Co-founder & President, FAMOCO
Nicolas Berbigier graduated from the École Polytechnique in Paris. He then went on to specialize in Finance and Economics at ENSAE (École Nationale de la Statistique et de l’Administration Publique), one of the most prestigious higher education institutions in France. In 1996, Nicolas moved to England and completed a Master of Science at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).
He is a serial entrepreneur: he created his first company SAGEFO when he was still a student. The company was using RFID to manage and track timber in West Africa. He continued his career as a strategy consultant at A.T.Kearney focusing on the Telecom Industry where he worked on key accounts including Orange. In 2000, he co-founded his second start up Karavel, the first online package tour operator in France. Karavel withstood the dotcom bust and grew to have a $400 million turnover and employ 600 people. He sold Karavel to Opodo in 2005, and moved to China. There he replicated the success of Karavel and launched the clic and mortar travel agency Xanadu, which sells holidays all over the world to the Chinese consumer.
In 2010, Nicolas Berbigier co-founded FAMOCO with Lionel Baraban in Beijing. As president, he also oversees the product development and technology strategy of the company. Today, FAMOCO is the emerging leader of Android transactional devices and has deployed more than 100,000 devices in over 25 countries. As such they develop and deploy solutions ranging from Mobile workforce management to Mobile payment solutions. In particular, Famoco and the World Food Program of the United Nations are jointly developing a digital food voucher solution literally revolutionizing the NGO world and enabling the distribution of food and basic necessities to millions of refugees and migrants.
Co-founder, Netspring Social Enterprise
Soline Bich founded Copers Executive Search in China in 2007, and she has been leading its development in Asia for the last 10 years. She has a strong expertise in advising multinational firms on their HR strategies, mainly on top executive recruitment with local talent, succession planning and people’s mobility and development.
In 2012, she co-founded Netspring a social enterprise, which aims at helping underprivileged kids and increasing environmental awareness in China. Netspring has created over 60 IT-Classrooms in 15 provinces in China and supported the eco-dismantling of over 25 tons of e-waste. With Netspring, her motivation is to create common goods in China and economic value in order to remain sustainable.
Educated in France and Switzerland, she holds a Diploma of Science in Mathematics and is graduated from INSEAD SE program.
Co-Founder & CEO, eRepublik Labs Limited
Alexis Bonte is the co-founder and CEO of eRepublik Labs, a prize winning games studio that gifts you moments of fun and inspires grit through games you can play with friends on any device. More than 6 million players worldwide have enjoyed its first game eRepublik.com and 2 million have already installed the recently launched Age of Lords. Prior to Erepublik Labs, Alexis was with lastminute.com as Managing Director (Italy). He is also an angel investor with numerous investments mainly in the Internet space in Europe.
In 2012 the World Economic Forum (Davos) recognized Alexis Bonte as a Young Global Leader (YGL).
Commander; Head of Pacific Regional Office, DGRIS, Ministry of Defense
Commander Jérôme Chardon is an active-duty Navy officer, Head of Asia-Pacific Bureau at the Directorate General for International Relations and Strategy of the French MoD in Paris since September 2014. His career has been balanced between embarked, staff, intelligence and diplomatic postings. He acquired operational experience from 1998 to 2003, in the Indian Ocean (North and South), the Mediterranean Sea and off the western coast of Africa. In addition to various postings in Paris focused on strategic and military analysis related to East Asia, he was appointed Naval Attaché in China and Non Resident Defence Attaché for Cambodia from 2008 to 2011.
Commander Chardon graduated from the French Naval Academy (1995-1998, Lanvéoc-Poulimic) and the U.S. Naval Command College (2014 – Newport, Rhode Island). He was awarded a senior military studies degree from the French War College (21st class).
He also completed a degree in Chinese at the Eastern Languages and Civilizations National Institute (2003-2006, Paris). He was distinguished Knight of the National Order of Merit for his service and received various decorations: National Defence Gold Medal, French Commemorative Medal (for Afghanistan) and Nation’s Gratitude Medal (for Afghanistan).
Member of Parliament for Oise department
Edouard Courtial was born in 1973, went to school in Clermont and Compiègne but grew up in Agnetz, a town in which his father was the mayor since 1989.
He studied economics and management at Paris-Dauphine University and obtained a master degree at ESSEC business school. Between 1999 and 2001 he worked as a financial auditor for Ernst & Young and Cap Gemini as strategy consultant.
