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Media Release: Board Appointments

by Philipp Ivanov
13 March 2017

SYDNEY, 15 MARCH 2017 — Asia Society today announced the appointments of Stuart Fuller and Su-Ming Wong to the Board of Asia Society Australia.

Stuart Fuller is a partner at King & Wood Mallesons and was previously Global Managing Partner of the firm for five years, based in Hong Kong. He brings an extensive experience in the management of an integrated Western and Asian business on a global scale and unique insights on Australian business in Asia, global trade and investment.

Su-Ming Wong is one of the pioneers of private equity investment in Australia with over 35 years of direct investment, international corporate advisory and merchant banking experience in Australia and Asia. He has been chairman and director of over 20 portfolio companies, non-profit, government and education organisations.

Doug Ferguson, Chairman of Asia Society of Australia said: “Su-Ming Wong and Stuart Fuller bring unparalleled knowledge and experience of Asia and global business to the Asia Society's Australian Centre. Their leadership and expertise will further strengthen the Board of Asia Society Australia as we prepare to celebrate our 20th anniversary and continue our ambitious program of transformation and development."

The new appointments coincide with the celebration of the 20th anniversary of Asia Society Australia in 2017 and a continuing strategic renewal of Asia Society Australia as the nation’s most dynamic centre of policy, business and education dedicated to the Asia-Pacific region.

The Chairman also thanked outgoing board member - Scott Gardiner - for his distinguished service and leadership.

Media Enquiries:
Philipp Ivanov
CEO, Asia Society Australia
(02) 8199 9402


Stuart Fuller is a partner in the banking & finance team at King & Wood Mallesons where he specialises in capital markets, securitisation and global investment and trade policy.
Prior to his return to practice in 2017, Stuart was the Global Managing Partner of King & Wood Mallesons for five years, based in Hong Kong. In this leadership role he was responsible for the strategy, client and practice development and integration of the global firm.

He has significant experience in the management of a global business, gaining unique insights from leading and managing an integrated Western and Asian business on a global scale, including the successful functional and financial integration of the Hong Kong office of the global firm. His experience also brings a perspective on the role of Australian business in Asia and foreign investment and trade between Australia and Asia.

In 2014 Stuart was named by the Financial Times as one of Asia’s Top 10 Innovative Lawyers in its inaugural FT Asia Innovative Lawyer report in recognition of his bold vision and his role in driving a strategy which connects Asia-Pacific economies to each other and to the rest of the world.

He is a past Chairman of the Australian Securitisation Forum, a member of the Global Engagement Task Force of the Business Council of Australia, and a member of the Chairman’s Council of the Australia-China Relations Institute.

 

Su-Ming Wong is Chairman and CEO, CHAMP Ventures. Su-Ming is an investment professional with over 35 years’ of direct investment, international corporate advisory and merchant banking experience. He co-founded CHAMP Ventures in 2001. CHAMP Ventures is a leading Australian mid-market private equity funds manager with over $750 million funds under management.

He is currently a director of Macpac, Scentia and Lorna Jane. He has been chairman/director of over 20 other CHAMP Ventures portfolio companies. CHAMP Ventures’ investment thesis is to partner entrepreneurial Australasian companies to maximize their growth potential.

Su-Ming is passionate about strengthening the cooperation between Australia and Asia. In the past 35 years, he has developed meaningful business relationships with a wide group of Asian companies including sovereign investment companies, private equity funds managers and industrial conglomerates. These relationships are useful for co-investment programmes with CHAMP Ventures. The Group has successfully co-invested with Government of Singapore Investment Corporation, Prudential Asset Management Asia Ltd, Transpac Capital Ltd and JAFCO Ltd.

Mr Wong is a director of Sydney Writers’ Festival, Council Member of American Chamber of Commerce and VisAsia at the NSW Art Gallery. He was a member of the Council of University of Technology, Sydney (2010-2014). He was a founding director of National ICT Australia, a center of excellence in ICT research, a member of the Industry Research and Development Board and a director of Unisearch. He was also a council member of the Australian Venture Capital Association and a member of the South Australian Government’s Venture Capital Board.

He holds a Master of Engineering from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand and a Master of Business Administration from the Australian Graduate School of Management, UNSW.