Head of the Foreign Trade Information Bureau of Germany Trade & Invest in Shanghai, People’s Republic of China
Corinne Abele has been living and working in China for nearly 20 years. An experienced journalist and economist, she has documented China´s economic development with analyses, articles and lectures. A big part of her work focuses on the observation and analysis of innovation-driven technology markets and industrial digitisation in China. Her other main topics are environmental protection, renewable energy, engineering and competition in China.
Since 2014, Ms Abele has been heading the Trade Information Section of Germany Trade & Invest in Shanghai. Prior to this, she worked in the same position in Beijing (2004–2012) and in Taipei (1998–2004).
Ms Abele graduated from the University of Tübingen in economics (diploma) and eastern european history (MA) with a scholarship from the German National Student Foundation. She was also a scholar of the Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach foundation, which enabled her to study Chinese at Nanjing University from 1992 to 1993.
Senior Expert, Program “Germany and Asia“, Bertelsmann Stiftung, Germany
Bernhard Bartsch is Senior Expert in Bertelsmann Stiftung’s program “Germany and Asia“. Before joining the foundation, he spent more than a decade in China, working as East Asia Correspondent for major German media.
Bernhard Bartsch studied Chinese, Economics, Politics and Journalism in Hamburg, Beijing and London. His career as a journalist began in the Beijing office of German business weekly “Wirtschaftswoche“. Between 2003 and 2013, he worked as a correspondent for several German language media, including the daily newspapers “Neue Zuercher Zeitung”, “Berliner Zeitung” and the business journal “brand eins”. He reported about political, social, economic and cultural issues in China, Japan, South and North Korea as well as other countries in East Asia.
In 2013, Bernhard Bartsch joined Bertelsmann Stiftung’s Asia team where he continues to wrap his brain around the political, economic and social developments in Asia and their impact on Germany and Europe.
President, Hamburg Chamber of Commerce and Managing Director of Tobias Bergmann Consulting GmbH
Tobias Bergmann was born on July 11, 1971 in Munich. He is the Managing Director of his own business consulting firm as well as President of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce. Tobias Bergmann holds a Bachelor of Economics from the “Technische Universität Dresden” and a Master in Economics from the Università degli Studi di Parma in Italy.
Before becoming president, Bergmann served as Chair of the Economic Committee at the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce between 2014 and 2017 and was also a member of the Services Sector Committee and the Committee on Internal Affairs.
In May 2017, Bergmann launched Tobias Bergmann Consulting GmbH.
Prior to these entrepreneurial successes, Tobias Bergmann served as Deputy Managing Director of Rambøll Management GmbH in Hamburg for nine years. Rambøll employs 13,000 consulting engineers, designers and management consultants worldwide.
Member of the European Parliament, Belgium
Reinhard Bütikofer is a Member of the European Parliament (Greens/EFA) and the Co-Chair of the European Green Party (EGP). He sits on the Committee of Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) as a full member and on the Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET) as a substitute member. He is the Vice Chair of the European Parliament’s Delegation for Relations with the People’s Republic of China as well as a member of the delegation to the United States and a substitute member of the ASEAN Delegation.
Before getting elected to the European Parliament in 2009, Mr Bütikofer was the Co-Chair of the German Green Party BÜNDNIS 90/DIE GRÜNEN (from 2002 until 2008). He was the party’s Secretary General from 1998 until 2002. Prior to that, he served as the Chair of the Greens in the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg.
Mr Bütikofer is also member of the Europe/Transatlantic Advisory Board and the General Assembly of the Heinrich Böll Foundation, the NABU Club, the board of the Green European Foundation as well as the German–Israeli Society and the German–Chinese Dialogue Forum.
Chairman and CEO, First Eastern Investment Group, Hong Kong
Victor Chu was born in Canton, China and came to Hong Kong at the age of four. He received his early education in Hong Kong and England, and took his law degree at University College London. Mr. Chu is admitted to practise law in England and Hong Kong since 1982.
Mr. Chu is Chairman of First Eastern Investment Group, a leading Hong Kong-based international investment firm and a pioneer of private equity investments in China.
Victor Chu has served as Director and Council Member of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, Advisory Committee Member of the Securities and Futures Commission, and part-time member of Hong Kong Government’s Central Policy Unit. Mr. Chu has served as a Foundation Board Member of the World Economic Forum from 2003 to 2015 and currently co-chairs the Forum’s International Business Council. From 2004 to 2009, Mr. Chu served on the Executive Board of the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris where he also chaired the ICC Commission on Financial Services and Insurance.
Mr. Chu was awarded the 2011 Global Economy Prize by the Kiel Institute for the World Economy.
CEO, Hamburg Chamber of Commerce, Germany
Ms. Christi Degen was born on August 11, 1964. She studied economics at the University of Cologne, one year of business administration abroad in Barcelona, Spain and wrote her diploma thesis on the topic of “Spain's integration into the European Monetary Union”. Between 1991 and 1998 she was director of the Center for International Relations Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Cologne. From 1999 to 2004 she was director of program development at the Community of European Management Schools in Paris. From 2005 to 2009, Ms. Degen headed the Center for International Relations at the Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences Cologne. From 2009 to 2013, Ms. Degen was Managing Director for Industry, Economics, Innovation and Environment at the Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Cologne.
