AI Yu (Victor) is a Managing Director at China Everbright Limited (CEL), which has been China’s leading cross-border investment and asset management platform in the private equity and asset management business for the last two decades.
As the head of the CEL New Economy Fund, Victor is responsible for new economy PE investment, with an AUM of USD 10 billion. His signature deals are the AI Algorithm leaders SenseTime and 4paradigm; the AI + Pan-Entertainment leaders iQiyi and Netease Cloud Music; the AI + Transportation leaders Nio Motors, Xpeng Motors and CiDi; the AI + New Consumption leaders Meituan-Dianping and Miss Fresh; as well as the AI + Logistics and Finance leaders JD Logistics and China UnionPay. After closing these deals, he led his team to recognition by Forbes in 2018 as one of the Top 30 PE in China. He was also recognized as one of the Top 10 Best New Prominent Investors by Hurun Report.
In addition to his achievement as an investor, Victor is the founder and CEO of Terminus Technologies (Terminus). Under his leadership, Terminus has been selected by Gartner for special reference for five times, as the most outstanding AIoT (AI+IoT) enterprise in Asia. Additionally, Terminus was identified as one of the TOP 50 AI Companies in 2018 by Davos China. He has also led Terminus to the completion of total financing of USD 300 million from strong and resourceful shareholders, which includes China Everbright Limited, IDG Capital, SenseTime, CITIC Group and iFLYTEK.
Victor started his career at J.P. Morgan Investment Banking Division and worked for M&A team in New York and Real Estate coverage team in HK.
He holds an Executive MBA degree from Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business, Master of Finance from Washington University in St. Louis, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Simon Fraser University.
Aurélia Bellet was admitted in 1993 to the Paris Opera School of Dance, created more than three centuries ago by Louis XIV, whose reputation for teaching is recognized worldwide.
In 1997, Aurélia joined the “Opéra National de Paris”, where she performed all the major ballets of the classical repertoire (such as Giselle, Swan Lake…), perpetuating a three-century-old tradition. She also participated in the creation and/or interpretation of many contemporary ballets under the direction of the greatest choreographers such as Pina Bausch, William Forsythe, Carolyn Carlson, Mats Ek, Benjamin Millepied and many others.
An ambassador of French excellence in her field, Aurélia danced on the most acclaimed international stages in Japan, Korea, United States, China, Australia, and Brazil as well as a season at the “Compañia National de Danza” in Madrid as “Principal” in 2014. In addition to her activity, Aurélia collaborates on many artistic projects such as the coaching of actors as in “Black Swan”, festivals all over the world or, more recently, the artistic direction of prestigious private events.
Maël de Calan is a center-right politician, elected to various local positions in Brittany both in his hometown of Roscoff and in the Department of Finistère. He is also Vice-President of Libres, a centre-right think tank and political movement founded by Valérie Pécresse.
Prior to that, Maël ran for the presidency of right-wing party Les Républicains (2017), and was economic advisor and spokesman to Alain Juppé, former Prime Minister and candidate to the right-wing presidential primary (2015-2016).
In addition to his political engagement, he has worked in the private sector, in investment banking (2006-2007), private equity (2008-2012), and as the CFO of a biotech company (2013-2016). Since 2018, he is Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company Paris office.
Born in 1980, Maël graduated from Sciences Po Paris with a Master’s degree in Politics, HEC Paris with a Master’s in Management and La Sorbonne university with a Master’s in Business Law. He is the author of various essays on public finances, economics and French politics.
CHEN Dingding is Professor of International Relations, Associate Dean of the Institute for 21st Century Silk Road Studies at Jinan University, Guangzhou, China, and Non-Resident Fellow at the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) in Berlin, as well as Vice-President of the International Studies Association (Asia Pacific region). He is also the Founding Director of Intellisia Institute, a newly established independent think tank focusing on international affairs in China. His research interests include Chinese foreign policy, Asian security, Chinese politics, and human rights.
His articles have appeared in the International Studies Quarterly, International Security, the Journal of Contemporary China, the Chinese Journal of International Politics, and The Washington Quarterly. He is the co-editor of a book on international engagement with human rights in China.
