Partner, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher Paris
Since 2010, Ahmed Baladi has been a partner at the law firm Allen & Overy.
From 1998 to 2001, he was an associate at Archibald Andersen. In 2001, he joined Allen & Overy, and spent a year in China from 2004 to 2005, on secondment to the Beijing office.
Ahmed specialized in technology, commercial transactions, e-commerce and data protection.
He leads the Paris TMT Group and is the head of the Allen & Overy Global Technology Group. He has acquired expertise in big data, cloud computing, social media and cyber-security.
Ahmed regularly gives advice on data protection issues in situations of compliance and pre-litigation and on strategic commercial transactions in the technology, finance, energy, aerospace and pharmaceutical sectors.
Michelin-starred chef, Restaurant Akrame & Ateliers Vivanda (Paris, Hong Kong)
Akrame Benallal was born in France in 1981 but spent the first thirteen years of his life in Oran, Algeria. After the sudden departure of his father, he learned to get by on his own and decided very quickly that he wanted to be a cook. At the age of 14, he became an apprentice at a Post Office restaurant in the Loir-et-Cher, France.
From 1996 to 1999, he entered the Orangerie at the Château de Blois. In 1999, he continued to prove his merit with Pierre Gagnaire in pastry. The following year, in 2000, he met Alain Solivérès at the Hôtel Vernet. In 2004, he spent one season at El Bulli with Ferran Adrià. After that, in 2005, he took control of the Château des Sept Tours’ kitchens.
Later, in April 2011, he opened his eponymous restaurant “Akrame” in Lauriston Street. Akrame Restaurant received its first Michelin star in 2012. He opened his second restaurant “L’Atelier Vivanda” in the same year. In 2013, he opened a new Akrame Restaurant in Hong Kong and a wine cellar named BRVT.
Akrame was awarded a second Michelin star in February 2014.
Maître des requêtes, Conseil d’Etat
Since March 2016, Julie has been Deputy Director to the Office of the Ministry of the Interior.
From July 2014 to February 2016, Julie Burguburu has been Deputy Chief of Staff to the President of the National Assembly, Claude Bartolone.
Managing the cabinet under the Chief of Staff, Julie was specifically in charge of two committees led by the President. One aimed to rethink the future of French institutions while the other dealt with citizenship commitment and the sense of belonging to the Republic.
From 2011 to 2014, she spent four years in Asia, in Shanghai, where she worked as Vice President to Veolia China, in charge of transformation.
Prior to her time in China, Julie worked for seven years as a judge in the French Council of State, which she joined after graduating from the ENA in 2003.
Julie has a Master’s degree in private law, and a Master’s degree in international relations and economics from the John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Before that, she graduated from Sciences Po Paris.
CEN Zhichao 岑志超
General Manager, Chuangxiang Energy Conservation Technology Company
Cen Zhichao has been the General Manager of Chuangxiang Energy Conservation Technology Company since 2010. He is also the Vice Chairman of several chambers of commerce.
Chuangxiang Energy Conservation Technology Company was established in 1986. It is a company committed to the exploration, development and production of special heat preservation materials. After 20 years’ experience, the Company currently focuses on independent research and development, production and installation. It also provides after-sales service. It is becoming the market leader in the industry. The company’s special heat preservation materials are widely used in business nuclear power, thermal power, military projects, petrochemical industry, oil refineries, gold metallurgy, etc.
Zhichao was born in 1988 in the province of Zhejiang.
Member of the European Parliament; Member of the Burgundy Regional Assembly
Arnaud Danjean served as a civil servant within the French Ministry of Defense from 1994 to 2002, with numerous postings in the Balkans (Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo) and as adviser to the head of the French External Intelligence Directorate (DGSE) from 2000 to 2002.
After an assignment to the French Representation to the United Nations in Geneva (2002-2005), he joined the cabinet of the French Minister for Foreign affairs as a personal adviser for South-Eastern Europe and Afghanistan (2005-2007).
Elected to the European Parliament in June 2009, he chaired the Subcommittee on “Security and defense” until 2014.
Re-elected in May 2014, Arnaud is a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee (in which he is deputy coordinator of the Group of the European People’s Party) and of the security and defense subcommittee.
Since 2010, he has also been an elected member of the Regional Assembly of Burgundy.
