Honorary Committee

Sir Christopher Hum KCMG

Honorary President

Christopher Hum was the British Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China between 2002 and 2005. A graduate from Pembroke College, Cambridge, he joined HM Diplomatic Service in 1967. Having studied Mandarin Chinese at the University of Hong Kong, 18 years of his career were spent working in or on China. In particular, Christopher was closely involved in the negotiations of the return of Hong Kong to China in the 1980s and 1990s. His other diplomatic postings included the European Communities in Brussels, Paris, the United Nations in New York and Warsaw (as Ambassador from 1996 to 1998).

From 2006 to 2012, Christopher Hum was Master of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, where he remains a Life Fellow. He is a Vice-Chairman of the Great Britain-China Centre and a member of the Advisory Committee of the China Policy Institute in the University of Nottingham.

Prof. Roel Sterckx FBA

Senior Treasurer and Honorary Advisor

Roel Sterckx is the Joseph Needham professor of Chinese History, Science and Civilization at the University of Cambridge. He is a sinologist and anthropologist who specialises in the cultural history, thought and religion of pre-imperial and imperial China. He has written or edited seven books, including Ways of Heaven : an introduction to Chinese Thought (2019); Chinese Thought: from Confucius to Cook Ding (2019) and Animals through Chinese History (2018). He is a fellow at Clare College and was elected Fellow of the British Academy in 2013.

Full Committee

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Francois Vibert-Chang

Chairman, Co-Founder

Francois is a second year undergraduate reading Philosophy at Pembroke College. While growing up in Shanghai, he developed a strong interest for the city’s history and its increasingly important role in the world economy. Additionally, Francois is passionate about Chinese contemporary art and cinema. This is rooted in his belief that these mediums can nurture reflection and help us understand the current and future state of China.

Heidi He

Secretary, Co-Founder

Heidi is a second year undergraduate at Clare College studying philosophy. As a keen explorer of China’s alternative contemporary culture — she wants to share her vision that the creative force of China today will make an impact to our understanding of the world’s past and future. In addition, she is passionate about social change-making and new forms of feminism that are relevant specifically to the economic background of modern China.

Ike Qian

Treasurer, Co-Founder

Ike is a second year student reading Natural Sciences at Clare College. Born in Jiangsu and raised in New York, he is particularly interested in US-China relations and their geopolitical consequences. Having worked at Sino-British Summit, he hopes to bring his multinational perspective to CUCF. In his free time, he enjoys stargazing along the Cam and eating Belgian waffles.

Morrison Cleaver

Head of Speakers, Co-Founder

Morrison is a second year undergraduate at Robinson College studying Chinese. He is passionate about the Belt and Road Initiative but also enjoys studying Chinese history. From his time working at the China Britain Business Council and experience on a number of other committees Morrison can help organise some high class events. He is committed to making CUCF events accessible to all students at the University who share his interest in China’s role in the 21st century.

Juliette Odolant

Speakers Officer

Juliette is a second year undergraduate studying Chinese at Gonville and Caius College. With Australian/French nationality, she aims to use her multicultural experience to promote multilateralism, both on a local and global scale. Particularly invested in media, literature and arts, she is interested in studying the permeation of Chinese language, culture and philosophy across the world.

James Farquharson

Speakers Officer

James is a second-year undergraduate at Peterhouse reading Chinese Studies. He developed a passion for Chinese language and culture while living and working there for several months, and decided to continue to pursue this through his degree. As an avid reader of Chinese history and literature, he enjoys looking for ways to understand the Chinese nation as the culmination of longstanding historical trends.

Victoria Zhang

Speakers Officer

Victoria is a second-year undergraduate at Murray Edwards College studying Human, Social and Political Sciences. Growing up in Jinan, China, she is passionate about exploring a Chinese perspective in global social issues and political debates. She is interested in social justice, feminism and LGBT+ rights in China, and particularly social movements in the digital public sphere. She also enjoys Chinese literature and the historical memories in it.

James Farquharson

Sponsorships Officer

Annie is a first year undergraduate at Girton College reading Economics. Born and bred in the HKSAR (China), she is passionate about exploring China’s economic growth and the possibilities of the Greater Bay Area, as well as the Chinese approach to environmental issues and response to climate change. In addition, she enjoys Chinese calligraphy and cuisine.