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Keynote Speaker


Wei Jianguo
Secretary-General, China Center for International Economic Exchange & former Vice Minister of Commerce, People’s Republic of China

Wei Jianguo is currently secretary general at the China Centre for International Economic Exchange, an economic research, communication and consulting agency governed by the National Development and Reform Commission. Wei served as vice minister in China’s ministry of commerce from 2003 to 2008. Prior to this he served at the ministry of commerces’ predecessor, the ministry of international economy and trade, from 2001 to 2003, where he was mainly responsible for economic co-operation and external aid for Western Asian countries and Africa, as well as development and promotion of the electrical technology industry in China. In the past, Wei also worked for the commerce department at the Chinese embassy in Gabon, Tunisia and Morocco.




Hwa Erh-Cheng
Chief Economist, Baoshang Bank & former Chief Economist, East Asia, World Bank

Hwa Erh-Cheng is chief economist at Baoshang Bank. Prior to this he served as chief economist at China Construction Bank, as well as in several departments of World Bank including the residence mission office in China, and economist at the International Monetary Fund. Earlier he pioneered research of a monthly econometric model of the US economy at Cornell University and the national bureau of economic research. He also served as chairman of Wuxi and Qunshang high-tech science park, advisor for the governor of China’s Guangdong province, and taught at Peking University, Beijing Normal University and Shih-Hsin University as visiting professor.


Xu Shanda
Dean and Former Deputy Director, National Tax Bureau Headquarter Office, SEEC Research Institute

Xu Shanda is the Dean of SEEC Research Institute. He is also a member of the 11th CPPCC and sits on the Economic Committee as well as the Academic Committee of the 50 Chinese Economic Forums. He is a part-time professor and special researcher at Tsinghua University and Peking University. He has presided over the Golden Tax Project Phase II in 2006 National Science and Technology Progress Award and was nominated for First Financial Thinker by First Financial magazine in 2009. Amongst his major publications are The Law of Marxism and the Decline of Returns; China’s Fiscal Policy; The Theory of Taxation in Developing Countries; Reform and Exploration: Fiscal and Taxation Agricultural Economy.


Srinivasan Venkita Padmanabhan
President & Global Head of Finance, Olam International Limited Singapore

Srinivasan Venkita Padmanabhan is the President and Global Head of Finance, Olam International. He also heads and drives the Capital Investment and Review Committee and Sustained Cost Management initiative for the Olam Group. Padmanabhan has more than 28 years of extensive experience in leadership areas, including overseeing multiple subsidiaries and product verticals and processes. Padmanabhan is a regular speaker at numerous professional industry forums such CFO Innovation, CFO Thought Leadership Round Table and CFO Asia Congress. He also holds prominent positions at the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, Management Development Institute of Singapore, Meyer Neighborhood committee as well as in the citizens’ consultative committee at Mountbatten constituency.


Cao Yuanzheng
Chairman, BOCI Research

Cao Yuanzheng is the chairman of BOCI Research and International Economist. He also holds other prestigious positions like co-dean of China-EU Lujiazui International Financial Research Institute, professor and doctoral tutor of Renmin University, visiting professor of the University of Southern California, as well as vice president of China’s macro-economic society and member of China Economics Forum. He was previously the director of Scientific Research Department at China Institute of Economic Reform, director of Comparative Economic Division of Foreign Economic Division, and deputy director of Institute of Economic and Management. He also served at the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, and the United Nations Development Program and at Bank of China.


Paul Steinmetz
Ambassador, The Embassy of Luxembourg in Beijing, China

Paul Steinmetz is the Ambassador in Beijing (China) with co-accreditation to Pakistan and Mongolia. Mr. Steinmetz opened the new Embassy of Luxembourg in New Delhi in 2002. He was then posted six years in Tokyo and he has been serving in Beijing since 2013. In Luxembourg, he was the assistant to the Secretary General of the Foreign Ministry, desk officer for Asia and subsequently Director General for legal and cultural affairs. He was seconded to OHR in Bosnia Herzegovina during the Luxembourg EU Presidency in 1997 and before joining the Foreign Ministry, he had spent two years as legal adviser to UNHCR in Geneva.


