UK-China Business Week 2020 Speakers

Introducing our speakers for the UK-China Business Week 2020!


 
 Day 1: 15th June -

UK and China: building business bonds for the future​

Gordon Orr, Non Executive Board Member at Swire Pacific, Lenovo, Meituan Dianping and EQT AB​

Gordon is a Non-Executive Director of Lenovo, Swire Pacific, Meituan Dianping and EQT.  Additionally, he provides support to a small number of Chinese entrepreneurs, including at Talking Data, PCH, BPL and Phynova. 

Gordon began his career at McKinsey&Company (McKinsey) in London in 1986. After working in Europe and the United States, Gordon moved to Hong Kong in 1993 and to Beijing a year later, opening McKinsey’s practice in China. 

Gordon led McKinsey’s Greater China practice for many years and was Chairman of McKinsey Asia from 2009 to 2014.  Gordon was on McKinsey’s global board of directors from 2003 to 2015 with responsibilities for Asia, Governance and Risk. He retired from McKinsey in 2015 and is now a Senior Advisor.

Gordon Orr is a Vice Chair of the China Britain Business Council and a member of the Oxford University China Advisory Group. He is a Senior Advisor to Chatham House on China, an Associate of the Oxford China Centre and a Distinguished Friend of Oxford University.

Gordon writes and speaks regularly on China topics, including on LinkedIn where he has more than 1.6 million followers.


Stephen Perry, Chair, The 48 Group Club

Stephen Perry has been involved with China since his earliest days.  His father was the leader of the Icebreaker group to China in 1953 which restarted UK-China trade relations a year after starting up the business in which Stephen is today Managing Director, London Export Corporation.
 
Stephen grew up with letters from China and stories from China and after studying law at UCL he joined the company full time.  The company traded commodities with China and distributed consumer goods in the UK.  Stephen opened up US-China trade links in 1971/72 and went on to establish subsidiaries there. In the early 90’s he decided to focus on strategic long term deals with China and put together some of the ground breaking deals of that period in China. More recently he has again broken new ground with a deal in Africa with China and a western company.

Stephen is chair of the legendary 48 Group Club who have been working with China since 1951. Their mission is to develop a positive relationship with China.​

Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles  KCMG  LVO, Chair, China-Britain Business Council

Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles joined HSBC Holdings in October 2013 as Senior Adviser to the Group Chairman and Group Chief Executive.  In May 2015, he was appointed to a new post as Group Head of Government Affairs, and then as Group Head of Public Affairs from June 2017.  He is also Chairman of HSBC Bank Oman SAOG. 

Before HSBC Sherard worked for two and a half years as Business Development Director, International, at BAE Systems plc.  Earlier he spent over 30 years in the British Diplomatic Service, which he joined straight from reading Classics at Oxford.  He served in Cairo, Washington and Paris.  He was also Principal Private Secretary to the UK Foreign Secretary, the late Robin Cook, and was Head of the Foreign Office Hong Kong Department from 1994 up to the handover to China in 1997.  His final diplomatic jobs were as Ambassador to Israel (2001–2003), Ambassador to Saudi Arabia (2003–2007), Ambassador to Afghanistan (2007-2009), and the UK Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (2009–2010).  

Sherard is also Chairman of the UK Financial Inclusion Commission; Chairman of the Omani-British Business Council; a Committee Member of The Hong Kong Association; and a Board Member of Asia House.  He is Chair of the UK Advisory Council, LSE Confucius Institute for Business London, and of Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery Trust.  He sits on the International Engagement Committee of the British Academy.  He is an Honorary Fellow of Hertford College, Oxford.  

Sherard is the author of two books about his diplomatic experiences: Cables from Kabul and Ever the Diplomat.  He speaks French and Arabic, some Hebrew and rudimentary Pashtu.  


Chen Wen, Minister and First Staff Member, Embassy of China in the UK

Chen Wen is Minister and First Staff Member at the Embassy of China in the UK. 

