Meet the China Business Forum co-chairs
The LBS China Club is excited to present its sixth annual China Business Forum to be held at Merchant Taylors’ Hall in London on Saturday, 20 May, 2017.
Ahead of this year's forum, we spoke to MBA2018's Joyce Wang and Jessica Yang, co-chairs of the forum.
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1. What interested you in becoming Chair of the China Business Forum?
JW: I feel so excited about the opportunities to make the flagship event of China Club another great success, and to boost understanding and collaboration between China and the UK. Making new friends via the forum also motivated me a lot!
JY: I am proud to help shape a forum that promotes awareness about China within LBS and in London, encourages exchange of ideas, and celebrates success stories from students, entrepreneurs, and businesses from both countries.
2. What can we expect at the forum?
2017 is a special year that marks the 45th anniversary of ambassadorial diplomatic relations between China and the UK. This year, both countries are exploring and seizing opportunities for change – Brexit for the UK and ongoing economic structural reform for China.
At China Business Forum, you can enjoy a packed day of 10 panel discussions and speeches to share, debate, and connect on pressing topics for China and the UK. Topics range from changing Sino-British relation post-Brexit, growing Chinese outbound investment in the UK, to emerging FinTech and AI ecosystems in Beijing and London. It is a one-stop shop to hear from the lead Chinese investor of Hinkley Point C project, learn about globalization strategy of Alibaba and Huawei, get tips from British entrepreneurs who thrived in China’s tech scene, and much more.
3. What has been the most challenging aspect of organising the conference?
Organising a forum is like running your own business. The most challenging aspect for us and for the whole team has been juggling various priorities such as academics, recruiting, and travelling, while maintaining high level of commitment and diligence.
4. What has been your highlight at London Business School so far?
JW: I went to the China Investment Trek organized by the China Club last year, and it was amazing! We met 20 top-tier VCs and tech companies in Hong Kong, Shenzhen, and Beijing. Another highlight would be the Tattoo cultural night, which truly showed the diversity of LBS.
JY: Among the amazing experiences at LBS, the highlight for me is definitely the Innovation Trek to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, where I got to experience both the start-up scene and local culture that I wouldn’t have the opportunity to do otherwise.
5. If you had the power to solve one and only one problem in the world, what would it be and why?
JW: Wars. Hope there’s no war in the world so that every life can be respected. Children no longer have to suffer from losing their families and they don’t need to live under the shadow of death.
JY: To improve cross-cultural communication and understanding. Many conflicts, big or small, around the world are due to the lack of understanding of different cultures and values and messages lost in translation. Promoting more smooth communication and encouraging genuine interest in mutual understanding would allow the world to truly embrace diversity and peace.