Tuesday, November 15th, 7pm: Shanghai FCC AGM and Board Election

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Date(s) - Tuesday, November 15 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Maya (in clubhouse of Shanghai Grand Plaza apt complex)


Please join us to elect the Shanghai FCC’s new board and enjoy some drinks with colleagues and friends!  Two drinks per person and a selection of canapes will be offered to all current members as we vote on the new FCC board for the next twelve months.

The Annual General Meeting will start at 7 pm. The list of candidates for board seats is below.

Please note this is a re-run of the previous online election and previous votes will not be counted.

If you cannot attend the meeting and you are a J-Visa Correspondent Member, please use the online voting form Survey Monkey to submit your absentee vote. Online voting will begin from Monday, November 7th, and will close at the end of Tuesday, November 14th. A link will be sent to members eligible to vote. As per current by-laws (which we will revisit this coming year) only J-1 visa holders should submit a vote for president. Thank you for operating by the honour system.

Admission: Members only. Free for paid-up members. Members whose dues are not current can renew on the spot.

Time:  Tuesday November 15; 7 pm – 9 pmDoors open at 7 pm. Voting begins at 8pm.

Place: Maya, 568 Julu Lu, near Shaanxi Nan Lu

巨鹿路568弄 四方新城俱乐部2楼,近陕西南路

Below are the candidate statements for the upcoming board election. Please refer to them before voting.


CONTESTED SEAT: PRESIDENT (Lisa Movius and Allen Wan)

Lisa Movius, The Art Newspaper

Many things keep the Shanghai Foreign Correspondents Club such a vibrant and vital club, not least the diversity of our membership, our thought-provoking talks, and our engagement with this amazing city. The club is already flourishing, but I would like to see us improve upon our topical breadth and sense of community. I represent the FCC’s old old guard: my six years as our first Membership VP saw our membership grow to almost 200 people – but size is overrated, what matters is the unquantifiable social community and work family the FCC can be. Along with long institutional memory, I bring to the FCC presidency the broader perspective of journalist focusing on Chinese arts, culture and society as well as business. I want us not just be a tighter community within but also more engaged and interactive with the city. I will revive things like powwows with consul generals and cocktails with Chinese journalists. I am ever grateful to FCCers who have mentored and hired some of my journalism students, and want to set up within the FCC a mentoring system, facilitating our contribution to the future of journalism in Shanghai. While I love our delightfully decadent events, I want to balance them out with some healthier activities, such as bike tours and class trials. Some of us are getting old, and bianji bum afflicts us all. Vote Movius for a more balanced and engaged FCC.

BIO: I have called Shanghai home for 18 years, and the FCC has been a major part of my life here since we started it 15 years ago.  I currently am the China bureau chief of The Art Newspaper, which is the London-based art world paper of record, where I cover all of Asia focused on Mainland China through the lens of art.  I previously freelanced for 12 years, covering culture and society interspersed with business for publications including AWSJ and Art in America, was the China stringer for WWD, and a correspondent at Interfax. Along with journalism I moonlighted at music venue Mao Livehouse for seven years, and taught journalism to Chinese undergraduates at Shanghai International Studies University. I also make a mean martini, have a cat, and am an avid if mediocre swimmer and cyclist. My variety of experiences, and sheer time and involvement, in Shanghai allows me to bring a wealth of speakers, events and connections to the FCC. I am proud to have been one of the club’s founders, to have been our VP of Membership in its early years. I have been an enthusiastic member since, and it would be an honor to rejoin the board.

 Allen Wan, Bloomberg

Hello folks, my name is Allen Wan and I am running for president of the FCC. I am currently the deputy bureau chief for Bloomberg News in Shanghai and have lived here for the past seven years. It has been a privilege to be an FCC board member over the past year and to get involved in several interesting events. Besides joining Pete Sweeney with training seminars, I organized and moderated panel discussions on Chinese-Indian relations and what a Trump win (hopefully not!) might mean for China. My goal would be to build on all the good work, seek out big interesting speakers, screen more documentaries and to have more fun events like the pub quiz and free (or mostly free) seasonal parties. I believe this is an inclusive organization and will seek to ensure that events are open to all. It’s amazing the strides the FCC has taken over the last several years and I want to continue this by making membership great value for money. I think that FCC membership should stand for something, whether it’s an interesting events-driven club that will make your time here richer or an influential organization that carries weight in a place that’s not always friendly to journalists.






Gregory Turk, Bloomberg

Hi, I’m Gregory Turk, Shanghai bureau chief for Bloomberg News. I’m running for VP of Outreach. If elected, I’ll work to increase our club’s membership and expand our contacts with other organizations. I first came to China more than 20 years ago to study and have lived in Beijing and Taipei. I also spent 10 years in Japan, where I was a reporter the Asahi Shimbun newspaper before joining Bloomberg’s Tokyo bureau. I speak both Chinese and Japanese fluently which should help in spreading the good word of the SFCC.



Helen Roxburgh, Time Out/Freelance

I am standing for the position of VP for Events on the FCC Board for 2016/17, a position I have been proud to hold over the last ten months. I have greatly enjoyed organising events for the FCC and would love to continue expanding and developing our events series. If re-elected, I want to continue to use my board position to arrange interesting, varied and useful events for our members, to broaden our event base further and have more opportunities for feedback and speaker suggestions from members. I am very enthusiastic and hard-working, and would be honoured to serve on the board for another year.

