Alison is a partner of KPMG China and is the Head of KPMG’s Deal Advisory practice in Hong Kong. Alison joined KPMG in London and has been living and working in Asia Pacific for 14 years and in Hong Kong since 2009. Alison is a Chartered Accountant (England and Wales) and a member of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Accounts in Hong Kong. Alison has over 20 years’ M&A experience, advising investors and leading some of the landmark transactions in the region including in Hong Kong, Singapore, Korea, Japan and significant inbound and outbound investment activity with China. Alison has a strong interest in promoting and furthering the interests of the Chamber and its members in Hong Kong and China as well as with businesses in the UK and looks forward to chairing the China Committee and supporting the the British Chamber’s strategy.
Mark Blick is Managing Director at Gerson Lehrman Group - the world’s largest membership network for one-on-one professional learning - responsible for the strategy and operations of the Client Servicing team across 10 offices in the Asia Pacific region. He previously led the Energy and Industrials practice where he directed content management, client relationships and execution for 5 years. Prior to GLG, he co-founded Crystal Engineering H.K. a joint venture with an American high-end pressure measurement technology firm working in the energy, marine and aviation industries which was bought out in 2013. From 2000 to 2006, Mark worked in Beijing as a GE Infrastructure (Sensing) distributor in the energy sector. He has a B.Sc. in Development Economics from the University of London and a M.Sc. in Finance and Financial Law, and is fluent in Mandarin. Mark was a Double National Champion and represented England at rowing, and is an Ironman triathlete
Mark is a Managing Director in the Strategic Communications practice of FTI Consulting, a global business advisory firm with approximately 5,000 employees located across 30 countries. In this role, he designs and executes communications strategies for clients managing financial, regulatory and reputational challenges, with a particular focus on China-related public affairs, issues management and transaction communications briefs. Mark lived and worked in China for over a decade before re-locating with FTI Consulting to Hong Kong in early 2017 having previously headed its Strategic Communications office in Beijing. Prior to joining FTI, Mark was the Deputy General Manager of the Beijing Chapter of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China and its National Head of Communications. He also previously worked on Chinese public sector projects and was the Chief Representative of a niche global public affairs consultancy in Beijing. A British national, Mark graduated from Cambridge University where he studied Political Sciences. He speaks advanced level Chinese.
Neal Beatty is a Partner and General Manager of Control Risks’ Hong Kong office. In this role, he is responsible for client relationships in Hong Kong, developing new business with multinational clients, and advising on areas of business risk that impact their operations in Hong Kong, Greater China and the Asia Pacific region.
Hugo's role is to facilitate, monitor and coordinate the development of the Chamber’s business policy activities, and promote the best interests of the Chamber. Hugo is the point of contact between overseas British Chambers of Commerce, as well as British business organisations. He also looks after the Financial Markets Committee, China Committee, Environment & Energy Committee, Infrastructure Forum, Smart Cities Forum, and Business Policy Unit.
Mr Arthur Yu is currently CFO, Asia, Middle East & Africa of BT, responsible for financial control, RP&A, finance shared service centre, tax, treasury, compliance and audit, billing and collection, commercial and bid management, procurement across 99 countries in this region. He is also Chairman of BT China, board director of BT Hong Kong and board director of BT al Saudi (BT’s Joint Venture in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia). Arthur started his career as a CIMA graduate trainee in Rolls-Royce Plc, where he worked in various finance roles. In 2007, Arthur joined PwC in London, where he specialised in large, complex transformation programmes of large multinational companies. He joined BT Group in December 2009 and was appointed as vice president of cost transformation in 2012, responsible for transforming the cost base of BT Global Services, largest business unit of BT Group. During this tenure, he launched a global efficiency programme, which delivered over £1.2bn savings. He was appointed CFO of Asia, Middle East and Africa in March 2016 and appointed Chairman and legal representative of BT China in February 2017.
Benjamin Birks joined Jardine Matheson Limited in 2000. He has previously held senior positions within the retail, automotive, business outsourcing and IT businesses of the Group. Benjamin took up the role of Chief Executive of Zung Fu on 1 January 2016. Prior to his appointment at Zung Fu Company Limtied, Benjamin was Chief Executive of Jardine Pacific Limited. Benjamin is originally from the UK, although he has lived in Asia since 1996. He was educated in St Andrews, Scotland and Harvard, USA.
David Watt is Senior Advisor to InfraRed Capital Partners with over $7 billion AUM worldwide in both infrastructure and real estate. Their China real estate funds are in JV with Nan Fung. He is also an Independent Non-Executive Director of The Link REIT, the largest REIT in Asia by capital value holding over 180 assets in Hong Kong. He is also Strategic Advisor to Macdonald & Company, a real estate and construction recruitment specialist. Mr Watt is Overseas Senior Advisor of the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) Guangzhou Committee and on the Chamber’s General, China and Real Estate committees.
Frances joined DTI (now the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills-BIS) as a fast-streamer in 2001, following a successful teaching career. At DTI she led on an EU Directive, wrote the Departments first Equality Impact Assessment and worked on the Business Support transformation programme, before joining UK Trade & Investment in 2004. Frances has a range of experience in different markets, including Iraq, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, South Africa and was Director of Trade & Investment at the British Embassy in Abu Dhabi for the five years prior to taking up the role of Trade Commissioner in Hong Kong. Frances was Private Secretary to Lord Davies, Minister for Trade, Investment and Small Business and she started her working life in the City of London, working for Standard Chartered Bank. Frances has an MA (Distinction) in African Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (London University) and is married with three sons.
