Shanghai FCC AGM and Board Election – Thursday, September 10, 7pm – Enjoy Free-Flow Drinks and Canapes!

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Date(s) - Thursday, September 10 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm



2015 Annual General Meeting



468 Middle Fuxing Rd, near Danshui Rd


Thursday, September 10

7 pm – 9 pm


Please join us to elect the Shanghai FCC’s new board and enjoy free drinks with colleagues and friends!  Complimentary free-flow drinks and a selection of canapes will be provided to all current members. 


The Annual General Meeting will start at 7 p.m.


The list of candidates for board seats is below. If you cannot attend the meeting, please send one of the attached absentee ballots based on your category of membership to  Completed absentee voting forms must reach us by 12 noon on Thursday, Sept. 10th.



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

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


Venue Details: 


468 Middle Fuxing Rd, near Danshui Rd



Time:  Thursday, September 10; 7 pm – 9 pm

Doors open at 7 pm. Voting begins at 8 pm.


Note: You must RSVP before noon on Thursday, Sept. 10 to be admitted. This is necessary so we can do our best to manage the flow of cocktails and food that evening.

RSVP now!



Candidates and positions are as follows:

President Candidate


Pete Sweeney


Biography: Pete Sweeney is Chief Correspondent for China Economy and Markets Correspondent at Reuters. Previously editor of China Economic Review, a Hong Kong-based monthly magazine focused on providing news and analysis on the mainland economy. Sweeney came to China as a Fulbright scholar in 2008, and conducted research on Chinese business policy in Hangzhou, Harbin and Chengdu. He has also lived and worked in Belgium, Ecuador and the U.S. He speaks Chinese, at the expense of his Spanish.


Statement:  I’m submitting my proposal to stand for the presidency to build upon our foundation by adding more categories of events, diversifying our scope of activities, improving linkages with other clubs, and enhancing the sense of community. Initiatives include more charity giving, more training events for journalists and more general jollity.



Vice President (Events) Candidate


Charlotte Middlehurst


Charlotte Middlehurst has worked in China as a journalist for five years, covering culture, society and business. She started as a reporter for FX Week in London, covering global forex markets, before moving to Shanghai as a writer for Time Out magazine. In this role she focused on championing Chinese authors in the English language press. She now writes news and features for a number of publications, including: The Economist, Al Jazeera and South China Morning Post. Most recently she has been stringing for the The Daily Telegraph in London. Charlotte holds degrees from the University of Manchester and City University, London.


Vice President (Outreach) Candidate


Philipp Mattheis


Biography: Philipp Mattheis is the China correspondent of WirtschaftsWoche, Germany’s leading business weekly. He was born in Munich, Germany, in 1979, graduated from the Munich School for Philosophy and the German Journalism School. Since 2012 has lived in Shanghai. He covers the economy, finance and politics. He has been a board member of the FCC since last year.

Statement: I’d like to run for Vice President of the Shanghai Foreign Correspondent Club.  I’d like to build on the good work that the FCC has been doing. During the last year I have been trying to focus more on organizing more speakers from Europe.

Correspondent Board Member Candidates


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 hold 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 five years and club president for four of those five. During that period, we’ve approximately doubled the number of events held every year, expanded our membership, improved our finances and increased our board size. I’d like to continue to work in the coming year to help organize events of interest to correspondent members and expand participation.


Oscar Garschagen


Biography: Oscar Garschagen is the bureau chief of Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad and He worked in Brussels, Washington, D.C., the Hague and Jerusalem before coming to China in 2007.

Statement: I want to contribute by helping to organize events for lonely correspondents in a big, big country.


Allen Wan


Allen Wan covers China’s financial markets as the deputy bureau chief for Bloomberg News in Shanghai. He previously worked for Reuters and CBS MarketWatch in Asia and has taught at Shanghai Jiaotong University. As a correspondent board member, Allen would like to organize more meetings for journalists on issues of mutual concern.



Media Members Representative Candidates


Mark Andrews


Biography: Mark Andrews has been a freelance writer since 2000. While in the early days it was more of a part time hobby since coming to China in 2004 writing rapidly became his main form of employment. He can claim to have done more English language test drives of Chinese cars than any other writer and also is a leading writer on the Chinese auto industry. His articles have appeared in the Nikkei Asian Review, South China Morning Post, Sydney Morning Herald, Autocar, and many other publications around the world.


Statement: At the Shanghai FCC we have a great network of people and speakers but I don’t think we fully utilize this. Media members, who unlike correspondents are not assigned by some major publication or network, often struggle with access to the people they need to complete articles. What I would like to work towards is a more sharing and caring FCC. While my ideas will particularly help media and associate members I think correspondent members will also find their work aided by making the FCC a resource.


Lenora Chu


Lenora Chu served as the FCC’s VP of events for two of the last three years, during which time she personally organized more than 50 speaker events, oversaw a training series, brought in speakers from the U.S. and elsewhere in Asia. She’d like to stay involved with the FCC in the media member role, and continue to put on great speaker events. Lenora moved to Shanghai in 2010, after working in the U.S. for 10 years as a reporter spanning print, web and broadcast. Lenora is Chinese American and holds degrees from Stanford University and Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism.


Associate Members Representative Candidate


Martina Beszedeszova


Biography: Originally from Slovakia, I have lived and worked in Shanghai for 8 years. I’m a Senior Account Manager in a British-based, privately owned creative agency ‘Imagination’ specialized in experience design. Previously having worked at an award-winning advertising agency Anomlay and a marketing communications agency Avantgarde Brand Services, I have gained valuable event experience, developed my marketing skills and my industry knowledge.

Statement: I have served two terms on the Board, 2012 – 2013 and 2014 – 2015 and I hope to continue upon election as the Associate Members Representative with the SFCC. I plan and organize all SFCC monthly networking events, resulting in an excellent exposure for the Club and generating 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. Thank you for considering giving me your vote.


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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