In 2019 Kai-Chuan was awarded a place in the Clore Leadership Programme. She is a Trustee of Yellow Earth Theatre Company.
Adam Knight, Cofounder, TONG Digital
Adam is a cofounder at TONG, Europe’s first dedicated Chinese social commerce agency. With TONG, he has devised and delivered award-winning digital market entry strategies for over 70 global brands since 2014. He is a regular speaker at events around the world, delivering presentations in the UK, Europe, US, Russia, China and Hong Kong in recent years. His insights on the Chinese market have featured in reports by the BBC, Financial Times, Al Jazeera, South China Morning Post and Jing Daily. Adam holds a First Class degree in Chinese Studies and an MSc (Distinction) in Social Science of the Internet, both from the University of Oxford. Outside of TONG, Adam is a PhD Researcher as part of the Dutch government funded project “The Smart State: Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and Law in China” .
Christopher Lethbridge, Sector Lead for Creative Industries (UK), China-Britain Business Council
As UK Sector Lead for Creative Industries, Chris works to advise UK Creative Industries companies on their market entry, development, and strategy in China.
Prior to his current role, Chris was CBBC’s China Market Business Adviser for the South East. From this position he worked with a array of companies across a broad range of sectors including High-tech and Advanced Manufacturing, E-commerce, Food & Beverage, and Financial Services.
Before joining CBBC, Chris was Executive Officer of the Australia China Business Council and worked for the Australian Government. He has a Master’s of Commerce (Finance) from the University of Sydney and a Bachelor’s of International Relations (Chinese) from the Australian National University.
Christina You, Director of Development, UCCA
Christina is an art world professional based in Beijing. She currently serves as Director of Development at UCCA Center for Contemporary Art, one of China’s leading art institutions, with museums in Beijing, Beidaihe, and, soon, Shanghai. UCCA endeavors to bring China into global dialogue through contemporary art, working with leading artists, scholars, curators, and institutions. In her role, Christina is responsible for the museum’s extensive fundraising and outreach efforts, including individual giving, corporate sponsorship, and the annual fundraising Gala. She also organizes exhibition-related events, education programs, and special projects for patrons and other supporters. She has been instrumental in the significant expansion of UCCA’s international network, strengthening its truly global slate of collaborating artists, exhibitions, programs, and institutional partners, all while finding new ways to connect art power players from around the world.
Prior to joining UCCA, Christina spent time in various professional capacities at both for-profit and non-profit art organizations in New York and Beijing. She holds a Master’s degree from Columbia University, and a Bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University, where she was a recipient of the Freeman Asian Scholarship.
Day 3: 17th June -
Thomas Clayburn , China Market Business Adviser – Education, China-Britain Business Council
Thomas Clayburn is China Market Business Adviser – Education for the China-Britain Business Council. A fluent Mandarin speaker with significant experience working in the Education Sector, Thomas holds a master’s in Politics and Media in East Asia from the University of Sheffield, a bachelor’s in Chinese Studies from the University of Manchester and previously spent 4 years studying and working in China. Thomas taught English at a number of Chinese universities, before working for the British Council in Beijing; upon returning to the UK he worked for the University of Derby and Havas People before joining the China-Britain Business Council.
Ed Holroyd Pearce, Co-Founder, Virtualinternships.com & CRCC Asia
China’s regional dynamics: emerging opportunities for international graduates
Ed Holroyd Pearce co-founded CRCC Asia which has sent over 10,000 (mostly British and American) students to Asia. The company is the delivery partner for the British Council’s Generation UK scheme.
In 2018, Ed co-founded Virtual Internships (virtualinternships.com), aimed at reducing the typical barriers to in-person internships and reflecting worldwide trends in remote working. Ed is passionate about employability, social mobility and speaks fluent Mandarin having graduated from Cambridge in Chinese. He has an MSc in international management from
SOAS, and more recently an MBA from Cass Business School.
Shan Huang, Deputy Managing Editor and Editorial Board Member, Caixin Media; Advisor to Caixin Global Intelligence, Caixin Global
Mr. Shan Huang is Deputy Managing Editor and Editorial Board Member of Beijing-based Caixin Media, equivalent to the Economist in China. He is charged with overseeing Caixin’s foreign desk and overseas branding efforts, with 15 years of experience in reporting on Chinese domestic economic & political situations, its external relations with focus on Chinese economic diplomacy.
