2020 SPEAKERS

London Business School China Business Forum has been known to attract high-profile thought leaders from business, academia and politics to address changing dynamics in the UK and China

 

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FRIDAY, 8TH MAY, 10:00AM-12:00PM (BST)

DELAYED, NOT DERAILED

OPENING REMARKS

London Business School's Dean Francois Ortalo-Magné welcomes attendants to the 9th LBS China Business Forum with opening remarks 

SPEAKER

FRANCOIS ORTALO-MAGNÉ

Dean

LONDON BUSINESS SCHOOL

François Ortalo-Magné is the ninth Dean of London Business School, a position he has held since August 2017. He is leading a strategy focused on (1) academic research and its impact, (2) learning innovations and alumni engagement and (3) inclusion, striving for gender parity and greater socio-economic and ethnic diversity. Since taking up the role, Ortalo-Magné has led the relaunch of the LBS brand, the growth of degree programmes and a significant increase in philanthropic support for scholarships.

Dean Ortalo-Magné serves on the International Advisory Board of BritishAmerican Business and on the Board of Directors and Innovation Committee of AACSB. His research on the economics of land and housing markets has been published in leading academic journals. He has built on his research and leadership experiences to advise a broad range of private, governmental and multi-lateral organisations and share his insights in leading media outlets and at conferences around the world.

Prior to his appointment, Ortalo-Magné was the Albert O. Nicholas Dean and Robert E. Wangard Professor of Real Estate at the Wisconsin School of Business. His first academic appointment was at the London School of Economics.

FIRESIDE CHAT: 

PLANNING FOR A REBOUND: EXPLORING A POST-COVID-19 WORLD

Professor Linda Yueh will moderate a fireside chat with Hongbin Qu, Managing Director at HSBC. They will discuss how the world economy is likely to recover after COVID-19 and a global economic slowdown. 

SPEAKER/MODERATOR

HONGBIN QU

Managing Director, Co-Head of Asian Economics Research, and Chief Economist for Greater China

HSBC

Qu Hongbin is Managing Director, Co-Head of Asian Economics Research, and Chief Economist for Greater China. He joined HSBC in 2002 and has been an economist in the financial markets since 1994. Hongbin is also a deputy director of research at the China Banking Association. He previously worked as a senior manager at a leading Chinese bank and other Chinese financial institutions.

LINDA YUEH

Adjunct Professor of Economics

LONDON BUSINESS SCHOOL

Professor Linda Yueh is Adjunct Professor of Economics at London Business School. She is a widely published author whose award-winning books include China’s Growth: The Making of an Economic Superpower and her latest, The Great Economists: How Their Ideas Can Help Us Today. Chinese editions of both books have been published by CITIC Press. Further information is at: www.lindayueh.com/books.

PANEL DISCUSSION:

INVESTMENT OUTLOOK IN EMEA & APAC: OPPORTUNITIES DURING THE GLOBAL ECONOMIC TURMOIL

Join our esteemed panelists as they discuss a more optimistic approach to a time of global economic turmoil. Our experts will lend their knowledge in VC, banking, and finance to discuss investment outlooks in Europe and Asia in times of uncertainty. 

SPEAKERS/MODERATOR

BENSON TAM

Chairman and Founding Partner

VENTUROUS GROUP

Benson Tam is the Chairman & Founding Partner of Venturous Group. He has 25+ years of VC/PE experience in China and Asia. He has been identified as First round investor in Alibaba, and early investor in AsiaInfo, WuXi AppTec, iSoftStone; Director of iSoftStone and MoMo (NASDAQ: MOMO); Founding Partner of Fidelity Asia Ventures, etc.

WEIMIN CHEN

Managing Director in Hong Kong Office, Head of China Office

HOULIHAN LOKEY

Weimin Chen is a Managing Director in Houlihan Lokey’s Hong Kong office and Head of China for the firm. He is responsible for overseeing the firm’s investment banking business in the mainland China market, including further developing the corporate finance, financial advisory and financial restructuring businesses in the region.

AMAN WANG

Partner and Head of UK-China Business

KPMG

Aman Wang is a Partner of KPMG UK, specialising in cross-border strategy and M&A between China and Europe. He led and facilitated the development of the FDIs and M&As of major Chinese sovereign funds, Power and Utilities organisations, and nuclear companies into the UK market, with a total transaction value of over £12bn. He also helps UK business with their China strategies, establishing JVs and partnerships, and managing their existing business in China.

