Ready To Rebound: Effective Sister-City Relationships

26 Aug 2020

Ready To Rebound – Session 5: Effective Sister-City Relationships

 Friday, September 4th, 2pm (AEST)

On this webinar we’ll look at how sister-city relationships can help engage local communities and businesses with their sister-city counterparts in China. RMIT University will present findings from their report Australia-China Sister Cities: Seizing Opportunities Together on what makes an effective sister-city relationship. We’ll also hear from two case studies, Canberra and Hobart, and how they leverage their respective sister-city relationships for their local councils and communities.


Dr Shea Xuejiao Fan is Lecturer in International Business at the School of Management at the RMIT University. Her research interests include identity, cross-cultural management, diversity, immigrant, multinational corporation management, and expatriate management. Dr Fan conducted research on Australia-China sister cities in 2019 and produced the report Australia-China Sister Cities: Seizing Opportunities Together.

Brendan Smyth is the inaugural Australian Capital Territory’s (ACT) Commissioner for International Engagement for the ACT Government, taking the position on 1 August 2016 During his 18 year service to the ACT, Mr Smyth has held various portfolios. From 1998-2001 he held Ministerial portfolios for Business, Planning, Urban Services, Tourism, Arts, Environment, Industrial Relations and Police and Emergency Services. Mr Smyth was also elected as the Deputy Chief Minister form 2000- 2001.

Tim Short is the Deputy General Manager and Director Community Life for the City of Hobart. He has a unique understanding of how the City operates, developed over 20 years of experience in local government, with focus in the areas of economic, community and cultural development, international relations, tourism, strategic planning, events and activations, including the iconic Taste of Tasmania and Salamanca Market. He has an evident passion for his home city and the local community. He is a current Board Member of Destination Southern Tasmania, represents the City of Hobart as a member of the Hobart Airport Planning Coordination Forum, and is a former Director of the Australian Cruise Association, and a former Director and President of the Rotary Club of Hobart. He has qualifications in Law and Economics from the University of Tasmania