Beijing, China (January 12, 2015) – The Methanol Institute (MI), a global trade association for the methanol industry, announced further expansion of its long-term partnership with Kellen Company, a global association management firm. Kellen’s Brussels office is already providing services for the Institute’s presence in Europe. Since Fall 2014, Kellen Company has also assumed responsibility for MI’s China presence, managed from its office in Beijing.
Patrick Zhao has been designated to serve as the Institute’s China Chief Representative. Mr. Zhao has 12 years of government affairs and business development experience in the Chinese ethanol industry, and has worked in both the central and provincial governments.
“Mr. Zhao’s recruitment and establishing a presence in China are important next steps for MI towards enhancing the close partnership between the global and Chinese methanol industries,” noted Gregory Dolan, CEO of the Methanol Institute.
Mr. Zhao will be responsible for liaising with MI’s China-based members and related government, academic, trade association, as well as strategic business partners. In addition to monitoring legislative and regulatory developments he will contribute to the growth of the methanol industry in areas such as fuel blending, downstream chemical development and new/emerging methanol technologies. Mr. Zhao will represent the Institute at local and international conferences in China, and will spearhead MI’s product stewardship activities in coordination with MI’s Chinese stakeholders.
“We are very pleased to offer our business support services to MI at this important moment in the development of the methanol industry in China,” said Alfons Westgeest, Group Vice-President of Kellen Company. “Since the opening of our Beijing office ten years ago, we have seen a growing interest by international associations in exploring strategic opportunities in China. Under the leadership of Steven Basart, Manager China for Kellen Company, we have built up our Beijing office by adding experienced professionals in order to meet this increased demand.”
About Kellen Company
Kellen Company is a global association services firm, providing solutions to trade associations, professional societies, foundations and not-for-profit organizations in the US, Europe and Asia. Kellen’s services include integrated communications, government relations, advocacy and public affairs, international representation, financial management, meetings management, consulting, codes & standards development and web development. Kellen Company was founded in 1964 and is charter-accredited by the Association Management Company Institute. For more information, visit www.kellencompany.com.
About The Methanol Institute
The Methanol Institute (MI) serves as the global trade association for the methanol industry. Founded in 1989 to lobby the U.S. Congress in support of methanol fuel markets, MI now serves its members in every corner of the globe from offices in Singapore, Washington, D.C., Brussels, and Beijing. The Institute’s mission is to serve and provide cost-effective value to its membership by:
· Promoting the growth of the global methanol industry as an essential chemical commodity and an emerging source of clean energy;
· Providing product stewardship leadership to ensure the proper and safe handling of methanol across the global distribution chain;
· Ensuring that the best available science is made available to regulatory and public policy debates which impact the industry; and
· Serving as the voice of the global methanol industry to promote the image of methanol, the Methanol Institute, and its member companies.