Li Cunxin (pronounced “Lee Schwin Sing”) is a remarkable man borne of a remarkable story. He has published a remarkable book about his extraordinary life. In his runaway best selling autobiography, “Mao’s Last Dancer”, Li recounts his determination, perseverance, vision, courage and hard work.

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Speaking experience

  • 7 Eleven
  • ABN Amro
  • Affinity Health
  • AIMS Insurance Brokers
  • AMP Financial Planners Conference
  • AMP Limited
  • Alesco
  • Allens Arthur Robinson
  • Amcor
  • ANZ Bank
  • Aon Insurance
  • Applied Biosystems
  • APRG
  • Aristocrat Leisure
  • Arup
  • ASBA
  • Austereo Network
  • Australia International Education Conference
  • Australian Booksellers Association
  • Australian Friendly Societies
  • Australian Securities Institute
  • Aust Tourism Export Council
  • Autopro Association
  • Australian Unity
  • Axa Asia Pacific
  • Bank of Scotland
  • Barbara Bush's Celebration of Reading
  • Barfoot & Thompson
  • Barry Plant Real Estate
  • Bayford Ford
  • Best Western Hotels
  • BHP Billiton
  • Blockbuster
  • Boost Juice
  • Borders
  • Boston Consulting
  • Brisbane Writers' Festival
  • Byron Bay Writers' Festival
  • Captain Snooze
  • Catholic Educators Conference
  • Catholic University
  • Challenger Financial
  • Choice Hotels
  • Cisco Systems Inc.
  • City of Port Phillip
  • Clayton Utz
  • Coca Cola
  • Colonial First State
  • Commonwealth Bank
  • Count Financial
  • CPA Australia National Conferences
  • Credit Suisse
  • Daimler Chrysler
  • Davos
  • Drake Supermarkets
  • Elgas
  • Equity Trustees
  • Ernst & Young
  • Exxon Mobile
  • FAST
  • Fernwood Fitness
  • Financial Planning Association
  • Financial Services Partners
  • Flight Centre
  • Foodco
  • Freedom Furniture
  • Freehills
  • Fujitsu
  • FujiXerox
  • Gandel Property
  • Genesys
  • Gloria Jean's Coffee
  • Howard Park Winery
  • Howards Storage
  • IASB Speakers Network
  • IDA International
  • InnoTown Innovation Conference
  • Innovex
  • Institute of Management
  • Intel
  • Ipac
  • KAZ Group
  • Kimberley Clarke
  • Leadership Victoria
  • LEAP Agency
  • Leighton Contractors
  • Macquarie Bank
  • Maunsell Aecom
  • Melbourne Writers' Festival
  • Meritum Financial Group
  • Migration Institute of Australia
  • Million Dollar Round Table
  • Mitre 10
  • Mortgage Gallery
  • Nando's
  • National Australia Bank
  • National Gallery of Victoria
  • National Health Information Summit
  • National Insurance Brokers Association
  • National Retail Association Annual Business Conference
  • NHP
  • Optus
  • Oracle
  • Orthodontic National Congress
  • Outdoor Furniture Company
  • Pacific Life Insurance
  • Parmacy Brands
  • People's Choice Credit Union
  • Perth Writers' Festival
  • Pfizer Inc
  • PriceWaterhouseCoopers
  • Primary Principals Conference (NSW)
  • Primavera
  • Queensland Local Governments Conference
  • Queensland Rail Corp
  • Quest Apartments
  • RACV
  • Ray White Real Estate
  • Reggio Amelia Conference
  • Region One
  • Repco
  • Roadshow
  • Rotary Club Regional Conference
  • Royal Dutch / Shell Group
  • RSL and Service Clubs Annual Conference
  • Schwarzkopf
  • Sealcorp
  • Sigma Company Limited
  • Silversea Cruises
  • Sino Gold
  • Skandia
  • Skilled Group
  • Snooze
  • Sonic Healthcare
  • Standard Chartered Bank
  • Steam Solutions
  • SunSuper
  • Sydney Swans
  • Sydney Writers' Festival
  • TAFE
  • Tandam-ING
  • Telstra
  • Terry Hill & Associates
  • Texas Book Festival
  • The Leadership Consortium
  • Toshiba
  • Tower Financial
  • Townsville City Council
  • Travel Scene
  • Ultradata
  • UNICEF Australia
  • Unisys
  • United Travel
  • University of WA
  • URS
  • Victoria University
  • Walter Turnbull
  • Westpac Bank
  • Woolworths Limited
  • Work Cover
  • Workpac Group
  • Worlds Presidents Organization (WPO)
  • Young Entrepreneurs Organization (YEO)

Inspirational Outstanding, excellent. Mr Li was absolutely inspirational. Excellent story. Very inspiring, great choice as a keynote speaker. It has been a long time since I have heard such a wonderful delivery presentation.

CPA Australia

Li reduced much of his audience to tears and as the participants left the auditorium, many said it was the most moving and absorbing presentation they had ever heard!

World President's Organization (WPO)

Without a doubt one of the most powerful and invigorating presentations we have seen. Extremely impressed by Li's impact, style, personable nature and overall attitude.

Exxon Mobile

Our participants were very moved by your story, with many commenting that it was one of the most inspiring presentations that they had ever heard…thank you again for making a huge impact on our conference and our staff.

Goldman Sachs GBWere

Li was a very personable and inspirational speaker, his relaxed style was a great way to finish a very business orientated and structured conference day.

Unisys Systems Inc

Riveting – how lucky we are. Without a doubt one of the best speakers we have had in many years, outstanding.

Australian Friendly Societies Association (AFSA)

Without a doubt one of the most powerful and invigorating presentations I have seen. Extremely impressed by Li's impact, style, personable nature and overall attitude.


The collective tears from our members would have filled a bucket after Li's account of his emotional, profound and inspirational life journey at our retreat in NSW. What an amazing start to our retreat. Li Cunxin is a rare human being who has the ability to affect people with his story and be in our minds for the rest of our lives.

Young Entrepreneurs Organization


Speaking Topics

  • The importance of Family values
  • Love
  • Passion
  • Human Achievements
  • Courage
  • Determination
  • The process of realising one’s dreams
  • Excellence
  • Rise up to challenges
  • Commitment and focus
  • Embracing changes
  • Continuous improvement and positive attitude
  • Leadership
  • Dare to make tough choices
  • Goal setting and achieving against impossible obstacles and odds
  • Performance process to excellence
  • Successful career transition
  • China related topics
  • Entrepreneurship

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