By 2002, he decided to serve his fellow citizens and run for constituency in the 7th district of Oise Department where he is deeply rooted. At the age of 28, he has been elected at the French National Assembly, and was the youngest member of parliament in France. The next year, after his father passed away, he followed his career and became Mayor of Agnetz city in 2003 where he has been re-elected in 2007.
Later on, in 2012 he has been re-elected against the President of the Regional Council and former Mayor of the biggest town of the district, Clermont.
After he won the Oise Department Council Presidency in 2015, he had to step down from his Mayor position to comply with the new French law.
Former Secretary of State in charge of French nationals abroad, between 2011 and 2012, he is still member of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the French National Assembly and chairs Estonia, Colombia and Lithuania Friendship groups.
Deeply committed to his political family, Edouard Courtial has been in charge of local federations of his party and is currently political advisor of former French President, Nicolas Sarkozy.
CHOW Chi-Kwong 周志光
Film producer, Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups Media 21
Graduated from Hong Kong Baptist University, majoring in Cinema and Television, Chow Chi-Kwong has been working for non-government organizations to write and direct short films with and for children and teenagers. He now takes part in various productions such as promotional videos, music videos, webisodes and educational videos.
His works have been shown in international film festivals, such as Mong Kok II Purple, shortlisted for short films in Sound and Image Challenge International Festival 2015; First Love Limited Edition, nominated for Best Short Film in Marbella International Film Festival 2014; Quickery and Slowery, Official Selection in TIFF Kids International Film Festival 2013 and other children film festivals. His students’ works have also been awarded in film festivals such as ifva, Hong Kong Mobile Film Festival and China Campus TV Festival.
He recently started working as Media officer at Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups Media 21, responsible for short film production and multi-media related projects.
CEO, Advisory Access Limited
Christine Deschemin is the CEO of a family investment management office in Hong Kong and the founder and CEO of Renewed Edge, a consulting company focused on wellness and performance enhancement.
In 2012, she joined UBS Wealth Management to drive the credit risk management capabilities in Asia Pacific for Ultra High Net Worth Individuals. In 2008, she was selected for the Senior Risk Leadership Program at RBS, where she completed several strategic management projects. Prior to living in the U.S. and Asia, she led several development programs in aeronautics in France and obtained a pilot licence in 2001.
Christine Deschemin holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and is a CFA charter holder. She also holds master’s degrees from the Ecole Polytechnique and the Ecole Superieure de l’Aeronautique et de l’Espace. She also obtained a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from City University of Hong Kong. She has worked in Asia, Europe and America and is fluent in English, Mandarin, Spanish, and French.
FANG Yi 方毅
Founder and CEO, Getui
Fang Yi, Master Degree of Computer Science, graduated from Zhejiang University and obtained extremely outstanding graduates (1 in 300). He started his Venture during graduate school and the value of company tripled annually during the over ten years. In the end of 2015, the company just closed C round of more than 700 million RMB fund-raising.
Fang Yi won the first prize of national competition of innovation and entrepreneurship and many other honors, he reported on the front page of New York Times as the typical potential successful entrepreneur on the same day that Alibaba listed in NYSE.
He is the leader of Science and Technology group of the Zhejiang Province Youth Union, and president of Collogue Student Enterprise Association of Hangzhou.
Getui Inc. was established in July 2010, previously released Gexin, the first free mobile instant messaging tool recorded 17 million users by 2013. Like other phonebook-based messaging services, Gexin was trapped in development dilemma after the release of Tencent’s dominating IM app WeChat. The company then pivots its business focus on push notification service and rolled out the namesake product getui in March 2012. Getui become one of the leading big data companies in China based on the embedded pushing SDK installed capacity of 10 billion and cover over 1 billion unique mobile devices, and in 2016 the company launch the new product “abeacon” which is the killer solution for mobile marketing based on massive big data of Getui.
Business development manager of Institut Merieux; Founder of Marco Polo Institute ( Beijing, Shanghai)
Arnaud FAVRY graduated from the Paris Institute of Political sciences (Sciences Po Paris) where he holds a bachelor degree in political sciences and a master’s degree in public affairs (MPA). He also holds a bachelor degree in Chinese language and civilization from the National Institute of Oriental Studies in Paris (INALCO). He worked as political advisor in the cabinet of the French Minister of Health & Sports (2008-2010) then Minister of Social Affairs (2010-2011). He later became business development manager of Institut Mérieux in China (the mother group of five healthcare companies) and regional director of Mérieux Développement for China – private equity fund of the group. In 2012, he co-founded the Marco Polo Institute, a think tank aiming at identifying innovative public policies and corporate practices in China. In May 2016, he completed the MBA of Harvard Business School.
