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About us

Confucius Institute for Business London

Who we are and what we do

The Confucius Institute for Business London (CIBL) is a partnership between LSE, Tsinghua University and Hanban (Ministry of Education). It was launched in 2006 with five sponsoring companies: HSBC, BP, Deloitte, Swire and Standard Chartered. With a strong focus on business communication, CIBL specialises in helping London business communities to learn Mandarin and foster greater understanding of the business culture in China. Alongside delivering business Chinese classes, we also host a number of events to promote wider Chinese culture - most of which are open to the general public.

In the best traditions of academic exchange, LSE and Tsinghua have built a relationship that is open and transparent to enable valuable discussions on a range of issues facing China today. 

What our students say about us

We celebrate the success and friendships of CIBL with a reception at the House of Lords every year during the Spring Festival. Hear what our Chinese Language & Culture for Business (CLCB) executive students have to say about studying with us!

House of Lords Celebration House of Lords Celebration
Filmed by Patrick Neill (LSE BSc Management student; company: Limpet @wearelimpet)


For more than 12 years, CIBL has dedicated its resources in helping individuals and businesses in London. Through different stages of each journey, CIBL is proud to walk alongside our clients to achieve their goals. Watch our 10th year anniversary video below for highlights.

CIBL 10th Year Anniversary CIBL 10th Year Anniversary


Advisory Council

(In alphabetical order by company's name)                

  • British Petroleum Plc - Dr Thomas Wales, Group Political Adviser
  • China-Britain Business Council – Mr Matthew Rous, Chief Executive                
  • Chinese Embassy in the UK - Mr Yongli Wang, Minister Counsellor for Education                    
  • Deloitte LLP - Mr Angus Knowles-Cutler, Vice Chairman and London Senior Partner
  • DLA Piper - Lord Tim Clement-Jones CBE, Senior Partner           
  • HanBan (Confucius Institute Headquarters) - Mr Jianfei Ma, Deputy Director-General of Hanban                    
  • HSBC - Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles, Group Head of Government Affairs, HSBC, UK Chairman of CIBL Advisory Council
  • HSBC – Mr Owen Earwicker, China Affairs Coordinator            
  • John Swire and Sons Ltd - Mr Philippe De Gentile-Williams, Staff Director                    
  • LSE - Professor Dilly Fung, Pro-Director for Education                 
  • PwC – Ms Suwei Jiang, Head of China Business and Senior China Advisor
  • PwC – Mr David Snell, China Business Group Partner   
  • Standard Chartered Bank - Mr Vasuki Shastry, Global Head, Public Affairs and Sustainability
  • Standard Chartered Bank – Mr Richard Chenga-Reddy, Head of Regulatory Affairs, Group Public Affairs
  • TheCityUK – Mr Marcus Scott, Chief Operating Officer            
  • Tsinghua University - Professor Gang Peng, Vice President of Tsinghua University, Chairman of CIBL Advisory Council

Academic Steering Group

  • Professor Paul Kelly (Chair of Steering Group, Professor of Political Philosophy)
  • Professor Dilly Fung (Pro-Director for Education)
  • Dr Neil McLean (Academic and Professional Development Director)
  • Dr Catherine Xiang (CIBL UK Director)
  • Dr Jinghui Wang (CIBL China Director)
  • Professor Kent Deng (CIBL Associate Director)
  • Dr Hong Lu (CIBL Deputy Director)
  • Professor Richard Macve (Department of Accounting)
  • Professor Kathy YUAN (Department of Finance)
  • Professor Qiwei YAO (Department of Statistics)

Our clients

(In alphabetical order by company's name)        

  • Bank of China
  • Bank of England
  • British Chamber of Commerce
  • British Council
  • British Land
  • China Britain Business Council
  • China Exchange
  • Department of International Trade
  • Dulwich College
  • EY
  • Fosun
  • Great Ormond Street Hospital
  • HSBC
  • Huawei
  • ICBC
  • Mishcon de Reya LLP
  • North Harringay Primary School
  • PwC
  • R&F Properties
  • Standard Chartered
  • Sussex University
  • Swire
  • TheCityUK
  • University of Law