OUR LEADERSHIP 

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MAX BROWNING

Chairman & Founder

Max served at the first President of the China Futures Society, laying the foundations for further growth. He will serve as our Chairman for a two-year term. Max is also a Trustee and Director of the Edinburgh University Students’ Association, as well as a member of the Cross Party Group on China in the Scottish Parliament, the China Scotland Business Forum, and the Scotland China Education Network. In 2020, he assumed the chairmanship of One Edinburgh, an integration-focused initiative at the heart of Edinburgh. 

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BERTIE LYHNE-GOLD

President

Bertie is the China Futures Society President for 2020/21 and leads wider engagement with Edinburgh University students. Bertie has a long relationship with China having undertaken an exchange programme to Chongqing and was a British Council academic scholar to Hong Kong. Bertie’s interests in China span from Modern Asian history, Chinese language and the Chinese economy. Bertie was recently the Member of Youth Parliament for his constituency where he advised the local council and MP on youth issues.

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JONATHAN PARK

Vice President

Jonathan is the China Futures Society’s new Vice-President, where he will continue to serve the aims and purposes of the society from a leadership position. He has succeeded in his previous role as a first year committee member where he helped integrate new members into the society. He hopes to continue his predecessors work with the Asia Scotland Institute as well as developing the society in numerous ways.

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LAURA SWAIM

Secretary

Laura serves as the Society's Secretary in 2020/21. A native of Boston, USA, she has been studying Mandarin for 8 years! Growing up, she served as the Vice President and President of her high school’s National Chinese Honors Society, a volleyball captain, and a four year member of her school’s Student Council. She is very passionate about leadership and is eager to help grow, as well as further establish, the Society in her new capacity.

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GABRIEL TAYLOR

Treasurer

Gabriel served as Head Boy during his time at Dulwich College Shanghai, and has completed several internships, including at Aubrey Capital Management and White & Case. He is experienced at budgeting and working with money. In addition, Gabriel has lived in China for over six years and has a great interest in the country. He is currently our Treasurer and is leading work with the China Futures Society Committee to further financial, and non-financial, progress made in previous years, creating dialogue and discussion about China and its relationship with the rest of the world.

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RUFUS LEE-BROWNE

Head of External Relations

Rufus has been studying Mandarin for the past six years, choosing it as his degree along with French. Head of External Relations is his first committee position in China Futures but he has previous management positions through Model UN and Student Radio at school, among other societies. At university, he is also involved in writing for the student newspaper.

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FREYA SHELDON

Co-Head of Social Engagement

Freya is a second year student of Chinese, and one of the Heads of Social Engagement for this year. Her interest in China stemmed from attending Model UN conferences across the UK and debating global issues, often relating to China. Her vision for the society this year is to see its growth, and hopes that through her role, she will be able to facilitate this . Having previously organised socials for her classmates, she hopes to attract as much attention and participation to the society as possible.

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SAM O'CONNOR

Co-Head of Social Engagement

Sam is the China Futures Society’s second Head of Social Engagement for 2020/2021. A student of Chinese and Economics, Sam had an active role in the society’s first year as a member and is now looking to help its growth from within the committee. Being Head of Social Engagement for next year, Sam is motivated by a desire to expand last year’s organised events in order to bring people studying Chinese and interested in China together.

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ALEX WALLSGROVE

Head of Academic

Alex is the Society’s Head of Academic and is motivated by a desire to facilitate cultural exchange between the UK and China. As well as studying Chinese himself, he teaches English to Chinese children through the LoPair Language Buddy Scheme. Alex has previously volunteered as a classroom assistant for pupils studying Mandarin at Key Stage 3. Alongside his role in the society this year, he will be working as a Campus Ambassador for Abridge Academy, to promote their educational programmes in China.

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