Allen GUO 郭春龙
Founding Partner, 2048 Capital
Allen Guo is a serial entrepreneur and venture capitalist. He is founding partner of 2048 capital investing in Internet and Deep Tech: AI, Blockchain, IOT and Healthcare. .
Still a PhD student in UC Berkeley, Allen founded Baihe.com, which later became the largest online matching making service in China. He also founded Yobo.com, a personalized mobile music platform, which he sold to China Mobile. Allen has regular contact with France and is currently developing a new investment vehicle to connect France and China’s booming tech and capital market, with a focus in AI.
During his leisure time, Allen enjoy snowboarding, scuba diving, piloting and mountain hiking.
Allen Guo received BS degree from Tsinghua University with highest honour, and was a PhD candidate at UC Berkeley’s EECS department when he started his entrepreneurial career. He was Mayfield Fellow and Hitachi Fellow at Haas School of Business.
Lief GUO 郭晋鲁
Chartered Financial Analyst CIO, ICBC-AXA Life
Lief Guo graduated from Renmin University of China in 1994 with a Bachelor of Economics degree and later obtained an MBA from Fudan University in 2004. He is also a CFA charter holder.
He has 17 years of insurance asset management experience in a Sino-French joint-venture. Lief entered China Minmetals, a Fortune 500 mining enterprise, upon graduation in 1994 and engaged in international trade. In January 1999, he joined AXA-Minmetals Assurance, a joint-venture by AXA and China Minmetals in Shanghai, and successively served as head of Investment department, secretary of the board, director, deputy general manager and chief investment officer. In July 2012, ICBC became a shareholder of AXA-Minmetals Assurance and the company was renamed as ICBC-AXA Life. ICBC-AXA Life is a joint venture company by ICBC, AXA and China Minmetals and operates life insurance, health insurance and accident insurance business. Since July 2012, Lief Guo serves as chief investment officer of ICBC-AXA Life and a member of management committee.
Aside from his professional endeavors, he is also a director of China Insurance Industry Association, a director of Insurance Asset Management Association of China, and a committee member of Insurance Industry Risk Assessment Expert Committee of China Insurance Security Fund.
CEO, Galeries Lafayette and BHV MARAIS
Nicolas Houzé was born on 16 March 1975. He is a graduate of INSEAD.
He started his career at A.T. Kearney and Deutsche Bank, before joining Monoprix in 1998, where he held various positions, and notably launched the successful “Monop’” concept (a new convenience store concept) in 2003.
After his graduation from INSEAD, he was named Chairman of Louis Pion – Royal Quartz in 2006, the watch division of the Galeries Lafayette group.
In 2011, Nicolas Houzé became Deputy CEO of the Group’s department store division which includes Galeries Lafayette and BHV MARAIS. In addition, he was named President of Didier Guérin, the jewelry company acquired by the Galeries Lafayette group in 2012.
Since March 2013, Nicolas Houzé holds the position of CEO of Galeries Lafayette and BHV MARAIS.
Co-head of Goldman Sachs’ Investment Banking activities in France and Belgium
Pierre Hudry has been co-head of Goldman Sachs’ Investment Banking activities in France and Belgium since 2012. He joined Goldman Sachs in 2000 as an Associate in the Technology, Media and Telecom (TMT) Group in London and relocated to Paris in 2002 to look after relationships and advise French clients across a range of industries. He was named Managing Director in 2007 and Partner in 2014.
He began his career as a civil servant in the French public administration. He spent five years in various positions at the French Ministry of Finance, Industry and Trade, located in both Paris and Singapore.
Pierre Hudry is a member of the Corps des Mines. He graduated from the École Polytechnique in 1990 and is also a graduate of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications.
LI Wei 李玮
Producer and Host of « Li Wei Talkshow » on Qianjiang City Channel, Zhejiang TV
Li Wei is the producer and the host of “Li Wei talk show” specially dedicated to female audience in Zhejiang TV. Besides this, she is the commissioner of Zhejiang provincial Youth Federation, the vice-chairman of broadcasting major in China youth literature and art college. She has obtained the master degree from the Coventry University, majored in culture, communication and media.
