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/// ABOUT - Team Members

John Farnell

Senior Advisor

John, a former Director in DG Enterprise, is now writing on EU-China economic relations. He was EU Visiting Fellow at St Antony's College, Oxford University, for the academic year 2011-2012.



Gustaaf Geeraerts

Board Member

Gustaaf is a Belgian national who is the Director of the Brussels Institute of Contemporary China Studies at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB).



Susanna Mocker

Research Fellow



Sheila Arora, Secretary General

Board Member

Sheila is a British national of German-Indian origin, founder of the Europe Society in New York, 10 years business communications executive in Hong Kong covering Asia-Pacific.



Fraser Cameron, Director

Board Member


Fraser has lived and worked in Belgium for 20 years. A former British diplomat and EU official, he is a visiting professor at several universities in Asia.



Tom Roe, Senior Vice President

Board Member

An Asia expert, from 2002-2012, Tom was Adviser to the Asia and Pacific Department of the European External Action Service in Brussels, including postings as EU Head of Mission in Hong Kong 2004-2008 and as EU Fellow at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy Singapore 2010-2011. 



Wenwen Shen

Research Fellow


Wenwen has a PhD in International Relations from the University of Bath. Her research interests focus on the EU as a normative power and on EU-China relations.



Julia Marie Ewert

Research Fellow

After completing a first degree in Sinology at Heidelberg University (with a semester in Beijing), Julia did a joint Masters in International Politics and Europe (Warwick University) and Asian Studies (Singapore).



Piet Steel, VP, Corporate

Board Member

Piet is a former Belgian diplomat with considerable multinational experience related to Asia, especially Japan, Hong Kong and Vietnam



Jess,Xufeng JIA

Research Fellow

Jess has a joint PhD in Law and Economics from Hamburg University, Erasmus University of Rotterdam and Bologna University. Her research interests are: EU-China Trade and Investment; Chinese Outbound Merger and Acquisitions. Before her PhD, she studied and worked in Shanghai.



Axel Berkofsky

Senior Advisor

Dr. Axel Berkofsky is a Gianni Mazzocchi Fellow, University of Pavia, Italy. He is a former senior policy advisor at the EPC; his research interests focus on Japan and East Asia.



Sungjin Kang

Senior Advisor


Sungjin Kang is a South Korean lawyer working for LG Display in Seoul, South Korea. He used to work for law firms in Brussels. He specialises in international trade law and EU competition and regulatory laws. He is a member of the ASEF alumni and has a keen interest in EU-Asia relations.



Wei Shen, VP, Research

Board Member

Wei, an expert on China/Asia-Europe relations is Professor of International Affairs at the ESSCA School of Management, Angers.



John Kleinen,

Senior Advisor

Professor. John Kleinen is an anthropologist and historian. He is a staff member of  the Amsterdam International School for Social Science Research (AISSR) and the Maritime Research Centre Amsterdam (MARE) with an interest in the (environmental) history of Southeast-Asia and Vietnam in particular.   



Brian Iselin, VP, Projects

Board Member

Australian, Independent Consultant, China background and Mandarin speaker.

 



Margaret Cameron

Board Member


Margaret is British and a freelance translator. She has a teaching, administrative and financial background.