From 2013 – 2014 Christi Degen was Managing Director of F.A.Z. Executive School. Last stop before relocating to Hamburg was the IHK Oberfranken Bayreuth, where Ms. Degen was chief executive officer from 2014 - 2017. Since December 2017, Ms. Degen has been CEO of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce.
Partner, KekstCNC, Germany
Knut Engelmann is a Partner at Kekst CNC, one of the world’s premier strategic communications firms.
He advises companies on complex capital markets transactions including cross-border M&A deals and has supported on the majority of large IPOs in the German-speaking market over the past five years, with a particular focus on the tech and digital sector.
Prior to joining Kekst CNC, Knut spent more than 20 years in high-profile roles in international finance and business journalism. These included various leadership roles at global news agency Reuters and at Dow Jones/The Wall Street Journal in both Germany and the United States.
SVP Head of Europe and NATO Affairs, Airbus
Nathalie Errard was appointed as SVP Head of Europe and NATO Affairs at Airbus at the beginning of 2012. Prior to this position, Nathalie served as SVP Head of Investor Relations and Financial Communication and was in charge of the Group’s financial communication from April 2008 to the beginning of 2012. She had been part of the investor relations department since the end of 2005. Nathalie began her career as an external auditor with PricewaterhouseCoopers in 1995. She joined the mergers and acquisitions team at Aérospatiale in 1998 to participate in the merger with Matra and the creation of EADS (previous name of Airbus). From mid 2000 to the end of 2005, Nathalie held several positions in the mergers and acquisitions and business development teams at Technicolor in France and in the US. Her major projects included doubling of revenue at the California subsidiary; establishing a TV manufacturing joint venture with TCL in China; and disposal of the cathode ray tube business to the Indian company Videocon. Nathalie also served as the head of Thomson’s corporate audit for Europe and Asia. Nathalie holds a degree from France’s Institut Mines-Télécom business school.
Member of Political Bureau of Central Committee of Communist Party of China; Vice Premier of State Council, People’s Republic of China; Director of Office of Central Commission for Financial and Economic Affairs
Mr. LIU He is a member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, Vice Premier of the State Council, and Director of the Office of Central Commission for Financial and Economic Affairs.
He was Director of the Office of the Central Leading Group for Financial and Economic Affairs and the Vice Chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) from 2013 to 2018. He joined the Office of the Central Leading Group for Financial and Economic Affairs in 2003 as Deputy Director, responsible for economic development and macroeconomic policies. He also served as CPC Secretary and Vice President for the Development Research Center of the State Council from 2011 to 2013.
He served as Vice Minister for the Informatization Office of the State Council from 2001 to 2003, where he was responsible for e-government in China and international cooperation. He was Executive President of the State Information Center from 1998 to 2001. He had a long tenure with the State Planning Commission, and has participated in drafting all of China’s Five-Year Economic-Social Development Plans since the 1980s.
Mr. LIU was born in Beijing in 1952. He received an M.A. in Economics from Renmin University of China. He studied at Harvard University and the business school of Seton Hall University in the U.S., and got an MPA from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Vice Chairman of the South China Board, European Union Chamber of Commerce in China, People’s Republic of China
Peter Helis, founder and managing director of Helis & Associates, has gained 15 years of professional experience in China. Born and raised in Germany, he graduated in Chinese studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London before he settled in Hong Kong. There, Peter Helis was the Sales Director for several multinational corporations. After working as General Manager of the German Industry & Commerce in Guangzhou, he established the consulting firm Helis & Associates.Speaking Mandarin and Cantonese fluently, Peter Helis is a communicator between the two cultures. He is well connected with both the business community and the local governments.
COO & CO-Founder, XCharge, P.R. China
Simon graduated from University of Toronto with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in Finance. Prepared with extensive experience in the automotive industry from Tesla (China) and Mercedes-Benz (Beijing), he holds a very strategic approach to distinguish XCharge from its peers in both China and abroad, and is skilled at using economic models for business analysis and management.
Dr. Dinglong Huang
Co-founder and CEO, Malong Technologies, Co. Ltd, People's Republic of China
Dr. Dinglong Huang is co-founder and CEO of Malong Technologies, Co. Ltd.
Dinglong obtained his doctorate degree from Tsinghua University, and majored in Human-Computer Interaction (studied with American Academy of Engineering member Gavriel Salvendy). Dinglong previously worked as an intern researcher at Google, product manager and the director of products at Microsoft MSN, the director of business products, and Vice President of products at TripAdvisor in China. He met his co-founder, Matt Scott, at Microsoft where at the time, they both worked together to build the “Bing Dictionary” project. At Tencent, Dinglong led several products such as “Micro-Space” and “Stream Ads“. After joining TripAdvisor, he led the product and marketing team to launch their new application for mobile, which ranked top ten at the AppStore Travel category in only 3 months (which used to be less than 150), and the Android version which generated more than a million downloads each week. Dinglong is an adjunct master instructor of the Computer Science department in Tsinghua University, also, a life mentor of the Industrial Engineering Department. He specializes in Internet product design & management, user experience design, and market-oriented products. In 2017, Dinglong won a provincial award for his contribution on the AI industry in China.