He was awarded the French «Ordre National du Mérite» (national order of merit) in 2000.
Arnaud speaks French, English, German and Serb/Croat.
DING Shaohua 丁韶华
Director, Jiangsu Fund Law Firm
Ding Shaohua attended Nanjing Normal University, which awarded him a Master’s degree in Law in 1999. He then graduated from Nanjing University in 2011, obtaining a Doctorate in Finance.
His work experience includes 2 years at Jiangsu C&T Partners as a lawyer and 9 years at the law firm of Jiangsu Fadeyongheng, where he worked as Deputy Director. In 2009, he set up the Jiangsu Fund Law Firm.
Jiangsu Fund Law Firm (the ”FUND”) is the first legally approved law firm to specialize in financial legal services in Jiangsu province. It has established an experienced team that demonstrates excellent legal practices and has been widely recognized as a leading law firm in Jiangsu, with part of their practices ranking among the highest of the Chinese financial legal profession.
As well as his professional endeavors, Shaohua is a member of the All-China Youth Federation and the CRFA (China Registered Financial Analysts).
Shaohua is married to Wang Xiaohong, a teacher. They have a son named Ding Tianxing who is 13 years old. Shaohua enjoys playing football.
DING Zhitao 丁志涛
Associate Editor in Chief
Ding Zhitao is the Associate Editor in Chief of Beijing Review. Beijing Review is China’s only national weekly news magazine encompassing websites in five languages: English, Japanese, French, German and Chinese (http://www.bjreview.com/). Its distribution covers more than 150 countries and regions.
During the past decades, Zhitao has followed a professional path involving reporting, editing, news writing, and management. She started working with Beijing Review as the reporter of the world and diplomacy section. Later, she supervised news operations from topic planning to the layout of the print magazine, as well as the website and social media outlets of Beijing Review, as Executive Editor and Associate Editor in Chief.
As a seasoned media professional, Zhitao participated in the media forum in Nigeria, Kenya and Australia. She also works as a council member of the China-Pakistan Friendship Association.
Zhitao has a Bachelor’s Degree in English Language and Literature awarded by Shandong University, a Bachelor’s Degree of Journalism awarded by the China School of Journalism, and a PhD in Communication awarded by the Communication University of China.
Director, Museum of Decorative Arts of Paris
Olivier Gabet is an art historian and a cultural heritage curator. Olivier began working at the Parisian Museum of Modern Art in 2005. Then, he joined the Musée d’Orsay, where he was in charge of decorative arts collections. He was also responsible for a contemporary art program, “Correspondances”, with many living French and international artists.
In 2008, he led the Louvre Abu Dhabi project as curator for decorative arts and then as deputy curatorial director.
In 2013, at the age of 37, Olivier became the director of the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris, including fashion and design collections.
GUO Min 郭民
General Manager, Avène China
Guo Min has 20 years of experience in pharmaceutical and retail management and 13 years of experience working in a top management position in Pierre Fabre China. He is now working for Eau thermale Avène in China as Brand General Manager.
Min has been working on the development of the Avène brand in China since 2002. From 2002 to 2014, he was the Commercial Director of Pierre Fabre dermo-cosmetics China. Starting from zero, he set Avène up in more than 260 cities and 1,200 points of sales and built up Eau thermale Avène as the N.1 of dermo-cosmetics brands in the Chinese market.
From 2001 to 2002, Min worked for Stallergènes Laboratories in Paris as an area manager for Asia Pacific. Previously, from 1996 to 1998, he worked for Pfizer Laboratories, in Beijing, where he was responsible for obtaining the regulatory approvals of products.
Min has a Bachelor’s Degree in Pharmacy from Beijing Medical University, and a MBA in Pharmaceuticals and health care management from Paris VI University.
Min speaks French fluently.
HAN Jingjing 韩京晶
General Manager, Zhejiang Tenghu Engineering Company
Han Jinjing has been the General Manager of the Zhejiang Tenghu Engineering Company since 2010.
Previously, from 2008 to 2010, he was the company’s Project Manager.
Zhejiang Tenghu Engineering company is a construction company, founded in 2007.
Jingjing has a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering and an Associate Constructor certificate.
Howard Hao KWOK 郭豪
President, YunGao Group; Deputy General Manager, Westin Xi’an
Howard Kwok is the President of YunGao Group, a real estate developer with projects in Shanghai, Xi’an and Lhasa. He is also Deputy General Manager at The Westin Xi’an, an investment of YunGao.
