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2018-2019 Big Ben Award Global Outstanding Ceremony

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Supported by Robert Courts MP, the BCYF in association with the European Institute of VC/PE Centre of Renmin (People’s) University of China, think-tank Institute for International Strategic Coexistence, held the grand “2018-2019 Big Ben Award Ceremony for Global Outstanding”, the BBA’s 10-Year Anniversary Reception and the 16th World Elite Young Leaders Summit at the Houses of Parliament, London, U.K. on the 24th Jan 2019. Nearly 200 guests from the United Kingdom, China, USA, France, Germany, Egypt, Brazil, Australia, Japan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Hong Kong, Taiwan as well as other countries and regions attended the event. Sponsors for the 2018 BBA included,, EMD Group, Silk Ventures, See Woo UK, Art In Fusion TV and Leading Oriental News.

  • The Founder of BBA – Professor Jonsson Yinya LI made the opening speech.

  • Performed the opening ceremony – Lord Mereworth, James Cleverly MP Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party, Stephen Perry President of the 48 Group Club and Professor Jonsson Li

  • In his discourse James Cleverly said – “The UK and China are both major powers with a global perspective. As the UK leaves the EU and becomes ever-more outward-looking, we are committed to deepening this vital partnership for the 21st century.” He cited Peppa Pig as a lighthearted example of the UK’s appeal in China. He emphasized his belief that the UK and China will continue to work together to identify how both can cooperate on the Belt and Road initiative across the region and ensure it meets international standards with the development of the “Golden Era”.

  • The Winners of 2018 BBA Global Outstanding Young Persons – includes Violinist Leo Appel, Qiang MA (Co-Founder of Fan A Internet Technology in Cairo, Egypt), Kiera Chaplin (model and actress /Granddaughter of Charlie Chaplin), Nancy Vuu (USA fashion designer), Publisher Tom Chalmers from Legend Times, Olympic Champion Jike Zhang (table tennis athlete, the fastest player ever to win a Grand Slam), Asako Fujisawa (Chair of Inter-Cultural Society), Negin Khpalwak (Female conductor leading the Zohra – the first all-female orchestra in Afghanistan), Rebeca Riofrio (Media Producer), Justis Kao (Creative in Music Industry, Founder of AIM Foundation) from Canada/USA.

  • The Winners of 2018 BBA UK Ten Outstanding Young Persons –  Leisha Santorelli (senior journalist & reporter of BBC World Service, also the winner of Excellence in Journalism Prize), Kevin Lee (photographer), Dengcheng Wang (culture exchange entrepreneur), Peng Lin (Ms. Wales and charity volunteer), Emana LEUNG (singer & business professional), Eve Li (community service), Dong Li (China Eastern Airline London GM), Zhizhi Chen (education professional), Lynn Lingyun TIAN (beauty service) and Emma Zhong (writer).

In her acceptance speech, Leisha Santorelli pointed out that

she is proud to be part of the world’s largest international broadcaster, the BBC, and she is one of few Chinese reporters on-air, which is a big responsibility at this point in history.

The hosts included Lisa HE (Ms. Chinese Global 2018) and Shuo YANG (Mr. Chinese Global 2018), who both are the Champions of 2018 Global Ms.& Mr. Chinese Pageant and The Young Charity Ambassadors of Big Ben Award of the Year 2019, and Yunting Ma (1st Runner Up of 2018 Global Ms. & Mr. Chinese Pageant).

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