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Peter Nolan

Peter Nolan
Non-Executive Director
Professor Peter Nolan CBE is the Chong Hua Professor of Chinese Development at the University of Cambridge and Director of the University’s Centre of Development Studies. He received his BA degree from the University of Cambridge and his PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. He holds an honorary doctorate from the Copenhagen Business School.

In its January 2000 report on the China Big Business Programme, The Financial Times commented, "Peter Nolan knows more about Chinese companies and their international competition than anyone else on earth, including in China." He has spoken at the Chinese Government’s annual China Development Forum since its inception in 2000 and has testified at the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission of the US Congress. He has also lectured to the Board of the US-China Business Council and is a member of the UK Government’s Asia Task Force.

Professor Nolan is Director of the Chinese Executive Leadership Programme (CELP), which each year brings CEOs from China’s largest firms to the university for a three-week training programme, and is the only non-Chinese Independent Non-Executive Director to sit on the Board of China’s Bank of Communications. In 2009, he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for his work in developing British and Chinese business relations.

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