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Sydney: ACBC, Telstra and Alibaba Cloud Collaborative Event: Insights into China’s Ecosystem and the Business Opportunities in the Digital Transformation Era

06 December 2017


Event details

Date: Wednesday, 6 December 2017 
Time: 4:30pm arrival for 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Venue: Telstra, Customer Insight Centre, Level 2 400 George St, Sydney
Event status: Member Only (Complimentary)

  • The Hon. Victor Dominello MP, NSW Minster for Finance, Services and Property
  • Michelle Bendschneider, Executive Director, Global Products, Telstra
  • Raymond Ma, General Manager, ASEAN & ANZ, Alibaba Cloud 
  • Charlie Macdonald, Chief Information Officer, DB Schenker


Event Overview

Our world is changing, fast. And data is fast becoming the basic currency of this new order. This makes the digital and commercial ecosystem ripe for businesses seeking to develop their strategic and operational digital capabilities. 
For China, it has produced more first-time internet users than any other country in the world, and an expected RMB1 trillion investment in internet infrastructure between 2015 and 2017. 
A large number of Chinese organizations are also vigorously pursuing digital transformation efforts, with over 85% saying these efforts have created value. 
Opportunities exists for businesses able to provide solutions and services to the China market. For those providers who can help organisations improve productivity, increase agility and reduce costs the rewards are many and varied. Businesses must be prepared to recognize and capitalize on these opportunities, and moreover to address the challenges and deficits that come with them. They also need to leverage their digital partnerships and innovation-oriented alliances and networks. Altogether, this creates more extensive and diaphanous innovation communities which will flourish in today’s data-driven environment. 
Why attend
  • Be informed on the current trends and advancement of technology in Australia and China and how it will impact you and your business
  • Identify the key opportunities for businesses across China’s marketplace
  • Learn how to create a strategy to operate effectively in China’s rapidly evolving digital ecosystem 
  • Learn about how the technological growth in AI, machine learning, AR and VR will impact the Australian and Chinese business landscape/eco-system 
  • Hear from the experts about how China’s rapid progress on innovation and becoming the biggest spender in R&D will impact you and your business 

Speaker Bios

Michelle Bendschneider Executive Director of Global Products – Telstra Enterprise 
Michelle has over 23 years’ experience in the ICT industry, almost exclusively in global multi-national organisations. With a background originally in Software Engineering, she has held executive roles in Sales, Services and Technology solution domains, across multiple industry segments and geographies. 
Michelle joined Telstra in 2013 as the Executive Director for Global Services Practices, with a remit to establish a Technology Services organisation. Prior to Telstra, Michelle worked for IBM for 14 years, in a number of domestic and global roles across Technology Services, Sales, Industry Sectors, Outsourcing and Consulting. Her early career included 5 years with the Philip Morris Group in technology roles, followed by a period of consulting with a number of Global Software and Services organisations. 
Michelle’s current role is to lead the Global Products division, responsible for delivering world class products and solutions to Telstra’s Enterprise and Business customers globally. With key strengths in strategic & results leadership, and a passion for transformative change and talent development, Michelle has underpinned her career with strong customer-centricity, having held many senior strategic customer relationships in prior roles. 

Raymond Ma General Manager, Alibaba Cloud ANZ & ASEAN 

Raymond Ma is leading Alibaba Cloud business in ANZ and ASEAN, providing cloud and big data services to startups, SME, corporations and government. Before that, he led Alibaba Cloud business in the China public sector.  
Raymond has great interest and experience in startups and mobile internet. He was the co-founder of China largest female mobile app, Dayima, which focuses supporting and caring for female health. In 2015 Dayima had registered more than 100M users. 
Raymond has over 10 years’ experience at IBM and led the Smarter Cities global product management work within the IBM software group. Prior to this, he led the China SOE IT consulting service at the IBM global business service group.  
Raymond achieved his computer science master and bachelor degrees from Northwestern Polytechnical University in China, and got his MBA degree from Vlerick Business School.  
Charlie Macdonald CIO, DB Schenker Australia and New Zealand 
Charlie is the CIO of DB Schenker Australia and New Zealand – DB Schenker is a global leader in Air & Ocean Freight and Logistics services. He has over 25 years’ experience in Transport and Logistics based in Europe & Asia. Prior to joining DBS Charlie was the Industry Executive for Manufacturing, Transport and Logistics at Telstra where he published a number of research papers including in 2015 “The Personal Chain” a study on how consumer focused digital retail is disrupting supply chains. 
Charlie was previously the Chair of the ICT Executive committee of the Australian Logistics Council. 
Previous published research 
“THE PERSONAL SUPPLY CHAIN – Meet the connected, engaged OmniChannel Shopper” 
“MAKING THE CONNECTION – Harnessing New Technology to drive productivity across the Supply Chain”. 
“MAKE FOR ASIA – The emerging Asian middle class and the opportunities for Australian Manufacturing.” 

Please send any further queries on this event to acbcnsw@acbc.com.au.