During our Industry Panel Q&A event on September 8th, we asked business leaders for their insights on the challenges and opportunities of operating businesses across the Australia/China business landscape. Zheng Wang from CITIC Bank tells us about his connection with China.
- Zheng Wang
After receiving a Master of Commerce with Honours (Finance) Degree from the University of Melbourne in 2008, I commenced my career as a Corporate Banking Trainee at China CITIC Bank in July 2009.
Since then, I have held a number of roles including Corporate Banking Relationship Manager and Derivatives Product Manager at the bank’s Beijing Branch, and most recently, Regional Manager at the Corporate Banking Department of the head office, responsible for supervising the bank’s branches in South China to develop business cooperation with strategic corporate clients.
I was appointed Representative of China CITIC Bank Sydney Representative Office in October 2015, with responsibility for assisting the Chief Representative Officer to implement the bank's Australian expansion strategy and fulfilling its long-term commitment to Australian market through the establishment of a branch in Sydney.
As an essential step of China CITIC Bank’s internationalisation strategy, Sydney Representative Office was established in 2016 and its main purpose is to upgrade to an authorised branch which will provide wholesale banking services in Australia.
Once establishing a strong foothold in Sydney, CNCB will strive to develop closer relationships with Australian entities, including Australian corporations and financial institutions that already have operations in China, have significant trade flow with China, or intend to expand to China.
As part of the Spotlight on China program we invited alumni and current students to contribute to the ideas covered in the Q&A event.
Our guest contributors have connected back with China both during and after their studies. Here's what they are currently doing:
- Mali Zou, MM (Marketing) 2014, Shanghai
After training in Hong Kong, I will be a buyer in Global Sourcing Team in Yonghui, one of Jardine Matheson’s business partners in Shanghai. I will search and import fine quality products from overseas, selling them into premium retail stores in China.
- Nick Yan, MIB (2004) Shanghai
I currently work as Senior Business Development Manager at the Victorian Government Business Office in Shanghai. My focus is assisting Victorian industries and companies to export products and services into the Chinese market.
- Travis Huggins, BCom (2003) Hong Kong
I'm currently in Hong Kong developing the Finance function for a large video game company. After 5 years in Hong Kong with frequent travel to Shanghai I'm still learning and enjoying the challenges. I do miss Melbourne though!
- Vivian Lu, MFin (2015) Melbourne
I am in the Graduate Program at National Australia Bank training in the Operations stream to become a business credit analyst. I still go back to my home country once a year to visit my family.
- Vienna Ke, Bcom (2009) Sydney
I am applying my previous experience in the financial services industry and contibuting to a number of social impact initiatives for bring Australia and China businesses.
- Yiling Chen, Melbourne.
Born in China and raised in Australia, I have been heavily influenced by both cultures. I'm studying my Master of Management (Marketing), but one day in the near future, I hope to work in China.
Zheng Wang is the appointed Representative of China CITIC Bank Sydney Representative Office. He has been instrumental in the implementation of the bank's Australian expansion strategy and his role focuses on fulfilling CITIC's long-term commitment to the Australian market through the establishment of a branch in Sydney. Zheng has held a number of roles in China CITIC Bank including Corporate Banking Relationship Manager and Derivative Product Manager, and most recently, Regional Manager at the Corporate Banking Department of the bank's head office.
Spotlight on China was part of the MBS and BCom Enrichment Program which is coordinated by the Student Employability and Enrichment team, Faculty of Business and Economics, the University of Melbourne.
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