Before teaching at the university of Macao between 2009 and 2016, he was a visiting instructor in the government department at Dartmouth College and was also a China and World Program Fellow at Harvard University. He holds a bachelor’s degree in international economics from the Renmin University of China and a master’s and PhD degrees in political science from the University of Chicago.
Thierry COSTES graduated in Business Law from the French Universities of Assas and Dauphine, and completed the OPM (Owner/President Management) program at the Harvard Business School.
In 2000, Thierry took over the co-presidency of the COSTES group, one of the leaders in French restaurants and luxury hotels.
In 2010, following the division of the group, Thierry re-created the brand BEAUMARLY by Thierry COSTES in the same activity.
Colonel Arnaud Goujon has been serving as an officer for over 20 years.
His career has so far been focused on operations, with nine deployments in Africa, the Levant and the Balkans, an assignment in the United Arab Emirates, and two assignments at the strategic level in Paris.
He now serves on the Army staff as the deputy head of the Plans Office, in charge of developing the French Army’s future capacities.
He is an alumnus of Université Paris-Dauphine and Saint-Cyr military academy. He attended the Paris Defense College and the U.S. Army War College.
Paul Guyot-Sionnest heads the institutional affairs of Kering, a global luxury group that manages the development of renowned luxury houses, led by François-Henri Pinault.
Since 2014, he has overseen the relations between both private and political institutions that interact with the group. His role allows him to benefit from an international approach to a perpetually changing industry.
A graduate of Sciences Po in Paris and the ESSEC Business School, he started his political career alongside Dominique de Villepin, former Prime Minister, and Roger Karoutchi, at the Ministry in charge of the Relations with the Parliament. In 2011, he became an advisor to Bruno Le Maire, current French Minister of the Economy, first at the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries and then as a member of his close-knit campaign team.
In 2013, he started up and led the Youth force of Bruno Le Maire, which gathered a community of 5,000 young people spread all over France. He was then elected Vice-president of the Young Republicans and member of the Political Bureau of the party.
He also served in the private sector, consecutively for Crédit Agricole in New York, Lazard and the Caisse de dépôt du Québec in Paris.
Paul is personally involved in the Philippe Chatrier Foundation, which combats Alzheimer’s disease, and in the Friends of Philharmonie de Paris Association.
Cristina began her career running the family-owned business in property development in 1999, the year of Macao’s Return to China. She is a very enthusiastic participant in community services focusing on youth, women and charity works, is now Vice President of the Women’s General Association of Macao, Vice Director of the Ladies’ Committee of the Macao Chamber of Commerce and Executive Director of the Kiang Wu Hospital Charitable Association.
Cristina commenced her public service in 2013, when she was appointed as a member of the Island District Community Service Consultative Committee. Shortly thereafter she was promoted to Vice Coordinator and is now a Member of the Consultative Committee on Municipal Affairs of the Macao SAR Government, Member of the Council for Economic Development and Member of the Advisory Committee of the Young Entrepreneurs Aid Scheme.
In 2011 and 2017, Cristina attended the 55th and 61st Commission on the Status of Women at United Nations Headquarters in New York, as one of the China delegates. On that occasion she made a speech in promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. In 2018 and 2019, she attended the Universal Periodic Review of China at the Headquarters of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.
Cristina graduated from Macao University of Science and Technology with a Bachelor of Laws degree.
Louis Houdart is a multi-entrepreneur who has lived in China for 20 years, first in Beijing, then in Shenzhen, and now between Shanghai and Shenzhen.
Today he is the CEO of Creative Capital China Group, a leading branding and design agency that he founded in 2012, with offices in Shanghai, Shenzhen, Jakarta and New York. Most of Creative Capital’s clients or partners are large Chinese consumer groups.
Following the merger of Creative Capital and Altavia Asia in 2019, in addition to his current role, Louis became Altavia Asia Chief Strategy Officer, co-overseeing the group offices in Asia. Previously, Louis founded a flower retail chain business and sold it in China.
Louis is an MBA graduate of the Columbia Business School and the London Business School. He holds a Master’s degree from SDA Bocconi in Milan.