Before her current role, Chen Wen started her career as a Desk Officer and Attaché at the Department of Western European Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China (MFA).

Later she was a graduate student at London School of Economics and Political Science before becoming Attaché and Third Secretary at the Department of European Affairs, MFA. She then, from 2001-2005, went on to hold the role of Third Secretary and Second Secretary at the Embassy of China in the UK, before becoming Second Secretary, Deputy Division Director and Division Director, Department of European Affairs, MFA.

From 2011-2015, Chen Wen was Counsellor at the Embassy of China in Finland, and from 2015-2017 she acted as Counsellor at the Office of the Commissioner of MFA of China in Hong Kong. From 2017-2019 she was Minister Counsellor at the Embassy of China in the UK. 


 
Market Access Challenges and Opportunities in China

Guy Dru Drury MBE , Chief Representative, China NE SE Asia, CBI 

Guy Dru Drury MBE is the Chief Representative for the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) in China, NE and SE Asia.
 
A sinologist with more than 12 years’ experience in China and SE Asia he specializes in supporting UK and international corporates build their business and policy networks in-country and across the Asia-Pacific region. 
 
Prior to establishing the CBI in China he worked as global business development director in London for a mid-sized professional services firm. 
 
Guy is an Ex Oficio EXCO member of the British Chamber of Commerce in Beijing, the China Britain Business Council and sits on the Board of Coventry University’s China Committee. 
He is an Ironman triathlete and in October 2018 competed at the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. 
 
Guy was awarded an MBE for services to UK-China business in June 2017.


Kevin Liu, Head of China and Head of Energy Asia Pacific, Scottish Development International
 

Based at the British Embassy in Beijing, Kevin is the senior China representative for Scottish Development International, the Scottish Government’s international economic agency. He also leads the agency’s trade development work in the energy sector across the Asia Pacific region, with a team of specialists in Beijing, Tokyo, Mumbai and Kuala Lumpur supporting Scottish companies in subsea engineering, offshore renewables, hydrogen and energy systems.  
 
Prior to joining SDI, Kevin led the UK Department for International Trade’s communications and marketing team in Asia Pacific, and before that was part of a Scottish whisky distillery startup. He began his career in UK Government Communications, then spent eight years in the political risk industry, specialising in energy, infrastructure, insurance and project finance in the emerging markets.

Damon Peng, Regional Director 
East and West China, Invest Northern Ireland

Damon Peng is based in the British Consulate-General in Shanghai, with the main responsibility of implementing Invest Northern Ireland’s strategy in East and West China. Damon is leading on the export of Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering (Primarily on Material Handling) and Food & Drinks from Northern Ireland. He has promoted effective collaborations between bilateral industry stakeholders and sector companies. 

Damon has over nine years’ experience in both private and public sectors for UK-China collaborations. Prior to this role, Damon Peng has deputised Head of Nuclear in Depart for International Trade in China. He headed the trade and investment activities for Nuclear Energy and Advanced Manufacturing between two countries.
 

Matthew Rous, Chief Executive, China-Britain Business Council

Matthew joined CBBC in September 2017 after 26 years in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office working as a career diplomat, most recently as British Consul-General in Guangzhou. 
Matthew read Modern and Medieval Languages at Churchill College, Cambridge, subsequently studied Mandarin Chinese at SOAS, and is a graduate of the Major Projects Leadership Academy at the Oxford University, Saïd Business School.


Kevin Shakespeare, Director of Stakeholder Engagement, The Institute of Export & International Trade
 
Kevin Shakespeare is experienced in all aspects of international trade. With a background in international trade services and finance Kevin has worked for a number of banks supporting UK exporters, and maximising supply chain operations. As a Director Kevin was responsible for managing sales and product teams across a range of trade operations and dealing with global businesses.
 
