My China Career: Guy Dru Drury (CBI)

Join the Business Confucius Institute to learn about the successful career of Leeds alumnus Guy Dru Drury MBE, Chief Representative in China for the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).

From foreign student to tour guide and entrepreneur to business partner follow the twists and turns of a linguist and Sinophile living through China’s recent decades of constant change and transformation.

In this online talk Guy will share how he got to where he is today, including how China features in his personal family history and his insights about living and working in China.

He will also discuss the realities of China in 2020, covering economic, business and cultural observations, as well as looking ahead to consider why China and Chinese matter.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from a successful sinologist with extensive personal and professional China experience.

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About Guy

Guy Dru Drury MBE is the Chief Representative for the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) in China, NE and SE Asia.

He established the CBI’s Beijing Office in January 2006. A sinologist with more than 14 years’ experience in China and SE Asia he specializes in supporting UK and international corporates build their business and policy networks in-country and across the Asia-Pacific region.

From 2001-2005 he worked as global business development director for two professional services firms in Shanghai and London. Guy’s career has seen him work in a variety of sectors and industries ranging from inward investment to consultancy both in the UK and China. He lived in Chengdu, South West China, from 1998-2000 where he was a partner in a private consultancy and following a year in London he relocated to China in 2005. Guy qualified from the University of Leeds with a BA in Modern Chinese Studies in 1991 and has a postgraduate diploma in Advanced Chinese from Teachers University (Taipei).

Guy was awarded an MBE for services to UK-China business in June 2017.

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Attending the event

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The talk will take place via Zoom and registered attendees will receive a link via email on the morning of the event. The Zoom help pages have helpful guidance for users who need it.