Our Team

GBCC has an international team of experienced bilingual project managers with legal, political and development expertise in China.

Merethe has extensive management experience in the international development sector, particularly in relation to the rule of law, legal reform and human rights in China, as well as broader regional experience across Asia and Africa. She has served as GBCC’s executive director since 2017.

Between 2009 and 2017, Merethe was based in Beijing as the China director of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, a Sweden-based institution that undertakes research, education and institutional development projects to promote respect for human rights and humanitarian law.

From 2005 to 2008, she was a programme manager for the UNDP, first in Sudan and later in China, working in the rule of law team. Prior to this, she was a project manager and then deputy director at GBCC from 2002 to 2005.

Merethe holds a bachelor’s degree with honours in Chinese Studies from the University of Oxford, and obtained a master’s degree in development studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She speaks Mandarin Chinese.

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Doris manages GBCC's UK-China political dialogues, a key stream of programmes managed by Centre. She has extensive experience in international exchange and collaboration in both public and private sectors. She previously held roles at organisations such as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), where she worked in fundraising and communications, and The Economist, at which she was conferences and programmes manager.  

Doris graduated with distinction from the University of Birmingham with a master's degree in public administration (MPA).  Her undergraduate degree was a bachelor of business administration from the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) where, among other opportunities, she presented at the Yale University–CUHK symposium held at Yale in the US. She is fluent in English and Chinese.

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Cyril is a policy and programme management professional with 20 years’ of leading organisational development experience for the UN, French Foreign ministry and several INGOs. He has held a number of leading positions in diplomacy and development in China for a total of 10 years.

He is experienced at building relations with senior Chinese officials and providing advice to policy dialogues with China, implementing programmes that aim for policy influence as well as improved conditions at grassroots level. He has strong M&E credentials, and an in-depth understanding of the challenges of measuring impact in the current Chinese context. He has broad experience designing, managing and implementing innovative ODA-funded rule of law and civil society programmes in complex environments, and understands the priorities of donors as well as stakeholders.

Most recently, as former China Country Director of Handicap International, Cyril has successfully lead the registration of a foreign organisation under the new Chinese INGO law, ensuring legal compliance and providing feedback on the implementation challenges of this law to the relevant authorities. His negotiation and partnership building experiences in China has allowed him to work effectively with Chinese Party-State institutions on stated policy advocacy objectives; one recent example is his work with civil society partners to develop policy proposals submitted to the National People’s Congress (NPC) and to the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) representatives at national and provincial level.

Cyril graduated with first class honors from the University of Sorbonne Paris IV with a master's degree in Humanities in 1996.

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Marina is an experienced international development project manager. As assistant director, she leads GBCC’s criminal justice reform programme. Marina joined GBCC in 2015.

Prior to joining GBCC, Marina worked at several organisations in Beijing, including a social enterprise, a multinational research firm and at a World Economic Forum affiliate. Between 2009 and 2011, Marina enjoyed stints at the Regional Government of Madrid, the Directorate General for Trade of the European Commission in Brussels, and Warm Heart, a Thailand-based community development organization.

Marina holds a double-degrees in law and in business administration and management from the Autonomous University of Madrid. She received a master’s degree in European interdisciplinary studies from the College of Europe. Since 2009, Marina has been a lawyer registered with the Madrid Bar Association. She speaks English, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish and French, and has basic knowledge of Russian.

Luo Dan

Luo Dan is responsible for developing and delivering GBCC’s criminal justice reform programme and maintaining close working relationships between GBCC and legal academics, practitioners, and donors. She joined GBCC in 2015.

Prior to joining GBCC, Luo Dan held roles at several non-governmental and charitable organisations and social enterprises in China and the UK. She was a housing support worker at a homeless drop-in day centre, following which she worked in research and evaluation at Barnardo's, the children's charity. Before this, Luo Dan was a policy officer for Beijing’s local authority, responsible for research and drafting official reports.

Luo Dan obtained a bachelor of laws in international politics from Nankai University in Tianjin, China. She received a master's degree in public policy and management from King’s College London. She speaks English and Mandarin Chinese.

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Josh works on GBCC’s rule of law and business environmentpolitical dialogue and training programmes. He joined GBCC in 2018.

Between 2016 and 2017, Josh was an analyst at a City-based consultancy, undertaking business intelligence and strategic research primarily on China. From 2014 to 2015, he worked in international development at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in New Zealand.

Josh obtained a bachelor’s degree with first class honours in international relations and Chinese from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and holds a master’s degree in contemporary Chinese studies from the University of Oxford. He speaks Mandarin Chinese.

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Cameron works on GBCC’s political dialogues and exchanges, which complements his role as coordinator of the All Party Parliamentary China Group. He joined GBCC in 2019.

Prior to GBCC, Cameron spent three years as a global mobility adviser at the University of Sydney and two years as a board director for United Nations Youth Australia. While living in China, Cameron worked on business development projects with China Policy and assisted with the delivery of the China Women’s Film Festival in 2015 and 2017.   

He holds an undergraduate degree in Chinese Studies from the University of Sydney and masters’ degrees from Renmin University of China and King’s College London. Cameron speaks Mandarin Chinese, French and Danish.

Ieva joined the team in 2020 to work on GBCC’s criminal justice reform programme.

Between 2018 and 2020, Ieva worked as a project manager at a social enterprise headquartered in Beijing where she managed projects with a focus on raising awareness about women’s rights and the issues of other marginalised communities in China and abroad. She led a team that organised the 6th and 7th editions of the China Women’s Film Festival.

Ieva obtained a bachelor’s degree in contemporary Chinese studies with international relations from the University of Nottingham. Following her graduation, she spent one year improving her Mandarin Chinese at the Beijing Language and Culture University while also being a research assistant at My China Roots - a leading company in Chinese genealogy.

Miranda joined the team in 2020 to work on GBCC’s criminal justice projects.

Prior to joining GBCC she worked mainly in frontline advocacy, including as a housing adviser for Shelter, and as a caseworker at Project 17, a London-based charity aimed at upholding the rights of migrant families in order to reduce destitution. Whilst at Project 17 she also held the role of Training & Development Officer, delivering in-depth training to third-sector professionals, social services departments, and families across the UK.

Miranda holds a BA (Hons) in Chinese and Spanish and MA Race & Resistance from the University of Leeds. In 2019, she completed a PhD at the University of Reading, exploring the social, cultural, and political dimensions of video games in rural Cuba. She speaks English, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese.

Eloise is GBBC’s office manager and a project officer. She joined GBCC in 2020.

Eloise studied at the University of Manchester and Tsinghua University in Beijing, graduating with a first class honours degree in Chinese Studies. During university, she was the president of the Chinese Studies Society, and also worked closely with the Society of Anglo-Chinese Understanding, the University of Manchester Confucius Institute and the Communist Youth League of China on a range of volunteer projects.

Following her graduation, Eloise interned at the Manchester China Forum and worked in the travel industry before joining GBBC. She speaks Mandarin Chinese.