SURGE Art Board of Advisors

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Phillip Qu

With a degree in law from Peking University, Philip Qu is recognised as one of China’s top lawyers for his work in the technology, media & telecoms sector. His extensive work with key clients such as; Amazon, Youku.com, China mobile, and many more, has given Philip vital experience in his field. Philip has been continuously voted as one of the Leading Lawyers in Asia by AsiaLaw, from 2003-2014. In addition since 2010 Philip has been ranked as a “Band One” leading individual in the TMT sector. He is a founding partner of TransAsia lawyers, where he is head of TMT practices. TranAsia has been named Law firm of the Year in the Chinese TMT sector by Chambers & Partners.

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Justin Murray

Born in Thailand, grew up in Hong Kong and then educated in the UK, studied Chinese at Edinburgh University before joining the Swire Group in 1995. Held a number of senior management roles in the Aviation, Automobile and Real Estate divisions of the Group in a range of locations including Korea, Hong Kong, mainland China, The Netherlands and Taiwan. In 2013 joined French fashion brand, Jitrois to head up their expansion into China. Justin is an active cyclist and holds a current private pilot’s license.

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Dr. Geoff Raby

Dr Geoff Raby was the Australian Ambassador to 2006-2011. Following his completion of his Ambassadorial term, he decided to leave the government and continue to make contribution to the friendly cooperation and exchanges between Australian and China in his new capacities. He took up several independent directorship positions on the boards of several ASX-listed businesses, including world’s 4th largest iron ore supplier Fortescue Metal Group (FMG), gold and copper miner OceanaGold and coal mining group Yancoal Australia, wholly owned by Yankuang Group from China’s Shandong province. Dr Raby is the Chairman of another ASX listed IT solution business, Smartrans, a leading provider of Australia’s control system for road traffic and newspaper/publication delivery.

Dr Raby is also Co-Chair of leading law firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth’s China practice and a Vice Chairman of Australia’ largest investment bank and fund manager, Macquarie Group (Greater China). At the same time, Dr Raby is the Chairman/CEO of his own advisory firm, Geoff Raby & Associates.

Additionally, Dr Raby is a member of the Advance Global Advisory Board. In recognition of his contributions to advancing the relations between Australia and China, Dr Raby is honoured with the title of Friendship Ambassador to Shandong Province and has been made an honorary citizen of Chengdu City.

Dr Raby was a Deputy Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) from November 2002 to November 2006. He has held a number of senior positions in DFAT, including First Assistant Secretary, International Organisations and Legal Division (2001-2002), Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organisation, Geneva (1998-2001) and First Assistant Secretary, Trade Negotiations Division (1995-1998). He was Australia’s APEC Ambassador from November 2002 to December 2004

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Dirk Eschenbacher

Originally from Germany, after spending over a decade in China, Dirk now calls Asia his home. Dirk is a researcher of design and creativity at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing and is a founding partner of ZANADU. Previously working as the Executive Creative Director of DDB, the Regional Creative director of Ogilvy and Mather, among many others, Dirk’s ground-breaking work has inspired many in the creative industry.

His award winning work for clients including; phillips,Volkswagen, Audi, Adidas, and DHL, just to name a few has given Dirk a reputation within the creative industry and have honoured him with a wide variety of awards, such as the first D&AD Yellow Pencil and Cannes Cyber Lion. In his free time, Dirk enjoys riding his motorbike through rural Beijing and hopes to one day travel to the Himalayas via his bike.

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Anthony Ross

A career hotelier, Anthony Ross grew up in Melbourne Australia and has spent the past twenty years managing hotels around the world, mostly in Asia in countries like Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and China. Currently residing in Hong Kong, he spent the past seven years in Beijing with the Swire group conceptualising and then operating The Opposite House and East, hotels known for their contemporary art programs and support for art in all its forms. Prior to joining Swire Anthony and a business partner developed a luxury lodge in Queenstown New Zealand, named Azur which he still part owns and loves to visit.

Anthony is currently Executive Vice President of a US based hotel company and graduated with a Bachelor of Business from Victoria University in Melbourne.

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Amit Purohit

Amit Purohit is a leader in the field of E-Commerce and online retail with over 20 years of experience working at Fortune 500 companies across the world. He has been with Amazon.com since December 2008 in various leadership roles. Prior to joining Amazon.com, he was in an E-Commerce leadership role at Office Depot, Inc. for 8 years, where he oversaw 40 high volume E-Commerce sites across the globe for the world’s second largest Office Supplies retailer. Amit moved to Beijing, China to lead the Amazon China’s online Payments business in May 2012. He’s currently serving as the Head of Delivery Experience and Loyalty for Amazon China overseeing customer delivery and loyalty programs.

Amit holds degrees in Economics from Osmania University and Computer Engineering from Department of Electronics of India. He has traveled and worked across North America, Europe and Asia.


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