The list of distinguished speakers invited to attend the event can be found below:
Speakers on Day 1, 13th September:
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.
Counsellor SHAO Zheng, Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Mr. SHAO Zheng is the Counsellor for Policy Analysis at the Chinese Embassy in London. Mr. Shao is an experienced diplomat, having served at Chinese Embassies in Washington DC and twice in London. He worked at the Dept. of International Organizations and Conferences, Dept. of Information, Dept of Boundary and Maritime Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China (MFA). He also served at the Central Foreign Affairs Office of China, the top foreign policy decision-making body. He worked as Director of Spokesman's Office of the MFA and organized press conferences by the President, Prime Minister and Foreign Minister. He traveled with the President of China to international conferences, such as the UNGA, UN Security Council Meeting, G20 Summit, etc. Mr. Shao looks after policy issues at the Chinese Embassy in London and has spoken on China’s foreign policy at RUSI, Chatham House, King’s College, Wilton Park, Ditchley Park and many other institutions.
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.
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.
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.
Dr Troy Sternberg is a member of the Center for Climate and Security’s Advisory Board, and British Academy Post-doctoral Research Fellow in the School of Geography, Oxford University. His research focuses on the interaction of natural hazards with societies and the environment in the Gobi Desert, including hazard identification, social exposure and resilience and the evolving climate and hazard impact on human systems. In particular, he explores how drought, dzud (extreme winter) and climate influence human opportunity and security in the Gobi region of northern China and southern Mongolia. His interests center on desert processes – natural hazards, water, drought, climate, degradation, pastoralism, livelihoods, development and expanding dryland knowledge. He has contributed to a number of peer-reviewed journals, including the International Journal of Climatology and the Forced Migration Review. Troy holds a Doctorate in Philosophy (D.Phil) from Oxford University.
Mr Zhenqiu Gu, bureau chief of Xinhua News Agency London Bureau. Gu joined Xinhua News Agency as an English news writer and editor in1990. He has long and productive working experience as an overseas correspondent/bureau chief, including being assigned to Nigeria (1993-1995) and the United Nations (1998-2003; 2008-2017). Until July 2017, Gu was the bureau chief of Xinhua’s United Nations Bureau based in New York. During his two assignments in the UN Bureau, Gu has interviewed UN secretaries-general, other senior UN officials, and many UN-based ambassadors; he has also witnessed and covered many major global events, such as the 911 terrorist attacks, the Millennium Summit at the United Nations and the selection of new UN secretary-general.
Professor Donna Kurtz is Emeritus Professor of Classical Art and Senior Research Fellow of the University of Oxford’s e-Research Centre in the Department of Engineering Science. She directs The Cultural Heritage Programme and OXLOD – a semantic web pilot for the University’s museums, libraries and related academic research. She is working with digital experts in China on a Linked Data project – Linked Heritage – for the B&R Initiative.
Mr Adrian Hughes QC practises as a barrister and arbitrator from 39 Essex Chambers in London, Singapore and Malaysia. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2006. He sits as a Recorder and Court Examiner. His practice includes construction and engineering, energy, shipping, trade, insurance and financial services. His principal focus is international arbitration.
He has a longstanding connection with China and frequently undertakes international arbitration and dispute resolution work as counsel in cases involving parties from China. He also sits as Arbitrator, Adjudicator and Mediator on international disputes both in the UK and internationally. He has been a member of the Foreign Arbitrators Panel of CIETAC (China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission) since 2001 and the CCPIT panel of Mediators since its inception.
From 1990 to 2015 he ran the Young Chinese Lawyers Training Schemes in the UK on behalf of the Bar Council and chaired the Bar Council’s China Group and the China Law Council (the Bar and Law Society joint working group). He continues to play an active role in UK/China legal relations and was recently appointed by GBCC/FCO as Expert on Dispute Resolution to prepare a scoping report on potential cooperation between UK and China in this area.
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.
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 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 David Vines is Professor of Economics, and a Fellow of Balliol College, at the University of Oxford. He is also Adjunct Professor of Economics at the Australian National University, and a Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research.
From 2008 to 2012 he was the Research Director of the European Union’s Framework Seven PEGGED Research Program, which analysed Global Economic Governance within Europe. Professor Vines received a BA from Melbourne University in 1971, and subsequently an MA and PhD from Cambridge University. From 1985 to 1992 he was Adam Smith Professor of Political Economy at the University of Glasgow.
His research interests are in macroeconomics, including financial frictions, fiscal and monetary interactions, and financial crisis. His recent books include: The Leaderless Economy: Why the World Economic System Fell Apart and How to Fix It (Princeton University Press, 2013, with Peter Temin); The IMF and its Critics: Reform of Global Financial Architecture (Cambridge University Press, 2004, with Christopher Gilbert) and The Asian Financial Crisis: Causes, Contagion and Consequences (Cambridge University Press, 1999, with Pierre-Richard Agénor, Marcus Miller, and Axel Weber).
