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Chinese New Year Dinner

Thu 02 February 2017 | The Savoy Hotel, London

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Create new business connections for the year ahead at our celebratory dinner.

Join us at the CBI Chinese New Year Dinner in partnership with Huawei on Thursday 2 February 2017, at The Savoy in London.

Our annual CBI Chinese New Year Dinner is a fantastic opportunity for the UK-China business community to come together and celebrate the strength of our business relationships. This unique event offers you the perfect occasion to network and create prosperous new opportunities for the year ahead.

2016 saw UK-China relations enter into a golden era, so as we welcome the Year of the Rooster we will look to what we can expect to happen in the next 12 months.

At a time when many business leaders are uncertain about the impact that the EU referendum will have on the economy and trading relationships, this is the ideal evening for the UK-China business community to discuss and explore opportunities for partnerships and growth.

Our guest speaker will be Secretary of State for International Trade the Rt Hon Dr Liam Fox MP. Dinner guests will also hear from speakers Lord Browne of Madingley, chairman of Huawei UK, and CBI director general Carolyn Fairbairn.

We hope you book your place and attend our black tie Chinese New Year Dinner 2017 to discuss the key topics, create new connections and enjoy an evening of traditional Chinese entertainment.

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    Rt Hon Dr Liam Fox MP

    Secretary of state for international trade

    Image of Rt Hon Dr Liam Fox MP

    Rt Hon Dr Liam Fox MP

    Liam Fox was appointed secretary of state for international trade on 13 July 2016. He is the conservative MP for North Somerset.

    Liam attended school at St Bride’s High School before studying medicine at the University of Glasgow Medical School, graduating with MB ChB degrees in 1983. He held several ministerial roles in John Major’s conservative government. He served as constitutional affairs spokesman (1998-1999), shadow health secretary (1999-2003), conservative party chairman (2003-05), shadow foreign secretary (2005) and shadow defence secretary (2005-10). In 2010, he was appointed secretary of state for defence, a position from which he resigned on 14 October 2011.

    Liam worked as a GP before his election to parliament and is a former civilian army medical officer and divisional surgeon with St John Ambulance.

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    Carolyn Fairbairn

    CBI director general

    Image of Carolyn Fairbairn

    Carolyn Fairbairn

    Carolyn joined the CBI as director general in November 2015 following a 25 year career in British business. She spent her early career at McKinsey, before taking on a range of senior leadership roles in the media industry. At McKinsey, Carolyn advised companies across the UK in a wide range of sectors.

    As BBC director of strategy, she led the BBC’s digital strategy and ran its transmission arm. In 2003, she created and launched Freeview, one of the UK’s most successful new TV services. From 2007-2010, Carolyn was director of group development and strategy at ITV.

    Carolyn has been a non-executive director of Lloyds Banking Group, The Vitec Group, Capita plc, the Competition and Markets Authority, the UK Statistics Authority and, from 2008-11, the Financial Services Authority.  From 1995-97, Carolyn was a member of the Number 10 policy unit.

    Carolyn holds a first-class degree in economics from Cambridge University, an MBA from INSEAD, and MA in international relations from the University of Pennsylvania.

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    Lord Browne of Madingley

    Chairman of Huawei UK

    Image of Lord Browne of Madingley

    Lord Browne of Madingley

    John Browne (Lord Browne of Madingley) is chairman of Huawei UK and the chairman of L1 Energy. He was previously CEO of BP from 1995–2007, transforming it into one of the world’s largest companies.

    He was knighted in 1998, and made a life peer in 2001. He is chairman of Tate Galleries and Donmar Warehouse and has authored the memoir Beyond Business, popular science book Seven Elements that Have Changed the World, The Glass Closet, a commentary on the acceptance and inclusion of LGBT people in business and most recently, Connect about how companies succeed by engaging radically with society.