Howard is the owner of three Chateaux in Saint-Emilion and Pomerol.
He began his career as a financial analyst at Morgan Stanley’s in New York. He then became a consultant for McKinsey & Company in China.
Howard has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Harvard Business School in Boston, U.S.A., as well as a diploma in French Cuisine from the Cordon Bleu in Paris, France.
Howard is a native of Hong Kong and is fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese, English and French.
LI Ning 李宁
Co-founder & CEO, Made.com
LI Ning is the founder and CEO of Made.com, an online designer furniture retailer based in Notting Hill, London.
He founded MyFab in 2007. It was a Paris based company with offices in Shanghai that sold furniture and decoration items online straight from the manufacturers.
Previously, he has been analyst at Rothschild and in charge of the corporate development at Meetic.
Ning speaks French, Chinese, Spanish and English.
He is a graduate of HEC Paris.
LI Guangwu 李广武
CEO, Fufeng Materials Company and Ocean Oasis Tourism Culture Company
Li Guangwu is CEO of the Penglai Fufeng Materials Company, and of the Penglai Ocean Oasis Tourism Culture Company.
The Penglai Fufeng Materials Company mainly focuses on the underground mining of gold and mining engineering construction. The company also carries out biological and technological research on aquatic products and offers research services. It had the honor of winning the “economic development meritorious enterprise” title in 2014.
The Penglai Ocean Oasis Tourism Culture Company mainly works on developing resources for maritime tourism and managing natural, coastal scenic areas. It has answered the government’s call to develop tourism with a special focus on leisure and entertainment projects, including the oceanic pasture and angling.
Guangwu actively participates in social public welfare and charity activities, and perennially subsidizes dropout children and the poor and lonely elderly. As the NPC member of Penglai City, he actively offers advice and suggestions for seeking public welfare, earnestly fulfilling his job responsibilities.
In his spare time, Guangwu loves to participate in outdoor activities such as golf, badminton, running and angling.
MA Qian 马骞
Deputy Director, Department of European Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Ma Qian graduated in 2002 from the China Foreign Affairs College, where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Arts. In the same year, he started his diplomatic career in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China.
From 2002 to 2006, Qian worked at the Chinese Embassy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Once back in China in 2006, he worked at the French desk of Department of European Affairs.
From 2009 to 2013, he successively worked at the Chinese Embassy in the Belgium and at the Chinese Embassy in France. Then, he came back to China in 2013, and served as Deputy Director, first in charge of European affairs and later in charge of French affairs.
MA Carson Chi-Seng 马志成
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Macao; General Manager, New Worldwide International Company
Ma Carson Chi-Seng is a member of the Legislative Assembly of Macao, and the Director of the Youth Committee of the Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Macao.
He occupies a leading position in several organizations: he is the President of the Macao Youth Entrepreneur Association, the Vice President of the Macao Youth Federation and the Director of the Macao Youth Vision Association. He is also a member of the Consultative Committee of the Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau.
Carson is one of the Executive Directors of the Chinese General Chamber of Commerce in Macao and the General Manager of New Worldwide International Limited Company.
He has a Bachelor’s degree in business (Management) from Monash University (Australia).
MIAO Ronghua 苗荣华
Deputy Director, Section Asia & Africa, Department in charge of abroad Chinese people
Miao Ronghua has been Deputy Chief of the Asia & African Section of the Foreign and Overseas Chinese Affairs Department of Sichuan since 2013.
She joined the Department in 2004 and was mainly responsible for high-level delegation receptions, the overseas visits of provincial leaders and local government exchanges with Asian and African countries.
Before that, she worked for the General Consulate of China in Sydney and Melbourne, responsible for passport and visa applications and the handling of consular cases.
From 1993 to 1997, Ronghua worked as a staff member in the Protocol, Consular Affairs and Press Section in the Sichuan Foreign Affairs office.
Ronghua was born in 1974 in the Sichuan province.
Michel de ROVIRA
Co-founder & General Manager, Michel et Augustin
In 2004, Michel co-founded Michel et Augustin, a food company with a premium urban positioning.
