Xin Yukun is a writer and editor graduated from Beijing Film Academy in 2008. His representative works are Deep in the Heart and Wrath of Silence. Deep in the Heart is Xin’s directional debut. It won several prizes internationally with its funny tangled narratives of three stories. A young man tries to get away from his family's overwhelming power, but when he accidentally kills a local thug, his fate will be intricately linked to his father's. A woman, who for years has been victim of domestic violence, finds comfort in the arms of her ex-lover. The news of the death of her husband arrives as she was planning his murder. An honest village chief plans to retire but an exceptional event related to his son will pull him into the abyss. See a trailer at: https://youtu.be/tSwypOz2zfI In 2017, his film Wrath Of Silence, which tells a story in a northern village in China, won the Best Actor Award and Best Film Award at International Film Festival & Awards Macao, and Best New Sound Engineer and Best New Original Score at 2018 Chinese Young Generation Film Forum. In this film, a mute father searches for his missing shepherd son when he becomes entangled into the dark story associated with the local mineral mining business. See a subtitled trailer at: https://youtu.be/qU0SfHphyPc
Wen Muye is a director in Mainland China. He got his master's degree from Director Apartment of Beijing Film Academy. In 2018, his film Dying to Survive became a big hit in China and won the Best Leading Actor, Best New Director and Best Original Screenplay of the Golden Horse Award. Dying to survive is a 2018 Chinese Comedy-Drama film about a drug smuggler Cheng Yong who bring a cheap drug from India. It raised the attention to drug smuggle and patten protection of drugs. See a subtitled trailer at: https://youtu.be/DsidZCH9RC8
Hsin-yao Huang is a director and actor in Taipei. As a documentary director, he directed several documentaries about Taiwan including Taivalu and Dai-Shui-Yun. He was the Executive Director of Taipei Documentary Filmmakers’ Union. In 2017, he came up with his directional debut, the Great Buddha+, a dark comedy, with which he won the top prize at the 19th Taipei Film Festival and received 10 nominations at the 54th Golden Horse Awards, winning Best Adapted Screenplay and Best New Director. The Great Buddha+ tells a story that the night security guard at a Buddha statue factory along with his friend, a recyclables collector, become entangled in a web of dark secrets after stumbling upon videos that document the promiscuous meetings of the factory's wealthy owner. It portraits the contracted lives of two very different world in Taiwan. See a subtitled trailer at: https://youtu.be/knIWg5ukHMA
Professor Rana Mitter is a British historian and political scientist of Indian origin who specializes in the history of republican China. He is Professor of the History and Politics of Modern China at the Department of Politics and International Relations at Oxford University, Deutsche Bank Director of the Dickson Poon China Centre, and a Fellow and Vice-Master of St Cross College. His 2013 book China’s War with Japan, 1937-1945: The Struggle for Survival (titled Forgotten Ally: China’s War with Japan, 1937-45 for publication in the US), about the Second Sino-Japanese War, was well received by critics.
Mr Fang has worked in Ministry of Commerce (the then Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation) for a long time and served as Vice Mayor of City Botou of Hebei Province, responsible for the social commodities circulation. He has served successively as Researcher, Director, Deputy Director General of the Department of Outward Investment and Economic Cooperation of the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM), Commercial Counsellor (Deputy Director General) and Director-General of the Department of American and Oceanian Affairs of MOFCOM. He has held diplomatic posts as Third Secretary of the Chinese Embassy in Nigeria, First Secretary in Brunei Darussalam, Economic and Commercial Counsellor in Macedonia, and Minister Counsellor in Indonesia. Since April 2015, Mr. Fang took the position as Chairman of China International Contractor Association (CHINCA). CHINCA is the national organization formed by Chinese international project contractors, investors, labor service companies and related service providers, which used to be affiliated to MOFCOM. CHINCA has been awarded the “National Advanced Social Association” and the highest level 5A in “National Industry Association Evaluation” by China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs. CHINCA has more than 1,500 members, whose projects distributed in more than 190 countries and regions around the world. In housing, electricity, petrochemical, communications and other fields, a large number of projects have been implemented to benefit the local economic development, social progress and improvement of people's livelihood. CHINCA actively serves member companies to participate in the “Belt and Road” Initiative and infrastructure construction, including setting up platforms, promoting exchanges, and undertaking the work as Secretariats of several bilateral CEO Forums; leading sustainable development of companies, carrying out industry self-discipline and credit evaluation, and upgrading corporate compliance awareness. The International Infrastructure Investment and Construction Forum (IIICF) annually held in Macau is now highly influential in the world’s infrastructure industry.
