James Ashcroft graduated with First Class Honours from University College London where he studied early modern political thought and intellectual history. A dual UK/US citizen, James has lived in France, the United States, and the United Kingdom. At the Yenching Academy, James served as Director of Logistics for the inaugural Yenching Global Symposium and later completed an economics & management thesis on the Chinese Football Reform & Development Program.
Since graduating from Peking University, James has worked in London as a management consultant at Deloitte. On sabbatical until summer 2019, he is now completing an academic year's advanced Mandarin study on the Inter-University Program (IUP) at neighbouring Tsinghua University.