He has co-directed the group till present and is in charge of finance, sales, purchasing and logistics. He and co-founder Augustin Paluel-Marmont have developed partnerships with large food retailers in France (Carrefour, Monoprix) and sales outlets in 20 countries.
Previously, Michel worked as an associate consultant at L.E.K. Consulting from 2000 to 2003, in France and Boston. From 1998 to 1999, he worked as an analyst at Credit Lyonnais Americas in New York.
In 2004, he co-wrote the first guidebook to Parisian bakeries: Le guide des boulangeries de Paris.
Michel graduated from ESCP and INSEAD Business School and has a Vocational Training Certificate (CAP) in pastry.
International Managing Director, Christie’s
Aline Sylla-Walbaum is the International Managing Director of Luxury goods at Christie’s.
Previously, she was Managing Director France of Christie’s, in charge of the development of Christie’s France.
From 2002 to 2007, she was the Deputy Executive Director and Director of Cultural Development at the Louvre museum.
Then, from 2007 to 2008, she joined the cabinet of Prime Minister François Fillon as special advisor for Culture and Communication. In 2009, she joined Unibail-Rodamco as Strategy Director and then Deputy Head of Office and Retail Development.
Aline graduated from HEC, IEP Paris and is a former student of ENA.
YANG Li 杨立
Deputy Director, General Office of Communist Party of China, Sichuan Committee
Yang Li has been the Deputy Director of the General Office of the Communist Party of China, Sichuan Committee, since 2012.
Previously, he worked as Deputy Director at the General Office of the CPC Chengdu Committee.
From 2003 to 2006, he was a member of the Development and Reform Commission of Chengdu. He participated in the development of the 11th Five-year Plan, and did research on the industrial function of an international city.
From 1997 to 2000, he worked on project management at the eighth Construction bureau of China.
Li has a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Chongqing Architecture University and a Master’s degree in Systems Engineering from Southwest Jiaotong University, in Sichuan.
YUE Lei 岳雷
Senior Vice President, Sanpower Group
Lei has been honored as “Outstanding Leader for Supporting the Labor Union” by the Nanjing Labor Union of Emerging Industries for three consecutive years since 2012.
In 2012, he was selected as a member of the 14th Committee of the Nanjing Youth Federation. In 2013, he successfully won a seat in the Standing Committee of Jiangsu Youth Federation. In 2014, Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications invited Lei to be an Enterprise Tutor. That same year, Lei was appointed Councilor and Deputy Secretary General of the Nanjing Public Diplomacy Association.
Sanpower Group Nanjing Investment Management Co. Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sanpower Group, was founded in June 2003. Lei has been the company’s Chairman of the Board since 2010. In April 2014, Sanpower Group spent 200 million pounds acquiring an 89% share in House of Fraser, one of the most time-honored department stores in the UK. The acquisition is the largest direct overseas purchase from a listed company in China A-Share market history. Lei personally took part in the event, leading teams to visit the United Kingdom for research and negotiation purposes many times before the acquisition.
Lei graduated from Xuzhou Normal University, and majored in free combat in college. He was the free combat champion in the Martial Arts and Free Combat Championship of four provinces (Jiangsu, Shandong, Henan and Anhui) in 2003.
ZHANG Changyong 张长勇
Chairman, EaseHealth Industry Investment Holding Company
Zhang Changyong is the Chairman of EaseHealth Industry Investment Holding Company.
Before that, he was the financial innovation manager of China CIC Trust, the Vice President of Rongtong Capitao Company, and a partner at Zhonglun W&D Law Firm.
EaseHealth is an industry investment and investment management institution focusing on medical service and medical technology. The company focuses on clinical medical service, innovative medical technology and personalized health insurance investment. Its purpose is to boost the future of Chinese medicine and, in so doing, become the leading medical investment holding platform of China.
Changyong has more than 10 years of investment experience in finance and medical treatment.
He graduated from the law school of Renmin University of China.
ZHOU Linjun 周林军
General Manager, Hangzhou Green River Aquatic Products Company
Zhou Linjun has been the General Manager of Green River Aquatic Products Company since 2006. Before that, from 2002 to 2006, he was the Vice Director of East Asia Aquaculture Company.
From 2000 to 2002, Linjun worked as an aquaculture engineer for INVE group in Belgium.
Linjun has a Bachelor’s Degree in aquaculture from Shanghai Fisheries University (now: Shanghai Ocean University).