2018 Summit Speakers


Glen moreno 

-Chairman of Virgin Money

-Former Chairman of Pearson PLC & CEO of Fidelity International

-Former Senior Independent Director of Man Group & Llyods Bank

Glen Moreno has been the Chairman of Virgin Money Holdings plc since 2015. He previously held senior positions in Citigroup’s European and Asian business (1969-1987) and served as the Chief Executive of Fidelity International (1987-1991), where he led the company’s international expansion, including the global launch of Fidelity Funds. Mr. Moreno was also the Chairman and Director of Pearson PLC (2005 – 2015). Until 2009, he was the Senior Independent Director of Man Group, and has also served as the Acting Chairman of UK Financial Investments (UKFI), Deputy Chairman of Lloyds Bank (2010 – 2012) and as a senior advisor to HSBC.


Ian hood

-Head of Digital & Member of UK Executive Committee of Fidelity International

-Non-executive Director of The Unit

-Former Group Chief Digital Officer of RSA Insurance Group

Ian Hood has been the Head of Digital at Fidelity International since 2015, where he is responsible for creating and driving through delivery of web and mobile experiences for Fidelity International’s UK business. Alongside his full time Executive Director role at Fidelity International, Mr. Hood is also a Non-Executive Director and member of the Senior Management Team for The Unit, a strategy, design and technology company in the UK. He has now amassed 15 years and counting e-commerce, web design, mobile, online and digital experience. He used to serve as Group Chief Digital Officer at RSA (2011-2015) and Head of E-Commerce at Swiftcover.com of AXA (2007-2009).


Charles conn

-CEO of the Rhodes Trust and Warden of the Rhodes House

-Former Senior Advisor to the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation

-Former Partner of McKinsey & Company


Charles Conn is CEO of the Rhodes Trust and the Warden of the Rhodes Trust, based in Oxford. Before taking up the Wardenship, he was Senior Advisor to the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation, where he supervised various environmental conservation projects. His investment company, Redjuice Capital, focused on technology and clean energy companies. Mr. Conn also sat on several company and non-profit boards or advisory committees, including Patagonia, the Arcadia Foundation and the Atlantic Salmon Foundation. Earlier in his career, Charles Conn was the CEO of Ticketmaster-Citysearch and the Partner with McKinsey & Company and a leader of its growth strategy and energy practices.


Chris Marlin

-President of Lennar International

-Vice President and Counsel to Lennar Corporation

-Former Attorney at Holland & Knight and Foley & Lardner


Chris Marlin currently serves as President of Lennar International and as Vice President and Counsel to Lennar Corporation, one of the Nation's leading homebuilders and real estate financial services provider in the US. Prior to joining Lennar, he practiced law at Holland & Knight and Foley & Lardner. He also served as General Counsel to Knight Images. From 2000-2003, he was Adjunct Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Central Florida. Mr. Marlin currently serves as a member of the Metropolitan Policy Leadership Council of the Brookings Institution and a Director of the Zoological Society of Florida and the Thelma Gibson Health Initiative. 


Jeff Cao

-Head of Asia Pacific at London & Partners

-Member of the Board of China-Britain Business Council

Jeff Cao is Head of Asia Pacific at London & Partners. Based in London, Jeff is responsible for successful running of London & Partners’ operations in Asia Pacific. With an established professional with twenty years of experience, he has a strong track record of advising world-class corporate clients on market entry strategies, competitive positioning, influence mapping, relationship building, and deal facilitation. He has cross sector experience, particularly in retail, pharmaceutical, FMCG, telecom and financial services. Mr. Cao also sits on the Board of China-Britain Business Council. He was a strategy consultant with a London-based management consultancy and an investment banker based in China.


Rupert Hammond-Chambers

-Member of the board of Project 2049 institute

Mr. Hammond-Chambers was born and raised in Scotland before emigrating to the United States in 1987 and earning a Bachelor of Arts degree at Denison University. He is responsible for Bower Group Asia's defense and security practice. He is a on the Board of the Project 2049 Institute, and on the Advisory Boards of Redwood Partners International, The Sabatier Group, and the Pacific Star Fund. He is a Trustee of Fettes College and is a member of the National Committee on United States-China Relations.