Professor Francis Ting Ming Lui is a founding faculty member, Honorary Fellow, Adjunct Professor of Economics and Professor Emeritus of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) and Visiting Fellow at the Centre for China in the World Economy (recently restructured as Academic Center for the Chinese Economic Practice and Thinking (ACCEPT)) of Tsinghua University. He was awarded Justice of the Peace and Bronze Bauhinia Star by HKSAR. He received his undergraduate and doctoral degrees from the University of Chicago and University of Minnesota, respectively. Before retiring from HKUST, he was the head of the Economics Department, Associate Dean of the Business School, Director of the Center for Economic Development and Member of the University Court. He had also been a visiting professor of the National School of Development of Peking University. He was tenured by the State University of New York in 1991. Professor Lui made important contributions to the field of Economics. In particular, he researched the Chinese economy, economic growth theory and economics of corruption, also touching on several issues pertaining to global economics. Thus, he will offer his unique insights into China’s role in a globalized world economy. Professor Lui is a member of the American Economic Association, Economic Society, Chinese Economist Society and a referee of 27 international professional economic journals. He has served the editorial board of the Pacific Economic Review, China and World Affairs of Tsinghua University, and the Journal of Human Capital of the University of Chicago Press. He has published numerous articles in leading international journals. He is the author/ editor of 13 books, including Diagnosis of the Hong Kong Dollar Crisis. Professor Lui is not only knowledgeable, but he also integrates theory with practice by participating in debates on Hong Kong public policy and shaping the transformation of Hong Kong’s retirement protection system and currency system. He has served as a member of more than ten consultative organizations of HKSAR Government, including the Long Term Housing Strategy Committee, the Population Policy Steering Committee and the Long Term Fiscal Planning Working Group. He has served as commentator of the Hong Kong Radio and Hong Kong Cable TV and member of the Consultative Committee of Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council. He is currently a member of the Commission on Poverty Alleviation and the Land Supply Task Force of the HKSAR government. The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) is a dynamic, international research university, in relentless pursuit of excellence, leading the advance of science, technology, business and humanities, and educating the new generation of front-runners for the world. HKUST topped the Times Higher Education ranking for young universities of the world in 2018 and ranked 37 in the QS ranking for global universities and second in the QS ranking for Hong Kong universities.
John Miu is the Vice President at ABP London. John was appointed in 2009 just as ABP began to seek global development opportunities and he was immediately tasked with coordinating ABP London’s submissions through the rigorous OJEU European procurement process and led the team in acquiring the Royal Albert Dock site in 2013. Aside from his work at ABP, John is a successful entrepreneur and built his own notable tech business with staff and offices in London and which has won multi million pound contracts from both private and public sectors over the past 25 years. He has also established a business responsible for trade and investment services between China and Europe.
Dr. Helena Hui Wang is the Asia Executive Editor of The Lancet. She is primarily responsible for setting up The Lancet’s development strategy in China, and in Asia more broadly, reviewing manuscripts submitted by Asian authors, and attracting top-ranked articles in those regions through strategic cooperation with top academics and research institutions. In addition, Dr. Wang has been leading The Lancet special issues (especially China-themed issue),organizing The Lancet Commissions, and holding important conferences—particularly The Lancet-Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences Health Summit. She has also written and published many Editorials, Comments, and one World Report in TheLancet. Apart from her regional work in China, Dr. Wang has participated in relevant conferences globally on behalf of The Lancet, and delivered keynote speeches in important academic conferences held in various countries and regions including, USA, UK, and South Korea. Dr. Wang is a Council Member in the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), a membership organization with over 10000 members from all academic fields, that provides guidance and counselling on research and publication ethics.
Dr. Yuanli Liu，with a Public Health and economics training background, has been serving as Professor of Health Policy and Management and Dean of School of Public Health at the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences & Peking Union Medical College since 2013. From 1993 to 2013, Dr. Liu worked at Harvard School of Public Health in the area of global health policy and practice. From 2005 to 2015, he served as the founding director of Harvard China Health Initiative, responsible for organizing series of applied research studies, senior executives education program and high-level dialogues. For the past two decades, Dr. Liu had been closely involved in China's healthcare reform and development initiatives as a policy researcher and adviser. He also serves as President of the Chinese Aging Well Association, Vice Chairman of the National Commission on Health Promotion and Education. He has consulted for many international organizations including WHO, World Bank and Fortune 500 companies.
Prof Fujie Xu received her medical training from Peking University Health Science Center in Beijing and her PhD study in Epidemiology from Emory University in Atlanta. Her public health career is primarily at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, United States, as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officer, also known as CDC’s disease detectives (https://www.cdc.gov/eis/diseasedetectives.html). Prof Xu worked as a medical officer at the CDC until 2015, where she led many field investigations and clinical research projects. During 2015-2017, she served as the Director of Medical Affairs and Public Health, Asia & Pacific Region, for a biopharmaceutical company specializing in antiviral therapies Gilead Sciences Inc. In 2017, Dr. Xu was appointed as a professor of infectious disease epidemiology via a national recruitment program, and she has been working at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China. Her research interests include the prevention of HIV, sexually transmitted diseases, and emerging infections, the evaluation of vaccines, and the elimination of viral hepatitis.