Thierry de Longuemarn
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

Thierry de Longuemar has recently joined the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) as a vice president and chief financial officer. His primary responsibilities are to provide strategic and technical leadership in financial and treasury management, ensure sustainable financial strength and steady growth in financial resources, and establish excellent credit ratings in support of AIIB’s overall mission. He served as vice president of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) from 2011 to 2016, during which time he was responsible for finance, administration and risk management. De Longuemar has spent more than three decades working in both the multinational and private sectors, including stints at the African Development and ABN Amro.


Huo Jianguo
Former President of Chinese Academy of International Trade and Economic Cooperation (CAITEC), Senior Research Fellow and Ph.D supervisor of University of International Business and Economies

Dr. Huo Jianguo previously served as Deputy Director-General of the Department of Foreign Economy and Trade at the State Economic and Trade Commission and President of the China Chamber of Commerce of Import and Export of Foodstuffs, Native Produce & Animal By-Products. Dr. Huo has been devoted to trade administration and foreign economy and trade policy research for many years. His work included coordinating policy-making for Chinese enterprises’ participation in APEC activities and ABAC dialogues to negotiate for China’s WTO accession. He is also an expert in theoretical and policy research and has published several books as well as written numerous papers and articles.


Patrick Hess
Senior Market Infrastructure Expert, DG Market Infrastructure and Payments, European Central Bank

Patrick Hess currently serves as Senior Market Infrastructure Expert at the European Central Bank (ECB), mainly in the field of oversight. His prior positions include Senior Economist at the ECB’s China Desk, and Senior Market Infrastructure Expert in the TARGET2-Securities and TARGET2 projects, where he worked as policy expert, relationship manager and communications expert. From 1996 to 2003, he worked for Deutsche Bank in its corporate and transaction banking businesses. His publication and teaching record, inter alia at the Institute of Chinese Studies in Heidelberg, focuses on China’s economic and financial policies, financial system and market infrastructure, as well as financial innovation.


Sun Jianbo
Deputy General Manager, Department, International Business, China Construction Bank Head Office

Sun Jianbo is a Deputy General Manager of International Business Department at China Construction Bank. Her work mainly focused on international settlement, trade financing, cross-border RMB, foreign guarantee and document centralized processing. Before joining the China Construction Bank of China, she held several positions including Deputy Director of the Standing Committee at China Banking Association Vice Chairman of Banking Committee at the China National Committee, Chairman of the China Construction Bank International Settlement and Trade Finance Expert Advisory Group and was nominated as one of the top ten outstanding professionals.


Thomas McMahon
MD & CEO, UD Trading Group

Thomas McMahon is currently the Director/CEO of UD Trading Group Ltd Pte. He previously served as the CEO of the Singapore Mercantile Exchange (SMX) from 2009 to 2011. Before that he was President, Deputy Chairman at the Hong Kong Mercantile Exchange (HKMEx) from 2007 to 2009. Mr. McMahon has also served as Advisor at the Dubai Mercantile Exchange and was Director-Asia and Vice President of Tokyo and Singapore at New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) during 2003-2007. Mr. McMahon has a combined 30 years of experience across U.S. and Asian exchange and regulatory frameworks with a focus on the development of exchange traded and cleared futures and OTC products as well as exchange architecture development.


Liu Zhong
Vice General Manager, China Securities Index Company Limited (CSI)

Liu Zhong is a vice general manager and a director of CSI. He is mainly responsible for the management and development of the company's technology. Liu has long been involved in the R&D and operational management of securities indices. He led the development of the SSE Index and CSI Index which currently consist of over 2500 indices, including the famous SSE 180 Index, SSE 50 Index and CSI 300 Index. These indices consists more than 400 index funds and 3 index futures in Chinese mainland and overseas markets. Mr. Liu also led the development of the CSI bond valuation practice, which has established a unique yield curve model and provides daily valuations of 20,000+ bonds in the mainland market.


Yan Ying
Deputy General Manager of Financial Market Department, China Construction Bank Head Office

Yan Ying, is a Deputy General Manager of Financial Market Department at China Construction Bank Head Office. Ying was transferred to Hong Kong and served as a senior trading officer and with responsibility in portfolio management. After relocating to Beijing in 2007, she was promoted to Head of Derivatives Sales & Trading team having worked for 5 years. She was promoted again in 2012 to Deputy General Manager at Commodities & Futures Department and was responsible for precious metals and commodities trading business. Ying moved back to Beijing in 2013 and have worked at her current position since then.


