HANNAH RYDER, CEO, DEVELOPMENT REIMAGINED
Hannah is the CEO of Development Reimagined (DR), a pioneering international development consultancy and the first Kenyan wholly foreign owned enterprise in Beijing. DR has built a niche in providing strategic advice and practical support to African, Chinese and international stakeholders on issues from the Belt and Road Initiative, to Africa’s growth markets, green growth and China’s foreign aid. Hannah also sits on the Executive Board of the British Chamber of Commerce in China and has played various advisory roles for the UN. She is an economist by training, a former diplomat, and has close to 20 years of experience. Hannah is the recipient of numerous awards and is regularly invited to write/talk on global media outlets such as Bloomberg, Project Syndicate, FT, Quartz Africa, the Diplomat, etc. In 2006 she co-authored the Stern Review of the Economics of Climate Change. She is fluent in English, and also speaks Chinese, French and Kiswahili.
HONGXIANG HUANG, FOUNDER, CHINA HOUSE
Hongxiang Huang graduated from Journalism School of Fudan University and MPA-Development-Practice at Columbia University. Since 2011, working with international organizations, he has been reporting and researching Chinese overseas business and social, environmental conflicts in Latin Americas, Africa and so on. Since 2014, he started China House hoping to integrate China into global sustainable development through global citizenship education and youth engagement. He was featured in an Oscar-shortlisted film the Ivory Game as an ivory trade investigator and endorsed by Dr. Jane Goodall as "hero", after which they were featured together in one of the most influential TV programs in China called the Reader. Huang was also nominated by Forbes China as “30 Under 30” in the category of social enterprise and global ambassador of Columbia University Development Practice Program.
ERIC OLANDER, FOUNDER, CHINA AFRICA PROJECT
Eric Olander is a journalist with more than 30 years of experience reporting, producing and managing newsrooms for some of the world’s leading editorial organizations including CNN, FRANCE 24 and the BBC World Service among others. He has an extensive background working in newsrooms and doing content production in the U.S., Europe, Africa, and Asia. China, though, has been the central focus of Eric’s professional career. He first went to China in 1989 and spent more than a decade of combined time living, studying and working there. Eric is fluent in both French and Mandarin Chinese. He received his undergraduate degree in East African history from the University of California at Berkeley and a Master’s of International Public Affairs with a focus on Chinese foreign policy from the University of Hong Kong.
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