Professor Zhengming Chen was qualified in medicine at Shanghai Medical University in 1983, and gained his DPhil in Epidemiology at the University of Oxford in 1992. He was appointed as Reader in Epidemiology in 1998 and Professor of Epidemiology in 2006 by the University of Oxford. He is now based at the Oxford University’s Nuffield Department of Population Health and also acts the co-executive director of the China Oxford Centre for International Population Health Research in Beijing. His main researches focus on the environmental and genetic causes of non-communicable chronic disease (such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer), evidence-based medicine and efficient strategies for disease control in developing countries. Over the past 20 years, he has led several large randomised trials in heart disease (46,000 patients), stroke (20,000 patients) and cancer (15,000 patients), leading to major changes in international guidelines. In 2002, he initiated the prospective China Kadoorie Biobank (CKB) study of 0.5 million people and has been the lead principal investigator of CKB ever since. He leads a research team of ~40 people in Oxford, with substantial expertise in population health, statistics, genomics and big data science. He has published >320 peer-reviewed papers and also sits on various research committees. He is an honorary professor of Peking Union Medical College and Fudan University in China.
Lijia Zhang is a factory-worker-turned writer, social commentator and public speaker. One of the few Chinese who write regularly in English for international publications, her articles have appeared in The Guardian, The South China Morning Post, Newsweek and The New York Times. She is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir “Socialism Is Great!” about her rocket factory experience and her debut novel Lotus, on prostitution in contemporary China, was published by Macmillan and was featured by BBC radio’s World Book Club. She is a recipient of the prestigious fellowship in the International Writer’s Program at the University of Iowa. Lijia has lectured at many conferences, institutions and universities around the world, including Asia EU Economic Forum, European Institute for Asian Studies, The University of Sydney, Harvard, Columbia, Stanford and New York University. She is a regular speaker on the BBC, Channel 4, CNN and NPR. She divides her time between London and Beijing.
Dr Anna Gustafsson Chen is a Swedish translator of Chinese literature. She has translated a number of Chinese authors, including Mo Yan 莫言, Jia Pingwa 贾平凹, Yan Lianke 阎连科, Yu Hua 余华, Liu Zhenyun 刘震云, Chi Zijian 迟子建 and Chen Ran 陈染. For several years, she was a member of the board of the translators’ section of the Swedish Writers’ Union. She has also worked for ten years at the International Library in Stockholm, in charge of the Chinese collection.
Xiaoning Lu is Lecturer in Modern Chinese Culture and Language at SOAS, University of London, where she teaches modern Chinese literature and Chinese-language cinemas. She received her master’s degree in modern Chinese literature from Fudan University, China and her PhD in comparative literature from Stony Brook University, USA. She has published a range of topics in modern Chinese culture in leading international journals including Wenyi yanjiu (Literature and Art Studies), Journal of Contemporary China, and Journal of Chinese Cinemas. Her monograph on Chinese cinema and socialist modernity is forthcoming with Brill. Currently she is co-editing The Oxford Handbook of Communist Visual Cultures with Aga Skrodzka and Katarzyna Marciniak and working on a Leverhulme-funded project on transnational film practices in socialist China. Since 2015 she has been co-curating Chinese Art Film Festival London Showcase.
Ms Sheng was born in Hunan, and later migrated to Shenzhen and Beijing. Her works include the novels Northern Girls, Death Fugue and Barbaric Growth, and the latest Womb and The Metaphor Detox Centre. Her work has been translated into more than ten languages, including English, French and German. She has won several prizes in China and worldwide. Northern Girls, published in English by Penguin in 2012, was longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize. Death Fugue, banned for publication in China, was first published in English by Giramondo in 2014 and is a political allegory that “recalls Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World,” according to the New York Times. Her works depict the real lives of China’s poor, the survival of its women, and situations revolving around the human spirit, written in a language that is violent, enthusiastic, and experimental.
Prof Li Zexiang, chairman of DJI and a pioneer of robotics in China, will join the Technology Panel (Is China the next technology leader?) in OCF 2019. Prof Li is a professor at the Electronic & Computer Engineering Department of HKUST, and the director of the Automation Technology Center. Before that, he received his BS degree from CMU, MA from UCB, PhD from MIT and worked as an assistant professor from NYU. But apart from being a successful academic, he sees the value to turn academic finding into reality. He co-founded several robotic companies with his students, including Googol Tech, DJI, QKM Tech and ePropulsion and Songshan Lake Xbot Park (A robotic startup facility). The most remarkable among them is DJI, occupying 70% of the world market for consumer drones.
Li Dahai, CTO of Zhihu, will join the technology panel (Is China the next technology leader?) in OCF 2019. Zhihu is one of the earliest Chinese question-and-answer website. Li joined the team in 2015 as a partner. He has been in charge on the advertisement, data and algorithm sector. In 2016, Li started an “intellectual community” project driven by the power of AI, which improves the quality and atmosphere of the community.
