Speakers and Moderators


Member of the Board of Directors, American Chamber of Commerce in China, Beijing

Michael Barbalas is a Beijing, China based speaker, board member and consultant. He served as a member of the board of the American Chamber of Commerce in China for 2014 and 2015.

Until December 2012 he served as Vice President, China programs for UTC Aerospace Systems overseeing Aerospace Customers & Business Development for China and the integration of Goodrich China after Goodrich was acquired by UTC.

Michael joined Goodrich in 2010 as President for China business to provide operational support for existing China facilities and for the development and implementation of an enterprise-wide China strategy.  He provided an overall Goodrich executive interface within China at vital government and industry organizations; supported China related business unit initiatives; and coordinated overall supply chain strategies and other manufacturing and aftermarket infrastructure with the broader regional and enterprise goals. 

Prior to Goodrich he served as the President of the American Chamber of Commerce in China from November 2006 to March 2010 where he led the programs and services to support over 1,200 member companies and 2,600 individual members.  He previously served on the board of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai and was Vice Chairman in 2005.  He also chaired the Shanghai Manufacturers Business Council.

From 1997 to 2006, he was Managing Director, Andrew Telecommunications (China) Co. Ltd.  He led Lean Six Sigma efforts that generated annual savings exceeding $1 million per year.  He previously worked in management positions in Tianjin, China for Management Technologies International, and in Hong Kong for Friends of China Foundation. He holds a B.S degree in Chemistry from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Cornell University. Michael reads and speaks Chinese.

He is a frequent speaker in both the USA and China on US-China investment and business.

Michael was one of the first foreigners to be granted China permanent residence status. He is a member of the National Committee on US-China Relations.


Dean of the School of International Studies, Sichuan University, Chengdu

Charles LIU
Charles LIU

Founder Venture Partner, HAO Capital, Beijing

Prior to co-founding HAO Capital in 2006, Mr. Liu was a Senior Advisor to GE Capital, IBM and CITIC. He also participated in projects involving China Mobile, Standard Chartered Bank, ICBC, Huarong Asset Management Co. and Minsheng Bank. Between 1993 and 1999, Mr. Liu was Managing Director for China of Lazard Asia Limited. From 1975 to 1990, Mr. Liu served with the United Nations system of organizations.

Mr. Liu graduated from Princeton University in 1972 with a B.A. in economics and attended the Juris Doctor program of New York University School of Law from 1972 to 1975.

Eugene QIAN
Eugene QIAN

Chairman of China Strategy Board, UBS Group, Shanghai

Dr. Eugene Qian joined UBS in 2015 as a Managing Director and Group Country Head & President, China. Based in Shanghai, he is responsible for developing and executing strategy for UBS in China covering investment banking, wealth management and asset management and is a member of UBS's Asia Pacific Executive Committee.

Dr. Qian has worked in the banking industry for more than 20 years. He joined UBS from Citi where, most recently, he was President and a board director of Citi China overseeing the corporate and investment banking strategy, as well as the consumer banking businesses. After joining Citi in 2007, he held a number of senior roles including Head of China Corporate & Investment Banking, and Co-Head of China Investment Banking.

Between 1997 and 2003, Dr. Qian worked at UBS's investment bank in Hong Kong specializing in the origination and execution of cross-border M&A, corporate advisory, and capital market transactions for Asian and Chinese power/energy companies. Between 2003 and 2007, he worked for Deutsche Bank as Head of Natural Resources, Asia ex-Japan, and was a member of the APAC global banking executive committee. Eugene began his investment banking career in the City of London with N M Rothschild Investment Banking Group.

Eugene holds a bachelor of law degree from Fudan University, Shanghai and a doctorate degree from Oxford University, UK.


Executive Chairman, stars Foundation, Stein am Rhein, Switzerland

1994 2016 Member of the Board of UBS Wolfsberg and Congress Hotel Seepark AG
1994 - 2014 CEO, UBS Wolfsberg. Emphasis on Business Development, i.e. initiating, supervising, and conducting UBS Briefings, UBS Health Forum, UBS Arts Forum, UBS Study Trips, UBS Think Tanks, Wolfsberg Podium (www.wolfsberg.com)
1981 - 1994 Various responsibilities for UBS Management and Executive Development, Member and Chairman of the Board of UBS Art Collection
Concurrently Member of the Board of various companies and foundations in Switzerland


Consultant on Asian Affairs, former Far-East Correspondent, Neue Zurcher Zeitung, Tokyo/Mumbai

In 1978, Urs Schoettli was appointed Secretary General of the Liberal International, a world-wide federation of liberal and democratic parties, of which Urs Schoettli acted as Executive Vice President from 1983 until 1993. Also in 1983, he joined the Neue Zurcher Zeitung and became its South Asia Correspondent in New Delhi.

Between 1986 and 1990, Urs Schoettli served as Representative of the German Friedrich Naumann Foundation in India.

In 1990, he left the Neue Zurcher Zeitung and became Head of project of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation in Spain.