Li Wei won the championship title of Miss China in Cosmos pageant of 2011 Europe, in the same year, she has been honored as “Tourism Promotion Ambassador of Nevada state”. Also, she has taken the role as English MC at the second world internet conference in 2015.
LI Xiaodi 李晓迪
Board Chairman, Wen’an Healthcare Ltd. ; Vice President, Codi Capital Group
Graduated from Chu Ko-Chen Honors College of Zhejiang University, Li Xiaodi worked in Deloitte Accounting Firm as a tax advisor. Later on she joined Codi Capital Group as Vice President and created a renowned comprehensive financial platform.
In 2012, Li Xiaodi built the healthcare brand “Wen’an”. She is now researching and creating fine original healthcare products issued from the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). She successfully integrates a holistic approach of treatments, healthy diet and culture, combining traditional and innovative development schemes.
Her efforts, dedication, and extraordinary achievements have earned her great reputation in the field.
Pan LIU 刘攀
Chairman and Founder, Qingdao DSDL Software Co., Ltd.
Liu Pan is the Chairman and founder of Qingdao DSDL Software Co., Ltd, a public company (Stock Code: 837858) in China. With a MBA from Capital University of Economics and Business and an EMBA from Tsinghua University, he has extensive experience and understanding in E-commerce and global business.
After its founding in 2011, DSDL has been devoted to develop software technologies, upgrade traditional internet industry, and provide complete chairman services in cross-border commerce as well as promoting the integration of software development, internet information and big data technology. Liu Pan has initiated major projects with China’s and world’s strong enterprises including Forbes Global 500. With approximately 200 employees, DSDL is headquartered in Qingdao and has branches and subsidiaries located in Los Angeles, Osaka, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Weihai. In 2016, DSDL was listed in NEEQ and became the first public company of Internet Plus solution provider in Qingdao.
Aside from his professional endeavor, Liu Pan is an outstanding member of CCF (China Computer Foundation) Qingdao and a volunteer for charity and environmental protection.
Lawyer, co-founder, RIVEDROIT law firm
Nicolas Maubert is a Paris-based business lawyer, co-founder of RIVEDROIT law firm.
Nicolas Maubert mostly works in corporate law, contract law, intellectual property and new technology law. He regularly assists foreign investors in the development of their operations in France and acts both as legal counsel and litigator.
Prior to creating RIVEDROIT law firm in 2009, Nicolas Maubert used to practice with a French based international law firm, where he has developed an expertise in various cross-border and international related matters.
Nicolas Maubert has worked in China for over five years, immediately after China accessed WTO, during which he advised multinational companies on their foreign direct investments.
Nicolas Maubert also leads the pro-bono activities of the firm, which, since its creation, has supported many prestigious cultural institutions throughout skills sponsorships such as Paris’ Orchestra, Centre Pompidou-Metz, Quai Branly Museum, and more recently, the Rencontres d’Arles festival (world’s biggest photo festival).
He holds a Master of business law and a post graduate diploma in English and American law from the University of Paris X Nanterre. He is also a LL.M alumnus from the University of Texas – School of Law.
Nicolas Maubert teaches French contract law as well as an introductory class to Chinese business law at CENTRALE-SUPELEC engineer school in Paris.
When he is not at the Court of justice, one may find him at the new Philharmonic hall in Paris. Indeed, Nicolas Maubert is a Choir member of Paris’ Orchestra and sings, as baritone, the great symphony repertoire. While he favors classical music in his music practice, he also enjoys very much other music styles. Together with his jazz pianist friend Dominique Fillon, he has just set up a music festival in south of France.
QIN Zheng 覃政
Founder and CEO Beijing ANTVR Technology Co., Ltd
QIN Zheng, the founder and CEO of Beijing ANTVR Technology Co., Ltd, was born in August 1987. After his graduation from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, he was selected to enter the Ph.D. program of China Academy of Space Technology, the Chinese NASA.
In early 2014, he dropped out from the Academy and founded ANTVR. In ANTVR, he invented several products, like PC virtual reality (VR) headset, mobile VR headset, and VR camera. Besides, he devoted himself to the research of cutting edge technology for augmented reality glasses, holographic smart glasses, and optical camouflage. So far, over 100 patents have been acquired by Qin. Thanks to the distortion-free technology, the optical system designed by ANTVR presents outstanding compatibility.
