Experience the way business is done in China – firsthand.


*The following team of experts participated in the previous boot camp, some of them may be replaced by other experts relevant to the Australian market.

Zvi Shalgo
China-based entrepreneur and investor since 1996
Zvi served as General Manager of two Israeli companies in China before establishing his own business group. Among his initiatives in China are PTL Group, CI3 Incubator, Synergy China Fund and more.
Arie Schreier
GM China, PTL Group
Arie has over 18 years of management experience with companies and diplomatic missions throughout Asia, Australia and South America. He has spent the last 14 years in China, providing management support for international companies operating in the Chinese market. Arie has a vast experience in managing projects and local teams over a wide range of disciplines - logistics, administration, HR, recruiting, finance, and manufacturing operations in China.
Karen Surmon
Karen Surmon
Trade Commissioner, Australian Trade and Investment Commission
Karen first came to China as a student in 1996, and has spent more than 10 years living and working in Shanghai and Beijing. She is currently leading Austrade China's Innovation team, assisting to identify R&D commercialisation and technology export opportunities for Australia, and connecting with the entrepreneurship and investor ecosystem to bring Australian startups to China through the new Landing Pad initiative.
Daniel Zhan
Australian Startup Landing Pad Manager (China)
Daniel is a dedicated innovation/startup servicing practitioner. He had created Shanda Games’ internal innovation platform for facilitating staff to put creativity into actions; later he had his own startup focusing on online game localisation. Before joining Austrade, he took charge of China Unicom’s Centre for International Entrepreneurship promoting cross-border startups with telco allies including Telefonica, SK Telecom, and GSMA. Daniel holds MBA degree from BI Norwegian Business School and Fudan University Joint Program.
Dane Richmont 
Trade Commissioner and Commercial Consul, Australian Consulate-General 
Dane joined Austrade from the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism. He worked in the Tourism Division of Austrade prior to taking a posting in Shanghai. Previously he worked for the Department of Finance and Deregulation and prior to that he worked for Australian water tech start up in Shanghai. He holds a bachelors in Asian Studies from the Australian National University and a Masters in Strategic and Defence Studies from the ANU. 
Owen Cox
Foreign Counsel, Global Law Office

Owen is an Australian lawyer who has been based in Shanghai since 2001. He has advised and assisted many foreign investors in China with a broad range matters, including assisting with competition law, labour law issues, IP licensing and enforcement, and distribution arrangements.

Susan Heffernan
Creative Director / CEO, Soozar
Susan, a Melbournian first came to China in 1991. Her self funded start up began in 2004 and continues to expand and support it’s own organic growth. While Soozar’s manufacturing base is in China, it’s products are installed in fashion houses, department stores, hotels and exhibitions globally.  

Susan is also a Board Member of the Shanghai Australian Chamber of Commerce.
TT Chen
Operating Partner & Executive Coach, Taplow Group China
With over 30 years of experience in multinational companies, and after completing 9 interim GM/CEO roles in the past 11 years, T.T. is the chair of Manufacturers' Business Council under AmCham Shanghai since 2009. He is currently helping private equity firms and western firms in China in roles such as interim GM/CEO, executive coach, board member or problem solver.
Zach Lichtblau
Zach Lichtblau advises companies in their legal operations in Greater China since 2005. He focuses primarily on corporate and business law in an international context. His language skills and understanding of the Chinese legal system and the history and Chinese culture are valuable assets.
Anita Cabell
Gazelles Business Coach
Anita works with leaders and business owners to redesign their industry by implementing a range of growth tools based on the Gazelles ‘Scaling Up’ method. She has sat on both sides of the leadership fence; as a serial entrepreneur and also having spent seven years setting up and co-leading an MNC staffing firm in China. 

Simon de Raadt
GM China, Mains International
Heading the China operations of Mains, Simon is an expert on cross-border logistics from and to China, with a built up knowledge and foothold in the cross-border E-commerce market. He is also a Co Founder at DigiDutch, a platform helping Western brands to sell online in China.
Steve Mushero
CEO & CTO, ChinaNetCloud
A serial entrepreneur and global technologist, with over 20 years of technology management experience. Founded ChinaNetCloud, China’s Leading Internet server management company. Previously served as a CTO of Tudou (China), Intermind, New Vine Logistics, and Advanced Management Systems.
Wei Zhou
Founder & CEO, XNode
Wei is the founder and CEO of XNode, which is founded to become the center of innovation in China. Their vision is to source, filter, identify, mentor, and accelerate high-caliber startup ventures who have the passion and ability to create scalable businesses that will disrupt the traditional sectors. Wei has background in private equity fund and is a series start-up founder in hospitality and funds sectors. Wei had been sitting on board of EO(Entrepreneur Organization) Shanghai Chapter from 2011-2015 and has extensive connections with China’s Entrepreneur community.
Cyril Drouin
Chief eCommerce Officer Greater China, Saatchi & Saatchi
Living and working in China since 1998, Cyril is helping international brands and retailers to optimize or create their digital & eCommerce presence in China. He is also a regular well-respected speaker and trainer at various digital and eCommerce conferences and MBA programs, and holds a Master degree in IT & Mathematics.

Additional contributors in panels and training sessions:

Leading Edge logo Anita Cabell
Amy Saunders
 Soozar Susan Heffernan


China Boot Camp is organized and hosted by PTL Group in its headquarters in Shanghai. January 29 - February 2, 2018 China Boot Camp is in collaboration with Austrade and Star Jasmine Pty Ltd. in Australia. Star Jasmine Pty Ltd. is the Australian agent of PTL Group.

PTL Group provides management and operational support for international companies in China, utilizing extensive local experience to manage and control diverse business operations in the most efficient and effective way. The China Boot Camp is our way of investing in the next generation of start-ups and new comers to China, and guiding them toward success. |