Welcome to London Business School
China Business Forum 2021
Founded in 2012, London Business School China Business Forum is one of the largest student-led China-focused business forums in Europe
The forum is committed to offer its participants opportunities to
LEARN the latest business trends
SHARE innovative business ideas
DISCUSS potential business opportunities
NETWORK with world business leaders
To keep our students, speakers, and community safe, this year's China Business Forum will be held virtually. The LBS China Club is also in the process of exploring good cause of actions to support those fighting on the front lines of the pandemic.
2021 Forum Agenda
May 15, 2021
9:00 am - 9:25 am
François Ortalo-Magné - Dean of London Business School
Xiaoguang Yang - Chargé d’ Affaires of the Chinese Embassy in the UK
Prof. Jimmy Choo, OBE - International Fashion Designer
Andrew Weir, MBE - Chairman of Pacific Basin Economic Council
9:25 am - 10:40 am
Panel I. China's Role in an Increasingly Interdependent World
2020 has been a unique year. With nations stuck with aftershock brought by the COVID-19, global economy is facing unprecedented challenges. How will the world resume orders, and economies seek new forms of collaboration remain ambiguous. However, that biggest economies shall lead this journey seems definite. With UK finalizing its Brexit deal, we could anticipate a brand-new partnership between China, UK and EU in the near future. We are excited to welcome politicians and professionals to share their insights of where we will be directed to in the post Covid-19 era.
Stephen Perry - Chairman of the 48 Group Club, accorded China Reform Friendship Metal
Prof. Rana Mitter - Professor of the History and Politics of Modern China, University of Oxford, Vice-President-elect (Communications), British Academy Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to education
Prof. David Q. Pan - Executive Dean of Schwarzman College, Tsinghua University, Deputy Dean of the Belt and Road Research Institute
Henry Tillman - Founder and Chairman, China Investment Research,ltd
10:40 am - 1:30 pm
Panel II. Investment Opportunities in Asia and Europe
December 30, 2020 marked the completion of negotiation for the China-EU Comprehensive Agreement on Investment. The culmination of this seven-year-long negotiation motivate investors worldwide to refocus on investment opportunities in Asia and Europe. How can businesses in these two different continents learn from each other? For instance, is maturity and sophistication of high-end product manufactures in Europe compatible with the advanced operational and logistical efficiency of manufactures of mass products in Asia? How could such business development incubate new investment opportunities? We invite both primary market investors, including investment bankers, PE and VC professionals, and secondary market investors to boost a multi-dimensional discussion about investment opportunities in Asia and Europe.
10:40 am - 11:30 am
Prof. Florin Vasvari - Academic Director of Private Equity at LBS, Author of Private Capital - Private Equity And Beyond
Zhe Wei - Chairman/Founding Partner of Vision Knight Capital; Former CEO of Alibaba.com (LBS alumnus, CFE 1998)
11:30 am - 11:55 am
11:55 am - 1:30 pm
Yida Gao - Managing Partner, Shima Capital
Weimin Chen - Head of China, Houlihan Lokey (LBS alumnus, MBA 1998)
Qing Chen - Managing Partner, SVB Capital China (LBS alumna, MBA 2000)
Hui Wang - Founder & CEO of HighLight Capital; previously Senior Partner and Investment Committee member of CDH (LBS alumnus, MBA 2007)
Lin Feng - Founder/CEO of DealGlobe
Andrew Weir, MBE - Chairman of Pacific Basin Economic Council (Special Attendance)
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Panel III. A Bionic Future: Symbiosis with Technology
Global pandemic has generated disruptions across sectors worldwide. Organizations are using technology to deal with chaos, navigate the immediate challenges and build a more resilient and human-centric economy. A wave of digital transformation in all walks of life is observed in return, bringing opportunities to a new mantra for industries like cloud computing, 5G and AI. We invite leaders, industry innovators, and scholars to share insights and help forum participants to live with these prevalent technologies.