Mr. Huang was a visiting fellow with the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford in the trinity term of 2018. He served as a senior research associate with the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame for the period of August 2018 through May 2019.
Fiona Ma, Talent Strategist, Accenture Greater China
Fiona Ma has worked with Accenture for 10 years, and her current role is Talent Strategist. In this role, she leveraged her deep insights from internal and external talent research and practice, and designed and built Accenture Greater China's market unit talent strategy and priorities, and also ensured that the designed talent strategy and priorities are well aligned and implemented to support Accenture Greater China's business ambition.
Before her current role, Fiona also spent more than 10 years as a Talent and Organisation consultant in Strategy and Consulting practice, working with the most prestigious Chinese companies to provide organisation, leadership and learning solutions to support their business expansion.
David Pilsbury, Deputy Vice Chancellor International, Coventry University
David Pilsbury has been Deputy Vice Chancellor, International at Coventry University since 2008. He is responsible for all international activities including joint ventures, recruitment, collaborative delivery, curriculum internationalization, mobility and enhancement.
He has implemented an ambitious agenda including: a significant increase in recruitment (with almost 10,000 overseas students CU is the third largest UK recruiter; a further 5,000 students are recruited from continental Europe); making CU a major provider of programmes overseas, with more than 20,000 students registered for study in 27 different countries; developed deep relationships with leading research Universities overseas; and he has developed a sector leading enhancement agenda - Coventry has been the leading provider of overseas mobility experiences since records began – 7,000 students travel overseas from Coventry each year around 10% to China. This is delivered alongside extensive internationalisation of the curriculum activities, innovative language programmes and systematic intercultural training making Coventry home to world's largest international enhancement programme.
The scale and scope of activity has been recognised by many awards including a Queen’s Award for Enterprise – the most prestigious UK accolade for organisations - and the premier award of EAIE for ‘Innovation in Internationalisation’. CU’s international operation has 5 stars” from QS, and the Chinese Service Centre for Scholarly Exchange recently named Coventry as ‘Best Overseas Partner for Chinese Universities’ for the second year running. Pilsbury is a fellow of the Hong Kong VTC, and a Board Member of a number of organisations including China-Britain Business Council, IDP Connect, The Higher Education Careers Services Unit, and Eurasian Universities Union. He Co-chairs the UUK International Pro-Vice Chancellors Network.
Pilsbury was previously founding CEO of the Worldwide Universities Network which became recognized as the leading global research alliance under his leadership. He was Head of Research Policy for the Higher Education Funding Council for England – where he oversaw a fundamental reappraisal of research policy and the creation of the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Prior to this he was Assistant Director of R&D at Cambridge University Hospital.
Pilsbury spent a number of years in strategic consultancy and investment banking after completing a D.Phil and postdoctoral research at Oxford University.
UK-China Tech Forum: re-imagining the UK-China tech relationship in the post-COVID era
Ting Ren, Associate Dean, Peking University HSBC Business School
Professor Ting Ren is the Associate Dean and Director of Enterprises
Development Institute at Peking University HSBC Business School. He received his PhD in Human Resources and Industrial Relations from the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. He is an expert in the research fields of industrial organization, corporate governance, human resources and labor studies. He has published broadly in world class academic journals. His recent research involves with the application of big data and smart robotization in organization and people studies. He has led numerous consulting projects in the Greater Bay Area for policy making and business practice. He also serves as advisor to both public and private sectors.
Lisa Umenyiora, Executive Director, Careers, Imperial College Business School
Lisa Umenyiora is the Executive Director of Careers at Imperial College Business School which supports 1,500 MSc students and 600 MBAs. She is responsible for the strategy and leadership of the Careers department, including Careers Consulting, Employer Relations, Careers Data & Technology, and Global Skills Development. Lisa is a senior leader with over 15 years’ experience within higher education and career services who thrives on creating impact by bringing structure to chaos, creating high performing teams, and driving new initiatives forward. Lisa holds a BSc in Social Anthropology, a diploma in Leadership & Management, and has a coaching qualification.
