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Business leaders join new Shanghai advisory committee

16 May 2017

The SILC advisory committee members

From left, Blair McRae of UTS Commercial, Ben Fan, King Lee (Chair), Professor Tracy Taylor, Tony Zhuang, Jun Yao and Professor Sarath Delpachitra. Absent: Kenny Lam, Stephania Rongzhen Tang

Leaders from business, banking, consultancy and the start-up sector have joined a new industry advisory committee for the SHU-UTS SILC Business School in Shanghai.

The Shanghai Industry Advisory Committee members come from organisations including global conglomerate GE, advisory firms EY and PwC, as well as the venture capital and entrepreneurship sectors.

"Having eminently recognised business experts sharing their knowledge and experiences will provide our students with insights and connections that will enhance their learning and their prospects upon graduation," the Deputy Dean of UTS Business School, Professor Tracy Taylor, says.

The Director of UTS programs in Shanghai, Professor Sarath Delpachitra, says the committee will create "even greater linkages with industry here".

The appointment of the committee follows the renaming of the Sydney Institute of Language and Commerce (SILC) as the SHU-UTS SILC Business School last year and the appointment of new Shanghai-based staff.

A joint venture between UTS and Shanghai University, SILC was established in 1994 – making it the first Sino-foreign cooperative business institute established in China. SHU is one of China's leading research universities.

The advisory committee includes:

Ben Fan, Executive Director, Tax and People Advisory Services, EY
Ben Fan has over 20 years of experience in public accounting, and extensive experience in both corporate tax and global mobility expatriate management. In charge of global immigration services for the Greater China region, he helps multinational companies with income tax strategies and relocation policy for expatriate employees working in China. He has been based in Shanghai since 2001.

Kenny Lam, Partner, Tax and Business Advisory, PwC China
Kenny Lam is a Partner in the China Tax and Business Advisory Services group in the Shanghai office of PwC China. He has many years' experience advising large multinational companies in the finance industry, including banks, insurance companies and asset managers, in areas such as investment, expansion and structure for their China operations, along with tax planning, governance and regulation.

King Lee, General Manager, Global Operations Asia Pacific, GEKing Lee leads the Global Operations Asia Pacific team to deliver multifunctional shared services, such as finance, supply chain, HR and legal, to GE businesses in the Asia Pacific. Over the past 30 years he has held leadership roles spanning IT and business operations in the FMCG (fast-moving consumer goods), manufacturing and financial services industries.  Prior to this current role, he had various IT, Lean Six Sigma and Operations leadership roles with GE Plastics, GE Edison Life, GE Money, GE Capital and most recently as CIO of GE Global Growth and Operations. King will serve the Committee as the Chairperson. 

Stephania Rongzhen Tang, Senior Vice-President, Bank of Shanghai
Stephania Rongzhen Tang is Senior Vice-President and head of asset-backed securitisation with the Bank of Shanghai and experienced in all facets of banking and investment, along with business development in areas as diverse as health care and mining. She was previously Haitong Securities Company’s Managing Director of Structured Finance and Senior Manager of the Shanghai Pudong Development Bank’s Corporate and Investment Banking Department. Tang is an alumna of the UTS MBA program, having gained her Bachelor of Economics with the University of Shanghai.

Jun Yao, Director, GuoTai JunAn Innovation Investment Co Ltd
Jun Yao is Director of the investment department of GuoTai JunAn Innovation Investment Co Ltd, where he specialises in private equity investment. Jun Yao spent many years in Canada before starting his banking career in Hong Kong. He worked in capital markets there and in Mainland China, with his roles including Vice-President, Investment Banking Division, Great Wall (Hong Kong) Asset Management Co Ltd.

Tony Zhuang, Entrepreneur
Tony Zhuang, a UTS Business School alumnus, has extensive experience in start-ups, e-commerce, online marketing and technology strategy. He is one of the founding partners of Motion Global, which operates the SmartBuyGlasses Optical Group, one of the world's largest designer eyewear e-commerce groups. Over the past decade he has established domain properties that have become market leaders in over 30 countries worldwide. Motion Global has been recognised with a number of Austcham Westpac Australia China Business Awards. Raised in Shanghai, Tony has a Bachelor of Law from Zhejiang University and a Master of Finance from UTS.