I was also involved in public service: the Board of Directors of Financial Services Corporation of NY (the economic development bank of NY in the 1980s), the International Chamber of Commerce G20 Advisory Group (committee of 30 top international executives providing business policy recommendations to the G20 heads of state at every G20 summit), the Board of Directors of the Eisenhower Fellowships (Leadership Network Foundation chaired by General Colin Powell), the Council on Foreign Relations.
I have advised many governments in regard to energy security and natural gas geo-politics (US, Romania, Turkey, Pakistan, Argentina, etc). My policy interests include the following topics: development economics, the social anthropology of economic and cultural development, cross-sector policy coordination in response to complex issues, public-private partnerships.
My leisure interests include food, fine wine, historical fiction, tennis, skiing, backgammon.
My family life is rich and multi-cultural: my wife is Italian, my children live between London, Los Angeles and Milan. My parents came from Shanghai and Guangdong and were senior government officials in the Chinese Empire and afterwards.
WLPGA: What do you see as the key challenges facing the LP Gas industry in the coming years?
KC: I see three key challenges going forward.
First, succeeding in educating government decision-makers regarding LP Gas; to do so, the WLPGA needs effective, consistent communications, using rigorous evidence-based data and analysis which have been validated also by first class non-industry experts from academia, government and international organisation experts.
Second, doing our share to develop markets. Developing markets in all countries require cooperation between the business sector and the private sector, government must create the enabling environment and enforce good laws and standards; industry must invest and operate according to best practices; the financial sector must understand the LP Gas industry and provide finance for it; consumers must know about LP Gas, must demand it and must buy it.
Finally getting the LP Gas industry to speak with a strong, unified voice in order to get government, relevant international parties and financial markets to support the use of LP Gas where appropriate.