Mosaic of China
The Events Entrepreneur (Stephane de Montgros, Riviera Events)

The Events Entrepreneur (Stephane de Montgros, Riviera Events)

January 21, 2020

Stephane de Montgros first came to China as an engineering graduate, and today is the Director of an events and hospitality company. In our conversation, we trace this circuitous career path, and make observations about the current state of the hospitality and tourism industry in China and beyond. If you’re curious to know about how hotels in China are coping with societal, environmental, and technological changes, then this conversation should be a great starting point.

 

Apart from these industry observations, Stephane also shares his practical attitude towards entrepreneurialism in China, and his positivity and enthusiasm is truly infectious.

 
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The Jewelry Craftsman (Angie Wu, AWÜ Studio)

The Jewelry Craftsman (Angie Wu, AWÜ Studio)

January 14, 2020

I didn't know I was interested in the art of jewellery design until I met Angie. Maybe that's because I didn't think about the precision of the tool-work; maybe it's because I didn't pay attention to the forms and structure of precious metals; or maybe it's because I've never met anyone as unique as Angie Wu.

 

Angie has a fascinating background, and it was a joy to spend a short time together in her company, and learn about her art and her clientele. I hope you'll enjoy it too.

 

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The Aussie Opportunist (Simon Manetti, Kantar Consulting)

The Aussie Opportunist (Simon Manetti, Kantar Consulting)

December 17, 2019

It's time to relect on the end of the year, and the end of the decade. So as you’re listening to Simon Manetti reflect on his last 10 years of choices and chances in China, take a moment to think about the forces that brought you to where you are today. Some of you might look back on your decade as a series of rational and linear decisions. Well congratulations to you. Personally I relate more to Simon: some rational decision; a few irrational ones thrown in; and otherwise a combination of luck, fate and opportunism.

 

Thank you to Simon for being so open, eloquent, and... relatable.

 

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The Urban Artist (Nini Sum, IdleBeats)

The Urban Artist (Nini Sum, IdleBeats)

December 10, 2019

Today’s interview is with the artist Nini Sum. We talk about her life and work as the co-founder of IdleBeats, the first independent screen print studio in China, as well as her take on artistic expression and the arts scene in general in China.

 

You’ll notice straight away that she has a very hypnotic way of talking, so this episode should be a nice, slow and relaxing one.

 

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Mosaic of China with Oscar Fuchs - Bonus Episode on “Community”

Mosaic of China with Oscar Fuchs - Bonus Episode on “Community”

December 3, 2019

We're marking the halfway point of Season 1 by releasing a special episode in which Oscar is interviewed by Shannon Martin, Director of Communications at Podbean, to discuss the topic of "Community".

 

Since building real and virtual communities is at the heart of the Mosaic of China project, this is a conversation that we felt was worth releasing as a bonus episode. Hopefully it will not only interest you, but also encourage you to contribute your thoughts and comments on WeChat, or on whichever platform you prefer.

 

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The FinTech Philosopher (Srinivas Yanamandra, NDB)

The FinTech Philosopher (Srinivas Yanamandra, NDB)

November 26, 2019

Srinivas Yanamandra ("Srini") is the Chief Compliance Officer at the New Development Bank (NDB), the only multilateral organisation based in Shanghai. Comprised of the BRICS countries of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, the bank has a unique constitution and culture. Srini and I discuss his position in the organisation, with a particular focus on the similarities and differences between China and India. And our conversation soon stretches into many other areas, including his thoughts on the future of compliance and ethics in the age of Artificial Intelligence.

 

Don't be too intimidated by this introduction, our conversation also includes enough light-hearted conversation to offset the cerebral content. I promise. 

 

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The Aquarium Queen (Emily Madge, Asia Head of Conservation, Sea Life)

The Aquarium Queen (Emily Madge, Asia Head of Conservation, Sea Life)

November 19, 2019

In case you ever feel like complaining about logistics, bureaucracy and red tape in China, spare a thought for Emily Madge, who was part of the team in charge of transporting two beluga whales from Shanghai to Iceland. In today’s episode we discuss this amazing story, as well as track Emily’s experience in the conservation and welfare of marine life in China.

 

With plenty of FISH FACTS thrown in, today’s episode is a great mix of the entertaining and the educational. Big thanks to Emily for being such a good sport.

 

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The Prolific Playwright (Nick Yu, Artistic Director, Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre)

The Prolific Playwright (Nick Yu, Artistic Director, Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre)

November 12, 2019

This week’s guest is the award-winning Chinese playwright Nick Yu, 喻荣军, who juggles his work as a writer alongside his role as Creative Director of the Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre. In our conversation, we cover Nick’s two contrasting identities: the sophisticated denizen of the Shanghai arts scene, and the son of a village teacher from the heart of the Chinese countryside.

 

Nick is no stranger to controversy, and is famous in the Chinese theatre scene for pushing the limits of what can be put on the stage. So we also discuss his creative process, and the way in which he nurtures his imagination without overstepping the boundaries of the China cultural policy. So this episode should be a must-listen for any creators or artists in china who are struggling with temptation of self-censorship.

 

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The Refugee Researcher (Yael Farjun, CEO, ChinaClickGo)

The Refugee Researcher (Yael Farjun, CEO, ChinaClickGo)

November 5, 2019

In 2010, Yael Farjun had a chance encounter with someone at the Shanghai Expo, which led her to undertake an amazing research project. We discuss the heroism and humanity of one Chinese man in Vienna, which resulted in an epic migration from Europe to Shanghai. And in so doing, we highlight Shanghai’s unique historical status as a Free Port, and a magnet for people from around the world

 

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The Inclusion Architect (Sebastien Denes, Greater China Senior Executive, SAP)

The Inclusion Architect (Sebastien Denes, Greater China Senior Executive, SAP)

October 29, 2019

When I first met today's guest, Sebastien Denes, I liked him immediately. But I did question what kind of content he would be able to bring to this recording. Here was another privileged white male in an executive role on an international career track at a multinational organisation. I have spent a large percentage of my career as an executive headhunter in Asia, and I've seen a thousand people like Sebastien. At least that's what I thought.

 

I was wrong.

 

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