Advisory Board

Mr Muan Lim (Chair)

Muan Lim graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce with Honours  (1st Class) from The University of Melbourne in 1977 and a Graduate Diploma in Arts in 2020. Working with KPMG and PWC in audit, Muan was accepted as an Associate of the Australian Institute of Chartered Accountants.

A 22 year veteran of HP, Muan has served many roles in Finance & Admin., Manufacturing, Supply Chain and Leasing. Muan was instrumental in setting up the first joint venture leasing company in China, HP China Leasing Ltd and the first wholly owned manufacturing arm for China’s domestic PC and Server business, HP Shanghai Ltd. Amongst his many appointments were Finance Director Asia Pacific, VP Supply Chain Asia Pacific Personal Systems Group, Global VP Finance and Remarketing.

Currently Muan is an Advisory Board member of the Department of Management & Marketing, Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE), and a lifetime member of the Chancellor’s Circle. Both of Muan's children are graduates from FBE and the Arts Faculty.

Prof Ross Garnaut AC

Professorial Research Fellow

Ross Garnaut

Ross Garnaut is an economist whose career has been built around the analysis of and practice of policy connected to development, economic policy and international relations in Australia, Asia and the Pacific. He has held senior roles in universities, business, government and other Australian and international institutions.

He is Professorial Research Fellow in Economics at the University of Melbourne. In 2009 Ross was awarded the degree of Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, from the Australian National University and in 2013 he received a Doctor of Science in Economics, honoris causa, from the University of Sydney. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Sciences and a Distinguished Fellow of the Economic Society of Australia. In addition, Ross is a Distinguished Life Member of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society and also an Honorary Professor of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

A/Prof Jennifer Grafton

Associate Dean, Global Engagement

Jennifer Grafton is an Associate Professor in the Department of Accounting in the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Melbourne. Prior to completing her Ph.D at the University of Melbourne and joining the Faculty she worked as a business consultant at Arthur Andersen. Jennifer’s current research focuses on issues of organisational performance management and control.  She has a particular interest in these issues in not-for-profit contexts. Jennifer’s teaching experience spans a range of subjects in management accounting and control and business forensics across undergraduate, postgraduate and executive education programs. Jennifer is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Applied Accounting Research, and is a director on the Children’s Protection Society Board of Management.

Prof Bill Harley

James Riady Chair of Asian Business

Bill Harley is the James Riady Chair of Asian Business and Professor of Management in the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Melbourne. Bill originally trained as a political scientist (BA Hons and PhD from the University of Queensland). Prior to pursuing an academic career, he worked for the Commonwealth Government in Canberra. His first academic appointment was in the field of industrial relations, but his work gradually branched out into human resource management and organisation studies. Throughout his academic career, the central question motivating Bill’s work has been how government policy and managerial practice shape the ways that employees work and what this means for their work and non-work lives. Bill is best known for his work on ‘high performance work systems’ and their impact on employees and organisations. He has published in leading international journals and has acted as a consultant to national and international organisations including the ILO and the OECD.

A/Prof Helen Hu

Director, Centre for Asian Business and Economics  

Helen Hu is an Associate Professor in Strategy and International Business in the Department of Management and Marketing, the University of Melbourne. She is the Director of the Centre for Asian Business and Economics (CABE) in the University of Melbourne. Her research interests are corporate governance with focuses on boards of directors, ownership structure, IPO, and internationalization of Asian firms. Helen’s work has been nominated and awarded at leading international conferences and published in Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal, among others. She has also been awarded Deans' Prize for Exceptional Distinction in Research and several Deans’ Certificates for Research Excellence and for Teaching Excellence at the University of Melbourne. In addition, Helen was appointed as an Honorary Research Fellow at Monash University, where she obtained her PhD in international business. She is also a member of Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and a regular commentator on Sky News, SBS and China Radio International on issues relating to business in China and Asia.

Prof Craig Jeffrey

Director, Australia India Institute

Craig Jeffrey is Director of the Australia India Institute and former Professor of Development Geography at the University of Oxford and Official Fellow of St. John's College. He is a leading authority on South Asian youth and writes on Indian democracy, educational transformation, globalisation, and the 'social revolution' that he sees occurring across India in the Twenty-First Century.

Professor Jeffrey has spent a total of five years since 1995 conducting anthropological fieldwork in western Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. He is the author of numerous journal articles as well as six books, including Timepass: Youth, Class and the Politics of Waiting in India (Stanford University Press, 2010) and Keywords for Modern India (with John Harriss; Oxford University Press, 2014). Oxford University Press have recently commissioned Craig Jeffrey to write A Very Short Introduction to Modern India, part of its prestigious Very Short Introduction series.

Professor Jeffrey is currently working with Dr. Jane Dyson on a Australian Research Council funded project on youth and prefigurative politics in north India. Professor Jeffrey was recently elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and, in addition to his academic work, is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4, Times Literary Supplement, The Guardian, Sydney Morning Herald, Australian Financial Review and The Conversation.

Prof Paul Kofman

Dean, Faculty of Business and Economics

Professor Paul Kofman holds a PhD in Economics (1991) from Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He came to Australia in 1994 as a Lecturer in Econometrics at Monash University. After subsequent positions at UNSW and UTS, he was appointed as Professor of Finance at The University of Melbourne in 2001 and was Head of Department from 2006 until 2010. Following two years as Deputy Dean (Faculty), he became Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics in May 2012. Professor Kofman currently holds the Sidney Myer Chair of Commerce.

