Event Details

Each year, the Economist Corporate Network's Asia Business Outlook Survey (ABOS) confidentially surveys our members and other business leaders across the Asia Pacific region to understand their views on market environments, strategic priorities, and future outlooks. Thanks to the contribution of our survey respondents, we are able to compile a comprehensive illustration of the business trends in the Asia Pacific using first-hand information. Because of the global recession caused by Covid-19 pandemic in the last year and the remaining uncertainties hanging ahead, this year's ABOS will be more important than ever.

Please join us in the breakfast event, where we will present the ABOS survey results and discuss their implications. Bettina Schoen, Asia Regional Representative of Freudenberg, Alex Pan, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Shanghai Jahwa United Co, and Guibin Zhang, Chief Risk Officier and Chief Compliance Officer of Taiping Asset Management, will join the panel discussion to share their views about the economic outlook and market trends in 2021.

Please note that this event is limited to senior-level executives and per invitation only. If you are not an existing member of The Economist Corporate Network, but would like to learn how you can attend our events, please contact us.


7:45 AM - 8:30 AM
Registration & breakfast
8:30 AM - 10 AM
Presentation & discussions


  • Bettina Schoen-Behanzin (Regional Representative Asia at Freudenberg Group)

    Bettina Schoen-Behanzin

    Regional Representative Asia at Freudenberg Group

    Bettina Schoen-Behanzin entered Freudenberg Group in October 2012. As Regional Representative Asia she has been leading the Regional Corporate Center, based in Shanghai, China and is providing guidance and support for strategic planning and business development for the Freudenberg Business Groups in the region. From March 2008 to September 2012 she served as Managing Director of Wittur Elevator Components, China. She assumed the role of Managing Director of Rittal Electro-Mechanical Technology, China from 2000 to 2008, after having been the General Manager of Rittal in China as well as Sales and Marketing Manager of Rittal in Singapore. She had joined the Rittal Headquarters in Germany in 1992.

    Bettina Schoen-Behanzin has acquired a Master degree in Sinology, Business Economics and Political Science at the Ruhr-University in Bochum, Germany. Furthermore, she did Post-Graduate Studies of Chinese and Economics at Fudan University, Shanghai, China.

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  • Alex Pan (Chairman of the board and Chief Executive Officer at Shanghai Jahwa United Co. Limited)

    Alex Pan

    Chairman of the board and Chief Executive Officer at Shanghai Jahwa United Co. Limited

    Alex Pan was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Shanghai Jahwa United Co. Limited in May 2020. Shanghai Jahwa has 123 years of history and was the first beauty and personal care company listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange in 2001. Alex took over Mattel's global Vice President and General Manager of China from April 2019 to May 2020. He served as China Commercial GM and Asia Pacific GM of Consumer Products Division of L'Oreal from 2015 to 2019. He has more than 20 years of marketing, sales and general management experience.

    Alex Pan holds a Bachelor's degree in biochemistry at East China University of Science and Technology, an EMBA at Fudan University-Washington University in St. Louis, USA, and an advanced management program at INSEAD.

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  • Dr. Guibin Zhang (CRO & CCO at Taiping Asset Management Co.,Ltd.)

    Dr. Guibin Zhang

    CRO & CCO at Taiping Asset Management Co.,Ltd.

    Dr. Bob Guibin Zhang is the CRO and CCO of TPAM, and he is responsible for project appraisal, risk management, compliance, legal, operations and credit rating within the company. He serves as Secretary General of Internal Control Committee of Insurance Asset Management Association of China. He received his PhD in Banking & Finance from Monash University, Australia. Dr Zhang has extensive professional experiences within the financial services industries in China and abroad, ranging from bank credit, superannuation fund management, pension fund management as well as insurance asset management. He is also a certified Financial Risk Manager with Global Association of Risk Professionals.

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  • Dr. Guoxiong Zhang (Network Director in Shanghai of The Economist Corporate Network)

    Dr. Guoxiong Zhang

    Network Director in Shanghai of The Economist Corporate Network

    Dr. Zhang is the Network Director of the Economist Corporate Network at Shanghai. He is also leading the Economist Corporate Network's economic and business research in China.

    Before joining The Economist Group, Dr. Zhang was an Assistant Professor of Economics at Antai College of Economics and Management, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He was also a Visiting Scholar at Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. Dr. Zhang has extensive research experience in the Chinese economy, particularly China's monetary and fiscal policies, from both academic and policy perspectives. His research journey on the Chinese economy started at the Asian Development Bank in 2011. As a faculty member at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Dr. Zhang leads two state-funded research projects as the principal investigator. Dr. Zhang's research has been presented at numerous international academic conferences and published in several prominent academic journals. At Shanghai Jiao Tong University, he taught macroeconomics and finance.

    Dr. Guoxiong Zhang graduated from the University of California, Irvine, with a Ph.D. in Economics and an MS in Statistics. He also holds a BA in Economics from Zhejiang University.

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