After growing up and studying in North America, John worked in the financial markets of both Toronto and, briefly, New York. He then spent 22 years in London, first, working in the international financial markets and, later, training and teaching financial markets education, both academically and professionally.
John previously ran ICMA Executive Education for seven years growing the business from just three courses to a portfolio of over 25 courses and adding two diploma pathways. He was also instrumental in opening the doors to its financial markets training in Asia and remains active in providing advisory work but with an emphasis on cross-border business between Mainland China and the UK.
In 2013, as Asian capital markets continued to grow, buoyed by China, John moved to Suzhou, China and took a post as Professor at the International Business School Suzhou (IBSS) at XJTLU where he both designed and delivered a MSc Investment Management and built the first financial lab at a university in China.
John, in 2014, was one of the first to open a Wholly-Owned Foreign Enterprise (WOFE) in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone (FTZ) focussing on corporate finance for start-ups and SMEs. He works as a consultant to various early-stage companies, collaborates with Incubators and Accelerators and now delivers a two-week seminar on Entrepreneurship. A variation on the Entrepreneurship seminar has also been created for high school students to assist in their career guidance.
John has an Honours BA (Commerce and Economics) and an MBA (Finance major) from the University of Toronto. He later completed a Master in International Public Policy (MIPP) from Johns Hopkins University and is a CFA charter-holder and a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers (FICB). He is a member in the local CFA Societies in both London and Shanghai. He is a dual Canadian – British citizen and resides much of the year in China with the balance in international travel for his work and training.
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