Demystifying Chinese Investment in Australia


Doug Ferguson

Adjunct Professor, The University of Sydney Business School
Head of Asia Business Group & China Business Practice
KPMG Australia

Doug Ferguson

Doug Ferguson is the National Managing Partner for KPMG’s Asia Business Group and China Business Practice. Before returning to Australia Doug was based in China and Hong Kong between 2001-2011 providing investment due diligence services to foreign and domestic companies. As Head of Private Equity, from 2008-2011 he was tasked with selling Lehman Brothers principal investment assets in China.

Doug is a Transaction Services Partner with over 13 years experience working in greater China with both Chinese and multinational clients on M&A projects. He has led a number of very large projects for Chinese investors and regularly interacts with senior Chinese executives, government representatives and visiting delegations.

He has co-authored seven Demystifying series research reports and several case studies on Chinese direct investment. Doug speaks Mandarin Chinese and is a regular industry commentator.

Hans Hendrischke

Professor of Chinese Business and Management
The University of Sydney Business School

Hans Hendrischke

Hans Hendrischke is professor of Chinese business and management, University of Sydney Business School and chair of the executive committee of the China Studies Centre at the University of Sydney.

He was educated at universities in Germany, Taiwan and Japan and did postgraduate research at the Contemporary China Institute at the London School of Oriental and African Studies.

He lived in China from 1979 working for the diplomatic service and the finance industry. In his academic career he headed the Centre for Chinese Political Economy at Macquarie University, was head of Chinese Studies and head of school at UNSW and served as director of the University of Sydney Confucius Institute.

His main research focus and publications are on emerging local entrepreneurship and business institutions. As an institutional economist he has conducted hundreds of interviews with Chinese private entrepreneurs and local officials over the last decades. He is author of China's Economy in the 21st Century: Enterprise and Business Behaviour (co-edited with Barbara Krug).

Professor Hendrischke leads the Business School's Australia China Business Network and heads a multi-year strategic cooperation with KPMG which reports regularly on Chinese outbound direct investment in Australia and publishes thought leadership reports on Australia China business relations.

Tim Lu

Asia Business Group
KPMG Australia

Tim Lu

Tim has more than 20 years of working experience with 16 years advising Australian and Chinese clients on cross-border trade and investment issues.

Trained as a chemical engineer, he worked, in the early years of career, for Chinese central government and then Chinese State Owned Enterprises.

He joined Austrade Beijing as Senior Business Development Manager in 1998; then Chevron Inc as LNG marketing manager in 2003.

Since joining KPMG Australia in early 2007, Tim has been looking after the China Desk advising Chinese inbound clients to Australia and Australian outbound clients to China. Tim has been involved with KPMG in a large number of China-Australia cross border transactions and is familiar with most Chinese investment in Australia and most Australian investment in China and is an integral part of verifying the integrity of the KPMG/The University of Sydney Outbound Direct Investment database.

Tim obtained a Graduate Diploma of Accounting in Australia, a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering and Graduate Diploma of Industry Economics in China.

He is a Member of IPA (Institute of Public Accountants) in Australia, a qualified Chinese-English translator accredited by NAATI (National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters) in Australia and practiced as a qualified Chemical Engineer in China.

Tim is a board member of Australia China Business Council Victoria.

Wei Li

Postdoctoral Fellow
The University of Sydney Business School

Wei Li

Wei Li has worked as a researcher on water conservation and renewable energy for the World Bank, the Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection and Renmin University of China.

She joined the University of Sydney China Studies Centre and Business School in 2011 and holds the Australian-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industries research fellowship.

She is a core member of the KPMG/Business School research team and leads the Chinese outbound investors' survey project. She co-developed the KPMG/University of Sydney database on Chinese outbound direct investment in Australia.

Her research interests are the globalisation of Chinese enterprises and sustainable development. She is particularly interested in the transformation of state owned and private enterprises and the role of the state as promoter of international business activity. She is currently involved in research projects on enterprise finance, woman entrepreneurship and the internationalisation of the renewable energy sector.

She has published articles on green innovation and solar energy, environmental impact assessment, governance of water resources, small and medium enterprise finance, and Chinese investment in Australia.