Guest Speaker Profiles

Sir John Boyd
Chairman, Asia House
Sir John Boyd is the Chairman of Asia House. He was UK Ambassador to Japan from 1992 to 1996 and since retiring from the Foreign Office has continued to play a prominent role in public life, including serving as Chairman of the British Museum and Master of Churchill College, Cambridge University. In 2007, he received from the Emperor of Japan the Grand Cordon of the Rising Sun in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the promotion of friendship, as well as academic and cultural exchange, between Japan and the UK.

Marco Forgione
Chief Executive, International Visual Communications Association (IVCA)
Marco began his working life as the Parliamentary advisor and speech writer for the then Shadow Environment Minister. During this time he worked on developing urban policy. It was in Westminster that he developed his keen interest in results driven communication strategy. After Westminster Marco was appointed Director of Marketing and Communication at The Landscape Institute, the Royal Chartered Institute for landscape architects and urban planners, highlights included working with the team responsible for delivering the 2012 Olympic Park. Marco was then headhunted to help Canterbury College establish its commercial revenue streams, helping the College to become one of the largest FE providers of apprenticeships and business focused skills training. For the past 5 years Marco has helped lead the transformation of IVCA, the leading not for profit, membership association representing the creators and commissioners of film, video and digital communication. He has been particularly involved in leading the promotion of the UK’s creative industries in China. Marco has been voted one of the most influential people in the Audio Video Industry. At a gala award ceremony in Beijing he was presented with the 2011 China International Achievement Award.

Orlando Edwards
Senior Project Manager, Great Britain China Centre
Orlando Edwards is Senior Project Manager at the Great Britain China Centre. Orlando read Chinese at the University of Edinburgh. Since graduating he has worked on a number of China-UK and China-EU exchange programmes including promoting UK-China school links and mandarin learning in English schools; museum management in China; pre-trial detention centre management in China; and editing a quarterly journal, the China Review.

Philip Dodd
Director, Made in China
Philip Dodd is an internationally recognised expert in the field of culture and creative industries. He is regularly invited to speak and advise on the creative industries, from Chaoyang District Government, Beijing, to the UK Government’s ‘Cool Britannia’ strategy and appears frequently in the international media from the Financial Times to BBC World Service. In 2000, while director of London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts, he founded the globally recognised Cultural Entrepreneurs Club, a support agency for 500 of London’s creative businesses. He has developed major creative industry degrees at British universities and is a visiting fellow at various universities. He was recently named “one of the top 50 UK design gurus by Design Week magazine. Philip has travelled and worked regularly in China since 1998, when he was invited to accompany Prime Minister Tony Blair to China. Since then he has established many networks in China and is a recognised authority on China by the UK’s creative and cultural industry community. He is the European consultant for the Li Ka Shing Foundation. He is an award-winning broadcaster and editor, and currently presents a weekly BBC programme. In 2004, he was described by the Guardian as “one of the two of the cleverest analysts of the political-cultural changes of his generation”.

Ximo Peris
Architect and digital creator
Ximo trained as an architect before moving into computer graphics in 1997. He worked in the Netherlands and taught at Delft University of Technology. On moving to London, he worked for Hayes Davidson and Smoothe on many large-scale animation projects, including the London 2012 Olympic bid. Ximo still lectures on the language and techniques of visualisation in the construction industry. Since 2009 Ximo has been at Crystal CG as a Creative Director part of the team that delivered all digital content for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games.

Rachel Marsden
Independent curator and freelance arts writer
Rachel Marsden is an independent curator, PhD researcher and freelance arts writer in the field of contemporary Asian art, specifically contemporary Chinese art, since 2010 living between the West Midlands (UK) and Shanghai (China). Currently, she works as Research Curator (part-time) for Chinese Arts Centre (Manchester, UK) and Coordinator (part-time) for the Centre for Chinese Visual Arts (CCVA) (Birmingham, UK and China). PhD studies at Birmingham Institute of Art and Design (BIAD), in association with the CCVA. (

Martin Pick
Literary agent and former publisher
Martin Pick, Chairman Tibour Jones literary agency and a former publisher (OUP, Longman, Macmillan and his own company, Belitha Press) he is also Executive Chairman. Charles Pick Consultancy (CPC), and the literary and film agent for Wilbur Smith. Martin worked for five years in India and Pakistan for OUP, and as an educational and children’s book publisher for 27 years. He was a TV producer and has been a literary agent for 16 years. He is now on the Advisory Committee for the British Library’s ‘Authors’ Lives’ project, which records interviews with the UK’s most influential authors. He co-founded the Charles Pick Fellowship at the UEA in 2001 In 2012 the CPF will offer a South Asian Fellowship.

Sharon Choa
Violinist and conductor, director of music and performance at UEA
B Mus. PhD. Born Hong Kong with Anglo Chinese education. Studied at Kings College London and the Royal Academy of Music under Sidney Griller. A Violinist and Conductor. Director of Music and Performance at UEA and conductor of UEA Symphony Orchestra and Founder Conductor of Chamber Orchestra Anglia. Currently directing a web based thematic catalogue of Benjamin Brittain`s works in collaboration with the Brittain Pears Foundation and working on a critical edition of Martinu 4th Symphony at the Martinu Institute.

Zoe Chan
Zoe Chan is the founder of Atelier ChanChan, a small architecture practice founded in early 2011. Interested in the de-materialisation of architectural elements and thresholds; much of her architecture and artwork experiments with transparency, scale, and the perception of space and its limits. The practice has completed several acclaimed projects such as Ridleys temporary restaurant, Urban Fog teahouse and Carte Blanche gallery and Zoe is currently working on building her own house in Dalston as well as developing 2 other project in East London. Before starting her practice Zoe graduated from the Architectural Association as a scholar, previous to that she worked at Atmos Studio Architecture upon completing her undergraduate studies at Cambridge University where she graduated summa cum laude.