Degree qualified across several trade and business disciplines Kevin has also provided training and consultancy services for businesses trading internationally and government trade organisations. Author of a best-selling book ‘Trade for Good’, Kevin also lectures for Universities and provides support for global consultancy firms in international trade services and finance.
Locally Kevin has supported several SME companies in development of their supply chain operations supporting the SME’s to enter export markets.
 
As a Director of The Institute of Export and International Trade Kevin has been responsible for developing education and training programmes including innovative e-learning delivery to UK Government and businesses.


St John Moore, Chairman, British Chamber of Commerce in China 

St. John provides counsel on matters related to public affairs, issue and crisis management, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, and long-term corporate reputation management.  He has been based in Beijing since 1999 and through that time has worked with a wide variety of foreign companies operating in China and Chinese companies going global.  He is also a key author and driver of Brunswick’s government and policy analysis.  
 
Recent issue and crisis counsel includes environmental incidents; high profile corporate investigations; anti-corruption matters; multi-jurisdictional recalls; food and safety recalls; intellectual property litigation; bankruptcy and criminal matters; class action cross-border lawsuits; and corporate espionage.   
 
His counsel on mergers and acquisitions has ranged from work with eBay on its entry into China and acquisition of Shanghai based EachNet in 2002 to advising Zhejiang Geely Holding Group on its acquisition of Volvo Car Corporation and the London Taxi Company.   
 
Clients have spanned a range of companies and industries including: Akamai, Amgen, BMW, Broadcom, BP, Business Objects, ChinaCache, China Investment Corporation, Cisco, ConocoPhillips, eBay, Fonterra, General Electric, Geely Group, Gerson Lehman, Groupon, GSK, Hasbro, Hilton Worldwide, Knauf Group, Nike, Nokia, Michael Jordan, Microsoft, Motorola, NBCUniversal, Starbucks, Suez Environnement, Texas Instruments, Toyota, Visa, Volkswagen, Vodafone, and Whirlpool.   
 
St. John currently serves as the Chairman of the British Chamber of Commerce in China. 
 
He joined Brunswick in 2008 following seven years at APCO Worldwide in Beijing where he advised foreign multinationals on investment, public affairs, government engagement, and corporate communications issues across China.  He has been based in Beijing since 1999 and a resident of Hong Kong since the late 1970s. 

 
 Day 2: 16th June - 

The female face of Chinese consumer power: understanding the female economy in post COVID-19 era

Antoaneta Becker, Director, Consumer Economy, Food and Drink Sector Lead, China-Britain Business Council

Antoaneta joined CBBC after more than 20 years of experience living and working in China. Fluent in Mandarin, she has worked for a range of international publications, including the Economist Intelligence Unit, the research arm of the Economist, reporting on China’s macroeconomic trends, doing field work in different regions and researching specific industries and companies. As a China Business Adviser and food and drink specialist for CBBC, Antoaneta has worked with hundreds of UK companies over the last five years, supporting their initial interest and entry in the Chinese market as well as further business expansion there. She has an excellent grasp of the challenges companies face when approaching the market for the first time and through long-term China experience a unique knowledge of the potential pitfalls and obstacles to be overcome during the market entry too.

 
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” .

 
Lexie Morris, General Manager China, Whittard of Chelsea
 
After a stint working in London post graduation, Lexie has spent the last ten years based in China.  A fluent Mandarin speaker, her career thus far has spanned entrepreneurship as well the British Government’s Department for International Trade. Lexie’s most recent role as GM China for Whittard of Chelsea brings her full circle back to the delights of British afternoon tea, but in a world of KOLs, cross-border and domestic ecommerce, compliance and Chinese Customs.
 
Lexie has lived in Beijing and Nanjing and usually resides happily in Shanghai, where she is diligently working on her Shanghainese (but is currently stuck in the UK thanks to Covid-19!).
 

