At the China Speakers Bureau, we mostly organize excellent experts on different fields regarding China. But our clients now and then are also looking for people who can guide an debate, host an event an act as moderators. A few of our speakers have earned their stripes in the way, and here are a few of them.
Zhang Lijia, author and social commentator
Lijia Zhang is a rocket factory girl-turned writer, journalist and social commentator. She is the author of acclaimed memoir “Socialism is Great!” where she recalls her struggle of leaving a secure job in a state-owned factory for military equipment. She taught herself English, against the social pressure in her native Nanjing, and ended up in Oxford. Her journey from a factory worker to an international writer reflects the dramatic transformation that China has undergone.
Based in Beijing, she is on top of the changes in China´s capital, its culture and changes in the position of women. Early 2017 she will publish a novel on prostitution in China, based on her grandmothers experiences, Lotus: A Novel.
She is an experienced speaker, moderator and has been hosting a talk show for two years.
Wei Gu, CFA, is one of the best followed China commentators. Based in Shanghai, she enjoys a front-seat view of the rapid developments of Chinese businesses and finance, as well as wealth and luxury trends.
Before founding Weini Media Ltd in 2016, Wei has worked for 18 years in top-tier global media and Chinese media, most recently as a columnist for the Wall Street Journal. Her weekly column “People’s Money” garnered 600,000 page views in a year for WSJ.
Andy Mok earned his stripes in Greater China as an investor, entrepreneur and policy analyst.
He was one of the first investment professionals to join Morningside Ventures in the early 1990s, where he helped formulate the group’s investment strategy and played a key role in the post-investment management of portfolio companies in health care, media and education.
He is a regular guest and commentator on CCTV
Paul French is founder of market research company Access Asia. As a China specialist he has been quoted in a wide variety of publications including the FT, Newsweek, the Wall Street Journal Asia, the South China Morning Post and the LA Times. Paul studied history & economics in London and also has a M.Phil in Socialist Theories & Economics from the University of Glasgow in Scotland. He studied Chinese at the City Literary Institute in London.
In 2012 he published the very popular book “Midnight in Peking: How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China.” The rights for a TV-show on the book have been sold.
Before that, he has been working both in the financial and telecommunication Anindustry, working for the Deutsche Bank and Singtel.
Apart from knowing the ins and outs of finance, telecom and startups, William brings people together for debate, exchanges and other meetings to bring people and companies to a higher level.
In his new function, assumed in January 2015, he is preparing mainly startups on mobile solutions to explore a global market. He is a leading voice on global mobile innovation, explaining traditional industries why they will die, unless they adopt.
As an investor and manager of Chinese startups, William Bao Bean has been a matchmaker between what consumers what and what innovation can offer, with a focus on mobile software and device companies. He is living in China, but has been working with companies all over Asia, including Japan and India.
William Bao Bean lives in Shanghai
Mario Cavolo, Vice President of Scott PR China
As Vice President of Scott PR China, Mario Cavolo delivers expertise to multinational clients including CBRE, Dow Chemical, AEGON-CNOOC, Weiden & Kennedy and others in communications advisory, leadership development, media/PR training and events. He is an Expert Resource Speaker for Vistage International and selected facilitator for GE’s Professional/Advanced Leadership Development Program. Mario has lived as an entrepreneur in China for 14 years, starting in Chengdu in 1999 where he joined with the U.S. Consulate, MOFTEC and the Chengdu Foreign Affairs office as a speaker for a series of WTO business conferences.
Mario Cavolo lives in Shanghai
Paul French, moderating a forum on Myanmar