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This week, Jonathan Geldart was appointed Director General of the influential Institute of Directors, the UK’s longest running organization for professional leaders (founded in 1903). Jonathan is the author of Inside the Middle Kingdom: Insights into Modern China, published by LID.


Regarding his appointment, Jonathan said: “With current turmoil in both political and business environments, I strongly believe that it is even more important to equip directors of all organizations with the tools to be resilient and agile in their response to a fast-changing world. The IoD has a crucial role to play in this and I’m honoured to have been chosen to lead it at this time. Increasing value for today’s directors, whilst making the IoD relevant to the directors of the future, is the task at hand.”


Before becoming Director General of the IoD, Jonathan served on the global board at Grant Thornton International Ltd and was responsible for the company’s interests in China. He is currently writing his next book – How to Do Business in China – to be published by LID in 2020.


2018年3月,LID Publishing和Dialogue杂志对新经济100人创始人兼CEO、《创京东》作者李志刚先生进行了采访。以下是采访原文:

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Join Takeo Harada Talks on Pax Japonica in Shanghai on 11th April 2018

Having suffered continuing financial turmoil since the Heisei bubble economy collapse in 1990, combined with a lack of innovation that has starved the country of its full potential, not a few believe in the fall of Japan. However, in this event, Mr. Takeo Harada leads you to explore the new and astounding insight into Japan’s hidden role as designated controller of large, often secret funds kept for the purpose of rescuing humankind from ultimate disasters.

Momreover, Mr. Takeo Harada will explain how Global Community can overcome the world-widely facing issues which is frequently discussed as global agenda in UN and many other related global leading community.

Event detail:

Date: Wed,11th April 2018
Time & Program:
15:00 – 15:30 Open & Chatting
15:30 – 16:15 Mr.Harada talks
16:15 – 16:45 Q&A
16:45 – 17:30 Networking

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China’s brand revolutionion

模仿大国如今已成为国际创新引领者— 本·沃克(Ben Walker)

世界上第二大的经济体是依赖卓有成效且不屈不挠的模仿成长起来的,但是如今这一模仿的大潮正在转向。中国现在是一个伟大的变革者和创新者,拥有诸如腾讯(参阅图表)等大型企业,不断给国际竞争者刷新着要追赶的行业标准。在英国下议院举行的BrandZ 中国品牌建设者招待会上,《对话》的编辑本·沃克采访了The Store WPP欧洲、中东、非洲及亚洲区首席执行官罗大卫(David Roth)以及凯度华通明略BrandZ全球负责人王幸(Doreen Wang)

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Inside The Middle Kingdom Beijing Launch!

Jonathan Geldart, Executive Director of ‘Grant Thornton International‘ will be launching his new book, Inside The Middle Kingdom at the Dehuitang Teahouse in Beijing this Wednesday. The book offers a spectrum of stories of people in modern China. This is Jon’s third book about China published in the UK.


Over the past 7 years, Jon has been working and living in China. He has key insights on brands and culture and contributes greatly to bringing business partnerships and communications between China and the UK. The launch ties in perfectly with the ‘Beijing International Book Fair’ and will consist of  VIP speeches, a Q&A with Jon, an exclusive book signing, photos and networking.


We celebrated the launch of Jonathan Geldart’s recent book, Inside the Middle Kingdom last night at Blackwell’s on High Holborn.

Inside the Middle Kingdom is a unique book which contains a collection of 50 personal stories from modern China.

Jonathan is a writer, adviser and speaker on the cultural and business aspects of China. He has been visiting, working in China and collecting insights into the mysterious middle kingdom in the process for over seven years. Read More

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