Dr. Mikko Huotari
Deputy Director, Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS), Germany
Mikko Huotari is the deputy director of MERICS and heads the programme on China’s foreign relations. His research focuses on China’s foreign policy, China–Europe relations and regional order in Asia. He has published extensively on China’s global investment strategy and economic relations with Europe, as well as on geopolitical shifts related to China’s rise as a global security player. Before joining MERICS, Huotari taught international political economy and Chinese foreign policy at the University of Freiburg. During his studies of international politics and international law in Freiburg, Nanjing and Shanghai, he gained experience in policy-oriented China research at the German-Chinese Law Institute in Nanjing, the German Embassy in Beijing and the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) in Berlin.
Founder and chairman of the board at GreenMobility A/S, Denmark
Henrik Isaksen is founder and majority shareholder of GreenMobility. Mr. Isaksen has successfully founded and sold a number of companies in the car- and finance sector. His prior experience includes managing positions at GE Capital, Daimler AG etc. One of Henrik Isaksen’s startups was Clever A/S, which today manages the biggest charging network for electric vehicles in the Nordic region, also AutoLease, sold to DNB, which today is one of the biggest automotive leasing operators in Norway, Sweden and Denmark.
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Ischinger
Former German Ambassador to U.S. and U.K., Chairman of the Munich Security Conference, Germany
Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger has been Chairman of the Munich Security Conference since 2008. He is also Senior Professor for Security Policy and Diplomatic Practice at the Hertie School of Governance, Berlin. Ischinger began his diplomatic career in the cabinet of the UN Secretary-General in 1973 and joined the Federal Republic of Germany’s foreign service in 1975. From 1998 to 2001, he was Staatssekretär (Deputy Foreign Minister). From 2001 to 2008, he served first as German Ambassador in Washington, DC, and then in London. From 2008 to 2014, he was Global Head of Government Relations of Allianz SE, Munich. Today, Ischinger serves on a number of corporate and non-profit boards.
CEO and co-founder of Smaato, Germany
Ragnar Kruse is the CEO and co-founder of Smaato. Since 2005, he has built Smaato into the world’s largest independent mobile ad exchange, with over 90,000 publishers and app developers and more than 450 demand partners delivering ads to over one billion unique mobile users per month around the world. He has raised USD 50 million from prestigious investors such as Aeris Capital, EDBI Singapore, Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) and business angels.
As a serial entrepreneur with more than 30 years’ experience in IT, Mr Kruse understands the unique challenges in bringing new technologies to market. He has built up several companies from inception to market launch in the US and Europe.
At Intershop Communications, a leader in e-commerce software solutions, Mr Kruse was VP of Sales and Marketing in San Francisco. During his tenure, he was instrumental in the company’s growth, ushering it through a successful IPO on NASDAQ and the ‘Neuer Markt’ in 1998, while helping the company to grow from five employees to more than 1,000.
Senior Partner and Vice President at KLC Law Firm
Thomas is a practising lawyer with more than 32 years of experience in energy, transport, infrastructure, dispute resolution and privatisation projects. He also has vast litigation experience in various market sectors and several international commercial and investment arbitration cases. Thomas has been engaged as project director and team leader inter alia for EU-funded projects like INOGATE and TRACECA that aim at the facilitation of infrastructure investments in Central Asia, Caucasus and Eastern Europe for the transportation of oil and gas from Central Asia and Caspian Basin to Europe as well as trade facilitation, cross-border procedure harmonisation, dispute resolution mechanisms and multimodal transportation systems. At present, Thomas is leading a number of high-profile privatisation and concession projects, including the privatisation of ten major ports in Greece and the Hellenic Petroleum privatisation process.
Pui Shan Lee
Managing Director, KekstCNC, P.R. China
Pui Shan Lee heads the Hongkong office of Kekst CNC, one of the world’s premier strategic communications firms. She advises Chinese and multinational companies on cross-border transactions, corporate communications, investor relations, crisis preparedness and management. Pui Shan has provided highly-tailored media and crisis training programs to hundreds of C-suite and senior-level executives – both Chinese and expatriates – preparing them to deal with the complex, diverse, and evolving media and business environment in China and abroad. Prior to joining Kekst CNC, Pui Shan was a Managing Director and head of the Strategic Communications segment at FTI Consulting in Shanghai. She was previously a Vice President at APCO Worldwide and an Executive Director and head of China at Citigate Dewe Rogerson. Before moving into communications consultancy, she was a veteran journalist in Hong Kong, holding key editorial positions at leading Hong Kong media, including Television Broadcasts Limited, Hong Kong Economic Journal and Hong Kong Economic Times.
Executive Vice President, State Grid Corporation of China, P.R. China
Mr. Liu Guangying was born in March, 1963. He graduated from North China Electric Power University with a PHD degree in economics and management。
Mr. Liu was appointed as Executive Vice President of State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) in Sept. 2014.
From 2000 to 2005, Mr. Liu served as head of Personnel Dept. and Vice President of Shandong Power Company.
