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
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.
Chairman & Co-founder
Morrison is a third 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.
Head of Communications
Danny is a second year undergraduate studying Chinese at St Catharine’s college. Born in Kiev, Ukraine, he has been fascinated with observing global change instigated by China and the ways in which Chinese entrepreneurship is shaping todays world. He also enjoys Chinese literature and philosophy.
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.
James is a third-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.
Romano is a second-year undergraduate studying Chinese at Robinson College. An Italian and American citizen raised in Switzerland, he has had a long-standing interest in East Asia and, more specifically, Chinese socio-economics, sports, and technology. A trip to China in 2018 fueled his passion for the language, culture, and food. He is excited to share his enthusiasm for China with everyone.
Liam Elliott Brady
Treasurer, General Secretary
Liam is a final-year Chinese Studies undergraduate at Clare College, Cambridge interested in contemporary Chinese anthropology, film and literature. While studying in Taipei, he did work as a writer and translator. Besides the China Forum, Liam is the co-founder and co-editor of Ripples, the Cambridge China Review.
Head of Speakers
Jack is a second-year undergraduate reading History at Trinity Hall. An Anglo-American having previously studied at french lycées in Washington, D.C., Brussels and London, he moved to Beijing in 2018 from an America in the throes of a crisis of self-confidence, forcing him to reevaluate historical assumptions about the prolonged dominance of the West. He is fascinated by the implications of the emergence of a distinctive Chinese model of domestic and world governance, and in its role in reshaping global geopolitics and economics. He hopes to help the CUCF become a premier platform for informed and stimulating discourse on China.
Zhonghao is a master's student in AI Ethics and Society at Lucy Cavendish College. He is mostly concerned with the development of artificial intelligence amongst the US-China competition, among other important issues relevant to China. Zhonghao is dedicated to making CUCF a neutral venue where thoughtful intellectual conversations about China take place. Previously he worked as a research assistant at Columbia University and a research fellow at Stanford University.
Victoria Dan Wu
Head of Communications & Speakers Officer
Lily is a second year undergraduate at Homerton College studying History and Politics. She was born in Shanghai and moved to New Zealand with family in her adolescence. Identifying as an 1.2 gen immigrant, she hopes to bring her bilingual perspective to the table. She is interested in the Ming empire’s cultural and economic role in the Early Modern world system, the role of women in world history, history of revolutions, and comparative politics.
Francois is a third year undergraduate reading Philosophy & Psychology 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. His main areas of interest revolve around cognitive science, entrepreneurship and technologies. Francois is also passionate about Chinese contemporary art and cinema.
WE ARE RECRUITING FOR POSITIONS ON OUR COMITTEE!
Secretary: we are looking for a Secretary who will be responsible for recording the results of the meetings of the Society and sharing minutes with appropriate members of the Society. This pertains to our AGM and our events. This is a position on our Executive Committee.
Sponsorships Committee: we are looking for two students to join our sponsorships committee. Your aim is to find sponsors for the society so that we can continue to organise bigger and better events. Members of the Sponsorships Committee report to the Treasurer.
Communications Committee: we are looking for one more person to join our Communications Committee to assist the Communications Officer with publicising our events. You will have responsibility for the image of the whole society. We are hoping to improve our presence on WeChat and Line so if you have experience on either of these platforms it is even better. We also hope to update our website this year which was made using WordPress.
Speakers Committee: finally, we are looking for two more people to join our Speakers Committee. Your responsibility will be to find speakers and locations for our events. You will report to the Speakers Officer.
N.B. After serving the society in any capacity you will have the opportunity to move up into more senior positions in the society!
If you are interested in applying for any of these roles, please send your CV and a brief explanation of why you want to join and why you would be a good fit, no longer than 300 words, to firstname.lastname@example.org . Usually there is very high demand for the roles. We will endeavour to respond to everyone and will invite selected applicants for interviews. Thank you to those of you who have already applied. Once we have processed the responses to this email, we will also get back to you re arranging an interview or not.