Matt Burney is the Director of the British Council in China, where he oversees the United Kingdom’s cultural relations and educational exchange work. He was appointed to the role in September 2019 to lead one of the largest country operations in the British Council’s global network of 100+ offices.
Matt has held numerous strategic leadership positions since joining the British Council in 1997, promoting cultural and educational opportunities in Japan, the Czech Republic and Ireland.
Alfredo is responsible for overseeing The Economist Corporate Network in Beijing. Based in China since 2013, he has focused on analysing the business implications of policy, economic
and political developments for companies investing and operating in China, and in the broader Asian region. This with the aim of distilling complex issues and conveying clear takeaways on how to capture business opportunities and respond to emerging challenges.
Before joining The Economist Corporate Network, Alfredo was Associate Director for KPMG's Global China Practice, where he led and contributed to numerous thought leadership projects, including flagship reports, customised business briefings, and policy proposals for Chinese authorities. He also played a large role in events programming and outreach, including leading the design and coordination of high-profile events aimed at
senior executives. Prior to that, Alfredo worked for J Capital Research, Eurasia Group and the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Alfredo has a Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) from Georgetown University, and a BA in Political Science and International Relations from Mexico's Center of Research and Teaching in Economics (aka. CIDE).
St. John has over 15 years’ experience in Beijing working with foreign companies operating across China, and Chinese companies going global. He regularly advises on government engagement, public policy issues, market access challenges and cross-border M&A and looks forward to bringing these experiences to the Exco.
Helen Roxburgh is deputy news editor for China at global news agency Agence France-Presse (AFP). Originally hailing from the UK, she has been in greater China for the last seven years, including stints in Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai.
Hong Zhang is the Vice President for Shell China leading the M&A and New Business Development team for the Downstream and New Energies businesses. Her passion is to contribute to the world’s energy transition and net carbon zero emission targets.
Hong is a seasoned business leader with over 20 years management experience in strategy and planning, finance management and M&A. In the past 21 years, she took various roles in Royal Dutch Shell Group both in the headquarter functions in London as well as in front line operating companies and joint ventures in China.
Hong is a qualified Chartered Management Accountant (CIMA) and a member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT) in the UK. She graduated with M.Phil Degree from University of Cambridge and Bachelor’s Degree from Beijing Foreign Studies University.