From 2005 to 2014, Mr. Liu worked in the headquarters of the State Grid Corporation of China, serving successively as Director General of Supervision Dept., Director General of Administration Office, Director General of Personnel Dept. and then Vice President.
Mr. Liu also serves as the chairman of the Association of China Electric Power Writers, and writes several books such as “Football in black and white”, “self-liberation” and “Bumping into the future”.
Prof. Michael Mainelli
FCCA FCSI (Hon) FCCA, Executive Chairman, Z/Yen Group, United Kingdom
A qualified accountant, securities professional, computer specialist, and management consultant, educated at Harvard University and Trinity College Dublin, Professor Mainelli gained his PhD at London School of Economics where he was also a Visiting Professor. He began his career as a research scientist, later becoming an accountancy-firm partner and a director of Ministry of Defence research. During a spell in merchant banking in 1994, he co-founded Z/Yen, the City of London’s leading commercial think-tank. He has led Z/Yen from creating smart ledgers (aka blockchains) through Global Financial Centres Index, Global Green Finance Index, Global Intellectual Property Index, and Long Finance. He is an Alderman of the City of London, a non-executive director of two listed firms and a regulator, Emeritus Professor at Gresham College, Fellow of Goodenough College, and Master of the Worshipful Company of World Traders. His third book, The Price of Fish: A New Approach to Wicked Economics and Better Decisions (鱼价引爆经济学：真实商业有多难), won the 2012 Independent Publisher Book Awards Finance, Investment & Economics Gold Prize.
CEO, Hamburg Port Authority AöR, Germany
After completing his studies in computer science and the supplementary subject of economics at the University of Hamburg, Jens Meier started his professional career at Software Design & Management AG (Ernst & Young group).
In 2000, he was appointed divisional manager of Systematics AG (later EDS). From July 2002 onwards, Jens Meier was CEO of tts Holding GmbH & Co. KG, where he was in charge of IT, finances and international logistics. Upon the sale of the tts group to Fiege in 2006, he was appointed to the board of directors of Fiege Holding Stiftung & Co. KG, Greven.
Since April 1st, 2008 Jens Meier has been serving as CEO of the Hamburg Port Authority (HPA).
He is an alumnus of the Young Business People at the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce and senator of the Federal Association for Economic Development and Foreign Trade where he represents the logistics industry. In 2006, the Senate of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg appointed him to the board of trustees of the Logistics Initiative Hamburg.
Deputy State Secretary, Ministry of Transport of the Republic of Latvia, Republic of Latvia
Mr. Merirands began his professional career at the Energy Department of the Ministry of Economics of the Republic of Latvia in 2001. During his employment there, he worked as a Head of Electricity and Gas Market Unit, Deputy Director of Energy Department, dealing with issues related to legal framework of energy markets, international cooperation and energy security and as a Director of Energy Department. In 2013 he was transferred to the position of a deputy state secretary of the Ministry of Transport in charge of railway, aviation and road transport sector as well as transport and communications security. Mr. Merirands has an academic master’s degree in legal science, as well as an interdisciplinary Master’s degree in Baltic Sea region issues.
Director for "WTO, Legal Affairs and Trade in Goods," Directorate General for Trade in the European Commission, Belgium
Mr Redonnet previously headed the WTO division and then the Strategy division of the DG Trade.
Before that, he served as Deputy chief of staff to EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson and advisor to EU Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy.
Mr Redonnet is a career European Commission official, having held positions in the monetary, international economic affairs and internal market directorate generals of the EU Executive. He is an economist by training and started his career as a corporate banker for a French bank in the city of London.
Chairman, Accenture Germany
Frank Riemensperger has been Chairman of Accenture in Germany, Austria and Switzerland since November 2009. In this role, Frank is responsible for strategy development and execution as well as Accenture’s market development in the German-speaking countries. Currently, Accenture has more than 8,000 employees in this region.
The trained computer scientist and expert for digitization holds a seat in the acatech Senate, the German Academy for Engineering Sciences, and is a member of the supervisory board of the DFKI (German Institute for Artificial Intelligence). Frank is part of the executive committees of the German IT association BITKOM and the German association of IT users VOICE and a member of the steering committees of the Plattform Industrie 4.0 and of the Plattform Lernende Systeme. Furthermore, he is the Vice President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Germany, a member of the Baden-Badener Unternehmer-Gespräche (BBUG), of the Feldafinger Kreis and is a jury member of several awards including the Top 500 German Growth Champions, the German Innovation Prize and the German CIO of the year.
Together with Prof. Dr. Henning Kagermann, President of acatech, Frank heads the German research project "Smart Service Welt - Digital Transformation of the German Industry”. The aim of the project is to develop recommendations for German industry leaders and policy makers to lead the digital transformation of Germany’s key industries.
Managing Director & Co-Founder, dgroup – part of Accenture Consulting, Germany
Born in Hamburg, Olaf Rotax is Founder and Managing Director of dgroup / since 2016 part of Accenture, one of the world's largest management consulting, technology and outsourcing service providers. With the vision "Creating business in a digital world", he has been driving national and international companies in actively exploiting the potential of digitization since 2008, together with more than 100 colleagues. dgroup is a leading specialist consultancy and enabler for digital transformation. In addition to traditional consulting, dgroup's portfolio also includes the implementation and digital communication/ brand work to guide their clients on the way of digital transformation from top to bottom.
