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The EF∙Royal Cornell Big Ben Awards for the Top Ten Outstanding Young Chinese in the UK (TOCYP-UK) were presented in Le Méridien Piccadilly London on May 9, 2009.

Ten young Chinese high-achievers in different fields were honored in a ceremony attended by the Chinese Consul to the UK, Jin Shihong and his wife, the director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in London, Hu Baozhu and representatives from the Malaysian Embassy, the Taipei Representative Office and Singapore.

From L to R: Tie Fan, Miao Wang (representative of Gok Wan), Mingyi Meng, Daniel Jacoel, Guagua Bo, Yang Rong (representative of Vanessa-Mae Vanakorn Nicholson), Ching-He Huang, Daniel Shing, Marco Fu, Jo Ho

The Big Ben Awards are presented annually by the British Chinese Youth Federation (BCYF), an England-registered charity, to recognize the achievements of Chinese young people in their professional fields and their contributions to the community. The ten winners are seen as role models to inspire young people of Chinese descent in the UK to excel in business and public service. Big Ben Award is formed by three parts, which include the BCYF-BBA Personal Award, BCYF-BBA Enterprise Award, and the award for UK Ten Outstanding Chinese Young Persons.

To qualify for nomination candidates must be ethnic Chinese and between the ages of 18 and 35. Next year the organizers plan to raise the age limit to 40.

The ceremony included a charity auction with parts proceeds going towards reconstructing earthquake-hit areas in Sichuan. Seven pieces of Ming and Qing dynasty chinaware went under the hammer.

The award winners are listed below:

1. Marco Fu: "An excellent young snooker player who inspires others in the game"

Marco Fu

Marco Fu, born 1978, is a professional snooker player from Hong Kong. He won the 2007 Snooker Grand Prix, beating Ronnie O'Sullivan in the final and was runner-up in the 2008 UK Championship. He reached the semi finals of the 2006 World Snooker Championship.

2. Jo Ho: "For outstanding achievement by a Chinese woman in the UK film and television industry"


Jo Ho

Ho, 31, is the first ethnic Chinese to produce a British TV series. Her first short film "Isolation 9" won the Buffalo Black & Asian Short Film Festival prize in 2006. She is currently working on a TV series for the BBC called “Bo and the Spirit World".

3. Mingyi Meng: "Recognized for his academic achievements and his work in promoting business relations between the UK and China."

Mingyi Meng 

Mingyi Meng, 23, is an analyst in the European Investment Bank department of Nomura Securities, and the youngest member of Western Returned Scholars Association of China.

4. Daniel Jacoel: "Recognized for his academic achievements and his work in promoting business relations between the UK and China."

Daniel Jacoel

Daniel Jacoel, 24, is a financial consultant at Akur Company and a member of the board of the 48 Group Club Young Icebreakers, an organization that aims to build trade relationships between China and the UK.

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