Speakers and Moderators

Joachim von AMSBERG
Joachim von AMSBERG

Vice President, Policy and Strategy, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), Beijing

Joachim von Amsberg is currently the Vice President at the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) where he is responsible for developing and implementing AIIB’s strategy and investment portfolio, as well as monitoring standards compliance and operational procedures. Prior to that, he was Vice President, Development Finance at the World Bank where was responsible for the replenishment and stewardship of the International Development Association (IDA), the World Bank’s fund for the poorest, and for trust fund and partnership operations.

As Vice President for Operations Policy and Country Services, Joachim oversaw the World Bank’s results agenda with its increased focus on achieving, measuring and communicating operational results and introduced the Program-for-Results lending product. He was responsible for the Bank’s operational risk functions including policies on procurement, financial management, social and environmental safeguards. He also oversaw the Bank’s modernization and reform agenda.

During his 25 years at the World Bank he served as Country Director for Indonesia and the Philippines where he spearheaded the preparation of the country strategy partnerships together with the Governments and stakeholders, and managed the World Bank operational portfolios and analytical work programs. Joachim has authored a number of World Bank research reports and other publications.



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.

Dingding CHEN
Dingding CHEN

Professor of International Relations and Associate Dean, Institute for 21st Century Silk Road Studies, Jinan University; Non-resident Fellow, Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi); Founding Director and President, Intellisia Institute, Guangzhou, China

Dingding Chen is Professor of International Relations at Jinan University, Guangzhou, and Non-Resident Fellow at the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi), Berlin. He is also the Founding Director and President of Intellisia Institute, a newly established independent think tank focusing on international affairs in China. His research focuses on Chinese foreign policy, Asian security, human rights and international public opinion.

Dingding’s articles have appeared in International SecurityJournal of Contemporary ChinaChinese Journal of International Politics, and The Washington Quarterly. He is a frequent contributor to The Diplomat magazine and the co-editor of a forthcoming book on international engagement with human rights in China to be published by Routledge.

He was a visiting instructor in the government department at Dartmouth College and was affiliated with the Olin Institute for Strategic Studies at Harvard University. Dingding was also a China and the World Program Fellow at Princeton University.

Dingding holds a bachelor’s degree in international economics from Renmin University of China and a master’s degree and PhD in political science from the University of Chicago.

Duncan CLARK
Duncan CLARK

Chairman, BDA China, Author of "Alibaba - The House That Jack Ma Built", Beijing

Founder, investor and leading advisor on China’s dynamic technology and consumer sectors, Duncan is a recognized expert on the Internet and entrepreneurship in China. He has lived and worked in Beijing and Shanghai for more than 20 years.

An early advisor to leading China Internet entrepreneurs, Duncan is author of ‘Alibaba: The House That Jack Ma Built’, the definitive work on China’s e-commerce and technology giant, its founder Jack Ma, and the forces and people that propelled its rise.  Published in 2016 in English by HarperCollins, ‘Alibaba’ was named a Book of the Year by The Economist magazine and short-listed for ‘Business Book of the Year’ by the Financial Times/McKinsey.  Local language versions of the book continue to be released around the world, numbering over fifteen at last count.

Duncan is chairman of BDA China, a company he founded in 1994 after working as an investment banker with Morgan Stanley in London and Hong Kong. BDA is an advisory firm serving investors in high growth companies in the technology and consumer sectors in China and other Asian markets.  BDA employs over 85 mainland Chinese professionals in Beijing.

A senior China policy advisor to institutional investors, corporations and governments, Duncan is also a cofounder or early stage investor of a number of technology ventures including AppAnnie, Student.com and Radish Fiction. He is an independent director of Bangkok Bank (China) in Shanghai, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Asia Society in New York and a member of the advisory board of the Pictet Digital thematic mutual fund, managed by Pictet Asset Management in Geneva.  Duncan also serves on the international board of WildAid, the San Francisco non-profit whose mission is to end the trade of illegal wildlife products in our lifetime.

