Panel Info
Unique IDSU0122
Status:Finalist
Application Details
Entrant Club(s):Global China Connection
Entry completed by:Jacob Young
Club Role:President
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Category SelectionReminder that events and initiatives must have occurred in the eligible period: 7 September 2020 to 12 September 2021
Which category is this nomination for?Best Cultural Event 2021
Name of event or initiative:CHINA TALKS: Panel discussion
Brief overview of the event or initiative:

It was a super engaging panel discussion event MC'd by Sam Brosnahan, featuring three professionals in Chinese industries with hands-on experience doing business in China (Izzie Guo, Kevin Parish, David Oliver). Q & A opportunity afterwards.

Completed the evening with networking over drinks and nibbles!

What were the aims of the event or initiative?

Our main aim was to educate people to overcome the cultural challenges of doing business in China! Students with start up businesses trying to reach Chinese industries often face cultural challenges, so our panelists gave insights about their personal experiences and advice for handling this.

Other than this, we also wanted to inspire people to pursuing China as a career destination!! We held post-event networking where our members had the chance to talk to the panelists and other professionals about their own career aspirations and cultural challenges they've faced.

How did you make it happen?

We're lucky enough to have an amazing network of advisors for our club!! We tapped into these to secure some pretty remarkable names for our event. We used the UCSA for our catering, Vino Fino for alcohol and UC for security. Our funding comes from a mixture of sources including a UCSA grant and sponsorship funds for the remainder of costs.

We used a wide variety of marketing channels including UC Careers, AsiaNZ, the GCC membership network and the Confucius Institute at UC. We used our lovely exec to volunteer on the evening : )

How did you make it better?

The panel discussion was incredibly engaging and interactive!! Our panelists had some unbelievable stories to tell about their experiences in China. One of our panelists was among the first 20 employees of Alibaba, and remains to this day close friends with the CEO (Jack Ma). Another panelist talked at length about the 996 working culture of China (9am-9pm, 6 days a week).

The Q&A which followed was incredibly interactive and the audience shared their own cultural experiences too. Along with the networking afterwards, it was clear that our members walked away with a much richer understanding of Chinese culture.

How did you show your commitment to sustainability?

It's important for us that our members understand how the sustainability dimension figures into New Zealand-China relations. One of our discussion topics was how the sustainability practices in China compare to those in New Zealand, with a focus on how the culture informs these practices. Our speakers had some super interesting insights on this, about how China has only recently begun their shift towards sustainability, but is doing so at crawling pace. We felt that it was important to reiterate our commitment toward sustainability and give our members an understanding about how sustainability fits into Chinese culture.

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