Huan Zhang - HSBC China, Head of Global Connectivity (LBS Alumna, MiF 2014)
Bill Xiang - Global Vice President, Head of Asia Pacific, China and India Communications Technology Group, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Ex-CEO of ZTE Corporation, Europe and South Pacific
Dr. Huan Tan - Co-CTO of UBTECH, Dean of UBTECH Shenzhen Research Institute, General Manger of UBTECH North America R&D Center
Jorvik Zhang - Regional Director of Tencent Cloud, North Europe (UK& I, Benelux, Nordics)
Dr. Wanli Min - Founder of the North Summit Capital, Ex-Chief Machine Intelligence Scientist of Alibaba Cloud
May 16, 2021
9:00 am - 10:30 am
Panel IV. Young Leadership - Fresh Thoughts and New Responsibilities
Young people are more entrepreneurial than ever to undertake new responsibilities, but challenges remain. 2020 was full of changes. Despite the social turmoil, economic downslide, and the changing landscape, some young entrepreneurs seem to have it under control and are running thriving businesses. Young and creative minds are positive proof that the future will be new, exciting and profoundly different. We invite successful entrepreneurs and leaders to share their perspectives on how to seize every opportunity and embrace the new era to make significant changes.
Jesse Yang - Founding President of Providence Academy, Partner of EasyTransfer, Forbes 30 under 30 2020
Tianfan Wang - Managing Director of BAI (LBS alumnus, MIM2012)
Yutong Gao - Co-founder of EasyTransfer, Forbes 30 under 30 2017
Cecilia Zhao - Director of China Youth of Tomorrow (CYOT), Ex-Oxford Union Debater
Jason Ooi - Founder of Agrain, Forbes 30 under 30 2020 (LBS alumnus, MBA2022)
Yi Zheng - Founder and Designer of Amber Yì Zheng
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Panel V. New Media and New Content
Due to social distancing measures, media and social platforms have been significantly challenged: suspension of filming, loss of theatre audience, shutdown of cinemas, etc. Despite such challenges, the pandemic has prompted emerging industrial transformation. From the fever of streaming videos to the boom of video games and paid original content, plenty of activities have demonstrated immediate repercussions. Challenges and opportunities are both enormous, creating questions with no evident answers: which changes will persist? We invite business leaders to anticipate the future landscape of the media and social platforms.
Jingying Zhu - Financial Reporter at Huxiu
Jianer Wang - Chairman of Shanghai Film Group Co. Ltd
Judith Zhai - COO of Strawbear Entertainment Group (LBS alumna, EMBA 2017)
Joyce Shi - General Manager of Business Department, Publisher, and Chief Content Editor of Rayli Fashion & Beauty
Tao Xu - Founder, Chief Content Officer of ShengFM, Former Associate Chief Editor of CBNweekly, and former 36kr Editorial Director in SF Bay Area
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Panel VI. Resilience in Luxury and Fashion Industry
The Covid-19 has decimated the global fashion and luxury industry. Decline in sales, disrupted supply chain, and rapidly shifting consumer behavior are likely to continuously weigh on the sector until 2022. The global fashion and luxury market shrank by 23% in 2020 while China’s market share has increased by 10%. Will this rebounding demand be sustainable in China? How does the pandemic impact global fashion and luxury businesses, and their relationship with the China market? We will cover the topics of acceleration of online shopping, new investment opportunities and sustainable innovation.
Prof. Stefano Turconi - Teaching Fellow of the Strategy and Entrepreneurship Faculty at LBS
Patty Lian - Vice President of Strategy at Estée Lauder Companies, China
Tasha Liu - Founder of LABELHOOD
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Panel VII. Sustainable Business Ecology
The tremendous toll of the COVID-19 crisis on health, economic well-being, and everyday activity has precipitated a widespread reassessment of the way we live. Companies are increasingly embracing sustainability to improve processes, pursue growth, and add value to business, realizing we can do well by doing good. Beyond helping curb global challenges, sustainability investment is on the rise. To better define the next generation green, we invite professionals and scholars to discuss the value chain in green business, ecology in sustainable investment and potential green bubble.
Prof. Ioannis Ioannou - Associate Professor of the Strategy and Entrepreneurship Faculty at LBS
Angela Bai - Secretary General of the China Alliance of Social Value Investment (CASVI)
Rob Walker - Ex-Managing Director of NIO UK (LBS alumnus, Management and Personal Effectiveness Programme 2006）
Yichen Geng - Head of ESG strategy of Ping An Group
Miranda Zhao - Head of ESG Research at ChinaAMC
This forum is free of charge and will be held in the form of zoom seminar.
There will be simultaneous interpretation and live broadcast in both Chinese and English.
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