Get connected with other UQ Business, Economics and Law Alumni living in Shanghai. There is a vibrant community of UQ alumni living in Shanghai, including a team of dedicated volunteer ambassadors who are eager to build the community and remain connected to UQ.  There are opportunities to connect with fellow alumni at events and through social media platforms, providing key industry contacts, mentors and employment opportunities from the wider business community.

Owen Cox

Owen Cox Chair, Shanghai Ambassador Council
Foreign Counsel, Global Law Office

UQ qualifications
Bachelor of Commerce 1990, Bachelor of Laws 1994

Owen is currently Foreign Counsel at Global Law Office, a role he has held since 2017. He was previously a Senior Associate at Herbert Smith Freehills, an Associate at Simmons & Simmons, and Senior Lecturer at Pacific Adventist University in Papua New Guinea.

His areas of specialty include inbound China investment and knowledge management.

Owen holds a Master of Laws from UCL, a Graduate Diploma of Adult Education from Griffith University, and a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws both from The University of Queensland. From his time studying at UQ, he fondly remembers the great UQ environment and recreational facilities.

Owen’s advice to new graduates is “Take advantage of opportunities that you find interesting; you never know where you'll end up working (and living).”

Outside of work, Owen enjoys travel and photography.

Tony Guan

Deputy Chair, Shanghai Ambassador Council
Senior Investment Director, Tianjin Tianhai Investment

UQ qualifications
Bachelor of Commerce 2007

After graduating from UQ, Tony completed an MBA and got experience working in different financial sectors. He now works in cross-border mergers and acquisitions for a company listed in China. His areas of specialty include cross-border mergers and acquisitions, financial modelling, business consulting and stakeholder relationships.

Tony’s career highlight is investing in and setting up one of the biggest dairy projects in North East China and eventually listing it on the Chinese National Equities Exchange and Quotations (NEEQ). Other highlights include investing in and setting up the Ke Hong Eye Surgery Hospital in Central China and consulting a Chinese state-owned enterprise as it expanded into Australia and New Zealand.

Tony’s advice to new graduates is to ‘never give up, work harder and enjoy every single day’. He fondly remembers the CityCat from his time at UQ and how it would take students everywhere along the river.

His hobbies include golf, swimming and travelling.

Vanessa Gu

Vanessa GuHSBC Portfolio Sales, HSBC

UQ qualifications
Master of Commerce 2007

Vanessa is currently the Assistant Vice President Portfolio Sales, HSBC Payment and Cash Management at HSBC China.

Vanessa graduated from The University of Queensland in 2007 with a Masters of Commerce. She fondly remembers relaxing on the grass of the Great Court between lectures and studying, socialising and sharing views of work, life and personal values with her classmates. Many hours were also spent in the library preparing for exams.

Some of Vanessa’s interests include travelling and reading, which has enriched her life and broadened her view of the world. She also enjoys jogging and recently took up golf to improve her work-life balance and expand her social network.

Emerson Guan

Business Analyst, Ping An Insurance Group

UQ qualifications
Master of Commerce 2015

Emerson is currently a Business Analyst at Ping An Insurance Group. His role includes data analysis for sales, financial and marketing indicators; business strategy analysis; and acting as a business strategy supervisor for branches. He was proud to be recognised as an outstanding employee for the last two years.
Emerson’s areas of specialty include data and strategy analysis, and specialised knowledge of the insurance industry.
His advice to new graduates is to take advantage of internship opportunities, and to expand their professional and social networks.
In his free time, Emerson enjoys jogging and travelling.

Hazel Wang

Senior Consulting Manager, Unic Data Co., Ltd

UQ qualifications
Master of Business 2011

Hazel has more than ten years’ experience in marketing and account management in the automobile industry. She is currently a Senior Consulting Manager at Unic Data Co., Ltd.

Her areas of specialty include marketing, specifically digital and social media marketing, and event organisation including venue management and event branding.

A career highlight for Hazel was receiving a staff excellence award from Fujian Daimler in 2009.

While at UQ, her favourite professor was Raymond Zammuto (Principles of Strategic Management). Hazel's advice to new graduates is to be optimistic and persistent.

Outside of work, she enjoys creating flower arrangements and Chinese calligraphy.