Dr Jindong Liu, speaker in the Science session of BRI Summit Day 2, accompanies President Xi Jinping during his state visit to the UK alongside Prince Andrew HRH Duke of York and The Rt Hon George Osborne, MP and former Chancellor of the Exchequer. Photograph courtesy of Imperial College London.

The biographies of a provisional list of distinguished speakers invited to attend the event can be found below (subject to change, please check back for updates):


Dr Mukhisa Kituyi (TBC), Secretary-General of UNCTAD, has an extensive background as an elected official, an academic, and a holder of high government office. He also has wide-ranging experience in trade negotiations, and in African and broader international economics and diplomacy. He was elected to the Kenyan Parliament in 1992, and was twice re-elected. He was Kenya's Minister of Trade and Industry from 2002 to 2007. During this period, Dr. Kituyi chaired for two years the Council of Ministers of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and the African Trade Ministers' Council. He also served as chairman of the Council of Ministers of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States, and was lead negotiator for Eastern and Southern African ministers during the European Union-ACP Economic Partnership Agreement negotiations. He was convenor of the agriculture negotiations carried out at the World Trade Organization's Sixth Ministerial Conference held in Hong Kong, China in 2005. From 2008 to 2012, Dr. Kituyi was a member of a team of experts advising the presidents of the nations of the East African Community on how to establish more effective regional economic links. From 2011 to 2012, he was a consultant for the African Union Commission, where he helped to develop the structure for a pan-African free trade area.


Professor Denis Galligan, Director of the One Belt One Road (OBOR) Programme at the University of Oxford, is Statutory Professor of Socio-Legal Studies at Oxford University and a Professorial Fellow of Wolfson College. He is the Co-Founder and Director of the Foundation for Law Justice and Society, an independent institution, affiliated with Oxford University, and dedicated to making academic research on law in society more accessible to the professions, business, and government.

‪Over a career spanning more than forty years, Professor Galligan has published books and articles on law in society, administrative law, and constitutional law. He has been a consultant to the OECD, World Bank, and various other international and national organisations.


Tan Sri Dr Michael O.K. Yeoh is a public intellectual, social entrepreneur and thought leader. He is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Asian Strategy & Leadership Institute (ASLI), recently ranked as one of the world’s and region’s top think tank. ASLI’s Centre for Public Policy Studies (CPPS) was also ranked 7th best in Asia Pacific region. Dr Yeoh is also Founder Vice-Chairman of CPPS and Chairman of World Chinese Economic Summit. Dr Yeoh was appointed by the Prime Minister of Malaysia to be a Member of the National Unity Consultative Council, the Advisory Board of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission and a Commissioner in Malaysia’s Competition Commission. He was appointed by the Malaysian Government to be Malaysia’s Representative with Ambassador status on the ASEAN High Level Task Force on Connectivity.


Count Francesco da Mosto, Famous architect, author, historian, film maker and television presenter. He has presented several BBC 2 series including Francesco's Venice (2004; BAFTA for Best Photography), Francesco's Italy (2006), Francesco's Mediterranean Voyage (2008; Book by the same title named Sunday Times Best Seller), and Shakespeare in Italy (2012). He has also made guest appearances on such TV shows as What not to Wear, Derren Brown Trick of the Mind, Dr Who Confidential, Blue Peter, Richard & Judy, BBC Breakfast, National Geographic Ancient X Files RADIO documentaries & current affairs for BBC Radio 4 and World Service. Count Francesco is also the recipient of numerous international accolades including the Europa Nostra Heritage Award (2005) and the Premio Bellavista for international journalism (2006), in addition to serving as the Honorary Patron and on the International Committee of the British Red Cross (since 2005).


Countess Jane da Mosto is an environmental scientist (MA, Oxford University, MPhil., Imperial College London) with international experience as a consultant on sustainable development, climate change and wetland ecology. Since 2012 she has been fully engaged in trying to change the future of Venice and for Venetians as co-founder of We are here Venice, an NGO that specialises in using the best available academic research and methodologies to characterise the challenges for Venice while also drawing upon grassroots networks to source accurate information on the city and lagoon and disseminate distilled findings and results to improve public understanding and international awareness of Venice’s fragile but not hopeless condition.
After working in London in management consultancy and venture capital, Jane took up a fellowship at the Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei in Milan. Since moving to Venice in 1995, she has worked continuously and variously: European Projects for local NGOs; Agenda 21 for Venice Municipality; a review of climate change research in Italy for the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme/Consiglio Nazionale di Ricerca; the Venice in Peril Fund/Cambridge University five-year study “Flooding and Environmental Challenges for Venice and the Lagoon” and the “Venice Report” on demography, change in use of buildings, public finances and tourism; the OECD Territorial Review of Venice; muf/British Council installation at the Architecture Biennale etc. She gives lectures, frequently appears in the media and is invited to explain Venice at conferences and seminars, worldwide.