Duncan is a Visiting Senior Fellow of the Institute of Global Affairs at the London School of Economics; and a former Visiting Scholar at Stanford University. He previously served as Chairman of the British Chamber of Commerce in China, and was awarded an OBE in 2013 for services to UK-China trade and investment.

A UK citizen raised in the UK, US and France, Duncan is a graduate of the London School of Economics.


Independent Journalist and Author, Zurich, Switzerland

Mark Dittli is an independent journalist and author in Zurich, specializing in financial markets and global economics. He is currently building a new financial media platform (www.themarket.ch), planned to be launched in early April 2019. «The Market» will publish in-depth analytical and background articles as well as interviews on companies, global industry trends and macroeconomic issues. From 2012 to 2017, Mark was the editor-in-chief of Finanz und Wirtschaft, Switzerland’s leading financial newspaper. Prior to that, he was the editor of the international section of Finanz und Wirtschaft and has spent five years as the U.S. correspondent of the paper in New York, covering economic and monetary policy as well as company issues. Mark has studied business economics in Zurich, journalism in New York and is a CFA charterholder. He is currently pursuing a Masters degree in history at the University of Zurich. Mark is married, has two children and lives in Zurich.

Prof. Dr. Huang Jing is University Professor and Dean (Academic affairs) of the Institute of International & Regional Studies at Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU). Before joining BLCU, Prof. Huang served as the Lee Foundation Professor on US-China Relations and Director of Centre on Asia and Globalization of the LKY School of Public Policy at National University of Singapore (2008-2018), Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution (2004-2008), Shorenstein Fellow at Stanford University (2002-2003), and Associate Professor (tenured) of Political Science and Director of the Asian Studies Program at Utah State University (1994-2004). Prof. Huang also taught at Harvard University as an instructor in 1993-94.

Prof. Huang’s main research and teaching interests include security in Asia-Pacific, US-China relations, major power diplomacy in Asia-Pacific, China's foreign policies and its development strategy. He is the author of numerous papers and journal articles, and has published hundreds of columns and op-eds in major newspapers and magazines. Prof. Huang has authored two books: Factionalism in Chinese Communist Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2000) and Inseparable Separation: the Making of China's Taiwan Policy" (World Scientific Press, 2010), and edited or co-edited  seven volumes on South China Sea, the environment policies of Asian countries, and the development of Russia’s Far East and Siberia. As an internationally renowned scholar, Prof. Huang has provided policy advices for governments, NGOs, educational institutions, think tanks, and businesses for countries in Asia, America and Europe, including China, the United States, Russia, Japan, India, South Korea, Norway, Germany, Vietnam, Australia, Malaysia and Singapore.

Prof. Huang earned a bachelor degree in English literature from Sichuan University, a master degree in history from Fudan University, and a PhD in Political science from Harvard University.

HUANG Yuanpu

Founder, EqualOcean, Beijing

LIM Siong Guan
LIM Siong Guan

Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore; Former Group President, GIC; Former Head of Civil Service of Singapore; Member, stars International Board, Singapore

Siong Guan Lim was appointed Advisor to the GIC Group Executive Committee in Januar 2017. From September 2007 until December 2016 he was Group President of the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (GIC). The GIC manages the financial reserves of the Singapore government. He was Chairman of the Singapore Economic Development Board from October 2006 to June 2009. The Board is the Singapore government’s lead agency for planning and executing strategies to enhance Singapore’s position as a global business centre. Much of its work is attracting international corporations to set up manufacturing and services activities in Singapore as critical links in the global supply chain.

He has been an Adjunct Professor in the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore since 2005, instructing on leadership and change management, as well as a Senior Fellow of the Civil Service College since 2006.

Siong Guan Lim was the Head of the Singapore Civil Service from September 1999 to March 2005. He was the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defense (1981-1994), the Prime Minister’s Office (1994-1998), the Ministry of Education (1997-1999) and the Ministry of Finance (1999-2006). In every appointment he introduced innovative policies and practices which enhanced the drive, capacity, capability and performance of the organization. Mr Lim has chaired the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (2004-2006), the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (2004-2006) and, the Central Provident Fund Board (1986-1994) and was a board member of many companies including Temasek, the other sovereign wealth fund manager of Singapore.

