Words: Jemima Wilson
A celebration of the most talented individuals in the UK’s Chinese business community. Recognised as outstanding leaders in their field, the winners were announced at a glittering ceremony and gala dinner in London in November, in front of an audience of 300 senior business professionals
The expert judging panel comprised senior professionals, all leaders in their own right and well qualified to identify exceptional pioneers in the Chinese business world
Lord Tim Clement-Jones CBE
London managing partner, DLA Piper, and deputy chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on China
Chief executive, China Britain Business Council
William Harry Dove OBE
Chief Commoner, City of London Corporation
Editorial director, Show Media
Director of China Desk, Bank of America Merrill Lynch (EMEA)
Business Leader of the Year
Arthur Siu Hong Fan (pictured above)
CEO, BOCI Global Commodities (UK)
As the global head of Bank of China International (BOCI) Global Commodities and the CEO of its UK subsidiary, Fan has helped the company become the first Chinese investment bank to establish a commodities platform and break into the international markets. He has developed BOCI Global Commodities’ capabilities to provide comprehensive risk-management solutions and commodities products to natural-resources corporations and financial institutions around the world. Fan has helped BOCI to become the first Chinese institution to obtain clearing membership of multiple major international commodity bourses, including the London Metal Exchange, Chicago Mercantile Exchange and Intercontinental Exchange. Under his leadership, BOCI independently launched a global benchmark commodity index in 2015 – the first international commodity index released by a Chinese financial institution.
Excellence in Asset Management
Co-founder and CIO, Ark Wealth
Wang founded Ark Wealth, a specialist advisory and investment boutique providing bespoke management services to financial institutions and high-net-worth individuals. Ark Wealth is further strengthened by Dr Xiaohan Pan, a seasoned investment professional. In 2008, the founding team worked together at Barnett Waddingham (BW), one of the UK’s largest independent pension-consultancy firms, where it established its fund-management business. Wang also co-founded St Mary’s Private Wealth, a regulated investment advisory arm for the China Talent Consultant group. She was senior portfolio manager and head of research at BW, where she achieved outstanding investment performance and helped clients navigate the 2008 financial crisis.
Excellence in Banking
Global Head of China & RMB Business, Capital Financing, HSBC Bank plc
Huo has played a pivotal role in shaping HSBC’s China and RMB strategy globally, driving client execution and revenue growth across various business lines. Her current focus is delivering tailored investment-banking products. She was a co-founder of HSBC’s RMB internationalisation initiative and is now a leading global influence in this key area, working closely with governments and clients as they seek to benefit from the globalisation of China. In 2015, Huo and the HSBC team have been establishing new, innovative and bespoke financing solutions to assist with China’s green and infrastructure initiatives. Huo also featured in the Financial News list of the most influential women in financial services for 2015.
Excellence in Small & Medium Enterprises
Founder and CEO, Made.com
After the success of his first business, Myfab.com, Li co-founded Made.com in March 2010 alongside Brent Hoberman, the founder of Lastminute.com, with £2.5m in initial funding. By December 2014, Made.com had already achieved £42.8m in annual revenue and, in July 2015, raised an additional £38m in funding to accelerate its expansion into Europe. Li has taken Made.com from an unknown start-up to a big player in Europe’s furniture market, and the company is now ready to take on major competitors such as Ikea. Made.com has been expanded from the UK to Ireland, France, Italy, Netherlands, Belgium and Germany, and is still growing rapidly. It was named the second-fastest-growing technology company in the UK in 2014.
Excellence in Large Corporations
Raymond (Wen) Li
Head, BBC Chinese
Li is the most senior ethnic-Chinese executive at the BBC. He is based in London and has a global network of reporters. With more than 16 years’ senior managerial experience at the corporation, he is currently in charge of all Chinese-language content production. Li was previously responsible for the BBC World Service’s business development strategies and activities in China and North Asia, establishing partnership deals with leading media companies in China and neighbouring countries. Li has also advised the BBC’s top executives on political, editorial and business issues relating to China, which has included securing the first meeting between senior BBC executives and then Chinese president Hu Jintao at the World Media Summit in Beijing, in October 2010.
Founder, director and chief editor of HereInUK
Zhang facilitated the rapid growth of HereInUK, which, in just four years, has become the largest and most influential Chinese social-media platform in the UK. Through its Weibo platform and WeChat account, HereInUK reaches millions of Chinese people on a daily basis, providing a range of interesting content and useful information, principally about life in the UK from a Chinese perspective. HereInUK’s Weibo platform has 4.4 million followers, while its WeChat account achieves 24.3 million monthly visitors. Recent successes include generating more than 7.8 million page views for articles on the four-day Chinese state visit to the UK, with 3.8 million views alone for a piece on President Xi enjoying fish and chips at a British pub.
Head of China Business Desk, Thomson Reuters
As founder of Thomson Reuters’ first China Business Desk, Yang Du structured an offshore RMB trading community, helping Chinese customers expand their practices globally and strengthening the company’s market presence. He is an author, public speaker, and well-known thought leader on RMB internationalisation, regulation and Chinese capital markets. Du has sat on international forums and led discussions with regulators and market participants. The co-founder of the RMB Interest Group, with the aim of promoting Chinese financial knowledge among professionals in London, he is also passionate about financial education at leading business schools. He is the first Chinese associate of the Moller Centre at Cambridge University.
Excellence in Accounting and Finance
Lead partner, China Business Group, PwC
Jiang was the first Chinese national to be made an equity partner at a ‘big four’ professional-services firm in the UK and is the most senior of PwC UK’s 500 Chinese-speaking staff. She leads a team of 70-plus that assists UK and Chinese companies in making cross-border investments between China and Europe, focusing on such areas as organic growth, acquisitions, partnerships and listing on capital markets. Jiang, a chartered accountant, is very experienced in delivering M&A transactions and IPO projects. She works with UK clients across a range of industries and advises Chinese companies investing in Europe. She is the lead partner on a number of PwC’s major Chinese client relationships across Europe.
Photography: Jermaine Francis