Previously, the graduated industrial engineer (Wedel and Buckingham) worked in a leading role for several well-known companies with a digital focus. After completing his studies and trainee program, he initially worked at Tchibo Holding AG (Tchibo, Beiersdorf, Reemtsma) and established tchibo.de in 1999/2000. After further management positions at Otto, Shopping24 and Karstadt, where he was responsible for the rebuilding of karstadt.de as a Managing Director, Olaf Rotax switched to the service sector after 10 years of professional activity. In total, Olaf Rotax has gained about 20 years of digital experience and has accompanied more than 100 projects on digital transformation for over 50 corporations, medium-sized companies and startups from idea to operation.
Olaf Rotax was born in 1973, is married and has three children.
Prof. Dr. Eberhard Sandschneider
Leiter des Arbeitsschwerpunktes Politik China und Ostasiens, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
Professor Eberhard Sandschneider holds a chair in Chinese politics and international relations at Freie Universität Berlin. Between 2003 and 2016, he was the ‘Otto Wolff Director’ at the research institute of the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP). Since 2014, he has served as one of the two deans of the Bucerius Summer School on Global Governance in Hamburg. In 2017, he joined Berlin Global Advisors (BGA) as a partner.
Between 1995 and 1998, he was a professor of international relations at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz. After moving to Freie Universität Berlin in October 1998, he became the managing director of the Otto Suhr Institute from October 1999 to March 2001 and served as dean of the Department of Political and Social Sciences from 2001 to 2003.
Eberhard Sandschneider’s books include Global Rivals: China’s Uncanny Rise and the Helplessness of the West and Europe’s Successful Descent: Giving Away Power Today in Order to Win Tomorrow.
He was promoted to full professor with his work The Stability and Transformation of Political Systems (1993) and wrote his doctoral dissertation on Military and Politics in the People’s Republic of China 1969–1986 (1986).
Secretary General, European External Action Service (EEAS), Belgium
Helga Maria Schmid has been shaping the European Union's foreign and security policy for over a decade. As a German diplomat, she has served as political adviser to Foreign Ministers Klaus Kinkel and Joschka Fischer and was Head of Fischer's cabinet from 2003 to 2005. That same year, Ms. Schmid joined the EU institutions as Director of the Policy Planning and Early Warning Unit under Javier Solana, the former High Representative of the EU for the Common Foreign and Security Policy. After the creation of the European External Action Service (EEAS), the diplomatic service of the EU, in 2011, Ms. Schmid became its Deputy Secretary General and Political Director. In September 2016, High Representative Federica Mogherini appointed her as Secretary-General of the EEAS.
Representative, Europe, Asian Development Bank, Germany
Robert Schoellhammer, the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Representative to Europe, is a development economist, with dual British-German citizenship, born in Zürich, Switzerland. He joined ADB in 2000 as a project economist working in east and central Asia, after which he joined the Strategy and Policy Department, and including an assignment as Deputy Resident Director to North America. Mr Schoellhammer then transferred to ADB’s Mongolia Resident Mission as Country Director. Prior to joining the European Representative Office, Mr Schoellhammer served as Adviser to ADB’s Director General for East Asia. Mr. Schoellhammer also worked at the African Development Bank, at GOPA Consultants, Germany, and lectured at Mongolia’s Institute for Administration and Management Development. He holds a Bachelors degree in Development Economics from the University of East Anglia, a Masters degree in Agriculture from the University of Aberdeen, and speaks English and German, French, Russian and Mongolian.
Dr. Margot Schüller
China expert at the GIGA Institute of Asian Studies, Germany
Dr. Margot Schüller is an associate and China expert at the Institute of Asian Studies at the GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies. She lectures regularly on Chinese and East Asian economies at universities in Germany and abroad and frequently advises governmental and private institutions. Dr Schüller’s current research focuses on China’s transition to a new industrial development model, China’s innovation system and policies and the globalisation of Chinese companies. On behalf of the GIGA, she coordinates the Asia-Pacific Research Area (APRA) monitoring project that analyses national and regional innovation performance. Dr Schüller is also a member of the Sino-German Innovation Platform, an initiative of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology.
President, NXP Semiconductors N.V., Germany
Kurt Sievers is president of NXP Semiconductors (NASDAQ: NXPI). In this role, he oversees all NXP business lines, including automotive, industrial and IoT, mobile, and communications infrastructure. Since 2008, he has led the worldwide NXP automotive business as executive vice president and general manager. At the founding of NXP in 2006, he was responsible for strategy and business development in the automotive and secure identification businesses.Mr Sievers serves as a member of the board of the Central Association of the German Electrical Engineering and Electronics Industry (ZVEI). He is also a member of the supervisory boards for AENEAS and PENTA, a key role that shapes European private–public R&D programmes in the field of microelectronics. He chairs the advisory board for the electronica trade fair. He is also the managing director of NXP Semiconductors Germany GmbH.Mr Sievers started his career in 1995 at Philips Semiconductors. He holds a master’s degree in physics and information technology.
