AustCham Shanghai is led by a team at the Secretariat who look after the day-to-day operations of the Chamber. The Chamber has 4 departments across Membership, Events and Communications, Business Engagement and Finance and Administration.
CEO and Executive Director
Bede Payne is the CEO and Executive Director of the Australian Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai (AustCham Shanghai). He leads a diverse, international team to strengthen Australia-China business, government and community relationships.
Bede has spent the past five years living, studying, and working in China. He is driven by the need to help Australians better understand China and to encourage the development of lasting international people-to-people relationships. He believes that our global collective interests are served through sustainable Australia-China trade and investment.
Bede draws on diverse professional and educational experiences in his approach to business, management, and Sino-Australian relations. He is an experienced leader who has worked across trade & investment, infrastructure, advocacy, and government sectors. He holds a Masters Degree in Arts (China Studies) from Liverpool University, UK and Bachelor Degrees in Commerce and Creative Arts from Wollongong University, Australia.
Simon Woods is the General Manager of the Australian Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai (AustCham Shanghai). He leads the secretariate in all operational matters to provide value to members of the Chamber and broader Chinese-Australian communities.
Simon has lived and worked in Shanghai since 2016, and brings a wealth of operational, China and global management experience. Prior to his time in China, Simon resided in Australia, where he developed a diverse range of knowledge across industries including logistics, FMCG, security and finance.
Simon utilises his broad range of industry, global management, and China-Australia experience to ensure a strong strategic direction for AustCham Shanghai that maximises member value, encourages and strengthens relationships, and develops improved understanding of China and Australia.
Judy Shen supports financial matters and general office administration tasks. Previous to joining AustCham Shanghai, Judy was a project assistant for a local shipping company. Judy has a maritime law degree from Shanghai Maritime University.
Senior Relationship Manager
Mike Cheung is a Senior Relationship Manager at AustCham Shanghai and works with members to further their business interests by ensuring they have access to all the networking, support, advocacy and services that the Chamber provides.
Mike is responsible for working with members of the food and beverage and education industries. Prior to joining AustCham Shanghai, Mike was undertaking a Bachelor of International Relations and International Security at the Australian National University.
Senior Event and Communications Manager
Anna-May Isbey is the Senior Event and Communications Manager at the Australian Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai (AustCham Shanghai). She works with members and the community to further their organisational interests by creating and delivering high level events, projects and communications.
Anna-May has lived, worked and studied in China since 2014. She brings expertise in trade and government relations, public relations, television presenting in English and Mandarin, media, and education. She graduated from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Arts in politics and sociology and also completed the upper-intermediate certificate in Mandarin from Jiao Tong University.
Aloe Thévenet is the Relationship Manager at AustCham Shanghai. In this role, Aloe works with members to provide benefits such as business connection, market updates and networking opportunities.
Prior to joining AustCham Shanghai, Aloe worked in the hospitality and sports industry with demonstrated experience in sales, event planning, project management and community building. She holds a Bachelor Degree of Tourism Management from Central South University of Forestry and Technology.
Miley Yin is a Relationship Associate at AustCham Shanghai and works with members to further their business interests. Miley is responsible for the admin support tasks of the membership team which includes CMS and keeping in touch with all the members.
Miley holds a master degree of Arts in English (Education/TESOL) from University of Southampton.
Ruby Yu is the Projects Manager at AustCham Shanghai. In this role, Ruby works closely with the Senior Business Engagement Manager to coordinate business delegations and key projects and arranges professional development training programs. As a member of the newest department of the Chamber, Ruby is also involved in event management and the China HQ Program.
Prior to joining AustCham Shanghai, Ruby worked as Senior Consultant for top study-abroad agencies in Shanghai. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English (Education) from Shanghai International Studies University.
Marketing and Communication Manager
Leaf Ye is the Marketing and Communication Manager at AustCham Shanghai, managing the corporate and digital profile of the Chamber. She is responsible for the marketing and communication of AustCham Shanghai and its member network.
Prior to joining AustCham Shanghai, Leaf has worked with foreign government agencies as well as a global events company. Leaf holds a Bachelor of Computer Graphic Design with Honors from the University of Waikato.
Financial and Admin Assistant
Katrina Zhong is the Financial and Admin Assistant at AustCham Shanghai. In this role, she provides support to financial matters and general office administration tasks.
Prior to joining AustCham Shanghai, Katrina worked as accountant assistant for an international trading company in New Zealand. She holds a Bachelor of Accounting from Auckland University of Technology.
Jessica Wang is a Relationship Associate at AustCham Shanghai. In this role, Jessica is responsible for the administrative support tasks of the membership team as well as providing client support on business connection, market updates and networking opportunities.
Jessica holds a Master's Degree of Commerce specializing in marketing and business analytics from the University of Sydney.