Professor Donna Kurtz is the Beazley Archivist, Professor of Classical Art, and Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford University. She teaches undergraduates and graduate students for the faculty of Literae Humaniores in addition to directing the Beazley Archive. An art historian, she has published books and articles on various aspects of classical Greek archaeology and art, and a number of articles on Information Technology and the visual arts.


Dr Si Xiao, Director of Public Strategy of Tencent group, and Head of Tencent Research Institute. Dr Si Xiao is also a Research Fellow in the National Copyright Administration of China and Visiting Professor at University of Shenzhen. Xiao has extensive industrial experience over many years working in major Chinese Internet companies. He is also very influential in the research of the Internet Law & Policy in China.


Dr Yan Lijin is the President of the Silk Road International Foundation, Director of the Law and Globalization Research Centre in Renmin University of China, Co-Chairman of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Council and Vice President of the Asia-Africa Development and Exchange Society of China. He worked for international corporations for over thirty years, visiting many parts of the world and accumulating rich professional experiences in diplomacy, international cooperation, enterprise management, system integration, and R&D. He also carried out major projects and contributed significantly to the friendship between China and the world.  He has won Pakistan’s highest civil award for his outstanding contribution towards Pakistan-China relations.


Dr Yu Ying, Deputy Director of One Belt One Road (OBOR) Programme at the University of Oxford, is a Research Fellow in Law Justice and Society at Wolfson College and a Member of the Faculty of Law at the University of Oxford. Ying has extensive experience of international trade, maritime law, e-commerce, financial services, dispute resolution, private international law and protection of consumers. Ying combines her academic research and writing with active engagement in policy issues, which has led to her appointment to various committees and organisations. Ying is a Committee Member of the ILA (International Law Association) Consumer Protection Committee, and has been an international expert to UNCTAD, the European Union and other international organisations.  


Mr Adrian Hughes QC, Chairman of the China Law Council, Barrister and Arbitrator on the CIETAC arbitration and mediation panel. Adrian has practised commercial and construction law at the Bar since1984. His practice focuses on complex commercial contract work. His recent cases have included a number of prominent international arbitration and court cases in the UK and Far East including China. He regularly sits as arbitrator, mediator and adjudicator in international and domestic disputes. Adrian is a recent past Chairman of the SCL and chairs the Bar Council’s China Committee and is chairman of the newly formed British Azerbaijani Law Association.


Professor Jin Keyu is a tenured Professor of Economics at LSE. Her field of expertise is international macroeconomics and the Chinese economy. Her research has focused on global imbalances and global asset prices, as well as on China’s growth model, the Chinese saving puzzle, and ramifications of the one child policy. She has written for the Financial Times Op-ed, and is a columnist for the Project Syndicate. She sits on the advisory board of Richemont, and has consulted for the World Bank, the IMF, the New York Fed, Bank of England, along with many other financial institutions.


Mr Neil Sampson, co-opted member of the Board of the Great Britain China Centre and a member of the Law Society International Issues Committee. Neil has been a partner of Rosenblatt since 1994 and his broad portfolio of expertise includes domestic and international dispute resolution, corporate and commercial transactions (both in the UK and internationally), property transactions and a range of private client matters. He has worked on the listing of a number of Chinese companies on the London Stock Exchange, while his dispute resolution experience covers a broad range of domestic and commercial litigation, including international arbitration.


Mr Barry Hembling is a Partner in the construction and engineering team at Fladgate LLP, a 250 year old, internationally focused, top 100 law firm in London.  Barry has over 20 years’ in-house and private practice experience of acting internationally for clients on construction law matters in the infrastructure, rail and development sectors among others.  Barry offers legal support, both contentious and non-contentious, throughout a project’s lifecycle from initial contract advice and negotiations, advice on live projects and dispute avoidance.  Barry often works on global construction projects and acts for various UK clients, including a FTSE100 company, with construction projects throughout China (9) and assists Chinese companies with their UK expansion plans.  He has acted on construction projects in Japan (5), Korea (3), Malaysia, Singapore (3), Thailand (4), Turkey (5), UAE (3) and the UK, among others, and represents clients in complex construction disputes which often involve an international angle.  Barry is a published legal writer and presents at industry conferences in both the UK and abroad.  He supports various bodies, including the China-Britain Business Council, with their OBOR initiatives which have included meetings with a number of Chinese think tanks and government bodies and has a particular interest in OBOR generally as a means of fostering international cooperation, development and friendship.