Alexander Chen

-Vice President of Bright Scholar Holdings

-Former Managing Director of Kirkcaldy Family Office

-Founder and Former Chairman of Yinghao College International

Alexander Chen is Vice President of Bright Scholar Holdings. Mr. Chen was former Managing Director of Kirkcaldy Family Office, primarily engaged in education planning for children of clients and financial strategy development for clients’ overseas investments. He was former Managing Director of Feishang Group. He also founded Yinghao College International, one of China’s first international schools. Mr. Chen was a Senior Consultant in Segway Inc. (2010 – 2012), and the Chairman of Zeus Education from (2007 – 2014). 




George Parker is the editor of the Financial Times and is the longest-serving political editor of any daily national newspaper since he took on his current role in 2007. Prior to that, he was the FT’s bureau chief in Brussels, and was heading the paper’s EU coverage. After graduating from Queen Mary's University of London, he worked at Western Morning News. He has also accompanied George Osborne on one of his recent trips to China, and has a keen interest in Sino-British relations. 


Tony Little

-Chief Education Officer of GEMS Education

-Former Headmaster of Eton College

Tony Little is Chief Education Officer of GEMS Education, where he is responsible for ensuring the quality of education across the global chain. He works with educators and governments on raising standards and encouraging interaction between pupils at GEMS schools in different countries. Mr. Little is also a British schoolmaster. He spent seven years as housemaster of Brentwood School, seven years as the headmaster of Chigwell School, six years as headmaster of Oakham School, and 13 years as Head Master of Eton College. He is the author of An Intelligent Person's Guide to Education, published by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC.


Yutong Gao

-Founder of Easy Transfer Limited

-Forbes Asia's most influential young people under the age of 30

-Bloomberg China 2016 “25 under 25”

Yutong Gao is the co-founder of Easy Transfer Limited, a company focused on providing the ultimate solution for the pain point of an easier, faster, and more affordable international online wire transfer services. As a distinctive entrepreneur, Yutong has been recognized as one of the youngest entrepreneurs with tremendous potential by multiple medias, including Bloomberg Business Week 2016’s “25 under 25”, CY Zone’s “30 under 30”, Harvard China Summits’ top 15 entrepreneurs that are under 25, LieYun Web’s 2016 best 90s’ entrepreneur, and Southern California Chinese Innovation and Entrepreneurship Most Anticipated Rising Star Awards. 


Caroline Wright

-Director General of the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA)

-Former Director of Communications at Cabinet Office

-Former Director of Communications at Department of Education


Caroline Wright is Director General of BESA, the UK’s national industry association for educational products and services. In her time at BESA, the association has grown in impact and size and represents more than 80% of the UK educational resources market and more than 350 education suppliers. From an early career working in national and local newspapers, she moved into Government working as Director of Communications across a range of Departments including the Department for Education, Ofsted, Partnerships for Schools, The Cabinet Office, and the Department of Trade and Industry. She was also a Non-Executive Director of the UK’s largest acute NHS hospital trust from 2012 to 2014.


Vincent Dassault

-Site Manager of VINCI Construction

-Former CEO and Founder of London Art Embassy

Vincent Dassault is the fourth generation heir to the Dassault family, which owned Dassault Group, an aerospace, software and media conglomerate in France. He currently works as the Site Manager of VINCI construction, a national construction and facilities company. Mr. Dassault was also the Strategy Analyst and Project Manager of Epic Foundation, where he developed the external infrastructure of the new Epic Generation crowdfunding website. From 2013 to 2016, he was the CEO and Founder of Art Embassy in London, which is an international fine arts agency, finding and managing twenty of the most talented artists in emerging countries.


Ray Clacher

-Executive Vice President of Trinity Limited

-Former Managing Director of Gieves & Hawkes


Ray Clacher is the Executive Vice President of Trinity Limited, with direct responsibility for the internationally renowned UK brands Gieves & Hawkes, Kent & Curwen and Hardy Amies. Prior to his current role, he was the Managing Director of Gieves & Hawkes. Mr Clacher has a retail career spanning 30 years including senior management positions in both Asia and Europe. He was the Retail Operations Director for United Colors of Benetton from 2000 to 2002. Prior to that, Mr Clacher held senior management positions with UK retail companies such as House of Fraser, BHS and Littlewoods.