DANIEL WIDDICOMBE

Former Head of Investment Banking

CHINA CONSTRUCTION BANK LONDON

Daniel Widdicombe is the Former Head of IB at CCB (London). He has worked on numerous ground-breaking transactions for CCB including the first London-listed RMB-denominated Dim Sum bond and ETF. Prior to CCB, he held positions including CFO of Nasdaq-listed Chinadotcom and I-Quest Corporation, Independent NED of Nasdaq-listed Corgi Holdings, Head of Pan-Asian Equity Research at Bear Stearns, and China Investment Analyst at HSBC.

PANEL DISCUSSION:

WHAT IS THE ROLE OF TECHNOLOGY IN ENABLING A FUTURE LIFESTYLE?

The COVID-19 outbreak has caused great disruption in everyone’s work and life. In the light of social distancing, a remote lifestyle gradually emerged. Will this trend continue well into the future even after the pandemic is erased? Will the further development of AI, cloud computing, 5G, VR/AR/XR and video conferencing technologies revolutionize our life?

SPEAKERS/MODERATOR

JULIAN BIRKINSHAW

Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, Deputy Dean of Executive Education and Digital Learning

LONDON BUSINESS SCHOOL

Julian Birkinshaw is Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship and Deputy Dean of Executive Education and Digital Learning at the London Business School.  He is a Fellow of the British Academy.  

He has PhD and MBA degrees in Business from the Richard Ivey School of Business, Western University, Canada, and a BSc (Hons) from the University of Durham, UK. He was awarded Honorary Doctorates by the Stockholm School of Economics in 2009 and Copenhagen Business School in 2018.    

Professor Birkinshaw is currently ranked as one of the “Thinkers 50” top thought leaders in the field of Management.  

ARTHUR BINGFENG WANG

General Manager

VMWARE CHINA

Arthur is the General Manager of VMware China. He has more than 25 years of experience in the tech industry, working at multinational companies. Familiar with both business and IT practices in China and the global market, he is an expert in creating strategic value for customers in China. Together with his colleagues, he is committed to helping China customers to achieve excellence in both IT and business, accelerating digital transformation and long-term development. 

CHENYANG XU

Co-Founder

SILICON VALLEY FUTURE ACADEMY

Managing Partner

GUANGZHOU PERCEPTION VISION MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES

Dr. Chenyang Xu, based out of Silicon Valley, is a Co-Founder of Silicon Valley Future Academy, a Managing Partner of Guangzhou Perception Vision Medical Technologies, Co. Ltd., an advisory board member of the Johns Hopkins University BME Department, an advisor of UC San Francisco Health Hub, a founding co-chair of Silicon Valley Innovation Executive Forum and Corporate Innovators Huddle, and board directors/venture advisors of AI technology start-ups in US and Asia. He is an elected IEEE Fellow for his significant contribution to AI and healthcare fields with seminal research and commercial impacts. 

DICKIE LIANG-HONG KE

Sloan Fellow

LONDON BUSINESS SCHOOL

Dickie Liang-Hong Ke  a Sloan Fellow at London Business School and has over 30 years of experience in global technology management and advisory. He has held senior leadership roles at Microsoft, Ericsson Business Consulting, and Nokia, where he established numerous globally pioneering technology business ventures, including cloud computing and mobile internet.  

Mr. Ke has co-written many renowned business cases and books, most recently, "Innovation and Agility at Tencent's WeChat" (Harvard Case Center) and “Handbook on China and Globalization” (Edward Elgar).

 

SATURDAY, 9TH MAY 10:00AM-12:00PM (BST)

ADVENTURES WITHIN THE NEW PARADIGM

PANEL DISCUSSION:

REFLECTION ON COVID-19: THE ROLE OF INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY ADAPTATION IN DISEASE CONTROL

The COVID-19 outbreak has caused great disruption in everyone’s work and life. Revolutionary changes have taken place in the healthcare sector. As we enter the new normal, what changes will tele-medicine bring to healthcare services? What new investment opportunities will emerge in the healthcare sector?
 

SPEAKERS/MODERATOR

ALAN BARRELL

Professor 

CAMBRIDGE WORLDWIDE ASSOCIATES

Alan has worked in Health Care and Medical Research as a front-line Medical Scientist in the UK NHS, and as Chairman and Chief Executive of large multi-national healthcare companies and smaller technology start-ups. He teaches in Universities in UK, Europe, North America and Asia with Professorships in European and Chinese Universities. He has raised and managed an early stage technology Venture Capital Fund, is a Business Angel Investor and Trustee of charities including Chairmanship of the Cambridge Rare Diseases Network. His current work is focussed on the commercialisation of research, technology start-ups, largely in the Bioscience areas, and the development of China - West Trade and Educational Relationships.

