Jason Yat-sen Li

Jason has an Arts/Law degree with first class honours from the University of Sydney and a Masters of Law from New York University Law School, where he was Australia's Hauser Global Fellow for 2000 and Convocation Speaker for the graduating class of 2000.

From 1996 - 1998, Jason worked for the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, in The Hague, the Netherlands. Jason worked with Sir Ninian Stephen on a number of pioneering cases in international law on genocide and war crimes.

In 1997, Jason returned to Australia to establish a new political party to combat the racist politics of Pauline Hanson's One Nation that had just achieved great electoral success in Australia. 1997, Jason was also elected to the Australian Constitutional Convention and was instrumental to drafting and brokering support for the model of republican government that was put to Australian voters in the 1999 national Republic Referendum.

Currently Vice-Chair of the Australia-China Chamber of Commerce in Beijing, a Director of the George Institute for Public Health, the Sydney Institute as well as a Governor of the Smith Family, one of Australia's largest charities. Jason was formerly Youth Chair of the NSW Ethnic Communities Council and cultural spokesperson for NSW Tourism during the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. He was also a Director of the National Centre for Volunteering and the New South Wales Government's Sydney Metropolitan Strategy Group.

2002 saw Jason awarded with the Eisenhower Fellowship with which he travelled to the USA to study the intersection of corporate, political and community interests. In 2005, he was named a 'Future Leader' by the Australian Davos Connection.

Jason started his professional career as a commercial lawyer with Corrs Chambers Westgarth in their M&A practice group. He speaks fluent Mandarin, Cantonese, German and Dutch.

He joined Insurance Australia Group, Australasia's largest general insurance company, in 2002 as Head of Sustainable Development. In that role, he led the company's initiatives on climate change, disaster research and policy, community risk-reduction with a focus on product development and driving internal cultural transformation. IAG won the Ethical Corporation Award for Sustainable Company of the Year in 2003.

In 2003, Jason was appointed Head of China Strategy for Insurance Australia Group. He became General Manager, Sales & Marketing for IAG's operations in China in 2004 and in 2006, led a major campaign to improve road-safety in China that won the China International PR Association Silver medal for Best Campaign and the Economic Observer Award for most Creative Campaign.

Currently, Jason is Managing Director of RI Group China Limited, a private equity, investment banking and strategy advisory firm headquartered in Melbourne and Beijing.

He speaks regularly to a range of government, community and business audiences on inclusive societies, education and young people, opportunities in the Asian region and the promises and challenges of China.

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