Stewart Johnson: Stewart recently graduated with a B.A in Chinese and Law (Joint First Class Honours) from SOAS, University of London. He is now based in Beijing reading for the CEMS MIM at Tsinghua University’s School of Economics and Management. Stewart has enjoyed an active engagement in China-Britain relations since receiving the Chinese Government title of “Outstanding Ambassador of the Chinese Language” last year, notably having made speeches welcoming both Vice Premier Li Keqiang and Premier Wen Jiabao on their recent state visits to the UK. He believes mutual innovation in sustainability will form a key cornerstone of our relationship moving forward.
Daniel Maggs: Daniel read Japanese Studiesat Pembroke College, Cambridge University, during which time he studied atWaseda University in Tokyo. After graduating he entered law school and went onto work at Allen & Overy LLP. During his training contract Daniel developeda broader interest in Asia beyond Japan, and began studying Mandarin. He also co-foundedFLAG (Future Leaders in Asia Group), the UK’s first dedicated pan-Asianbusiness networking and leadership training forum, which shares CBYA’s visionof strengthening relations between the UK and Asia. Recently after qualifyingas a solicitor of England and Wales, Daniel left the law to pursue a career in finance.
Kazi Hossain: Kazi Hossain is a UK Government Adviser with a strong interest in environmental and socioeconomic sustainability. He currently works in the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and has drafted various government policies on renewable energy. He will shortly be moving from DECC to HM Treasury to work on vital reform of the banking sector. Kazi is also a published author, and has written several books in the social sciences, most recently on ethnic unemployment: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/3844398287. His interest in China developed during his university days at UCL, when he went on a cultural exchange to Hangzhou, and visited Beijing to see the Olympics. Upon returning to the UK, he completed an MSc in Environmental Technology & Energy as an Imperial College Scholar. He is looking forward to understanding more about Chinese policy on climate change mitigation and stimulating innovation.
Hannah Roe: Hannah read PPE at Balliol College, Oxford. She is currently studying for a BA in Chinese language at Beijing Normal University and is most grateful for the study grants that are supporting her. After completing her degree at Oxford, she worked for a year as the elected VP(Women) at Oxford University Student Union. In Beijing she is a member of the committee of the Oxford and Cambridge Club of Beijing and co-manages the speaker programme of VIVA- Beijing Professional Women’s Network. She is very interested in the role of youth in developing society’s response to the challenges of sustainable development.
Sasan Lohrasb: Sasan is an accomplished, innovative and results-driven multi-lingual individual having successfully made the step-over from an intern with an ambition of driving long-term business success in China-Britain financial circles. He holds two degrees; BA Economics with Chinese Studies and MSc Management in Contemporary China and Emerging Markets from the University of Nottingham. He has obtained both private equity and wealth management experience in Beijing and financial services experience in London. An author of two papers, the first surrounding sustainability, depicts an econometric relationship between atmospheric pollution and economic growth in China while the second analyses China RMB-Denominated funds. Currently, whilst being an independent financial advisor, he is driving his conversational Mandarin to full fluency by completing a one-year China government sponsored course at the globally renowned Fudan University.
Caroline Hibberd: Caroline spent a month in Shanghai over the summer of 2010 on a language and culture programme funded by the British government. Having now returned to spend three months in Beijing in order to improve her mandarin and work for a sustainable energy consultancy company. Since starting the internship, she has become involved in a really exciting project to sell electric scooters in Europe and is looking to form corporate partnerships in the UK in order to launch this venture. Aside from this, she is training to become a solicitor in the future and hopes one day to return to China to work in the legal field.
David Bartram: David Bartram is a freelance journalist who writes about China. In 2008 he moved to Beijing to work for 21st Century, an English-language newspaper particularly popular among Chinese students. He spent 2010 writing about EU-Asia relations from Brussels, and is now back in the UK mainly writing for China Daily’s European edition about the issues that affect the China-Europe relationship. His articles on China have spanned politics, economics, sport, travel, film and music and have appeared in The Guardian, The Australian and The Global Times among others.