Speakers on Day 2, 14th September:
Professor Heng Wang is associate professor at the Faculty of Law, the University of New South Wales (UNSW Law), and co-director of UNSW Law’s China International Business and Economic Law (CIBEL) Initiative. He is also university visiting professorial fellow at Southwest University Political Science and Law, China. Heng has spoken at the WTO Headquarters and many leading institutions, including Harvard University, Columbia University, New York University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Virginia, the LSE, and University of Paris 1. As visiting professor, he taught at leading law schools in Australia, Canada, China, Japan and the US. Heng conducted research at the WTO Secretariat, and was the Max Weber Fellow at European University Institute. He published widely in journals including the Journal of World Trade and Cornell International Law Journal, and his research has been quoted by scholars such as those from Oxford University and the Max Planck Institute. Heng is or was executive council member of one global, two Asian and all three Chinese societies of international economic law.
Mr Pierre M Horna is a Visiting Research Fellow at Oxford’s Centre for Competition Law and Policy, Institute of European Comparative Law of the Law Faculty at Oxford University during 2017. From January to June 2017, he was also a Senior Associate at Pembroke College. His research at Oxford relates to "Cross-Border Cartels and International Cooperation among Younger and Smaller Competition Authorities in Emerging Markets".
Mr. Horna is a legal affairs official at the Competition and Consumer Policies Branch of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) for almost 15 years. He has been responsible for the design, formulation and implementation of technical assistance and capacity building programmes on competition and consumer protection laws and policies. In particular, Mr. Horna's regional focus of work at the UN has been select newer and small competition and consumer protection authorities in developing countries and economies in transition in the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), Balkan, Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Latin American regions since he joined UNCTAD in 2003. Mr. Horna has drafted several reports on international cooperation on competition law issues, with emphasis on cartel enforcement in newer and small competition regimes. In addition, Mr. Horna has actively assisted governments and policymakers in the design and implementations of competition and consumer protection policies regimes, in particular anti-cartel regulations in emerging markets and small economies. He is a regular speaker at international forums such as the International Competition Network (ICN), International Consumer Protection Enforcement Network (ICPEN), Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and other international and regional forums. He has been part of capacity building activities for competition and consumer protection officials as well as judges and prosecutors in different jurisdictions, in particular in the Latin American and ASEAN regions.
Mr. Horna has PhD studies in International Competition Law from the Graduate Institute, Switzerland (2009-2013). He earned his Master of Laws in International Business Law from Leiden University, the Netherlands, with a thesis on the developmental dimension of expanding WTO covered agreements into Competition Policy (2002-2003), and also undertook studies on e-commerce and consumer protection at Buckingham University, England (2001).
Dr Jindong Liu is a research fellow at the Hamlyn Centre for Robotic Surgery, Imperial College London. 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.
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.
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.
Ms Jufang Wang, former senior news editor and currently PhD candidate at Center for Cultural and Media Policy Studies, Warwick University. Wang had over 16 years’ working experience at China’s national broadcaster CRI, and she was the vice director of News at CRI Online until 2014. Wang holds two master degrees from Peking University and LSE respectively, and has been a visiting scholar at the BBC and Oxford University. She is the author of The Way of the BBC (BBC之道): Core values and Global Strategies, which is among the top media research books in China. Wang is now researching on the media power and regulation of online platforms.
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).
Mr Howard Zhang (張晧宇) is recently appointed head of BBC Chinese Service. Before taking up the post, he had worked for the BBC World Service for over 17 years as a multimedia producer and senior producer across radio, online and social media platforms. He is now leading the BBC Chinese Service through a digital transformation process.
Ms Lisa Lin is a PhD candidate at the Department of Media Arts, Royal Holloway, University of London. Having being working as a documentary producer in China, Singapore and the UK before embarking on her media research, Lisa hopes to bring her professional experience to the ethnographic investigation of television production across South East Asia and Europe. Lisa has been investigating the current landscape of Chinese multiplatform television as her doctoral thesis.
Dr Yu Jie is Head of China Foresight at LSE IDEAS and teaches at LSE. Her research focuses on the decision-making process of Chinese foreign policy as well as EU-China relations. She appears regularly at major media outlets such as the BBC and the Financial Times, briefs public institutions such as the European External Action Services, Silk Road Fund in Beijing and the UK Cabinet Office on China’s foreign affairs. She served as an expert witness at House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee. Prior to LSE IDEAS, she was a management consultant, specialised at Chinese investments in Europe and Chinese market entry strategies for European conglomerates at the London Office of Roland Berger Strategy Consultants.
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.