Cecilia Yan, Key Opinion Leader (KOL), Fashion Industry

Cecilia is a leading KOL in China, she has over 160,000 followers on Chinese social media, across platforms that include Weibo, Wechat and Red. She has been featured by CCTV, and has been invited to Cannes Film Festival. She has interviewed Kate Middleton, Boris Johnson, Emma Watson, Benedict Cumberbatch and David Beckham, and has worked with Top tier Chinese celebrities Mi Yang, Angelababy, and Kris Wu, amongst others.
 
She also worked as a Project manager for the Aspinal of London X Yang Mi Bag project and has raised RMB 10million in sales for the brand in China.
 
In addition she has collaborated with brands including Burberry, Coach, Lane Crawford, MyTheresa, Christian Louboutin, Sephora, Aspinal of London, Gues and suqqu.
 
Having achieved a solid 10 years of experience in the fashion industry in both the UK and China, Cecilia worked and lived in London for 8 years, returning to China at the end of 2016 where she currently is working as a Senior Content Manager for a Brand company.
 
Cecilia is a graduate of Coventry University and holds a Management of Fashion and Luxury Companies Certificate from Bocconi University.
 
Pearl Zhu, China Business Advisor, Retail & E-commerce, China-Britain Business Council

 
Working in fashion, media and e-commerce over the past 8 years, Pearl has delivered strategic partnerships and global campaigns for brands like Harrods, Aspinal of London, Bourjois, SuperNanny and Shanghai Fashion Week across China and the UK. She is experienced in helping brands with their marketing and branding strategy with the aim of generating significant revenues and awareness in the China market.
 
 
Going Digital: The next frontier for UK Cultural Institutions  
 
Kai-Chuan Chapman, Lead, Cultural and Commercial Partnerships, China, The British Library

Kai-Chuan Chapman (Chao) leads on the British Library’s cultural and commercial partnerships in China, and provides strategic support to the Library's overall direction in the China market. She is experienced in managing international projects: she delivered successful projects in trade, environment, education and culture whilst at the EU representative office in Taiwan.

From 2016 to 2019 she was responsible for the ambitious The British Library in China project, which successfully raised the cultural profile of the British Library in China.

 
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 -

China’s regional dynamics: emerging opportunities for international graduates

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

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.

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. 

 
UK-China Tech Forum: re-imagining the UK-China tech relationship in the post-COVID era
 
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.

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, Partner, King & Wood Mallesons
 
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.
 
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 Riches, Managing Director, Sinoscan UK Ltd.
 
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.

Emily Zhu
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.
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Realising the China opportunity from a distance: finding clients and partners  

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.
 

Pivoting to China through social commerce- in partnership with Tong Digital

Rachel Zheng, Managing Editor, Jing Daily

Rachel (Ruonan) Zheng is the managing director of Jing Daily Greater China, where she reports on luxury, fashion and beauty brands, the e-commerce retail market and the purchasing power of Chinese consumers.

Pearl Zhu, China Business Advisor, Retail & E-commerce, China-Britain Business Council
 
Working in fashion, media and e-commerce over the past 8 years, Pearl has delivered strategic partnerships and global campaigns for brands like Harrods, Aspinal of London, Bourjois, SuperNanny and Shanghai Fashion Week across China and the UK. She is experienced in helping brands with their marketing and branding strategy with the aim of generating significant revenues and awareness in the China market.

 
Day 5: ​19th June -

The UK pitch: how to present the UK to a Chinese investor from a national strategy to regional implementation

ZengXin Li, Deputy Manager of Caixin Global & Senior Editor, Caixin Media

Zengxin joined Caixin in 2009 when it was founded. He has been US bureau chief, deputy international desk chief, editor of macroeconomics team, before joining Caixin Global, a subsidy of Caixin Media as deputy general manager.
 
Zengxin has more than 10 years of experience reporting on macro/international economics coverage. He leads Caixin reporters on international events such as IMF annual conference, G20 and Davos forums in reporting, organizing and presenting Caixin events and seminars. He also leads in Caixin Global Intelligence programs that provides insight for our clients.
 
