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Thursday, July 19, 2018

CEIBS Insights 2018 | The 4th Europe Forum · London

Future-Oriented China-UK Financial Cooperation

China’s financial technology (FinTech) is racing on the fast track of development. Many new financial patterns are emerging as new technologies including big data, artificial intelligence, cloud computing and blockchain evolve at breakneck speed. From payment and lending to insurance and wealth management, FinTech is being widely applied in various scenarios in the financial sector. Alibaba and Tencent, the Chinese companies behind AliPay and WeChat, respectively, are gaining ground in the global arena. Their roaring expansion abroad has drawn much attention worldwide to China’s financial technology.

London, a global financial hub, is also a cradle of successful FinTech. The City of London is home to numerous venture capital funds of time-honored banks, FinTech-focused angel investors, venture capitalists, as well as new types of financing tools and platforms. London attracted a record high of £1.1 billion venture capital into the FinTech sector in the first half of 2017. It is foreseeable that FinTech will be a major boost to Britain’s financial industry in the future.

Why has China’s FinTech development shown such strong momentum in just a few years? What do the new development trends in the British FinTech sector imply? Is it possible that Chinese and British FinTech companies can make greater leaps forward through cooperation? When the British Prime Minister Theresa May visited China in early 2018, Mr. Guo Guangchang, CEIBS alumnus and Chairman of Fosun Group, spoke of the respective advantages of China and the UK in terms of FinTech development. As he pointed out, China boasts a dynamic financial market, a large customer base and strong motivation for innovation while Britain is renowned for a more sophisticated financial system, top talent pool and a favorable environment for innovation. Collaborating in the FinTech sector could well become a highlight of China-UK financial cooperation.

Ranked by the Financial Times as a top business school in Asia, CEIBS will bring more than 100 elite professionals from China’s financial industry to this forum. Through the display of FinTech cases in China and the UK, companies and investors attending the event will gain deeper insights into the development of FinTech projects and opportunities in these two markets. The forum will serve to promote business cooperation between the two countries in the FinTech sector. 




Welcome Address
Prof. Yuan DING
Vice President and Dean; 
Professor of Accounting; 
Cathay Capital Chair in Accounting, CEIBS
Mr. Yu SUN
Chairman, China Chamber of Commerce in the UK;
General Manager, Bank of China Limited London Branch; 
CEO, Bank of China (UK) Limited
Forum Host: 
CEO/President, Zurich Institute of Business Education - CEIBS Zurich Campus


Opening Address
Mr. Qin ZHU
Minister of the Chinese Embassy in the UK
Head of Financial and Professional Services, Department for International Trade


Keynote Speech I
Prof. Jianqing JIANG 
Chairman, SINO-CEEF Capital Management Company;
Former Chairman, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC);
Adjunct Professor of Finance, CEIBS;
Director, CEIBS Lujiazui Institute of International Finance


Keynote Speech II
Sir Douglas FLINT
UK Government’s Special Envoy to the Belt & Road Initiative


High-end Dialogue
Moderator: Prof. Yuan DING, Vice President and Dean, Professor of Accounting, Cathay Capital Chair in Accounting, CEIBS
Dialogue with:
Prof. Jianqing JIANG 
Chairman, SINO-CEEF Capital Management Company;
Former Chairman, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC);
Adjunct Professor of Finance, CEIBS;
Director, CEIBS Lujiazui Institute of International Finance
Sir Douglas FLINT
UK Government’s Special Envoy to the Belt & Road Initiative

Panel Discussion I:
Big Data and FinTech - Working Together on the Big Data Ecosystem and Security


Moderator: Mr. Andrew N. RATCLIFFE, Past President, ICAEW
  • Mr. Kevin GUO, President, China Blockchain Application Center (CBAC); Chairman, Starwin Capital; Founder and Co-Chairman, Dianrong
  • Mr. Mark HEDLEY, Director of Technology, China-Britain Business Council
  • Mr. Alastair JOHNSON, Founder and CEO, Nuggets
  • Mr. Tong WANG, Co-Founder and President, SwiftPass Technologies Co., Ltd.; CEIBS FMBA 2017 Student


Coffee Break

Panel Discussion II:
AI and FinTech - Empowering the FinTech Industry


Moderator: Prof. Xinge ZHAO, Professor of Finance and Accounting, Associate Dean, Director of Finance MBA (FMBA) Programme, CEIBS
  • Ms. Angelica ANTON, Founder and Managing Partner, SILK Ventures
  • Mr. Giovanni DAPRÀ, Co-Founder and CEO, Moneyfarm 
  • Dr. Ming GU, Director, PPDAI Smart Finance Institute
  • Mr. David KING, Founder, Artificial Labs
  • Ms. Eva ZHANG, Director of Business Development, Alibaba Cloud International


Closing Drinks

China Europe International Business School (CEIBS)


CEIBS is a not-for-profit joint venture established in 1994 with the support of the Chinese government and the European Commission. Over the past two decades, CEIBS has made outstanding achievements and received wide recognition from the society, with its reputation as a prestigious business school in Asia being further strengthened and enhanced. With a vision to become the most respected international business school in the world, CEIBS is committed to educating socially responsible leaders versed in "China Depth, Global Breadth".

China Chamber of Commerce in the UK (CCCUK)

The China Chamber of Commerce in the UK (CCCUK) was founded on July 23rd, 2001 (previously known as the China Enterprises Association in Britain), mainly consists of Chinese enterprises in the UK and Chinese economic and trade organisations. The CCCUK is a non-profit organisation representing and serving interests of Chinese enterprises, aiming to promote China-UK economic and trade relations.

In September 2015, China Enterprises Association in Britain was re-named as the China Chamber of Commerce in the UK. At present, there are nearly 200 member enterprises, covering dozens of sectors, including finance, insurance, telecommunications, energy products, technical manufacturing, real estate construction, transportation and shipping, trading, government agencies, media press, commercial services etc. CCCUK has 24 board member companies, and four committees including, Financial Committee, Trade Committee, Technology Committee and Supervisory & Management Committee.

With support from the Chinese Embassy in the UK, the CCCUK has grown into an important force representing business interests of Chinese enterprises in the UK and launching external activities as well.

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