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.
Zhang Ming is a researcher, doctoral supervisor, director of the International Investment Research Office of the Institute of World Economics and Politics at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and chief researcher of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences' Innovation Project, 'Cross-border Investment Strategy Research in the Global Turbulent Era'. Zhang was previously a KPMG auditor, private equity fund manager of Asset Managers, and chief economist of Ping An Securities. He was also a member of the Industrial Economic Analysis Expert Advisory Committee of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, Senior Advisor of the International Economic Relations Department of the Ministry of Finance, member of the Expert Committee of the Chinese Council for the Promotion of International Trade, visiting expert at the China Economic Prosperity Monitoring Center of the National Bureau of Statistics, Securities Analyst, Investment Consultant and Chief Economics of the China Securities Industry Association Member of the National Committee, Deputy Secretary-General of China World Economic Association, Director of China Chief Economist Forum.
Liu Shengjun is the Director of Guoshi Financial Reform Research Institute, founder of Liu Shengjun Micro Finance, Expert at the Premier's Symposium, author of The Next Decade, Distinguished professor at Longma College in Central University of Finance and Economics, Honored expert of Hangzhou Bay Think Tank, Expert of Henan Zhongde Intelligent Industry Research Institute, Xinhua Researcher of the China Fortune Research Institute, Distinguished Expert of the Shandong Zaozhuang Municipal Party School and Municipal Cadre Management School, co-founder of the Lujiazui Forum, council member of World Economic Forum 2012-2014 Global Agenda Council (China area), former Executive Vice-President of the CEIBS Lujiazui International Financial Research Institute, council member of the first Lujiazui Financial City Council, council member of Shanghai Consumer Dispute Mediation Center for finance, columnist of FT China, Caixin.com, and Wall Street Journal.
Yuan Qifeng is Professor and PhD supervisor at the School of Architecture, South China University of Technology, professor-level senior planner, national registered planner, member of the Standing Council and the Academic Working Committee of the Chinese Urban Planning Society,and deputy chairman of the Rural Planning and Construction Academic Committee, member of the Environmental Art Professional Committee of the Guangdong Civil and Architectural Society, member of the Science and Technology Committee of the Shanghai Housing and Urban-Rural Construction Committee, Wuhan Wangjiadun CBD Planning Consulting Committee member, member of Guangzhou City and Foshan City Urban Planning Committee, Foshan City and Huizhou City Government Decision Consulting Expert. He is good at decision-making, research-oriented urban development strategic planning, and large-scale urban design. He has long commited to urban and regional development research, urban renewal and land system research, affordable community and urban housing system research.
Wang Xiaoyang is PhD in Economic Geography from Oxford University, visiting scholar in the Department of Urban Planning and Design at Harvard University. He is currently the chief researcher of the Global City Laboratory (New York) and his main research areas are international financial centers, metropolitan areas and megalopolises. He once worked in the Venue Management Department of the Beijing Olympic Organizing Committee, the Shanghai Municipal Government Development Research Center, and the Chinese Studies Center of the University of Hong Kong. He has published many articles in SSCI and CSSCI journals.
Zhang Shaoting is Vice President of SenseTime Institute of Technology, Vice President of Shangtang Group, and Vice President of Qingyuan Institute of Shanghai Jiaotong University. He received bachelor, master and doctorate degrees in computer science from Zhejiang University, Shanghai Jiaotong University and the State University of New Jersey. He used to serve as a lifelong associate professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, research and development architect and director of Baidu's Deep Learning Lab (IDL). He joined SenseTime in 2018. During his time in the industry, he was instrumental in pushing forward research breakthroughs in smart health, product implementation, business transformation, and upstream and downstream investment layout. He also helped SenseTime achieve a series of successes, including the team’s nearly 200 patents, ten software works, several NMPA and CE certifications, and the implementation and result transformation of nearly a hundred medical institutions.