Between 1993 and 1994, he served as Director of the political academy of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation in Portugal and as Honorary Director of the Commission for the Greater Europe in Vienna and Moscow.

Urs Schoettli returned to the Neue Zurcher Zeitung as its Correspondent in Hong Kong in 1996. Three years later, he moved from Hong Kong to Tokyo and worked as the East Asia Correspondent of the Neue Zurcher Zeitung until 2002. During the following five years, Urs Schoettli was the China Correspondent of the Neue Zurcher Zeitung, based in Beijing. He then became the Far East Correspondent for the Neue Zurcher Zeitung based in Tokyo. Urs Schoettli was Co-Editor of the reviews Indo Asia, LibroAperto and Debate Abierto. He has published widely on topics of liberalism, development policies and international security issues in Latin American, American and European journals. Urs Schottli is also the author of numerous books on South Asia, citizenship and environmental issues.

Urs Schoettli studied philosophy at the University of Basel.

SUN Jian Jun

Head of GIC China, Shanghai Office, Regional Head for Real Estate in Greater China, Shanghai

Sunny SUN

Artistic Director, A4 Art Museum, Chengdu


WU Gang
WU Gang

Assistant Managing Editor, Caixin Media, Beijing

Wu Gang is currently the assistant managing editor of Caixin Global, the English-language arm of independent Chinese news outlet Caixin Media. Working with a managing editor, he helps to manage a newsroom of more than 20 journalists based in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, London, Washington D.C. and Montreal, who produce insightful news stories and investigative reports on economy, finance and business, as well as China’s political sphere.

Between 2009 and 2016, he worked as a news editor at the Global Times, a newspaper affiliated to the Communist Party of China’s flagship newspaper the People’s Daily. He participated in the founding of the English edition of the newspaper and helped train younger reporters to cover the social and political changes unraveling in China.

Before that, he also worked for four years at the country’s official English-language newspaper, China Daily, before pursuing a master’s degree in journalism in the U.S. He built up his understanding of cross-cultural media communications by working at newspapers in New York for several years before coming back to China in 2009.


President, European Union Chamber of Commerce in China (2014-2017), Chief Representative BASF China, Beijing

Joerg Wuttke is Chief Representative of BASF China, based in Beijing. Since joining BASF in 1997, Mr. Wuttke has been responsible for helping guide the company’s investment strategies for China, negotiation of large projects and government relations. (BASF Greater China’s revenues in 2007 were Euro 4.4bn).

Previous to joining BASF, Mr. Wuttke worked with ABB for 11 years; in fact his first professional encounter with China was in 1988 as the Finance and Administration Manager of ABB Beijing. In 1990 he returned to Germany as Sales Manager of ABB Power Plants Division, responsible for gas turbine sales to Africa and Russia. In 1993 he became Chief Representative ABB China in Shanghai and in 1994 moved to the President's Office of ABB China in Beijing, where he was responsible for the development and financing of large projects.

In 1999 Mr. Wuttke was founding member of the German Chamber of Commerce in China and from 2001 - 2004 was the Chairman of the Board.

Since April 2007 he is the President of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China (over 1400 member companies in 8 cities of China).

Mr. Wuttke is a Rotarian and a member of the European Bahai Business Foundation.

In June 2008 Mr Wuttke became a member of the advisory board of the Centre for International Business Ethics (CIBE) in Beijing.

In 2008 Mr Wuttke became a member of the China advisory council of the Robert Bosch Foundation, Stuttgart , Germany.

Joerg Wuttke holds a BA in Business Administration and Economics from Mannheim and studied Chinese in Shanghai 1982 and in Taipei 1984-85. A frequent speaker on business and industry issues in China, in 2005 he co-authored “The Chemical and Pharmaceutical Industry in China” by Springer Publishing Trust. In 2008 he is featured in the book “My 30 years in China” as one of 13 prominent expatriates in China. People Daily’s Special Book on “30 people reflect on 30 years China’s Reform policy” features a long interview with Mr. Wuttke.

YI Yang

Deputy Director General, Sichuan Provincial Investment Promotion Bureau, Chengdu


CEO and Founder, Light & Effects, stars alumnus, Chengdu


Professor of International Studies, School of International Relations and Public Affairs (SIRPA), Fudan University, Shanghai

ZHAO Jianzhi
ZHAO Jianzhi

Assistant Professor in Economic Policy, School of International Relations and Public Affairs (SIRPA), Fudan University, Shanghai

Jianzhi (Jason) Zhao is Assistant Professor in Economic Policy and deputy director for the Center for Global Governance at the School of International Relations and Public Affairs of Fudan University. His current research interests are international political economy, public economics, development economics, and develop and finance. He has worked at multiple international organizations, including the World Bank, Asian Development Bank and Inter-American Development Bank. Zhao was also visiting researcher at the Bank of Finland. His research has been invited to present at the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) of the United States government. He has consulted with World Bank, Chinese Ministry of Commerce, Chinese Social Science Foundation and USAID. He has served as Ad Hoc referee for many international journals and published in many leading journals. Zhao was Shorenstein Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University and received his PhD in International Economic Policy from the University of Maryland, College Park.