A very unique blend of exclusive interviews with business leaders from a wide spectrum of sectors and industries.
From East to West we have assembled a group of international household names in order to share
their insight, expertise and practical advice.
Yang Lan has been called the "Oprah Winfrey of China". She is a Chinese media owner, journalist and talk show host. Yang Lan is the Cofounder and Chairperson of the Sun Media Group and the Sun Culture Foundation. Her guests have included Bill and Hillary Clinton, David Cameron, Tony Blair, Henry Kissinger and Jackie Chan.
David Puttnam CBE has had a film career that includes some of the
most well loved films in cinema history from the Academy Award
winning “Chariots of Fire” to "The Mission” and “The Killing
Fields”. He has also served as the CEO of Columbia Pictures,
Chairman of the National Film and Television School and
President of UNICEF U.K. David was given a CBE in 1983,
knighted in 1995 and made a life peer in 1997. He is married to
Patsy and has two children and grandchildren.
Guo Pei is one of the top fashion designers in China and in Asia. She regularly designs the dresses of Chinese TV and film stars and top politicians. One of her most famous dresses is the dress worn by singer Song Zuying for her duet with Placedo Domingo at the closing ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Samuel Cho is the Chairman of The Kuzmin Daily Newspaper in South Korea. The newspaper is one of the most popular in that nation and has the unique characteristic of carrying "good news" article in place of the usual diet of atrocities and negative agendas. Since his appointment Samuel has brought the publication into profitability and enlarged readership.
Sandra Seeling Lipski, married to DOP Rainer Lipski, was born in Berlin, Germany and is an actress, film producer and entrepreneur. In 2011 she founded the International Film festival in Palma de Mallorca, Spain - the Evolution Mallorca International Film Festival which has been called the "Mediterranean Sundance". Sandra was born in Berlin, grew up in Spain and now lives in Los Angeles. She is currently being featured as the spokesperson for "Pay Pal" in their international advertising campaign.
Rainer Lipski, (photo above with his wife Sandra) an award winning DOP and Cinematographer,
is married to actress and producer Sandra Seeling Lipski,
has shot 6 feature films, over 140 adverts, 30 short films
and many music videos. He has worked with notables
such as Mick Jagger and his clients have included Disney,
Dominos, Apple, BMW, Toyota, NFL, the Cannes
Film Festival and Red Bull.
Peter Buffett is the son of businessman Warren Buffett and an award winning composer, musician, author and producer. Peter has written adverts for Coca-Cola, MTV and CNN and scored and choreographed the "Fire Dance" in the Kevin Costner film "Dances with Wolves. He is a graduate of Stanford University. Peter's concerts in China, where Warren Buffett is highly revered, are popular events for the nation.
Fiona Fullerton is often referred to as "a Bond girl" having appeared in the James Bond film "A View to a Kill" as Pola Ivanova opposite Roger Moore. She has also starred in the film "Run Wild, Run Free" as Diana, as Alice in "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and as Anastasia in "Nicholas and Alexandra". More recently she has found fame as an astute businesswoman owning her own property company and is a newspaper columnist writing on the subject of buying and selling properties. Fiona has also authored the book "Dear Fiona" which is about her letters to and from a convicted Soviet spy.
Jonathan Antoine is a classically trained tenor from Essex, England. As one half of the popular classical duo Jonathan and Charlotte they sold over 500,000 albums and stole the hearts of the viewers of ITV's Britain's Got Talent with the life story of his rise to, what became, international fame. After singing "The Prayer" with Charlotte in front of 14 million viewers Jonathan's life has never been the same. Jonathan is now a solo artist.
Tim Rhys-Evans is the Welsh conductor most known for his successful choirs - the "Britain's Got Talent" acclaimed Only Boys Aloud, the Brit Award and multi-award winning choir Only Men Aloud and Only Kids Aloud. He began launching choirs at the age of 14 and hasn't stopped since then.