Professor Thierry Bourgoignie , a Professor of Law at UQAM (Université du Québec à Montréal), in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He obtained a Ph.D. degree from the University of Louvain in Belgium and an LL.M. degree from the Yale Law School in the United States. After 25 years of academic career in Europe as full professor in Louvain and inviting professor in several European institutions, he joined UQAM in June 2003. For six years he acted as the director of a graduate programme in international relations and international law. Between 2009 and 2011, he was appointed Director of the Department of Law within the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences. His publication list comprises more than 20 individual and collective monographs and about 100 published papers. He was elected Chairman of the International Association of Consumer Law from 1998 to 2003. He played a major role in the development of consumer action programmes and the adoption of consumer directives by the European Commission in the 1980s and 1990s. In 2004, he founded at UQAM the research group GREDICC (Groupe de recherche en droit international et comparé de la consummation - www.gredicc.uqam.ca), of which he is the acting director.


Mr Robin Simpson is senior policy adviser for Consumers International, and has been with CI since 2002 having previously worked as head of policy for the UK National Consumer Council and worked on many EU projects in accession countries in Central & Eastern Europe. During that time he has worked on CI’s global positions on varied portfolios including financial services, infrastructure services, international trade and competition and most recently digital products. He represents CI in international forums such as the OECD Committee on Consumer Policy, the OECD/G20 Task force on consumer protection in financial services, ISO, and UNCTAD where he was one of CI’s negotiating and drafting team for the redraft of the UN Guidelines on Consumer Protection. During 2016 he has been lead consultant, at the invitation of UNCTAD, for the revision of the UN Manual on Consumer Protection. He is a member of the Technical Advisory Panel of the Public-Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility, a multi-donor trust fund housed in the World Bank.


Professor David Cranston is the clinical director of the High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) unit at the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences, University of Oxford and has held this position since 2002.  He is the author of 18 book chapters and over 100 peer reviewed publications.  He was trained in Bristol and had worked in Exeter and Bath before arriving in Oxford in 1983 to do research in renal transplantation under the direction of Professor Sir Peter Morris. He was awarded his DPhil in 1986 and after a clinical lecturer post in urology and transplantation was appointed consultant urological and transplant surgeon in 1991. His special interest is in renal cancer and the urological complications of transplantation with a national referral for some patients needing complex renal cancer surgery. In 1992, he set up a research programme with Professor Adrian Harris, Director of the Cancer Research Unit in Oxford, and has co-supervised many research students who have carried out work in investigating bladder and kidney cancer. Several have won international awards for their work.


Dr Jindong Liu is a research fellow at the Hamlyn Centre for Robotic Surgery. He is interested in fields of biologically inspired robotics and translational research for both clinical and healthcare applications. He mainly focuses on assistive devices and robotics. He translated his research on sound perception to a wearable food-intake monitor device which can help obesity patients to assess their diet. In 2011, he developed a healthcare mobile robot with natural human-robot interaction. From 2013, he invented a catheter robot to automate the catheter insertion and manipulator in order to reduce the radiation dose for surgeon. He also designed and implemented a robotic arm to assist surgeons to position and manipulate instrument easily. His articles have been published in British Journal of Nutrition, Neurocomputing and Journal of Bionic Engineering, etc. He is a committee member of several IEEE conferences and sit on the review board of IEEE/Springer journals such as IEEE Trans. of Neural Network, IROS and ICRA, etc. In 2013, his paper had been evaluated as “Most cited Article in 2012” in J. of Bionic Eng.


Ms Jufang Wang, PhD candidate at Center for Cultural and Media Policy Studies, Warwick University. With more than 16 years’ news media working experience in China, Wang was a senior editor at China Radio International and vice director of News at CRI Online Ltd (one of China’s key news websites). Wang holds two master degrees from Peking University and LSE respectively, and was a visiting scholar at the BBC and Oxford University. Based on her in-depth research on the BBC, she published a book, titled The Way of the BBC (BBC之道): Core values and Global Strategies, in 2013, which is among the top media research books in China.


Dr Graham Mott, Economic Affairs Officer at United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). He holds a PhD in Economics from the European University Institute as well as an MSc and BSc in Economics from the University of Warwick.  Dr Mott has experience as an officer working in both the Compeition and Consumer Policy Branch and the Office of the Director, DITC of UNCTAD.


