Sergio Marchi was a Senior Fellow at the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development. Honourable Sergio Marchi is also the former Canadian Ambassador to the World Trade Organization and UN; Canadian Cabinet Minister of International Trade, the Environment and Immigration; and a range of private sector advisory positions. From 2004 to 2008 he served as the President of the Canada-China Business Council. He is currently a special partner at the Pace Global Advantage consultancy. He travels from Geneva, Switzerland.
Andrew Leung is chairman of Andrew Leung International Consultants. He is an international China specialist, with a background of forty years of senior official positions in commerce, industry, banking, finance and overseas diplomatic representations. Leung helped set up HK Standard Chartered Asia Ltd., is former chief official representative to United Kingdom and fourteen EU and non-EU countries, including Russia, Switzerland and Norway. He travels from London.
Arthur Kroeber is a respected writer and commentator on Chinese economy and Chinese companies. He has been the managing director and head of research at Dragonomics since 2002. He is also a regular contributor to the opinion page of the Financial Times and a consultant to Oxford Analytica. His articles have also appeared in the Economist, the Far Eastern Economic Review, Wired, and other publications. He travels from Beijing.
Rupert Hoogewerf is founder and compiler of the Hurun China Rich List. The list is the flagship product of Hurun Report, a luxury publishing and events company founded by Hoogewerf in 1999, which produces 20 Chinese-language magazine issues a year aimed at China’s wealth creators. Hoogewerf’s close personal relationship with many of China’s leading entrepreneurs provides the basis for the company’s busy calendar of events. He travels from Shanghai.
Current: Partner and Chair, Emerging Markets Practice, Berkeley Research Group LLC (Global Litigation Expert Witness Consulting Firm on Trade/Investment Disputes and Arbitration, Antitrust, CFIUS, Corporate Governance, FCPA, Regulation, and Damages); CEO and Managing Partner, Proa Global Partners LLC (Global Transaction Advisory Firm); Johns Hopkins Faculty; Corporate Board Director; Monthly Columnist
Paul French is former Chief China Market Strategist at Mintel. As a China specialist he has been quoted in a wide variety of publications including the Financial Times, Newsweek, the Wall Street Journal Asia, the South China Morning Post and the LA Times. In 2012 he published the very popular book “Midnight in Peking.” The rights for a TV-show on the book have been sold He travels from Shanghai.
Howard French is associate professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and former New York Times correspondent in Africa, Japan, and China. As correspondent for the New York Times, he was not only an alert observer of the society he was in, but was able to compare and connect between those worlds, much to the benefit of his audience. He travels from New York.
Sam Flemming is co-founder and CEO of CIC, the first and leading Internet Word of Mouth (IWOM) research and consulting firm in China. CIC is at the forefront of exploring Chinese digital culture, helping leading brands in China such as Pepsi and Nike understand how the Internet Word of Mouth is impacting and can be used to impact marketing communications, product research and development, reputation monitoring and public relations. He travels from Shanghai.
Bill Fischer is a Professor at the International Institute for Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland, where he specializes in issues relating to corporate strategy, particularly in technology-related organizations, and in the management of operations and technology, as well. He is former dean of CEIBS in Shanghai. In 2012 Bill Fischer co-published The Idea Hunter: How to Find the Best Ideas and Make them Happen. He travels from Lausanne, Switzerland
James Farrer is a leading expert on sexuality in China and Japan. In a dynamic and knowledgeable way he addresses one of the fast-changing sides of China’s dynamic society: its youth culture. He is the director of the Institute of Comparative Culture at Sophia University. He travels from Tokyo.