Markéta Irglová was born in the Czech Republic. She is a multi award winning singer, songwriter, actress and musician. Markéta has played music from the age of eight. She co-wrote the music for the 2006 indie film hit "Once" and starred in the suprise hit. Markéta was the youngest recipient ever of the Academy Award for co-composing the music in "Once". In 2012 the Broadway version of "Once" won eight Tony Awards. "Once" has been running in London's West End since 2013.
Anne Wood CBE is an extremely successful children's TV producer responsible for some of the most popular and well known television programmingin the world. Anne established her hugely successful Ragdoll Productions in 1984, based in Stratford-on-Avon, England, which has produced Teletubbies, Rosie & Jim, Brum and other children's TV classics. In 2001 Anne set up the Ragdoll Foundation supporting international projects with grants.
Nicola Horlic is an author, investment fund manager, restaurateur and film producer. Bringing up six children and managing a high flying career she has, in the press, often been referred to as "Superwoman". Nicola is the author of the book "Can You Have It All?" and the owner of the restaurant "Georgina's", named after her late daughter who bravely battled leukemia for 10 years. Nicola is also the owner of Derby Street Films and the Chairman of Rockpool Investments. She is married to Martin Baker, a financial journalist.
Andrew McCrorie-Shand began playing the piano at the age of 5. In 1989 he began writing music for children's television and has now written some of TV's most iconic songs and music. From "Rosie and Jim" to Teletubbies" his compositions have bridged the globe. His clients include Oprah Winfrey, Rickie Lake, Leo Sayer and Sarah Brightman.
Chris Watson is Partner and Head of Telecoms at CMS Cameron McKenna. He has been named as one of the world's top six telecoms lawyers. He is qualified as a solicitor in England and as an avocat in France, where he also owns three vineyards. Chris is also a member of the Supreme Court of England and Wales and U. K. Chief of the Chablis grape growers Group. He is also the father of world renowned actress and model Emma Watson.
Wendy Joseph and her husband Jonathan founded Mama Stones - a unique venue for aspiring musical artists as well as a recording studio and restaurant in Western England. Wendy is most known for being the mother of singer Joss Stone. In 2003 she and her daughter began traveling the world with Wendy acting as Joss' manager. She is also the co-writer of the Grammy nominated hit "You Had Me". Occassionally Joss makes a surprise appearance at Mama Stones and sings with her much loved style.
Benjamin Mee bought a rundown zoo in Devon, England in 2005, shortly after his father died. The obstacles that he faced to make the zoo a success seemed insurmountable and included six unpaid staff members and rat infestations. He now has over 200 animals which includes Siberian tigers, lions, jaguar, lynx and cheetah, bears, wolves, tapir, capybara, racoons, meerkats, monkeys, deer, owls, ostrich, lechwe, a collection of bugs and reptiles and more. Benjamin wrote his story in his book "We Bought a Zoo" which was recently made into a popular Holywood film starring Scarlett Johansson and Matt Damon.
Trevor Baylis OBE is most known as the British inventor of the
clockwork radio which he built when heard about Africans
suffering from AIDS. The radio was featured on BBC’s
“Tomorrows World” and he shot to fame. He has also been the
presenter for BBC’s “Best Inventions”. Trevor now operates
Trevor Baylis Brands, a company started to help young
inventors develop and market their ideas as well as to protect
Angelique Joan was born in Belgium, has lived in France and now in the U. K. She has appeared in a number of films including her most recent, "Rough Cut" where she is the female lead.
Pat Lencioni has worked at the management consulting firm Bain & Company, as an HR exec at the Oracle Corporation and as Vice President of Organization Development for Sybase. Today he is the President of The Table Group. Patrick is also the author of best selling books such as "The Five Dysfunctions of a Team". Fortune Magazine has named him "One of the 10 new gurus you should know." The Wall Street Journal describes him as one of the most in-demand speakers in America.
