ACELS: The Hybrid Project Team Connecting Emerging Australia-China Leaders

For many summit organisers, 2020 and 2021 have been all a bit too hard – and understandably so. Yet, the ACELS 13 Project Team not only embraced the challenges of our time: they constructed and defined a new way of organising and engaging emerging Australia-China leaders and their mentors.

Join Asia Options China as we sit down with Yunrui Deng – ACELS 13 Chengdu Logistics Director and former ACYA Chengdu Chapter President – and Angus Heida – ACELS 13 Adelaide Project Manager – to find out all the behind-the-scenes details of what it took to pull off ACELS 13 and how you can join the ACELS 14 Project Team.

Amid fresh coronavirus outbreaks, snap lockdowns and increased uncertainty among young Australians and Chinese, The 13th Australia-China Emerging Leader’s Summit went ahead between July 15 and 18, 2021. But ACELS this year, and for the foreseeable future, looks a tad different from what we’re used to – and in the way we need it to.

Yunrui Deng, ACELS 13 Chengdu Logistics Director and former ACYA Chengdu President (Supplied: Yunrui Deng)

ACELS, has for the past several years, been a biannual event, with Chinese and Australian cities taking turns to host. Alas, COVID-19 disrupted this iconic feature of the summit, prompting the ACELS 13 project team to, for the first time ever in its history, hold the event across two cities – Adelaide and Chengdu.

Angus Heida, ACELS 13 Adelaide Project Manager (Supplied: Angus Heida)

Applications for the ACELS 14 Project Team have now closed. Be sure to follow ACYA for future project team and delegate opportunities!

Asia Options China Podcast is powered by the Asia Options platform. This episode was produced by Zach Eggleston and Darcy Moore, with music by Lars “LUORENZEN” Lorenzen. Views presented in this podcast are the speakers’ own.

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Darcy Moore

After more than five years in China, Darcy has returned to Melbourne, Australia. His time in Sichuan Province, Beijing and Guangzhou have left him with a single pressing question: How in the blazes do we sustain our engagement with China? In exploring this question, Darcy seeks to introduce fellow Australians to the practicalities, challenges and little triumphs which make engaging with China entirely worthwhile.