Caught in the Crosswinds: China-UK Relations in the Face of Brexit

in collaboration with LSE IDEAS


Mr Geoffrey Yu

Mr Geoffrey Yu is an Executive Director and Head of UK Investment Office at UBS Wealth Management. He manages a London-based team which specialises in UK-themed research content and asset allocation recommendations to the UBS Wealth Management Global Chief Investment Office. In addition, he serves as an investment strategist for European UHNW clients, providing cross-asset UHNW investment and trading ideas, incorporating the House View and UHNW TAA. Before joining UBS Wealth Management in January 2016, Geoffrey served as the senior G10 FX Strategist for UBS Investment Bank for a decade in London, Zurich and Singapore. Born in Beijing, Geoffrey spent the bulk of his childhood in the UK before returning to China for secondary education. He holds a double BA in Mathematics and Economics from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota and an MSc in Finance from the LSE.

Mr charlie paton obe

Charlie Parton spent 22 years of his 37 year diplomatic career working in or on China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. he was the First Counsellor of the EU Delegation in Beijing. He focussed on Chinese politics and internal developments, and advised the EU and Member States on how China’s politics might affect their interests. He has also worked in Afghanistan, Cyprus, Libya and Mali. In 2017 he set up his own consultancy, China Ink, and was chosen as the UK Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee Special Adviser on China; he returned to Beijing as Adviser to the British Embassy to cover the Communist Party’s 19th Congress. He is a trustee of Chinadialogue, a NGO which focuses on China’s environmental issues.



Ms. Mei Xin wang

Ms. Mei Xin Wang is co-founder of RMB Interest Group, a group that was set up in 2014 to encourage the knowledge sharing of the progress of RMB internationalisation. She has years of experience in financial industry with special skills in international trade and commodity trading. Born and educated in China, Mei Xin came to London in 1987 to start the London office of Sinochem, a Chinese energy trading company. She went on to work as a metals broker, a copper trader and an advisor for companies such as Metallgesellschaft, Glencore and Brook Hunt. Mei Xin holds a BA and an MA in International Business from the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) in Beijing, an MBA in Marketing from the City University Business School (CASS) and an MA in Chinese Art and Archaeology from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).