Dr Michael HanChina
Dr Han is Senior Economist (China) for the Rio Tinto group, based in Beijing.
He was born in Tianjin and has studied and worked in Beijing and Hebei Province. Having obtained his English degree from Tianjin University, he went on to get his MA in international politics and western philosophy from Nankai University. In 1988 he came to the UK and studied at the London School of Economics and gained his doctorate by undertaking a major research project on China's economic liberalisation in the 1980's.
He worked for the Tianjin Foreign Trade Promotion Commission and has also given lectures at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. During his research he worked with a number of Chinese state enterprises and foreign joint venture firms. Besides China, he has travelled to South Korea, Japan and Hong Kong, working as an interpreter in joint venture negotiations and as an analyst of the economic developments throughout China and East Asia.
He has worked with companies such as Samsung and Toshiba and for nearly ten years he was a producer/broadcaster for the BBC World Service China department and as a result closely involved with the latest business and social trends in China.
Dr Han has been working as an associate on cross-cultural management training seminars for over five years.
Dr Jing Zhong LiChina
PhD in Asia-Pacific studies (Univ. of Leeds), Consultant, Journalist, Ex-CEO, China Monitor Services
Dr Li has in many different ways been at the centre of the re-vitalisation of East-West dialogue over the last two decades. Both as a businessman offering consultancy services to British companies and as senior interpreter to such political giants as Deng Xiao Ping, Zhao Zi Yang, Li Peng and Zhu Rong Ji, he has participated in and/or observed the complex processes of making things work at senior level across cultural frontiers. As a former writer and broadcaster for the BBC World Service, he has also been a keen commentator on all matters connected with China and the Chinese. He has contributed regularly to management training programmes over the last decade, helping Europeans deal more effectively with their Chinese partners.
Dr Li has recently joined the team of EAB associates specialising on China.
Adam is an HR and OD professional of long-standing working with multinational companies such as the Kingfisher Group and TNT. His work in Kingfisher (B&Q) was to manage the International Training and Development department. As a precursor to those responsibilities, he played a leading part in a project to train Chinese commercial recruits in retail selling skills for the highly sucessful run-out of B&Q stores all over China. At TNT, in the Netherlands, his remit was more in the Organisational Development field, where he drove through an Investors in People accreditation process.
Before joining the East Asia Business clan, he also built up five years of experience as a cross-cultural consultant. Although he can happily deal with any cultural issues that his clients throw at him, his specialism in the intercultural field is China and Taiwan where he lived for seven years (and found his wife).