Mr Chris Cotton (TBC) began working at China-Britain Business Council (CBBC) in 2005 and was promoted to Director in 2007. As well as his senior management and regional commitments, Chris is the lead in the UK for CBBC’s activities in the Life Sciences (Healthcare, Pharma, Biotech). Chris has a BA Honours degree in Chinese Studies. He was based in Hong Kong for six and a half years, where he worked for the world’s leading B2B trade show organiser, organising many events in mainland China in collaboration with Chinese partner organisations from both industry and government. In the UK Chris has worked in a senior business development role for the examinations and qualifications division of the University of Cambridge, where he grew the organisation’s business in mainland China.


Dr Tengfei Wang, Economic Affairs Officer at United Nations Ecnoomic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP). As an economist and researcher in the fields of trade facilitation, logistics, supply chain management, and transport economics and policy, Dr Wang has been involved in preparing a large number of legislative documents, technical guides and materials. He has authored or co-authored more than 30 peer reviewed research papers published in the journals such as Transportation Research, Journal of Productivity Analysis, Journal of Economics and Business, International Journal of Logistics, Research and Applications. The book titled "Container Port Production and Economic Efficiency" (http://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9781403947727) summarizes my main research work before I joined the UNESCAP.

Some of Dr Wang's recent work include leading the development of the UN/CEFACT Recommendation 42 on Trade and Transport Facilitation Monitoring Mechanism (TTFMM) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tp5eLJGC42o); assisting a few selected countries in the region to carry out the baseline studies on TTFMM; and leading a global survey on implementation of trade facilitation measures (https://unnext.unescap.org/content/global-survey-trade-facilitation-and-paperless-trade-implementation-2017).  He obtained his PhD from Hong Kong Polytechnic University and was the winner of the PhD 'Palgrave Macmillan' Prize in Maritime Economics and Logistics, and has previously held the position of Senior Lecturer at the Business School in the University of Plymouth.


Dr Qiong Lu has over six years of working and research experience in water, environment, and climate science sectors. She holds an MSc degree from the University of Bristol in Water and Environmental Management and a PhD degree from University of Oxford in Geography and the Environment.  She was also a visiting research scientist at Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH), UK. Her areas of expertise include water resources management, hydrology modelling, climate change adaptation and renewable energy. After her PhD graduation, Qiong joined the World Bank (Headquarter) as a water resources specialist. She is currently providing research and operations support for the South Asian Section at the World Bank.


Mr Biao Ding has formerly held the position of General Manager at CRRC UK Limited, where he currently heads CRRC's Europe infrastructure market strategy and regional policy development. He was the Global EPC Head at CSR Corporation Ltd., managing EPC projects across 35 countries. Mr Ding has 13 years of multinational project management experience, some of which include the Supervision Astana Light Rail project involving design, delivery, construction etc; Key Project member of CSR HS2 project team, allocating work for technical and commercial engineers on HS2 Rolling Stock Seminar, HS2 supply chain conference, HS2 market sounding questionnaires and face to face technical meetings; Project head of acquisition of E&M GmbH in Germany transaction.


Dr Marie-Helen Maras is an Associate Professor at the Department of Security, Fire, and Emergency Management at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.  She is also part of the faculty of the MS program in Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity and PhD program in Criminal Justice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Dr Maras has a DPhil in Law and an MPhil in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Oxford. In addition, she holds a graduate degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of New Haven and undergraduate degrees in Computer and Information Science and Psychology from UMUC. She is the author of: Cybercriminology (Oxford University Press, 2016); Computer Forensics: Cybercriminals, Laws, and Evidence (now in its second edition; Jones and Bartlett, 2014); Counterterrorism (Jones and Bartlett, 2012); CRC Press Terrorism Reader (CRC Press, 2013); and Transnational Security (CRC Press, 2014), among other publications. Furthermore, Dr Maras is the creator and co-editor for a monograph and edited volume series titled, “Palgrave Studies in Cybercrime and Cybersecurity” at Palgrave-Macmillan. Prior to her academic post, she served in the US Navy for approximately seven years gaining significant experience in security and law enforcement from her posts as a Navy Law Enforcement Specialist and Command Investigator. During the early stages of her military career, she worked as an Electronics and Calibration Technician.


Dr Alex Chung is a Research Associate working on a cybersecurity project at Cardiff University, and he is the Coordinator for the Oxford One Belt One Road Cyber Security Programme in the Faculty of Law.  He has conducted risk assessment and implemented information security policy for the Oxford Law faculty to ensure compliance with the incoming EU General Data Protection Regulation, and he has private sector experience working on outsourced projects related to the Digital Single Market Strategy initiated by the European Commission.  He was appointed as an expert member of several international organisations dedicated to the study of organized crime, and he is currently working on publishing a monograph on an ethnic-Chinese drug trafficking network with Palgrave Macmillan. He holds a DPhil in Law, an MPhil in Criminology, and an MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Oxford.