Tom Parker is an intercultural specialist with a focus on business engagement and effective collaboration between Australia and the countries of Asia. Tom incorporates a life-long passion for Asia into his professional life, began studying Chinese (Mandarin) at the age of 12 and is fluent in the language. Tom’s long-term engagement with the region has resulted in an impressive regional network and the ability to enable business outcomes.
Recently, Tom has supported Australian businesses develop their Chinese client relationship management strategy and provided workforce development consultancy and professional development programs to build staff capability. He has also negotiated successfully to deliver a significant Chinese sponsorship deal for an Australian business, a complex process over two years. He has provided advisory support for business leaders relocating to China in highly strategic and business-critical roles to maximise their effectiveness.
Tom is an accomplished speaker and facilitator and has delivered presentations for the Australian Business Forum, CPA Congress, the Australia-Asia Education Management Symposium. Clients Tom has worked with include: AMP Capital, Austrade, the Australian Football League, Brookfield Multiplex, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, Electrolux, First Data, GHD, Intrepid, Lonely Planet, Morgan Stanley, and the Melbourne Football Club. Tom has held roles in The Asialink Centre (Melbourne), Austrade (Beijing), and as writer and reporter for the ABC in both China and Australia for Radio National’s Asia Pacific Program. Tom has managed programs and facilitated business and government partnerships in China for the City of Melbourne including the development of the China In-Country Professional Development Program.
Tom has completed a Graduate Diploma of International Business Studies (in Mandarin) at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, a Graduate Diploma in Education and Bachelor of Arts (Asian Studies) with Honours from Melbourne University and the Australian National University. Tom has also studied in the Advanced Chinese Language Program at the East China Normal University in Shanghai. Tom is currently an Honorary Associate at the China Research Centre at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and a Board member on the Australia-China Business Council (Victoria).