our team

Philippa Jones
founding partner, managing editor

A regulatory and trade policy specialist, Philippa set up CHINA POLICY in Beijing in 2011. Supported by a team of some 15 analysts, she advises public, private and non-profit clients across the company’s sectoral coverage, from macroeconomy through ag, scitech and energy to education and health. She bases her practice on a long-term, wide-angle vision of Beijing's policy trajectory, bringing cross-sectoral synthesis to emerging issues. She also leads the European Commission's PRC legislative and regulatory monitoring project, EUCLERA, a position she has held since 2015. After 20 years in Beijing, Philippa returned to Australia at the outset of COVID. 

From 2004 to 2009, Philippa was a senior advisor at the EU-China Trade Project (EUCTP) in Beijing. At the time, the project was the EU’s largest trade-related technical assistance program globally. Philippa led the agriculture, quarantine, quality, and standards programs, overseeing standards issues across all sectors with a focus on risk and safety. As an expert witness, she has been on the winning side in several agricultural trade cases.

Before her tenure at the EUCTP, Philippa was a member of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. From 1999 to 2003, she served as a trade policy specialist at Beijing’s Australian Embassy, a time of regulatory watershed in the PRC. 

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


David Kelly
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 Kuroedova

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.