Young Professionals

Forum’s Objectives

The Forum is open to all young professionals, from fresh graduates through to those with more advanced early careers.

The aim of the Young Professionals Forum is:

  • To act as an access route and a means to integrate young professionals in the British business community in Beijing
  • To assist young professionals in developing their general understanding and professional knowledge of China
  • To provide a platform for members to share support, advice, and information
Forum - Young Professionals
Young Professionals

The forum is co-chaired by Oliver Wessely of CRCC Asia and Charlotte Smith of Venture Education.


The emergence of China as a world leader has led increasing numbers of young British professionals to consider and to take up early-career positions in the country. The Young Professionals Forum aims to provide both an on-the-ground and an online sphere in which young professionals can be connected and informed, and find guidance and support.

Forum Chairs

Oliver Young Professionals
Oliver Wessely

Oliver Wessely is the General Manager of CRCC Asia, the leading provider of world-class internships in Asia. With an MSc in Chinese Studies, Oliver recognises the importance of Sino-British co-operation and manages a team of international and Chinese staff to deliver an exceptional international internship abroad program. He has coordinated and mediated monthly networking business seminars, run community engaging events and worked with high-level international partners such as British Council, Huawei and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Israel to deliver programs in Beijing.

Charlotte Smith
Partner of Venture Education & Director of Flourish

Charlotte has built a career in education across five countries over the past ten years. In 2015, she founded a social enterprise that curates public arts events empowering women’s voices and perspectives. Today she directs the Flourish Project and a team of educators to deliver an original enterprise education programme to 21 public middle and high schools in Beijing. She is also a Partner of Venture Education, an education consultancy that strives to foster people of all ages and backgrounds to have the mindset and skills to make innovative ideas happen and create value for others.

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