Richard Graham MP
Chair, All Party Parliamentary China Group
Richard Graham was elected MP for Gloucester in 2010 and is chair of the All Party Parliamentary China Group. Before entering Parliament, Richard worked for several years in the Far East, mostly with Cathay Pacific Airways. In 1986 he joined the Foreign Office and was later posted to China. Richard then worked for Barings plc including as Chief Representative of their China office. He was a director of The Greater China Fund for 10 years.

Lise Bertelsen
China Adviser, China-Britain Business Council
With more than 15 years’ experience in the China market, Lise Bertelsen has worked with a wide variety of companies, organisations and government departments within a broad range of sectors, both in China and the UK. Located in CBBC’s London office, Lise advises companies of all sectors throughout London and the South East, but has a particular focus on Low Carbon, Environment and Water. Lise graduated from London University’s School of Oriental and African Studies with a BA Honours Degree in Chinese.

Jeff Cao
Head of Asia Pacific, London & Partners
Jeff Cao works at London & Partners, the Mayor of London’s economic development and promotional agency, attracting and delivering value to businesses, students and visitors. Jeff has twenty years of experience advising corporate clients on market entry strategies, competitive positioning, influence mapping, relationship building, and deal facilitation. He also has cross sector experience, particularly in retail, pharmaceutical, FMCG, telecom and financial services. Before joining London & Partners, Jeff was a strategy consultant with a London-based management consultancy. Prior to that, he was an investment banker based in China. Jeff speaks Mandarin and English, and has an MBA in Finance, a B.Eng. in Computer Science and a Diploma in Law.

Susana Galván
Head of CEO and Chair’s Office, British Council
Originally from Barcelona, Susana has devoted most of her life to the learning of languages and the promotion of education and culture internationally. Fluent in Mandarin, English, Spanish and Catalan, Susana studied in Barcelona and Leeds Universities, and later won scholarships to study at Beijing University and Taipei Culture University. Susana has spent most of her career in East Asia, working for the British Council and managing the promotion of cultural and education exchanges. She is currently based in London as their Head of the CEO & Chair’s Office. Susana is actively involved in promotion of the arts, in collaboration with her husband, violinist Sebastian See-Schierenberg. She manages ‘Live4Music’, a UK-based charity that engages and inspires young people through the delivery of free concerts by eminent musicians in Schools and Universities.

Ian Chance
Course Director, MA Creative Entrepreneurship, University of East Anglia
MA, Slade Dip (Lond), FRSA, Creative Entrepreneur Ian has directed, produced, curated and commissioned, Performing Arts, Music, Literature and Visual Arts programmes with Artists from 45 countries throughout the world. Established international partnerships with the Pablo Casals Music Festival, France and ADOGI publishing Barcelona
• Originated and pioneered the concept of the Creative Entrepreneur
• Director of the first Masters in Creative Entrepreneurship in the UK, at the University of East Anglia (now
at UEA London Campus) 2006 -2012 receiving students from China, Russia, USA, Kuwait and the UK
• Studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, London University
• Twice nominated `Creative Briton` in the Prudential Awards of 1998 and 2000
• Elected a Life Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
• Awarded an Honorary Master of Arts Degree, University of East Anglia
• Presented to HM Queen Elizabeth 11 on her Jubilee visit to Suffolk 2002
• Independent advisor to The Arts Council of England 1997/98
• CPD Trainer to Barclays Bank 2005 Arts development consultant for Sainsbury’s 1998-1999. Director of Farleys Yard Arts Trust East Sussex and Former Board Director of Dance East

Dr. Lu Hong
Director, LSE Confucius Institute for Business London
Dr Hong Lu has a PhD in ICT support teaching and training and has been a higher education language instructor & teacher trainer since 1988, both in the UK and China. She specialises in executive education relating to cross-cultural studies and cultural awareness training. As a teacher trainer, education consultant and course developer & designer, her work spans Chinese and British universities. She has presented her research papers at international TESOL conferences across China, as well as in New York, Vancouver and London. She is responsible for 26 projects annually and plays a leading role in managing executive education at CIBL.

Darren Groucutt
Creative Director of Film and Animation, Crystal CG
Crystal CG is a creative agency, passionate and fascinated by the spaces where audiences and consumers engage, touch and interact with digital experiences. Creative Director with 14 years’ experience in digital media. Leader in concept and strategy development for complex briefs. Award-winning animation director, I excel at motivating and inspiring teams to deliver superb creative work under tight deadlines, with an emphasis on moving image and film. Appointed as Creative Director of film & animation in Spring 2011 with the aim of utilising in-depth consumer brands experience of motion graphics, design and online marketing to help Crystal enhance its presence in the consumer market.

Fenella Barber
Director, China-Britain Business Council
Fenella is director with responsibilities for membership and marketing. She has been with CBBC for 2 years joining from China Now, the business-backed festival of China with events across the UK in the run up to the 2008 Beijing Olympics. She has a commercial, marketing and China background with 8 years spent living and working in New York and China. She has worked for WPP in New York and an agency of the Economist Group in Beijing. She has an undergraduate degree from Edinburgh University, an MBA from Columbia Business School and has studied Mandarin. She is passionate about building bridges and creating opportunities between the UK and China.

Professor Hugo de Burgh
Professor of Journalism, University of Westminster Director, China Media Centre
Professor of Journalism in Britain’s leading media research institute, CAMRI. Director of the China Media Centre. Author of books and articles on both Western public affairs and China, including the popular book China Friend or Foe? Writer/presenter of the forthcoming CCTV series The West you do not know 你所不知道的西方.