Isabel Xu, Director Education Sector China, China-Britain Business Council
Isabel leads the education sector team in China and works closely with UK government and educational associations to advise on UK-China education collaborations. Prior to CBBC, Isabel worked for British Council China for ten years when she was heavily involved in both inward and outward student mobility programmes, TNE projects and alumni employability and entrepreneurship agendas. In the recent three years Isabel has been diving with British schools to explore opportunities in landing in China as well as investment acquisitions. Holding professional qualifications in digital product development and management, Isabel has profound experience in market intelligence and knowledge to digital education and technology innovations.
Prof Zhong Weihei, Co-President, Kingold Group
Prof Zhong Weihe is co-president of Kingold Group. He is also Principal of Huangpu Shuyuan. Before joining Kingold, Prof Zhong was President at Guangdong University of Foreign Studies. His research area mainly covers interpretation theories and teaching, and translation studies. Prof ZHONG holds an Honorary Doctorate from Coventry University. He’s also an expert with special allowance from the State Council.
Tony Clemson, Deputy Director Innovation & Industry, Department for International Trade, China
Tony Clemson has been the Deputy Director for Innovation & Industry in China since December 2019. He promotes greater cooperation between the UK and China in the Technology and Advanced Manufacturing sectors (autos, marine, advanced engineering, chemicals). He previously served as Deputy Consul-General in Shanghai from 2016 to 2019. In prior diplomatic roles Tony covered international cyber security policy in London, and political and economic issues in South Korea and New Zealand. Before joining the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 2004, Tony served as a Warfare Officer in the Royal Navy for eight years, deploying to the Atlantic, Caribbean and Middle East.
Max Cumming, Business Development Lead, what3words
Max joined what3words with a background in helping international businesses develop within the Chinese market. He spent time working with a wide variety of organisations from Skype to local NGOs, but most recently came from Shanghai where he managed operations for an American manufacturing company looking to expand their presence within China. In 2018, he was drawn back to the UK by what3words and their vision to build a truly global addressing standard. Within the company, he leads the business development function for Chinese expansion, working with partners across the automotive, mobility and travel industries.
Julian David, CEO techUK, the Digital Technology Trade Association
Julian leads techUK's 60 strong team in representing 850 member companies, comprising Global and National Champions and more than 500 SMEs.
He is a member of the UK Government and Industry Cyber Growth Partnership and the Digital Economy Council. He is also the Vice President for National Trade Associations on the Executive Board of DIGITALEUROPE and Vice President representing Europe on the board of WITSA the Worldwide IT Association. He is also a Member of the Board of the Health innovation Network, the South London Academic Health Science Network.
Mark Hedley, Regional Director for Greater London, and UK Tech Sector Lead, China-Britain Business Council.
Mark Hedley is Regional Director for Greater London, and UK Tech Sector Lead at the China-Britain Business Council.
A fluent Mandarin speaker, Mark has spent 15 years travelling and living in China, including six years permanently based in China. He holds a Masters in Chinese Business and International Relations from the University of Sheffield.
Mark previously worked for a Shanghai-based market entry consulting firm assisting Western tech firms to enter the China market. This work involved opportunity validation, business development and stakeholder management for clients across the telecoms, healthcare, engineering and retail sectors. Prior to joining CBBC, Mark worked for leading business-to-business research agency, helping multinational clients with their international market expansion plans.
Mark now works closely with a UK tech start-ups on their China go-to-market strategies, and advises Chinese investors looking to set-up in the UK or invest into the UK tech sector.
Mark Schaub, Partner, King & Wood Mallesons
Jeremy Lilley, UK Government Affairs Manager, RELX
RELX is a UK-based FTSE 100 global provider of information-based analytics serving business and professional customers across the world. Jeremy joined RELX in February 2019 having previous been a Policy Manager at techUK, the trade association for technology companies, where he worked on various policy issues including leading on data protection and European policy. Prior to techUK, Jeremy worked in the House of Commons. In his role at RELX he is responsible for engaging with policymakers on the key issues which are relevant to RELX’s businesses.
Mark Schaub specialises in foreign direct investment, M&A and restructuring in China. He has advised on foreign investment projects in all major sectors in China with a cumulative value exceeding USD 20 billion. He is familiar with China issues faced by companies of all sizes and is a trusted advisor to many companies ranging from family owned businesses to Fortune 500 companies. Mark is global co-head of our consumer practice.