Li Yong
General Manager, Depository Asset Department, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China

Dr. Li Yong is the General Manager of Assets Depository Department of Industrial and Commercial Bank of China. He is engaged in macroeconomic policy research and formulation work in the State Economic and Trade Commission of the State Planning Commission and the State Information Center. He has previously worked in the Corporate Banking Department of the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, the Project Credit Department of the Frankfurt Branch in the Bank of Germany, as well as in the Investment Banking Department at the Head Office of Credit and Marketing. He was also elected in the twelfth National People's Congress.


Xiao Lisheng
Deputy Director, Division of International Finance, Institute of World Economics and Polictis, Chinese Academy of Social Science

Xiao Lisheng is deputy director of division of international finance, institute of world economics and politics, Chinese Academy of Social Science. His main research insterests are Rmb exchange rate, cross-border capital flows and the internationalisation of the renminbi. He published many papers in core journals such as economic research, the world economy, the financial research. He also hosted and completed a number of proviincial subject. He published dozen of financial reviews in the People’s Daily, economic daily and other mainstream media.


Michele Geraci
Head of China Economic Policy Program, Nottingham University Business School China and Zhejiang University Global Policy Institute

Michele Geraci is a China economist and a professor of Finance at the Nottingham University Business School. He was a former managing director, investment banker and electronic engineer. Geraci has vast international experience, having worked over the last 20 years in fund management, equity research and corporate finance across Europe, Latin America and Asia. Geraci is a well-known public figure in the international financial world and in the China economic circles. He is a frequent guest of TV shows (CCTV, Rai, BBC and, Al Jazeera) and has often been quoted in the media. He is also a regular contributor to China Daily op-end and a columnist of Caixin Magazine and IlSole24Ore/Radiator.


Teng Wei
Deputy General Manager, Shanghai International Gold Exchange Center

Teng Wei is the Duty General Manager of Shanghai International Gold Exchange Center. He joined the Shanghai Gold Exchange in April 2012 as General Manager of Trading Department II, in charge of construction and promotion of gold pricing market. He was promoted to his current position in December 2014. Before joining the Exchange, Mr. Teng has worked in commercial banks for many years as FX trader, bond trader and proprietary trader, focusing on trade and management of financial products.


Hu Yuexiao
Chief Analyst, Research Institute, Shanghai Securities, Researcher, China Academy of Financial Research (CAFR)

Hu Yuexiao has over 16 years of rich work experience in banking, trust, industrial fund and consulting work. He joined Shanghai securities in 2007, is now engaged in the study of macroeconomic and the bond market. He is also part-time professor in financial department of East China Normal University. He has published over 200 articles in professional media such as three major newspapers in securities, economic daily, FT China in recent 3 years. In 2013-2014, he created unique monetary analysis framework of "dichotomy".


Lionel Choong
Acting CFO, Weyland Tech Inc

Lionel Choong, CFO, has specialised experience in corporate finance, focusing on restructuring and public company work. He has advised over 50 public companies including a reverse takeover for China Resources, a US$10 billion retailer in China. Choong helps companies reorganise internally by combining people, systems and finances to position them to invest in companies. Choong works closely with companies to create a credible platform to attract private equity, venture capital or raise public company funds and to manage their corporate M&A deals. Choong is a chartered and certified public accountant and retired as a partner of Deloitte where he was the head of business development for corporate finance, in addition to assurance services.


Yang Bin
General Manager, Corporate Banking Department & Global Transaction Banking Department, Shanghai Pudong Development Bank

Yang Bin is the General Manager of Corporate Banking department and General Manager of Global Transaction Banking department. With 24 years of experience in commercial banking, he was previously the chief foreign exchange trader of SPD Bank, General Manager Trainee of International Business Management department as well as, Deputy Manager of Product Development department amongst other positions he hold. He was also previously in charge of Integrated Business Systems Project and Project Management Office.


