What awaits Italy after the lockdown - Looking to China for answers

wed15apr9:30 amwed11:00 amWhat awaits Italy after the lockdown - Looking to China for answersEvent in collaboration with the British Chamber of Commerce in China

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What awaits Italy after the lockdown. 

Can Europe’s rebound come from a greater dialogue with Asia?

The British Chamber of Commerce for Italy, through the British Chambers of Commerce Global Business Network, opens a dialogue with the British Chamber of Commerce in China to allow members to hear first hand what life is like as the restrictions on movement and trading start to fall. Members will be able to ask their own questions to the panellists and get live answers.

  • What can Italy learn from China’s response to COVID-19?
  • When can businesses expect to get back to normal?”
  • What actually is the “new normal” in China?

During the seminar we will learn about some of the best practices that have been adopted.  We will also hear about UK Government initiatives being put in place to support international businesses.

Furthermore, we will look Beyond COVID-19 and take the opportunity to explore new potential trade opportunities between Italy, China and the UK.



Steven Lynch

Managing Director at British Chamber of Commerce Beijing

Steven is Managing Director for the British Chamber of Commerce in China, he grew up in Cambridge and moved to Beijing in 2012 working in events while studying Chinese. Steven has worked for the British Chamber for over 4 years as Assistant Director in charge of Events and Business Development. Steven has an MSc in Business strategy from Warwick Business School and a BA (hons) from Leeds Metropolitan University.

Richard Burn

HM Trade Commissioner to China

Richard Burn is HM Trade Commissioner for China, and leads the Department for International Trade (DIT) in mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macao. His professional career has been focused on helping businesses of all sizes generate commercial value through improved market access, particularly in China.
He has over 30 years’ experience and in-depth knowledge of working with government; public affairs, market access, and investment consultancy in China; Asia Pacific corporate relations; the trade, tax, and regulatory issues affecting highly regulated businesses in several sectors.
From 1989 to 1999 he managed Batey-Burn, the China investment consultancy he co-founded, until its sale to APCO Asia, where he remained as Managing Director until 2005. Across both roles he helped companies in a range of sectors, including services, invest over US$1 billion in China.
At Diageo he built the corporate relations capability in 17 markets across Asia Pacific, negotiated Diageo’s £200 million acquisition of a Chinese White Spirits business in Chengdu and lead Diageo’s global public policy team after moving to London in 2014.

Julian MacCormac

Country Manager China at Rolls-Royce

Vice-Chair | Country Manager, Greater China, Rolls-Royce Julian studied Chinese and Management in the UK, and East Asian Studies at Harvard and first came to China in 1994. Julian joined the UK Civil Service in 2007 and returned to Beijing in 2012. Julian was Commercial Counsellor for Energy at the British Embassy, focussing on infrastructure, offshore wind and civil-nuclear.

Tom Noad 

President at The British Chamber of Commerce for Italy

Tom studied Classics at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. He had a brief foray into the Arts following graduation but then undertook a law conversion, eventually joining international law firm Withers in London in September 2009.

Shortly thereafter, he was dispatched to the firm’s offices in Milan, where Tom worked for nearly eight years, principally advising Italian clients on UK corporate and commercial matters as well as UK and international clients on investments into Italy.

In 2018, Tom left Withers and, with several former colleagues, helped to set up a new law firm, L2B Partners Studio Legale, which currently has its offices in Vicenza and Padova. The firm’s focus is on assisting Italian entrepreneurs and companies looking to expand their business abroad as well as foreign investors looking to operate in Italy.

Tom was appointed as a Councillor of the British Chamber of Commerce in 2016 and then as the Vice-President in 2018. In March 2019, Tom was elected to the position of President, and he took office at the Annual General Meeting on 27th June 2019.

Tom is a Solicitor of England and Wales and an Avvocato Stabilito.

Catriona Graham

HM Consul General & Director of Trade and Investment Italy

Catriona Graham was appointed British Consul General in Milan and Director of the Department for International Trade in Italy in October 2019.

Catriona was previously Commercial Counsellor at the British Embassy in Beijing leading on UK-China trade and investment in the energy sector. She has worked for UK Government since 2010 primarily focused on trade, investment, energy and climate change issues. On secondment from government, Catriona has spent time working at the European Commission and in several renewable energy companies.

Catriona graduated in Natural Sciences (Physics) from Cambridge University and holds a Masters Degree from Edinburgh University in Sustainable Energy Engineering.




(Wednesday) 9:30 am - 11:00 am CET(GMT+02:00)


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