Prior to joining Alibaba Group, James was the Chief Executive Officer of the Australia China Business Council’s NSW Branch supporting member companies in their trade, investment and business engagement with China. Prior to joining ACBC, James was the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) as the China and East Asia Adviser providing guidance to the organisation on its strategic science partnerships, and commercialisation and licensing activities with the Asian region.

James studied Chinese and economics at the University of London and spent four years living, studying Chinese and working in Beijing. James has been appointed to a number of Advisory Board and Ambassador roles for various organisations including the Asia Education Foundation, the China Australia Millennial Project, AsiaRecon, Asian Football Cup and Austrade’s Approved Destination Status Advisory Panel.

James is proficient in Mandarin and a strong advocate for deeper relations and building Asia capability in Australia.