Louis is also a French Foreign Trade Advisor in China and is the former VP of the French Chamber of Commerce in China.
He is impassioned by the Chinese contemporary art scene and an investor in numerous fashion start-ups.
Louis speaks Mandarin Chinese.
A graduate in philosophy from the Ecole Normale Supérieure, Gaspard Koenig created the classical liberal think tank GenerationLibre in 2013. It is now ranked among the Top European research institutes.
Prior to that, Gaspard worked as a speechwriter for the Finance Minister Christine Lagarde and as a strategy adviser at the EBRD in London.
He is the prize-winning author of a dozen novels and essays. He publishes a weekly column in Les Echos newspaper and teaches philosophy at the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po University).
He has worked for the past three years on a series of reportages around the world in partnership with Le Point magazine, including in China where he interviewed Mao Yushi, a prominent intellectual, and did research on the developments of Artificial Intelligence.
Latest book: Voyages d’un philosophe aux pays des libertés (L’Observatoire, 2018).
LIAO Sheng has been working in the National Development and Reform Commission of China (NDRC) since July, 2012.
Initially involved in foreign loan administration, he moved on to outbound investment administration. Now he is the deputy director of the division of overall coordination for outbound investment in the department of foreign capital and overseas investment. As a part of the Chinese government, NDRC is responsible for formulating and implementing medium- and long-term development plans, regulating the macro-economy and dealing with reform and opening-up issues. The division of overall coordination for outbound investment is in charge of putting forward policy proposals regarding outbound investment, promoting bilateral and multilateral cooperation and third-party market cooperation.
From 2010 to 2012 LIAO Sheng worked at the head office of the Bank of China, which is one of the first financial institutions to enter the French market.
LIAO Sheng was born in 1985. He studied at Zhejiang University from 2003 to 2010, earning a bachelor’s degree in engineering and a master’s in economics.
Founded in 1872, China Merchants Group (CMG) is a leading central state-owned enterprise (SOE) based in Hong Kong. In 2018, CMG ranks No. 1 in terms of total assets, total revenue and net profit among all the SOEs, and it is listed in the Fortune Global 500 for the first time. A pioneer in China’s reform and opening-up in the late 1970s, CMB was the sole investor and developer in the Shekou industrial zone in Shenzhen. Now it actively participates in the national government’s One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative, operating 53 ports in 20 countries and districts, developing an overseas network of ports, logistics, finance and industrial parks. PENG Peng has played an active role in a number of CMG’s OBOR projects in past years.
Included in his work experience are: four years in the China Merchants Port Holding Co. Ltd. as investment and project manager, two years in the China Merchants Investment Development Co. Ltd as executive head of the Capital Investment Division, three years in China Merchants Capital as Executive Director of its largest USD fund with AUM over 6b USD. PENG Peng spent most of his career in overseas business development and capital investments under different divisions of China Merchants Group. He has lead or participated intensely in overseas projects in a variety of industries and geographies, including Europe, Southeast Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Australia, involving in total investment over 2b USD.
Before graduating in 2012 from the City University of Hong Kong with a PhD, PENG Peng obtained his M.S. Degree from Lehigh University, USA in 2009 and Bachelor’s degree from Tsinghua University, China in 2005.
Qi Yong obtained his Bachelor’s degree from Beijing University in 2013.
His work experience includes three years in the Urban-Rural Development Bureau of Lanzhou New Area, Gansu Province; two years in the General Office of the CPC Lanzhou Municipal Committee; and one year in the General Office of Gansu Provincial People’s Government. Qi Yong has spent most of his career as an administrative staff member in government departments at different administrative levels. He has some experience as a participant in diplomatic activities. This is his first time abroad.
