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The 2023 forum, ‘Building bridges: advancing China-UK economic relations for a sustainable future’, was a pivotal platform for examining and developing areas of mutual economic benefit to China and the UK. The event built on 2022's well-regarded integration of government and private sector perspectives from both countries through carefully moderated discussions to support policy and understanding, conducive to mutual investment.

The conference brought together key government and private sector stakeholders and experts to share knowledge and explore practical strategies for building a robust and sustainable economic partnership.

You can find the 2022 event here.

Building bridges: advancing China-UK economic relations for a sustainable future

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Dame Caroline Wilson

British Ambassador to China

Dame Caroline Wilson is British ambassador to the People’s Republic of China. She was previously Europe director at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and before that consul general to Hong Kong and Macao. She has also worked for the UK Representation to the European Union in Brussels.

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Zheng Zeguang

Chinese Ambassador to the UK

Zheng Zeguang is the Chinese ambassador to the UK. He has held numerous positions in the Chinese government, including vice minister of foreign affairs, director general in the department of North American and oceanian affairs and exectuive vice mayor of Nanjing. He has also worked in the Chinese Embassy in the US as deputy chief of missions and held posititons in the Chinese Embassy in Trinidad and Tobago.



Bernard Altschuler

Head, Central Bank Coverage

Bernard Altschuler is head of central bank coverage at HSBC. He has over 30 years’ experience in banking and spent 17 years at ABN AMRO Bank/Royal Bank of Scotland in a variety of fixed income clearing corporation and client relationship roles, latterly as global relationship manager for central banks.


Tom Attenborough

Head, International Primary Markets
London Stock Exchange Group

Tom Attenborough is head of international business development of primary markets at the London Stock Exchange. In his role, he advises UK and international companies and their owners on the process of raising capital and listing on London’s markets. Prior to his role, Attenborough was at Citigroup as a managing director in the equity capital markets division.

Meghnad Desai

Lord Meghnad Desai

British House of Lords

Meghnad Desai is chairman of the OMFIF advisory council and emeritus professor of economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has been a member of the UK House of Lords select committee on European Union financial affairs since July 2016.

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Dina Du

Senior Scientist, Gene Therapy R&D

Yue Du is senior scientist at AstraZeneca. She works in gene therapy research and development and is involved in developing drug high-throughput screening platforms and delivering pipeline projects for rare diseases. She is also on the advisory board for a cell and gene therapy events series organised by Oxford Global and a member of the UK Respiratory Gene Therapy Consortium.

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Xiaolan Fu

Chair of the Board

Xiaolan Fu is professor of technology and international development at the University of Oxford. She is founding director of the Technology and Management Centre for Development and a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. Her research interests include innovation and technology policy and management, trade, foreign direct investment and economic development.

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Nicolas Jin

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
First Bridge Ventures

Nicolas Jin is co-founder and chief executive officer of First Bridge Ventures. He is an adviser for European strategy for SAIC Motor and is also a private investor in Miniso France. He started his career as a mergers and acquisitions analyst at Goldman Sachs. In 2015, he co-founded Nexart, an art trading platform that uses blockchain technology.


Adeel Khan

Managing Partner

Adeel Khan is managing partner of Potentia, a food-focused investment firm. He has vast experience in technology, finance, management and food and is an entrepreneur who has set up several companies in his career. He is based in London and Brunei, driving Potentia’s global deal flow and food manufacturing business.


Alastair King

Founder and Chairman
Naisbitt King Asset Management

Alastair King is founder and chief executive officer of Naisbitt King Asset Management and Naisbitt King. He is on the board of three other financial services companies, is chair of the advisory board of Urbium Capital and is secretary of the UK parliament’s all-party parliamentary group on sovereign funds. He is an alderman of the City of London.


William Knight

Co-founding Partner
Emerisque Brands

William Knight is a co-founding partner of Emerisque Brands. He is also senior adviser to Potentia an investment, private equity, venture capital and acquisition company dedicated to food and food security. He is co-chairman of the South Asia group at the UK Institute of Directors and to the China UK Business Development Centre.


