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Trait Secret 特征秘密

Professor Kathryn North AM

Director of the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute


One of the most superior Australian minds, Professor Kathryn North is the director of Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and the David Danks Professor of Child Health Research at the University of Melbourne.  She is also Chair of Research Committee to the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia and a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for service to medicine in the field of neuromuscular and neurogenetics research.

“Now we can take blood or skin cells from you and recreate your kidneys in the laboratory. We’re starting to recreate cartilage cells as well.”

Trainedasapaediatric physician, neurologist and clinical geneticist,  Professor North is also an international leading expert in genomic medicine.

Brilliant and beautiful, Professor Kathryn North is devoid of amour propre, with no apparent air or condescendence. There is self-value and pride at the right doses as well as a healthy sense of humour and wit to complement her intellectual prowess. And then there is also that inimitable sense of style and sassiness in her dressing and impish choir-boy haircut. People love Kathryn North.    

In 1994 Professor North was awarded a doctorate for research in neurogenetics. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Harvard Genetics Program.

Interest in genetics developed from her training in neurology where her focus was on children with severe intellectual disabilities and muscular dystrophies. Most of these disorders have a genetic or inherited basis. “When I started practising medicine the human genome haven’t been sequenced. I could not give the parents an answer as to why their children aren’t developing normally. It’s literally those simple questions every parent deserves to know that really drives me,” she shares.

Her research in genetic diagnosis produced ground-breaking results. “By using the latest genomic technologies, we’ve increased the diagnostic rate by four times at a fifth of the cost. Genomic medicine is set revolutionising clinical care.  We are moving towards prevention and early intervention, instead of waiting for the problem to occur and then treat it, a method which is often costly and ineffective. In some cases, we can even prevent intellectual disability and start treatment before the brain gets damaged. That’s the dream.”

“Genomic medicine is set revolutionise clinical care. We are moving towards prevention and early intervention”

With genetics, there is always the proverbial argument of ‘playing god’. “Everything we do goes through ethics approval and family consent to make sure we are respecting the patient’s beliefs and wishes. Genomic testing is not so different. It’s just much better with a lot more sensitivity and accurate results,” she reveals.

Essentially this guru of genetics is passionate about child health. The Murdoch Children’s Research Institute is by far the best in Australia and one of the top five child health facilities in the world. “We are able to attract funding because of our excellence. We work very actively with peer-reviewed funding agencies and philanthropists where we commercialise and drive innovation within the industry to make our discoveries and inventions available.”

“I still have big plans for this place, I can tell you. With genomic medicine, we are working out some of the big problems in food allergies. We are rolling out life-saving vaccines in Asia and Africa. Stem cell medicine and therapy is our latest initiative. Now we can take blood or skin cells from you and recreate your kidneys in the laboratory. We’re starting to recreate cartilage cells as well,” she beams.

I’m immensely proud of it and it’s just wonderful to be able to do something like that. I look forward to coming to work every day.”   


此外,作为训练有素的儿科医生、神经病学家和临床遗传学家,Kathryn North教授也是国际基因组医学领先专家。

集才华与美丽于一身,Kathryn North教授却没有自傲自负气息,显得不卑不亢。表现适度的自我价值和自豪感,擅长以健康的幽默和机智点缀她的强大智慧。再加上独特的衣着风格和顽皮唱诗班男孩一般的发型,人们都爱她。








by Billie Ooi – Ng Lean Gaik

Life Giveth 生活赐予

David Chu
Partner of ShineWing Australia

The life of an accountant certainly seems far more enigmatic post-Ben Affleck’s portrayal of Christian Wolff in the movie ‘The Accountant’. For David Chu, life has always been an inspiring adventure, having lived, raised a beautiful family and managed a thriving business in two continents.

A dapper and disarming gentleman, Chu is affable and smart in appearance as well as intellectual capacity. He is comfortable in his impressive height, and strides well in an elegant suit that seems to be tailored just for him.

With a brilliant smile, he shared that he was raised in Hong Kong, graduated from the University of Hong Kong, with a degree in Economics and Accounting. He started looking beyond familiar shores, when it came to providing the most holistic education for his three children.

Having gone through a thorough search, the Chus focused on Australia with great interest. They found a cultural and well-balanced education system in Melbourne and soon set about to make it their home in the early 1990’s.

“I would say I came at the right time.  It was Paul Keating’s administration and he was keen for Australia to form closer business ties with Asia.” Hence a young David Chu started working for a mid-tier accounting firm, where he was primarily responsible for looking after Asian companies doing business in Australia and vice versa. After 15 years of trudging through rank and file, integration and learning about the businesses in a new country, David established ShineWing in Melbourne in 2008.

“ShineWing is the largest domestic accounting firm in China with a clear objective of becoming an internationally recognised provider of accounting, finance and advisory solutions. ShineWing has always been a leader in the globalisation of Chinese accounting firms.”

Branching out extensively, ShineWing established offices in Hong Kong in 2005, Singapore in 2006 and eventually in the able hands of David Chu, the Melbourne operation in 2008.

“I did not establish ShineWing’s presence in Australia at the best of times. It was during the 2007/2008 global financial crisis and everyone was sceptical about new business ventures. However, the level of trust and faith from ShineWing China was pivotal in my persistence with the business landscape here.”

“I strongly subscribe to the vision of our Chairman in China. Keep persisting. However long the journey, if you keep persisting, you will succeed.”

