membership base draws from a diverse range of industries, including Finance,
Law, Marketing, Media and NGOs.
AustCham Young Executives (AYE) is chaired by Alex Oxford, Business Development Manager at LexisNexis. Alex has been in Hong Kong for the last three years and is also a committee member of the Hong Kong Dragons AFL club.
Vice-Chair: Paul Kam
Vice President, HSBC
The AYE is focused on delivering professional development and networking opportunities for young professionals. We have achieved this through delivering targeted, best-in-class events and programs that act as a catalyst to a young professional’s career development.
The AYE spearheaded the establishment of the AustCham ANZ Mentor Program, now running in its third year. The program has been not only been successful in attracting new members for the AYE, but also assisted in cementing AustCham’s reputation as a leader amongst business chambers for mentoring and professional development. Furthermore, AYE also established the long-running CEO Series with great support of Herbert Smith Freehills. Past speakers including CEO Asia of Macquarie Bank, a partner of Herbert Smith Freehills and CEO Asia of Flight Centre sharing their views and experiences with our members. These themed talks – on topics such as negotiation and succeeding in Asia – provide our members with the opportunity to interact with and learn from successful leaders, and incorporate what they have learned into their professional lives.
Finally, the committee also hosts a Mix at Six once a year which has a reputation of combining effective networking with having a good time!
Engagement and Mission
The AYE connects with the community primarily via the events that it runs. Many young professionals – often non-chamber members – are drawn to the relevance of the topics, the caliber of speakers and the networking aspect of the events. Events are run in collaboration with various corporates, businesses and independent professionals, each providing their unique strengths and contribution with the goal of mutual benefit. The AYE also has connections with its counterparts at the various chambers, and often run joint events to deepen collaboration and foster broader networks.
The AYE is currently focused on three core aspects. We look to continue the momentum we have built with the CEO Series by continuing to draw high calibre speakers with topics that are front of mind for young professionals. On the development front, we are in the process of developing a professional development series, focused on equipping young professionals with practical skills to use in their careers. Finally, the Committee is also designing a Corporate Social Responsibility program that incorporates aspects of community outreach and philanthropy.