Zengxin has been working for Caijing Magazine from 2008 to 2009, as a macroeconomics reporter and US correspondent, before joining Caixin. Previously he worked for China Daily webisite and the New Oriental Technology and Education Group. He graduated from Unversity College London with a MSc in Economics. 
 

Kevin Lin, President, Tuspark UK

Zhuocun (Kevin) Lin graduated with a Master’s degree in Public Administration from School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University. He used to work in financial sector in China for more than ten years, and accumulated deep understanding of Chinese financial system, practices and regulations.

Kevin joined Tuspark S&T Service Group in 2016, the leading industrial investor and S&T service provider, as Vice-President in charge of international investment and collaborations.He is currently leading Tuspark UK team to manage two science parks in the UK, promote Sino-UK technology businesses communications, and invest in health care, new energy, AI and high-end manufacture.


Tomi Ma, FDI Director in South China for Invest Northern Ireland

Tomi is based in the British Consulate-General in Guangzhou, with main responsibility of promoting the investment propositions of Northern Ireland in China, and raise the region’s awareness as an ideal investment destination to Chinese businesses. He is also in collaboration with the wider INI team in China to promote Northern Ireland’s capability in technology and innovation in South China.

Tomi has over seven years’ experience in promoting UK-China commercial collaborations. Prior to this role, Tomi worked in the Department for International Trade as the Senior Trade and Investment Officer, leading on key business events and ministerial level visits in South China. Tomi worked closely with different sector teams to identify trade and investment opportunities and coordinate cross sector projects, and served as the Outward Direct Invest (ODI) Pilot Programme Lead in China in 2018.

Roger Marsh OBE, Chair of the Leeds City Region Enterprise and Chair of NP11

Roger Marsh OBE has been Chair of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) since 2013 and during that time has led the LEP through a period of significant transformation, including securing the country’s largest ever Local Growth Deal with Government.
 
Roger is also a Member of the Williams Rail Review Expert Challenge Panel and Chair of both the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund Strategic Oversight Board and European Structural & Investment Fund Local Sub Committee.
 
Before joining the LEP, Roger was Senior Partner at PwC and boasts over 30 years’ experience in the private sector. In 2015, he was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list for Services to Business and the Economy, and in 2019 he became the Deputy Lieutenant for West Yorkshire.
 
Christine Zhang, International Senior Executive, Scottish Development International
 
Christine’s role focuses on foreign direct investment, providing strategic advice and support to Scottish companies and foreign investors. Her in-depth knowledge derived from investing in Asia emerging markets for years. Coupled with language, local and intercultural competence, this has led to considerable expertise in identifying business opportunities and building connections. 
 
Christine is an experienced investor for Asia emerging market equities with nearly 15 years’ experience in the Investment Industry in Scotland working for Baillie Gifford and Martin Currie. She began her career in auditing with Ernst & Young in China and held a Management Accountant role in British Energy. Christine holds her CFA Levels I&II and holds a degree Accounting together with a fully accountancy qualification.


 A dialogue with John Edwards, newly appointed HM Trade Commissioner to China  

John was one of the 9 Trade Commissioners appointed by the British government to promote the UK in important global markets. As the head of the Department for International Trade in China, John is in charge of all bilateral trade issues and works closely with Her Majesty’s Ambassador in Beijing to promote UK trade and prosperity.

John has 25 years of experience working for the UK government, with more than half of that time spent in China including as HM Consul General in Shanghai (2015-19) and Minister Counsellor at the British Embassy (2012- 15). 

In his previous roles in China, John has led teams across China dealing with science and innovation, energy, climate change and health policy. As Consul General in Shanghai he was responsible for the trade and investment relationship across East China. In his most recent role as Deputy Trade Commissioner he was responsible for the advanced manufacturing, Tech, education, life sciences and healthcare sectors. 
Outside of China, John was the speechwriter for three Foreign Secretaries and was the Deputy Consul General in Jerusalem. John graduated from Oxford University with a degree in Ancient and Modern History.

