5 November 2013 — GHD, one of the world’s leading engineering, architecture and environmental consulting firms, has appointed Dr Michael Ma as market leader, China. Michael has over 20 years’ experience across a diverse range of areas including architecture design, engineering construction, foreign investment and risk management.
China’s economic expansion is creating exceptional growth opportunities for international professional organisations such as GHD. As the market leader, Dr Ma will be responsible for developing and coordinating GHD’s service offerings to Chinese businesses around the world.
Dr Ma was most recently regional director-North Asia with Aon Australia, providing tailored risk solutions for Chinese outbound investment, especially in agriculture, mining, energy and infrastructure sectors. Before joining Aon, he worked with Austrade as senior investment director in China. He is also an adjunct lecturer at Tsinghua University in China, teaching international marketing to MBA students and risk management in executive training programs.
“As Chinese businesses grow their footprint globally, they face many challenges such as language barriers, cultural differences and regulatory issues,” Dr Ma said. “Building on my previous risk management experience, I’m very excited to work collaboratively with GHD multidisciplinary team in providing a broad range of services to our Chinese clients.
GHD’s operations outside of Australia have been growing rapidly.
“As China continues to urbanise and environmental standards improve, we see further opportunities to grow our service offerings in the water, environment, and property and buildings sectors,” said Dr Jin Zhang Zou, general manager, China at GHD.
Commenting on Dr Michael Ma’s appointment, Dr Jin Zhang Zou said: “In addition to our work in China itself, GHD is assisting Chinese businesses achieve their diversification and growth strategies as they expand internationally, particularly in Australia. In his new role, Michael will focus on assisting Chinese businesses create commercial partnerships and facilitate development prospects both in China and around the world.”