2019 category winner

Philip Le Liu

After 5 years at professional service firm EY, Philip Le Liu took up the role of General Manager-China of Australia China Youth Association based in Beijing. During his time at ACYA, Philip secured new source of funding, expanded chapters in China, increased membership and mentored future executives.

Philip was a candidate in the 2016 federal election and achieved the 7th highest swing in the country among all candidates within his party. He also produced the best result for the party in the electorate of Melbourne in over 100+ years with the highest ever primary votes. During the election, he was applauded for taking a stance by going against the party’s internal advice and using the name he arrived as a migrant to encourage future candidates to embrace their heritage.

Philip was elected to the City of Melbourne Council in late 2016 as one of eleven Councilors. He formed and is the first to chair the newly created ‘International Engagement’ portfolio. Philip is one of five independent City of Melbourne Council’s Audit and Risk Committee Members that oversees the council’s $619 Million budget and sat on the board of Destination Melbourne.

As chair of International Engagement at City of Melbourne Council, Philip has focused on driving policies and initiatives with great success including advocating for international students, many of whom comes from Asia. When Philip first joined City of Melbourne Council, Melbourne’s global student ranking was 5th but Philip focused on a raft of initiatives to help students with their experience. With both internal and external support, Melbourne is now the 3rd best city in the world for students and the best in Australia.

Philip also helped implement the G-Step program where international students are linked with start-ups to provide career readiness and solving the resource shortage in the start-up ecosystem. The program was later used as a case study presented to Minister Coleman to advocate the removal of working restrictions on international student’s visas for start-ups.

Philip is regularly asked to speak on key issues in the media, especially around Australia and China. He has appeared at numerous events and panels as a subject matter expert (most recent at ACETIE 2019) and is a trusted adviser to many in the business and government sector. –

In 2018, Philip was selected to participate in the Cranlana Program 2018 Executive Colloquium for leadership and decision making. He was the only person in the class with an Asian background and the youngest.

Philip is an Alumnus of Monash University and was awarded membership to the Golden Key Society for high achieving students.


2019 CATEGORY winners

Dr Imran Omar Lum

Director, Islamic Finance, NAB

Astrid Haban-Beer

Barrister, Victorian Bar

Dr Meru Sheel

Westpac Research Fellow, ANU

Tim Fung

Co – Founder and Chief Executive officer, Airtasker

Eddie Woo

Mathematics Teacher, Author & Communicator

Khunapong Khunaraksa

Board Member at Gravity Water and Founder/CEO at Khunapong Consulting

Benjamin Law

Writer and broadcaster

Philip Le Liu

Councilor, City of Melbourne
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