Zheng Yufen is founder and President of Yueyin Venture Capital, "Top Ten Venture Capital Figures in China for Healthcare", Co-Chairman of "Nobel Prize China", Evaluation Expert in the Biomedical Field of the Ministry of Science and Technology, and Entrepreneurship Mentor of Tsinghua University. In 2007, she began to engage in venture capital in the medical industry in China, focusing on the medical and health field. Prior to the founding of Yueyin Venture Capital, she served as the medical investment director of Qiming Venture Capital and the chief medical partner of Zero2IPO Capital. She has completed investments in nearly 50 companies with a cumulative transaction amount of nearly 3 billion yuan. An alumna of Tsinghua University and MIT, Zheng has a Bachelor's Degree in Bioengineering and a Masters of Management; she is currently a doctoral candidate at Johns Hopkins University in the United States.
Kenneth Chung is Director of Parkway (Shanghai) Hospital Management Co., Ltd. and the executive president of East China. Now he manages 1 hospital and 6 medical centers in Shanghai, with a total of 400 employees and annual revenue of more than 300 million yuan. A newly opened hospital with 25 beds, 3 operating rooms and a total investment of more than RMB 100 million in the center of Huangpu District, Shanghai in December 2019 provides good employment opportunities for foreign and local talents in Shanghai. Parkway Medical, led by Dr. Zhong Zijian, participated in a number of international community events in Shanghai and is the preferred medical service provider for many major consulates and multinational companies. It was rated as the most popular medical service provider by TimeOut Shanghai magazine and Bon App in 2018 and 2019.
Xiao Yonghong, Deputy Director, Professor, Chief Physician, and Doctoral Tutor of the State Key Laboratory of Infectious Disease Diagnosis and Treatment, the First Hospital of Zhejiang University School of Medicine. He has long engaged in clinical and research work on infectious diseases, antibacterial drugs, bacterial resistance, clinical pharmacology, and rational use of drugs. He is Founder of the National Bacterial Drug Resistance Surveillance Network of the Ministry of Health, member of the Ministry of Health Expert Committee on Rational Use of Medicines, deputy leader of the antibacterial drug group, consultants for WHO and WPRO drug resistance; International Chemotherapy Association, Asia Pacific Anti-infective Chemotherapy Society, Global Chinese Society for Clinical Microbiology Director, Vice Chairman of the Hospital Infection Control Branch of the Chinese Preventive Medicine Association, member of the Standing Committee of the Infection Branch of the Chinese Medical Association, member of the Standing Committee of the Infection Branch of the Chinese Medical Doctor Association, and members of more than 10 other academic associations including the Antibiotic Professional Committee of Chinese Pharmaceutical Association.
Xie Fei is a Chinese fourth-generation film director, screenwriter, and producer. He was the former deputy dean of Beijing Film Academy, a director of the China Film Association, and a member of the jury of the Berlin International Film Festival and the Montreal International Film Festival. He is known for works such as 'A Girl From Hunan', 'Black Snow', 'Woman Sesame Oil Maker', 'A Mongolian Tale', and 'Song of Tibet"'. He was awarded the Silver Bear at the 40th Berlin International Film Festival, Gold Bear at the 43rd Berlin International Film Festival, Best Director at the 19th Montreal International Film Festival, in addition to other awards. He is currently the honorary chairman of FIRST Youth Film Festival.
As the founder of FIRST Film Festival, Song has always been committed to cross-regional international curatorial projects for Chinese films, as well as broadcasting films by Chinese youth to an international audience. He founded FIRST Festival 14 years ago.
Youth Film Festival is a platform to promote low-cost films and discover young film talents. Various sections at FIRST showcase the different stages of film creation, effectively linking a new generation of Chinese filmmakers with the industry as well as promoting the vigorous development of Chinese film culture.
As a director, Song Wen's first feature film, 'The Mystery of Arrival', was selected for the 'Window of Asian Cinema' section at the 23rd Busan International Film Festival.
