MI Opens Beijing Office, Hires China Chief Representative

00-Beijing Gateway PlazaSingapore – MI announced today to members and stakeholders in China that it has established a China representative office in Beijing, and has hired Patrick Zhao as the Institute’s China Chief Representative.

The position and China office are important next steps for MI toward enhancing the close partnership between the global and Chinese methanol industries.  Mr. Zhao’s role will encompass liaising with MI’s China-based members and our government, academic, trade association, and related business partners, monitoring legislative and regulatory developments, and contributing to the growth of the methanol industry in areas such as fuel blending, downstream chemical development, and new/emerging methanol technologies.  He will represent the Institute at local and international conferences in China, and spearhead MI’s product stewardship activities, in coordination with our Chinese stakeholders.

Mr. Zhao has 12 years of government affairs and business development experience in the Chinese ethanol industry, and serving as a diplomat in the both the central and provincial governments.  MI’s Beijing office will be administered locally in China through Kellen Company, a global association management company.

Mr. Zhao will start with MI on September 10 and will participate in several upcoming conferences, including the China Petroleum & Chemical International Conference in Tianjin on Sept 11-12 and the China State Administration of Work Safety (SAWS) event in Beijing on Sept 23-24.  During the weeks of September 9-13 and September 22-26, CEO Greg Dolan and Dom LaVigne from MI’s Singapore office will be in China to introduce Mr. Zhao to the Institute’s members, key stakeholders, and other partners.

MI’s Beijing office details are:

Methanol Institute China
11/F 1177, Gateway Plaza Block A
No. 18 Xiaguangli, Chaoyang District
Beijing 100027
China
Phone:  +86 10 5923 1107
Fax:     +86 10 5923 1090
e-mail:  china@methanol.org (general)
pzhao@methanol.org (Mr. Zhao’s direct e-mail)
Web:    www.methanol.org.cn

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