Our People
Philippa Jones
Managing Director
Philippa Jones

A regulatory and trade policy specialist, Philippa set up China Policy following a career in research and the public sector. First studying in Beijing in 1975, she has now worked in China-related research and policy development for over thirty years.

From 2004-9 Philippa was senior advisor at the EU-China Trade Project (EUCTP), the EU’s largest trade-related technical assistance program worldwide.

At the EUCTP Philippa also led the agriculture, quarantine, quality and standards programs. Responsible for standards issues across all sectors, Philippa’s own focus was on risk and safety.

Prior to joining the EUCTP Philippa was a member of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. From 1999-2003 she served as trade policy specialist at Beijing’s Australian Embassy, a time of regulatory watershed in China. Following accession to the WTO in 2001, China embarked upon a major program of economic and legal reform that continues today.

Philippa holds an honours degree in Chinese and economics from the University of Oxford.

David Kelly
Research Director
David Kelly

David’s interests encompass a sweep of issues affecting China’s social, economic and political reforms.

A long-term resident in China, he is a regular commentator on current Chinese affairs in the global media.

His more than thirty years research on China combined with his early IT training, created the ChinaBase research and learning tool.

David is concurrently a Visiting Professor at Peking University. He holds an honours degree in anthropology and philosophy and a PhD in Chinese studies from the University of Sydney. He has held a Fulbright Fellowship at the University of Chicago and senior academic positions in Australia, Singapore and China. David’s interests take in a sweep of issues affecting China’s social, economic and political reforms, focusing on the planned transition to service-oriented government.

Amanda Rasmussen
Research Director
Amanda Rasmussen

Amanda leads sectoral analyst teams producing our monthly records and is the driving force behind  the  development team for cp.context. Her skills in logic and demand for penetrating analysis, coupled with understanding of the user interface, have resulted in a unique product that is set to change the way organisations approach building and sustaining knowledge on China. Amanda’s demanding research methodology and staff mentoring underpin our strong record of commissioned research across all sectors. Amanda holds a PhD in Chinese history. She has taught extensively in modern Chinese history. In 2010, she completed a year of advanced intensive Chinese language study at the Inter-University Program (IUP) at Tsinghua University.

Jeanne-Marie Gescher OBE
External Advisor
Jeanne-Marie Gescher OBE

As an external advisor, Jeanne-Marie supports China Policy and its clients in the application of deep policy knowledge for strategic excellence—within China and with regard to China activity across the globe.

Founder of one of the earliest advisory firms in China, Jeanne-Marie has 25 years of experience in working with global leaders (businesses, and individual CEOs) in deepening understanding of the critical issues that lie beyond day-to-day operations. Acknowledged as a pioneer in political landscaping, she brings a range of unique tools for capturing complexity and choreographing solutions—not only in China but in some of the most challenging policy environments and geographies in the world.

Jeanne-Marie is a barrister whose earliest career combined international trade and competition law with ground-breaking work on law and policy in ‘development’, working with IFAD, the European Commission, and the School of Oriental and African Studies. She has lived in Beijing since 1989. Twice elected chair of the British Chamber of Commerce in Beijing, she has been Honorary Legal Advisor to successive British Ambassadors to the PRC since 1989, and holds a number of advisory positions with corporations and organisations.

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