Zhou Shengwei is a digital artist, Bachelor of Arts and Master of Drama and Film from the School of Art, Peking University. He was a lecturer at the Artist's Studio of Peking University's School of Art and the final judge of the 22nd Shanghai International Film Festival Short Video Unit. His best-known work SHe won more than 30 international honors, including nomination for the Golden Goblet Award for Best Animated Feature Film at the 21th Shanghai International Film Festival; SHe is officially collected by the Shanghai How Art Museum. Art Is Dead won the 14th FIRST Youth Film Festival's 'Spirit of Freedom' award.
Liang Junjian is an associate professor, doctoral supervisor in the School of Journalism and Communication of Tsinghua University, and former visiting scholar in the Department of Anthropology, University of South Carolina (2015-2016). His main fields of research include film and television communication, film and television art, and film and television anthropology. His documentary 2008 Era was shortlisted at the Amsterdam International Film Festival that year; A Piece of Rice Paper, an anthropological documentary he co-directed, won the 2014 Guangxi International Ethnographic Film Festival Main Screening Unit Nomination Award, and he was also co-director of the documentary Himalayan Ladder, which was awarded the 2015 Excellent Feature Film Award from the Domestic Documentary and Creative Talent Support Project by The State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television. His works have been awarded the 2015 Beijing Cultural Excellence Project, the Tibet Autonomous Region Cultural Excellence Project, the 2015 Guangzhou Music Film Festival Most Popular Recording Film Award, the 2015 China Phonographic Film Academy Award Best Photography Award, the 2015 People's Daily Annual Five Best Films, the 2016 College Student Film Festival Best Documentary Award, and received nomination for the 2017 Golden Rooster and Hundred Flowers Film Festival's Best Documentary Film Award.
Chengshi is PhD in Economics, Chief Economist and Managing Director of ICBC International. He has won the honorary title of "2019-2020 National Top Ten Financial Craftsmen", National Financial May 1st Labor Medal, Golden Goat Award, 2019 CBN Chief Economist of the Year, First Prize of China National Defense Economics Outstanding Achievement Award and other professional awards. He also serves as a director of the China Chief Economist Forum, a visiting professor at the Shenzhen Institute of Advanced Finance of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, an academic committee member of the Pangu Think Tank, a tutor for a master's degree in finance at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Renmin University of China and Zhejiang University. He also has a column in CBN and other top medias in finance.
Guan Qingyou is Dean and Chief Economist of Rushi Institute of Financial Research; Professor of the School of Economics of Hainan University, Distinguished Professor of City University of Macau; Vice President of the China Private Economy Research Association. He has served as Vice President and Dean of Research Institute of Minsheng Securities. At present, he also serves as an academic committee member of the International Monetary Institute of Renmin University of China, as well as chief economist of both the Zhongguancun Equity Investment Association and the Guangdong Venture Capital Association.
Zheng Zhibin is a PhD and professor-level senior engineer; Chief Architect of Huawei's Global Smart City; Executive Vice Chairman of the Digital China Research Institute of the National Development and Reform Commission. He has long been engaged in research in smart cities, mobile communications, cloud computing, big data, artificial intelligence, network security and other fields. He has more than 150 invention patents and won second place for national technology invention and five first places in provincial and ministerial scientific and technological progress awards. He now serves as the Executive Vice Chairman of the Digital China Research Institute of the National Development and Reform Commission, a member of the Guangdong Provincial Digital Government Reform and Construction Expert Group, a member of the Shenzhen "Digital Government" Construction Expert Committee, a member of the Shandong Provincial E-government and Big Data Expert Advisory Committee, and a development consultant for the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region Government Committee member, vice chairman of China Cyberspace Security Association, special researcher of China Smart City Development Research Center, etc.
