Applications open for the AustCham Future Business Leaders Program

The AustCham Future Business Leaders Program is an elite career-development event series operating in cooperation with Australia-China business leaders from AustCham member companies. As part of this program AustCham will select up to 50 outstanding young leaders in Beijing from a range of professional and academic disciplines to take part in this on-going event series.

The purpose of the program is to prepare young future business leaders with the knowledge and networks necessary to thrive in business between Australia, New Zealand and China through regular events. Participation in this program will allow participants to broaden their professional network in China and to showcase their leadership potential and knowledge of industry in China to current and future employers.


Successful applicants will be invited to attend exclusive monthly presentations made by senior business representatives as they share their experiences and on-the-ground insight from their respected industries. A Q&A session followed by casual networking will also allow participants to interact and ask questions to the speakers including industry and career advice. Events will be held at the AustCham office in Chaoyangmen, and other venues in central Beijing, including Hatchery. Occasional company site visits will also be organised over the course of the year. Events are free of charge to Future Business Leaders participants and will be held at least once every month. Participants do not have to attend all events and can select according to their availability.

The program themes include:

  • Agri-business
  • Career Development
  • Doing Business in China
  • E-commerce & Social Media in China
  • Entrepreneurship & Startups
  • Mining & Energy
  • Public Policy & Industry
  • Joint Ventures & Legal Landscape in China
  • Management & Leadership

Eligibility & Selection Criteria

Positions are available for young professionals, recent graduates and students aged between 20-30 years of age (at time of application). Applicants currently residing outside of Beijing may apply. Events will be only held in Beijing.

Applicants from the following countries will receive preference from the selection committee: Australia, New Zealand, China and Pacific Island countries. Other nationalities are eligible to apply.

Applicants must be AustCham Young Professional Members to participate in the program. Applicants who are currently not members of the Chamber can apply and join AustCham as a Young Professional Member upon successful selection into the program. Follow the link for more information about joining as a Young Professional Member. Employers working at AustCham member companies are eligible to apply and do not need to apply for Young Professional Membership.

Applicants will be asked to demonstrate their desire and potential to become a future Australia-China business leader and their relevant experience. Successful applicants will be from a range of academic and professional backgrounds.

Admission is merit based with focus on the applicant’s interest areas, achievements and future business aspirations.


Participating Companies

Senior business leaders from the following companies are already confirmed as speakers as part of the program. More company and also government representatives will be announced as speakers in the coming weeks.

China Policy – China’s most prominent research and policy analysis company that provides expert insight into China’s policy landscape.

Fonterra – New Zealand’s largest company and premium dairy producer with strong trading ties with both Australia and China, accounting for approximately 30% of the global dairy exports.

Hays Recruitment – The world’s leading recruitment and human resources group with operations spanning across Europe, The Americas and the Asia Pacific region.

Hatchery – An innovative restaurant & bar incubator located in the heart of Beijing that focuses on providing a space for entrepreneurs, investors, mentors and local communities to develop, test, launch, and enjoy new food and beverage ideas.

King & Wood Mallesons – The first and only joint venture between an Australian and Chinese law firm and a leading law firm in both countries.

JingJobs – An innovative Australian startup offering an online and offline jobs platform for young talent in China.

Meat & Livestock Australia – Australia’s peak industry group for Australian red meat and livestock responsible for marketing and research in China.

Mitchells Equipment –  Top global competitors in the designing, manufacturing and installation of heavy duty equipment.

SinoGas & Energy – An Australian and ASX listed company operating in China, responsible for significant contributions to China’s unconventional gas development.


How to Apply & Timeline

Applications: accepted on a rolling basis.

For further inquiries about this program please email the AustCham team.

Click here to complete the online application form.


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