Nick Young created China Development Brief in 1996 and ran it, on the most threadbare of shoestrings, until expelled by the Government of China in 2007. Originally an English language print publication, the brief evolved into separate ‘sister’ magazines and websites in English and Chinese. Since leaving China, Young has been mainly in East Africa, where he created and passed on to local journalists Oil in Uganda. He does consulting work in fields ranging from natural resource governance to communication to disability, blogs occasionally on and grows apples between times at his family home in Cantabria.

Back in the 20th century, he worked as a residential social worker in a U.K. probation hostel, as a translator and writer in the Department of Agitation and Propaganda of the Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional, as Special Adviser to the Rt. Hon. Ann Taylor, MP, (Shadow Environment Secretary) and subsequently as Malaŵi correspondent for The Financial Times, The Economist, The Economist Intelligence Unit and Africa Confidential.

Young was born in Zambia and raised in the U.K., where he studied Philosophy at the University of Stirling and Kings College, London.

Last Updated: April 7, 2021



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