Starting from 2015, ANTVR began collaboration with Lenovo, OnePlus, Hisense, and other global smartphone companies by launching co-branding products which were highly appreciated by the users all over the world. And in this year, the collaboration with 360 Huajiao Live opened the era of mobile VR live. Qin Zheng was awarded as “China’s 100 Most Creative People in Business” by Fast Company, “Forbes China 30 under 30” by Forbes, “Person of the Year” by China Internet Weekly, and “Zhongguancun High-end Talent in 2015” by Administrative Committee of Zhongguancun.
Directeur de cabinet du PDG de la SNCF
Since July 2012, Matthieu Quyollet has been working with the President of the National Assembly, Claude Bartolone.
After four years as Legal Affairs Advisor, he was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff in January 2016.
Managing the Private Office of the President, Matthieu answers directly to the Chief of Staff, and is specifically in charge of monitoring the internal reforms in the National Assembly. He also works on issues related to the improvement of the legislative process and the modernization of French institutions.
He was co-rapporteur of the parliamentary working group on the future of the democratic institutions co-presided by Claude Bartolone and the famous historian, Michel Winock.
Matthieu previously worked during four years as a judge in the Paris Administrative Court, after graduating from the French National School of Adminstration (ENA) in 2009.
In 2011 he has been involved in the drafting ofthe rules of procedure of the French Socialist Party primary elections.
He is also a lecturer at Sciences Po Paris and has published several legal articles and studies.
Partner, Ernst & Young
Bertrand Régnier, EY (formerly Ernst & Young) Partner, has been leading the EY French Business Center for Greater China since 2008.
Bertrand started his career with EY in France in 1998. Starting in 2003, he has built significant international experience while working in the USA (EY Miami and EY New York offices) and in Australia (EY Sydney).
After 8 years of living and working in Greater China, Bertrand is very familiar with the international business environment and specific needs of French and European subsidiaries in the region. Moreover, he has been recognized for his international experience and skills, being appointed as a French Trade Commissioner (ie “Conseiller du Commerce Exterieur”) by decree of the French Prime Minister in 2011.
Bertrand holds a French CPA (ie Diplôme d’Expertise Comptable) and a Master in Management from the Toulouse Business School as well as a Master in Tax from Paris IX Dauphine University.
Directeur général adjoint, Illiad
Thomas Reynaud is the CFO of Iliad, the 3rd French telecom operator with over 18 million subscribers. For the past 9 years Thomas has been supporting Iliad in its role as the ‘maverick’ of the French Telecom sector. He supervised the launch of the new mobile operator, Free Mobile, that revolutionised the French market. His role was to structure the Group’s growth by progressing in just a few years not only from 4 million subscribers to 18 million in 2016, but also from 2 000 employees in 2007 to over 8 000 today.
Before Iliad, Thomas began his finance career in New York in 1997 working on debt-structuring. He then became Managing Director in charge of the Telecoms, Media and Technology sector at Société Générale, where he advised European Companies with regards to their development. Indeed, he oversaw many IPO, privatisation and capital increase transactions.
Thomas is a true Parisian, though he does have solid Breton roots and takes great pleasure in returning to the Gulf of Morbihan every summer. He is also passionate about History, with a particular interest for the French Revolution. Thomas enjoys participating in mountain bike races, playing soccer and even running a marathon from time to time – despite not training enough to do so in less than 3 hours and 30 minutes thus far; one day maybe!!
In his spare time, Thomas supports Scholavie for Positive Education and is on the board of the Fondation Mozaïk that fights for diversity and equal chances in France. He is also a partner of Tomato-n-co, a revolutionary organic vegetable garden concept for individuals and restaurants.
Thomas Reynaud graduated from HEC and New York University. He also attended History lessons at the Sorbonne and Political Science ones at Science Po Paris, just for pleasure. Moreover, he gained a lot from two long trips to India in his youth.
Antoine is specialized in Anesthesiology and Intensive Care, and has a full time position at European Hospital Georges Pompidou, APHP, the most recent University Hospital in Paris.
He is the co-founder and CEO of iLumens, a university-based simulation center at University Sorbonne Paris Cité. iLumens is an innovative simulation department that develops new training and research programs using all simulation modalities and virtual environments (serious games) for every healthcare professional. iLumens is expanding internationally through a wide variety of training and research programs.
