Katherine 'Kitty' Smyth is CEO of Jingpinou.
Before creating Jingpinou, Kitty was a business strategist based in Beijing China, advising eminent Chinese businesses on investor relations aspects of their outward investment strategies. She maintains excellent relations with prominent members of the political, business, cultural and media establishment in Beijing.
Kitty uses expertise gained over 20 years working at a senior level in government communications, television journalism and as an entrepreneur to help companies assess risk and to align messages to their strategic priorities. Her expertise lies in political risk and counsel, corporate communications, agricultural supply chains and Chinese art relationships.
Outside of her political communications work, Kitty built a business trading agri-products from Europe to China, mostly meat, seafood and non-GMO cooking oils for the Chinese catering industry. She now serves as an Expert Advisor to the European Commission on the promotion of agri-products to emerging markets.
Kitty's earlier career was in television and strategic communications, at the BBC and in Whitehall (UK Government). At the BBC, Kitty was a Producer in TV Current Affairs on programmes including HARDtalk, Panorama and Current Affairs Specials. In Whitehall, she led projects in strategic communications across the Ministry of Justice, the Cabinet Office and the Department for Communities.
As CEO of Jingpinou, Kitty is a regular commentator on China for the BBC, Telegraph, South China Morning Post and other international media.
Kitty has a Diploma in Mandarin from Peking University, an MA in Political Communication from City, University of London and a BA in Politics and French from University College Dublin. She speaks French, Spanish and Mandarin.