Team Profiles

The Executive Committee

Harry Queenborough: Co-Founder of China-Britain Youth Association, Harry is a strategy consultant with a passion for China. Harry has spent 1 ½ years between Hong Kong, Beijing and Nanjing working as an intern with a leading Chinese investment bank and a student of Mandarin Chinese at TsinghuaUniversity . Harry was awarded a first class with honours in Politics and International Relations specialising in modern China.

Phil Entwistle: Phil is studying for a DPhil in Politics at Merton College, Oxford University. He has been hooked on China since spending a year teaching English in deepest Henan in 2004-5. His time is now taken up with travelling between Oxford and Beijing, analysing the latest research on China, and memorising endless Hanzi. He is married to the lovely Aiman.

Adam Tyndall: Adam knows the value of youth dialogue programmes having been captivated by China on a British Council trip in 2008. Since that first trip, he has returned to teach English language summer schools, travel the Silk Road and represent the UK at the EU-China Year of Youth Opening Summit. He is currently studying Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University and recently Co-Coordinated the UK’s largest student-run international development conference.

Committee Members

Henry Makeham: Henry is the Co-Founder of the Australia-China Youth Association (ACYA) and Founder of the Australia-China Youth Dialogue (ACYD). He is a recipient of the Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Endeavour Award and was the Student Group Leader of the ‘First Premier Wen Jiabao Invited Group of Young Australians to Visit China’. Henry has published articles and opinion-editorial pieces in the China Daily, East Asia Forum, Hong Kong Law Journal and the Canberra Times. Henry read Law (First Class Honours) and Chinese Studies at the Australian National University. He has also studied at Peking University, the East China University of Politics and Law and the Berkeley-Tsinghua Inter-University Program.

Matthew Townsend: Matthew co-founded the China-Britain Law Institute in 2010. He trained as a lawyer at the London office of SJ BerwinLLP and worked for the International Trade Department of the Beijing office of King & Wood PRC Lawyers (China’s largest law firm). He was shortlisted for the Junior Lawyer of the Year Award at the 2010 Law Society Excellence Awards. Educated at Oxford University, Matthew is a trustee at London Chinese Radio.

Peter Keyong Chan: Peter is the global Training Pole Manager of ShARE Association, and right now pursuing PhD degree in Electronic Engineering at Tsinghua University and simultaneously double Bachelor degree in Economics at Peking University. He will graduate in 2012 soon and is willing to get involved with the investment industry. As a youngster, he firmly believes the value of communication and cooperation, and happily devotes to the China-Britain youth relationship’s development. And Peter is fond of food, gathering, light music, travel, languages and many new, challenging things.

Edward Holroyd Pearce: Edward read Chinese at Cambridge and gained an MSc in Management for China from SOAS. He has studied and lived in Beijing, Taipei, Bangkok and Singapore. Professionally, Edward is the co-director of CRCC Asia, specialising in China businesses and work placements.  He has previous experience in the airline industry and also in China related finance. Edward is also involved in supporting charities in Thailand and China.

Daniel Nivern: Daniel read French and German at Oxford and gained an MSc in Management for China at SOAS. He is the co-director of CRCC Asia, specialising in China business and work placements and has been profiled in The Guardian, Sunday Times and Wall Street Journal for his work with China. He is a UK Government connector, encouraging entrepreneurship amongst young Brits, was the Vice President of the Oxford Cambridge Club Beijing and a founding member of the UK based China Advisors Network.

Robert Lee: Rob is an accountant working for a global professional service firm. He was born in China and have been in the UK since secondary school. He was president of the Economics society at Manchester university and founder of ‘bankingonyourtalent’, which was one of the largest banking event outside London. He currently spends his spare time exploring new ways to deepen mutual understanding between Britain and China.

Lindsay Liu: Lindsay is a media studies graduate from top universities in China and the UK. She has worked as a presenter and journalist in a number of famous Chinese radio stations, and won prizes for her skills as an anchor and presenter. Lindsay is very experienced at presenting programmes exploring western and Chinese culture, and is always keen to use her media skills and contacts to help bring people together.

Mimi Zou: Mimi is an employment lawyer and a consultant for the International Labour Organization China Office. She is studying for a DPhil in Law at St John’s College, Oxford University where she is also the Junior Dean. Mimi is Chinese-Australian, grew up in Sydney and has spent most of her professional life in Asia and Europe. She is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese.

Jaede Tan: Jaede is the Managing Director of China Study Abroad, an education consultancy specializing in raising awareness of the importance of China and the Chinese language around the world and assisting students from across the globe to study in China. Having grown up in the UK, Jaede first visited China in 2001 and has been returning to regularly ever since before relocating permanently in 2008.

Zhang Yu Huai: Neo is passionate about promoting friendship between China and theUK. He has project management experience across initiatives including the Multicultural Awareness Week and was named International Student of the Year by the UK government. Neo was named Best Newcomer while working at Invest NorthernIreland to strengthen the bilateral trade between China and the UK. Neo graduated from Oxford University.

Yu Tao: Yu is reading for a DPhil in Politics in Oxford University. He researches the civil society and local state structures in contemporary China. Yu got degrees from Peking University and Cambridge University before joining Oxford. As an enthusiastic fan of food, books, history and architecture, he loves travelling and seeing his short essays published in magazines.

Matt Wills: Matt is currently studying history at Oxford University, and on graduation is aiming to undertake postgraduate study on China.  Matt first became interested in modern Chinese history aged 15, and since then has developed a strong academic interest in 20th century China, and current Chinese affairs.  He went to Beijing last year, and is due to return to China for 2 months this summer.