June 12, 2016

Wesa Chau has been a leader for two decades and had led work teams, national conversations, community groups and social movements. She is currently CEO of Cultural Intelligence, a consulting company specialised in raising the understanding of the power of cultural diversity through research, training and consulting.

Her career started leading international students and has since held senior managerial and governance positions, including the appointment on the Ministerial Council for Womens’ Equality and National Foundation of Australia China Relations. In research, she explores topics ranging from cultural diversity, business, diaspora, philanthropy, diplomacy and politics. She worked on a number of ground-breaking research relating to Asian-Australians, “Asian-Australian Diaspora in Philanthropy”, “Asian-Australian Leadership in Australia” and “International Cultural Engagements among Australians of Pacific Islands and Asian Descent”.

Wesa was a fellow of the inaugural Scanlon-Swinburne Intercultural Fellowship, travelled to India and Malaysia visiting academics and government officials to better understand cultural diversity in India and Malaysia, and how the learning can be applied in Australia. In 2017, Wesa was invited to be a delegate on the Australia-China High Level Dialogue alongside senior political leaders such as Hon Julie Bishop, the former Foreign Minister and Senator the Hon Penny Wong, Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, Australian senior business leaders and diplomats. In addition to that she was a delegate of the Australia-China Youth Dialogue and Australia-India Youth Dialogue in earlier years.

Her tertiary education encompasses Engineering, Marketing, Law, Management and Governance. She is a current PhD candidate researching the topic of political skills.


Wesa has received a number of awards in recognition of her professional and voluntary work.

  • Australian International Education Award (Internationalisation) 2016
  • Tertiary Scholarship Fund – Social Services Award 2016
  • Serendib Award – Multicultural Personality 2016
  • Finalist Agenda Setter of the year – Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards 2016
  • Australian Leadership Award 2013
  • Inductee to Victorian Honour Roll of Women 2012
  • Rising Star Award for Young Alumni (University of Melbourne) 2012
  • Young Victorian of the Year 2010
  • Finalist Premier’s Community Volunteering Leadership Award (Metropolitan) 2010
  • Award for Excellence in Multicultural Affairs 2006
  • Melbourne Award (Youth) 2005