Former President and Vice Chairman for 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.


Richard von Weizsäcker Fellow, Robert Bosch Academy, Berlin

In September 2017, Dr Huang Jing has been appointed as Richard von Weizsäcker Fellow at Robert Bosch Academy in Berlin. Prior to this appointment, he served for several years as Lee Foundation Professor on US-China Relations and Director of the Centre on Asia and Globalization (CAG) at Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP) in Singapore.

As an internationally recognized expert on Chinese politics, China’s foreign relations and security issues in the Asia-Pacific, Huang has written numerous books, journal articles, book chapters, policy papers, and op-eds. His book Factionalism in Chinese Communist Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2000) won the prestigious Masayoshi Ohira Memorial Prize in 2002.

Huang also serves as a Senior Overseas Economic Analyst for China’s Xinhua News Agency and he is on the Board of Directors of the Fujitsu-JAIMS Foundation in Japan.

Among other positions, Huang was a Residential Fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center in 2012 and a Senior Fellow at the John Thornton China Center at the Brookings Institution (2004-2008). He also taught at Harvard University (1993-94), Utah State University (1994-2004) and Stanford University (2002-2003).

Huang received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard University, and his MA in History from Fudan University.

Charles LIU
Charles LIU

Founder, Venture Partner, HAO Capital, Beijing

Mr. Charles Yang Sheng Liu is the chairman of HAO International Group and founder of HAO Capital, a private equity firm investing in growth companies in China with over $600 million dollars under management. As the leading supporter in the founding of China Greentech Initiative, in a personal capacity, he has been actively investing and developing projects on energy conservation and emission reduction in China. He is also a regular contributor to BBC, CNBC, Bloomberg and CCTV on Chinese economic issues.

Mr. Liu also served on the Board of Directors of Applied Materials Inc., one of the first Chinese nationals to serve on the Board of Directors of a Fortune 500 company, and Chaired its Investment Committee, which led over US$ 1 billion in acquisitions. Born in Taiwan, Mr. Liu graduated from Princeton University with a B.A in Economics in 1972 and attended the Juris Doctor Program of New York University School of Law. He relinquished his Taiwan passport and U.S. Permanent Residency in 1975 to adopt the nationality and passport of the People’s Republic of China. Prior to forming HAO Capital, Mr. Liu was Managing Director of Lazard Asia from 1992-1999. From 1975 to 1991, he served in various capacities in the United Nations system of organizations, principally as negotiation secretary on economic matters and development projects in the developing countries.

LUO Zongzhi

LUO Zongzhi, Deputy Mayor of Mianyang Municipal People’s Government, Mianyang

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.

QIU Xudong

QIU Xudong, Deputy Secretary of Chengdu Tianfu New Area Party Working Committee, Chengdu


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 Jianjun
SUN Jianjun

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

Jianjun was born in Shandong Province, China. He worked as engineer/project manager in China State Construction & Engineering Co. from 1991 to 1994 in Beijing. From 1994 to 2002, he worked for China State Construction & Engineering Co. in its Singapore subsidiary as Deputy Managing Director. In 2004 Jianjun joined GIC as an investment officer. He is now Managing Director in charge of GIC’s real estate investment in Greater China and Head of GIC (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.
Jianjun got his bachelor degree of civil engineering from Tsinghua University in 1991, and MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business in 2004.
WU Gang
WU Gang

Assistant Managing Editor, Caixin Global, 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 Vice President and 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.

Previous to joining BASF, Mr. Wuttke worked with ABB for 11 years.
From 2001 to 2004 Mr. Wuttke was the Chairman of the German Chamber of Commerce in China.  From 2007 to 2010, and 2014 to 2017 he was the President of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China.

In January 2011 the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD (BIAC), a Paris based body of major business associations that lobbies the OECD, named Mr. Wuttke to become Chairman of the BIAC China Task Force.

Since its establishment in 2013, Mr. Wuttke is member of the Advisory Board of Germany’s foremost Think Tank on China, Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS), in Berlin.

From 2013 to 2016, Mr. Wuttke was Vice Chairman of the CPCIF International Cooperation Committee, a group representing Multinational Companies in China’s Chemical Association.

Mr. Wuttke holds a BA in Business Administration and Economics from Mannheim and studied Chinese in Shanghai 1982 and Taipei 1984-85. A frequent speaker on business and industry issues in China, he co-authored:
“The Chemical and Pharmaceutical Industry in China” Springer Publishing Trust (2005);
“Energy Resources Security” Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (2006);
“My 30 years in China” ACA Publishing (2008)
“Gelebte Geschichte - 40 Erfahungen” (2012) CBT China Book Trading
“The Handbook of Chinese Organizational Behavior: Integrating Theory, Research, and Practice” Edgar Elgar Publishing in May 2012.
“ Peter Tichauer; Perspektivenwechsel” (2015) OWC
“The Dark Side of China’s Economic Rise” in "Europe and the World: Global Insecurity and Power Shifts; Helmut K. Anheier and Robert Falkner (eds.); (2017) University of Durham and John Wiley & Sons, Ltd

YI Yang

Deputy Director General, Sichuan Provincial Investment Promotion Bureau, Chengdu

In March 2017, Yi Yang has been appointed as Deputy Director General of the Sichuan Provincial Investment Promotion Bureau. Previously he served as Deputy Director General of the Investment Promotion Agency of the Chinese Ministry of Commerce. From 1995 to 2016, Mr. Yi served on the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (Sichuan Council).

Mr. Yi started his career in 1990 as Assistant Engineer in the Chengdu General Plant of Carbon Electrode. He also worked for the Nairobi Water Supply Project in Kenya, where he was mainly responsible for project bidding and local government relations.

Mr. Yi holds a B.E. of Electronic Engineering from the Chengdu Institute of Information Engineering and he received a MSc in International Management from Loughborough University in the United Kingdom.


Lecturer, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Center for International Political Economy, School of International Studies, Peking University, Beijing

Yuan Sha is Lecturer, Postdoctor at School of International Studies, Peking University. He has published papers in Chinese on the topics of International Terrorism, Global Ocean Governance and so on. He got a Doctor of law from the Party School of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China in 2017,Master degree in law from Xin Jiang University in 2010, Bachelor degree in Economics from Hubei Normal University in 2010.


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

Zhang Cirui is the CEO and Founder of Light & Effects, a technology innovation company dedicated to creating a new generation of smart lighting system by integrating Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things.

ZHAO Jianzhi
ZHAO Jianzhi

Assistant Professor in Economic Policy, Deputy Director, Center for Global Governance, 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. 


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

ZHENG Yu is a Professor at the School of International Relations and Public Affairs (SIRPA), Fudan University. He received his Ph.D. at the University of California, San Diego and a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University. Prior to joining Fudan, he taught at the University of Connecticut as an Associate Professor. His research interests include international development, aid and investment, industrialization, and business-government relations. He is the author of Governance and Foreign Investment in China, India, and Taiwan: Credibility, Flexibility, and International Business (University of Michigan Press). His publications have also appeared in many leading journals.