ACELS Sydney 2015

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Welcome to the Australia-China Emerging Leaders Summit 2015

The Australia-China Youth Association (ACYA) is proud to collaborate with the brightest minds from the Australia-China space to deliver the Australia-China Emerging Leaders Summit (ACELS).

ACELS is one of ACYA’s key events for youth development. In 2015, ACELS delegates participated in forums, workshops, round-table sessions, a varied speaker program and networking sessions.

The 2015 ACELS delegates were handpicked from a wide range of applicants. They are the youth of our nation who will be at the forefront of shaping Australia-China relations in the Asia-Pacific century.

Date: Thursday 30th July – Sunday 2nd August 2015.
Location: Sydney

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Photos from ACELS Australia 2015

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Meet the ACELS Australia Project Team

Sam Johnson – Project Manager
Amber Miller-Greenman – Incubation Manager
Yu Feng Nie – Communications Manager
Cynthia Yuan – Operations Manager
Victor Luo – Logistics Manager

Sam Johnson (ACELS Project Manager 2015)Sam Johnson
Project Manager

As project manager, I’ll be heading up the project team to make sure the Summit’s busy schedule of events are executed smoothly. We’re here to make sure the Summit is as enriching and fun for our delegates as possible, so feel free to get in touch and say “Hi” during incubation!

Sam can’t seem to stay in Sydney for too long before planning his next trip overseas. A keen traveller, he first visited China on a whim in 2013, where he was captivated by the Chinese culture while roaming Beijing during the Spring Festival fireworks.

In 2014 Sam returned to China as a delegate on the U.S. Studies Centre’s inaugural study program to Fudan University in Shanghai. He subsequently joined ACYA as a committee member in the Sydney University chapter, where he now serves as Treasurer. Sam further explores his interest in China as a Junior Policy Associate with the China Studies Centre.

Sam has experience with Encompass Corporation as a clerical assistant and has interned with Asialink Business and the U.S. Consulate General in Sydney. He is completing an undergraduate degree in Government an International Relations at the University of Sydney.

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Amber Miller-Greenman (ACELS 2015 Incubation Manager)Amber Miller-Greenman
Incubation Manager

I am your friendly Incubation Manager! I am here to help you prepare for ACELS so that you get the most out of your ACELS experience.

I will be on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Wechat and will provide you with articles, stories and general information that will help you to be ready for the summit.

Amber Miller-Greenman was born in New Zealand and moved to Australia in 2000. She has a multicultural background; in depth knowledge of Chinese culture and speaks Cantonese and Mandarin.

She enjoys high paced environments and loves the challenges associated with dynamic workplaces. She has worked for Virgin Australia and has represented Australia at Shanghai World Expo. Amber was a Future of Tourism Think Tank delegate in the China Australia Millennial Project.

Amber is now a Destination Specialist at Tourism and Events Queensland, the peak Destination Marketing Organisation for the state of Queensland.

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Yu Feng Nie (ACELS 2015 Communications Manager)Yu Feng Nie (聂宇峰)
Communications Manager

I will be responsible for ACYA’s external communications for the summit and here to help with any general questions about ACYA!

Want to know more about what we do beyond ACELS? Contact me at
Yu Feng Nie (聂宇峰) is studying a Bachelor of Medical Studies/Doctor of Medicine at the University of New South Wales. Born in Shanghai but raised in Melbourne, Yu Feng speaks Shanghainese, Mandarin and English.

He spends his holidays visiting China keeping in touch with his cultural roots while also acting as an ad-hoc tour guide to friends from Australia. Yu Feng’s awareness of the cultural nuances in the Australia-China space spurs his passion to promote ACYA.

Yu Feng is the Communications and Marketing Director as well as the Vice-President (P2P) at the AYCA UNSW chapter. Outside of his study and work commitments, Yu Feng enjoys watching Chinese TV, keeping up to date with Australia-China affairs or sitting back with a cup of coffee while listening to some classical music. Ultimately he hopes to be involved in the healthcare sector in Shanghai.

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Cynthia Yuan (ACELS 2015 Operations Manager)Cynthia Yuan
Operations Manager

As operations manager, I will be your first point of contact if you have any queries regarding logistics e.g. flights, accommodation, schedule. My philosophy is that there are no silly questions! Not only is it my job to ensure you all know what’s happening during the summit, but also to ensure you’re all having a good time. So if you’re happy, I’m happy; we’re all happy.

If you have anything you’re unsure about or you just want to chat, feel free to shoot me a message via Facebook, WeChat or email.

Cynthia (袁迪雅) was born and raised in Sydney, and is currently studying a Bachelor of Laws with a Bachelor of Commerce at Macquarie University. Although seeming racially ambiguous to many, Cynthia is in fact of full Chinese descent, her family origins tracing back to Jiangsu, Nantong. She is fluent in English and Mandarin.

Growing up as an ABC in Australia, she always had trouble coming to terms with her Asian background during her childhood and in order to fit in at school, she often suppressed her roots, only speaking Mandarin at home to her family. It was only until joining ACYA and meeting like-minded individuals that Cynthia was able reconcile her inner cultural dichotomy and develop a genuine passion for the China-Australia space. Thus, a beautiful romance blossomed and she is now the proud President of ACYA’s Macquarie University Chapter.

In her free time, she enjoys exploring and photographing the nooks and crannies of Sydney, devouring a hearty eggs benedict, immersing herself in a cult classic/indie/french film or grooving along to some Triple J. Yes, she sounds like a walking cliche but she embraces it.

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Victor Luo (ACELS 2015 Logistics Manager)Victor Luo (罗福龙)
Logistics Manager

I am responsible for overseeing the safety and well-being of the delegates as well as coordinating the social events for the Summit. I will be making sure that the socials are the best thing about the Summit.

Keen for a chat? Feel free to find me on Facebook, WeChat, LinkedIn and Twitter.
Victor Luo (罗福龙) is a born and bred Chinese-Australian from Sydney and a current Juris Doctor law student at the University of New South Wales. His Chinese background traces from the southern region of China and thus is able to speak both Cantonese and Mandarin.

During his undergraduate studies, Vic spent time in Beijing attending Tsinghua and Beijing Language and Culture University. It is from this exchange adventure that he fell in love with China and was able to reconcile his dualistic identity as both a Chinese and an Australian. Vic enjoys planning thrilling adventures and seeking new challenges to broaden his horizons within the China-Australia space.

Vic is also the President of the UNSW Chapter of ACYA. Outside of university, work and ACYA commitments, Vic enjoys cooking Cantonese dishes, playing the piano, going out for a run with his gorgeous dog and attempting to discover the secrets to what makes the perfect cheong fan 肠粉(rice noodle roll).

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