Advisory Board

Name Location
Paul Baines London
Ernst Behrens Beijing
Neil Benedict New York
John Botts London
Sir Stephen Brown,KCVO London
Sir Anthony Galsworthy,KCMG London
GE Su Beijing
John Holden Beijing
Hu Yan Beijing
Rudi Lamprecht Munich
Thomas Putter Munich
Adam Williams Beijing
Malcolm Williams London
XU Bin Beijing

John Holden


John Holden has been doing business in China since 1980, initially in technology and equipment sales, subsequently in agribusiness.  In 1986 he joined Cargill, where he served as Chairman of the company’s China holding company. He was responsible for Cargill’s development in China until 1998, during which time he established several businesses and joint ventures, including two USD15 million animal nutrition businesses and a USD300 million corn trading programme. In 1998, John was appointed President of the National Committee on US-China relations, a role he held until 2005. Subsequently John has been Chairman of Shaklee China Ltd., which he established as wholly-owned subsidiary in 2005 in Beijing, and Managing Director and Senior Consultant at Hill & Knowlton China.  He is a Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Governors, American Chamber of Commerce in China.

John first visited China in 1974. He is a fluent Chinese speaker. John graduated magna cum laude in Chinese Language & Literature from the University of Minnesota and gained an M.A. in the same field from Stanford University. Widely recognised as an authority on U.S.-China business relations he is a featured speaker at leading universities. He divides his time between Beijing, New York and Bordeaux.