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In conversation with Philip Liu and Wesa Chau to learn about the Australian political system and network with young professionals.

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Why should young professionals participate in Australian politics? How does the Australian political system work? What is it like being an Asian Australian working in the public sector? How can one start a career in politics? How can young professionals build a relevant network working outside the public sector?

Come and join ACYPI to answer all these questions and more with two of Australia’s “40 under 40 most influential Asian-Australians”:

  • Cr Philip Le Liu, Councillor of City of Melbourne; and
  • Ms Wesa Chau, CEO of Cultural Intelligence and Advisory Board Member of the National Foundation of Australia-China Relations, an Australian federal government initiative.

The event will be held in Melbourne and livestreamed direct for participants that cannot attend in person. Details of the event below:

Date: Thursday, 13th of May 2021

Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm AEST

Location: Deloitte, Level 31, 477 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Livestream: Zoom link to be sent closer to date

Event schedule:

  • 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm: Conversation with Philip Le Liu and Wesa Chau followed by Q&A (livestream available)
  • 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm: Cocktail function for participants to network (in person only)

Speaker Bios:

Councillor Philip Le Liu

Cr Philip Le Liu is an elected Councillor on City of Melbourne since 2016 and currently the portfolio lead for Finance, Governance and Risk and deputy lead for Education and Innovation. He is also the Council’s representative on the Audit and Risk Committee; CEO Employment Matters Committee; Melbourne Art Trust and Victorian Local Governance Association.

Before getting into politics, Philip was a former Management Consultant at EY and also the held the position of General Manager-China of Australia China Youth Association (ACYA) based in Beijing.

Philip was recognised in 2019 as one of Australia’s “40 under 40 most influential Asian-Australians” and the overall winner of the government / public sector category. He regularly speaks on key issues in the media, especially around Asia and the Chinese Australian Community and is a trusted adviser to many in the business and government sector.

Wesa Chau

Ms Wesa Chau is CEO of Cultural Intelligence, a research, training and consulting firm helping organisations harness the power of cultural diversity. She is currently serving as an advisory board member of the National Foundation of Australia-China Relations, board member of Holmesglen Tafe Foundation and formerly served on the Victorian Multicultural Business Ministerial Council and Victorian Ministerial Council for Womens’ Equality.

Wesa’s professional experience ranges from working in the community sector, academia, corporate sector to politics. In 2020, Wesa initiated the Resilience Against Racism project in response to covid-19 inspired racism towards Asian-Australians and provided support for people experiencing or witnessing racism. Wesa is also the co-founder of Poliversity an initiative to increase cultural diversity in the Australian Labor Party and started the Labor Diversity Fellowship in 2019. She was also Labor's candidate for the Federal seat of Higgins in 2013 and Labor's candidate for Deputy Lord Mayor in Melbourne City Council 2020.

Wesa has received several awards for her contribution to the community. In 2020 she was the education category winner for the “40 under 40 most influential Asian-Australians”; 2016 she was awarded the prestigious Victorian International Education Internationalisation Award; inductee to the Victorian Women Honour Roll in 2012; and named Young Victorian of the Year in 2010 among others.

Wesa has also written a guide to federal elections and the Australian political system which can be found here: https://peril.com.au/topics/politics/wesas-guide-to-federal-elections-and-the-australian-political-system/. We encourage all attendees to read the article before the event.

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