Sam Swire is an Executive Director of John Swire and Sons Ltd in London. He is a Director of Swire Pacific, Cathay Pacific Airways, Swire Oilfield Services, and John Swire and Sons Australia. He has a degree in Modern History from the University of Oxford. He joined the Swire Group in Hong Kong in 2003 and has worked with the group in Hong Kong, Singapore, Beijing, Sri Lanka, and London.
Professor Jane Duckett
Jane Duckett is Edward Caird Chair of Politics, International Dean (East Asia), and Director of the Scottish Centre for China Research at the University of Glasgow. She is also Guest Professor at Nankai University (Tianjin, China). In 2012, she received the Lord Provost of Glasgow Education Award. In 2014 she was elected President of the British Association for Chinese Studies. In 2016 she was elected a Fellow of the British Academy.
Jane has worked as a policy and social development consultant on several internationally-funded aid projects in China. Her research has been funded by the ESRC, Leverhulme Trust, British Council, British Academy, and the European Commission.
Dr Christian Toennesen
Christian is a Senior Partner with Carnstone Partners LLP, a boutique management consultancy working at the intersection of business strategy and sustainability, with offices in London and Shanghai. In this capacity, he works with major corporations and various UN bodies to respond to the major social, environmental and technological challenges redefining the rules of what it means to be a successful enterprise.
He is Chairman of the Responsible Media Forum and a longstanding pro bono consultant to the Connection at St Martin’s, London’s busiest homelessness centre.
Prior to joining Carnstone in 2008, Christian did his military service in the Royal Danish Navy and completed a doctorate at the Oxford Martin School as the first James Martin Scholar. His research focused on identifying the mechanisms by which corporations can stay in business for the long term.
In his spare time, he likes running, birdwatching and snow.
Teddy Watson spent over thirty years in the reinsurance industry, primarily in the City and New York, where he was a director and chairman of a number of international broking and underwriting businesses.
His current appointments include: Member of Council (governor) Radley College; Associate Fellow, University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School; Chairman of Sensonomic Ltd, the UK arm of a high-tech start-up. He recently retired as Chairman of British Exploring Society.
He has an amateur’s love of opera and history and dreams of the mountains.