Ding Lan combines the best worlds of UK and China. Born and mainly educated in China, Ding Lan has been living and working in the UK for more than 20 years. She has a wealth of experience and a proven track record in international business development and client relationship management together with an extensive network in China.
Ding Lan works as a Client Director with a primary focus on China. Prior to joining the Executive Education team, Ding Lan worked in international education marketing, student recruitment and partnerships at two UK universities. She started as the first China Manager at University of Sunderland in 1999 and from 2008 took on a new role as the International Business Development Manager responsible for Africa. In 2013, she joined Anglia Ruskin University as the Regional Director, leading a team to cover international development in half of the University’s global markets, including North East and South East Asia, Russia, Central Asia, North Africa and Middle East. Before undertaking the professional roles, Ding Lan was an academic at both Chinese and UK universities. She was a lecturer in English at Shanghai International Studies University and Visiting Lecturer at several other universities in Shanghai. She also taught as a Visiting Lecturer at University of Sunderland.
Ding Lan has a background of Applied Linguistics and Teaching English as a Foreign Language. She studied at Shanghai International Studies University, where she obtained both her Bachelor’s and Masters’ degree in English Language and Literature. In 1994, she was sponsored by British Council to study for another Masters degree at University of Birmingham and gained an MA (with distinction) in TEFL.