Expat Profiles

Entrepreneur Profile: Gu Ji of Lai Ye

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Ji is Co-founder & COO at Zhulilaiye (助理来也), a start-up company focusing on providing personal assistant service to Chinese consumers powered by AI and human agents. She was also a columnist for Forbes China and a regular contributor to The Financial Times China and The WSJ China. A native Chinese speaker, she is fluent in English. Some of her numerous …

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Food Revolution Profile: Erica Huang of Farm 2 Neighbours

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Name: Erica Huang Job: Owner of Farm 2 Neighbours How did you come to the conclusion that Beijing needed a Food Revolution? We all know that there is a serious air and environmental pollution problem in Beijing and in China, but not many people talk abut the even more serious public health issue happening. As Chinese economy getting better, more …

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Entrepreneur Profile: Dominic Johnson-Hill of Plastered 8

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Dominic Johnson-Hill is the brains behind Plastered 8. Describe a typical work week at Plastered. Christ… there’s no typical one really. I spend around 20% of my week with media. So I have some regular TV shows that I do, radio shows, and then online stuff. That’s really where and how I market the brand by getting myself on television …

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Wellness Profile: Marte van Os of Mantra Bar and Finger Licking Fit

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Beijing’s resident health warrior, Marte has made a name for herself around town for her beautiful, delicious food and most recently, her Mantra Bar line. You may also recognise her from previous blogs she has done for JingNews – read them here, here and here. Name: Marte van Os Job: Founder of Finger Licking Fit and Mantra Bar Hi Marte! …

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Entrepreneur Profile: Mikey Chee of Fresh Prints

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Mikey Chee is the founder of Fresh Prints, a WeChat photo printing company that simply prints your memories. Hi Mikey! Please could you tell us a bit about yourself and how you ended up in Beijing? I’m an ABC from New Jersey and relocated to Beijing 2 years ago for work. I’m 25, entrepreneurial spirit, BJ lacrosse promoter and a …

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Food Profile: Christiana Zhu of Yeyo Yogurt

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Hi Christiana! Could you tell us a bit about yourself and how you came to Beijing? I’m a Chinese-Kiwi (aka “Chiwi”) from Auckland, NZ. I started my career in PR, marketing New Zealand as a tourism destination to travelers from Asia. Although it was great fun, where I did things like throwing Bollywood stars (that I didn’t recognize) out of …

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Food Profile: Shabana Gulrajani of MAVI

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Shabana Gulrajani is the founder of Mavi, an artisan chocolate and gourmet dessert patisserie near Xintiandi. Name: Shabana Gulrajani Company: MAVI Artisan Chocolates & Artisan Desserts Hi Shabana! Could you tell us a bit about yourself and how you came to Shanghai? I’m Indian by origin, British by nationality and Hong Kong born. I studied law in the UK and graduated …

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Start-up Profile: BottlesXO

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 BottlesXO in Shanghai delivers, in less than 60 minutes, high quality and reasonably priced European wines to wherever you are. Whether you run out of wine at your dinner party, have a moment with your loved one in a park or just need a good bottle in a restaurant, BottlesXO will deliver your wine at perfect drinking temperature with no …

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Entrepreneur Profile: Sophie Su of Pingo Space

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Sophie Su is the co-founder of Pingo Space, a skill-sharing platform that connects Chinese locals with foreigners. Hi Sophie! Can you tell us a bit about you – how did your background and upbringing influence where you are in your career today? I grew up in Sydney and was a foreigner in the country. I’m now back in Beijing and have …

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Entrepreneur Profile: Sophia Pan of Tantan and P1.com

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Name: Sophia Pan Job: Co-founder of Tantan and P1.com Hey Sophia! Can you tell us a little bit about you and your background, and why and how did your passion for start ups begin? I was born and raised in Beijing, and had the chance to enjoy smog-free beautiful Beijing during the 80’s and 90’s. After graduating from college I …

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Start-up Profile: Ofer Golan of AppInChina

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Name: Ofer Golan Job: AppInChina GM Can you tell us a little bit about you; why and how did you end up in Beijing?  My name is Ofer Golan. I’m from Israel, but have been in Beijing for the last three years. I wanted to come to China to travel ever since I was a boy; I’ve always been attracted …

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Entrepreneur Profile: Jennifer Cheng of Glamitco

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GLAM, often associated with style and beauty, is exactly what founder Jennifer Cheng had in mind when she decided to start Glam-it, an international beauty and fashion brand. Glam-it’s mission is to develop products that are fun and chic to help you “put the ‘am’ in Glam” since every girl deserves to be Glam – whether they are running errands, …

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Food Profile: Jennie Chen of Intoxycake

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Name: Jennie Chen Job: Founder of Intoxycake Hi! Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your background?   I’m Canadian, originally from Vancouver, later down my life I moved to Toronto and have now settled in Shanghai for almost 4 years now. I love the colour pink! I instantly fall in love with almost anything pink. To state the …

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Wellness Profile: Maika Endo of Kocoon Spa

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Name: Maika Endo Job: Wellness Entrepreneur and Co-Founder of Kocoon spa in Beijing Hi Maika! Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you came to Beijing. I studied International Business in Paris in 2000 and came with a group of classmates studying Chinese, through a university exchange with UIBE in Beijing. I immediately fell in love with the city and its …

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Profile: Nicolas Monneyron

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Name: Nicolas Monneyron Job: Brand Ambassador / CHR salesman Beijing Hi Nico! Can you tell us a bit about your background and what made you decide to move to Beijing? I was born and raised in the centre of France, Clermont-Ferrand. After graduating from high school, I went to a business school in my town, as it was one of …

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Profile: Camila Betin, Executive Chef at FACTORY

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Name: Camila Betin Job: Executive Chef at FACTORY – Creative Kitchen by Salt and FACTORY FRESH Hi Camila! Can you tell us a bit about your background and what made you decide to move to Beijing? Hi! So, I’m 31 years old, from Brazil, with an Italian background. I’ve been working in the kitchen for almost 10 years, since I graduated …

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Artist Profile: Liuba of Liubadraws

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Name: Liuba Vladimirova Job: Illustrator Hi Liuba! Can you tell us a bit about your background and how you ended up in Beijing? I studied Chinese in university, and during my studies I had a chance to participate in a students exchange program between my university and Liaoning University in Shenyang. Shenyang is not a small city but after one …

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Shanghai Profile: Jodi Peterson of Babycakes

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Name: Jodi Peterson Job: Founder of Babycakes Hi Jodi! Can you tell us a bit about your background and what made you decide to move to Shanghai? I was a criminal prosecutor in Chicago, Illinois (USA) for almost 10 years before moving to Shanghai. I prosecuted all types of crime, but loved prosecuting violent crime the most as standing in …

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Fashion Profile: Benedicte Bro-Cassard

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Benedicte is a well-known, widely respected fashion consultant and stylist. She has written for publications like Vogue and le Monde, and was the personal stylist to Miss China, Du Yang, in 2014.  Name: Benedicte Bro-Cassard Job: Fashion Consultant, Blogger and Mum (sounds corny but I do have 2 kids) Hi Benedicte! Can you tell us a bit about your background …

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Entrepreneur Profile: Charlotte Wheatley, Founder of Ava Azalea

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Name: Charlotte Wheatley Job: Founder of Ava Azalea Hi Charlotte! Can you tell us a bit about your background and what made you decide to move to Shanghai? Hi! Well I’m from New Zealand and for as long as I can remember I have always wanted to live overseas and chase adventure. When I was at University, China was in the …

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