Jeremy Bazley was born in England, later studying in Aberdeen, Scotland, and London Business School. A former national league basketball player, he entered the paper industry and progressed to senior executive positions in the UK industry, working for international companies serving global speciality markets. As such he has traveled to nearly 50 countries.
In 2002 he went to work in China on behalf of a UK based entrepreneur managing a joint venture with a state-controlled company making high quality cigarette paper for the huge Chinese market. His responsibilities were to be expanded to include directorships in a variety of companies in four different Provinces. These activities brought him in contact with all aspects of life from the brushes with corridors of power in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, local government powerbases, the modern mega cities and to the starkly comparatively less affluent rural countryside.
He was awarded China’s Friendship Gold Medal in 2005, “the highest award that China was able to bestow upon a foreigner” for “outstanding contribution to China” in the presence of Premier Wen Jia Bao. He was to remain living and working in China until early 2017 when he returned to the UK to live.