Delegate Profiles

Alexander Potts
I was born in London and then moved up to Leeds for the second half of my school career. I am currently in my second year of studying Spanish and Chinese at Nottingham University, and in my spare time I am Treasurer for the China China Society, which focuses on Anglo-Chinese cultural exchange.

Amy Purssey
Amy Purssey studied at Brighton College obtaining a full Art Scholarship. She finished her secondary education in the South of France. In 2009 she collaborated with Damien Hirst in the Pop Life exhibition at Tate Modern and went onto study a History of Art degree at Goldsmiths. Following a trip to China, she became interested in the emerging Chinese art movement, culminating in an internship in New York at the Eli Klein Gallery. She has since decided to specialise in Chinese Contemporary Art. She has worked as an Art Consultant with the Whitewall Gallery Group and also Modern Masters in Mayfair, London. Future projects include curating an exhibition in Venice this December.

Benjamin Barton
Benjamin holds a BA in European Studies from Sussex University and an MA in International Relations from the College of Europe. Following graduation, he spent two years working as an Academic/Research Assistant at the College of Europe on EU-China relations. In September 2011, Benjamin started his PhD as part of the King’s College London/Hong Kong University joint doctoral programme.

Brice Longnos
Brice Longnos is a French management and film graduate from ESSEC and Sorbonne. Having started studying Mandarin early on, his interest in Chinese culture grew along the years. In 2010, he completed an Asia-focused program in Singapore and an internship at a film company in Beijing. He has since contributed to develop bonds between Western and Chinese film industries.

Burton Li
Burton joined the PwC Management Consultant practice after receiving a BSc (Hons) Philosophy, Politics and Economics degree from the University of Warwick. Burton founded “The China Forum” – the first China centric academic conference in the Midlands, during which he has invited notable speakers such as the Rt. Hon Chris Patten, Martin Lee, Elise Leung and Chip Tsao.

Cao Bowen
Bowen has recently graduated from University College London (UCL) where he has been working as a PhD researcher. During his time at UCL he served as Consultant of the Chinese Student and Scholars Association, a position which allowed him to organise and hold several events to promote cultural exchange and dialogue between British and Chinese students.

Chen Shinfei
Shin-Fei Chen is an actress based in the UK. After graduating from UC Berkeley and working in communications, she discovered acting with Beijing Actors Workshop and subsequently trained at Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. She has worked with Sadler’s Wells, AllofUs and Satellite Pictures. She is fluent in English and Mandarin and is represented by City Actors Management.

Di Xiao
Described as “a pianist of awesome gifts”. Di’s first international appearance, at the age of 17, was a performance of the ‘Yellow River Concerto’ for the Malaysian Royal Family. Since then she has performed on many of the World’s most famous concert platforms collecting prizes and acclaim along the way. She aspires to be an international ambassador for her art and, thereby, form a bridge between cultures. www.dixiao.co.uk

Ferghal Crowley
Ferghal is currently Company Assistant Director with StoneCrabs Theatre Company and has just finished working on their latest production The Asphalt Kiss. Next month he will begin filming Try Again, a short film made with the support of The Roundhouse Online Film Fund. Ferghal is a graduate of Exeter University and the China Pathways program.

Gong Ruowei
Ruowei Gong is a third year student studying womenswear at London College of Fashion. As an international student, she has a lot of study and work experience in UK, China, US and Germany. With passion and curiosity for culture exchange and creative industries, she is willing to learn more and devote her effort to the development of China-Britain creative relationship.

Han Cui
I am a student studying International Relations and Creative Industries at King’s College London. Educated in both China and UK have broadened my horizon and improved my communication skills. Also after assisting exchange programs and learning Chinese tea art for two years, I am keen to contribute to culture communication between China and Britain.

Katy Ho
Originally from Hong Kong, Katy came to London to pursue her studies and passion in international relations. After witnessing the difficulty for graduates to break into the industry in the UK, Katy established a think tank on foreign affairs for UK university students and alumni, creating a platform that enables young people to inject innovative thinking into foreign policy analysis.

Lilly Bussmann
Lilly Bussmann is the co-founder of Bundshop, a design label and ecommerce platform for emerging Chinese industrial and fashion designers. She co-founded this venture to provide a supporting structure for a new generation of independent Chinese designers whose works have yet to be fully appreciated by East as well as West. She studies Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University.