Eric Lakin

Chief Financial Officer
Ceres Power

Eric Lakin is chief financial officer at Ceres. Previously, he was at FTSE 100 engineering group Smiths Group, latterly as CFO of Smiths Interconnect. He has held roles in operational and corporate finance, strategy and mergers and acquisitions. He has broad international experience, including a secondment to the US and a board position in a joint venture in China.

Zeno Leoni

Zeno Leoni

Lecturer, Defence Studies
King’s College London

Zeno Leoni is author, lecturer at King's College London and affiliate of the university’s Lau China Institute. He has written American Grand Strategy from Obama to Trump: Imperialism After Bush and China's Hegemonic Challenge (Palgrave, 2021) and Grand Strategy and the Rise of China: Made in America (Agenda Publishing, 2023). He is also executive director of ITSS Verona.



Rebecca Leung

Director, Greater China Affairs
HSBC Holdings

Rebecca Leung is director of Greater China affairs at HSBC Holdings. She first joined HSBC in Hong Kong as management trainee and worked in relationship management, lending and small and medium-sized enterprises product development in corporate banking. She moved to HSBC China and assumed various roles in project management, human resources, strategy and planning as well as oversight of HSBC entities and strategic investment in China.

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James Lindop

Eversheds Sutherland

James Lindop is a partner of Eversheds Sutherland. He advises on all aspects of international trade, including on contractual rights and obligations, export controls and economic trade sanctions, import tariffs, product classification, rules of origin, anti-dumping, countervailing duty and safeguard measures, World Trade Organization law and trade-related due diligence.

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Kimberley Long

Asia Editor
The Banker

Kimberley Long is Asia editor of The Banker magazine. Her role covers banking, capital markets and transaction services from central Asia to the Pacific islands. She joined The Banker from Euromoney, where she was transaction services editor. Previously, she was acting editor of Trade Finance magazine, part of the Euromoney group.


Hugh de Lusignan

Head of Financial Services, Services and Skill Directorate
Department for Business and Trade

Hugh de Lusignan is a distinguished financial professional currently serving as
the Head of Financial Services at the Department for Business and Trade.


David Marsh


David Marsh is Chairman and Co-Founder of OMFIF. Before starting at OMFIF in late 2009, he worked for City merchant bank Robert Fleming, corporate finance boutique Hawkpoint, German management consultancy Droege and London investment firm London & Oxford. Marsh took over the chairmanship from John Plender on 1 January 2018 having been Managing Director since 2014. He moved to a non-executive role following John Orchard’s appointment as Chief Executive effective 1 January 2020.


Emma McGarthy

Head, Sustainable Policy Institute

Emma McGarthy is head of the Sustainable Policy Institute at OMFIF. She is responsible for researching trends, developing relationships and programming meetings for the Sustainable Policy Institute. Prior to joining OMFIF, McGarthy worked as a conference producer, developing and running international conferences in the tech, legal and finance sectors, leading on content, research and building key industry relationships.


John McLean

China UK Business Development Centre

John McLean is chair of the China-UK Business Development Centre and senior adviser to the China Chamber of Commerce in the UK. He is also chair of the Institute of Directors for the City of London and was a board member of the China Britain Business Council. He has worked in China since the late 1990s, when he set up a retail joint venture in Shanghai for Sanderson.

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John Orchard

Chief Executive Officer

John Orchard is chief executive officer of OMFIF. He has expanded OMFIF’s activities as he steered it through Covid-19, setting up key forums on digital money, sustainability and public debt, alongside OMFIF’s longstanding work on monetary policy and policy-makers. He chairs OMFIF’s executive committee and is a member of the OMFIF board. Up to November 2019, he was a member of Euromoney’s management board, having started with the London stock market-quoted global information business in 1994.