Gansu Province lies in the northwest of China. It is one of the most significant cradles of the Chinese nation and its civilization and among the first regions to engage in cultural and economic exchanges and cooperation between the East and the West. The world-famous Silk Road stretches over 1,600 kilometers in Gansu. The province covers an area of 425,800 square kilometers and has a population of 27 million. Gansu is rich in cultural and tourism resources thanks to its profound cultural heritage, beautiful natural scenery and colorful folk customs. Gansu is especially attractive to tourists because of the unique charm of the famous ancient Silk Road and the brand name “Exquisite Silk Road and Splendid Gansu”. A number of culture-themed tourist routes have been developed focusing on Dunhuang City, the Silk Road and the Yellow River. With the implementation of the Belt and Road Initiative, Gansu was designated as a key gateway for opening to the west and a strategic base for sub-regional cooperation, giving it strong late-developing advantages.
QIN Aihua graduated from the University of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences with a PhD in economics in 2009, after obtaining a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in economics from Hebei University in 1999 and 2002.
During her work in the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, she spent one year at Freiburg University as a doctoral student, three months as a visiting scholar in Denmark, two months as a visiting scholar in Austria, and eight years as an associate professor at the Institute of European Studies (IES) of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS). Aihua’s work is focused primarily on the European economy, especially on economic growth and the European economic model.
The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) is the most important academic organization in philosophy and social sciences in China. CASS includes 31 institutes and 45 research centers and has more than 4,200 faculty and staff members. The Institute of European Studies is one of the institutes of CASS, and is centered on the study of European issues. It has more than 50 full-time faculty and staff members.
Saskia de Rothschild is the manager of Château Lafite Rothschild, with her father Eric, and Chairwoman of Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite), a family company of eight wine estates around the world, including one property in China in the region of Penglai.
A graduate of HEC and Columbia University, Saskia de Rothschild started her career as a journalist, initially as a freelance reporter in the United States, and subsequently with the New York Times in Paris and West Africa.
She also wrote the novel Érable (published by Editions Stock) in 2015.
She trained herself in the technical aspects of viticulture through work experience at Château L’Evangile and Château Lafite and by studying at the Agricultural Center in Argenton sur Creuse where she graduated with a Technical diploma (BTS) in Viticulture and Oenology.
Former advisor to Emmanuel Macron at the French Ministry for the Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs, Dorothée Stik is currently working for the French mergers & acquisitions advisory firm Messier Maris & Associés. She spent 10 years in the public sector, mostly at the French Treasury (dealing with international affairs, G20 and financial regulations) and in ministerial cabinets, where she was notably in charge of privatizations, liberalization of the coach transportation services industry, as well as cultural affairs.
She graduated from the French National School of Public Administration (ENA, 2008), Sciences-Po Paris (2005) and the Ecole Normale Supérieure (Ulm, 2002).
Dorothée is also a member of the Board of the National Theater of Odeon (Paris) and of the Institute of the Ecole Normale Supérieure.
After graduating in 2007 from the Inner Mongolia agricultural university with a master’s degree, SU Chengyun joined the Shengrui Transmission Company.
With 95 full-time staff members, including 19 mechanical system design engineers, 12 hydraulic system design engineers, 16 control system design engineers, 29 calibration technical engineers, and 19 test engineers, the Shengrui Transmission Company developed the first 8-speed automatic transmission for front-transverse applications vehicles in the word. They are researching the new type hybrid transmissions and E-drive transmissions for future vehicles.
Included in Chengyun’s work experience are: five years at the Shengrui Engineering Technology Research Center as a product engineer, one year as a visiting scholar in the School of Mechanical Engineering at Ruhr University Bochum in Germany, three years as a Dean at the Shengrui Engineering Technology Research Center, and two years as a Research Scientist for the Shengrui Transmission Company.
Aside from his professional endeavors, Chengyun is a deputy secretary general of the China Automobile Automatic Transmission Innovation Alliance.
WANG Jia obtained her master’s degree in English literature in 2010 from Ocean University of China, specializing in interpretation.
In August, 2010, Jia joined the Qingdao Municipal Foreign Affairs Office. She spent the first two years in the Translation and Interpretation Division, undertaking frequent interpretation tasks for municipal officials.