TIAN TIAN LI

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

DINGXIANG DOCTOR

Tiantian Li (“Stanley Li”) is the Founder and Chairman of DXY, the largest online community for physicians in China. Founded in 2000, and formally became a company in 2006, DXY has already covered over 2 million Chinese doctors, which is about 70% of the nationwide doctors. Stanley Li has a Bachelor’s Degree of Clinical Medicine and Master's Degree of Tumor Immunology. Stanley is a visiting professor at the Navy Medical University and Harbin Medical University. At the same time, he is also the Vice President of Zhejiang Council for Health Services Promotion, the Vice President of Health Industry Association of Heilongjiang Province.

NICHOLAS IBERY

General Partner, Global Head of Health and Life Science Investments

NCL TECHNOLOGY VENTURES 

Nicholas is a VC and a health and life sciences sector specialist.  He is a General Partner and Global Head of Health and Life Sciences Investments and a member of the investment committee at the NCL Technology Ventures. As a sector expert, Nicholas has been closely involved in the UK Government’s health and life sciences strategy, innovation policy and health and social care reforms in the past. He trained as a surgeon in London and Oxford Deaneries, with postgraduate clinical research in Neurosurgery in Cambridge. Nicholas also has a master’s degree and DIC in Surgical Technology from Imperial College London and an MBA from London Business School. He is currently an Honorary Visiting Professor at De Montfort University, Honorary Senior Fellow at the Centre of Health Innovation Research at City University of London and was a lecturer and a visiting faculty at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School and Stanford Graduate School of Business in the past. 

XING SUN

Head of AXA NEXT LAB ASIA

AXA

Xing is the Head of AXA Next Lab Asia. Prior joining AXA Next Asia Lab, she has 13-year accumulative experience in insurance, investment and start-ups across Australia and UK. A firm advocate for idea and cultural exchange, she co-chaired the 2016 China Business Forum and assumed a role of co-president of China Club at London Business School to bridge the dialogue on innovation and entrepreneurship between UK and China. Xing holds an M.B.A from London Business School and a BA in Actuarial Science from University of Melbourne.

SPEECH:

DIGITIZATION: HOW IT INFLUENCES CONTENT CREATION AND DISTRIBUTION IN THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY

It's no secret that technology and digitization has changed our lives. Mr. Jun Wang will discuss with us how this applies to the entertainment industry and  how content creation and distribution has been massively disrupted by the ever changing technology possibilities. 

SPEAKER

JUN WANG

Head of Investment Management

iQIYI

Mr. Jun Wang is the head of Investment and Financing division at iQIYI. During his career at iQIYI, he has led over 50 acquisitions and minority investments. He is also responsible for corporate financing activities such as IPO and convertible bond offering. Before joining iQIYI, Mr. Jun Wang had over 16-year experience in TMT investment and banking, where he assisted a dozen of Chinese Internet companies raising over 20 billion USD through IPOs, bond offerings and syndicate loans. Jun Wang holds a bachelor's degree from Tsinghua University, and an MBA degree from the University of Chicago. 

FIRESIDE CHAT: 

TRANSITION, NOT ABRUPT ENDING -

MAKING ONE'S WAY INTO A NEW LIFE

Professor Ibarra moderates a fireside chat with Olympic champion Yaping Deng on how she made difficult decisions at critical moments in her life. With the world around us changing faster than ever, it's important to use strategic decision making at turning points.

SPEAKER/MODERATOR

YAPING DENG

Olympic Champion (Table Tennis), PhD in Economics

UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

Deng Yaping, Olympic champion, table tennis grand slam winner, who won eighteen world championships and four Olympic championships during her fourteen years illustrious career. She was the top-ranked woman in the world for eight consecutive years from 1991 (The longest time for continuously top-ranked female table tennis player, the record was kept by her). She was voted Chinese female athlete of the century, and joined the International Table Tennis Federation Hall of Fame in 2003. 

After her retirement, she obtained her bachelor's degree from Tsinghua University, master's degree from the University of Nottingham and doctorate from the University of Cambridge. 

HERMINIA IBARRA

Charles Handy Professor of Organizational Behavior

LONDON BUSINESS SCHOOL 

Herminia Ibarra is the Charles Handy Professor of Organizational Behavior at London Business School. Prior to joining LBS, she served on the INSEAD (2002-2017) and Harvard Business School (1989-2002) faculties.  

An authority on leadership, Thinkers 50 ranks Ibarra among the top management thinkers in the world. She is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network, a judge for the Financial Times/McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award, one of Apolitica’s 100 most influential people in gender policy, a Fellow of the British Academy, the 2018 recipient of the Academy of Management’s Scholar-Practitioner Award for her research’s contribution to management practice, and serves on the Governing Body of the London Business School. 

She is the author of best-selling books including Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader and Working Identity:  Unconventional Strategies for Reinventing Your Career. Ibarra writes regularly in leading academic journals and business publications including the Harvard Business Review, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, and New York Times.  