Zhu Pingfang is Ph.D. in Economics, Secretary of the Party Committee and Dean of the Graduate School of the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, researcher, professor, doctoral supervisor, and director of the Center for Quantitative Economics Research. He serves as the chief expert and director of the Shanghai Soft Science Research Base-Shanghai Science and Technology Statistics and Analysis Research Center. He is mainly engaged in quantitative economic theory and method application, economic growth and technological innovation, scientific and technological statistics and analysis, economic situation analysis and forecasting. He has published more than 40 papers in the prestigious academic journals of economics, quantitative economics and statistics at home and abroad, "Economic Research", "Quantitative Economics and Technical Economic Research", "Statistical Research" and "Journal of Business and Economic Statistics" (SSCI), "China Economic Review" (SSCI), "Economic Letters" (SSCI), etc., among which many papers published in "Economic Research" have been widely cited.
Huang Ronghuai is Professor at Beijing Normal University and Yangtze River Scholar. He is mainly engaged in research in the fields of smart learning environments, artificial intelligence and education, educational technology, knowledge engineering, and innovative teaching models supported by technology. He is currently dean of the Smart Learning Institute at Beijing Normal University, director of the National Engineering Laboratory of Intelligent Technology and Application for Internet Education, and director of the UNESCO International Rural Education Research and Training Center. His courses and textbooks have been awarded titles such as National Excellent Courses, National Excellent Resource Sharing Courses, National Planning Textbooks, National Teaching Achievement Awards, Beijing Excellent Teaching Team, Beijing Famous Teacher, Beijing Excellent Teacher, etc. He has tackled more than 100 curriculum development topics at the national, provincial and ministerial levels, and has published nearly 400 academic papers and more than 40 books and magazines.
Jia Xiaoming is co-founder and CEO of Knowbox. A graduate of Ningxia University, Jia was the former vice president of Clever and Intel China's head of education industry. He has more than 20 years of experience in education and information technology.
Cui Qingsong is Ph.D. in Education from East China Normal University and founder, Chairman and CEO of Shanghai Zhixue Education Technology.
Born in 1971, Wang holds an MBA from Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He is currently the Secretary of the Committee of the Communist Party of China Shanghai Film (Group) Co., Ltd. and Chairman of the Shanghai Film (Group) Co., Ltd. He served as the director of the External Propaganda Office of the Hangzhou Municipal Committee of the Communist Party of China (Hangzhou Municipal People’s Government Information Office), the deputy director of the Hangzhou Municipal Party Committee’s Propaganda Department, the director of the Municipal Cyberspace Affairs Office, the party secretary of Wasu Digital Television Media Group Co., Ltd., chairman and Wasu Media Co., Ltd. (000156) Party Secretary and Chairman. From January 2018 to October 2019, he served as Deputy Secretary of the Party Committee and President of Shanghai Film (Group) Co., Ltd. Since October 2019, he has served as Secretary of the Party Committee and Chairman of Shanghai Film (Group) Co., Ltd. Since May 2020, he concurrently serve as Chairman of Shanghai Film Co., Ltd. (601595). At the same time, he served as vice chairman of China Film Distribution Co., Ltd. and director of China Film Foundation.
Wang Zhonglei is Co-founder, Vice Chairman and CEO of Huayi Brothers Media Co., Ltd. Born in Beijing in 1970, he graduated from Beijing Youth University for Political Sciences. He founded Huayi Brothers with his brother Wang Zhongjun in 1994, began to take charge of Huayi's film and television business in 1998, and led the company to launch more than one hundred excellent films well-loved by audiences. The total box office of Huayi's main productions has exceeded 20 billion yuan. Guo's productions have topped box office charts for Chinese-language movies many times, and Huayi has become the number one brand for Chinese-language movies. It is now the industry's gold standard. In 2016, Guo shifted his focus to the overall operation of the company, and began to manage developing and connecting Huayi's multiple main business segments. Wang Zhonglei is also the vice president of China Television Drama Production Industry Association, vice president of China Film Distribution and Exhibition Association, vice president of Young Film Workers Committee of China Film Association, and president of Hengdian Film and Television Industry Association.