BIO: I have been based full-time in China since early 2014, having completed a BA in Chinese History and Literature over ten years ago, and making the first of several visits to China in 2006 to complete a placement with the China Daily. Having previously worked as a journalist and web editor in London, I am now Books Editor for China at Time Out and a freelance writer for publications including The Guardian, South China Morning Post and AsiaProperty. I am also the co-ordinator of a course on Chinese Literature at Delhi-based policy think tank and college the Takshashila Institute, and was the author of a chapter on US-China trade relations in a book published this year. I also hold a Masters Degree in Journalism from City University, London.



John Van Fleet, Marshall School of Business, Antai College


– 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 (since 2008)

– 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

– Publications including many articles, essays and reviews; first book, Tales of Old Tokyo, released end 2015

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.

BIO: Van Fleet’s Asia career spans ten years in Japan (1991-2000) and fifteen in China (to present). Van Fleet currently serves as Assistant Dean, Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California, and Executive Director of the Global Executive MBA in Shanghai (GEMBA), a collaboration between the Marshall School and the Antai College of Economics & Management, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. For the past thirteen years, he has served either as leader of the GEMBA program or as adjunct faculty and supervisor of internationalization for the Antai College.



Lea Deuber, Wirtschaftswoche

Hi, my name is Lea Deuber. I work as a China correspondent for the German economy magazine Wirtschaftswoche. Since my arrival I have been to many great FCC events. That’s why I hope to become member of the board and support the FCC in the future. I am especially interested in innovation and start-ups. Therefore I would love to organize more talks in that area.

BIO: I work as China correspondent for the German economy magazine Wirtschaftswoche in Shanghai. I am mainly focused on economical developments, tech and innovation. Before coming to China in 2016 I have worked for different newspapers in Germany. I have studied politicial science and journalism. Furthermore I am a board member of journalists.network. An international network organizing research trips for journalists in developing countries.

Russell Flannery, Forbes

I’m running for a correspondent seat on the FCC board again this year to try to help keep our club the best dedicated support and networking organization for foreign correspondents in Shanghai.  Our membership rises with interesting events, and over the years, as Shanghai FCC president and a correspondent board member, I have arranged dozens of club gatherings and speakers, including events aimed at building bridges with Shanghai’s local journalist community.  Thank you very much for your support.


I’m a senior editor and the Shanghai bureau chief of Forbes magazine. I’m also the editor-in-chief of Forbes China, the Chinese-language edition of Forbes. Now in my 16th year at Forbes, I compile the Forbes China Rich List and the Taiwan Rich List. I was previously a correspondent for Bloomberg News in Taipei and Shanghai and for the Asian Wall Street Journal in Taipei. I’m a Massachusetts native, fluent Mandarin speaker, and hold degrees from the University of Vermont and the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

Oscar Garschagen, NRC Handelsblad and NRC.Next

My name is Oscar Garschagen (63). I am a full-time correspondent for the Dutch newspapers and websites. NRC Handelsblad and NRC.Next. I have a J-visa in China since 2007. After one year in the SFCC I would like to continue to contribute as a correspondent-board member by helping organizing interesting events for media- and non-media members. Last year we together proved that we can organise events that were for most members useful or opened new insights in China or led to new contacts and ideas. Of course we can do more, certainly in the field of bringing ,big shots” in whatever field to our meetings and also specialists who can enhance our journalistic skills. I think our membership can play a role too with suggestions and tips. Everybody who wants to know more can reach me via o.garschagen@nrc.nl or give me a ring (18621830172).



Lenora Chu, author, journalist

Lenora Chu is the incumbent media member representative, and a former VP of events. In her time with the FCC, she’s organized dozens of speaker events, arranged training series, helped book venues and brought in speakers from the U.S. and elsewhere. Since moving to Shanghai in 2010, Lenora has worked as a television correspondent for Thomson Reuters, a media consultant for Weber Shandwick, and communications consultant to universities and to the private sector. Currently, she is working on a book about education in China, which is under contract with Harper Collins. Lenora is Chinese American and holds degrees from Stanford University and Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism.



Martina Beszedesova, Imagination creative agency

I have served three terms on the board, 2012 – 2013, 2014 – 2015 and 2015 – 2016, during which I encouraged associate members to become active contributors to the SFCC events. I have planned and organized our monthly networking events, resulting in an excellent exposure for the club and generating new and renewed memberships. I have also supported the team with venue selection and liaising. I want to continue upon re-election as the Associate Members Representative with the SFCC and use my board position to continue my efforts to strengthen the relationships between our members, non-members and SFCC supporters as well as providing more support to the board with organization of our speaker events. I would like to see more community involvement from the club and develop new initiatives such as fundraisers and awareness events. Thank you for considering giving me your vote.

BIO: I have lived and worked in Shanghai for 9 years and have gained expertise and experience in client relationship management, communications and marketing. I have also built an extensive network of business and media contacts and I am very knowledgeable about the Chinese market. I am enthusiastic and outgoing; I work excellently with diverse groups of people and manage complex issues creatively, effectively, and easily. My passion for community involvement extends beyond my three years on the FCC board to volunteering with NGOs in Shanghai including Green Initiatives, Aboro Foundation and Stepping Stones to name a few. I am currently working with a British-based, privately owned creative agency ‘Imagination’ specialized in experience design (brand experience, brand activation, content creation or interaction design) for international brands across multiple industries.


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