Chairman of the Advisory Board
Alastair Michie - Secretary General, british east asia council
In 2014, Alistair was appointed as one of the five Chief Advisors to the Chinese Government’s Foreign Experts Advisory Committee (FEAC) within the State Administration for Foreign Experts Affairs. In this role, Alistair has published four policy papers to advise the State Council and Premier Li Keqiang.
In 2013 the Chinese Government awarded Alistair the "Friendship Award" medal. This is the supreme honor that the Chinese government confers upon experts who have made outstanding contributions to China.
Alistair has advised President Yang Wenchang of the Chinese People's Institute for Foreign Affairs (CPIFA) since 2013. This led to President Yang inviting Alistair in March 2015 to guide three former Chinese Ambassadors to research political trends in the UK and Europe.
In 2012 Alistair was appointed as the Senior Consultant to Madam Xu Lin, the CEO of Hanban.
Alistair has travelled to and worked in China every year since 1993. During the past six years, Alistair and his wife have lived over nine months of each year in China. Before developing a focus on China, Alistair worked in the UK Parliament and with many multinational business leaders. Whilst advising the CEO of Standard Chartered, Sir Malcolm Williamson, in 1993, Alistair began to work in China and has since gained experience in almost all of China’s provinces. Alistair has since led an initiative that created the Dragon’s Ascent project, which brought together the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Needham Research Institute (NRI) at Cambridge University to create, at that time, the largest ever documentary television series about China. In 2002 Alistair was appointed as the first honorary Associate of the NRI at Cambridge University.
The focus of Alistair’s work in China has been providing strategic advice to improve cross-cultural understanding between China and the world. This has led to a number of advisory roles. He became the first British national to be invited to brief the newly appointed Secretary General, Xi Jinping, in December 2012. Alistair is also the Secretary General of the British East Asia Council (BEAC), which links business leaders and former statesmen in China and the UK. Alistair’s main advisory role is as Business and Government Advisor to NICG.