Antoine is also Dean for Medical Education at Paris Descartes Medical School, the largest French medical school, and Vice Director of the Doctoral Program « Frontiers in Life Sciences » at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research, University Paris Descartes, one of the most innovative PhD programs based on interdisciplinarity. He recently became scientific advisor for the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation.
Antoine was trained at University Paris Descartes and Harvard Medical School. He holds an MD, from University Paris Descartes, and a PhD in tumor immunology, from University Paris Sud.
Designer and founder, Crash – Intersection magazine
Yorgo Tloupas is a French-Greek Art director and designer, based in Paris. In 1998 he started his career with the launch of Crash magazine, and since then has been working for a wide variety of clients in different fields, from Lacoste, Kenzo and Yves Saint Laurent, to Kamel Mennour, Absolut Vodka, Martell, Cartier and Hennessy.
In 2001, together with Rankin and Dan Ross, he launched Intersection Magazine in London, now published in 10 different editions worldwide, from France to Germany and Russia.
In 2010, whilst redesigning the French edition of GQ, his team won the french Hardcourt Bike Polo Championships. Sadly in the following years they struggled to reach even 8th place…
He launched the french Edition of Vanity Fair in 2013, then in 2014, he created the template for the Louis Vuitton Magazine.
In 2015, he redesigned Liberation’s Next magazine, and coordinated the newspaper’s typographic renewal.
Today he is the co-owner of Black Crows skis, and runs the Yorgo&co design studio, working with his team on global visual identities for Martell, Artcurial, Ricard, and art directing Loro Piana’s new campaign, amongst others.
Karine LISBONNE de VERGERON
Head of Europe, Global Policy Institute (GPI), London Metropolitan University
Karine Lisbonne de Vergeron is Head of Europe and senior fellow of the Global Policy Institute. She has written widely on international and European politics, EU-China relations, as well as on culture and defence issues. An associate contributor to the leading Robert Schuman Foundation in Paris, she was previously associate to Chatham House (the Royal Institute of International Affairs).
She has also provided strategic expertise to the European External Action Service, particularly on the development of culture in European external relations and EU-China cultural exchanges, as well as to the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Assembly.
Prior to joining the Global Policy Institute, she worked as Senior Consultant and Manager at French strategy firm Mars & Co. She was awarded a special prize by the French minister for culture in 2005.
Karine graduated from the Grande Ecole HEC, the London School of Economics (MSc International relations), the Bocconi University (MSc International management) and the Paris 8 University (Art history).
Her book publications include: China-EU relations and the future of European soft power (LSE Ideas, 2015), L’Art, avec pertes ou profit ? (Flammarion, 2009), Contemporary Chinese views of Europe (Chatham House, 2007)
WANG Yanan 王亚楠
Chairman assistant & Deputy General Manager, China Beauty Industry Cooperation (CBIC)
Before graduating in 2012 from Belgium Business College with an EMBA, Wang Yanan had attended Zhejiang Media College, where in 2011, she obtained a degree of Television Broadcast Journalism.
Her work experience includes 5 years as a project supervisor in Zhejiang TV Economics and Life Channel, 2 years as a media manager at TFHG Contest Culture Management in Hangzhou, 2 years as a brands supervisor at Sky Web Technology in Hangzhou, and 1 year as Service Center Deputy Director of CBIC, an investment company headquartered in China.
CBIC is mainly set up for the development of Beautéville (the “Chinese Grasse”), a district dedicated to cosmetic industry in Zhejiang province, located near the entry of the G25 Changchun-Shenzhen Expressway, surrounded by hills to the north and rivers to the south. This China Cosmetics Production Center, part of Huzhou city, is designed to become the top cosmetics base, including R&D, production, exhibition, selling, and tourism, as well as the one-stop destination for fashion experience in Yangtze River Delta.
WANG Yang 王洋
Director, Dacheng Fund Management Co., Ltd
Wang Yang holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy (MPP) from Harvard Kennedy School, and a Bachelor’s Degree from Renmin University of China, in between he spent a semester in Freie University of Berlin to study global politics. Since 2013 he is Ph.D. candidate at Peking University in international political economy, on the thesis of international capital movement and regulatory regime.
Dacheng Fund was founded in 1999 as one of China’s earliest mutual funds, with total Asset Under Management of 160 billion RMB by the end of 2015.
