Dr Ben Lyons
Dr Ben Lyons is a consulting expert to Food Leaders Australia (FLA), an agricultural focused initiative of TSBE.
With almost two decades spent working in China across a range of industries including agri-business, education and research, Ben returned to Australia in 2015 to drive industry and innovation. Fluent in written and spoken Mandarin, Ben has an extensive network of contacts across Asia that he has used to secure partnerships and opportunity. This was built across almost five years as Deputy Chairman of AustCham (Australian Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai).
FLA is committed to supporting the future sustainability of the region and works for its members to link them with emerging markets, build export capability, identify and incorporate innovation to increase profitability and competitiveness. Ben meets with members and works to accelerate their success through targeted/tailored development plans, information seminars, conferences, delegations and networking. Ben holds a PhD in Economics.
As Food Leaders Australia grows to meet the export need and opportunity for producers in the Darling Downs, TSBE has taken the strategic direction to add a FLA China office in Shanghai. Wen Liu joined TSBE and FLA to support producers and exporters bridge the cultural and country divide with China. With the success of AccessChina, Wen is fielding a five-fold increase in requests for assistance from members looking to access the Asian market.
Before taking on her role with FLA, Wen worked for three years with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in Canberra, Australia as a professional Mandarin tutor for Australian diplomats. During this time Wen built a strong familiarity and engagement with the bilateral Australia-China education, economic and trade subject matter. Returning to China in 2012, Wen trained diplomats at the Australian Embassy, Beijing before moving to Shanghai to work for AustCham Shanghai (Australian Chamber of Commerce). Wen is an instrumental and on-the-ground mediator for FLA trade relations in Shanghai.
Enquiries for Wen can be directed to FLA: email@example.com