A native of Cuba, Ibarra received her M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale University, where she was a National Science Fellow. 

FRIDAY, 15TH MAY, 10:00AM-12:00PM (BST)

THE SUSTAINED GLOBALIZATION OF CHINESE BRANDS

SPEECH: 

TECH FOR GOOD DURING THE COVID-19

Karl Song, Vice President of Corporate Communications at Huawei will begin by giving a brief history of Huawei, one of the most recognizable Chinese brands. He will speak about the impact of the pandemic on his industry. Mr. Song will talk about how 5G contributes to the fight against COVID-19 and how Huawei has been using its technology for good. 
 

FIRESIDE CHAT: 

HUAWEI'S ENGAGEMENT WITH BUSINESS ECOSYSTEMS -

A GLOBAL AGENDA

Join us as Professor Jacobides moderates a conversation with Karl Son. Mr. Song's impressive expertise uniquely positions him to unveil the ecological system in the world-leading telecom company and how the brand captures the opportunities and challenges within its globalization growth plan.

SPEAKER/MODERATOR

KARL SONG

Vice President, Corporate Communications

HUAWEI

Mr. Song Kai is the Vice President of Corporate Communications in Huawei’s Public Affairs and Communications Department. He has held this role since February 2019 although his 13-year career with Huawei has spanned roles in Africa, France and the USA. Immediately prior to taking up his current role, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Huawei USA. Originally from China, Mr. Song pursued his Masters’ degrees in Technology and Management Information Systems from the University Joseph Fourier and in Industrial Logistics from INPG Grenoble. 

MICHAEL JACOBIDES

Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship

LONDON BUSINESS SCHOOL

Mr. Michael G Jacobides is the Sir Donald Gordon Professor of Entrepreneurship & Innovation and a Professor of Strategy at London Business School. He is an Academic Advisor to the Boston Consulting Group, a Visiting Scholar at the New York Fed, and a Visiting Fellow at Cambridge. As a leading expert on business ecosystems, and how firms navigate shifting, digital environments, he was selected as one of the top 50 management thinkers worldwide in 2019 and won the Practice Award from the StrategieForum in 2018. He obtained his PHD at the Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania.  

PANEL DISCUSSION:

THE IMPACT OF GLOBALIZATION ON THE CHINESE AUTOMOBILE INDUSTRY: CASE STUDY ASSESSMENTS OF GEELY AND BYD

Globalization has thrust the Chinese automobile industry into a realm never seen before. This panel discussion will feature senior leaders from Geely, BYD, and Kearney as they discuss how the Chinese automobile industry has changed. 

SPEAKERS/MODERATOR

ISBRAND HO

Managing Director

BYD EUROPE

Mr. Isbrand Ho is a Senior Director of BYD Company Limited, General Manager of BYD Auto Industry Company Limited and Managing Director of BYD Europe B.V. (located in the NL). Mr Ho, born in Hong Kong, was educated in the US at San Diego State University, California, and held a range of senior management positions in the electronics industry, including four years as a Director of Motorola. A theme of his career has been in delivering energy efficiency solutions to a range of industries. He joined BYD to head up its Europe operation in January 2013 and now heads a multi-skilled and multinational team of people based in Rotterdam. His responsibilities include sales of pure electric vehicles in the bus, taxi and forklift market sectors at present.

XUELIANG YANG

Vice President

GEELY

Mr. Yang currently serves as a Vice President of Geely Auto Group and an official spokesperson for Geely Holding Group. He is responsible for the public relations and corporate brand management of Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, Geely Group Motorsports, Group Corporate Social Responsibility and providing strong support to the coordinated development of multiple brands under the Geely umbrella.  Since joining Geely in January 2010, Mr. Yang has participated in many high-profile deals including the acquisitions of Volvo Cars, London EV Company, and Malaysia’s PROTON. He also served as the Deputy General Manager of Geely Automobile Sales Company and Executive Deputy General Manager of LYNK & CO. Mr. Yang has been instrumental in the creation of the new premium global brand Lynk & Co, pushing Geely into the high-end market segment.

THOMAS LUK

Partner and Managing Director

KEARNEY

Thomas Luk mainly focuses on large-scale performance transformations and digitalization initiatives in the automotive/ mobility industry as well as advising leading OEMs in product development, procurement, manufacturing to distribution. He is a recognized expert for electro-mobility and has managed countless international projects and various research initiatives in this field. He is also regarded as a specialist for the Chinese market, where he has been active for many years on behalf of global conglomerates, joint ventures, and local businesses.  Before joining A.T. Kearney, Thomas has served as associate principal at Mckinsey & Company and had experience of founding/investing in several internet startups.