Charles LIU
Charles LIU

Founder, Venture Partner, HAO Capital, Beijing

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.

Charles 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, he 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, Charles 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.

Richard LIU
Richard LIU

CEO, Singapore-Sichuan High-Tech Innovation Park (SSCIP), Chengdu

Graduated from Tsinghua University, thereafter, Richard went to U.S. for further study in University of Illinois as Master of Mechanical Engineering.

As the Director, CEO of Sino-Singapore (Chengdu) Innovation Park Development Co., Ltd., Richard is in charge of a comprehensive work of Singapore-Sichuan Innovation Park including the infrastructure construction, planning and design, Industry and Promotion, communication and coordination with government, project bidding, the secondary property development, operation management and etc.


LU Miao

Co-Founder, Vice President and Secretary General, Center for China & Globalization, Beijing


CEO Reinsurance Asia, Regional President Asia and Member of Group Executive Committee, Swiss Re; Member, stars International Board, Singapore

Jayne Plunkett started her career at John Deere Insurance Company in 1992, where she held various positions in the Commercial Lines segment in Property and Casualty. In 1999 she joined GE Insurance Solutions, where she served as Insurance Pricing Team Leader, Deputy Chief Reserving Actuary, Head of Casualty Risk Management, and Head of Planning and Analysis.

Following the acquisition of GE Insurance Solutions by Swiss Re in 2006, Jayne Plunkett joined Swiss Re as Head of the Kansas City Hub for Property & Casualty. From 2008 to 2012 she worked in Asia as Head of Casualty Underwriting for the region. In 2013 she assumed the global position as Head Casualty Reinsurance, also managing the unit dealing with large and complex transactions for P&C Reinsurance. As of July 2016, Jayne Plunkett was appointed as Chief Executive Officer Reinsurance Asia, Regional President Asia and member of the Group Executive Committee.

Jayne Plunkett is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries. Additionally, she was named a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum in 2010.

Jayne Plunkett was born in 1970 and is an American citizen. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Drake University, USA.


Chairman of the Board of Management, Evonik Ressource Efficiency GmbH, Member of the Extended Executive Board, Evonik Industries AG, Evonik, Essen


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 East Asia Correspondent of Neue Zuercher Zeitung; Member, stars International Board, Tokyo/Zurich

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.


Chief Representative, BASF China; Former President, European Union Chamber of Commerce in China; Member, stars International Board, Beijing, China

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 he 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.


Associate Professor, School of International Studies, Executive Deputy Director, Institute for China-US People to People Exchange, Peking University; Secretary General, Pangoal Institution, Beijing

Wang Dong is Associate Professor at School of International Studies and Executive Deputy Director of the Institute for China-U.S. People to People Exchange at Peking University. He also serves as Member of the Steering Committee of the “East Asia Security Forum”, Chinese Overseas Educated Scholars Association, Advisor for the Carter Center-Global Times “US-China Young Scholars Forum”, and Secretary General of the Pangoal Institution, a leading China-based public policy think tank.   

Dong received his bachelor from Peking University and Ph.D. from UCLA. He had previously taught at York College of Pennsylvania, with a tenure-track appointment.  

He has written extensively on international relations and China’s foreign policy. His articles appear in Diplomatic History, The New York Times as well as other top academic and news outlets. He sits on the editorial committees of several top academic journals.

Dong has provided consultation to the Chinese government on matters important to Chinese foreign policy, and has served as Chinese delegate/speaker for preeminent international fora such as World Economic Forum, Munich Security Conference, Shangri-La Dialogue.

He has received many awards and was named a “Munich Young Leader” in 2016. He was selected by the inaugural program of “Preeminent Young Scientists” of Beijing in 2018 (ranked No. 1 in humanities and social sciences). 

WANG Menghao

General Manager, Industry Promotion, Singapore-Sichuan High-Tech Innovation Park (SSCIP), Chengdu


Editor-in-Chief, Caixin Media; Member, stars International Board, Beijing

Ivy WU

Head, Business Development and Overseas Marketing, XGimi Technology, Chengdu