Born in Nanchang, Jiangxi Province, Gao graduated from the Directing Department of Beijing Film Academy. He started his career as a director by directing his first TV series Days on the Sea, and later directed film and television works such as The Sky of History, Happiness as Flowers, Shanghai Bund, King's War, etc. He has won awards such as the Best Director Award at the 4th Macau International Television Festival and the 20th Military TV Drama Golden Star Award for Outstanding Contribution to TV Drama Creation.
Zhangjun is the chairman of Shanghai Canxing Film and Television Culture Co., Ltd., Zhang is known for lucid analysis into policy and cultural guiding trends for Chinese TV dramas. His production of the TV series Reading Class won two awards for screenwriting and production from the City of Shanghai's major literary and artistic project funds, and Dad is a Dragon, another one of his productions, won the TV Drama Honorary Nomination for 28th China TV Golden Eagle Award.
Fei Wo Si Cun is a writer, screenwriter, Vice Chairman of Hubei Writers' Association, president of Hubei Internet Writers' Association, member of Chinese Writers' Association, and Hubei Provincial Political Consultative Conference. She is known for works such as Goodbye, My Princess, Blue Love, and Sealed with a Kiss. She is the founder of Shuangjie Pictures. The television series Put Your Head on My Shoulder, which she produced, became both widely popular and critically acclaimed in 2019.
As senior TV producer and presenter of CCTV-6 Film Channel and founder of "The Golden Years" column, Pan has been deeply involved in film, television, media, and entertainment industries for more than 20 years. Currently he is producing the column 'The Best' to promote excellent films from around the world. In the past two years, he began to cross into other fields: for example, he published the book 'I, from Guangyuan', in which he interviewed outstanding domestic TV presenters; he is also filming, producing, and directing the documentary Actor, which will be in theatres in 2021. Actor will document and showcase the story of New China's first generation of filmmakers as they developed their own stylistic flairs.
With the development of informatization and economic globalization, city clusters have become the mainstream trend of global urbanization : the development of megalopolises has blurred city boundaries and increased the mobility of population and resources; however, it has also led to uneven development between cities, high degrees of industrial homogeneity, and internal friction. Take the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Great Bay Area, which has the most dynamic economy in China, as an example: the development of individual cities show a staggered distribution pattern with Guangzhou and Shenzhen in the lead. Under the policy of promoting sustainable urban development through the construction of megalopolises, how should cooperation and competition between cities be coordinated so that each city benefits from another's development? In the process of policy implementation, how can obstacles and resistant forces be overcome?
Starting from the end of 2019, the new coronavirus created a tremendous challenge to China's medical system within three months. With more than ten thousand infections and thousands of deaths in China, this unprecedented disaster allowed us to witness medical staff's round-the-clock persistence and the difficulties faced by medical companies, but also exposed the inadequacy of the medical system. Now that the domestic epidemic in China has passed its peak, how should we improve the existing medical system, enhance the capacities of local medical facilities, accelerate public health policy reform, and better respond to future challenges? In order to further empower the medical system with technology, what roles will private companies play in the future?
Throughout China's modernization process, the lifestyles, spiritual needs, and ideologies of Chinese audiences have undergone incredible changes. What impacts have changes in audience brought upon the screenwriting and formats of Chinese-language films? What kinds of transformations have the social functions of films gone through? What is the role of Chinese-language film in global culture? These are all topics worthy of consideration. This film sub-forum will focus on the cultural trends of contemporary Chinese audiences, and attempt to interpret contemporary Chinese social, political and financial outlook through structures, characteristics, preferences, and tastes within audiences' cultural needs. At the same time, the film sub-forum will guide the audience's reverse thinking to analyze viewership of Chinese films, in order to re-evaluate Chinese contemporary culture from a Western perspective.
