Our people

KIRSTEN JOHNSTON

Founder, CEO

Having lived and worked in six world cities she currently hangs her hat in Shanghai. Is often found queuing for baozi and is excellent at speaking Chinese badly to unsuspecting locals. She is a family woman, creative leader, business owner and recent IMBA graduate.

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Nathalie Chow

Regional Director, Hong Kong

With over 20 years of experience in the industry, there’s not a street in Hong Kong this girl doesn’t know. Loves to engage with her team and motivates them to be their best. Usually too busy to indulge in herself, but has plenty of time for her son and taking him to see different countries. At dim sum her favourite dish is ciu zau fan qwo. She speaks Cantonese, English and Mandarin.

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MICHELLE LEE

Account Director

Keen to find tasty food in every corner of the city, she believes that food is a shortcut to cultural exploration. Great food usually leads her to great people and through the story of food has made some interesting friends. Throughout work and life, she strives to discover and share new insights. She speaks Mandarin, English, Japanese and Shanghainese.

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JOSHUA MELCHING

Client Business Director

A Midwestern American by birth and a globe-trotter by passion, Joshua feeds his innate curiosity by traveling the world, exploring new cultures and immersing himself in foreign languages. He is an aspiring polymath, usually found with his nose buried in a book or his eyes glued to an online course. Authenticity is his guiding principle; he will awe you with his fluent Mandarin and charm you with his infectious personality.

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Ronnie Wang

Design Director

Ronnie yearns for freedom and is fulfilled by Design’s ocean of opportunity. He’s loved designing for fifteen years and shows no sign of slowing down. He loves rock music but his real passion is road cycling. He has pedalled around islands, climbed mountains and taken part in challenging annual races. He believes life on two wheels is the most simple and real and is always moved by the people and experiences he encounters along the way.

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JOYCE CHEN

Senior Project Manager

Don’t be fooled by this youthful face, Joyce is over the hill working for more than 10 years in project management. A lover of travel, animals, trying and tasting new experiences. A very good listener, communicator and executor; you’ll find her a trustworthy partner for life and work.

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CHARLLOTTE QIN

Senior Designer

After living and working in the US for 6 years, Charllotte is finally back in her hometown of Shanghai. Her passion for design grows stronger every day. She’s determined to do a podcast about design one day and always believes that the best is yet to come.

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SU YANG

Senior Designer

Behind the serious expression, there’s a man who sees the world through a child’s eyes. His passion for food leads him to hotpot however his stomach usually does not agree. An art lover and a family man, he likes nothing more than to banter with his daughter.

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JOANNE CATTERMOLE

Marketing & Research Manager

Born and raised in London, she has travelled to 36 countries and lived in four. She is an unapologetic foodie and can often be found munching on her favourite tacos or whipping up something delicious in the kitchen. Her passion for people led her to consumer research and marketing and she’s been hooked ever since. Speaks English, French and Mandarin.

 

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JESSIE QU

Financial Controller

The Sherlock Holmes of the office, she enjoys analysing data and finding answers to the tough questions. She loves to manage; managing the firm’s finances; managing her household; and managing her daughter’s busy schedules. She is very active enjoying travel, reading and sports.

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ASTRE ZHU

Designer

Quiet before you know him, Astre brings a mature confidence well beyond his years. He’s a bit of a fashionista and an avid digital illustrator. Whilst completing his Masters of Design in London, Astre went by the street name Tomato. He hopes to win a Guinness World Record for drinking the most Coca-Cola in single day.

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Adrian Xuan

Designer

Adrian leapt into design after working in business administration, allowing him a holistic approach to all of our projects. Although he doesn’t own one yet, he’s a cat-lover at heart and spends his days looking after the strays in his community. Like most of the JWDK team, Adrian is a self-professed foodie! Speaks Mandarin and English.

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Lynne Ling

Motion Graphics Designer

Meet Lynne, a globe trotter always searching for new foods to try and design to be inspired by. She is creatively minded and constantly exploring. No wonder she is experienced across so many design fields! Her secret super power is being able to recover instantly from a hangover.

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JESSIE QU

Financial Controller

The Sherlock Holmes of the office, she enjoys analysing data and finding answers to the tough questions. She loves to manage; managing the firm’s finances; managing her household; and managing her daughter’s busy schedules. She is very active enjoying travel, reading and sports.

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Joanna Zhang

Cashier/Admin Clerk

Joanna has grown to love the city of Shanghai over the years. She enjoys wandering the city both on foot or by a good ole’ sharing-bike to discover historic buildings and their fascinating stories from the past. Detail-oriented yet easy going, she thrives behind the scenes at JWDK.

 

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