Business Sydney



Tuesday, 14 June 2022

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM



The Hilton Sydney | Stateroom



Sydney First Members & Guests

China is Australia’s biggest trading partner and Hong Kong has been a major player in this valuable economic partnership for many decades.

Thousands of Sydney businesspeople work or visit Hong Kong to do business and dozens of companies have close ties to this vibrant trade and financial capitol.

On the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), the HKETO and Business Sydney hosted this lunch to celebrate this ongoing economic partnership, focusing on how Hong Kong is growing as a “Green and Sustainable Finance Hub.”

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Hong Kong ETO Photo Collage
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Special Guest

Mr Christopher Hui

Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury of the HKSAR

Mr Christopher Hui Ching-yu was appointed the Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury on 22 April 2020. He serves on the boards of Mass Transit Railway Corporation Limited, Hong Kong Airport Authority and also as the Chairman of the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation.

Prior to his appointment, Mr Hui was the Executive Director of the Hong Kong Financial Services Development Council. He spent 13 years at the Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited, having been the Managing Director for Market Development and Head of Project Management and also in various senior roles in Listing and Market Development. He also worked for a number of multi-national companies in the private sector. He started his career as an Administrative Officer in the Government in 1999 and served in the Economic Development Branch, the Office of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in Beijing and the Home Affairs Department.

Mr Hui previously held a number of public roles including Councillor of the City University of Hong Kong, Member of the Mandatory Provident Fund Authority Process Review Panel, Hong Kong Stock Exchange Listing Review Committee and also Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants Disciplinary Panel.

Mr Hui holds Bachelor and Master (Hon) Degrees in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford, and Master of Business Administration Degree from INSEAD. He also attended the Stanford Executive Programme (SEP).


Ms kelly shi

Director China Practice, PwC (Moderator) 

Kelly joined PWC as a Director of China Practice earlier this year. Kelly is working closely with her colleagues in China and globally to support all Chinese businesses succeed across borders. Kelly has deep experience in banking & finance.  Prior to joining PWC she was the Vice President of Wealth Management Business Partnership in Citibank Australia. She was actively working with very diversified business partners across all the industries in the APAC region and helping the high net worth clients successfully banking & investing in Australia. She also has more than 10 years’ experience in local banks including Commonwealth Bank and Westpac. Balanced backgrounds of Lending, credit, risk management and acquisitions etc. Kelly holds a Master Degree of International Business at the University of Newcastle. She is fluent in Mandarin and Korean.


Chairman of the Global Engagement Committee, Business Council of Australia 

Warwick is Chairman, Advisory Board - Australian Capital Equity, holders of interests in Seven Group Holdings of which he is a Board Director, Seven West Media, Coates Hire, Beach Energy, WesTrac and Caterpillar industrial services and equipment in Western Australia and New South Wales.  He is the lead independent Board Director of SGSPAA and Jemena Northern Gas Pipeline.  He is the Chairman of Ord Minnett and Chair of Council, National Museum of Australia.

With the Business Council of Australia, Warwick is the Chairman of the Global Engagement Committee.  In addition, he is Global Advisor on Trade & Investment to the New South Wales (NSW) Government where is also a Council Member on the Investment Attraction Council for NSW.  He has served as Chairman of the Australia–China Council for over 8 years and was the inaugural Chair of the National Foundation for Australia-China Relations.  

He has more than 20 years experience in banking and financial services having held senior roles as an Executive Director with the Macquarie Bank Group as well as Chairman New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory and former Senior Managing Director for the ANZ Banking Group Limited which included Chairman of ANZ Bank China and Chairman of ANZ Bank Thailand.  He has previously been Chairman of E*TRADE Limited; Board Director of Estia Health Ltd and Chairman of the Australian Sports Commission.

He was an Australian Federal Government Minister with a parliamentary career spanning 15 years where he served four terms in the Australian Parliament and was the Minister for Sport, Territories and Local Government when the Howard Government announced in December 1996 that design work could begin for the NMA. Mr Smith was also Minister in the House of Representatives for Communications, the Information Economy and the Arts and Environment.

Warwick was Australia's first Telecommunications Ombudsman and has received a Centenary Medal and has twice been awarded an Order of Australia. 


Executive Director, China and Beyond 

Sara Cheng is a well-respected thought leader and one of the most sought-after Asia business experts in Australia; and co-authored the book ‘Engaging China – The Realities for Australian Businesses’. She has over 25 years of experience in international trade and investment. Sara and her team have assisted over 1,000 businesses (including some iconic brands) across a broad range of industry sectors to successfully enter and expand in the Asian markets, especially the Greater China region.

As the Executive Director of China and Beyond (, Sara manages her team to assist Australian businesses to trade with Asia through its service offices in China, India, Japan, Vietnam, and its trading subsidiary in Beijing, China. China And Beyond has its own B2B  e-commerce platforms and trading facilities to import from Australia and distribute in China.

She has also managed and run various federal and state government programs, including Stepping Up, Instilling International Entrepreneurship in Emerging Enterprises, Women Going Global, International Brand Protection, etc.. Sara was on the judging panel for NSW Premier’s Export Awards multiple times.

Dr Aleksandra Simic

Director, Office of Social Impact Investment (OSII), NSW Treasury

Aleksandra heads the Office of Social Impact Investment (OSII) at NSW Treasury. OSII facilitates better services, better outcomes, and better value for the people of NSW through impact investing. OSII partner with Government agencies, for-purpose and for-profit sectors to implement outcome-focused, innovative, early-intervention programs aimed at tackling social issues and building capability amongst agencies and service providers to participate in social impact investing.

Under Aleksandra’s leadership OSII expanded its reach, from social impact bonds and payment-by-results instruments, into the broader impact investing market, and now leads asset identification and impact reporting under the NSW Sustainability Bond Programme. The Programme provides investors with the opportunity to be part of a more sustainable future by helping to finance and refinance projects that support positive and transparent economic, social and environmental outcomes, and supports Australia’s commitment to meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  

Prior to leading OSII, Aleksandra worked globally in economic consulting with a focus on measuring and evaluating impacts. She holds a PhD in Economics and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Michael Zhang

Executive Director | Head of Asia, Axius Partners

Michael is a highly respected capital advisor with over 18 years of experience in banking, finance, advisory and real estate sector. Michael is highly skilled in strategic consultancy, investment advisory and sophisticated deal structuring (debt and equity) with an extensive network of both Australian and international institutional and corporate investors, private equities and family offices.

Michael provided comprehensive investment, acquisition, capital (debt/equity) support for many of the leading global and domestic investment banks, PE firms, fund managers and real estate groups. He funded some of the largest property groups and real estate projects in Australia over the years. Michael played a vital role in many Asian groups’ investments into the Australian real estate market since 2010. 

Previous roles included Head of China Desk, Australia at JLL (coverage incl. regions such as Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan and Korea), Head of Property Finance Australia at the Industrial & Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), Manager, Structured Property Finance at HBOS Group and Lloyds Banking Group, Assistant Manager, Institutional Property Group at ANZ Bank.

Michael holds a Masters in International Finance, UNSW and a Bachelors in Commerce (Finance), UNSW.



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