Who are we?
DAVID THOMAS is well known in the Asia Pacific region for his experience, credibility and passion for identifying, building and facilitating business and investment relationships between Australia and China. Over the past 20 years, David has inspired, motivated and educated global business leaders, entrepreneurs and investors to pay attention to the massive growth potential offered by modern China as the financial engine of Asia and taken them on a journey to identify and build long-term business and investment relationships.
ROBIN DICKINSON has over 35 years experience in Australian and International business development. His focus is on growing sales and market share for leading companies by delivering commercial, strategic and tactical expertise. He has completed short and long-term projects for large companies (e.g. SAP, AMP, Zurich, Roche, Perrigo and Merck), SMEs and entrepreneurs across a range of industries (including consumer healthcare, pharmaceuticals, IT, agriculture, finance and biotechnology), and geographies (including ANZ, China, USA and Europe). Robin has a BSc (Hons 1) from University of Sydney and speaks Mandarin, Romanian and some Arabic.
GARRY WILLINGE (HONG KONG) is involved in management consulting, corporate advisory, M&A, capital markets and leadership development, with clients and partners across Asia (esp. China, Hong Kong and Taiwan), USA, South America, UK & Australia. He is an entrepreneur, angel investor and has equity interests in companies across a number of sectors around the world. Living and working in and out of Hong Kong for almost 20 years, initially as head of IBM Global Services at IBM China/Hong Kong Limited until 2005, he is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), a Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Directors and chairman of the AICD Hong Kong Executive Advisory Committee
NICK PHILLIPS (HONG KONG) has 30 years of start/scale/‘grown’ up strategy, corporate advisory and organisational leadership experience, across a variety of organisations, and industries, in 3 continents. He is a Portfolio Executive who primarily works with growth orientated organisations, in the capacities of NED / Governance director, Advisory board chair and mentor, corporate strategic advisor and or Interim Executive Manager. Based out of Hong Kong, Nick helps organisations establish a presence and helps facilitate growth in Asian and UK markets. He is an Independent Mentor for the Accenture FinTech Innovation Lab Asia-Pacific.
JOSEPH TSE is an IT professional, business development and advisor with over 35 years’ experience in Information Technology, Project Management, Marketing, Consulting and Investment services. He has worked in different type of organizations in Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Japan, Korea and Australia (including publicly traded companies, semi-government entities, private companies, non-profit making entity and startups). He worked on the Airport Authority Hong Kong (1992-2000), with responsibility for building and establishing information systems in the new Hong Kong International Airport.
ADRIENNE BATEUP-CARLSON has led brand strategy, development and marketing programs in Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Japan, UK, Scandinavia, and Australasia, working in leadership positions with multinational agencies and brands. As founder of successful specialist agency Brand by Voice, acquired by Imagination Plc, she understands the entrepreneurial mindset, and is able to work successfully with early stage business and entrepreneurs, as well as established brands applying the ‘big agency’ disciplines that drive success. See www.brandd.com.au for more information.