“It is also the vision of our Chairman for ShineWing to be a globally recognised, leading brand in the accounting profession, both within China and throughout the world. This can only be achieved from vision, persistence and excellence. Easy to quote excellence but difficult to attain. To us excellence is about the quality of our work, our people and our clients.”

Looks like ShineWing China is right about entrusting their brand to David Chu. Today the ShineWing entity ranks no. 20 in the world, based on revenue. They are also the first Chinese firm to achieve a world ranking position thus far.

Headquartered in Beijing, ShineWing has 22 offices in China. In 2014, the Australian office of ShineWing merged with Moore Stephens Melbourne to create a new brand in the market place; ShineWing Australia. Initially based out of Melbourne, the network continued its rapid expansion along the eastern seaboard of Australia and now offers clients access to over 30 Partners and 200 staff. With offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane and a wide-ranging clientele, ShineWing Australia continues to attract top senior talent and expand their geographical coverage to deliver extra value to their high-profile clients.

ShineWing’s expansion hasn’t been limited to Australia either. Over the last 12 months, the network has added offices in Pakistan, Egypt and India, as it assists clients capitalising on the opportunities associated with China’s “Belt and Road” initiative.

So what does David Chu the successful business man say about David Chu the family man? “There is no clear demarcation. I like to leave a grey area where business can interact with family. All my clients have become friends of my family and we get together with for dinner and social outings regularly.”

Unbelievable but this debonair individual is a grandfather of two. “My wife has done a great job in raising our daughter and two sons with love and care, while providing proper guidance all the time. Not an easy job and she does not get off at five or six o’clock like our business. Interestingly, all my children are now living and working in Hong Kong,” he smiles at the irony.

“We feel blessed. Transitioning here has been mostly easy and fun for us. In Melbourne, it’s all about footy, so I had to pick a team. Since I was based in Hawthorn earlier on, the choice was obvious and it turned out to be the right team for me after all. In Hong Kong we used to drink cognac but over here it is more about wine, so I attended wine classes to be able to swap stories,” he laughed good-heartedly.

“My wife and I try to do our bit for the community. She volunteers for the elderly while I get involved actively with the Fred Hollows Foundation, a non-profit organisation that provides cataract surgeries for people in Asia and Africa.” Fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin, David has also been a regular presenter on the Cantonese programme of SBS Radio on Australian economic affairs.

Having achieved all that, David has not forgotten about his Chinese heritage. “I aspire to be a role model for my children and intend to demonstrate a healthy balance in preserving our culture and successfully integrating with the Australian community and lifestyle.”












过去1年内,信永中和澳大利亚彰显了无限的发展潜能,分别在巴基斯坦,埃及和印度设立办事处,这是协助客户利用与中国相关的商务机会,即 “一带一路” 的策略。







The Law of Reality 真实法则

Lim Eu Ming

Thomson Geer Law Firm Property and Development Partner

When you think “commercial property lawyer”, someone in a suit, clean cut hair and sleek court shoes would play the stereotypical part. But Lim Eu Ming is not that stereotype, well, aside from the suit, he dons a grungy rock star look and long wavy locks.

Originally from Malaysia, Melbourne has been home to Lim for over 20 years together with his vast experience in practicing property and development law in this thriving city.

His primary focus is commercial property, with particular expertise and experience in a variety of property and property related matters. He is now a partner of Thomson Geer, a distinguished law firm specialising in areas of banking and finance, corporate advisory, constructions and projects, intellectual property and more. But in all honesty, it’s not Lim’s professional career that makes him impressionable, it’s his down to earth philosophy to life.

“I’m just a regular guy –  I don’t come from a rich family where my father handed me the business so I just had to be resilient and persistent. I have two boys and one of them is autistic, so that challenges what we can do as a family and what I can do as a father. Migrating to Melbourne to study was challenging, but when I returned to Malaysia and decided to come back here in the early 90’s, that’s when it was pretty difficult,” he said.

Originally from Penang, Lim grew up in Kuala Lumpur (KL). His choice to study in Australia in 1980 was one made by his parents due to the “lower” education fees in comparison to the UK, Lim’s first preference.

“Coming to Melbourne at that time was really alien to me as it was predominantly an Anglo society and I just thought the city was like the South Pole, until I got here. It was good because I studied law here for five years and it gave me a chance to assimilate well with the Australian culture.”

In 1985, he decided to move back to KL but after four years, returned to Melbourne for personal reasons. When his family moved here, he started his career by working in boutique law firms.

After almost three decades, he has assisted in over $800 million of commercial and development site acquisitions in Melbourne from 2012 to 2014 financial years. He also advised and assisted at all relevant levels of property development in Melbourne (especially 7 to 9 multi-storey development projects in the Melbourne CBD) from 2012 to 2014 financial years.

For Lim, it’s really his core values that kept him going and has him in check with reality.

“When we moved to Melbourne, it wasn’t a great time because of my son’s autism and Australia was slowly slipping into a recession. But because we struggled a bit, it helps us to appreciate what we have now and that hard work and sacrifice do pay off in the end,” he said.

当你对“商业房地产律师”还停留在西装笔挺、整齐短发和发亮鞋履既定外观印象时,Lim Eu Ming 将打破这一切刻板感觉:就外形而论,他完全是一名摇滚明星,一头桀骜不羁的波浪长发。


他的主要重点是商业房地产,具备专业知识和经验,为客户解决各式产业或相关事务。他加入合作伙伴Thomson Geer著名的律师事务所,专门从事银行金融业、企业,建筑和项目计划,包括知识产权等特定服务。但坦白说,让人钦佩的并非是他的专业工作精神,而是朴实的生活哲理。