Liu Bo, CEO and the Managing Partner of TusStar (Beijing) Investment & Management Co., Ltd. TusStar (Beijing) have currently invested over 2 billion RMB into a wide range of technological innovation enterprises from seed stage to growth stage. Backed by Tsinghua University, TusStar has the best expertise and facilities to support a tech start-up to realise its full potential. Coming from a background of management, Mrs Liu has extensive experiences in finance and business. Mrs Liu's interested areas of investment ranges from TMT, healthcare to energy conservation. Mrs Liu has hold several personal awards, including the recent 'Top 15 in Forbes 2018 China's Best Female Venture Capitalist'.
Alan has worked in Health Care and Medical Research, as Chairman and Chief Executive of large multinational companies and smaller technology start-ups. He teaches in Universities in UK, Europe, North America and Asia with Professorships in European and Chinese Universities. He has raised and managed a Venture Capital Fund, is a Business Angel Investor and Trustee of charities. He has been honoured with The Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion in the UK and with membership as Knight First Class of the Order of the White Rose of Finland for services to Education. His current work is focussed heavily on the commercialisation of research, technology start-ups and the development of UK-China Trade and Relationships including cross-continental investment. Promoting the vision of “A World Without Borders”, Alan works actively with the Shanghai Government, Hong Kong Management Association and numbers of overseas business and academic organisations to commission world class executive education programmes.
Ding Yi, the prominent abstract artist, will join OCF 2019 in the Art Panel. Ding Yi has been making abstract paintings called Appearance of Crosses, using crosses and grids since the late 1980s. The cross, whether a + or an x with thematic variation, is a motif that the artist has declared a formal mark without meaning, in order to emphasise his rationalist approach against the political language and allegories implied in the society. The context of Ding’s work has always been the incredibly fast-paced development of the industrial urban environment in post-socialist China. His works are rich in texture and colour, depicting the features of his hometown, the metropolitan Shanghai. Ding’s practice encompasses painting, sculpture, spatial installation and architecture. They have been exhibited worldwide including the 1993 Venice Binnale, and held in private and public collections like the Centre Pompidou, Paris.
Lorenz Helbling, the founder of ShanghART Gallery, was born in Switzerland and studied history, sinology and art history at the University of Zurich and at Fudan University in Shanghai. In 1996 he established ShanghART Gallery in Shanghai, one of the first independent galleries for contemporary art in China. For the past twenty years, ShanghART has been devoted to the development of contemporary art in China and also kept close and long-term cooperation with more than 60 artists. ShanghART now has branches in Shanghai, Beijing and Singapore and regularly participates in major international art fairs. Shanghart Research For the last 20 years, ShanghART has been a pioneering force in the world of contemporary art in Shanghai. During this time the gallery has accumulated a vast archive of materials related to the development of the gallery’s artists, the Shanghai art scene, and the larger networks of contemporary art in China and the world. This unique archive is available to the public for the first time at ShanghART’s recently opened gallery space in the West Bund cultural corridor. Functioning as a library, a bookstore, and research centre, the ShanghART Archive makes available a vast quantity of documentary evidence from an explosive period in the development of Chinese contemporary culture. ShangART Videotheque, established in 2008, holds nearly 600 contemporary video artworks and regularly hold salons and screen-shows. Located at the Shanghai West Bund, ShanghART Library opens the collections of all the art books, which have been collected since the founding of ShanghART Gallery, to the public.
Miao Ying is a cutting-edge artist based in Shanghai and New York, best known for her projects around the Chinese internet and online culture inside the Great Firewall. Her work highlights the attempts to discuss mainstream technology and contemporary consciousness and its impact on people's daily lives, along with the new modes of politics, aesthetics and consciousness created during the representation of reality through technology. She graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor in Fine Arts degree from the China Academy of Art's New Media Art department in Hangzhou, China, and earned a Master in Fine Arts degree in Electronic Integrated Arts from Alfred State College's School of Art and Design in 2009.
Ms Qian Zhuang, the founder and CEO of KnowYourself, will join the Feminism Panel (Feminism's Challenges in China: Chinese ‘Rural’ Feminism in the Digital Age) of OCF 2019. Qian Zhuang holds a BA in Sociology from Peking University, and an MA in Clinical Mental Health from Colombia University, and the National secondary qualification of psychological counseling. She is the founder and CEO of KnowYorself. She is also a member of National Association of Social Workers (NASW) in US. KnowYourself is a renowned platform in China that offers products and service about psychology. It is dedicated to providing professional insights to bring more abundant lives and healthier mental states for young people. Its own media KnowYourself, the largest platform in psychology field in China, has attracted more than 6 million users, more than 70% of which are women. It focuses on the inside world of well-educated young people in the metropolis and helps them get a better understanding of their own families, relationships and careers.
