About Young Icebreakers
The Young Icebreakers came into being following Premier Wen’s visit in 2006, and discussions with the Chairman of the 48 Group Club, Stephen Perry. The Young Icebreakers have remained in the focus of the Chinese leadership during visits to the UK. During his visit to London in January 2009, to attend the annual UK-China Summit, Premier Wen met members of the ‘Young Icebreakers’ to hear their views and encourage their enthusiasm for forging ongoing and further bonds of friendship between the two nations.
We continue to hold regular high profile events including but not limited to, lectures, receptions and round-tables attended by high profile business leaders from the UK and China. These include Willie Walsh (Chairman of International Airlines Group), David Reid (Chairman of Tesco), Peter Sands, Group Chief Executive of Standard Chartered Bank and many more. We typically hold these events in Central London, but we have also held events in Beijing. There is a regular Young Icebreakers anniversary dinner which is held each year in late April or early May.
Young Icebreakers China Launch Event
Lin Yue, Chair of the Young Icebreakers and Edward Holroyd Pearce, Chief of Staff of the Young Icebreakers opened the event, followed by a fascinating lecture delivered by Jim O’Neill (Economist and former Chairman of Goldman Sachs Asset Management) and Mark Tucker (Group Chief Executive and President, AIA Group) on the topic of “The Changing World”. Attendees also enjoyed an interactive Q&A session, chaired by 48 Group Club Chair Stephen Perry and a networking session with drinks and canapés. CRCC Asia assisted with the organisation of the event.
We have received much positive feedback regarding the event, and there is clearly an appetite for future events to be held in China, so please get in touch if you would like to volunteer or be involved with the Young Icebreakers in China (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Long Yongtu Lecture
The event was opened by Richard Reid, Chairman KPMG London, who was followed by Peter Lu, Committee Member of The 48 Group Club Young Icebreakers, who welcomed Mr long Yongtu. After the talk the Q & A session was chaired by Stephen Perry, Chair of The 48 Group Club, and concluded by Lin Yue, Chair of the Young Icebreakers.
The event was kindly sponsored by KPMG.
At the event Mr. Long Yongtu was presented an ‘Icebreaker’s award, a 48 Group Club lifetime award for contributions to Sino-British relations
Young Icebreaker’s 5th Anniversary Dinner
Willie Walsh Talk – 12 March 2013
Lin Yue, Chair of the Young Icebreakers opened the proceedings by welcoming Willie Walsh and guests. This was followed by Simon Davies, Firm wide Managing Partner of Linklaters who welcomed Willie Walsh
Willie Walsh spoke about the IAG‘s plans for the future following China’s trend for growth. He highlighted the importance of the new route from Heathrow to Chengdu and applauded China’s positive attitude to tackling the global financial crisis. The topics of both issues focussed upon the recent 18th Party Congress in China, the new leadership and the direct implications for China – UK trade, as well as the broader global challenges for China and the UK.
Dr. Gerard Lyons tabled the question and answer session dealing with issues such as an extra runway at Heathrow Airport, pointing out that the during the time spent over the arguments for a new runway at Heathrow, China had constructed 100 airports. Willie Walsh also urged the UK Government to ease visa controls on Chinese visiting UK to tap into the growing business and tourist opportunities.
The session ended with networking in Linklaters reception area. The 48 Group Club Young Icebreakers thank Linklaters for hosting such a successful event.
YOUNG people are the key to forging stronger bonds of friendship between the UK and China says Stephen Perry who has been dealing with China for over forty years. Mr Perry is chairman of the 48 Group Club that was formed from the first western business companies to break the world trade embargo on China in the early 1950s. Today, as one of the most active Sino-UK business networks, the Group remains committed to promoting positive links with China.The Young Icebreakers is made up of the new generation of British and Chinese business people and entrepreneurs. The group was established as part of the 48 Group Club in May 2008, following a discussion between Stephen Perry and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao. Today, the 48 Group Club has over 500 British and Chinese members, including nearly 100 Young Icebreakers.
Chinese Premier Urges An Open Mind
When Premier Wen Jiabao asked to meet Young Icebreakers in London in January 2009 he told them:“You ‘Young Icebreakers’ face a very different world compared to the one when the original “Icebreakers” laid the foundations of the 48 Group Club over 50 years ago. There has been tremendous change especially with the ever deepening challenges of a connected and globalised world.So what can “Young Icebreakers” do to be most effective in the kind of world they are growing up in? I have been giving thought to what I believe are the characteristics of “Icebreakers” and I offer three aspects.First, “Icebreakers” must have a broad vision so that they will be able to clearly see the direction ahead.Next, is to have a pioneering spirit. That requires confidence and determination to seek goals undaunted by setbacks and criticism.Third it is important for “Icebreakers” to work in unity. That will mean having an open mind, seek out common ground and so be able together to continue the tradition of icebreaking!”
Young People Must Learn About China
In 2009 David Reid, Chairman of Tesco plc, delivered ‘Young Icebreakers’ lectures in Edinburgh and London when he urged over 500 young people to learn about China and drive forward exchanges at every level.He said: “I believe young people in Britain have a huge amount to gain by understanding China, fostering links and friendships with China and in seeing China for the opportunity it presents to us all. To my mind China represents one of the biggest opportunities in the 21st Century.”