Australia

Aaron Pedersen

Host

Aaron Pedersen originally studied journalism before transitioning his career to his acting passion. His television credits include Jack Irish: Black Tide, Jack Irish: Bad Debts, City Homicide, East West 101, The Secret Life of Us, Water Rats, MDA, Grass Roots, BlackJack: Dead Memory and The Circuit, where he became one of the country’s first Aboriginal leads on television. Pedersen has appeared in the feature films Bad Karma (2012) and Darklovestory (2006) for which he won a Melbourne Underground Film Festival Award for Best Actor, Queen of Hearts (2004), Saturday Night (2000) and Dead Heart (1996). He has also directed his own short documentary, My Brother Vinnie (2006), for which he received the Best Short Documentary award at the Melbourne International Film Festival.

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People's Republic of China

Lei Chen

2014 Host

Chen Lei is an influential Chinese journalist. She is the leading presenter of China’s International Channel Shanghai (ICS). She serves as the News Anchor of Prime News and the presenter of Talk to Lei, a 30-minute talk show in which Lei interviews well-known Chinese and international guests. Chen Lei is also the presenter of My Dream, a bilingual charity program co-created by ICS and Shanghai Red Cross.

Lei began her career as an anchor and journalist for On the TownHell! Shanghai, Entertainment Now On the Road for STVAround China for CCTV, and Shanghai Bund. She has also been the bilingual presenter for many international events and live shows including the Shanghai International Arts Festival, Shanghai International Film Festival, Shanghai International Tourism Festival, APEC, L’OREAL-LYRCA Media in Style Awards Ceremony and Shanghai Creative Industry Week. Chen Leihas conducted many exclusive interviews with her most notable to date including Giorgio Armani, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Placido Domingo, ABBA, Claudia Schiffer, Victoria Beckham, Vivenne Westwood, Zhang Yimou, Peter Buffett and Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.

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