Dr. Angela Stanzel
Senior Policy Fellow, Asia programme, European Council on Foreign Relations, Berlin Office, Germany
Dr Angela Stanzel is a senior policy fellow in the Asia programme of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR). She is also the editor of China Analysis, a quarterly analytical survey of Chinese news and debate published by the ECFR. Alongside China’s foreign policy and EU–China relations, her research work focuses on South Asia in the context of China’s rise. She is the author of a range of publications and a frequent commentator in international media. Before joining the ECFR in 2014, Angela worked for the BMW Foundation and the International Affairs Office of the Koerber Foundation in Berlin. Prior to that, she worked in Brussels for the German Marshall Fund of the United States (Asia programme) and in Beijing for the German embassy (cultural section) as well as for several event and marketing firms. Angela Stanzel earned her PhD in Sinology at Freie Universität Berlin in 2013. She has also been a member of the Young China Watchers (YCW) in Berlin since 2015.
Dr. Sabine Stricker-Kellerer
Lawyer, SSK Asia, Germany
Dr Sabine Stricker-Kellerer advises on legal aspects of doing business in China based on her 30 years of experience in Chinese business and legal matters. She was the first lawyer to set up an office for a European law firm in China back in 1985. Dr Stricker-Kellerer is Chairperson of the International Advisory Committee of the German Federal Minister of Economics, member of the Sino-German Dialogue Forum. She is active as an international arbitrator with the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) and other Asian arbitration institutions. She studied law in Munich, Geneva and Harvard.
Chairwoman of the Executive Board, Hamburger Hafen und Logistik Aktiengesellschaft (HHLA), Germany
Angela Titzrath was born on 30 April 1966 in Essen. After studying economics and Romance language and literature at Ruhr University Bochum, she began her career as the Head of Operative and Strategic Controlling at Mercedes-Benz in Rome.
She took on several international top management functions at the Daimler Group between 1991 and 2012, including CEO of the Mercedes-Benz Credit of Canada, Managing Director of the Mercedes-Benz Credit of North America in the US and European Managing Director of Mercedes-Benz Bank. She also headed up all services, equity interests and the corporate strategy in the DaimlerChrysler merger. In 2002, Ms. Titzrath took on the role of commercial managing director at the Mercedes-Benz production plant in Spain and subsequently became Member of the Executive Board for Sales, Aftersales and Logistics for the Daimler AG Buses division.
In 2012, she was appointed to the Executive Board of Deutsche Post AG, where she was responsible for Group Human Resources globally until 2014. In the last few years she has been an active Supervisory Board member for various companies and organisations, whilst also working as a consultant and lecturer.
Ms. Titzrath has been a member of HHLA’s Executive Board since October 1, 2016 and its Chairwoman since January 1, 2017.
Dr. Peter Tschentscher
First mayor of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, President of the senate, Germany
Dr Peter Tschentscher was born on 20 January 1966 in Bremen. Beginning in 1987, after secondary school and civil service, he studied medicine with postgraduate studies in molecular biology in Hamburg, which he completed with a Doctor of Medicine in 1995. This was followed by a habilitation in 2008. Until 2011, he was a senior physician at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf.
Peter Tschentscher joined the SPD as a student. From 2008 until 2011, he was deputy chair and financial policy spokesman of the SPD faction in the Hamburg parliament. In 2011, he was named minister of finance in the Hamburg senate.
On 28 March 2018, the Hamburg parliament elected Peter Tschentscher as the first mayor of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg. He is the plenipotentiary of the Federal Republic of Germany for German–French cultural cooperation with the rank of minister of state.
EU Commissioner, European Commission, Denmark
Margrethe Vestager is EU Commissioner for Competition. She previously served as Minister for Economic Affairs and the Interior (2011-14) and Minister for Education (1998-2001) of Denmark, and as President of the ECOFIN Council during the Danish EU Presidency (2012). She was Political leader of the Danish Social Liberal Party (2007-14), and has worked for the Danish Ministry of Finance (1993-95). Ms. Vestager holds an MSc in Economics (University of Copenhagen).
Prof. Dr. Henning Vöpel
Director and CEO, Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI), Germany
Henning Vöpel has been director and CEO of the Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI) since 2014. In 2010, he was appointed as Professor of Economics at HSBA Hamburg School of Business Administration. His research areas include business cycle analysis, fiscal and monetary policy as well as the digital economy.
After studying economics at the University of Hamburg, Professor Vöpel completed his doctorate in 2004 on the topic of the stabilisation effects of fiscal policy. At the same time, he worked as a research associate in the Faculty of Business and Economics. For the next two years, he worked as an independent business consultant.
In 2006, Professor Vöpel twice took part in the joint economic forecast of the leading economic research institutes on behalf of the German government. In 2009, he was invited by the US Department of State to carry out research in locations such as Washington DC, San Francisco and Boston (Harvard and MIT) as part of the International Young Leadership Programme.