Before entering wealth management industry, Wang Yang worked at department of strategy and planning at China Minmetals Corporation, one of the premier state-owned conglomerates under the jurisdiction of the Central Government, with asset of 700 Billion RMB, 240 thousand employees and business in 60 countries around the globe.
Prior to Minmetals, he worked for Brookings Institution in Beijing, and World Bank Institute in Washington DC.
In his final year at college, Wang Yang worked with La Fondation Charles Léopold Mayer pour le Progrès de l’Homme (fph), a French NGO, to organize the 2nd China-Europe forum in 2007, to promote cross-society understanding between China and Europe. The forum involved 300 Chinese delegates and 700 European delegates, and took place in 18 cities across Europe.
YANG Kefei 杨克非
General Manager of Strategy, COFCO’s China Agri-Industries Holding
Yang Kefei has served in various positions of strategy function in COFCO, China’s largest agribusiness and food company with nearly 140,000 employees all over the world and a revenue of 65 billion USD in 2015. He is General Manager of strategy of China Agri-Industries Holding (HK 0606), COFCO’s backbone subsidiary mainly in the processing, trading, and distribution of grain and oilseeds, as well as packaged and branded edible oil, rice and wheat flour. Kefei is responsible for industrial research, strategy and planning, investment management, business analysis and development, and external cooperation, etc. He is also a member of board of directors of COFCO Biochem (SZ 000930), a corn-based biofuels company listed in Shenzhen Stock Exchange.
Before he joined COFCO in 2004, Yang Kefei had served in many China’s state-key projects for the development of electricity infrastructure. Most of the projects were quite internationalized and financed by prestigious institutions such as the World Bank. His responsibility was mainly in project management and international cooperation.
Yang Kefei holds an MSc in economic development from London School of Economics in 2002 and an MPA from Harvard Kennedy School in 2008.
Yao Zheng 姚征
China Banking Association, China Banking Institute
Yao Zheng graduated in 1999 from Wuhan University with an electronic engineering bachelor degree.
He started his career at Benq Computer and became a manager for display product series. Two years later, Yao Zheng worked as marketing supervisor at Qingdao Aucma Asee, which was a start-up enterprise created by a group of young people. Aucma Asee was the first Chinese high-tech company capable of designing and manufacturing projectors. After three years efforts, the company established a national sales channel, and was successfully acquired by a public entreprise.
Yao Zheng joined another entrepreneurial company, which introduced a series of radar speed detecting products from Germany. The products acquired a significant market share within 4 years, and greatly helped China efficiently lower the number of highway accidents in road traffic area.
In 2007, he co-founded a financial technology company aimed to service small and micro enterprises. The company utilized advanced technologies to help these SMEs meet the credit needs that cannot be satisfied from banks. After six years’ development, such information system covered over 300,000 SMEs in six provinces in China, and cooperated with banks and insurance companies to provide credit services for SMEs.
From 2012, Yao Zheng entered public services area, and started as the Chief Representative of Hong Kong Banking Institute in Beijing. At this position, he helped establish the annual conference for high-ranking officials of Hong Kong and China. In 2013, Yao joined China Banking Association, and joined the founding of China Banking Institute. CBI is mainly in charge of the certification and continuing education of Chinese banking practitioners. At the same time, he also made great efforts in promoting the development of Green Finance in China, and acquired common recognition by all participating parties.
Yao Zheng is also active in public welfare area. He is the advisor to China Children and Teenagers’ Fund in its eWeilai Project. The project aims to help children’s better growth in reading, sporting and communicating nationally.
Tim Ye 叶尔夏特
Producer, Tencent News Live Video Center
Tim Ye started his career by working with Mr. Shui Junyi at CCTV for 6 years. As the Coordinator for Global Leaders and Celebrities Interview with Mr. Shui Junyi in CCTV Global Watch since 2009, he was in charge of Comprehensive collaboration with Foreign Embassies, UN Offices, IAEA Program Planners and worked as Interpreter for Exclusive Interview in Global Watch. He coordinated and produced more than 30 top interviews with foreign leaders, head of states since 2009, including: UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon (June 2013, Beijing), UK Prime Minister David Cameron (Nov. 2010, Beijing; Nov. 2013, Shanghai) and The former Secretary of State Dr. Kissinger (3 times in 2010-2011), etc. Especially, in March 2013, Tim Ye stationed in Iraq and filmed a documentary about Post Iraq War with Mr. Shui. During his visit in Iraq, he coordinated with Iraqi Prime Minister’s Office and co-arranged an exclusive interview for CCTV with the then Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki in his Excellency’s Residence, ahead of BBC, CNN or Al Jazeera.
