Connecting with Opportunities in China: Cathy Huang delivers a lecture to Dublin's City Council


On May 28th, Cathy Huang, the president of China Bridge, was invited by PIVOT and the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) to deliver a speech about connecting with opportunities in China. The event held at the famous Chester Beatty Library was specially arranged for Cathy’s visit. The crowd was overfilled with political leaders, entrepreneurs, designers and professors in attendance.

Joe Costello TD, Minister of State for Trade and Development, made the opening speech. Dublin, one of the last cities selected as world capital of design in 2011, pays high attention to the development of design and innovation industry. In February of this year, Chinese vice president, Xi Jinping, visited Ireland hoping that the two countries can grasp opportunities and reach cooperation to make business projects successful on the basis of mutual benefit. The aim of the Cathy’s visit was to promote the communication and cooperation in design and innovation industry between Ireland and China.

After Ms. Huang’s speech, Andres Montague, the mayor of Dublin, Michelle Fagan, head of RIAI, and PJ Rudden, president of Irish Academy of Engineer all joined in a dialogue with Cathy. The visit attracted great attention and feedback from the government. 120 people attended this event instead of 100 forcing the host to limit the amount of entrants. After the event, Cathy, accepted the interviews with local media and replied to questions about the current situation and development of the Chinese design industry by sharing her knowledge gained through China Bridge’s design practice.

After the trip of Ireland, Cathy attended the “Product Design + Innovation Conference” held in London for another speaking engagement.
Photo from left to right: Cathy Huang (CEO of CBi China Bridge), Andrew Montague (Lord Mayor of Dublin 2011-2012), Joe Costello TD (Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade with responsibility for Trade and Development) 
PIVOT is a Dublin City Council led initiative that demonstrates design’s positive impact on our lives. PIVOT promotes Irish design through our national and international networks. PIVOT advocates design as a resource that can help us adapt, innovate and grow through interdisciplinary partnerships across the public, voluntary and private sectors.

The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) is the regulatory and support body for Architects in Ireland. The RIAI is committed to upholding the highest standards in architecture and providing advice and information on issues affecting architects, the built environment and society.

Product Design + Innovation is aimed at senior product designers as well as innovation professionals working for a brand owners, OEMs or consultancies.


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