Vijay Chander
Executive Director in Fixed Income, Asia Securities Industry & Financial Markets Association (ASIFMA)

Mr. Vijay Chander is focused on working with the various fixed income committees and playing a significant role in standardising credit markets across to allow greater cross-border flows to improve liquidity and keep Asian savings in the region. He also helps address other initiatives in the tax and compliance areas. He has over twenty-five years’ experience on both the buy and the sell sides of the fixed income and credit universe, previously worked at Citibank, Lehman Brothers, the Prudential, BNP Paribas, Bear Stearns and most recently at Standard Chartered where he was the global head of credit strategy. He has worked in a variety of capacities, which include foreign exchange and credit trading/ structuring, risk management and credit portfolio management, analysis and strategy.


Christopher Balding
Associate Professor, Finance and Economics, HSBC Business School of Peking University

Christopher Balding is an associate professor in finance and economics at the HSBC Business School of Peking University Graduate School. An expert in the Chinese economy’s sovereign wealth funds, he has written a book entitled Sovereign Wealth Funds: The New Intersection of Money and Power. He is a columnist for BloombergViews as well as a regular contributor to the Financial Times, CNBC, Wall Street Journal and BBC. His scholarly work has been published in such leading journals as the Review of International Economics, the International Financial Review, and the Journal of Public Economic Theory on diverse topics including CDS pricing, the WTO, and the economics of adoption and abortion. Prior to academia, Prof. Balding has worked in private equity.


Tracy Chen
Head of Euroclear Bank Representative Office, Beijing

Tracy Chen, Director, is Head of the Euroclear Bank Representative Office in Beijing. As Chief Representative, she and her team are responsible for promoting Euroclear Bank’s services and for building long-term relationships with clients and other stakeholders in China. Chen also manages the relationships that Euroclear has built with market infrastructures in China. Before joining Euroclear in 2007, Chen was with Royal Bank of Canada as Chief Representative of their Beijing office for over seven years. She also held marketing position at Credit Lyonnais, Tianjin branch, covering the Korean, Taiwanese and multi-national corporate clients in North China.


Ben Chan
Head of RMB Solutions, UOB Singapore

Ben is now Head of RMB Solutions of United Overseas Bank (“UOB”), spearheading the Renminbi business for the Group globally. Prior to joining UOB, he had 16 years of experiences in the Banking industry in Commercial Banking, Retail Banking, Trade Finance and Strategy for Hong Kong and Asia Pacific. He was previously Deputy Chairman of the RMB Committee of Hong Kong Association of Banks. He had also worked for Egon Zehnder, a leading global consultancy in senior executive searches and leadership advisory, as Co-Head of its Greater China Banking Practice. He is currently a Board Member of the INSEAD Alumni Association of Hong Kong.



Han Fuling
Dean, Department of Applied Finance and Professor in Finance , Central University of Finance and Economics

Han Fuling is currently dean of the department of applied finance in Central University of Finance and Economics. He has been teaching courses including investment banking, financial markets, security investment, and venture capital, amongst others. Fuling is also titled expert in the research bureau, People’s Bank of China, financial advisor at ICBC and BOC, and independent director in a listed company. Fuling has accomplished twelve CSS major programmes at a ministerial level, among which the program “Research on the Reformations in Investment and Financing” has been awarded first prize by the State Commission for Economic Restructuring. He has in the past been invited to speak by financial media such as CCTV and China National Radio.


Li Lin
General Manager, Strategy & Development, Shanghai Pudong Development Bank

Li Lin is the general manager of strategy & development of Shanghai Pudong Development Bank (SPD Bank). Li has been engaging in commercial bank operation, management and research for years in the fields of strategy management, risk control and macro-economy. He has published articles in major research magazines and has shared research results on the choices of business model and sustainable growth of domestic commercial banks under the new technology development environment. Recently, Li’s main research focus is information & communication technology development, mobile internet and the internet and its impact on commercial banks.


Zong Liang
Vice Director, International Finance Research Institute, Bank of China

Zong Liang currently serves as vice president of the international finance research institute at Bank of China. In the past few years, Zong has been involved in more than ten research projects and published more than 200 papers including “Renminbi‘s Going Global and the Prediction”, “The Changes in Regulation After Recession” and “Risk Management in Cross Region Banks”. Zong was also part of the PHD service group and mayor’s assistant at Fuzhou, Jiang Su Province.


Boon Ping Foo
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 18 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.

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