The Manchester China Institute (MCI) has appointed Charlotte Shi as its new Manager.Charlotte is bilingual in English and Mandarin, and holds a PhD from the University of Manchester. Her academic career started as a Lecturer in Fashion Marketing and Branding at Nottingham Trent University. Charlotte later worked in various commercial roles in the retail and aviation industries.
Before joining the Institute, she worked as a General Manager for Northeast Asia at eComplete, an eCommerce agency that helps brands expand internationally. Before that, Charlotte led various initiatives at the Manchester Airports Group (MAG). Her work cemented MAG’s role as the Gateway of the North as MAG was going through a £1bn transformation, including expanding its links with Asia.
Charlotte joins MCI as students return to campus for the new academic year. It is a busy time with the Institute preparing research talks and webinars on China studies, as well as growing its two signature programmes, the UK-China International Photography Competition and the Manchester-China Friendship Programme.
Prof. Peter Gries, MCI Director, said:
I’m thrilled to report that Charlotte has hit the ground running as the new MCI Manager. Her experience in both the academic and private sectors, and knowledge of both China and the UK make her a perfect fit at our Institute.
Dr. Charlotte Shi, MCI Institute Manager, said:
I’m thrilled to join the Manchester China Institute and contribute to its mission. I hope that my knowledge and experiences will enrich MCI’s many programmes, boosting China studies at Manchester, and enhance mutual understanding between China and the UK.