Mark Schaub has worked as a lawyer in Shanghai since 1993. He was the first foreign partner to join our China firm in 2000. Prior to this, he worked in well-known German and American law firms in their Shanghai offices. He has been consistently awarded Asia Law's “Lawyer of the Year” for corporate work and appears in many guides such as Chambers. Since August 2018 Mark has been splitting his time between London, Frankfurt and Shanghai.
He is also the author of the following books “China: the Art of Law – Chronicling deals, disasters, greed, stupidity and occasional success in China” (CCH) and “China Strategy – Entry, Operation and Exit” (Wolters Kluwer). He is currently working on “All I Want is Everything” a book on the Chinese consumer.
Mark speaks English, German, and Mandarin.
Fabio Stella, China Associate Director, Hawksford
Fabio graduated in International Law, business and politics before moving to China in 2012 for a course on Intellectual Property (IP) and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) at Peking University. He started his career at the China-Italy Chamber of Commerce where he also acted as Board Director for two terms between 2017 and 2020.
Part of Hawksford pool of professionals since 2013, Fabio now heads China's Business Development activities while acting as Financial Responsible Person & Company Supervisor for several Chinese subsidiaries of Global Retail clients.
Eva Zhang, Business Development Director, Ant Financial
Eva is leading Alipay's business in the UK especially for education sector & in-store payment. Eva has worked more than 15 years in the technology industry in both APAC and EMEA.
She has a Master degree in engineering and MBA from London Business School.
Ting Zhang, Founder & CEO, Crayfish.io
Ting Zhang has 25+ years experience of international business, trade and investment with a China focus. Ting first came to Cambridge to study, and then in 2001 Ting left her career as a banker to set up a China specialist consultancy, advising hi-tech SMEs, FTSE100 corporates, universities, government agencies, European VC Funds, and financial institutions in Wall Street.
In 2017, Ting launched Crayfish.io, the first online platform dedicated to cross-border collaborations with China, and in September 2019 she went on to launch Crayfish Accelerator, a programme providing access to early stage equity funding and business support services to enter the Chinese market. Ting has mentored many budding entrepreneurs and helped them to better prepare for the business challenges ahead.
Day 4: 18th June -
China Supply Chain – Managing Current Challenges and Beyond
Alex Makino-Farrell, China Market Business Adviser, China-Britain Business Council
Alex has spent 10 years living and working in China and is fluent in Mandarin. His career to date has included 5 years working for Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs (HMRC), working with the Chinese Law Enforcement authorities to combat the flow of illicit goods from China to the UK. He then moved to a UK law firm in South China where he advised a wide range of clients on enforcing Intellectual Property Rights across China. He has in-depth knowledge and experience of Customs and supply chain security and is currently studying towards an MSc in Operations and Supply Chain.
Pete Riches, Managing Director, Sinoscan UK Ltd.
Andrew Nyadzo, Head of Procurement, Volution Group PLC
Andrew is an experienced procurement and supply chain professional, having worked for businesses that manufacture HVAC equipment and components for the aerospace and automotive sectors. His career includes job roles including inventory management, supply chain and procurement activities for manufacturing and distribution businesses. His experience includes working with suppliers and contract manufacturers in LCC sourcing markets in the Far East, Eastern Europe & India.
Andrew has recently assumed the role of Head of Procurement for Volution Group PLC, who are leaders in the design and manufacture of ventilation products. Volution has prominent ventilation brands in the UK, Benelux, Central Europe, Nordics and Australasia.
Some key areas of interest for Andrew include sustainable/ethical sourcing, supply chain risk mitigation, and increasing procurement’s influence on product design to achieve a circular economy. Andrew holds a BA Hons degree in Business Studies and a Post Graduate Certificate in Management from Oxford Brookes university.
Pete is a chartered engineer and was originally trained in mechanical engineering, but subsequently extended his knowledge and experience into the fields of electrical, electronic and software engineering. He has spent a significant period of his career working in robotics, factory automation, systems engineering and ultrasonic technologies.
During this period Pete’s career development path encompassed design, project engineering, project management through to serving as technical director within a corporate company environment.