Sunan Jiang

-Minister Counsellor for Science & Technology, Chinese Embassy

-Former Deputy Director of Personnel Department at Ministry of Science and technology

Sunan Jiang is the Minister Counsellor for Science & Technology at Chinese Embassy in the United Kingdom. To uphold and strength the Sino-British scientific and technological partnership, he participated and spoke in various events, including the UK-China Innovation Showcase in Shanghai, The 8th Meeting of China-UK Joint Commission on Science, Technology and Innovation Cooperation, as well as The 2016 Pujiang Innovation Forum. Prior to his current role, he was the Deputy Director of Personnel Department at Ministry of Science and Technology.


Maria Sun

-Chief Operating Officer of Ctrip


Ms. Maria Sun started her career in various management roles for the JinJiang Hotel Group. In 2000, she started at Ctrip where she was director of the Customer Service Center and implemented a comprehensive quality management system. In 2006 Ms. Sun was promoted to Vice President, then Senior Vice President in 2011. In 2012 she transferred to the Accommodation Business Unit, where she now serves as Executive Vice President and CEO. In late 2016 she was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Ctrip, while still maintaining her role as CEO of the Accommodation Business Group. She received her undergraduate degree from JiaoTong University (Shanghai) and her MBA from China Europe International Business School (Shanghai).


Robert Shrimsley

-Editorial Director of the Financial Times

Robert Shrimsley is Editorial Director of the Financial Times. Before this, he has served as the FT’s chief political correspondent, news editor, managing editor of FT.com. He writes weekly for the Notebook column, a satirical look at the week’s news and for the FT weekend Magazine.


susan zhu

-Founder & Chairman at Shanghai Treasure Carbon New Energy

-Council Member of Centre for China and Globalization

-China’s famous low-carbon economist

Ms. Susan Zhu is one of the first forerunners participating China carbon exchange, founder of Shanghai Treasure Carbon New Energy Environmental Protection Technology Ltd. , Hong Kong substation of Shanghai Environment Energy Exchange and the first low-carbon funds and trust in China. She acts as the council member of Centre for China and Globalization (CCG), as well as the external low-carbon think tank expert of Hong Kong Finance Academy. Ms. Zhu has been focusing on low-carbon market in China for years. She invests and develops a large number of carbon assets with high quality, signs strategic cooperation agreements with large-scale enterprises and performs carbon calculating, and manages carbon assets of several listed companies.



James kynge

-Editorial Director of the Financial Times

Mr. James Kynge is the emerging markets editor of Financial Time. He writes about emerging markets and, in particular, China’s growing global footprint in business, finance and politics.

He won the 2016 Wincott Foundation award for Financial Journalist of the Year. His prize-winning 2006 book, “China Shakes the World”, was a bestseller translated into 19 languages.

Before returning to London in 2008, Mr. Kynge spent 25 years reporting from Asia with postings in China, Japan, former Soviet Central Asia and Southeast Asia. He is chairman of FT Confidential Research, having founded “China Confidential”, a research company, in 2009.



margret ren

-executive president and chairman, bank of america merrill lynch china

Margaret Ren is the Managing Director, China Country Executive and Chairman of Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML), she is also a member of the Executive Committee of Asia Pacific. Ms. Ren is one of the most experienced China bankers, with more than 25 years of industry experience. She has extensive knowledge of and deep relationships with the Chinese financial and corporate sectors, and has worked on many landmark transactions across Greater China. She joins BAML from BNP Paribas, where she was chairman for Corporate Finance, Greater China. Margaret was named among the Top 50 most powerful business women in Asia by Forbes in 2013, and the 100 most influential women in finance by Financial News in 2009.

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michael kuan

-chairman, kuan capital

Mr. Michael Kuan is the Founder and Chairman of Kuan Capital, an international investment and asset management firm based in Shanghai, China. Prior to establishing Kuan Capital in 2013, he was the co-founder of CyberCity Investment, SIG Capital and was a partner of GGV Capital. Born in China and educated in the United States, Michael’s investment career spans over thirty years – starting in 1986 as a venture capitalist in Silicon Valley. He returned to China in 1992 to become one of the pioneering investors in TMT, Internet, Education, Energy and Biotech Industries. Michael has invested and played key roles in some of China’s most successful ventures, which include Quantech Electronics, China.com, Sina.com, Liming Networks, China Cable Networks, Grandhope Biotech and Hippo Animation. Kuan Capital is also an investor in Anchor Pacific Capital, RedBird Capital, Bold Capital and Singularity University in United States

