Chris Georgiou

2016-09-18

Career Objective 

Throughout my career I have maintained the highest performance standards and developed my international experience in a range of institutions and companies, which has also financed my studies. I am developing my Chinese business skills and knowledge in Chinese culture and language to my long-term career in, or in connection with China having completed my MSc in International Management (China), at SOAS University of London.


Professional Experience

Time Period: 2016/04 - Present

Company Name: British Embassy Beijing

Occupation: Secretarial/Office Management

Work Experience:

Visa Writer:

(Contract) Working in UKVI evaluating Chinese visa applications to the UK; 

• Security cleared to Official –Sensitive level.

• Assisting the Entry Clearance Manager in selecting and applying the correct visa validity for the required purposes depending on home office regulations.

• Conducting due diligence with Chinese colleagues to counter fake documents, forgeries and criminal activities.

• Supervising and conducting final checks on the work of Chinese colleagues, in particular with language and UK law.

• Key responsibility: Assisting management and supervising local staff


Time Period: 2015/09 - 2016/03

Company Name: 天实宜方 / Y&L Europe

Occupation: Sales/Retail/Biz Development

Work Experience:

Manager

Working in and leading a growing team in the small branch Office in London. HQ in Beijing.

• Private client services for high-net worth Chinese individuals, government and businesspersons in areas of education for client’s children, tourism, training, localisation, asset management and investment in the UK and elsewhere.

• Establish and maintain a wide political and business network to pursue our goals. Attending meetings, marketing and events. Advising/ referring Chinese businesses in addition to other ad hoc business duties such as Research and development.

• Developed the British language website for the UK audience.

• Key responsibility: Business Development – Manage the London Office and act as local liaison officer.


Time Period: 2014/10 - 2015/10

Company Name: Regus

Occupation: Sales/Retail/Biz Development

Work Experience:

Client Service Representative:


(Part-time while studying Masters) 


Assisting Centre management team; 

• Introducing, promoting, negotiating and selling contracts for physical and virtual offices.

• Facilitating bespoke virtual client requirements involving meeting rooms, online and telephone services, mailbox services.

• Compliance monitoring in reviewing and submitting compliance packs to clients. Ensuring clients are up to date on all relevant UK and Regus laws and regulations.


Time Period: 2014/06 - 2014/10

Company Name: ECA International

Occupation: Business Analysis/Consultancy

Work Experience:

Determine expatriate compensation and hardship/welfare packages.


Locations Rating Researcher: 


Worked as part of a team in the Locations Rating department to produce a quantitative rating of cities around the world considering over 100 factors.

• Managed a portfolio of 50%20 cities including all of the greater China region as well as cities in Africa and elsewhere.

• Conducted secondary research from academic, NGOs, corporate/governmental reports/data, Internet research and informal sources.

• Analysed ECA’s expatriate surveys and incorporated results to produce final score.

• Completed a tailored project for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) that weighted selected factors individually for the client – particularly those related to utilities such as water and electricity, media freedom and political transparency.

• Key responsibility: Location Rating – Analysing, justifying and defending a score with evidence.


Time Period: 2013/06 - 2013/12

Company Name: Liberal Democrats

Occupation: Business Analysis/Consultancy

Work Experience:

Co-Author


Commissioned by the Chinese branch of the Liberal Democrat Party to examine whether UK- China Twinning Relationships are: ‘A friendly gesture or a viable channel of trade and investment for regional cities?’


• Conducted secondary and primary research with key actors including local governments, businesspeople, and wider community organisations in China linked cities.

• Presented the findings of the report fringe event of the Liberal Democrat National Party Conference; to an audience of MPs, Lords, MEPs, local councillors as well as a wider audience.

• The finalised report, with a foreword by the former Deputy Prime Minster Nick Clegg, is published electronically via Amazon Kindle, as well as in hard copy – available in The British Library and elsewhere. ISBN9780992960209.

• Key responsibility: Provide recommendations - to inform local and national government policy on investments and strategies to engage with Chinese cities.


Time Period: 2012/09 - 2013/06

Company Name: University of London

Occupation: Customer Service

Work Experience:

Student and Foreign Institution Advisor:


Develop bespoke packages and advise international students and institutions to earn ad provide a University of London degree through distance learning in over 150 countries:

• Inform, advise and develop solutions and strategies for prospective students and institutions to study and teach distance-learning courses in collaboration with the University of London. Navigating flexible learning structures, payment structures and methods, as well as course regulations to develop strategies for students to study offshore at the University of London International Academy.

• Producing presentations on the properties and trends of programmes offered by the International Academy. This allows the senior management to analyse and correlate conclusions in order to streamline and provide a more effective service, in terms of the successes of certain programmes, teaching institutions as well as dropout rates and factors.

• Key responsibility: Advisory


Time Period: 2012/05 - 2012/07

Company Name: British Chamber of Commerce Shanghai

Occupation: Sales/Retail/Biz Development

Work Experience:

Internship:


Shadowing under the business development manager:


• Establish and maintain a wide professional network. Attending meetings, phone calls, marketing and events. Referring and assisting British companies both large and small in east China.

• Marketing in the Mar-Coms department to analyse marketing efficiency. 

• Organizing in the events team: preparing and running the 2012 Charity Ball, which was a record breaking success – succeeding in raising over RMB 250,000.

• Reported and recommending on the quality and quantity of events being offered and specific improvements to be made in the Chamber.


Education

Education Period: 2013/09 - 2015/09

School: SOAS, University of London

Major: International Management for China

Highest Degree: Master's Degree

Qualifications: 


• FDI, market entry, trade analysis, cross-cultural management, corporate governance

• Economic reform and development, china’s federalist system, energy and food security 

• Research methods for management: quantitative and qualitative


Education Period: 2008/09 - 2011/07

School: University of Birmingham

Major: Political Science and Philosophy

Degree: Bachelor's Degree

Qualifications:

• International security, sustainable energy policies, research into causes of economic inequality.


Languages

English

Mother Tongue

Chinese

Basic

Other

Advanced


Skills

• Microsoft: Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint;

• Management: SPSS Statistics, nVivo, economic and business database active user. 

• Typing: 60/wpm.

• Web Design: Courses at Birkbeck College

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