In 2005 Pete was invited to start a business in the UK as a subsidiary of the Danish company SinoScan A/S. SinoScan UK has since grown to become a multi-million pound business for product development and manufacture. During this period the company has seen many changes in the commercial landscape, production environment and technical capability of manufacturers in China, which has realised opportunities as well as challenges.
Realising the China opportunity from a distance: finding clients and partners
Head of Logistics Development & Sourcing Asia, AkzoNobel China
Joined AkzoNobel in 2011, holding various regional managerial positions in procurement and logistics, currently leads the sourcing function in Asia for Logistics across all BUs and functions in close cooperation with the internal stakeholders while staying well-aligned with the global sourcing strategy, successful running regional 4PL/TMS/Tableau implementation and e-commerce logistics solution to enhance regional logistics technology strategy. Initiate and guide implementation of synergy, cost savings, processes, innovation and risk reduction programs jointly with Business Units, country organizations and functions.
David Gregory, China Market Business Adviser East Midlands, China-Britain Business Council
As CBBC’s, China Market Business Adviser, covering the East Midlands area David aims to deliver clear and practical advice to clients to support their business with China.
Before returning to UK in 2015 David spent almost 17 years based in China and South East Asia as an executive for multi-national companies, in the building materials sector, including stints as the regional CEO for Knauf and Xella.
James Love, Partner, Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP
James is an internationally recognised expert in the field of intellectual property, an area in which he has specialised for over 25 years. In 2006, he set up a law practice having the specific aim of selling legal services overseas, with China as a priority market. At an early stage he joined CBBC and became a regular visitor to China including on trade missions with DIT and the Lord Mayor of the City of London, and including visits to CBBC offices in China. This has enabled him to build up a substantial client base in China, with his views having been sought on television and radio, and quoted in the FT and South China Morning Post. He sits on the Law Society International Committee and the steering committee of the Leeds City Region China Business Club. Based on his work in China, in the 2018 Northern Powerhouse Export Awards he was awarded Most Entrepreneurial Exporter of the Year. Last year his practice combined with transatlantic law firm Womble Bond Dickinson where exporting professional services to China remains a priority.
Ian Patterson, Sales & Marketing Director, CoolLED
Ian Patterson is Sales and Marketing Director of CoolLED Limited. He has a wealth of experience in international sales and marketing of engineered products. He started his career as a Sales Engineer, progressing through management to Sales and Marketing Director positions within technology providers to the Oil, Chemical, Polymer, Food and Pharmaceutical Industries. Ian has extensive international experience and has been travelling regularly to China for the past 20 years. He is a Chartered Chemical Engineer and holds an MBA.
CoolLED designs and manufactures cutting edge LED illumination systems for researchers and clinicians in the field of fluorescence microscopy. Since providing the first commercially-available LED illumination system to the market in 2006, the Company has grown quickly in international markets. With its principal operations in Hampshire, UK, CoolLED has Sales representation in the USA and recently established a presence in Guangzhou, China through the CBBC Launchpad scheme.
Jack Porteous - Client Services Director, Samarkand Global Limited
Samarkand Global is a specialist e-commerce technology and logistics company, providing the gateway connecting Western brands & retailers with the enormous and rapidly growing Chinese eCommerce market. With offices in London, Hong Kong, and Shanghai, Samarkand is perfectly positioned to support simple, accessible, and profitable results for our brand partners.
Jack recently joined Samarkand from the China-Britain Business Council, where he spent 3 years as head of Retail & E-Commerce in London. He is the Client Services Director for Samarkand - heading up the UK-based team who work alongside Samarkand's brand partners, as well as speaking to new potential partners from across Europe. He is a speaker of Mandarin, and has now spent 8 years working either in, or with China.
Emma Zhou, Business Development Manager – China, Denby Pottery
Emma is the Business Development Manager – China at Denby Pottery. She brings a diverse set of skills and a wide-range of experience to her workplace, with a dynamic personality that fits into the fast growing, entrepreneurial environment. By successfully taking brands into the China market, she has developed a deep understanding of business development through her study and work experience in China and in the UK. Bridging the gap between British brands' ambition and Chinese consumers' needs, her expert insight and perspective on Chinese culture and business methods is valued by international companies, especially SMEs. This applies to clients with existing operations in China or those interested in entering the market.