Guy Verhofstadt, Former Prime Minister of Belgium
Guy Verhofstadt, is a member of the European parliament and a former Prime Minister of Belgium from 1999 to 2008. Under his term, he enacted several policies that strengthened and empowered Belgium's economy by lowering public debt from 114% of GDP to 84% and passing tax cuts. As a current member of the European parliament, Verhofstadt also helped improve trade relations between member nations amidst the age of rapid technological innovations. He will be a keynote speaker and panelist in Finance China 2019.
Cao Yang, Director, SenseTime
Cao Yang is the current director of SenseTime in charge of intelligent finance research. She has accumulated extensive experience in machine learning and big data application. When she was the senior vice president and principal data scientist of the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation, she built up the data team to provide investment strategies with artificial intelligence technology. Prior to this, she was the data science lead of Economics and Technology Family at Grab, studying how to leverage machine learning, operation research and statistical algorithm to finalise the reasonable pricing, improve the efficiency, and reduce the cost and improve customers experiences.
Hu Bofei,, Deputy General Manager, International Business Department, China Construction Bank
Hu Bofei is the deputy general manager of International Business Department, China Construction Bank (CCB). Prior to this, she has been working for the Custody Services Department at CCB, where she actively participated in the schemes of opening up capital market to foreign institutional investors. She has chaired on the International Business Committee of Asset Management Association of China, and is an expert in Chinese stock market infrastructure, mutual fund, custody services and especially QFII program.
John Gong, Professor of Economics, University of International Business and Economics
John Gong is a professor and researcher in the areas of finance, industrial organization, and antitrust and competition policies. Gong is a prolific researcher and writer with a list of publications in leading international academic journals. He serves as an expert consultant with the Ministry of Commerce’s (MOFCOM) Antitrust Bureau in China, and acted as the chief architect of the Bureau’s national competition database project. He is a recognized antitrust and patent dispute authority in China, serving as an academic affiliate with Global Economics Group, a leading global economics consulting firm based in the US. He is also the principal author for the China section of the policy position paper by the BRICS New World Bank’s steering committee during its foundation time. He is an inventor of two US patents in switched broadcast television technologies, one of which has been widely deployed in spectrum allocation algorithms in cable QAM modulation equipment in the US. Gong played an important role in US ex-Vice President Al Gore’s National Information Infrastructure (NII) project. He is also a renowned op-ed columnist for several leading newspapers including the South China Morning Post, Global Times and CGTN (China Global Television Network), on economic and political issues.
Jonathan Larsen, Chief Innovation Officer, Ping An Group; Chairman and CEO, Ping An Global Voyager Fund
Jonathan Larsen is chief innovation officer of Ping An Group and chairman and CEO of the Ping An Global Voyager Fund. He has been at the leading edge of the financial services industry for the last 29 years, bringing a unique blend of strategic vision, operational depth, and understanding of new technology. He has led multiple large-scale, successful businesses across various markets and has extensive experience in partnerships and M&A transactions. Jonathan was global head of Retail Banking and Mortgage businesses at Citigroup, generating $12 billion in revenues in 19 countries. Prior to this, he was principal in the Financial Services Practice of Booz Allen & Hamilton where he advised large financial institutions across Asia-Pacific, in the US and Europe. Jonathan is a distinguished fellow of the Institute of Banking and Finance, Singapore and has been widely quoted in major business publications including the Financial Times, Bloomberg, Reuters and etc.
Li Yan, Deputy Director, Beijing Local Financial Supervision and Administration
Li Yan is the deputy director of Beijing Local Financial Supervision and Administration, in charge of Financial Development and Coordination Department, Bancassurance Department (Financial Institutions Service Department), and Financial Technology Department. Prior to this, she was the deputy general manager of ZGC Group and also headed the different functional departments for the Financial Stability Bureau at the People's Bank of China.
Shi Hongzhe, Vice President, Lexin Fintech
Shi Hongzhe has been the vice president of Lexin Fintech since he joined the company in February 2017. Shi has accumulated 17 years of technical management experience. He was the chief technology officer of SF Financial before joining Lexin. Prior to this, he worked as the platform architect of Composite Search Department at Baidu. In 2001, Shi joined Tencent as one of its early employees and managed the research and development teams of Tencent’s wireless services, system architecture, and search engine.
Zhang Jun, Dean, Fudan University
Zhang Jun, is a professor of Economics and currently serves as Dean of School of Economics, Fudan University. He is also the founding Director of the China Center for Economic Studies, a Shanghai-based Think-Tank for Chinese economy. He is an expert in a vast array of topics such as Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, The World Economy, China Economic Review, Economic Systems, Comparative Economic Studies, and more. He is the recipient of the Bergson Prize by the American Association for Comparative Economic Studies for his paper published in Comparative Economic Studies in 2015. For the past 25 years, he has authored or edited numerous books including Economic Transition with Chinese Characteristics: Thirty Years of Reform and Opening Up, Transformation of the Chinese Enterprises, Unfinished Reforms of the Chinese Economy, and End of Hyper Growth in China.
Zhu Baifan, General Manager, Strategy and Cooperation Department, Du Xiaoman Financial
Zhu Baifan is the general manager of FSG Strategic Cooperation Department of Duxiaoman. He is currently in charge of establishing and maintaining partner ecosystems, financial technology research, partners’ cooperation, and structure finance. Zhu has been working in the financial technology industry for almost 20 years. He is also a member of the board of supervisors at the Payment and Clearing Association of Beijing.
Emmanuel Daniel, Chairman, The Asian Banker
Founder of The Asian Banker, the most respected provider of consulting and intelligence in the financial services industry in the Asia Pacific region and other emerging markets. Mr Daniel has led it to become a combination of leading industry research, publication and consulting house, with a strong reputation worldwide.
Foo Boon Ping, Managing Editor, The Asian Banker
Boon Ping manages The Asian Banker publication business and engages practitioners, customers, partners and the media on critical issues that impact the industry. He has more than 21 years of experience in the banking and financial services industry, specializing in strategic branding, marketing communications and consumer insight. Prior to The Asian Banker, he was at United Overseas Bank (UOB), covering Singapore and key markets in the region, such as China, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand.
Richard Hartung, International Resource Director, The Asian Banker
Richard Hartung is currently managing director of Transcarta and international resource director of The Asian Banker with over 20 years of experience in the payments & consumer financial services industry. He has held senior roles for financial institutions including Citibank, Mastercard International, and OCBC Cards. Mr. Hartung holds position as consultant in the areas of retail banking, cards and payment products to financial institutions, service providers, and software companies throughout the Asia Pacific region.
Wilson Chia is a highly seasoned banker with over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry. He is a banking consultant/advisor in ASEAN on Organisation Strategy, Customer Segmentation Strategy, Risk Management, Wealth Management, SME Banking, Product Portfolio Reviews/Pricing Governance, Distribution Network Optimisation, Organisation Restructuring/ Transformation and Cost Re-Engineering, Talent Development and Incentive Plans, Financial Planning/ Budgeting/ Forecasting, Core Values Implementation as well as Digitisation. Prior to this, he was EVP of Fullerton Financial Holdings (FFH) at Temasek Holdings since 2009 during which he was the head of SME and Commercial Banking, overseeing portfolios across emerging markets, including Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Pakistan and China. Before joining FFH, he worked at Standard Chartered Bank for 23 years and held several key positions, most recently as Regional Head of Consumer / SME Banking in South East Asia. Chia has also served on boards of FIs based in India, Pakistan, Myanmar and China, taking on roles in Risks and Audit committees.