Andrew Panton: Andrew studied Law at Cambridge University and is currently studying for a Master in International Economic Policy at Sciences Po, Paris. In pursuit of his interest in sustainability issues, Andrew has interned at the UK environment department and volunteered on two development projects in India. This year, an environmental education project that he designed with two French students was awarded first prize in the renowned Trophée d’innovation et du développement durable (sustainability innovation competition). Seeking to gain experience of living and working in China, Andrew took part in the British Council’s UK-China 400 student exchange programme last summer, and subsequently volunteered in earthquake-recovery schools in Sichuan and Qinghai and at an MUN training programme in Beijing. Andrew has also interned with law firms in Hong Kong and (presently) in Beijing and intends to return to China after completing his Master’s degree.
Jermaine Holliehead: Jermaine is an International Relations & Global Politics Graduate from Nottingham Trent University and the University of South Florida with a keen interest in Chinese studies. In 2009 he was selected to represent his discipline during a month long study and internship programme with the University of Manchester, the Confucious Institute and Healforce Shanghai. In 2010 he was selected to attend the Shanghai Expo on an 8 day, four cities tour with the British Council where he attended various conferences and Gala dinners with British Ambassadors and the Chinese Premier. Whilst maintaining a strong and active interest within UK – China relations Jermaine is also a serial entrepreneur and currently runs 3 successful businesses within the recruitment and student travel industry. On top of this he is a keen traveler and has worked, traveled and studied extensively across the US, South East Asia, Australia and Europe. Jermaine is especially interested in this visit as it has a strong emphasis on British and Chinese entrepreneurship.
Aurelia Gorman: Aurelia read Chinese Studies at Wadham College, Oxford University during which time she visited China and took a course in Mandarin at Beijing University. After graduation she studied at BPP for the Graduate Diploma in Law and completed the Legal Practice Course. She is currently a solicitor at Macfarlanes LLP, an international law firm which advises business clients on corporate, commercial and private affairs, in their Corporate Mergers and Acquisitions department. Macfarlanes supports her continued study of Mandarin in order to supplement her legal knowledge and understanding in this field. More and more they are meeting clients who are engaging with businesses in China, sometimes as part of a joint venture, sometimes an acquisition and sometimes, of course, trade. It is not just a one-way street – Chinese companies are increasingly sourcing their business in the United Kingdom. In January 2010 we at Macfarlanes hosted ten of the top Chinese government-owned utilities and metal companies seeking UK advisors for their potential UK business investment.
James Kingston: James studied History and Politics at Christ Church, Oxford, focusing in upon the history and politics of modern China and writing an undergraduate thesis on Anglo-Chinese relations during World War Two. During his time at Oxford he served as President of the Oxford Union debating society, a position which allowed him to organise and hold several public debates, including one on the rise of China. He was also involved with student journalism and party politics. He is currently in the first year of the Peking University/LSE Double Msc in International Affairs, so has been busy getting used to Beijing!
Jonathan Davies: Jonathan graduated from Swansea University in 2008 with a First Class Honours degree in War and Society. Following a year working for Cranfield University and the United Kingdom Defence Academy researching issues related to defence acquisition, he left for China with the goal of learning Chinese Mandarin as a means to better understand Chinese culture. Having spent two years studying the language in different parts of the country, he is currently studying at Peking University as part of the first year on a joint master’s degree in International Affairs with the London School of Economics and Politics.
James Walters: I have recently graduated from the University of Edinburgh, where I studied Geography (BSc). I played an active role for a student-run and grass roots sustainability project, which aimed at making sustainable living as easy as possible for students in Edinburgh. My passion and drive is in sustainable development both at urban and environmental levels, which I studied in my dissertation. I am currently entering the second month of a 2-month internship with the China Energy Fund Committee in Shanghai. The China Energy Fund Committee is a non-profit, non-governmental, think tank which specialises in the energy market and international relations. I am very interested in committing to staying out in China after the completion of my internship.