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.

Kathryn has a decade of experience working in China in policy analysis, programme management, legal reform and diplomacy. She joined GBCC in 2015, establishing GBCC’s rule of law and business environment programme, which she continues to manage.

In her capacity as GBCC assistant director, Kathryn is GBCCs representative to the Centre for Common Law, a joint initiative between GBCC , Renmin University Law School and the University of Oxford.

Between 2009 and 2014, Kathryn worked in the political section of the British Embassy in Beijing. As a political officer, she worked on engagement with the Communist Party, and as a senior policy officer, developed UK Government engagement with civil society in China. During this period, she worked on two prime ministerial visits and oversaw the Embassy’s bilateral small grants programme.

Kathryn holds a bachelor’s degree with honours in Chinese and Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She speaks Mandarin Chinese. In 2018, Kathryn was called as an expert witness to the International Relations Select Committee of the UK’s House of Lords to give evidence on China’s regional and economic interests.

Marina Mella

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 in Belgium. 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.

Nathan Hubbard Miles

Nathan works across several of GBCC's projects, including rule of law for prosperity, judicial reform, and criminal justice. He has also been actively involved in the delivery of GBCC's political dialogues, including the UK-China Leadership Forum. Nathan previously worked in Beijing with the British Council and an EU-funded project supporting the development of health and safety in China's mining and chemical industries. Nathan holds a 1st Class Hons Degree in Chinese and Korean from SOAS. Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Nathan is also proficient at Korean, French, Spanish and Italian. His interests include basketball and technology, and is a keen guitar and piano player.

Saki works on GBCC’s political dialogues and exchanges, which complements her role as coordinator of the All Party Parliamentary China Group. She joined GBCC in 2018.

Prior to joining GBCC, Saki was an event manager across East and South-East Asia. She worked for a period in the international education sector, and also in Beijing for a community organisation protecting the rights of the children of convicts.

Saki holds degrees in Chinese studies from the University of Leiden and SOAS, University of London. She speaks Mandarin Chinese and Japanese, and has basic knowledge of German.

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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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Wen Xin is GBCC’s part-time administrative assistant. She joined GBCC in 2015. Xin has a range of general administrative and organizational responsibilities, as well as human resources duties, supporting board and committee meetings, and assisting with events and translating documents.

Xin obtained an upper second class bachelor’s degree in business management and a master’s degree in accounting and finance from the University of Greenwich, where she is currently completing her PhD. She speaks English and Mandarin Chinese.