the team

Benjamin Schmittzehe

Partner, CEO

Benjamin has almost 25 years of cross-border experience between Asia and the rest of the world. He is specialised in Strategy, Investment and Implementation. He advises clients across a wide range of sectors with particularly deep expertise in the TMT (Technology/Media/Telecom), Consumer Goods and Services, Life Sciences and Engineering Products sectors.

Prior to consulting, Benjamin worked in Corporate Development and General Management roles for Microsoft, Pfizer and the Swire Group, where he began working in China in 1991. He was the first non-Chinese representative for the Swire Group in China in the Group’s 150+ year history there. Benjamin has lived in China, Indonesia, Singapore as well as in Europe, and speaks Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), Bahasa Indonesia, French, German, as well as English.

He was educated at Oxford University (BA Hons, Chinese; MA Oxon.) and INSEAD (MBA). When at Oxford, he was awarded a Chinese government scholarship, and a college academic prize.

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Debbie Delaney

Affiliate Partner

Since 2000, Debbie has worked with multinational companies in Asia developing and facilitating individual and team development efforts for employees in Asia, the US, Europe and South Africa. She is specialised in Change Management and Human Resources.

As a Human Resources consultant she assists large organizations to manage transformational change through world-recognized change management process coaching, individual and group consulting and driving established change management techniques when and where they can be most successful. Debbie has coached leaders around the world regarding more effective personal career development, business performance, and cross cultural leadership and communication.

Debbie was educated at Cornell University (BSc, Industrial and Labour Relations) and Pennsylvania State University - Kutztown (Sociology and World Cultures Social Studies) and holds several professional accreditations in change management, psychometric testing, customer service, HR systems and structures design.

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Dr Elizabeth Y.T. Hill

Affiliate Partner

Dr Elizabeth Hill has over 25 years of cross-border business and investment experience. She has particular expertise in Life Sciences and Technology. She is specialised in Corporate Strategy, M&A, and Due Diligence.

Elizabeth is the COO of China Business Solutions which entered into a strategic partnership with Schmittzehe & Partners in 2011, merging its consulting services into the latter. She previously held positions at Philips Scientific and Cambridge Consultants, as well as having been involved in a successful IPO in the Biotech sector. She speaks Chinese (Cantonese) and English.

She was educated at King’s College, University of London (BSc., Ph.D.).

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Kai Kuan

Affiliate Partner

Kai has over 25 years of cross-border experience between Asia and the rest of the world. He is specialised in Corporate Strategy, M&A, Project Finance and Procurement and has particular experience in the Aerospace, Utilities, Energy, Engineering Products and Telecom sectors.

He has previously held senior roles with the Siemens Group, INSEAD and Anderson Consulting and he is a founder of the Sustainomics Group, of which Schmittzehe & Partners is an affiliate. Kai speaks English, German, Chinese and French.

He was educated at MIT (Financial Engineering) and the European Business School Oestrich-Winkel (Business Administration).

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Oliver Kuan

Affiliate Partner

Oliver has almost 20 years of experience, most of which has been in Asia. He is specialised in Structured Finance, M&A and Strategy. He has deep experience in sectors including Energy and Renewables, Utilities, Transportation and Infrastructure and Automotive.

Oliver has previously held senior roles with Deutsche Bank (Corporate and Structured Finance) and Royal Dutch Shell. He serves on the board of several publically listed companies. He is a founder of the Sustainomics Group, of which Schmittzehe & Partners is an affiliate. Oliver speaks English, French, German and Chinese.

He was educated at the LSE (BSc; MSc, Economics), INSEAD (MBA) and Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

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Zhang Ting

Affiliate Partner

Zhang Ting has over 25 years of cross-border business and investment experience. She has particular expertise in the TMT (Technology/Media/Telecom) and Life Sciences sectors. She is specialised in Corporate Strategy, M&A and Technology Licensing.

Ting is the CEO of China Business Solutions which entered into a strategic partnership with Schmittzehe & Partners in 2011, merging its consulting services into the latter. She previously held positions at Standard Chartered Bank and a mainland Chinese international trade and investment group. She speaks Chinese (Mandarin) and English.

Zhang Ting was educated at Shanghai International Studies University (BA), and Judge Business School, University of Cambridge (MBA). She is an Associate member of the Market Research Society.

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Lillian Zhao

Consultant, Principal

Lillian has over 17 years of hands-on experience in increasingly senior roles in Finance, Customer Service, Commercial and Enterprise Resource Planning Implementation. She is specialised in Implementation, Change Management and Training.

She primarily accrued experience at Air Products, a multi-national company involved in a diverse range of sectors including Food and Beverages, Health and Personal Care to Energy, Transportation and Semiconductors. In 2010 she became a consultant specializing in high-quality, focused training courses and creativity workshops. By drawing on her broad experience of day-to-day operations in a large corporation, she has been instrumental in helping clients reach their personal and staff developmental goals. Lillian speaks both Chinese (Mandarin) and English.

Lillian was educated at Beijing Language and Culture University (BA, English) and was the first Chinese national to become a fully certified Kirton Adaption-Innovation Inventory Practitioner.

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Fiona Liu

Consultant, Associate

Fiona is specialised in Investment Research, Strategy and Implementation with particular experience in the Retail and Consumer Goods, the Engineering and Industrial and Life Sciences sectors.

Assignments project-managed by Fiona include advising a leading equipment manufacturer on its growth strategy, assisting a branded fast moving consumer goods company secure distributors and advising a leading financial investment house on investing in Chinese retail chains. Fiona speaks Chinese (Mandarin) and English.

She was educated at Dalian University (BBA, Accounting) and the University of York (MSc, Economics and Finance).

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Rebecca Himpson

Editorial Manager

Rebecca has over ten years of experience working in publishing and editing roles in Asia and the UK. She is specialized in formal academic and business writing, including all aspects of production process management, style and branding, staff coaching and training, online publishing, print publishing and compliance.

At Schmittzehe & Partners she oversees quality assurance of all Investment products to ensure optimal value to clients. Rebecca speaks English and Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese).

Rebecca was educated at the University of Bristol (BA, Philosophy) and has several accreditations from the Institute of Line Management and the Publishing Training Centre (Book House).

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