Ambassadors

CHINA-AUSTRALIA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IN BEIJING

Liu Ye

Special Honorary Ambassador

Educated in Performing Arts at the Central Academy of Drama in Beijing, Liu Ye’s long and prolific career spans both Chinese and Hollywood cinema. He has accrued much critical acclaim and success, receiving his first major nomination – Best Supporting Actor at the 1999 Golden Rooster Awards – for his second ever film role, and then going on to win Best Actor at the 38th Golden Horse Awards two years later.

Known for his dedication to taking on new and challenging roles, he has garnered praise and casting offers from the likes of Zhang Yimou, John Woo and Chen Kaige among many others.

Zhang Fengyi

Ambassador for Charity

Gaining his start in performing arts with an opera troupe in Dongchuan, Zhang Fengyi is a former acting student of the Beijing Film Academy. After making his film debut in 1980 in Treasure Hunting in Desert, his acting career began in earnest and he has since made a number of appearances in notable movie and television roles.

He is perhaps best known for his roles as “Duan Xiaolou” in Farewell My Concubine, “Jing Ke” in The Emperor and the Assassin and “Cao Cao” in the John Woo film Red Cliff.

Yao Di

Ambassador for Tourism

A graduate of the Beijing Film Academy and Hangzhou Arts School, Yao Di came to prominence for her roles in The Dream of Red Mansions and City of Life and Death – the latter of which earning her the Best Supporting Actress Award at the TV Drama Awards. Yao Di’s notable roles include her portrayal of “Wang Xifeng” in Looking for Jackie, a film which starred Jackie Chan, and “Wu Xinyao” in Midnight Beating.

She has been the recipient of the 2009 Top 10 New Spirit Artist Award at the 5th Huading Awards, the 2011 Golden Phoenix Award for New Performer, the 2013 Beijing TV Drama Award for Most Potential Actress, among several other accolades.

Gu Changwei

Ambassador for Sino-Australian Friendship

Considered one of China’s most prolific cinematographers, Gu Changwei graduated among the famous 1982 class of the Beijing Film Academy. First assigned to the Xi’an Film Studio, Gu Changwei worked with Chen Kaige and Zhang Yimou on King of the Children and Red Sorghum. He has since collaborated with both several times, including on Chen Kaige’s acclaimed Farewell My Concubine, and with Hollywood directors including Robert Altman.

Gu Changwei’s first endeavour at directing, Peacock, was well-received domestically and internationally, winning the Jury Grand Prix-Silver Bear at the 2005 Berlin International Film Festival.

Liu Wei

Ambassador for Culture

A Beijing-based artist who graduated from the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou in 1996, Liu Wei’s work has transitioned from idealistic oil paintings to a multimedia-based approach. Liu Wei credits his 2004 piece, Looks Like a Landscape, for increased recognition of contemporary Chinese art. This slightly subversive artwork was accepted in the Shanghai Biennale and garnered attention and acclaim, paving the way for such pieces as Indigestion II and Love it! Bite it!, which were conceptualized as commentaries on consumerism and power respectively.

Liu Wei’s work has been featured in exhibitions in London, New York, Venice, Bern and Seoul in addition to being displayed all over China.

Zhang Xiaogang

Ambassador for the Arts

Trained at the Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts, Zhang Xiaogang is a prolific contemporary Chinese surrealist painter and surrealist, most well-known for his Bloodlines series of paintings, which are designed to be eerily reminiscent of old Chinese family portraits from the 1950s and have been exhibited around the globe.

He played a founding role in the establishment of the Chinese Avant-Garde movement, but after travelling to Germany in 1992 reconnected with his Chinese cultural identity and decided to express this through his artwork.

Zhang Xiaogang is a favourite of international collectors and audiences and his work, Forever Lasting Love, sold in Hong Kong for a record price of USD $10.1 million.

Jereme Leung

Ambassador for Food and Wine

Originally from Hong Kong, Jereme Leung is head chef of the famous Whampoa Club on Shanghai’s iconic Bund. The restaurant, which features as one of Forbes’ Top 25 Restaurants globally, has seen Jereme Leung serve such luminaries as Lee Kuanyew, Tony Blair and Michael Schumacher.

Jereme Leung’s culinary journey began at thirteen years old at a small Chinese restaurant in Singapore. But it was not until taking up a job as head chef of a failing 5-star Malaysian hotel at 24 that his prodigious talent became noticed.

Jereme Leung’s passion for reinventing the traditional dim sum with new fillings and flavour profiles has become the trait for which he is now most renowned as a chef.

Fan Di’an

Ambassador for Education

The Curator of the China Art Gallery, Fan Di’An has been heavily involved in the Chinese artistic scene for many years. His positions have included Director of the National Art Museum of China, Consultant at the Dashanzi International Art Festival, and Curator of the China Pavilion at The International Architecture Exhibition of the 2006 Venice Biennale.

His work has also included prolific contributions to art literature, including books written about Chinese contemporary art and several feature articles.