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Graeme Meehan

Australia’s Consul-General in Shanghai

Graeme Meehan has had extensive experience working on China issues, both in Canberra and overseas. He has served twice at the Australian Embassy in Beijing, most recently as Deputy Head of Mission (2008-2012), and twice at the Australian Office in Taipei.

His Canberra assignments have included working as deputy head of the China FTA Task Force (2005-2008) and as Senior Adviser (Asia) in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (2005).

Graeme speaks Chinese, holding a Bachelor of Arts with Honours from Melbourne University and has undertaken postgraduate studies at Fudan University in Shanghai and at the Australian National University.

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Michelle Garnaut

CEO, M Group of Restaurants

Michelle Garnaut is the CEO at M Group, and also a restaurateur (and former cook) with a culinary career of over 3 decades. Over the past 25 years, Michelle has opened a trio of restaurants and a bar in Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong, each enjoying their own success and popularity.

Michelle is currently involved in the Village People Project, which seeks to improve the lives and health of women in rural China through the creation of community bathhouses.

She was a judge for the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards for five years, and was Asia Jury President in 2011 and 2012. She is a Global Ambassador for Vital Voices.Michelle has been honoured with awards that include Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2003 International Woman of Influence Awards and the Business Entrepreneurial Award from the ANZ Australian Business Awards.

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Andrew Hogg

Regional General Manager (Greater China), Tourism Australia

Andrew Hogg joined Tourism Australia in June 2015, Andrew is now the Regional General Manager for Greater China, based in Shanghai. Tourism Australia is strongly represented in Greater China with offices in Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou and Chengdu, as well as Hong Kong.

Andrew is responsible for driving Tourism Australia’s strategies to grow demand from Australia’s fastest growing tourism market for international visitors.

Previously, he worked for Qantas Airways and took the position of General Manager China since 2011. He has held a number of other senior roles in a career spanning more than 25 years with Qantas Airways, covering finance, sales, marketing and operations.

Craig Aldous

Managing Director, Elders China

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Craig is the Country Head for Elders Limited in China. He first came to China in 1992 on a Griffith University language scholarship to complete his bachelor degree in International Business. Craig returned to Australia in 1994 to run his family’s abattoir and meat distribution Company in Queensland.

Since then, he has been leading companies in the food, beverage and agriculture sectors in both Australia and China. Craig has been based permanently in Shanghai since 2007.

During that time he has been instrumental in tripling the sales of Elders food business in China and developing the Company to a profitable position. He has built an extensive network of clients in hotels, restaurants and supermarkets throughout China and has rich experience with market access issues and the legal regulatory framework for food processing and distribution.

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Steve Willett

Managing Director, Lend Lease China Project Management & Construction

Steve Willett is Managing Director for Lend Lease China Project Management & Construction and is a highly experienced project & construction professional. Steve has spent over 12 years working in Greater China of which the last 8 years he has been based in Shanghai.

Steve has over 20 years’ experience in the construction and project management industry and joined Lend Lease in 1998. Steve has been involved in the delivery of over 50 projects in China for major multinational clients like, Merck, Roche, Hanesbrands, GE, Nokia, Corning, SAP etc.

Steve holds a Bachelor of Civil and Structural Engineering (Honours) from the University of Sydney and has previously worked in Australia; Taiwan and Hong Kong on a variety of different projects such as large road projects; 1.5km span bridges; large airports; commercial buildings; large retail projects and large complex industrial projects. Steve holds a Bachelor of Civil and Structural Engineering (Honours) of University of Sydney and LEED AP accredited by USGBC.


Danny Armstrong

Danny Armstrong

General Manager, China Banking and Country Head, China, National Australia Bank

Danny is an experienced financial services executive dealing at CEO group Executive level. He is currently the Country Head in China for National Australia Bank, and previously Finance Director of the Australian Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai and Chairman of the Chamber’s Financial Services Industry.

Danny has 20 years of experience in the financial industry, and has been working with a number of leading financial institutions such as CBA. As the Country Head Vietnam for CBA, he almost built the bank’s operations in Vietnam from scratch.

Having worked in both Vietnam and China, he has first-hand knowledges of building and managing relationships in Asian countries, and a deep understanding of the legal framework and its business implications. His previous position also includes Director and Vice Chairman for Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam.

Brent Moore

Brent Moore

Trade Commissioner, AusTrade

Brent Moore is Executive Officer for East Asian Growth Markets, covering 14 markets, 25 Austrade offices, 230 staff and more than 2 billion consumers. Prior to joining Austrade, Brent worked for DAFF’s International Division in Canberra and Beijing, working on East Asian agricultural trade negotiation and cooperation. He has consulted for the European Union on trade sustainability and worked in the federal Agriculture minister’s office.

Brent has degrees in Commerce (International Business) and Arts (Chinese) from Deakin University, complemented with language studies in Nanjing and Qingdao. He is currently completing a master’s degree in International Business and law at Sydney University.