China, Senior Trade Commissioner and Deputy Consul-General (Commercial) based in Shanghai in March 2017. In this role, Richard is responsible for helping Australian companies looking to grow their business in China, promoting Australian education and attracting productive foreign direct investment into Australia, as well as providing advice to the Australian Government on related policy matters.



2:00pm-2:30pm Registration

2:30pm-3:30pm #1 The China Consumer

3:30pm-4:00pm Coffee Break

4:00pm-5:00pm #2 A China Focused Boardroom



Please contact Holly Hong at to RSVP and kindly note that we receive cash payment only on the day.

Price includes canapes and 2 drinks.

*Fapiao: Please note that reception of the fapiao may take up to 7 working days after the event.

Cancellation Policy

Please note that if you need to cancel this booking we must receive your RSVP cancellation by email or fax no less than 48 hours in advance of an event, unless another specific cancellation date/time is notified in the event details. The Chamber will have to charge you full-price for the event if you do not cancel your attendance by the stated time. This is necessary to cover costs automatically incurred by AustCham Shanghai for events on registered attendees’ behalf.

Group(s): Advance


Fri, May 12, 2017
2:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.
(GMT+0800) Asia/Shanghai


Bund 5, 20 Guangdong Lu