Xiaobing Tang

Former Senior Counsellor of WTO
The EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI) and its implications on the Multilateral Trading System and Trade Negotiations

Counselor Tang is an alumni of UIBE, worked in the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation (now the Ministry of Commerce) from December, 1978 to March, 1986. He made the negotiations on behalf of China about joining the Multiple Fiber Agreement hosted by GATT and participated in the early preparations of the China’s entry into the WTO. From March, 1986 to October, 1987, he engaged in the work in relation to the trade policy and multilateral trade in the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development as the international textile trade expert. Later he was appointed the ITCB economic affairs officer. From November, 1987 to July, 2002 he was engaged in the trade policy, trade law and multilateral trade negotiations at the United National Conference on Trade and Development of international goods and service trade department. Since January, 2008, he works in the Market Access Division of WTO and the work content includes: non-agriculture market access, trade facilitation and market access issues about information technology products and other goods trade .

Loudres Casanova

Academic Director of the Emerging Markets Institute at the Johnson School of Business at Cornell University
Rise of the Chinese Multinationals- Chinese M&A in Europe

Lourdes Casanova is the Senior Lecturer and Gail and Rob Cañizares Director of the Emerging Markets Institute in the S.C. Johnson School of Management, at Cornell University, formerly at INSEAD. Awarded in 2014 and 2015 one of the 50 most influential Iberoamerican intellectuals by Esglobal. In 2017 one of the 30 most influential Iberoamerican women intellectuals by Esglobal. Fulbright Scholar, master’s degree from University of Southern California, PhD from University of Barcelona. She has been a visiting professor at the Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley; Judge Business School, University of Cambridge and Latin American Centre, University of Oxford; University of Zurich and Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona.

Thomas W Pauken II

Journalist at CCTV China

Thomas W. Pauken II. is a reporter and editor for China’s state media CCTV.com and was a contributor to Singapore Channel News Asia when writing the book. He was born and raised in Dallas, Texas, USA, and graduated with a BA in Political Science from Thomas More College of Liberal Arts in Merrimack, New Hampshire, USA. He is based in Beijing, China where he’s a respected commentator on China and Asia-Pacific affairs. He graduated from Thomas More College with a B.A. in Political Science in 1999.

Necmettin Kayma

US Country Director at Investment Office of the Presidency of Turkey

Rotem Kopel

Chief Executive Officer, Mind Matters Foundation https://www.weforum.org/people/rotem-kopel
Ethics in Investment Toolkits in analysing the ethics in international investment

Rotem Kopel is a strategic thinker with a broad engineering and scientific background; she brings more than 20 years of experience in tech industry and non-profit sector. Rotem is the CEO and co-founder of MindMatters, a global philanthropic foundation based in Geneva that bridges the gap between research phases and implementations of new treatments in youth mental health. Prior to Mindmatters, she led the European activities of Israel Brain Technology (IBT), a non-profit foundation that develops NeuroTech solutions incorporating the latest progress in science, technology, and clinical trial design. Previously, Rotem held senior management roles in the telecommunication industry. Rotem received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience and Electrical Engineering from École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) Switzerland and obtained her MSc and BSc in Electrical Engineering from Tel Aviv University. Rotem is a strong advocate for women in STEM; she participates in think-tanks and initiatives that promote that cause.

Safak Herdem

Panellist for the Technology
Founder of the Herdem Law

Şafak worked in many major projects involving multinational financial institutions during the past fifteen years. His most interesting career started with Eldorado Gold Corporation in Turkey. After his work for Eldorado his legal/administrative skills and analytical talents allowed the highest degree of professionalism for an international law firm’s activities in Turkey.
He was involved in several project finance and fund raising transactions in Turkey, UK and Netherlands. He serves for a worldwide clientele from EU Zone Countries UK, US, Qatar, South Korea, China and Japan.

During the past seven years, Şafak has been the Managing Partner of HERDEM Attorneys at Law and worked for to attract new investors, identify new economic models, turning the new inflow of information into new projects, analyzing sectors in detail and finally helping to establish a wide communication network.


Balazs Nemethi

President at Decentralized Identity Foundation

Balazs Nemethi has a MA in Architecture. He has been the part of the CESA backbone team since the very beginning. He was an organizer of Central European Start-up Awards, a head of Marketing at Snopyapp and a founder and marketing of Fastrrr. Inspired by the Syrian refugee crisis, Hungarian OYW Ambassador Balázs Nemethi started Taqanu, a blockchain-based digital identity platform and ecosystem. Taqanu will help stateless and un-identifiable individuals verify who they are, helping them to access services, open bank accounts and find work.

