Co-Patrons

Major General the Honourable Michael Jeffery, AC, AO(Mil), CVO, MC (Retd)

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His Excellency Major General the Honourable Michael Jeffery, AC, AO(Mil), CVO, MC (Retd) is a retired senior Australian Army officer who was the 24th Governor-General of Australia, serving from 2003 to 2008, and the 30th Governor of Western Australia, serving from 1993 to 2000.

From Perth, he graduated from the Royal Military College, Duntroon, and served in the Malayan Emergency and the Vietnam War, being awarded the Military Cross during the Vietnam War. Major-General Jeffery was at various stages commander of the Special Air Service Regiment and the 1st Division, and subsequently Deputy Chief of General Staff, before retiring from active service in 1993.

Having previously served in the equivalent viceregal role in Western Australia, Jeffery was appointed Governor-General of Australia in 2003, following the resignation of Peter Hollingworth. The first career Australian Army officer to hold the position, he was succeeded by The Honorable Dame Quentin Bryce.

Since leaving official Office Major-General Jeffery commenced two influential Australian Projects-Future Directions International and Soils4Life.

Dr. Chau Chak Wing

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Dr Chau Chak Wing is an Australian business leader and philanthropist, and a respected figure in the Australian-Chinese community.

Born in China’s Guangdong province, Dr Chau migrated to Australia in the 1980s with his family. For over 30 years, he has continued to grow his business and philanthropic endeavours in both countries, with extensive interests in property development, education, agriculture, hospitality, healthcare, media and consulting services.

Dr Chau has worked tirelessly to promote bilateral ties between Australia and China, and supports a number of initiatives to promote bilateral cultural exchange and global citizenship, particularly focusing on the next generation of leaders.

In addition to supporting cultural exchange, Dr Chau has also worked to foster cooperation in the fields of economy, trade and education. His efforts have been acknowledged and commended by the governments and people of the two countries.

In 2015, Dr Chau officially established the Imperial Springs International Forum to facilitate regional and global cooperation through citizen diplomacy. Since its foundation, Imperial Springs has hosted a number of world-class and high-level forums, including the Global Economic Forum, the Global Summit of SME Leaders, the Going to Latin America Forum, the China–Australia Economic Forum, and the Imperial Springs International Forums (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018).

Dr Chau is the Founder and Chairman of the Kingold Group, Chair of the Asia-Pacific Region of the World Leadership Alliance – Club de Madrid President’s Circle, Patron of Australia China Business Council NSW, Fellow of Australian War Memorial, Honorary Ambassador of Soldier On and Co-Chair of the Nizami Ganjavi International Center Global Circle.