Quiet Leaders: Brad Chan (Banna Property Group & Haymarket HQ)

Brad Chan, CEO of the Banna Property Group, is an entrepreneur leading one of Australia’s most established third generation family companies across retail, entertainment & commercial property sectors. He is an Angel investor, mentor to startups and an active contributor to community groups with a close association with the Asian Australian community. His vision to establish an Asia Innovation Hub in Chinatown led to the creation of Haymarket HQ.

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Journalism, Meaning Over Money & Understanding Asia: Su-Lin Tan (SCMP)

Su-Lin Tan joined SCMP as a correspondent in 2020 after the Australian Financial Review where she covered housing and commercial property, Asian business and street talk and investigations. Listen to this episode to hear about how she changed careers from accounting to journalism, her thoughts on racism in Australia, and the Australia-China relationship.

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Improving International Students Employment Outcomes: Shane Dillon (Cturtle)

Data shows that 95% of international students will return to their home country within 3 years of graduating. However, these students will struggle to find well-paying jobs due to the lack of professional networks, compared to their peers that stayed. Shane founded Cturtle, an edtech data company and employment network to help these international graduates.

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Helping Startup Founders Succeed in Asia: Elisa Chiu (Anchor Taiwan)

Although Taiwan is more famous for its bubble tea, there is a small but thriving startup ecosystem not too dissimilar to Australia’s. Elisa Chiu established Anchor Taiwan, an Entrepreneurial Residency, Tech Community & Investor Network designed to tackle your soft landing in Asia through Taiwan.

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The Importance of Mandarin & Bilingualism: Lee Kuan Yew (李光耀)

Born to English speaking parents, Lee Kuan Yew never grasped Chinese and felt it to be a source of humiliation and inadequacy. Despite being educated in the UK and forcing Singapore to use English as a common language, he later in life decided that Mandarin was important. Not only because of the rise of China, but to understand his roots and reclaim his heritage.

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Building Bridges Between Australia & ASEAN: Thomas Da Jose (Masy Consultants & AASYP)

Thomas Da Jose is an aspiring humanitarian engineer who is on the journey to make a world that isn’t good for a small few, but one that’s good for everyone. He co-founded Masy Consultants, a grassroots organisation that aims to be a leading source of expertise to help disadvantaged communities successfully implement education, sanitation and clean energy projects.

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