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Date(s) - Friday, September 5 2014
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

La Pedrera



2014 Annual General Meeting


La Pedrera

33 Sichuan Zhong Lu, near Yan’an Dong Lu

Phone: 6136 0206

Friday, Sept. 5

6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Please join members to discuss hot-button China news from the past few days and elect the Shanghai FCC’s new board. Two free drinks and snacks will be provided to all current members.  We’ll also be raising the curtain on some new ways for members to participate in FCC events.  Come and learn more about how to get involved!


The Annual General Meeting will start at 6:30 p.m.


The list of candidates for board seats is below. 



Admission: Members only. Free for paid-up members.

Members whose dues are not current can renew on the spot.


Venue Details: 

La Pedrera

33 Sichuan Zhong Lu, near Yan’an Dong Lu. Phone: 6136 0206


Time:  Friday, Sept. 5; 6:30 – 9:00 pm

Doors open at 6:30. Voting begins at 7:30



Note: You must RSVP by 3pm on Friday, Sept. 5 to be admitted. This is necessary so we can do our best to manage the flow of cocktails and food.

RSVP now!


Candidates and positions are as follows:

President Candidate


Russell Flannery


Biography: I’m a senior editor at Forbes magazine. I opened Forbes’ first-ever mainland bureau in Shanghai in 2003, and have been based here since.  I previously was a correspondent for Bloomberg in Taipei and Shanghai and for the Asian Wall St. Journal in Taipei. I’m a Massachusetts native and have degrees from the University of Vermont and the University of Wisconsin at Madison.


Statement: I’ve been a member of our board for the past four years and club president for three of those four. I’ve worked to increase our membership, especially of correspondent members, and invite high-quality speakers. Of late, I took the lead in working to increase our board size to nine members from seven, which will help to raise the quality and frequency of our events. I’ll work in the coming year to try to expand participation in our club by helping to create new committees on topics of interest.  I’ll also work to expand our exchanges with other organizations.


VP for Events Candidates


Lenora Chu


Biography: Lenora Chu worked in the U.S. for 10 years as a reporter spanning print, web and broadcast. She started as a business editor for Asianweek and later worked as a business and political reporter, including a period with the Knight Ridder newspaper chain. She has freelanced for a number of outlets including CNNMoney, Science, Marketplace, The Christian Science Monitor, Fortune, Money and Dwell magazines. Since moving to Shanghai four years ago, she has been consulting in writing and communications. Lenora is Chinese American and holds degrees from Stanford University and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.


Statement: For the past two years I’ve served as an FCC board member primarily overseeing speaker events. I’ve brought in a number of speakers on topics including innovation, gender issues, social media and sex in China. In the coming year I hope to continue my affiliation with the board as VP Events and look forward to supporting the work that journalists do here in China.



Allen Wan


Biography: Allen Wan is the deputy bureau chief for Bloomberg News in Shanghai. Prior to that, Allen worked for Reuters and CBS MarketWatch (now part of the Wall Street Journal) in Hong Kong, Japan and the U.S. He speaks Mandarin, Cantonese and Japan and originally hails from New York.


Statement: As Event VP, Allen would like to use his renmai to secure interesting speakers and venues for the FCC.


VP for Membership and Outreach Candidate


Pete Sweeney


Biography: Born in Washington, DC, I have lived in cities throughout the U.S. and in Ecuador, Brussels and now China. I’ve worked as a professional writer for my entire career. I came to China for the first time in 2006, and have been here for eight years, first as a Fulbright scholar and then a journalist. After serving as Editor-in-Chief of China Economic Review magazine, I took up a new role of chief economics and markets correspondent at Reuters this year and am happily immersed in real-time wire reporting.


Statement: I am running for VP of Membership and Outreach for a second term, having not yet completed all the tasks I set for myself. Coming up I hope to continue upgrading the website, improve relationships with the Hong Kong and Beijing FCCs, increase our charity and education activities, and continue arranging excellent social events for member networking.


Correspondent Representative Candidates


Philipp Mattheis


Biography:  Philipp Mattheis, born in 1979, is the correspondent of WirtschaftsWoche, Germany’s leading business weekly.  He has lived and worked in Shanghai for the last three years, covering political, economic and cultural developments from a business angle. He started his career as an editor of Süddeutsche Zeitung, a daily newspaper. He holds a master degree in philosophy and journalism from the University of Munich and the Deutsche Journalistenschule in Munich.


Statement: I’m very honored to run for the FCC board. I have been a member of the Shanghai FCC for about three years. I’d be very happy to share my contacts and give the FCC more European input. Germany is China’s third largest trading partner, and Volkswagen the biggest car seller in China. Both countries share a comprehensive strategic partnership. I am confident that I can help to arrange more German and European speakers for the FCC.


Shen Hong


Bio and statement: I am writing to express my interest in running as a correspondent representative on the FCC board. I am confident that with my extensive journalistic experience, I am a suitable candidate to represent the foreign correspondents working in this city. I am now the Shanghai bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires. I’ve been with the company for more than 15 years, having covered different economies and financial markets across Asia. A Singaporean citizen but born in China, I moved back to Shanghai in 2006 and have since been a big fan of our club. I am committed to serving the fellow members, and there’s a lot I feel I can contribute to our organization. I hope that I can have your support in the upcoming election and I will try my best to work with other colleagues to bring a fresh and even more exciting chapter to our club. Thank you all.


