EMERGING LEADERS COMMITTEE
Edward is an Associate in Holman Fenwick Willan's Energy & Resources department. He holds a Masters in Engineering from Durham University, where he specialised in manufacturing and logistics. After graduating in 2008, Edward spent two years as a project manager at a Danish Forbes 150 multinational, including a year posted to their Netherlands headquarters. Having decided to pursue a legal career, Edward obtained a postgraduate LLB in 2012 and relocated to Hong Kong in 2014. As a qualified lawyer, Edward draws on his technical background and commercial experience to advise leading trading houses, logistics providers and financiers on international trade. A keen yachtsman, Edward works with the other members of the Emerging Leaders Committee to strengthen links between Hong Kong's next generation of entrepreneurs and business leaders.
James works in Corporate Finance at Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group. After graduating from The University of Edinburgh with a Masters in Chinese, James moved to Hong Kong with Jardine Matheson Limited. He spent time working at Jardine Aviation Services and Dairy Farm before moving to his current role. James enjoys learning foreign languages, and has spent time living and working in Japan and Mainland China.
Tom joined Jardine Matheson in 2013, and has held a number of roles across Asia, including in the retail, logistics and IT sectors. He is currently the Head of the JOS Office Supplies division, which provides bespoke logistics solutions for healthcare clients and supplies large organizations with day to day commodities. Tom sits on the Business Policy Unit and Emerging Leaders committees.
Jesse Lee has lived in Hong Kong since relocating from the UK in 2012 and a Chartered Aeronautical Engineer with the Royal Aeronautical Society currently works for Cathay Pacific Airways where he focuses on procurement and supply chain management for aircraft interiors. Previously an officer in the Royal Navy, he is also studying in the University of Cambridge’s executive master program. Jesse is a keen private pilot and mountaineer, in addition to being a member of the Royal Aero Club and British Mountaineering Council.
Philip McManus works for BT where he began his career on the graduate programme, and now manages several large banking accounts across Asia, Middle East, and Africa. He has lived in Hong Kong all his life, and speaks both Mandarin and Cantonese. At the British Chamber of Commerce, Philip sits on the I&T and Emerging Leaders committees, and actively participates in events hosted by the Financial Markets and SME committees. He has a great interest in sailing, and enjoys participating in regattas across Hong Kong.
Robin is an Account Manager at Giles Publications, an Asia-based communications agency supporting many of the region’s best-known and best-loved organisations. Robin is responsible for managing all aspects of agency work across a diverse range of clients including Lane Crawford, The Chinese University of Hong Kong and Swire Properties. Before moving to Hong Kong Robin was based in London where he worked for a number of PR agencies and NGOs.
Christian Tooley is a Senior Consulting Analyst with CBRE’s Workplace Strategy team in Hong Kong. His role focuses on partnering with global corporates in various sectors to design strategy and implement effective organisational change. Christian advises firms on how to align their business and real estate objectives through implementing analytics-backed creative solutions focused on enhancing employee experience. Recently, Christian founded, and now chairs, LGBT+CBRE, Asia’s 1st real estate pride network. Beyond this, he sits on both the CSR and Emerging Leaders Committees at the British Chamber of Commerce Hong Kong.
Qualified chartered accountant (ICAEW) with strong analytical and interpersonal skills. Frequently recognised as a valued team leader and team player within Transaction Services, with an ability to build trusted relationships with clients. Having successfully advised Private Equity clients in both London and Hong Kong, now wish to broaden M&A experience within Asia by working for a growing investment fund.
Yanjun works for Thomson Reuters on financial technologies and market data consulting and sales in North Asia, focusing on emerging financial technologies in Hong Kong. The youngest member in the Global Communication Team, she founded and heads up the Women@ Thomson Reuters quarterly global newsletter that has a readership of over 20,000 people globally. She has also been an active contributor to the diversity & inclusion landscape within the organization. Outside of work, Yanjun enjoys connecting with people, playing the cello and reading about millions different things (thanks to the liberal arts mindset she inherited from Grinnell College). The most recent project that Yanjun is up to is developing an application on human relationships.