Following the success of OMFIF’s China forum in 2023, this year’s event is a pivotal platform for examining and developing areas of mutual economic benefit to China and the UK.
Against the backdrop of geopolitical changes and shifting global dynamics, this exclusive event aims to capitalise on the opportunities for enhanced trade, investment and collaboration between China and the UK.
You can find the 2023 event here.
Event at a glance
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Speakers from 2023
Dame Caroline Wilson
Zheng Zeguang is the Chinese ambassador to the UK. He has held numerous positions in the Chinese government, including vice minister of foreign affairs, director general in the department of North American and oceanian affairs and exectuive vice mayor of Nanjing. He has also worked in the Chinese Embassy in the US as deputy chief of missions and held posititons in the Chinese Embassy in Trinidad and Tobago.
Tom Attenborough is head of international business development of primary markets at the London Stock Exchange. In his role, he advises UK and international companies and their owners on the process of raising capital and listing on London’s markets. Prior to his role, Attenborough was at Citigroup as a managing director in the equity capital markets division.
Lord Meghnad Desai
Meghnad Desai is chairman of the OMFIF advisory council and emeritus professor of economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has been a member of the UK House of Lords select committee on European Union financial affairs since July 2016.
Yue Du is senior scientist at AstraZeneca. She works in gene therapy research and development and is involved in developing drug high-throughput screening platforms and delivering pipeline projects for rare diseases. She is also on the advisory board for a cell and gene therapy events series organised by Oxford Global and a member of the UK Respiratory Gene Therapy Consortium.
Alastair King is founder and chief executive officer of Naisbitt King Asset Management and Naisbitt King. He is on the board of three other financial services companies, is chair of the advisory board of Urbium Capital and is secretary of the UK parliament’s all-party parliamentary group on sovereign funds. He is an alderman of the City of London.
Zeno Leoni is author, lecturer at King's College London and affiliate of the university’s Lau China Institute. He has written American Grand Strategy from Obama to Trump: Imperialism After Bush and China's Hegemonic Challenge (Palgrave, 2021) and Grand Strategy and the Rise of China: Made in America (Agenda Publishing, 2023). He is also executive director of ITSS Verona.
Rebecca Leung is director of Greater China affairs at HSBC Holdings. She first joined HSBC in Hong Kong as management trainee and worked in relationship management, lending and small and medium-sized enterprises product development in corporate banking. She moved to HSBC China and assumed various roles in project management, human resources, strategy and planning as well as oversight of HSBC entities and strategic investment in China.
Hugh de Lusignan
Emma McGarthy is head of the Sustainable Policy Institute at OMFIF. She is responsible for researching trends, developing relationships and programming meetings for the Sustainable Policy Institute. Prior to joining OMFIF, McGarthy worked as a conference producer, developing and running international conferences in the tech, legal and finance sectors, leading on content, research and building key industry relationships.
John McLean is chair of the China-UK Business Development Centre and senior adviser to the China Chamber of Commerce in the UK. He is also chair of the Institute of Directors for the City of London and was a board member of the China Britain Business Council. He has worked in China since the late 1990s, when he set up a retail joint venture in Shanghai for Sanderson.
John Orchard is chief executive officer of OMFIF. He has expanded OMFIF’s activities as he steered it through Covid-19, setting up key forums on digital money, sustainability and public debt, alongside OMFIF’s longstanding work on monetary policy and policy-makers. He chairs OMFIF’s executive committee and is a member of the OMFIF board. Up to November 2019, he was a member of Euromoney’s management board, having started with the London stock market-quoted global information business in 1994.
Ruby Osman is policy adviser and China lead at the Tony Blair Institute. In this role, she leads the institute's work on China. Osman is also the co-founder of Oxford University’s Silk Road Society think tank.
Jerry Wu is head of investment at TusPark Holdings UK. His experience spans life sciences, healthcare and deep technologies. Wu has worked at AstraZeneca/MedImmune, European Bioinformatics Institute, Wellcome Sanger Institute, Cambridge Institute for Medical Research, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and UK Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology.
Lily Zhu joined OMFIF in October 2021 to launch the Wealth Strategy Institute, to promote best practice for sophisticated private investors, their family offices and their wealth management advisers and engage them in discussions about policy and global finance. Zhu is an experienced business leader with a broad and deep understanding of business practice and culture across all regions.
David Marsh, Chairman, OMFIF
Dame Caroline Wilson DCMG, British Ambassador to China
Zheng Zeguang, Chinese Ambassador to the UK
Fang Wenjian, Chairman, China Chamber of Commerce UK & General Manager, Bank of China London
- Inflation and the impact of geopolitical tensions on central banks, investors and financial institutions
- The prospect of entering an era of receding globalisation and its effect on China-UK relations
- Exploring the future China-UK partnership as the UK seeks to find its place in the world
Lord Meghnad Desai, Member of the British House of Lords
Dr. Huiyao Wang, Founder and President, Center for China and Globalization (CCG)
Ruby Osman, Policy Advisor and China Lead, Tony Blair Institute for Global Change
Dr. Zeno Leoni, Author, Executive Director of ITSS Verona, Lecturer at King’s College London & Affiliate, Lau China Institute
John Orchard, CEO, OMFIF
- Addressing trade barriers and promoting market access between China and the UK
- Exploring avenues for enhanced bilateral trade in goods and services
- Navigating regulatory frameworks and fostering a conducive business environment
William Knight, Co-Founder, Emerisque Brands
James Lindop, Partner, Competition, EU and Trade practice group, Eversheds Sutherland
Jinny Yan, Managing Director, Chief China Economist, ICBC Standard Bank
Dr. Li Yao, Managing Director, Q Energy
Emma McGarthy, Head, Sustainability Policy Institute, OMFIF
- Establishing deeper connections between China-UK capital markets
- Enhancing dialogue and co-operation between central banks
- Discussing the prospects of creating a level playing field across jurisdictions
Alastair John Naisbitt King DL, Alderman, City of London & Founder and Chairman, Naisbitt King Asset Management Limited
Bernard Altschuler, Head of Central Bank Coverage, HSBC
Tom Attenborough, Head of International Primary Markets, LSEG
Susan Xin Yu, Executive Director, Financing & Securities Services, Standard Chartered
David Marsh, Chairman, OMFIF
Aimin Yang, Chief Executive Officer, China Construction Bank London
John Orchard, Chief Executive Officer, OMFIF
- Aligning research and development goals between China and the UK
- Promoting collaboration across key sectors such as healthcare, finance, technology, manufacturing, and energy
- Navigating opportunities and challenges in the age of the digital economy
Dr. Yue Du, Senior Scientist of Gene Therapy R&D, AstraZeneca
Eric Lakin, Chief Financial Officer, Ceres Power
Adeel Khan, Managing Partner, Potentia Inc.
Dr. Jerry Wu, Head of Investment, TusPark Holdings (UK)
Kimberley Long, Asia Editor, The Banker, Financial Times
By bringing together new generation leaders from both countries, the discussion will focus on the evolving dynamics between the UK and China under their new generations of leadership. It will explore the opportunities and challenges in building a strong partnership and fostering collaborative efforts in various areas, such as trade, innovation, technology, culture and education.
Nicolas Jin, Co-Founder and CEO,First Bridge Ventures (FBV
John McLean OBE, Chairman, China UK Business Development Centre
Lin Yue, Executive Director, Goldman Sachs Asset Management
Yusi Zhao, Next Generation Leader, Buchang Group
Lily Zhu, Managing Director, Global Wealth Strategy Institute and Head of Asia, OMFIF
John Orchard, Chief Executive Officer, OMFIF