This seminar provides preparation time for participants enrolled in the GLP China program. It introduces participants to the importance of thinking globally while leading locally. The seminar encourages participants to ground themselves in clear understanding of what leadership means to them and how this is demonstrated in a globalised world. Over the course of two days we lay the groundwork for participants to become more deeply aware of how China impacts on economic, social and public life in Australia and hence the importance of better understanding China. Program presenters share insights about China’s history and culture, its political system, what life is like for public officials at the grassroots and the current preoccupations of China’s national leadership.
The seminar also provides an introduction to Shanghai and the China Executive Leadership Academy, Pudong (CELAP) where participants will be based and logistical briefings to prepare participants for their trip to China.
PROGRAM PRESENTERS IN CANBERRA
Dr Graeme Smith joined Political and Social Change (PSC) in 2014. Formerly a doctoral student in the contemporary China Centre, Graeme is now engaged as a research fellow at the China Studies Centre, at the University of Sydney Business School. His main research interests are state-society interactions in China, the political economy of local government, and the impact of Chinese resource investment in the Pacific and Southeast Asia.
Richard joined Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs in 1975, where he worked until the end of 2001: postings included Tokyo, Beijing (twice), Shanghai (Consul-General 1994-1998, London, and Israel (Ambassador, 2000-2001). He then joined the office of national Assessments as Assistant Director- General, responsible for North and South Asia, where he worked until taking up his current position with the ANU China Institute in April 2008.
Rebecca specializes in Chinese foreign policy and foreign relations. She has a background as a diplomat for the UK and the European Union. She focuses on China's foreign policy making apparatus, and on China's relations with other major powers, with its neighborhood, and on regional and global governance structures.