Wednesday 28 November 2012
A graduate from Queen Mary has been named Chinese UK Alumus of the Year at the prestigious British Business Awards - a biennial celebration of the importance and impact of British business in China.
Queen Mary alumna Huan Wang, who is also known as Lily Wong, was one of five finalists competing for the Chinese UK Alumnus Award, sponsored by the British Council. The award goes to a Chinese national who has studied in the UK and can best demonstrate the positive influence that British education and culture has had on their chosen occupation.
When commenting on her nomination, Huan said: “I was so surprised to even be selected as thousands of people enter this competition. I am so proud to represent Queen Mary and achieve this award. It’s an honour both for myself and for the College.”
Huan, who is originally from Tianjin, China, studied as an undergraduate at Nankai University before completing her doctorate between 2003 – 2007 at Queen Mary’s School of Biological and Chemical Sciences. Working in the field of molecular biology, she conducted novel research into gene silencing under the supervision of Professor Conrad Lichtenstein and Dr Brendan Curran.
Since 2010, Huan has worked in Beijing for pharmaceutical research and development company Centaurus BioPharma. She currently manages projects to develop drugs to fight cancer and diabetes, with several of these drugs entering clinical trials in the near future. In 2010, Huan was awarded the “New Star of Science and Technology in Beijing” award and in 2012 became the youngest person to receive the High-Caliber Talent from Overseas Award by the government in Beijing.
Shortlisted candidates were judged on the individualism, knowledge and skills developed during their time in the UK. Judges looked for evidence of ongoing commitment to strengthening and building partnerships between China and the UK.
The winners were revealed at a Gala Awards Dinner in Shanghai on 8 November, an event that brings together British business leaders, decision makers and opinion formers to recognise and celebrate the very best of British business in China.