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Ruby Osman

Policy Adviser and China Lead
Tony Blair Institute for Global Change

Ruby Osman is policy adviser and China lead at the Tony Blair Institute. In this role, she leads the institute's work on China. Osman is also the co-founder of Oxford University’s Silk Road Society think tank.

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Huiyao Wang

Founder and President
Center for China and Globalization

Henry Huiyao Wang is the founder and president of the Center for China and Globalization. He is a steering committee member of Paris Peace Forum and sits on the advisory boards of Duke Kunshan University and Richard Ivey Business School. He is former counsellor to the China State Council and vice chairman of the China Association for International Economic Cooperation.

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Fang Wenjian

Chairman, China Chamber of Commerce UK & General Manager
Bank of China London

Fang Wenjian is chairman of the China Chamber of Commerce in the UK. He is also the general manager of the Bank of China London branch and the chief executive officer of Bank of China UK. He held these positions at the Bank of China for the first time from 2011-15 before serving as the deputy general manager and the chief risk officer of Bank of China USA from 2015-18.


Jerry Wu

Head of Investment
TusPark Holdings

Jerry Wu is head of investment at TusPark Holdings UK. His experience spans life sciences, healthcare and deep technologies. Wu has worked at AstraZeneca/MedImmune, European Bioinformatics Institute, Wellcome Sanger Institute, Cambridge Institute for Medical Research, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and UK Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology.


Jinny Yan

Managing Director, Chief China Economist
ICBC Standard Bank

Jinny Yan is managing director and chief China economist at ICBC Standard Bank. She leads the China markets strategy and research team to deliver Chinese macroeconomic and market insights to internal and external stakeholders. Prior to joining ICBCS, Yan was a senior economist at Standard Chartered Bank.

Aimin Yang

Aimin Yang

General Manager
China Construction Bank London Branch

Aimin Yang is general manager of China Construction Bank’s London branch. Previously, he was general manager of international business at China Construction Bank and before that general manager of financial markets. Prior roles have included deputy general manager of risk management and later market risk management.


Li Yao

Managing Director and Founder
Q Energy

Li Yao is the founder and managing director of Q Energy, an artificial intelligence-based EnTech company. He has extensive experience in smart cities and internet of things technologies and is working on a number of pioneering low-carbon projects including heat pump, battery storage and energy management.

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Susan Yu

Executive Director, Financing & Securities Service
Standard Chartered Bank

Susan Yu is executive director, financing and securities services at Standard Chartered Singapore. She has experience in multiple business lines across the bank, including securities services global product management, strategic business planning in client coverage and renminbi product solutions in Europe.

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Lin Yue

Senior Executive
Goldman Sachs Asset Management

Lin Yue is a senior executive at Goldman Sachs. She heads up strategic trustees partnership and is responsible for managing key relationships across UK institutional investors. She has been awarded Empower Ethnic Minority Leader, HERoes 100 Women Future Leaders by Yahoo Finance and Chinese Woman Of The Year Award for the UK Chinese Women Connect.

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Yusi Zhao

Next Generation Leader
Buchang Group

Yusi Zhao is next generation leader of the Buchang Pharma Group. She is the third generation of Buchang Pharma, a publicly listed Chinese pharmaceutical company. Its sales team covers 1.8m doctors and 30,000+ hospitals in China and brings about RMB 13.63bn of revenue trailing 12 months. Yusi also works within her family office, focusing on high-tech investments.

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Lily Zhu

Managing Director, Global Wealth Management and Head of Asia

Lily Zhu joined OMFIF in October 2021 to launch the Wealth Strategy Institute, to promote best practice for sophisticated private investors, their family offices and their wealth management advisers and engage them in discussions about policy and global finance. Zhu is an experienced business leader with a broad and deep understanding of business practice and culture across all regions.

Gold partner

China constuction bank london branch

Silver partners

Agriculture bank
Bank of china
bank of communications
Eversheds Sutherland Hong Kong Secondary simplified k

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Lily Zhu, Managing Director, Global Wealth Management & Head of Asia
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