Tom completed a Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies (Honours 1st Class) at UWA through Renmin and Peking University with the support of a Fogarty Scholarship, a Prime Minister's Australia-Asia Endeavour Award, and Chinese Government scholarships. Tom undertook a Global Executive Masters of Business Administration from CEIBS as part of the Woodside John Monash Scholarship. Tom is a business owner, with experience in import/export, cross-border service provision, and capital management. Tom is primarily focused on the Australian and China markets, but also deals with clients in the wider Asia-Pacific. Tom speaks Chinese.