ACYA works as a bridge to strengthen Sino-Australian ties through trade& business, culture, education, arts, and people-to-people connections. Of six Chengdu chapter goals, collaborating closely with its partners and sharing stories on both Australia and southwest China produce the idea of “In Conversation” series. Specifically speaking, we are going to use the official wechat account and social media platforms to share stories of people who have connections with both Australia and southwest China, including but not limited to trade&business, academia, alumni, arts... The ultimate goals are to draw more Australians to better understand southwest China, to reduce mistrust and misunderstanding of both peoples, to enhance people-to-people connections.
In the second episode, we present you the conversation in an article form. We talked to Australian alumni Chenzi Ye, Director of Wonderful Capital Biotechnology Group Pty. Ltd. Let’s check it out!
叶辰子Chenzi Ye, 澳大利亚WCBG生物科技有限公司董事 中国区执行总裁
1. Could you describe yourself by 3 words and explain about that?
For a person who has no technical background but devotes to the biotechnology industry, I am always in awe of professionalism and the awe that I shall make it through all my work. The awe of technology, of our excellent technical team, and of products of our company will lead a better life with technology.
Twelve years ago, I came to this unfamiliar city of an unfamiliar country with two boxes of luggage on my own. After graduated, I made several entrepreneurial ventures in different kinds of industries. I have always been a person full of curiosity and fearlessness into the unknown. This trait has led me to make many bold choices, and it has also supported me through many difficult times.
I am the person who is always passionate about work and life. Just quoted ‘Queensland, where Australia shine’, this sunshine passion was the reason why I chose to study in Queensland back then, and it was also Queensland that created this energetic me.
2. What do you think of the future tech collaboration between China and Australia, why?
I am quite positive about our future. Take my industry as an example, Australia holds the best marine biotechnology in the world, the most diverse marine raw materials, and the most qualified ‘Made in Australia’ system as well. Meanwhile China is the largest consumer market in the world. We can see there are many higher education exchanges between two countries, there will be more and more cooperation in technology, manufacturing, markets, and talents in the future.
3. Tell us what your typical day at work looks like?
The head office of our company is located in Melbourne, the research lab is in Adelaide, and the Chinese import company is in Chongqing. It is normal for me to live in the two time zones. Luckily, the time difference between is only two and three hours. Frequent travelling between China and Australia is part of my work life now. Hopefully I could scale up in Southwest China market to attract more talents to join us and build the future with me.
4. Your company has close links between Australia and Southwest China, so what's your take on the business and trade engagement among the two peoples?
The bilateral trade volume between China and Australia in 2019 was US$158.97 billion. China continues to remain Australia’s largest trading partner, largest export destination, and largest source of imports. Every year, more than 150,000 Chinese students go to Australia to study. It will be the main force of commercial and cultural exchanges between China and Australia in the future. Based on these, the two countries have long been a mutually beneficial cooperative relationship in the field of trade and commerce. I am very optimistic about the trade exchanges between China and Australia.
5. What’re the challenges for you as a young entrepreneur?
First of all, I would like to define ‘Young’ for me. It has been eight years since I started my business at the age of 24 so I don't think I am ‘young’ anymore. However, it has only been two years since the transition from trade to the biotechnology field, I am still ‘young’ in the marine biotechnology industry so I believe the challenges remain in the knowledge base and industry awareness for now. It requires a very fast pace to keep up with the good work I should say. As time goes by, creativity and cognition will inevitably decline but as a ‘young entrepreneur’ to learn and to achieve humbly is a lifelong challenge for me.