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 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 leads research at China Policy, with main responsibility for the geopolitics team. Over thirty years his work has ranged widely across issues affecting China’s economic, political, and social institutions. These threads combine in his current work on China’s strategic positioning, political risk and the external impact of domestic policy.

David models policy risk with the aid of a three dimensional paradigm: legacy issues specific to Chinese history; ‘deep troubles’ that all policies seek to address, and China’s official belief system, which he in turn maps using a minimum set of ‘Seven Chinas’. His close engagement with academic and research institutions in China affords him access to the conversation on governance and reform among the government’s senior advisors.

David is a regular media commentator on Chinese affairs including for the BBC, the ABC, the Financial Times, The Economist, Al Jazeera, Sky News and Voice of America. He holds a PhD in Chinese Studies from the University of Sydney, has held a Fulbright Fellowship at the University of Chicago, and worked at Australian National University, University of New South Wales, the National University of Singapore and Peking University.


Jason directs China Policy’s operations in Australia. He is a partner and founder of the Yatsen Group, a commercial group headquartered in Beijing with interests in mining & resources, technology and financial services businesses in Asia.

Following distinguished work in both corporate affairs and the public sphere, he was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in 2009. Jason is currently a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council for China; a Director of the George Institute for Global Health; a Governing Member of the Smith Family and an associate professor at the University of Sydney School of Business.

Jason has an Arts/Law degree from the University of Sydney and a Masters of Law from New York University Law School, where he was Australia’s Hauser Global Fellow for 2000.

A trained agronomist, John leads China Policy’s agriculture and marine practice based in Qingdao. In 1999, as an international farming pioneer, he led the team that developed Shandong’s largest vegetable farm and freezing facility. Reaching exacting international standards, the farm’s produce supplied major retailers in the USA, Japan, and Europe. In 2003 John founded Sino Analytica, one of China’s leading food testing laboratories.

Acknowledged as an authority on Asian agriculture, John’s practical experience covers supervision of farming and processing facilities in China, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines.

Before coming to Asia John had 19 years hands-on experience in farming, food processing and developing protocols to improve food safety in the UK.