Our Speakers

Ms. Nathalie Cachet-Gaujard
Nathalie Cachet-Gaujard is Director Education and Innovation at the China-Britain Business Council (CBBC). Nathalie has over twenty years of experience in international business development. She started her career lecturing at the University of Salford and the University of Xiamen in Fujian. She then moved to industry, holding senior international management positions in the software and telecom industry and was based in Beijing for two years.
Mr. Yu Dongwen
Director, BCEGI UK
"We see a lot of opportunities for future expansion in the UK market. Our goal is to look for suitable projects in the UK, and in particular northwest England, because we think the UK's Northern Powerhouse strategy will bring many opportunities," says Yu Dongwen, UK operations director of BCEG.
Ms. Nia Watkin Jones
As an International Careers Consultant at The University of Manchester, Jones is a Higher Education professional with over ten years' experience in international student recruitment, marketing and communications, student employability/graduate recruitment, alumni relations and international partnerships. She is passionate about travelling and working with people from different backgrounds and cultures and I have represented the University in over 25 countries overseas.
Prof. Ben Bridgewater
I am the Chief Executive of Health Innovation Manchester, the new organisation formed by the merger of Manchester's Academic Health Science Centre and Academic Health Science Networks. The mission is to drive innovation into the needs of the devolved city region of Greater Manchester and pace and scale.
I am an expert on health informatics, national clinical audit, clinical governance, healthcare transparency, patient experience measurement and digital transformation in healthcare.
Dr. Qi Cao
Before joining Manchester Metropolitan University, Qi completed his PhD at Department of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Imperial College London. Working closely with Innovation Studies Centre and the EPSRC, his PhD thesis explores empirical evidence of entrepreneurial firm internationalisation antecedent and outcomes.
Mr. John Owen
HR, RBS
John Owen joined RBS in January 2011 and is responsible for the International Banking business. This includes the client coverage teams, the international network, lending and transaction services products as well as the provision of Markets products, such as DCM, Rates and FX, to the clients of International Banking. John also has responsibility within International Banking for debt capital markets and for financial institutions coverage. Prior to this role, John was the Head of EMEA.
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Councillor Eddy Newman
Edward 'Eddy' Newman is a former member of the European Parliament for Greater Manchester Central from 1984 to 1999. He was a member of the left wing Campaign Group. He has been a counselor for Woodhouse Park on Manchester City Council since 2002 and is Chair of the Wythenshawe Community Housing Group Board and is Lord Mayor of Manchester 2017-18.
Mr. Jiang Sunan
Mr. Sunan Jiang is the Minister Counsellor for Science and Technology at the Chinese Embassy in the UK. He has been dedicated to Science and Technology management and international scientific and technological exchange and cooperation over the years. From 1994 to 2015, Mr. Jiang worked successively as Second Secretary for Science and Technology in the Chinese Embassy in Sweden and as Consul (First Secretary) for Science and Technology in Chicago among others.
Mr. Jin Xu
Minister Counselor of the Economic and Commercial Office of Chinese Embassy in UK 07/2002 - 10/2009 Deputy Director General of the Department of American and Oceania Trade Affairs, MOFCOM
02/2000 - 06/2002 Commercial Counselor of the Consulate General of P.R China in San Francisco, California
Mr. Muhammad A. A. Qureshi
Born in 1968. Married. Holds degree of MBBS
Joined Foreign Service of Pakistan in 1994. Served at the Headquarters as Section Officer (1996-2000), Deputy Director (2004), Director (2004-2006), Kuala Lumpur (2009-2012), served as Minister in the Permanent Mission of Pakistan to the United Nations, Geneva (2013-2017).
Presently, he is serving as Consul General of Pakistan, Manchester, United Kingdom since August 2017.
Mr. Rhys Whalley
Rhys is the Executive Director of the Manchester China Forum which is focused on building Greater Manchester’s long-term commercial links with China.
Rhys assumed the position of Executive Director of the Manchester-China Forum in July 2013. From his previous position as the Head of Business Development and China Desk at the International property-firm Jones Lang LaSalle in Beijing and former Business Manager for the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China.
Mr. Syrus Lohrasb
CEO of China-Britain Business Fusion

The founder of inaugural China-Britain AI Summit and a former CFO of a multitude of organisations, Syrus has also served for large scale enterprises such as the Swire Group and Johnson & Johnson.
He also has extensive experience in leading and executing comprehensive sales, business planning and development processes for individuals and a wide range of international industries
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Prof. Lin Li
Professor Lin Li, a Fellow of Royal Academy of Engineering, holds a chair of laser engineering, Director of Laser Processing Research Centre at The University of Manchester UK. He has over 560 publications in peer reviewed journals and conference proceedings and 47 patents related to laser processing and photonic science. He was elected to Fellow of International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP), Fellow of Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET).
Mr. Darryl Evans
General Manager, MoBike Europe
Regional Operations & Logistics GM at Mobike 摩拜单车.
A highly enthusiastic and dynamic Logistic/Operations Consultant with over 18 years’ experience within public and private sector. Having produced numerous projects and policies within different transport and logistic organisations. A skilled communicator who is consistently proactive and professional, with good time management and delegation.
Mr. Yang Zhang
Deputy General Manager, Hainan Airlines
Ms. Laurel Zhang
Head of China & Far East Desk, Sherrards
Laurel is a native Mandarin speaker, originally from Beijing, who graduated in law with first-class honours from one of China’s top universities, Hohai University. She received a number of prizes for her academic achievements including the State Scientific Research prize for Law for Jiangsu Province, China.
Dr. Martin Henery
Martin is a lecturer of Manchester Enterprise Center, he joined Manchester Enterprise Centre as an Enterprise Fellow in 2002 before taking up the post of Enterprise Academic in 2004. He worked for a number of years as a research assistant at UMIST developing a range of technologies. One of these became a new company where Martin developed medical instrumentation for the US market. 
His interests are technology and knowledge transfer, and creating new opportunities and ventures.
Dr. Hongsen Peng
CEO, Techbridge Co.
Co-founder and CEO of TechBridge innovation (TBI), co-founder of the High-Tech Innovation Forum (HIF). From 2001 to 2008 he completed his undergraduate and master's degree in bioengineering and biomaterials at Southwest Jiaotong University. 2010 he expanded upon his education with a Ph.D. in Biosciences at University of Leeds. He worked as a postdoctoral research assistant at Oxford University in 2015 and founded the Hi-Tech Innovation Forum in November 2015.
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