Paul Ji (季小立) started his business at the age of 11. By the age of 24, he was already making $1 million (USD) dollars per day, buying a new car and starting a new outlet per week. Paul was once the wealthiest Chinese in Brazil. His current project is building the largest multi-billion-dollar mall in Zhejiang, China as well as a luxury fashion salon in Milan, Italy.
Safia Minney MBE founded the Fair Trade, ethical and environmental fashion and lifestyle label People Tree. Safia was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 2009. Safe distributed the "Emma Watson" clothing line of the globally known actress and model. She is also the Secretary of the World Fair Trade Day, which she runs from her office in Japan. In 1990 Safia moved with her husband and children to their base in Japan.
Levi Roots Born as Keith Valentine Graham, Levi Roots is a British-Jamaican celebrity chef, reggae musician, businessman and multi-millionaire from South London. In 1998 he was nominated for a MOBO award. He also performed "Happy Birthday Mr. President" for Nelson Mandela. It was his appearance on TV's Dragon's Den that gained his TV popularity. With his Regae Regae Sauce he was able to secure £50,000 of funding and their help.
Paul Williams is an entrepreneur who has started a number of
businesses including World Publications (sold to the BBC), the
MLS Group and Freetricity. In 2006 he and his son Ben
appeared on the U. K. TV programme “The Secret Millionaire”.
He is also very involved in green issues and published the first
environmental magazine in the U. K.
Gary Grant and his wife Cath opened their first toy shop in “The
Entertainer” chain in 1981. It was one of the first British toy
shops where customers could actually play with the
merchandise. The uniqueness doesn’t stop there. All of his
shops are closed on Sundays and any line of toys not thought to
be “wholesome” are banned from sale. Currently there are over
41 shops found in High Streets and shopping malls. Gary and his
wife have three children.
David Kirkland was one of the architects of England’s “The
Eden Project” - often called the 8th wonder of the world. He also
helped to design the famous roof of Waterloo International
Terminal, London and many other key architectural projects. His
key phrase and interest is “sustainable architecture” and he
attempts to build edifices that add to the environment rather than
to detract. He is married to Linda and they have two daughters.
Ian Charles Stewart is the co-founder of WIRED Magazine and also was the Managing Director of a group within the NM Rothschild Group. Ian was a member fo the New Zealand Olympic Voleyball Team and the Team Principal of China's America's Cup Sailing Team. He is currently serving as the Executive Chairman at The PAE Group and lives in Beijing, China.
Dr. Patrick Dixon has been listed in The Times Newspaper's "Top 20 Most Influential Business Thinkers" and been classified as one of the world's leading futurists. He is a popular author and founded the AIDS agency ACET. His training videos from his lectures with leading companies have been viewed tens of millions of times. He studied Medical Sciences at King's College, Cambridge and at Charing Cross Hospital, London.
Fiona Walkinshaw is an Emmy Award winning producer, executive producer and Director of Special Effects at Frame Store CFC, a film VFX house. She has driven The Frame Store to be a key CGI and VFX source for major Hollywood, British and European productions.
Zhao Xiao has been named as “One of the Ten Leaders of
our Generation” by China’s "People’s Weekly". He is a
Professor and Doctoral-Mentor at the Beijing University of
Science and Technology and the former Head of the
Economic Research Centre. Zhao is one of the most highly
respected economists in Asia. His story is one of the most
unique accounts to come out of the nation of China.
Alia Malik is a development economist and the co-founder and
co-owner of Shangrila Botanicals and Shangrila Farms, China,
producers of 100% natural and fair trade honey, coffee and
other products. She started the company in 2008 with her sister
Sahra and brother Safi. Alia is a graduate of Cambridge
University, Oxford University and Georgetown University.
David Evans MBE is the Chairman and Chief Executive of Grass Roots,
a performance improvement business. In 2008 he was made a
Member of the British Empire - MBE by Queen Elizabeth II. David
founded Grass Roots in 1980. It is now an international company
with over 1,200 employees and offices across Europe, in N. & S.