Nicolas Babin

Former CEO of Sony Europe

Nicolas Babin, and his robot Aibo, will explain how AI will challenge us to get our attention and increase engagement. How AI will then drive loyalty through gamification techniques and towards optimal engagement. Not just for marketing campaigns and entertainment purposes. He will show how gamifying the digital transformation at a Chinese chemical company has ensured employee engagement and changes adopted.

Nicolas has worked and lived in the US, UK, Belgium, Japan, Germany and France allowing him to be open and understand different cultures. He worked for Sony for many years and learnt to combine marketing and gaming. He is a co-founder of GamFed. Since 2017, Nicolas is a consultant in all digital matters. He helps big and small companies to transform their business by using AI and Gamification. He writes for Le Monde Economique in Geneva as a digital expert and works for LinkedIn Learning and IBM on social media and AI subjects.

Sean Hinton (TBC)

CEO of SkyHive

Sean Hinton is the Founder & CEO of SkyHive, as well as the Co-Chair of the Entrepreneurs Circle of the Canadian American Business Council (CABC). With a career spanning two decades, Sean is an experienced corporate CEO and an expert in labor economics and global business.

Prior to founding SkyHive, Sean was the CEO of a $250 million global company with 500 employees and 23 global offices. He has lived on four continents and conducted business in more than 70 countries. Sean holds an MBA from Queen’s University in Canada and currently lives in Vancouver, Canada.

In June 2020, Sean was invited by the Government of Canada to join the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI) representing Canada as one of the 26 founding countries.

Michele Char

COO of Blue Tree

Before joining Blue Tree Advisors in 2020, Michele Char successfully grew and existed multiple companies in North America and the Middle East. Her work took her to China where she led operations over 12 years. Michele is focused on developing the Blue Tree business with our family office investor base and enjoys sourcing great companies in Technology from across Europe. She has extensive global experience with industrial scale ups and recruitment. Over 20-year experience covering North America, Asia, Europe and the MEA.

Ana Jaimes

Stein Ray LLP

Ana Jaimes focuses her practice on international commercial arbitration and investment treaty arbitration. She has acted as arbitrator and counsel and for international corporations and States in connection with international arbitration proceedings under the arbitration rules of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) across several industries as construction, infrastructure, oil & gas, telecommunications, pharmaceutical and automotive. Ana has acquired international experience in firms based in Geneva, Chicago and Mexico City. Ana participates in professional and academic activities as a speaker, is member of multiple arbitration associations and is fluent in Spanish, English and French.

John Chigbu

Managing Partner at Chigbu & Co, LLP

John Chigbu is a hands-on tax lawyer with extensive experience in multiple industries. Industry experience includes oil & gas taxation, software taxation, taxation of electronic/hardware manufacturing and taxation of financial services and instruments. Have established tax departments for young companies as well as operated in large multibillion companies with matured tax departments. With strong background in tax compliance, international tax planning, tax audit administration and implementation of Sarbanes Oxley corporate governance rules.

Specialties: Primary responsibilities and job duties have included:

  • Inbound and outbound international tax planning, compliance, transfer pricing, VAT and tax controversy
  • US federal, state, sales & use and property tax planning, compliance (including FAS 109) and tax controversy
  • Mergers and acquisitions planning
  • Certification process and procedure under section 404 (Sarbanes Oxley) and FIN 48 disclosures
  •  Management of tax advisors and tax budget

Federico Antich

Studio dell'Avvocato Federico Antich

Federico Antich founded my law firm in 1997, in Florence -Italy- and have been practicing Law at domestic and international level, gaining solid expertise in litigation and in alternative dispute resolution, debit collections, contract law, intellectual property, and bankruptcy.

His practice now spans three main areas: mediation services worldwide, professional assistance in legal matters in Italy, the EU and the USA, legal representation before the Law Courts in Italy up to the Supreme Court.

His knowledge of the theories on ADR methods coupled with a long and varied hands on experience allowed him to serve as a trainer in mediation. He has also been invited to participate as a speaker at national and international conferences and events concerning mediation and ADRs.

Jiaxi Jiang

Partner at Jurisino Law Group

Mr. Jiang is a founding Senior Partner at Jurisino Law Group, based in Beijing. He is admitted to All Provinces (excluding Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao)/China, New York/USA, and Ontario/Canada. Mr. Jiang studied and researched laws for 14 years in reputable law schools within and outside China, achieving a Bachelor of Laws degree from Peking University, a Master of Jurisprudence degree from Peking University, a Master of Laws degree from Queen’s University, and a Juris Doctor degree from York University. Mr. Jiang received further professional trainings in the relevant bar associations and law societies.

Mr. Jiang has worked at multiple law firms both in China and in North America, with Philips, Whirlpool, Merck Serono, Lonza, Fraser& Neave, Toyota, Samsung and other multinationals on his client list. Currently he is focusing on corporate governance, capital markets, mergers & acquisitions, cross-border investments, international trade and international arbitration.

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