The Chinese market is an obvious source of inspiration, talent and opportunity for Australian businesses. But tackling such a complex market needs considerable context, insight and cultural understanding. Angela Ferguson, Group Managing Director of Thoughtworks Asia Pacific and Hu Kai, Managing Director of Thoughtworks China, share stories and learnings around the level of upfront preparation, commitment and assessment needed to ensure the best chance of success in the Chinese market.
Rise of China
Group MD digital transformation | DIRECTOR GLOBAL Strategic investmentS
I currently serve Thoughtworks in two roles.
Our digital transformation team ensures we can engage with business executives who want to build the capabilities needed to become a modern digital business, from anywhere across our global business. As Group MD I am accountable for the integration of our digital transformation capability across our global business and partner with our country and client leadership teams to do so.
In my role leading global strategic investment, I focus on driving alignment and execution of strategic, game-changing initiatives across our global business. Additional responsibilities include executive sponsorship of a number of key clients, and accountabilities related to membership of Thoughtworks global executive team.
I joined Thoughtworks in 2006, initially as a Project and Programme Manager. I subsequently joined the Australian management team as Head of Delivery, before a shift to a similar role for the India management team. On my return from India I took on the role of Managing Director for Australia, before taking on the Group MD role for the Asia Pacific region.
Before joining Thoughtworks, I spent several years leading large and complex projects and programmes, in Australia, the UK and The Netherlands.
Managing Director - China, Thoughtworks
Hu Kai is the Managing Director of Thoughtworks China and co-author of ‘Software Development Practices’. Hu Kai consults with leading global organisations on continuous improvement using agile practices and principles. He is an experienced account manager, helping offshore clients set up large delivery centres and businesses in China from the ground up.