Professor Harriet Evans, from Contemporary China Center and Institute for Modern and Contemporary Culture in the University of Westminster, a Visiting Professor in LSE, will join the Feminism Panel (Feminism's Challenges in China: Chinese ‘Rural’ Feminism in the Digital Age) of OCF 2019. Professor Harriet Evans has written extensively on the politics of gender and sexuality in China, and on political posters and visual culture of the Mao era. She has contributed many articles to leading journals and edited volumes, has curated exhibitions of poster art of the Mao era, and is a regular consultant for non-governmental agencies on women, gender and human rights in China. She was appointed Professor Emerita in March 2017 and is Visiting Professor in Anthropology at the LSE. She is Chair of Trustees to the London-based NGO, The Rights Practice, and works with lawyers representing women seeking asylum in the UK. Evans taught modern Chinese history in Mexico between 1979 and 1984. Formerly Head of the University of Westminster's Chinese Section, she founded and directed the Contemporary China Centre (2009-14) one major emphasis of which was the interdisciplinary critical study of gender and sexuality in China. She coordinated the University's Asian Studies research programme between 2000 and 2010, including the MA and MPhil/PhD programmes in Contemporary Chinese Cultural Studies and International Studies. She finished a Leverhulme Trust funded 3-year research project on ‘Conflicts in Culture: Localities and Heritage in Southwest China’ in late 2017. She was President of the British Association for Chinese Studies (2002-5), served on the Executive Committee of the Universities' China Committee in London (2000-2006), and was member of the Executive Committee of The China Quarterly (2008-2017). She also conducted outreach work with Camden primary schools to introduce year six students to Chinese society in a global world (2004-2007). Evans’ main publications include Women and Sexuality in China: Discourses of Female Sexuality and Gender since 1949 (Polity Press, 1997), Picturing Power in the People's Republic of China: Posters of the Cultural Revolution (co-edited with Stephanie Donald, Rowman and Littlefield, 1999), and The Subject of Gender: Daughters and Mothers in Urban China (Rowman and Littlefield, 2007) Her Beijing from Below: an oral history of everyday life since the 1950s in a poor neighbourhood of central Beijing, is in press with Duke University Press.
Professor Rebecca E. Karl, from New York University, will join the Feminism Panel (Feminism's Challenges in China: Chinese ‘Rural’ Feminism in the Digital Age) of OCF 2019. Rebecca E. Karl is a professor of history at New York University. Having spent many years in China since 1980, she is an expert in China’s modern history. Her work to date has explored the intersections of Chinese intellectual-cultural history, global change, and conceptual histories so as to understand the ways in which China’s violent integration into the global capitalist world system of economics, culture, and society transformed China and the world from the late-nineteenth century onwards. She also is a committed translator of historical and contemporary Chinese intellectual work into English. One of her most famous publication is Mao Zedong and China in the Twentieth-Century World: A Concise History (Duke 2010). She situates Mao and the revolution in a global setting informed by imperialism, decolonization, and third worldism, and discusses worldwide trends in politics, the economy, military power, and territorial sovereignty. The book was translated and published in mainland China in 2013 and received popular acclaim among Chinese readers. In co-editing The Birth of Chinese Feminism: Essential Texts in Transnational Theory (with L. Liu and D. Ko, Columbia 2013), she introduces to an English-language audience the little-known anarchist-feminist from early-20th century China, He-Yin Zhen, through a systematic translation of her major essays and a thorough analysis of her vital theorization of feminism for China's and the world's modern age. Her current project, generously funded by Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET), continues exploring Chinese intellectual-cultural history and focuses on the twentieth-century economic philosopher and translator, Wang Yanan, and the worlds of economic thinking in 1930s-1950s China. She is also the author of: Staging the World: Chinese Nationalism at the Turn of the Twentieth Century(Duke 2002; translated into Chinese, 2008); The Magic of Concepts: Essays on Philosophy, Economics and Culture in Twentieth-Century China (2016). She is co-translator of: Cai Xiang, Revolution and Its Narratives: Chinese Socialist Cultural Imaginaries, 1949-1966 (with Xueping Zhong; Duke, forthcoming 2016); and co-editor of: The 1898 Reforms: Cultural and Political Change in China (with Peter Zarrow; Harvard East Asian Monographs, 2002); and of Marxism Beyond Marxism (with S. Makdisi and C. Casarino; Routledge, 1997).