Liu Suyu
Suyu Liu is a final year DPhil (PhD) candidate in Department of Sociology, University of Oxford. Previous to Master and DPhil education in Oxford, he obtained an MPhil from Cambridge, UK and a Bachelor degree from Nankai University, China. He has an interdisciplinary background which covers economics, environment, labour market, education and so on. He has a strong interest in the UK-China relations in different aspects, especially in innovation industry, human capital and R&D.

Liu Yumin (Verada)
Verada Liu is currently a postgraduate student in Kings College of London (KCL), with a major in Cultural and Creative Industries (CCI). She finished her bachelor degree in National Taiwan University (NTU) in Public Administration then worked in a Public Relation agency in Taiwan. She believes CCI will be a significant industry for encouraging interaction between different cultures and creating economic profits at the same time.

Lucy Minyo
Lucy read Architecture at Cambridge, where she discovered a passion for collaborative research processes and immersive design. She has worked on stage productions for the National Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe, Edinburgh Festival and BAC, in addition to interior architecture and installation projects. In 2010 Lucy was awarded a CSC Scholarship, and has spent two years studying and working in China.

Lucy Shum
Lucy Shum is a designer and an independent curator. Professionally trained in Product Design at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, UK and Rhode Island School of Design, USA, she now focuses on experimental materials and traditional craftsmanship in modern design. She is also a co-founder and the director of the UK China Art and Design Association which acts as a catalyst for the creative power of a new generation of artists and designers drawing on both British and Chinese influences.

Qian Mingqiu (Michelle)
I am an undergraduate student reading Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Imperial College London. I have worked and volunteered in various sectors such as banking, education, and consultancy both in the China and the UK. During my time in the UK, I have won a community-volunteering award as well as many academic awards.

Rajan K. Randev
Rajan K. Randev is a Senior Executive Advisor/Publishing Editor for China in Focus who has contributed to projects centred on exchanging academic ideas and promotion of intercultural interaction e.g. establishment of the annual China Forum and the China Review publication. Being a chemistry graduate has allowed him to embark upon numerous industrial/academic collaborations as a research assistant at Warwick University.

Rebecca Jane Miller
Since 2007 studying Chinese has been not only a passion of mine, but has also worked as a key tool in my career. I have worked on a number of television programmes, which have been broadcast across China. This has sparked a deep interest in cultural exchange between China and the UK, particularly within the realm of the media.

Rogier Creemiers
Rogier is a post-doctoral research officer at the Programme for Comparative Media Law and Policy. On the basis of his background in Chinese Studies and International Relations, he wrote a Ph.D. thesis on the relationship between media piracy in China, intellectual property law and media regulation, and globalization. His main research interest is the governance of China’s cultural and media sector. He also edits the China Media Law Database on http://chinacopyrightandmedia.wordpress.com

Sam Laurence
Sam Laurence is a music industry professional working in event promotion, music booking and artist management. In 2004 he created highly successful club event brand ‘dollop’, which is held regularly in London and Nottingham. Sam also works for award-winning national promoters DHP Group, consults for brands and manages artists. In 2009 he visited Shanghai as part of UK-China 400.

Sun Yanwei (Cecilia)
Chinese, 23, master in International Marketing Management. I am a person with imagination, curiosity and determinacy. I directed a modern drama, registered a trademark, wrote a novel in the past a few years. I want to start my own business as soon as possible and help more Chinese children get better education conditions.

Tom Carrington Smith
I founded a digital company called UniSport, whilst studying at Exeter University, that live streamed University sports matches for the first time to one central platform and had over 200,000 users across the world. I now work at The Eleven, a youth and social marketing agency. We leverage our network of young people to enable brands and policy makers to develop credibility, relevance and engaging relationships with the youth audience.

Victoria Braham
Victoria graduated with a BA in English and Hispanic studies from the University of Birmingham. She was selected for the Study China Programme in 2009 to study Mandarin for one month at Shandong University. The following year she returned to China as a delegate for China400 An Exchange of Future Leaders. Victoria worked as part of the ‘Liverpool in China’ PR team, and is currently working for an international agency network, thenetworkone, which connects creative businesses, including many Chinese agencies, on a global scale.