Member of the Board, Ningbo Jifeng Auto Parts Co., Ltd., P.R. China
After graduating with a Master’s degree in the U.S., Jimin Wang began to work for the family business Ningbo Jifeng Auto Parts Co Ltd in 2011. He started out as a Plant Manager & Assistant to the General Manager and was also tasked to lead Jifeng’s IPO on the Shanghai Stock Exchange and the establishment of a Jifeng subsidiary in Germany. In 2016, Wang left the company for a period of two years to work for CRRC Urban Traffic Co., Ltd, a subsidiary of CRRC Group, where he helped to establish Joint Ventures with a range of top-listed logistics companies and production facilities as well as an R&D hub. In early 2018, he returned to Ningbo Jifeng as Member of the Board to take charge of the public takeover of Germany’s Grammer AG. He completed this process in early September, having successfully acquired a total of almost 85% of Grammer’s shares.
Head of China Business Services Germany, Switzerland and Austria; Partner, Transaction Advisory Services, EY, Germany
Sun Yi, born in Shanghai, learned German at an elite boarding school in Shanghai. After her first degree in German literature she obtained a master’s degree in Economics and Business Studies (Diplom-Kauffrau) in Germany. In 2006, Sun Yi joined EY (formerly Ernst & Young) and in 2011 she became the first Chinese native speaker to work as a partner in a Big Four audit firm in Germany and the youngest partner at EY. Alongside her role as partner in Transaction Advisory Services, Sun also leads EY’s China Business Services in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. She has more than 14 years of experience in cross-border business with China and, with her team, has acted as an advisor to most landmark transactions by Chinese investors in Europe during the last six years.
Senior Vice President, Vice President, Sinopec Group, P.R. China
Mr. Ling Yiqun is a professor-level senior engineer with a Doctor’s degree. In February 2000, he was appointed Deputy Director General of Sinopec Refining Department. From June 2003 to August 2013, he served as Director General of Sinopec’s Refining Department. In July 2010, he was appointed Vice President of Sinopec Corp. From September 2011 to March 2014, he was Vice Chairman of Yanbu Aramco Sinopec Refining Company Ltd. (YASREF). From May 2012 to July 2013, he was Executive Director, President and Secretary of CPC Committee of Sinopec Refinery Product Sales Company Limited. In August 2013, he was appointed President and Secretary of CPC Committee of Sinopec Qilu Petrochemical Corporation and President of Sinopec Qilu Company. In August 2016, he served as Secretary of CPC Committee of Sinopec Qilu Petrochemical Corporation. In December 2016, he became Chairman of Sinopec Engineering（Group）Co. Ltd. In March 2017, he was appointed Vice President of Sinopec Group. In February 2018, he was appointed Senior Vice President of Sinopec Corporation. In May 2018, he was appointed as Board Director of Sinopec Corporation.
Chairman, China Federation of Industrial Economics (CFIE), People's Republic of China
Born in March 1945, Mr. Li Yizhong, a professorate senior engineer, was once Vice Chairman & Party Secretary of SASAC, Chairman & Secretary of Leading Party Group of State Administration of Work Safety as well as Minister and Secretary of Leading Party Group of the MIIT. He was Vice Chairman of the Economic Committee & standing member of the 12th CPPCC National Committee. He was also the alternate member of the 14th and 15th CPC Central Committee and member of the 16th and 17th CPC Central Committee. He is now Chairman of CFIE.
He graduated from Beijing Petroleum College in 1966 and has worked successively as Deputy General Manager，Executive Deputy General Manager of China Petroleum and Chemical Corporation, General Manager, Chairman & Secretary of Leading Party Group of Donglian Petrochemical Group, General Manager & Secretary of Leading Party Group of Sinopec Group and Chairman & Secretary of Leading Party Group of China Sinopec Corporation, Ltd. He sits as Chairman and Executive President of the Presidium of CFIE since April 2011.
Assistant General Manager; Director of Strategy Management and Business Planning Department, China FAW Group Co., Ltd., P.R. China
Yong Hu，Assistant General Manager of China FAW Group Co., LTD & Director of Strategy Management and Business Planning Department is a Professorate Senior Engineer.
He graduated from Tsinghua University Department of Automotive Engineering and majored in internal combustion engine and has over ten years’ experience in ICE development and test management. He previously served as: Chief of the Test Management Section, Changchun Automotive Research Institute; Vice Director, Director of FAW Group Steering Gear Factory; Assistant Chief Engineer of FAW Group & 1st Deputy General Manager of FAW Daewoo Company; Deputy Secretary-General of Chongqing Municipal Government (temporary, responsible for communicating with automotive and motorcycle industry); Dean of MMI Planning & Engineering Institute IX CO., LTD; FAW-VW Deputy General Manager of Business & General Manager of FAW-VW Sales Company; Assistant General Manager of China FAW Group Co., LTD & Shareholders’ Representative for VW cooperation; Assistant General Manager of China FAW Group Co., LTD & BOD Member, General Manager of FAW CAR CO., LTD.