Hongwei Bao, Assistant Professor in Media Studies at the University of Nottingham, will join the Feminism Panel (Feminism's Challenges in China: Chinese ‘Rural’ Feminism in the Digital Age) of OCF 2019. Dr Hongwei Bao is Assistant Professor in Media Studies at the University of Nottingham, where he also co-directs the Centre for Contemporary East Asian Cultural Studies (CEACS). He is also a member of the Institute for Screen Industries Research (ISIR) and Centre for Critical Theory (CCI) at Nottingham. Prior to Nottingham he taught at Nottingham Trent University, University of Potsdam, University of Sydney, and the National Academy of Chinese Theatrical Arts, Beijing. He obtained his PhD in Gender and Cultural Studies from the University of Sydney in 2011. He was DAAD Fellow at the Free University of Berlin and British Academy Visiting Fellow at Goldsmiths College, the University of London. His research primarily focuses on gay identity, queer activism, independent documentary and alternative media production in contemporary China. He is the author of Queer Comrades: Gay Identity and Tongzhi Activism in Postsocialist China (2018) and co-editor of Queer/Tongzhi China: Perspectives into Research, Activism and Media Cultures (2015). He has published articles on gay identity and queer filmmaking in academic journals including Cultural Studies, Culture Unbound, Global Media and China, Health, Culture and Society, Interventions, and The JOMEC journal. He is currently working on a book on queer cultural production in contemporary China.
Professor Bountra trained at King’s College London and the University of Edinburgh before taking up a post-doctoral fellowship and college lectureship in Physiology at Oxford. He then worked for 19 years in the pharmaceutical industry, where he was involved in the development of candidate drugs for several diseases, including novel treatments for cancer chemotherapy and Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
He returned to Oxford as Professor of Translational Medicine in the Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine and as an Associate Member of the Department of Pharmacology. Professor Bountra is currently working with nine pharmaceutical companies, eight disease foundations and more than 100 academic labs to develop new drugs for a range of common and rare diseases.
Professor Bountra was previously Vice President and Head of Biology at GlaxoSmithKline. He was involved in the identification of more than 40 clinical candidates for many gastro-intestinal, inflammatory and neuro-psychiatric diseases. More than 20 of these molecules progressed into patient studies and more than five of these delivered successful “Proof of Concept” data and progressed into late stage development. He was involved in the launch and development of the first treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (Alosetron) and was the first to show that neurokinin NK1 antagonists are anti-emetic in preclinical and clinical studies.
Dr. Leslie Liu is the Corporate Vice President of JD.com, and Head of JD Cloud Ecosystem. He joined JD Smart in 2014 where he served as VP of JD Smart and GM of smart enterprise division. He incorporated technology into the business platform and started innovative services on JD Cloud like EdTech, MedTech, MarTech, AloT. This new technology and business platform incorporates the capabilities from both JD’s BUs and its partners, extending the business reach of JD group.
Dr Liu focuses on the applications of cloud services, with which he is transforming the traditional industries. He works with industry partners to build JD+ ecosystem through corporate-level collaboration, investment, joint ventures, and sponsoring joint events. In 2018, he was awarded by Tencent Marketing Institute and Harvard Business Review the reward for innovations in business models in "30 People of Innovation in China"
Before joining JD, Dr. Liu served at IBM GMU Research Headquarters in Shanghai and Prior to that, at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York, where he managed a global portfolio and led several strategic initiatives on Big data and mobile solutions. Dr. Liu is the author of nine patent applications and received the IBM Invention Achievement Award in both 2010 and 2011. He graduated from the USC Viterbi School of Engineering in 2007 with a Ph.D. in Computer Science.
Recent political events, such as the Sino-American trade war, demonstrate the rise of anti-globalization sentiments against the backdrop of increasing global integration. As an important actor in the international community and the champion of free trade and multilateralism, China’s role in globalization has become a salient topic in the discourse of international relations.
With an exclusive focus on international economics, we are dedicated to present a panel with international academics, a politician and a Chinese official to discuss the Chinese approach to the issue of our time from different perspectives. We will explore the roles of and relationship between protectionism and Chinese enterprises, as well as the impacts of the Chinese approach on China and the region, such as the economic consequences of the Belt and Road Initiative.
Public health is one of the most conspicuous global challenges. As Constitution of WHO states, “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”. It is a primary concern to many developing countries as to how to guarantee the physical and mental health of their populations while sustaining economic growth.
Public health in China regards the interests of nearly 1.4 billion population as well as the nation’s sustainable development. Chinese government has been making continuous efforts to deepen medical and health reforms and to promote departmental administrative integration in such fields as population and health. Meanwhile, however, new public health issues, such as hospice care, occupational diseases and poverty, and AIDS, constantly pose new challenges to the public health system. Public health as a public good, we believe, demands concerted collaboration among government, social organisations, and research institutions etc. to achieve synthesis of both resources and policies. The Public Health Panel therefore invites distinguished guests, who have contributed to public health development in their professional capacity in different sectors, to exchange their understandings of medical and health reforms and of prominent issues in public health in China.
Thanks to the continuous efforts of translators and academic facilitators, contemporary Chinese literature has gradually grown to be one of the major forces in world literature today. As the publishing industries continue to thrive in multiple Chinese-speaking societies, the variety of literary outputs has developed at an exponential rate, and the success of this expansion has been testified in recent years by the numerous international literary prizes awarded to Chinese writers and their translators. However, the male intellectual tradition from the Republican era still holds strongly in the contemporary Chinese literary scene and women’s issues and voices are often sidelined or given tokenistic treatment.
