Chris Brown has a Master's degree from Cambridge University in Land Economy, a Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Agribusiness Management (AABM) from the Royal Agricultural University (RAU) in the UK and over 18 years of work experience in China and Asia Pacific.
Mr. Brown’s involvement with China began in 1993 when he set up joint ventures in Sichuan, Shandong and Hebei provinces.
From 1995 to 2001, he managed an EU-funded program addressing structural reform within the agri-food processing sector in China, focusing on the sectoral development of the industry; environmental concerns such as waste water pollution, smoke emissions, and white pollution; and assessing the impact of China’s WTO accession on its rural economy. He subsequently managed the EU-Asia ICT Programme from 2002-2005, based in Thailand, promoting partnerships between Europe and Asia in the education, health, environment and technology sectors while successfully introducing the program to less developed countries (LDCs) such as Vietnam, Pakistan, Cambodia, and Bhutan.
From 2005 – 2010, he was a Director for the EU-China Information Society Project which provides the Chinese government support on policies to implement laws and regulations on data protection, information security, telecoms, access to government information and online copyright issues.
Mr. Brown subsequently advised on the establishment of Sino Campus in 2011 where he introduced leading educational resources from UK including Swansea University, AQA, Barnsley College, Pearson Education, Unionview and Invest UK. Mr. Brown has also acted as Chief Advisor to INTO University Partnerships from the UK, providing business development services for the company’s market entry into China.
Mr. Brown is also the Director for the EU-China Policy Dialogues Support Facility based in Beijing, working closely with Chinese Government agencies to promote high-level dialogues between the EU and China. More recently, Mr. Brown was the keynote speaker at the World Internet Conference (WIC) in Wuzhen and is currently coordinating EU-China negotiations on Climate Change as part of the Paris 2015 Agreement.