CIO, CRRC, P.R. China
Mr. Wang Yongzhi, Professorate Senior Engineer, is the CIO of CRRC. Mr. Wang obtained a bachelor degree from the Southwest Jiao Tong University in 1984 and a master degree from Beijing Jiao Tong University in 1994. Mr. Wang started his technical research career at Zhuzhou electric locomotive institute. Then he has served successively as the vice director of R&D department, the director of R&D department, vice CTO, CTO, CIO of China Railway Rolling Stock Industry Corporation, CNR, CRRC from 1996. Mr. Wang has organized several core projects of Chinese high speed trains and high power AC drive locomotives, relating to the quality control, technology innovation and key product development. He has also organized the “IT Ascend Height Engineer Project” of CRRC and the “CRRC Intelligence Manufacture 2025 Project”. Mr. Wang has won the First/Second prize award of science and technology of the China Railway Ministry/China Railway Academy for several times. Now, Mr. Wang is a member of the integration of information and industrialization leader team of Industry and Information Ministry, and member of the China Intelligence manufacture standardization expert advisory group.
Chairman , China Reform Holdings Corp. Ltd, P.R. China
Born in June 1960, Chairman ZHOU has long been working for industrial and economic organizations of the Chinese government. For the biggest part of his career, he has been committed to corporate management and the reform of state-owned enterprises in China. He previously held posts such as Deputy Director of the Legal Department of the Bureau of Petrochemical, Director of the Bureau of Policies, Laws and Regulations of State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council of China (SASAC), Deputy Secretary General of SASAC, etc. With profound experience in SOEs reform and deep expertise in the economic arena, he was appointed head of the China Reform Holdings Corporation, a pilot SOE for state capital operation in 2018.
Executive Vice President, China COSCO Shipping Corporation Limited, P.R. China
Mr. Yu Zenggang is the Executive Vice President and Party Committee Member of China COSCO Shipping Corporation Limited. He started his career in August 1984, and served as the Chief Representative of the Japan Representative Office of Shanghai Shipping Bureau, Director and General Manager of Shanghai Haixing Shipping (Japan) Co., Ltd., Deputy General Manager, General Manager of the Development Division of China Shipping (Group) Company, Executive Vice President of China Shipping (North America) Holding Co., Ltd., President of China Shipping (Europe) Holding GmbH, General Manager of the President Office of China Shipping (Group) Company, Director of BOD Office and General Office, Executive Vice President and BOD Secretary of China Shipping (Group) Company. He has over 30 years of work experience in the shipping industry, and has abundant expertise in corporate management, corporate governance, overseas industry development, international operation, and listed company management. He has held his current position since January, 2016. Mr. Yu graduated from Wuhan University of Technology with a Bachelor’s Degree of engineering science in 1984 and obtained a Master’s Degree in 2012 from CEIBS (China Europe International Business School). He is a senior engineer.
Chief Strategy Investment Officer (CSIO), Tuya Smart, P.R. China
Mengda Zhao, Chief Strategy Investment Officer (CSIO) of Tuya Smart, who has over 10 years investment experience in PE/VC, is specialized in TMT and Energy sectors.
Prior to joining Tuya Smart, Mengda Zhao was the managing director of HNA Innovation Finance Group, executive director of San Shan Capital and Wind Media Investment, portfolio manager of Barclays Wealth Management. Mengda Zhao has a Bachelors degree in Mathematics and a Masters degree in Risk Management and Financial Engineering from Imperial College London.
Mengda Zhao’s previous investment experience covers IoT and AI projects, from DJI to Moviebook and NCF Holdings, etc. By observing the trends and gaining the market insights from domestic and global economy, Mengda Zhao’s experience in investment has received proven success with over 5 enterprises having become “unicorn” enterprises.
President, Greater China, NXP Semiconductors; Chairman, NXP (China) Management Co., Ltd.; Global Senior Vice President, NXP Semiconductors, People's Republic of China
Li Zheng has built a successful track record in the semiconductor industry for 25 years. Prior to joining NXP in March 2014, Li held a variety of management positions including Chairman & CEO of Renesas Electronics, Greater China and most recently, Senior Vice President of worldwide marketing for SMIC Corp.
Li holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Administration Engineering from China’s Tianjin University and a master’s degree in Economics from Tokyo University. He served as a Director of the Chinese American Semiconductor Professional Association (CASPA) and the President of the Shanghai branch, while working in Silicon Valley in the United States.
NXP Semiconductors is the world’s leading IC design and manufacturing company, ranking first globally in automotive electronics, information security and high-power RF. Extensive collaborations have been formed between NXP and industry players in China, especially in the fields of automobile intellectualization, electrification and AI-IoT.
Dr. Lianyu Zhu
Chairman of the Board，Secretary of the Party Committee，Professor level senior engineer, Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co., Ltd , P.R. China
Zhu Lianyu, born in September, 1970, is a member of CCP, professor senior engineer and a graduate of Tianjin University with a DBA degree.
He graduated Tianjin University in 1992 with a degree in internal combustion engine science. After graduation, he started working as an engineer at China Communications Construction Co., and as manager of the enterprise development division and vice chief of the Ship Machinery department. He was the president of CCCC (China Communications Construction Co.) International Shipping Corp (2009-2014), vice president of the manufacturing department and the Marine Heavy Industry Department in China Communications Constructions Co(2014-2015), board director, vice president, and CCP secretary in Shanghai ZhenHua Heavy Industry Co(2015-2016), vice chairman and CCP secretary in Shanghai ZhenHua Heavy Industry Co(2016-2017), chairman and CCP secretary in Shanghai ZhenHua Heavy Industry Co(2017-).