With these challenges in mind, our literature panel this year presents to you four excellent cultural workers from different backgrounds, including fiction, academia, journalism, and translation. In their works or experiences, women’s welfare and representation have always been some of the major concerns, and together they will discuss how gender affects the development of Chinese literature, especially in the years to come.
Just a mere decade ago, the thought that China could even come close to the technological forefront would seem outlandish. Not anymore. Home to two world-class tech giants Tencent and Alibaba, equipped with the world’s largest online payments market, and as the only country to record a double-digit growth in patent applications as well as accounting for 20% of total world R&D expenditure, China’s sudden technological rise has left the world in awe. What has caused such a dramatic transformation? Are there any potential pitfalls in China’s continued growth? And finally, is China on its way to becoming the next tech leader?
Through engaging Chinese and Western tech entrepreneurs, alongside policy researchers and scholars in a round table discussion, this panel aims to shed light on the past and future of China’s path to technological dominance.
Today, the rapid development of technology and the internet become increasingly influential in the field of art. The large amount of data and information broaden horizons, injecting new possibilities into artistic creation and diversifying the ways in which we engage with art, indicating infinite potentialities for the future. The distinguished guests on the art panel will share their lived experiences in the internationalization of art, across the geographical, institutional, and cultural boundaries.
Through this forum, we can discuss ideas and engage in an exploration of contemporary Chinese art on the international stage; the shifting roles for art practitioners in reaction to rapid changes and developments in the art world; the diversification of conceptual and artistic expressions for art of the future.
The slogan ‘women hold up half the sky’ propagated by Chairman Maoundergirded the construction of women in the Mao era and still lingers today in theimagination of socialism with Chinese characteristics. In the digitalagewith the popularization of wechat public accounts that profit fromcouchingwomen to “achieve their full potential”, netizens, patriarchy defendersand “real feminists” alike, have constructed a new discourse of “Chineserural feminists中华田园女权” criticising those who oscillate between utilizingfeminism and patriarchy in order to gain most material benefits. Asarguedby Li Xiaojiang(2004), rather than situating Chinese feminism in anantagonisticstance against the state and market, it shall be put within the contextof development.
However, how shall we understand Chinese feminism in themesh of socialism, market economy and the digital age which augmentsconsumerism,self-construction, and surveillance? From a micro perspective, we wishto understand the obstacles and struggles facing women in China andlearnhow they tackle, mingle, subvert or perceive male-dominance.
Mr. Xu Xiao-Ping is the Founding Partner of ZhenFund (真格基金)，a leading earlystage fund which has been ranked first in “Top 30 Early-stage Firms of the Year” by Zero2IPO Group for 4 consecutive years. He is known as one of China’s pioneering angel investors. Prior to founding ZhenFund, Mr. Xu was a Co-Founder of New Oriental Education & Technology Group (NYSE: EDU), the largest provider of private education in China.
The Founder Magazine named Mr. Xu as “2010 Most Respected Angel Investor” and “2013 Best Angel Investor”. He was also named “2014 Best Angel Investor” by CV Source and given the “2014 Chinese Business Leaders Award” by Phoenix TV. Forbes Magazine listed Mr. Xu as one of China’s “Top 100 Celebrities” in 2004.
Mr. Xu has a bachelor’s degree from China Central Conservatory of Music and holds a Ma s ter degree from University of Saskatchewan, Canada. He is currently the President of China Angel Club, China’s top angel investor organisation, President of China Angel Committee by CSRC (China Securities Regulatory Committee).
Globalisation faces mounting pressure from all sides. The US used to champion the idea of a global village but now pursues an “American First” approach under the Trump administration. The world today is witnessing insufficient drive for economic growth, a widening wealth gap and the spread of nonconventional security threats like terrorism, and cybercrime. These challenges require global solutions.
It is widely believed that China has become the most important advocate and practitioner of globalisation in the world. The phrase "building a community with a shared future for mankind" is a concept constantly mentioned by Chinese President Xi Jinping both at home and abroad. In 2017, it was written in the report of the 19th CCP party congress and became part of the guideline for Chinese diplomacy. The Belt and Road Initiative is one way of putting the concept into practice. President Xi believes that the initiative will become a significant platform for countries concerned to realise their common development through cooperation.
How should we interpret the concept of "building a community with a shared future for mankind”? To what extent will the concept influence Sino-European relations? How will Sino-European relation develop in the context of transnational crises in Europe?
The modern history of China is marked by strenuous efforts on the part of Chinese intellectuals to recover a strong and prosperous China out of poverty and corruption. One of the central questions in the debate is how to deal with the legacy of Confucianism. In their confrontation with the West, the Chinese indeed tried a wide range of social experiments including Qing China’s ‘Eastern Ways, Western Technologies’ and Mao’s Great Leap Forward and Culture Revolution, which brought about devastating effects on Chinese society.
