Jeremy Sargent 赵利民

Jeremy Sargent

Jeremy’s interest in China began after his family moved to Hong Kong in the late 1970s. Jeremy was fortunate to be one of the first overseas tourists to Guangzhou in 1978, shortly after China began to open up to the outside world. 

Jeremy’s interest in China developed further and in 1985 he enrolled on a BA degree in Modern Chinese Studies at Leeds University in England. During his exchange year at Fudan University Shanghai in 1986, Jeremy travelled extensively around China, from “Dongbei” to “Yunan” and “Tibet” to “Fujian” for several months – using all available forms of transport, including bus, truck, bicycle and hitch-hiking. Upon graduation in 1990, Jeremy had a number of different working experiences – including bar work, selling potatoes door-to-door and selling “dolphins and whales” posters along the seaside towns of Southern England. 

Having completed a postgraduate degree in law, Jeremy moved to Guangzhou in 1998 as a newly qualified lawyer to assist a major London-based international law firm open its first office in Mainland China.  Jeremy was instrumental in building up the firm’s China practice, assisting clients from across the world with many of the legal aspects of establishing and operating business in China.

In 2010, Jeremy opened his first bar, The Happy Monk, near the Garden Hotel in Guangzhou. Over the years, The Happy Monk has grown to become an award-winning brand in the hospitality industry in Guangzhou, with a team of 200 employees, operating five busy downtown locations.  

Jeremy has been widely recognized for his work in China. In 2011 Jeremy was awarded an OBE by Queen Elizabeth II in recognition to his services on behalf of British businesses and legal services in China. Jeremy is currently Chairman of the British Chamber of Commerce Guangdong.

Jeremy is passionate about the development of his team and is a firm believer in the value of coaching and mentorship. Jeremy believes in on-going learning and is currently at the final stages of completing his Executive MBA under a joint programme offered by Columbia University Business School, London Business School and Hong Kong University Business School.

When not working or studying, Jeremy enjoys travel, history, nature, hiking, sports, debating and the company of friends. 

We are grateful to the following organisations for their support
BACS University of Leeds BCI
British Council