From 2012 to the present, she has worked in the European and African Affairs Division, where she is directly responsible for Qingdao city’s relationship with Western Europe, Northern Europe and most African countries. Qingdao has established a sister city relationship with Southampton in the UK, friendly cooperative cities relationships with Galway, Ireland; Salo, Finland; Kristiansand, Norway; and the Grand Port District, Mauritius. WANG Jia facilitated the Salo and Kristiansand relationships and actively pushed the other preexisting ones forward. She also promoted Letters of Intent between Qingdao and Victoria, Seychelles and Durban, South Africa. Victoria will formally become a friendly cooperative city of Qingdao this year.
WANG Miao was born in Tianjin, China, in February 1982. After graduating from Nanjing Normal University in 2009 with a master’s degree in English Language and Literature, he became a working staff member of the BJFAO. Over the past ten years, he has participated in the service support tasks of the 2014 APEC Summit, the first “One Belt, One Road” International Cooperation Summit Forum in 2017, and the Beijing Summit of the China-Africa Cooperation Forum in 2018.
As the organization department of the People’s Government of Beijing Municipality, BJFAO undertakes Beijing’s implementation of the State’s foreign policy and foreign-related regulations, coordination and handling of major foreign affairs and foreign-related activities, and friendly exchanges with foreign friendly cities.
WANG Miao has a daughter and is passionate about public welfare undertakings.
Morgane Colas-Weill has been chief of staff to Alexandre Bompard, CEO of the Groupe Carrefour, since January 2018. In July 2019, she was appointed Executive Director of Carrefour group strategy and transformation, member of the Executive Committee.
Carrefour is a worldwide distributor employing 400,000 people in some 30 countries, in particular China since the mid-1990s. Morgane’s duties include coordinating the problems associated with food transition—one of the group’s strategic priorities, aimed at improving food safety, traceability, and the quality of and responsibility for the products sold throughout the world.
Before joining Carrefour, Morgane devoted five years to the Inspectorate General of Finance of the Ministry for the Economy and Finance, where she carried out audit and consulting engagements regarding various public policies: communities, defense, justice, culture, and customs.
She has also contributed to drafting two studies—one on public broadcasting with the Institut Montaigne, Rallumer la Télévision, in 2015, and the other on government spending: The State on Alert, with Michel Pébereau and the Institut de l’Entreprise in 2017.
Morgane is a graduate of Sciences-Po Paris and a former student at Ecole Nationale d’Administration.
WEN Juan is a deputy to the 13th National People’s Congress.
She obtained a PhD in Management Science and Engineering from the Hebei University of Technology School of Management in 2010. Before undertaking her PhD research, she joined the Tianjin Academy of Environmental Sciences (TAES) in 2003 as engineer and professor of engineering, as Director of the TAES Air Pollution Research Department for five years, as Assistant of Director of TAES and Deputy Chief Engineer of TAES for three years, Deputy director of TAES from 2014 to the present. Science undertaking her work at TAES, she has concentrated on ecological environmental protection planning and policy. She won the 12th Tianjin Youth Science and Technology Award. She was selected as the first-level talent of the Tianjin “131” innovative talent training project and the head of Tianjin “131” eco-environment strategy and planning innovation team.
Founded in 1975, TAES is the only comprehensive municipal environmental scientific research and service institution in Tianjin. There are more than 400 researchers at TAES and half of them hold the master’s degree or doctorate. TAES houses the State Key Laboratory for Odor Control in Environmental Protection and the National Environmental Protection Hazardous Waste Disposal Engineering Technology (Tianjin) Center. Since the first five-year environmental protection plan was launched in 1975 in China, to the present day, all environmental protection plans, regulations, standards and policies in Tianjin have been supported by TAES. TAES provides strong technical support to the government.
XU Lijia is a professional sailor who has earned every competition title over the last twenty years.
From 1992 to 1997, she was a swimmer in the Shanghai Changning Swimming Team. In 1997, she entered Shanghai & National Sailing Team and became a sailor.
In 2001, 2002 and 2006, she won the Gold Medal at the World Championships. In 2002 and 2006, she was Gold Medalist at the Asian Games. She then won the Bronze Medal at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics and Gold Medal at the 2012 London Summer Olympics.
