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The Business Confucius Institute welcomes a new Executive Director


Professor Lynda Song has become the Executive Director of the Business Confucius Institute at the University of Leeds (BCI).

Dr Giles Blackburne stepped down after 6.5 years in the role.

Dr Iain Clacher, Leeds University Business School Pro-Dean (International) said:

Giles brought immense knowledge and experience to the BCI. Under his leadership the Institute has flourished as a valuable member of the Business School, University and local communities.

"In 2019 the BCI was instrumental in supporting the launch of the Visit Leeds China Forum, helping local businesses to be ‘China ready’. In 2022, after navigating the challenges of the COVID pandemic, the BCI was awarded the Business School’s Partnership Award in the Global category for its work to promote and support international and intercultural activities.

"I am delighted that the BCI will now benefit from Lynda's vision, passion and leadership as it continues this important work."

Lynda Song professional headshotLynda Song is a Professor of Management at Leeds University Business School, and leaves her position as Head of the Management Department to become Director of the BCI.

She is also Chair of the Leeds-Zhejiang University Research Centre and a VP of the Association of British Chinese Professors.

In her spare time she volunteers at local Chinese community schools.

Lynda said:

Leading the Business Confucius Institute is a dream come true as I am passionate about fostering cross-cultural understanding and cooperation between the UK and China.

“I’m honoured to lead the BCI into its next chapter, continuing its positive impact and supporting the Business School and University of Leeds in their ambitious global strategies.

"I look forward to fully exploring all the opportunities made possible through this partnership with the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE).”