Clinton Dines was born and raised in regional Queensland and went to Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia, graduating in 1978 with a Bachelor’s Degree from the School of Modern Asian Studies. He is also a graduate of the Course in International Management at INSEAD in France. Clinton arrived in China in early 1979 on a post-graduate program arranged by Griffith University and lived and worked continuously in the Greater China Region for almost 36 years, mostly in mainland China.
In 1988 he was recruited by BHP to be the company’s senior country executive for China and stayed with the group for more than 21 years, retiring as President of BHP Billiton China in July 2009.
Throughout his career Clinton has specialised in both the strategies and business practices involved in negotiating, establishing and operating Sino-Foreign ventures, and in the management and development of foreign-invested and operated businesses in China. Clinton is a fluent Mandarin speaker and is currently a Principal of Moreton Bay Partners, a Non-Executive Director of Fonterra Cooperative Group, Zanaga Iron Ore Company, Aurecon Group and North Queensland Airports. He is also a member of the Griffith University Council.