 
What excites Chinese investors 

Wu Chen, Public Affairs Executive Director, Deputy Chief Representative of the UK,  Fosun International.

Wu Chen is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Fosun London office, contribute to the on-going successful operation of portfolio businesses in the region and lead on engagements with its stakeholders.
 
Prior to Fosun, Wu Chen was a Deputy Director at the Great Britain China Centre, a Foreign Office NDPB working with UK and Chinese actors in advancing political dialogue, judicial reforms and the Rule of Law. Wu Chen also served at various research, regional business development & management functions at the China-Britain Business Council in London, Southwest of England and Shanghai over a period of 9 years. Wu Chen is a BA and Msc Economics & Finance graduate from the University of Manchester.


Graham Griffiths, Chief Business Officer, Vaccitech

Graham joined Vaccitech as Chief Business Officer in October 2017. Previously he was COO and co-founder of Agalimmune Limited, a clinical stage Biotech developing directly administered immunotherapies for oncology indications.

Graham qualified as a solicitor in London in 2005, before moving to co-found technology company MET, which was subsequently sold to a group of private investors. He was an investment fund manager at Matrix Securities and then worked for 9 years as an operator and investor to develop a portfolio of life sciences companies held by Animatrix Capital LLP.

Graham’s focus has been on operating and developing early stage products and companies targeting the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and infectious diseases. One of these was Agalimmune, where Graham led the licensing, funding and development of a novel cancer immunotherapy and played a lead role in the company’s successful sale to NASDAQ-listed BioLineRx in 2017.

Graham holds a BA Hons degree in Law with French from Newcastle University.

Elsa Hu, Executive Director, GP Bullhound

Elsa is an Executive Director at GP Bullhound. Based in Hong Kong, and with more than 14 years of cross-border and cross-market M&A and capital market experience, Elsa is expanding the firm’s Asia and especially China outreach.

Before joining GP Bullhound, Elsa led the cross-border M&A effort at China Renaissance, where she brought together high quality overseas internet, media and technology startups and Chinese strategic and financial investors in over 12 transactions totaling $6bn. Before China Renaissance, Elsa worked at HSBC in Hong Kong and Shanghai, Lazard in Beijing, and Goldman Sachs in New York.

Elsa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Economics from Mount Holyoke College (magna cum laude).​
 

Avi Nagel, China Market Business Adviser, China-Britain Business Council

Avi is a China Market Business Adviser focusing on firms in the financial and professional services sector. Originally from the US, he is a Mandarin speaker with five years of experiencing living in China. Having worked for a multi-national real estate company and then a Chinese investment management firm in Beijing, he understands the complexities of doing business in China and how Chinese investors look at investment opportunities. Prior to moving to China, he was the Director of Asset Management for a leading industrial real estate investor in Chicago and received a BA in Economics from Reed College.
 

Ian Zhu, Head of China Outbound Investment, China-Britain Services Group, Grant Thornton UK LLP

Ian provides national pan-advisory support, using his skills and expertise to develop all China-related opportunities and relations, assist both British and Chinese clients in their cross-border investment and trade activities, help colleagues deliver projects to Chinese clients in the UK and China, and promote diversity and Chinese culture awareness within the firm.
 
He is a Bilingual China-born British citizen, having 18 years of client-facing work experience in Mainland China, Hong Kong and the UK across various sectors and diversified business functions with an in-depth knowledge of UK-China business collaborations. 
 
Prior to joining the firm, Ian held a number of senior roles in both British companies (British importer and British exporter) and Chinese corporates (Chinese state-owned conglomerate with over 500,000 employees, the 81st largest in the world and Chinese private family office with over 20,000 employees, within the top 50 richest in Asia).
  
Ian is well-connected within the C-suites of the Chinese corporate community as well as the Chinese high net worth individuals circle based in the UK. 
 
He technically specialises in Corporate Finance, Strategic Alliance, Global Sourcing and Strategic Procurement, Corporate Governance and Internal Control.