Technology and Innovation

Mission Statement

The ‘Technology and Innovation Committee of the British Chamber of Commerce Shanghai’ is the first Sino-UK tech-focused platform in China that brings together industry leaders, government departments, and non-profit organisations. Our mission is to improve cooperation and commercial ties in the technology sector through a combination of advocacy, promotion, resource sharing, and interactive events. 

  • Advocate British technology and innovation interests in the Chinese market to increase cross-border trade and investment in the sector.
  • Inform members and partners of the latest innovations, industry news, market trends and committee activities through different social channels and newsletters. 
  • Promote the technology, innovations and vitality of the British and Chinese ecosystems via a series of events and digital marketing activities.
  • Connect innovators, investors, corporates and organisations from both countries through member networks, formal dialogue and chamber events.
  • Collaborate with a network of partners (both private and public) through various channels and mediums to drive commercial outcomes.

Committee Members

Chair: Benjamin Speyer, CEO, Serica Group


  • David Messenger, CEO, LianLian Pay
  • Yuzhou Yang, Partner, Dentons
  • Fred Zhu, Head of Technology, Hays
  • Dr Yitong Li, CEO, NewGenEco
  • Vicky Mao, General Manager, BITE Investments
  • Jake Watkin, Managing Director, Sino European Innovation Centre
  • Dr Sharon Chan, Head of JLABS @ Shanghai, Johnson & Johnson
  • Andrew Starforth, Managing Director of Soil Machinery Dynamics (SMD)

Ex-Officio Members:

Tony Clemson, Deputy Director of Innovation & Industry, Department of International Trade (DIT)
Kiran Patel, Senior Director, China Britain Business Council (CBBC)
Cathy Xu, Vice President of East China, London & Partners 

Chamber Executive Committee Sponsor:

James Gathercole, Partner, Odgers Berndtson

Chamber Office Facilitator: 

Jun Wang 

If you would like to apply to become a member of this committee or recommend an event, please contact the Chamber Staff Jun Wang