Cathryn Hlavka
Executive Director
University of Sydney Centre in China, Suzhou

Cathryn Hlavka has a diverse international career in the areas of education, science and research policy, foreign and trade policy, development, and cultural relations.

Cathryn is currently the inaugural Executive Director of the University of Sydney’s Centre in China based in Suzhou – a multifunction office established to support the university’s strategic interests in China. Prior to this appointment she was Minister Counsellor (Education and Research) in the Australian Embassy in Beijing responsible for the strategic positioning of Australia’s education interests in China. She led the education negotiations for the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement and has been influential in bringing many education agreements to conclusion and in growing the international student agenda.

Since the early 1990’s Cathryn has been actively involved in strengthening the Australia-China relationship including the development of Australian Studies in China and the study of China and Chinese language in Australia through roles including Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of New South Wales, Director of the Australia-China Council secretariat in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and in the Queensland Government.

Cathryn is a Director of the Board of the Foundation for Australian Studies in China (FASIC).


Peter Arkell
Managing Director
Carrington Day

Peter Arkell is the Managing Director of Carrington Day, a HR consulting company that assists international companies in China and Chinese companies to go abroad. He is also part of the advisory firm, HeYi, where he is the Natural Resources Sector Head.

Peter first came to China in 1996, and has lived here since 2004. He calls Shanghai home, where his China head office is located.

He is an active member of the international business community in China. He has been a Member of the Board of Directors of the AustCham Shanghai since 2008 and had been Chairman from 2012 to 2016 when he retired from the Board.

He is a prominent member of the mining sector in China, being the founding Chairman of the Global Mining Association of China (GMAC), and founding Chairman of the Oriental Mining Club.

In addition, Peter was a Board Member of the China International Mining Cooperation Committee, a sounding board for the Ministry of Commerce on outbound mining investment.

Jacinta Reddan
Chief Executive
AustCham Hong Kong and Macau

Jacinta Reddan was formally appointed Chief Executive of the Australian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong  and Macau in late October 2017, having been appointed to the board earlier in the year.

She previously worked as Regional Head of Marketing and Communications with global asset manager PineBridge Investments based in Hong Kong, and served on the chamber’s Finance, Legal and Tax Committee as deputy chair.  She has been involved in AustCham for many years beginning in the mid-90s as a partner through her work with Australian tourism. Jacinta has spent most of her career in Asia in a variety of communications, marketing and branding roles working in public relations agencies as well as in-house for large corporates.  She was the Regional Public Relations and Promotions Manager (Asia) for the Australian Tourist Commission in the lead-up to the Sydney Olympics, and during the opening up of the China tourism market to Australia.

She began her career as a journalist in Australia and returned to Melbourne in 2000 to work as media advisor in the Victorian Premier’s Office.  She subsequently joined Tourism Victoria followed by the national age care lobby group, ACSA, before returning to Hong Kong nearly eleven years ago. In Hong Kong, Jacinta worked in a leading PR consulting agency, providing advice and counsel to some of Hong Kong’s blue chip companies before joining global financial services giant, Prudential plc in a regional role where she was responsible for rebranding their (now) USD $140 billion Asia asset management business.

Jacinta is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors; and graduated from Deakin University with a degree in International Relations and Anthropology.


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