Dr Hassan Qaqaya joined the United Nations Conference in Trade and Development in 1981 and was the head of the Competition and Consumer Policies Branch from 2006 to 2015. He specialises in competition and consumer policy, financial regulation, international trade, and anti-dumping. In these areas, he has advised governments, public and private entities, and young competition and consumer agencies in over sixty developing countries and economies in transition. In various capacities he has been involved in teaching in this field and has contributed to forty UN reports and studies. He established the UNCTAD Research Partnership Platform which brings together research institutions, universities, competition authorities, business and civil society and provides a platform for joint research and other activities with UNCTAD. Hassan holds a Master of Laws in International Law from the University of Lausanne and MSC in economics from the London School of Economics. He has been travelling the world for the last 20 years, assisting numerous countries in drafting competition laws and application guidelines, and organising capacity building workshops. He is a Senior Fellow in the Melbourne Law Masters and contributes to the MLM online Global Competition and Consumer Law program.
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.
Ms Claire Milne is an independent telecom policy consultant, with a special interest in consumer affairs. Since leaving BT in 1989, she has advised dozens of regulators, governments and telcos internationally, while staying engaged with consumer and voluntary sector colleagues in the UK. From 2008 to 2014 she chaired Ofcom’s Consumer Forum for Communications. She also works on policy issues with the OECD civil society advisory body CSISAC, the UK Foundation for Information Society Policy, and as a Visiting Senior Fellow at the London School of Economics. In 2014 she was commissioned by OECD to report on consumer aspects of policy for Internet of Things, and since then she has remained involved with this fast evolving area. She is currently advising the Scottish Government on reducing harm from nuisance calls.
Dr Xiaobai Shen, Senior lecturer in the University of Edinburgh Business School. Her academic background falls in Science & Technology and Innovation Studies, and her previous work includes socio-technical analysis of technological capabilities in ICT and biotechnology sector, from a developing country perspective. Her current research interests are more concentrating on the innovation of public goods (such as, creative cultural contents, open source software, infrastructural ICT, agricultural biotechnology), and the role of Intellectual Property protection regime, Standards, and government policies and regulations. She is the author of The Chinese Road to High Technology: the Case of Digital Telecommunications Switching Technology in the Economic Transition (Macmillan 1999).
Professor Rohan Kariyawasam is Professor of Law and the Digital Economy at Anglia Ruskin University (Cambridge), formerly Professor of law at Cardiff University, and the University of Essex, Director of their Program in Information Technology, Media and E-Commerce Law. He has worked as a consultant in legal practice (Clifford Chance, Field Fisher Waterhouse, DentonWildeSapte) and as an external consultant to the UK's Department for International Development (DFID), Cable & Wireless, and the UK's Office of Telecommunications (now OFCOM).
Rohan's work involves the intersection of technology, IP, information law, trade law and the humanities with projects for the ESRC (project finance), AHRC (fair trade), British Academy (market competition), World Bank, World Economic Forum and in commercial research in Europe and Asia for McGraw-Hill. He is a member of the E-15 Expert Group on the Digital Economy, World Economic Forum/International Centre for Trade & Sustainable Development, Geneva. He has PhD in trade and IP law from CCLS, Queen Mary and was a Fulbright Scholar at Harvard Law School.
Rohan has been a visiting Professor at Peking University Law School, the University of International Business and Economics (Beijing), and Xi'an Jiatong University Law School. His book, Chinese Intellectual Property & Technology Laws (Edward Elgar) is one of the world's first monographs to cover Chinese IP and technology laws in a single volume in English. Kariyawasam is currently investigating fair use in copyright in the digital domain in China with co-partners Peking University Law School and Xi'an Jiaotong University Law School (Silk Road Centre).
Mr Michael Veale is a PhD researcher examining fairness, transparency and resilience of machine learning-powered algorithmic systems at University College London’s Department of Science, Technology, Engineering & Public Policy (STEaPP) and the Department of Computer Science. His research spans qualitative and quantitative approaches, having published interdisciplinary computer science–legal work on the so-called ‘right to an explanation’ in the GDPR, qualitative research with public sector modellers developing algorithmic decision-making systems, and quantitative analysis of algorithmic bias in online content moderations systems. He has presented work internationally, to governments, significant conferences and workshops, and in business and NGO communities.
Michael also advises the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre around currently deployed and prospective machine learning systems used to better anticipate and forestall climate hazards, such as dam overspills. He was the drafting author for the Royal Society and British Academy’s report *Data Management and Use: Governance in the 21st Century*, which outlined a new data stewardship body suitable for emerging social and technical challenges. He previously worked in the European Commission on IoT and health governance, at Bonsucro as a data scientist, and holds degrees from LSE (BSc) and Maastricht University (MSc).
Dr Akin Unver is an assistant professor of International Relations at Kadir Has University, specializing in conflict research, computational methods and digital crisis communication. He is the Director of Cyber Research Program at the Centre for Economic and Foreign Policy Research (EDAM-Istanbul), a Senior Research Fellow at GUARD (Global Urban Analytics for Resilient Defence) at the Alan Turing Institute.