America, India, Singapore and the Middle East. David is married to
Martin Warner started Michelmersh in the late 1990’s and has
served as the Chief Executive leading it to become the largest
producer of handmade bricks in the U. K. He oversees a group
that owns most of the top-end brick makers in the country. He is
a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and is a
Director of a number of private companies. He is married to
Dinah and they have a son and a daughter.
Antonio Ochoa-Piccardo was born in Venezuela and first
came to China in the 1960’s with his brother Victor. He has
been called “one of the best architects in Beijing” and has
served as the Chief Architect of the SOHO developments
throughout Beijing. Antonio also oversaw the development
of The Commune at The Great Wall. He is now the
Architect / Designer at Red House China.
John O’Loghlen, a New Zealander, by the age of 24, had
graduated from Harvard University. He has also graduated
from the University of Cambridge and the University of
California. He has worked for Goldman Sachs, served as the
Business Development Consultant for Domino's Pizza and
Director of Gung Ho! Ventures. John lives in Beijing, China.
Chan Abraham founded and served as the GCE of The Luminus Group and is the Director of Leadership International and Workplace U. K. Luminus consistently won top places in "The Times Top 100 List of Companies" for "Best Company to Work For" and "Leadership Based on Moral Principles and Best Work / Life Balance". He is married to Mandy and they have a son and a daughter.
Amber Deetlefs, originally from South Africa, is the owner
of the famous Pinotage South African restaurant in Beijing,
China and the largest importer of South African wine in China.
Manoj Raithatha started as a school drama teacher. Next he
became a hugely successful playwright, creating the BAFTA
award winning TV series “My Life as a Popat” and the play “BBA
and Proud”. He next transformed the real estate world in the U. K. with record breaking property purchases and large real estate developments.
Jay Kamiraz was the victim of gang culture when he decided, while lying in hospital, that he would change that. He applied to the Prince's Trust, of which he is now an ambassador, and started a choir for special events - The Souls of Prophecy. They have appeared at major events and television programmes throughout the U. K.
Rene Carayol MBE is a broadcaster, newspaper columnist, author and business speaker, born in The Gambia. He has interviewed Bill Clinton, Mikhail Gorbachev , Kofi Anan, Prime Minister David Cameron and others. In 2004 Rene received an MBE from the Queen. He has served at the highest level of many blue chip companies.
Steve Chiu was born and raised in Newfoundland, Canada but moved to Beijing, China in 1993. He co-created the popular recruitment website Zhaopin.com, worked for The Economist Group and now has started Clear Media, an environmentally concerned company.
Carol Chow is a Chinese entrepreneur, born in China but growing up in New Jersey (U. S.). She has now returned to Beijing and opened up the popular CC Cakes. The company designs bespoke cakes and cupcakes for a variety of celebrity guests and occassions.
Mark Borkowski - The BBC's Jeremy Paxman has said that Mark is "the proud inheritor of the Barnum tradition of publicity." Mark is a popular spokesman for popular culture - from celebrity behaviour to unwise product placements. He publicises everything from film productions to West End theatre. His PR work is both confrontational and provocative. His clients read like the "Who's Who" of the corporate world - Vodafone to Virgin to Eurostar to Monopoly. Mark has also written a book on PR to accompany his exhibiton on the subject.
Ghaffar Pourazar is an Iranian-Brit who is one of the world’s experts in the ancient Beijing Opera. He first saw the Beijing Opera performed in 1993 in London and immediately fell in love with the tradition and craft, ending his career as a computer animator. Ghaffar was the first foreigner to complete the difficult training at the National Academy of Beijing Opera.
Ling Lai has had many years of experience working with the major oil companies in both developing and developed countries. Currently he is Commercial Director of one of the world's largest oil companies and is based in Beijing, China.
Chris Watkins has served as the Director of Operations of "Babies R Us" and worked for The Capstone Search Group (MRI) and as Country Manager for China and Hong Kong for MRI Worldwide China Group. He is currently the Managing Partner of Cornerstone Global Partners, one of China's largest and most successful executive search companies.