Greg Hallahan, Senior Director, Risk & Investigations Practice (APAC), FTI Consulting. Greg has over a decade of experience working in China, primarily in leading a wide range of business intelligence, due diligence and corporate investigation engagements. Greg also advises on compliance issues and strategies, to assist clients with responding to UK Bribery Act and related regulatory requirements. He often contributes articles and presents on bribery, corruption and associated topics across the region.
Hannah has a BA in Chinese (Modern and Classical) from The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). From 2009-2010 Hannah studied at Beijing Normal University (BNU) as part of her degree programme. After graduating, Hannah lived and worked in Beijing for 6 months, before returning to London where she joined the China-Britain Business Council (CBBC). Aside from her role as Marketing & Communications Manager at CBBC, Hannah was a founding member of the China is Now series of events. China is Now aims to engage students, graduates and young professionals in considering careers in or with China. In 2015, Hannah relocated to Hong Kong to join Benoy, an international firm of Architects, Masterplanners, Interior and Graphic Designers, where she is focused on business development in the Asia-Pacific region.
Hugo has been in Hong Kong for over 20 years and manages operations and investments in China, Russia, Mongolia and Kazakhstan. The range of activities include production of carbon products, brewing, distilling, construction materials, transportation, warehousing and textiles.
Ian is a Partner and Head of Corporate for Asia. Ian has been with the firm since 1998 and is currently based in the Hong Kong office. Ian previously worked for over ten years in BLP's London office, where he was a Corporate Partner and Head of the Private Equity Work Group and then for nearly seven years in the Moscow office, where he was the Head of English Law. Ian is a member of the Law Society of England and Wales and a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales. Ian has 20+ years’ experience working across Asia, the USA, Europe, Russia & the CIS, specialising in cross-border M&A, private equity & venture capital, joint ventures, corporate finance, shareholder disputes and focuses on emerging and high growth markets.
Ian as the Vice President, Special Projects, is responsible for key account business growth in the Asia Pacific region for ThyssenKrupp Elevator. He has been involved with many of Asia’s major High Rise Buildings and Infrastructure projects. Ian has a background in specialized areas of construction including elevators, escalators, and moving walks, and with a knowledge built up from 16 years of Asia experience, including recently having worked for 6 years in China. He has worked on numerous landmark projects including the Beijing Airport, the Metro systems in Hong Kong and other cities in China, and many of the international casino complexes in Macau. Ian has a strong background in business development, and advising and supporting key clients for their major projects, and brings an excellent understanding and knowledge of today’s needs to efficiently move people within high rise buildings, airports and other infrastructure projects, as well as the new equipment and technologies available to support those needs.
Lily moved to Hong Kong in 2016 and is currently working at GLG as a Senior Manager. Originally from China, Lily moved to the UK aged ten to study and has a BA in International History from the London School of Economics. Upon graduation, Lily joined the China-Britain Business Council (CBBC) and worked there for six years advising British companies navigate the Chinese market. Lily was also a committee member for both the Young Icebreakers Group and the China Britain Youth Association, two organisations helping to promote and foster stronger links between young UK and Chinese business leaders.
Martin Graham is a Director in BlackRock Hong Kong, in charge of overseeing the risk management and quantitative analytics for Beta & Multi-Asset portfolios across the APac region totalling over US$100bn in AUM for institutional and retail clients. He relocated to Hong Kong from the UK in 2010 as a Senior Manager in HSBC’s Risk Strategy department charged with developing the bank’s credit risk analytics and stress testing. Prior to this he was a Structurer in Nationwide Building Society, focusing on Covered Bonds, RMBS and other asset-backed securities. Martin is a CFA Charterholder and holds the Certificate in Quantitative Finance as well as the Certificate of Investment Management from CISI.
Michael Duck is Executive Vice President of UBM Asia Limited which is owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange. UBM Asia is the largest trade show organiser in Asia and is the largest commercial organiser in China, India and Malaysia. Michael has lived in the region for 30 years. He was appointed as the first UFI (The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry) Chapter Chairman for Asia/Pacific in 2000. He also chaired the first UFI Sustainable Development Committee and has spoken at many fora. Michael is today Treasurer and Vice President of UFI. Michael also has been a director of the Hong Kong Exhibition & Convention Industry Association (HKECIA) and is a former chairman.
Sharon Chu is a Managing Director in Accenture. She leads the Talent and Organisation Practice for Financial Services here in Hong Kong. Sharon is an expert in driving transformational change and has led complex change programmes across both Resources (oil and gas, utilities) and Financial Services (banking, insurance) industries in the UK, Netherlands, APAC including Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, India and Hong Kong. Sharon was born in Hong Kong and grew up in the UK. She speaks fluent Cantonese and Mandarin. She previously took a year out and set up an ecotourism project on the borders of China and Tibet for a social enterprise in partnership with a Hong Kong based exploration society. She enjoys Chinese painting and volunteers with under privileged women and children.
Sophia, an Associate Director at Practicus, is a Management Consultant professional working in the strategy and operations space with programme and change management experience. She has provided advisory and delivery services to companies across a range of industries including financial services, transport, telecommunications and NPOs in Asia and Europe. Sophia is a result orientated, dynamic, committed leader in successfully driving change and managing complex programmes.
Tim has lived and worked in Hong Kong for the last seven years, and was here earlier from 1996 to 2001. He also spent over three years working in mainland China as British Consul-General, Chongqing. Tim now runs his own "micro enterprise", a consultancy specialising in research and advisory work on China, with a particular focus on macro and policy issues. He also engages in research for Chatham House and teaches part time at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Tim has been actively engaged in the Chamber since his return to Hong Kong in 2007. Tim speaks Cantonese and Mandarin.