Clinton Dines has a Degree in Asian Studies from Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia. His studies concentrated on Chinese Economics. He is also a graduate of the Course in International Management at INSEAD in France. Clinton went to China in 1979 on a postgraduate program arranged by Griffith University and has been living and working in the Greater China Region ever since, the majority of that time in the People's Republic of China. During his career Clinton has occupied senior management positions with the Jardine Matheson Group, the Santa Fe Transport Group and Asia Securities Venture Capital. From 1988 to 2009 he was the senior country executive in China for BHP and, since the merger in 2001, for BHP Billiton, from which role he retired in July 2009. Throughout his career Clinton has specialised in the business practices relating to the negotiation, establishment and operation of Sino-foreign ventures and foreign investments in China, and in the strategic and operational management and development of foreign-operated businesses, marketing and commercial activities in China. He was closely involved in one of the earliest joint ventures established in China in 1980 and he has subsequently been continuously involved in a wide range of ventures and business initiatives across a variety of industries and regions in China. Clinton is a fluent Mandarin speaker and after 14 years in Beijing relocated to Shanghai in late 2002 to run the restructured BHP Billiton China operations from there. He was instrumental in the establishment of the first Australian Chamber of Commerce in China and later chaired that organisation from 1998 to 2000. He is also a Founding Governor of the Capital Club in Beijing and on the Management Committee of the Shanghai Rugby Football Club. He was invited by the Australian Olympic Committee to be the Attache to the Australian Olympic Team at the Beijing Olympics and was invited by BOCOG to be the only non-Chinese on the judging panel which selected the design for the 2008 Olympic Medals. He recently joined the Board of Kazakhmys plc, a London-listed resources group with operations in Kazakhstan. He is also a Member of the Griffith University Council.