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daya thussu

-Professor of International Communication at University of Westminster

-Research Advisor to the China Media Centre

-Founder and Co-Director of the India Media Centre

Dr. Daya Thussu is the Professor of International Communication at the University of Westminster in London and the founder and Co-Director of the India Media Centre and research advisor to the China Media Centre. He is the author or editor of 18 books, among his key publications are: Mapping BRICS Media; Media and Terrorism: Global Perspectives; Internationalizing Media; News as Entertainment: The Rise of Global Infotainment, International Communication – Continuity and Change, etc. Dr. Thussu is also the founder and Managing Editor of the Sage journal Global Media and Communication and Editor-in-Chief of the Sage journal Global Media and China.


ding ying

-ceo and chairman, beijing qiaowai group

Ms. Ying (Vivian) Ding has worked in Immigration and global investment Industry since 1999, during these 19years, she has already achieved on helping over 10 thousands of families getting their green card. She’s also the very first person to promote and launch the EB5 program in China and her company, QWOS GROUP has achieved 100% of successful rate over the years. Vivian has set up QWOS during her young age and has successfully developed QWOS to be the number one immigration brand during these 19 years of development.


tao jinzhou

-managing partner, dechert llp

Jingzhou Tao is the Managing Partner responsible for developing the Asia Practice of Dechert LLP. He has advised many Fortune 500 companies on international mergers and acquisitions, arbitration and corporate matters involving China for more than 30 years. Mr. Tao has represented major American and European and Japanese companies in hundreds of transactions in China involving joint ventures, tax planning, strategic alliances and intellectual property protection. He also has significant experience in international arbitration proceedings both in China and before the major international arbitration institutions. He has been consistently ranked in Chambers Global and Chambers Asia-Pacific for his dispute resolution practice in China and him one of the "Most In Demand Arbitrators" in the Asia-Pacific region.


jacky wang

-founding partner, united capital

Jacky Wang, the founder of United Capital, United Think-Tank and United Elite Club. Before founding United Capital, he has more than 20 years management experiences in Global 500 companies and domestic enterprises, he worked as the Vice President of Alibaba Group, Vice President of Alcoa Asia Pacific, Chairman of DHL Logistics China, Senior Executive of Ford China etc., which brought him deep understanding and diversified backgrounds in Manufacturing Industry, International Trade, Internet, E-Commerce, Supply Chain, Logistics, and Investment and Financing, he is now the leading figure of Industrial Integration in China. Meanwhile, he is also a famous angel investor and star-up tutor, he invested and helped tutoring hundreds of enterprises.


Rambo Shyy

-       Portfolio Manager at American Pacific Properties Corporation (APPC)

-       Director of Wonder Medical & Educational Foundation

-       Actor and Producer

Mr. Rambo Shyy was born and raised in Silicon Valley California. He received his BA degree from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and MS degree from The Bartlett at UCL. His acting career began when he left for Taiwan to learn Chinese. He stumbled upon a role in hit drama series Millionaire Bride, where he discovered his joy for the arts. Thereafter, Rambo has challenged himself by taking on various roles in TV dramas and features, ranging from Ancient Chinese war hero in Xin Luo Shen to professional con artist in South of the Clouds. He was awarded the Rookie Actor Award at Asia’s Jin Hai Tang Film Festival in 2014. He also ranked 4th in the popular Chinese television series Super Speaker. Mr. Shyy is also a producer and host for an English education channel on Iqiyi. His show MV美语 was a recent recipient of Most Popular Education Channel on the platform. Rambo is also active in the nonprofit world. He is currently the Director of Wonder Medical & Educational Foundation.


Beijie (Ann) Tang

Beijie (Ann) Tang is Deputy Secretary-General of the Center for China and Globalization (CCG) and Managing Director of CCG Shanghai division. She is also part of CCG research team as a fellow on globalization studies and US-China economic relations. In her early career days, she worked as an import/export consultant in Shanghai. Since 2004, she had spent 10 years studying political science in the United States. Her academic interests concentrated on international political economy, Chinese domestic politics, and US-China relations. Prior to joining the CCG, she worked as a journalist covering the political and economic affairs of Southern Nevada, and advised the heads of the regional economic development agencies on Chinese outbound investment. She also authored several major research reports and policy papers.