Lijia is a Commission Member of the International Sailing Federation Athletes, the Commission Chairwoman of Asia Sailing Federation Athletes and Chinese Yachting Association Athlètes.
Lijia is presently a master student in Sports Broadcasting Journalism in Southampton Solent University, and obtained a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Shanghai Jiaotong University.
Between 2014 and 2017, she also authored several books, including Coach yourself to win, Golden Lily, Learn to sail with Olympic Champion Lijia XU and The Laser Book 6th Edition.
Jacky YEUNG had accumulated more than five years’ experience in the automobile industry before joining his current company, where he wields his expertise in the areas of sales and strategic planning and execution. Coming from a strong business background, he joined the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups (HKFYG) as a project manager to nurture, engage, stimulate and involve young people in Hong Kong in high quality programs, intercultural exchanges and hands-on experiences to enhance intellect and civic-mindedness, responsibility and service locally, nationally and globally.
Jacky is currently working for The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups, and is responsible for the leadership development of Hong Kong youths. The HKFYG is Hong Kong’s largest youth service organization. Since its establishment in 1960, the HKFYG has been providing opportunities and facilities for the social, educational, cultural, emotional and physical development of young people. The HKFYG, through its youth membership network, provides quality services that address the issues and concerns of young people and promotes healthy all-around development. Over 80 service units organize more than 25,000 activities annually, with attendance in the various programs now standing at six million a year. 450,000 registered members are engaged through the online platform, easymember.hk and the HKFYG app. Jacky has been with the HKFYG for more than two years, has led major leadership projects including Summer School for Global Leadership, the HKFYG English Public Speaking Contest, and the HSBC Future Skills Development Project, among others.
Jacky graduated from The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, concentrating in marketing and human resource management.
ZHU Dengkai (Kevin) is an equity partner and lawyer of the Zhonglun W&D Law Firm, Interlaw’s representative in the Chinese cities of Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Tianjin.
Kevin is also a director of Zhonglun W&D’s FDI and M&A Desk, and a member of the firm’s Risk Management Committee. He specializes in the areas of corporate law, cross-border M&A, venture capital, private equity, securities, competition, and dispute resolution. He has been practicing for over thirteen years in various industries such as TMT, clean energy, real estate, infrastructure, manufacturing and mining.
Clients that he has recently advised include the Ministry of Technology, the Ministry of Public Security, the Ministry of Transportation, the Ministry of Agriculture, China Development Bank, Everbright, Lenovo, CITIC Trust, the Zhongrong Trust, the China Orient Asset Management Corp, China Recycling Development, Qinling Cement (600217), Jiuzhou Electrics (300040), Zheda Land (HK8106), 58.com (NYSE: WUBA), Perfect World (NASDAQ: PWRD), Aoma Electronics, UCF, the Beijing Capital Group, GE, VeriFone, Homecredit, AES, EDF, President International, the Weihua Group and Panasonic.
Before joining Zhonglun W&D in 2010, Kevin practiced with King & Wood PRC Lawyers from April 2005 to August 2007 and with Jun He Law Offices from September 2007 to August 2010.
Olivier Veran is a hospital practitioner in neurology at Grenoble-La Tronche Teaching Hospital (CHU). Very quickly in his career, alongside his professional activities, he became involved in unions and voluntary associations, as Dean of Interns of Grenoble hospitals, spokesman for the National Federation of Unions of Hospital Interns, and Board member of the College of Physicians of Isère.
In June 2012, he was elected to deputise for the Socialist Party member of the National Assembly, Geneviève Fioraso. Ms Fioraso had been appointed Minister of Higher Education and Research, serving as a member of the National Assembly from July 2012 until April 5, 2015, the date that she resigned her Ministerial duties for health reasons.
Olivier was then elected Regional Councillor in December 2015, a local position he continues to hold. As a supporter of Emmanuel Macron, the République En Marche candidate in the 2017 presidential elections, he became the party’s health spokesman, and was elected on the first ballot as Member for Isère in June 2017, and appointed Rapporteur-General for the Social Affairs Commission, in charge of drafting social welfare funding legislation.
Olivier was appointed Minister of Solidarity and Health in February 2020.