Suhit works at the intersection of entrepreneurship, design and social sciences with a focus on social change. His focus is to solve adaptive social challenges and is a consultant and facilitator for innovation, business models and strategy.
We caught up with him to ask his thoughts on CAMP and China-Australia engagement.
Can you remember the first time you experienced the potential of the China/Australia relationship?
Having lived in India for a long time before moving to Australia I have always had the awe and respect for the tremendous growth that China has achieved in the past decades and the potential for Australia to support that even further. The best way to solve poverty is to engage in trade and I saw that for Australia more than a decade back.
What do you think the biggest thing is that Australians can learn from their Chinese peers and vice versa?
Australians can learn the long term approach, diligence to things, focus on community and family. Chinese can learn from Australians some of the laid back approach to things, good humour, focus on social aspects of a person’s life and not just economic.
What advice would you give to someone emerging in their career and wanting to engage with the opportunities of the China-Australia relationship?
Learn the language. That’s what I am doing with the child. Language is the gateway to understanding culture and the nuances of what it means to be a individual from a particular country.
And engage with the Chinese in Australia if you are an Australian and Australians in China if you are in China. Be part of the festivals, the celebrations, business chambers, working on projects related to both the countries.
What tips would you give someone who is just starting out in business or as an entrepreneur?
Focus on other people. Focus on what you can do for them. How you can make their life better? That is the crux of it.
Why are you excited about CAMP? What does CAMP mean to you?
The key reason for my engagement with CAMP is the vision of connecting young people from two different countries and developing their capability to work as leaders, teams and innovative people.
That is quite fantastic. CAMP is a way of the future to develop relationships with two countries. I can see the potential of this kind of engagement for example of India-Australia or China-India-Australia.