After four decades of reform, China is still struggling to accommodate and learn from Confucianism, a living legacy that has, over hundreds of years, seen China’s ups and downs. Confucian moral values continue to shape the hurly-burly of daily life in China and the ideal of finding a benevolent leader governing the country still hovers around Chinese politics. Confucianism, however, also needs to confront many challenges issuing from the modern era—the challenges of the rule of law, of democracy and of human rights.
What varieties of Confucianism can we render intelligible in the contemporary Chinese context? And what can China learn from the social and political experience of the pan-Confucian world such as South Korea, Taiwan and Singapore? In addressing these questions, the philosophy panel will deliver insights from top political theorists and Confucian philosophers in the world today.
This year, the Rural China Panel will focus on the topic “Rural Chinese Society: The Future of the Next Generation”. We would like to explore how urbanisation and modernisation have affected the diminishing rural population and what challenges the new generation of rural China faces. We have always believed that the discussion on rural Chinese society should be a significant theme in the narrative of modern China. On the one hand, rural Chinese society is a link to the past Chinese traditions and culture. On the other hand, rural China is also the source of potential problems and change.
Following the open-up of the Chinese economy and the marketisation in late 1980s, various social issues surge forward. Urban migration, aged population in the countryside, education for children in rural China, transportation safety are all imminent problems waiting to be solved. The future developmental path of rural China will crucially influence a number of socio-political concerns, such as urban-rural inequality, political freedom, democratic elections, etc. Bearing all these in mind, we hope that through our panel discussion we are able to find a way which can lead rural Chinese society to a prosperous future.
For the first time in Oxford China Forum’s history, we are offering a literature panel. China’s literature today face unique challenges. The proliferation of new social media platforms combined with the old censorship regime invites the question of how we can build and sustain literary high culture in China. Globalising Chinese literature is oftentimes barred by difficulties in achieving precise and elegant translation.
Is accessibility for the audience overseas a concern for Chinese writers in their writing today? Are media adaptations of literature distracting or attracting the audience in terms of sustained interest in quality reading? How relevant are topics in identity politics in today's China? Is the country really at the forefront of the postmodern marketisation of culture? We invite you to explore these questions with our distinguished guests from the academia and literature related industries.
The Art & Culture panel will be themed around ‘Reinvention and Revival’. This panel is specially designed for interdisciplinary discussions on Chinese art and culture, from the perspective of all kinds of artists, including dancers, calligraphers, writers and painters. The multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary backgrounds of our distinguished guests will hopefully inject the discussions with vibrancy and refreshing ideas. The last one hundred years saw art and culture in China challenged from multiple fronts. Whilst the influx of Western art and aestheticism stimulated change and adaption, the growing economy and expanding market raised the issue of commercialisation. Attempts were made to recovered the lost tradition, while reinvention was also actively sought.
In this panel discussion, we will be exploring the transformation of Chinese art in the last century, the way it echoes with Western culture, and the underlying social current that influenced the realm of art profoundly. We will also look into the tension between materialism and idealism, and between westernisation and the traditionalist approach.
This year the technology panel will be exploring the topic ‘Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Work’. AI is in the news almost every day. It has been described as ‘the new electricity’, which will revolutionise industries from automotive to manufacturing to healthcare. Cities are getting smarter, cars are driving themselves, online customer service robots can answer questions and artificial intelligence is helping doctors to detect disease more accurately. China has been taking a leading role in the development of AI. Last year China received one third of the world's AI funding, published more articles on deep learning than the US and grew to host 23% of the world's AI companies. Innovative products such as mobile payments, e-commerce delivery, autonomous cars and the sharing economy are shaping China's economy and driving rapid growth.
We do not yet know how AI will affect the workforce or the extent to which AI will come to shape our lives. Should we worry about technological unemployment, the way John Maynard Keynes did in the 1930s or the Luddites did in the 19th century? History would suggest that such concerns are foolhardy. What we do know is that there is a stark difference in the Western and Eastern attitudes to AI which affect the way AI is governed. An increasingly bipolar AI landscape will also have implications for geopolitics. In this panel, we will discuss the frontier of China’s AI industry, attitudes to AI in China and how AI might affect the global economy and balance of power.
Ever since China’s economic reforms in the 1980s, the private sector has been playing an increasingly crucial role in the country’s economy, resulting in a tremendous boost of its GDP and immense transformation in Chinese people’s life. However, as manufacturing – the main engine of China’s growth – seems to approach its ceiling, innovation now becomes the new crux of entrepreneurship. While entrepreneurs embark upon this new stage of their long march, not only need they keep up with technological development and changes in consumer mentality, but they also have to deal with international competition, market rules and their social responsibility.
With speakers from backgrounds of venture capital, biotechnology, asset management and media industry, the Entrepreneurship Panel will be looking into difficulties that fledgling Chinese companies face in common and factors that contribute to their innovation. The panel will also examine the role of entrepreneurship in social reforms and resources allocation, especially in the light of the Chinese economy’s ‘new norm’.