Sir John Boyd, Sir Paul Judge and Prof Alan Barrell, Entrepreneur in Residence, Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge and are all confirmed as speakers.
will also be featuring, they interviewed Lord John Prescott at our Chinese New Year event live on-air on Feb 8 and they'll be interviewing Sir Paul Judge and Sir John Boyd
on June 27.
Sir John Boyd was born in 1936 in Cambridge, England.
He was educated at Westminster School.
After national service in the RAF he
went up to Clare College
, Cambridge, in 1956, reading first Natural Sciences and then Modern Languages.
Captained the Cambridge University fencing team.
Attended Yale University as a Clare Fellow, 1960-62, studying Chinese language and history.
MA in Far Eastern Area Studies.
Travelled in US and Europe with the Yale Russian Chorus.
John Boyd joined the British Diplomatic Service in 1962.
Spent two years in Hong Kong as a Chinese language student before being posted for a first spell in Peking (1965-67) at the outset of the Cultural Revolution.
Returned as First Secretary to the Foreign Office, going on to serve in Washington (1969-73) and again Peking (1973-75).
On promotion to Counsellor, Boyd
was on loan to the British Treasury before taking up assignments in Bonn, in charge of economic reporting, and the UK Mission to the UN, where he
specialised in ECOSOC issues and the "Global Negotiations".
returned to London as Assistant Under Secretary for Asia at the FCO
before being seconded to the Hong Kong Government as Political Adviser to Governor Edward Youde in the period of initial implementation of the 1984 Joint Declaration with China concerning Hong Kong.
was involved in cross border negotiations in a variety of fields and travelled extensively in the mainland.
Boyd was Ambassador to Tokyo 1992-96, at a time of vigorous growth in UK/Japan relations across the board: over forty British ministerial visits to Japan during this period, a widening shared agenda and marked gains in investment both ways as well as scientific, educational, cultural and defence exchanges.
He retired from the Diplomatic Service in January 1996.
From 1996 Boyd
served for ten years as Master of Churchill College, Cambridge.
Also in this period Boyd served as Chairman of the British Museum, a governor of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Vice-Chairman of the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition, Chairman of Bedales School and later the Cambridge Union Society.
He is also a trustee of the Wordsworth Trust in the English Lake District.
On the US/UK front he is a trustee of RAND (Europe) UK.
also co-chaired the Nuffield Languages Inquiry, an examination of Britain's
future foreign languages needs.
chief Cambridge engagement now is as Chairman of the Trustees of the Joseph Needham Institute
, specialising in the history of Chinese and wider Asian science and technology.
He continues to travel to East Asia and is on the board of the 21st Century Group which helps steer the strategic relationship with Japan.
In January 2010 John Boyd became Chairman of Asia House, the leading pan-Asian organisation in London.
Boyd is an Honorary Fellow of Westminster School and Clare College and a Life Fellow of Churchill College.
is holder of the Grand Cordon of the Rising Sun, a Japanese decoration.