Jason Yat-sen Li

A passionate Australian.


Jason has an Arts/Law degree from the University of Sydney and a Masters of Law from New York University Law School, where he was Australia’s Hauser Global Fellow for 2000.

From 1996 to 1998, Jason worked for the United Nations in the Netherlands and in 1998, returned to Australia to lead a number of political campaigns including the campaign for Australia to become a Republic during the 1999 Republic Referendum.

Current work

Jason is currently a Director of the George Institute for Global Health and a Governing Member of the Smith Family. Jason was immediate past Vice Chair of the Australia-China Chamber of Commerce in Beijing and formerly Youth Chair of the NSW Ethnic Communities Council, as well as cultural spokesperson for NSW Tourism during the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. He was also a Director of the Sydney Institute, the National Centre for Volunteering and the New South Wales Government’s Sydney Metropolitan Strategy Group.

Jason is a partner and founder of the Yatsen Group, a commercial group headquartered in Beijing with interests in mining & resources, technology and financial services businesses in Asia.

Jason was awarded the 2002 Eisenhower Fellowship with which he travelled to the USA to study the intersection of corporate, political and community interests. In 2008, he was part of the Australian Prime Minister’s 2020 Summit on the future of Australia and in 2009, he was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Previous experience

Jason speaks fluent Mandarin, Cantonese, German and Dutch. He started his career as an M&A lawyer in Australia. After founding and selling a start-up focused on professional services in 2002, he joined Insurance Australia Group to lead the company’s activities in sustainability and climate change resulting in IAG being awarded the Sustainable Company of the Year Award by Ethical Investor Magazine in 2004. In 2004, he was appointed IAG’s Head of China Strategy and moved to China as Head of Sales & Marketing for IAG’s China operations in 2005. His work on road safety in China won the China PR Association Silver Medal for Best Campaign and the Economic Observer Award for Most Creative Campaign in 2005.


Talking Points
Managing Across Cultures and Driving Transformational Cultural Change
One Billion Customers? The Myths and Truths of Doing Business in China.
Social responsibility - The New Field of Competitive Advantage For Corporations
Australia's Edge in a Global Economy - The Power Of Diversity and Multiculturalism
Australia's Place in Asia
Australia's Role in International Relations
The Promise of the Next Generation of Australia's Young People