founding partner, managing director
A regulatory and trade policy specialist, Philippa set up China Policy in 2011. Advising public, private and non-profit clients across the range of the company’s sectoral coverage, she bases her practice on a long-term, wide-angle vision of China’s policy trajectory bringing cross-sectoral synthesis to emerging issues.
From 2004-9 Philippa was senior advisor at the EU-China Trade Project (EUCTP), at the time the EU’s largest trade-related technical assistance program worldwide. At the EUCTP Philippa led the agriculture, quarantine, quality and standards programs. Responsible for standards issues across all sectors, her own focus was on risk and safety. She has since served as an expert witness in several agricultural trade cases.
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.
founding partner, senior associate
David is a founding partner at China Policy. He set up the framework that defines the company approach: not only does he believe in exploring and analysing policy issues but also in investigating the people and agencies that drive them. The company continues to leverage the competency of the PRC policy community’ despite the ideological settings that we must navigate.
David’s current focus is on the global impact of PRC domestic policy settings, not least the ‘game of interests’—Beijing’s code for the ever-shifting tug-of-war between state and market, centre and region, city and hinterland, Party and people.
Taking a PhD in Chinese history from Sydney University, David held a Fulbright Fellowship at the University of Chicago. He has taught at the University of New South Wales and Peking University, holding research positions at the Australian National University and The National University of Singapore. Notable publications include Marxism in the Post-Mao Era with Bill Brugger (Stanford U.P., 1991) and Asian Freedoms, co-edited with Anthony Reid (Cambridge U.P., 1996), plus scores of academic papers.
Ekaterina heads our client partnership team and new product development—this website is her latest project. Consolidating tens of thousands of records and reengineering the search function was a character-building task, delivering an unrivalled resource. She is the go-to for clients getting a feel for its new features, guiding them through the terrain it opens up.
Prior to becoming Senior Partnerships Director, Ekaterina’s research focused on China’s multilateral trade agreements and WTO compliance, key industrial initiatives such as Made in China 2025, and geopolitical initiatives like ‘Belt and Road’. Holding BA and MA degrees in international economics and trade from the Harbin Institute of Technology, she studied country risk analysis and geopolitical scenario planning at Maastricht University.
Brodie Paul, partnerships director, Australasia and the Americas
With over two decades living in the PRC Brodie brings on-the-ground China business experience to our client partnership team.
Brodie is responsible for our sub-national government and industry association practice. CHINA POLICY’S approach excels at providing the wide-ranging PRC coverage—from macro economy and agriculture, to hydrogen policy and environment, to health and education etc— critical to informed engagement by the public sector and large organisations. Helping them up-skill their understanding of current PRC policy, he guides them on the best use of CHINA POLICY content and how to link the dots between PRC policy and its local impact.
Growing up in Hong Kong, Brodie studied in the US and Taiwan before winning a Princeton University fellowship to Dalian University of Technology, finishing his studies at Fudan University, and working in business for over a decade in logistics and finance. On returning to Australia he brought his Shanghai experience to the Queensland State Government’s Greater China Desk following with a stint in private practice advising publicly listed companies on PRC media and regulations.