Vijay Vaitheeswaran


Biography:  Vijay V. Vaitheeswaran is an award-winning senior correspondent for the Economist. He joined the editorial staff in 1992 as its London-based Latin America correspondent, and opened the magazine’s first regional bureau in Mexico City. From 1998 to 2006, he covered energy and the environment. From 2007 to 2011, his portfolio encompassed global health, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology.  Vijay opened the newspaper’s Shanghai bureau in 2012. He currently serves as the China Business Editor and Shanghai Bureau Chief. His latest book (published by CITIC in China and Harper Collins in the US) is “Need, Speed and Greed: How the New Rules of Innovation Can Transform Businesses, Propel Nations to Greatness, and Tame the World’s Most Wicked Problems.”  Vijay is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and an advisor on sustainability and innovation to the World Economic Forum. His commentaries have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and New York Times. Vijay is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Statement: I hope to have the honor of representing Shanghai’s vibrant community of foreign correspondents by joining the board of the FCC as a correspondent board member. I have benefitted greatly from the advice and insights shard by fellow members in my time in Shanghai, and much enjoyed the fellowship offered by the group. I would now like the chance to contribute to the future development of the organization. In particular, I hope to bring my experiences as a global business correspondent and as an events moderator to bear in improving our already-excellent speaker series.


Associate Representative Candidates


Martina Beszedeszova



*CURRENT: Senior Account Manager, ANOMALY. Working on Budweiser and SONOS accounts with a global marketing communications agency

*2012 – 2014: Project Manager, AVANTGARDE Brand Services. Worked on Jaguar  Land Rover account with a global communications agency

*2012 – 2013: Associate Members’ Representative, Foreign Correspondents Club  Shanghai.Board member representing Associate Members of the Club, organized monthly networking events open to members and non-members

*2002 – 2004. Board member, Paneuropa Youth. Organized and participated in international discussion forums for EU young citizens.

Statement: Some of you may remember me from when I served on the Board from 2012 – 2013. I have been a member ever since, but unfortunately wasn’t able to be present as much as I’d like to due to my intense travel schedule in my past role. I have been seeking an opportunity to reconnect with the Club and would be honored to have the possibility to serve on the Board once again. While actively involved, back in 2012 – 2013, I planned and organized all SFCC monthly networking events across the city, resulting in an excellent exposure for the Club and generating almost 40 new and renewed memberships.  As a Board member, I would like to continue focusing my efforts on strengthening the relationships between our members, non-members and SFCC supporters. I believe strongly in the power of collaborative work, and I hope to serve on the SFCC Board to help develop a stable platform for members of the Shanghai journalism and media community to meet each other in this vibrant city on an informal basis. Thank you for considering giving me your vote.



Dominik Ehmann


Biography: Dominik works as a communications professional with Weber Shandwick in Shanghai. He has a background in Chinese studies and his position with the European  Chamber have allowed him to gain a deep understanding of the Chinese business  environment and society. A German national, Dominik has lived half of his life outside of Germany, and has lived and worked in China for nearly 8 years.

Statement: Over the past few years, the Club and the Board’s commitment to our Club in particular, have offered me a great platform to deepen my understanding of what’s  happening in this country through a diverse range of events, and I’ve also met wonderful people through these events. I would now like to get more actively involved and give back to our community by working closely with the Board to continue to attract interesting speakers and organize insightful events for YOU, our club’s members. I am asking for your trust and support in this coming Friday’s election.


Media Representative Candidate


Charlotte Middlehurst


Biography: I’m a Shanghai-based journalist writing on politics, economics and culture in the PRC. Originally from London, I moved to China three years ago as Features Editor for Time Out Shanghai. Since relocating I have focused on championing Chinese writers in the English language press. I’ve also taken part in Channel ICS talk show, Culture Matters and Shanghai’s annual Literature Festival as a panel moderator. Having recently returned from a Mandarin immersion in Guangxi Province I am now freelancing full-time, reporting on everything from bird fighting tournaments to Manga artists. As a trained financial journalist, I am seeking to return to the world of finance and business journalism. My writing has appeared in the Financial Times, New Statesman, Dazed and Confused, Monocle and the South China Morning Post.


Statement: I would like to apply for the post of Media Members Representative, as I feel I could bring energy, enthusiasm and an extensive network of contacts to the role. I have been a member of the Shanghai FCC for over a year, attending events on a regular basis, and feel I have a good understanding of how the team works. I wish to help it grow by building new partnerships, contributing fresh and topical event ideas and nominating engaging speakers.


Treasurer Candidate


John Van Fleet


— My respect for and dedication to the Shanghai FCC, as evidenced by years of service

— Experience in the role of Treasurer, as I am the incumbent (several years in office)

— My business background (GM of several business enterprises, in China and Japan since 1991), and my business education (MBA), which support my ability to work with the numbers and other administrative matters

Statement: I have been a member of the Shanghai FCC since 2001, and have served on the board from 2004 to 2005 and again since 2008.I know from experience that the Club brings tremendous value to the community, and I believe that a stable bookkeeping and administrative environment helps our journalist leaders to accomplish steadily more. I look forward to continuing my support of the Club. I ask for your vote, and pledge to honor it with my continued service.


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