Start date: 02/10/2019 13:00

End date: 02/10/2019 18:30

Venue: Cornwall Suite, De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms

Costs: Free

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CEIBS Insights 2019 | The 5th Europe Forum (London) China’s Consumption Upgrade: New Opportunities for the UK

Supported Event

October 02
The year 2019 marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China and the 47th anniversary of ambassadorial-level diplomatic relations between China and the UK; it is also a year for in-depth development of China-UK relations in the “Golden Era”. At this new historic juncture, the UK is facing opportunities brought by China’s consumption upgrade in both scale and quality, its supply-side structural reform, the wider opening of Chinese market, and its “Belt and Road Initiative”. With continuous technological innovation and business model iteration, the changing landscape of global industrial chain will undoubtedly provide unprecedented opportunities for cooperation between Chinese and the UK businesses.

After four decades of sustained development, China is evolving from the factory of the world to the market of the world as its population of 1.4 billion or so is labelled as consumers instead of labours. China’s domestic consumption is in transition with the growing purchasing power of consumers and tech innovation, which will benefit companies and brands worldwide.

On October 2, 2019, over 300 scholars, entrepreneurs and senior executives from China and UK will offer their insights into new opportunities brought by China’s consumption upgrade to UK at the 5th London Forum. As “China Essence, Global Significance” is the new tagline of CEIBS 25th anniversary, this event is expected to facilitate China-UK industrial collaboration and integration, and advance cooperation among the political, business and academic communities.​

Agenda (to be confirmed)
13:00-13:30 Registration
13:30-13:45 Welcome Address
Prof. Mingjun Li
President of CEIBS
Mr.Wenjian Fang
Chairman of the CCCUK, General Manager of Bank of China, London Branch
Forum Moderator: Dr. Robert Straw
CEO of CEIBS Zurich
13:45-14:00 Opening Keynote Speech
H.E. Ambassador Xiaoming Liu (TBC)
Ambassador to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and North Ireland
14:00-14:15 Keynote Speech (I)
His Excellency Mr. James Gordon Brown HonFRSE  (TBC)
Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
14:15-14:30 Keynote Speech ()
Mr. Graham Stuart  (TBC)
Minister for Investment, the Department for International Trade
14:30-14:45 Keynote Speech ()
Prof. Bin Xu Professor of Economics and Finance, Associate Dean (Research) of CEIBS
Session  I
New Order for Consumption Upgrade: Chinese Market and Opportunities for the UK
In this wave of consumption upgrade driven by urbanisation and demographic dividend, China’s new generation of consumers, who are dominating the consumer market, espouse the views that stand in stark contrast to those of their predecessors: no price comparison or obsession with big brands, and pursuit of individuality, quality, and consumer experience. The shift in consumer demand is presenting new opportunities to long-established UK brands with a capability for technological innovation. Their success in the Chinese market will hinge on whether they can tune into the needs of the younger generation.
14:45-15:45 Moderator: (TBC)
  • Ms. Cicy Li, GM of Marketing, VP of Tencent Pictures, Interactive Entertainment Group, Non-Executive Director of China Literature
  • Mr. Hongbin Zhuang, CEO & Co-Founder of Emotech
  • Mr. Bin Shen, Co-Founder and Chairman of
  • Ms. Hannah Jackson, Head of China Development of The Body Shop
  • Senior Executive of  Dyson (TBC)
15:45-16:15 Coffee Break
Session II
Impetus behind Technological Innovation: Incorporating Financial Products into Daily Life
As mobile Internet is developing by leaps and bounds, every facet of daily life is fuelling new financial demands. Emerging technologies like big data, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, and blockchain can be adopted to reshape information mining, risk models, investment decision-making and credit rating system to better satisfy the needs in the online financial market and advance consumption upgrade. In recent year, the UK, renowned for its finance industry in the past, has been accelerating the technology-driven transformation. Today, it is a leading player in AI, FinTech, VR and IoT.
16:15-17:15 Moderator:
Mr. John Richardson, Visiting Fellow at Cass Business School
  • Mr. Yeming Wang, General Manager, Alibaba Cloud EMEA  
  • Ms. Rita Liu, CEO of Alipay (UK), Director in Sports Marketing of Alipay Global Branding and Marketing
  • Mr. Suresh Vaghjiani, CEO & Co-Founder of Tribe Payments
  • Mr. Will Sorby, GM UK of N26
  • Mr. William Barkshire, Senior Adviser of FNZ
  • Senior Executive of WorldFirst (TBC)
  • Senior Executive of HSBC (TBC)
17:15-18:30 Reception drinks
Address: Prof. Yuan DING, Vice President and Dean, CEIBS