As the youngest Briton in China towards the end of the Cultural Revolution, Hugo de Burgh was called to meet the real ruler of the country, Zhou Enlai. It was the start of a lifetime interest in China, as you can see from his book China: Friend or Foe? (Icon 2006).
Professor of Journalism at the University of Westminster, in 2008 Hugo de Burgh returned from 3 months at Tsinghua University (‘China’s Cambridge’) as Visiting Professor in Investigative Journalism. He took a party of young students to Tibet, visited nature reserves and explored Chinese Turkestan.
Speaking engagements have included the: Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House), London School of Economics (twice), The Smith Institute (No11 Downing Street), Reuters Journalism Programme, the All China Public Diplomacy Conference and the House of Commons (All Party Parliamentary Group on China). He contributed to a conference on China at the Royal Society and has spoken at the Oriental Club (Benenden Parents’ Association), CPF Annual Conference and Neste Oil’s Future Leadership Conference in Helsinki.
Hugo de Burgh has written and presented documentaries and features on many subjects, from the environment to the Second World War to film history; he has also presented his interview series ‘Communicators’ on ITV. His most internationally popular books are Investigative Journalism and Making Journalists.
In November 2007 his book China Impact, published by McKinsey Consulting, was launched in London (in the House of Commons) and in China. In April 2009 his England 2020 was published. It looks forward to our future in an age of increasing Chinese wealth and might.
Speaking topics include:
- CHINA: friend or foe?
- What do the Chinese think?
- Doing business in China
- The world’s biggest media system – China’s
- What we need to know about the Chinese economy
- How China is changing
- Where China is going
- Britain and China