His main research interest is in quantitative finance and the ethics of finance, but he has also published papers in international trade, econometrics, and actuarial journals, including the Financial Analysts Journal, the Journal of Applied Econometrics, the Journal of Banking and Finance, the Journal of International Economics, and the Journal of Business and Economic Statistics. He has received numerous research grants including ARC discovery and linkage grants. He is an associate editor of the Journal of International Money & Finance, the International Journal of Managerial Finance, the Review of Futures Markets and JASSA.

Hon Ken Smith MP

President, Australia-China Business Council Victorian Branch

Ken Smith is the President of the Australia-China Business Council Victorian Branch and a Director of kensmith@chinasolutions, a business developed to assist businessmen and women find the right solution to meet their needs to do business in China. Ken has developed this initiative following his retirement in 2014 after 26 years in the Victorian State Parliament having established high level Business and Political relationships in China over a period of 20 years. During his Parliamentary career Ken served as Speaker, Shadow Minister for Local Government, Gaming and Fisheries, Whip, Chairman of an All Party Parliamentary Committee and Party Secretary. Before entering Parliament he was a Councillor on the Hastings Shire Council, a self-employed Plumbing Contractor, a founding Director then Chairman of The Independent News Group. He also served as an Executive officer of the Master Plumbers Assoc. of Victoria then Federal Secretary of the Federated Master Plumbers of Australia.

His relationship with China commenced in 1995 as a delegate to Jiangsu Province (Victoria’s Sister State) and he has since led more than 30 Business and Political Delegations to many parts of China inc. Tibet and Inner Mongolia. He has also through many contacts welcomed delegations of Chinese Politicians inc. Governors, Vice Governors, Provincial Congress Chairmen and members and Mayors as well as leading Businessmen and women all looking to do business in Australia. Ken was recognised for his work in China by being awarded Honorary Citizenship in both Shandong and Jiangsu Provinces.

In June 2016, Ken was inducted as the first International member of the 6th Council of the Jiangsu Provincial Peoples Association of Friendship with Foreign Countries. Ken Smith said he was delighted to accept this Honorary position as it would allow him to further promote the friendship between Victoria and Jiangsu Province which has been working extremely well since 1977. Ken believes works with established and potential SME’s from Australia to develop thriving partnerships with Chinese businesses as a for a win-win for both.

Ms Rebecca Wu

Business Development Director, Chinese Service Group, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu

Rebecca Wu is a CPA and MBA-qualified financial executive who loves partnering Australian and Chinese businesses. Rebecca worked in senior roles with multi-billion dollar companies in Australia and China including running an IPO in China, working with property developers in Australia and with the Australian Federal and Victorian State Governments. Most recently, Rebecca commenced with Deloitte as a Business Development Director with the Chinese Service Group ( CSG) where she will use her financial, trade, commercial, language and cultural skills to promote investment between Australia and China.

Mrs Grace Bacon

Head of International Segment, ANZ Private

Grace graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce from University of Sydney in 1996. Grace also holds a Diploma of Financial Planning from Deakin University and is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP).

With over 20 years’ experience in the financial service industry; Grace has served in many roles in Financial Advisory, Wealth Management and Private Banking.  She was also one of the pioneer financial advisers servicing Asian migrant clients, Medical Professionals and Professional Women.

In her current role as Head of International Segment, ANZ Private, Grace is responsible in driving the business strategy to assist high net worth Migrants coming to Australia.  Her team of multi-lingual private bankers and financial advisers help clients with lifestyle settlement decisions, banking and investment services.  In addition, the team also acts as concierge to help these new migrants connect with the local community to do business or to establish a social network.

Grace is also a passionate advocate for Cultural Diversity and Inclusion in leadership.  She truly believes diversity in teams and organisations encourages new ideas to be formed for better decision making.

Grace is originally from Zhongshan in Guangzhou province, China and spent her childhood in the Fiji Islands.  She is happily married with a son who is currently in primary school. She also speaks Cantonese and Mandarin.

Mr Konfir Kabo

Founding Partner, Kabo Lawyers

Konfir Kabo is the founding partner of Kabo Lawyers, a law firm based in Melbourne, Australia. He is also the CEO of Aksara Group, a service station investment trust.

Konfir has been an avid art collector for the past decade and is a passionate patron of the arts through Project 11, a philanthropic initiative he established with his wife. Project 11 works with key institutions such as the University of Melbourne, Monash University and RMIT University as well as arts organisations such as the National Gallery of Australia, Arts Centre Melbourne, Multicultural Arts Victoria and Musica Viva. Aside from the arts, Konfir also supports health initiatives such as autism research with OTARC, Australian Prostate Cancer Research and the Skin Cancer Foundation.

Konfir has recently launched a few projects in Indonesia, including the establishment of an education centre in Bandung with Melbourne Polytechnic to deliver audio engineering courses as well as movie production.

Konfir was born in Makassar, Indonesia in 1973. He studied Law and Commerce at Monash University. He was admitted as a solicitor and barrister of the Supreme Court of Victoria and the High Court of Australia in 1998. He is also a Fellow of the Australia and New Zealand College of Notaries. He currently resides in Melbourne with his wife and two children.

Mr Jason Dong

Member, Board of Directors, Pioneer Sail Australia

Jason has worked across China and Australia for more than 20 years at various executive roles and with a variety of industries, such as finance, energy and resources, agriculture, machinery, health, education and bilateral high-level visits attended by senior government and corporate leaders.

In the past 10 years, Jason has been actively working for a series of famous Australia institutes, ranging from NAB to Westpac/Seven Group Holdings, and Pioneer Sail Australia. Pioneer Sail Australia owns one of the top private energy companies, supplying gas and electricity to more than 1 million customers in Australia.

In his spare time, Jason is also:

  • a member of the Advisory Board of the ARC Research Hub for Integrated Energy Storage Solutions, UNSW
  • Co-Chair, Australia – China Entrepreneurs Dialogue