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China's digital economy has grown exponentially in the past decade, becoming one of the country's dominant economic forces. As one of the world's largest investors in and adopters of digital technologies, China has the advantage of a large market of young consumers eager to embrace digital innovation, giving it the potential to drive rapid commercialization of digital business models.

Recently, the Central Committee of the CCP and the State Council jointly released a comprehensive plan for the overall layout of China's digital development, providing a detailed blueprint for the country's future digital economy development. This move is expected to not only boost the digital economy's high-quality development, but also create new business opportunities in fields like digital infrastructure, telecommunications, computing power, digital government affairs, and information technology applications. It is clear that the Chinese government sees the digital economy as a critical part of its national development strategy and intends to leverage technological innovation to drive productivity.

Join us for a digital economy conversation to explore the opportunities for Chinese and foreign companies to participate in building a 'digital China' by leveraging their expertise and technologies.

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 Intelligence Corporate Network, but would like to learn how you can attend our events, please contact us.


12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Registration & Network
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Luncheon and Discussions


  • Kher Tean Chen (Managing Partner and General Manager at IBM Consulting, Great China Group)

    Kher Tean Chen

    Managing Partner and General Manager at IBM Consulting, Great China Group

    Kher Tean Chen is the Managing Partner and General Manager of the Greater China Group, IBM Consulting. He is leading the team to embrace an open way of working, bringing a diverse set of voices, experiences and technologies like Hybrid Cloud and AI together to accelerate clients’ business transformation. Kher Tean is a member of Global Leadership Council IBM Consulting and Global Acceleration Team IBM.

    He has over 25 years of experience in the consulting industry and is a global business leader skilled in cross-border transformation. He is an expert in life sciences, consumer goods, automotive, transportation, tourism, industrial products, and infrastructure industries, and has keen business insights and profound industry experience.

    Kher Tean joined IBM in 2022 after serving at Accenture for 24 years. In his 24 years, Kher Tean held several leadership roles across the Asia Pacific region, spanning multiple industries, products, and service areas, demonstrating outstanding leadership skills, and accumulating rich management experience and business expertise. In his last role in Accenture, he served as the Country Managing Director of Accenture Indonesia, member of Accenture’s Global Leaderships Council.

    During his 16 years of work in Greater China (2004-2020), he led industries such as life sciences , air, freight & travel services, automotive, consumers goods & services; and retail industries, etc. He created the life sciences business in Greater China for Accenture and developed it into an industry leader.

    Kher Tean holds a degree in Business Administration (Hons) from University Utara Malaysia. And he is now based in Shanghai.

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  • Shaoqing Guan (Executive Vice President Strategy at Mercedes-Benz Group China Ltd.)

    Shaoqing Guan

    Executive Vice President Strategy at Mercedes-Benz Group China Ltd.

    Mr. Shaoqing Guan, has joined Daimler since 2008. He is currently heading the strategy function as EVP for Daimler Greater China, responsible for corporate strategy, market intelligence, and transformation projects.

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  • Michael Zhang (CEO of dentsu X, China)

    Michael Zhang

    CEO of dentsu X, China

    Key achievements

    Michael is driving dentsu X, newly launched in Mar 2019 in China, to reach the vision of “Experience beyond Exposure”. In Jan 2022,dentsu X launched the “dentsu X Content Business Design”, the brand new BU to capture the new emerging trend of helping Brands/ Advertisers and ecosystems to achieve new growth by the new “integration” service by dentsu X, which is going to be a new specices of future agency in China. Michael Zhang is committed to driving business development and achieving new growth for brand clients in a new era.

    About Michael

    Michael started his career in Ogilvy Beijing and then joined the GroupM network, holding senior leadership roles in MindShare, MAXUS, MediaCom, and CEO of Neo@Ogilvy. Michael joined Dentsu China in May 2018 as CEO of Merkle &c. He graduated from Peking University with a Bachelor’s degree in law. Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program in 2011. Fan of Chelsea FC.

    Noteworthy clients

    Nestle, Polestar, Tencent, Sony Pic, WalMart

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  • Robert Xiao (Beijing Director of Economist Intelligence Corporate  Network)

    Robert Xiao

    Beijing Director of Economist Intelligence Corporate Network

    Robert Xiao is the Director of the Economist Intelligence Corporate Network (EICN) in Beijing. He is responsible for engaging with top executives in the region and providing insights on economic and policy trends to support their business development in the Chinese market.

    Mr Xiao was previously a PhD Supervisor and Deputy Director of the Impact Finance Hub at Deakin Business School before joining EICN. His research mainly focused on the fields of corporate social responsibility, corporate governance, and economic and financial policy analysis related to the Chinese market. He has authored multiple publications in Financial Times Top 50 Journals and been awarded major research grants jointly by the Australia Academy of Social Sciences and Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. He also has more than a decade of experience teaching business courses including in Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Finance, and Bachelor of Commerce programmes at leading universities.

    Mr Xiao has a Ph.D. in Finance and B.Com. (Hons) in Accounting and Finance from Monash University.

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China World Summit Wing Hotel, 79F, Chairman Room

No.1 Jianguomenwai Avenue, Beijing
Beijing, China

If you have any questions please contact The Economist Intelligence Corporate Network

Contact Organizer

+86 18611217869

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