Prof Ian Jacobs on China markets

James Riley
Editorial Director

University of New South Wales president and vice-chancellor Ian Jacobs will deliver a keynote address at’s China Money, China Markets forum in Sydney on July 20.

Prof Jacobs will outline the growing opportunities for entrepreneurs being created out of the university’s $100 million Torch Innovation Precinct.

The torch precinct was announced in April last year as an industrial scale Australia-China centre for R&D collaboration. The plan, which will include 20,000-50,000 square metres of state of the art research and development space, includes funding from both the Australian and Chinese governments.

Prof Ian Jacobs: Will be on hand to discuss the $100 million UNSW Torch Innovation Precinct

It is expected to become the R&D base in Australia for five to ten large Chinese companies and a Technology Business Incubator that will house up to 100 Australian and Chinese SMEs.

The precinct also has a student startup focus which includes a direct collaborative arrangement with a startup incubator connected to the Tsinghua University in Shanghai, and which will include a direct exchange program.

Prof Jacobs took over the role of UNSW vice-chancellor in early 2015 after a distinguished career in the UK, where he was a leading researcher in the area of women’s health and cancer and in university leadership.

Other speakers on the program include Vantage Asia chairman Jason Ya-sen Li, China-Australia Millennial Project CEO Andrea Myles, and Right Click Capital’s founder Benjamin Chong. You can find more details of the forum here or reserve your seat here.

Mr Li has been a leading Australian management consultant driving trade interests with China, with deep expertise across the finance, property, technology and sustainability sectors. Andrea Myles is well known to many in the China-Australia relationship as the co-founder and CEO of the CAMP entrepreneur and innovation program that spans both countries.

Also joining the program is SmartTrans CEO Bryan Carr. The ASX-listed SmartTrans is an Australian tech industry pioneer in the China market, where provides a platform-based payments systems. Until very recently SmartTrans was one of just tiny handful of Australian software companies operating in China.

Former Austrade executive director Grame Barty joins a panel discussion on ‘China, IP and Innovation’, while Melbourne-based startup wunderkind Jack Zhang from Airwallex will present a keynote on “What Asian investors want in Australia tech startups.”

The full speaker list includes:

  • Bryan Carr, Chief Executive Officer, SmartTrans Holdings
  • Jingchuan Zhao, PRC Partner, King & Wood Mallesons
  • Jason Yat-sen Li , Chairman, Vantage Asia Holdings
  • Andrea Myles, CEO, China Australia Millennial Project
  • Benjamin Chong, Founder, Right Click Capital
  • Lee Horan, Partner, King & Wood Mallesons
  • Grame Barty, Principal Consultant, Barty & Associates and former Executive Director International Operations, Austrade
  • Terry Hilsberg, Venture Partner, Innohub Capital
  • David Thomas, CEO of Think Global Consulting and President of the Australia China SME Association
  • Duco van Breemen, ‎General Manager, Haymarket HQ
  • Jane Menzies, Senior Lecturer in International Business, Deakin University, and Co-author of ‘Born in China: a new type of Australian business

The China Money, China Markets forum will be held on July 20.

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