Since April 2015, Tim Ye joined a 10 men crew and drove from Beijing towards the West along the Silk Road as the producer from Youku Tudou Inc, which is one of the most prominent and leading online media groups in China. Within the program “On The Road”, he successfully arranged and produced “Bamiyan Buddha Resurrection” in early June 2015, which was widely broadcasted by CCTV XinWenLianBo, CNN, The Atlantic Journal, Guardian, The Independence, BBC, Daily Telegraph, AFP, UNESCO, etc. “It was an unusual moment when Afghanistan was being noticed by world through good news”, said by Nancy Dupree, director of Afghanistan Centre at Kabul University.
In July 2015, he led the “On The Road” crew to cooperate with a Silicon Valley digital cultural heritage preservation company CyArk and Iraqi National Museum to use an architecture laser scanner to collect 3D physical data from Ziggurat of Ur, a 4000 years old Sumerian heritage. By the donation of data & files to CyArk and Iraq National Museum, Tim Ye and his team became the first ones to save Sumerian heritage by digital way during the severe war time in Iraq.
YUN Fei 恽飞
Deputy Director, Center for Environmental Finance Services, Ministry of Environmental Protection
Yun Fei graduated in 2003 from University of Essex with a Computer Science – Software engineering bachelor degree, in 2005 from London School of Economics and Political Science with a Regional Economics master degree and in 2006 from University of Essex with a Finance master degree.
He started his career at CMC Markets (UK), became an Analyst and foreign exchange trader. After two years, he was appointed as Assistant President of CMC Markets (China).
In 2008, Yun Fei became Assistant President and enterprises management DEPT manager of Huajian Group, Chinese Academy of Sciences (National computer language laboratory).
In 2009, he Jointed Foreign Economic Cooperation Office MEP and was appointed deputy director of the Center of Environmental Finance Services. CEFS’s mission is mainly to promote the development of Green Finance in China and aims to set up the Environmental Fund with CBRC (China Banking Regulatory Commission) along with other financial institutions. The objective is to promote resource integration and structural adjustment of environmental friendly industries, to optimize the eco-development and improve the competitive capacity of related industries. CESF created a cooperative mechanism with Bank, Governments and Investment institutions and cooperated with China Develop Bank, Local governments and environmental protection agencies. FECO builds new mechanisms for environmental financing “Bank-Government-Investment” Bond Fund for small and medium enterprises.
ZHENG Yu 郑宇
Partner, JunHe LLP
Born in 1973, Zheng Yu is a lawyer with over 17 years of experience in cross-border commercial law practices, focusing on FDI, cross-border M&A and dispute resolution. He is a partner of the renowned JunHe LLP.
Zheng Yu joined JunHe on 1 May 2014. He started his legal practice in 1999 at a local law firm in Guangzhou, where he worked for five years and developed extensive experience in corporate and business-related dispute resolution. In 2003, as one of the two selected Chinese young lawyers for the “Chinese Young Lawyer Training Program in France”, he won a French government scholarship to attend a professional training program at EFB, the Paris Bar School. In 2004, Zheng Yu joined the renowned international law firm Gide Loyrette Nouel (“Gide”), and worked at its offices in Paris and Beijing for ten years. He became a partner of Gide in March 2011, and has since then been managing its Beijing office as a co-head.
In his career, Zheng Yu represented many multinational companies in their Greenfield investments, M&A deals and complex dispute resolution cases in China, and also assisted large Chinese state-owned and private enterprises in carrying out outbound investment projects. He has been continuously listed by Chambers Asia Pacific and Asia Pacific Legal 500 as one of the leading dispute resolution lawyers in China.
Zheng Yu is the co-author of Private Equity & Strategic Mergers & Acquisitions section of European Business in China Position Paper (2012/2013 and 2013/2014), the co-author of Participation of the Private Sector in Public Utilities and Infrastructure in China: the Development of Concessions, published by IBLJ (International Business Law Journal) (June 2013), as well as the author of several articles published by other professional magazines such as Asian-Mena Counsel and Asian Banking & Finance. He is also a regular speaker at international conferences and seminars such as the annual conferences of UIA and IPBA.