Due to complexities in the current global situation and adverse impacts of the pandemic on the domestic economy, the macroeconomic policies formulated by the central government is actively pursuing changes and projecting them into technology, domestic consumption, and finance. The government has repeatedly emphasizes the importance of accelerating progress for 'new infrastructure construction' projects such as artificial intelligence, 5G internet, cloud computing, and big data: by mid-2020, "new infrastructure" investments will reach 1 trillion yuan. This is not only the the current policy focal point for boosting short-term growth in light of the pandemic, but also the foundation for future economic construction and the driving force behind long-term economic development. It is estimated that in the next five years, the digital transformation brought about by 5G networks will drive 15.2 trillion yuan in economic growth, and the expansion of artificial intelligence technology will also drive the growth of related industries by 4 trillion yuan. What opportunities will new patterns in China's economic development bring to "new infrastructure"? In the face of global economic recession, how can “new infrastructure” construction, a term bound up in our current times, support the prosperity and development of China's economy and society in the next 20 years? As the pioneer of digital transformation, digital technology will further empower the financial industry in aspects such as data intelligence. How will the financial industry benefit from the development of new infrastructure in all aspects? Under the great wave of economic digitization, how can the financial industry better grasp the opportunities brought by the "new infrastructure"? In the field of science and technology, the development of future cities will benefit from the technological achievements brought about by new infrastructure to realize the blueprint of smart cities. How should science and technology companies integrate technological innovation to create urban organic life, so that investment in "new infrastructure" can land in business scenarios and be used to build a better urban ecology?
Since the Ministry of Education issued the "Education Informatization Development Plan 2011-2020" in 2012, the government has coordinated civil society forces to actively participate in educational informatization and industrialization, so that full use of information technology can be made to achieve sharing of high-quality educational resources, improve quality, and build a society founded in learning. From 2012 to 2018, China's education informatization expenditures increased from 117.9 billion yuan to 313.2 billion yuan, and the national primary and secondary internet access rate also increased from 25% to 96%. Not only that, the "Education Informatization 2.0 Action Plan" document issued by the Ministry of Education in 2018 further requires active promotion of "Internet+ Education" development, in order to build a society where all citizens have the capacity to study and access to education resources anywhere and anytime, founded in an internet-based, digital, intelligent, personalized, and lifelong education system. In the past ten years, the country has continuously promoted the reform and development of modern digitalization, and the education sectors have also changed. At present, what challenges are still facing education informatization as a solution to uneven distribution of urban and rural educational resources? Can the "digital highway" constructed by 5G technology promote the application of AI, VR/AR and other technologies in the education field, so that China's education will develop in the direction of informatization and individualization? En route to future educational reform, how can companies and institutions grasp the trend of smart education, achieve cultural integration, and participate in the construction and optimization of an education system with Chinese characteristics?
Since the outbreak of the pandemic, various industries have suffered heavy losses, and the cultural and entertainment industries have not escaped the shock: film and television companies have ceased operations, production crews have paused projects, variety shows have stopped filming, and large numbers of entertainment productions have been suspended. As people return to creating and disseminating culture and entertainment after the pandemic's peak, the industry itself is also experiencing an awakening, marking an important turning point for investigating the lasting value of various textual products. In the face of fierce competition, many online video platforms are building intellectual property in depth, trying to create a new industry ecology more in line with users' needs; in the context of policy guidance and industry self-discipline, the trend of cheap absurdism (雷剧leiju) in popular TV has been curbed, and a large number of film and television creators hope to build deeper emotional connections with the audience, and stimulate thinking under the context of entertainment, so as to create high-quality content with both entertainment value and social significance. In the era of multimedia integration, practitioners are also constantly exploring new ways of dissemination with online and offline combinations. The epidemic is accelerating structural adjustments and integrated developments in the entertainment industry. In the future, what will be the industry's layout? What expectations does the public have for the future of the entertainment industry? Will the entire entertainment industry enter a new normal?
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
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
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’.
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