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Thursday, April 8, 2021 (12 PM - 2 PM) (GMT+8)

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Rosewood Hotel, Beijing, Salon 301, 3F

Jing Guang Centre, Hujialou, Chaoyang District
Beijing, China

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Joe Zhou (Managing Partner, Public Affairs at Ogilvy Beijing)

Joe Zhou

Managing Partner, Public Affairs at Ogilvy Beijing

Joe is the Managing Partner of Ogilvy Beijing office and the lead of Ogilvy China public affairs practice. He has more than 25 years of experience in public affairs, policy consulting, strategic communications, and crisis management. He advises many MNC clients in China on reputation management, regulatory counseling and market access strategies.

Prior to joining Ogilvy in 2007, Joe worked as Director at the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM), where he was in charge of Middle East affairs and energy policy. During his time at MOFCOM he had two overseas assignments: as Economic & Commercial Consul for the Chinese Consulate General in New York during 2002-2006; and as Commercial Attaché to the Chinese Consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia for trade promotion during 1995-1998.

Currently, Joe also acts as Executive Director of the Ogilvy-Tsinghua Program for Public Branding, a JV think tank which provides strategic counseling on nation branding and city marketing for Chinese central and local government entities. He is also a communication advisor to some local city governments, like Chengdu and Xi’an.

Joe holds a master’s degree in finance from University of International Business and Economics in China.

Fernando Vallina (Chairman at ExxonMobil (China) Investment Co., Ltd.)

Fernando Vallina

Chairman at ExxonMobil (China) Investment Co., Ltd.

Fernando Vallina is Chairman of ExxonMobil (China) Investment Co., Ltd. He has been with ExxonMobil since 1987, where he has held a wide range of management positions in sales, marketing, technology, planning and supply chain in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Fernando has lived and worked in China for over eight years, in two separate assignments. Prior to his current role, he was Global Logistics and Distribution Manager for ExxonMobil Chemical Company.

Besides his work at ExxonMobil, Fernando is currently a Vice-Chair of the Board of the Association of International Chemical Manufacturers (AICM), and serves on the Executive Board of the Multinational Companies’ Committee of China Petroleum and Chemical Industry Federation, and the Board of Governors of the American Chamber of Commerce in China (Beijing). He also co-Chairs the Women Advisory Council, focusing on gender equality and diversity matters.

Born in Spain, Fernando is a graduate of the Autonomous University of Madrid, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry. He also holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Instituto de Empresa (IE).

Carrie Solmundson (CEO at Canada Wellness Institute (CWI))

Carrie Solmundson

CEO at Canada Wellness Institute (CWI)

Carrie has worked in healthcare for over 25 years, and is currently the CEO of Canada Wellness Institute (CWI) – a joint venture owned by a Canadian hospital and one of China's leading health technology companies. CWI partners with hospitals, senior care providers, insurance firms and real estate companies to bring Canada’s award winning preventive medicine to China, and with the aim of helping Chinese people improve their lifestyle and reduce the incidence of chronic disease.

Prior to her work at CWI, Carrie held various executive level positions, including President of Seven Oaks Hospital. She has also received numerous awards for her work in China, including from the Shandong provincial government and the Rizhao municipal government. And she was also awarded the Manitoba Woman of Distinction Award for her leadership and achievements in health and wellness.

Alfredo Montufar-Helu (Beijing Director of The Economist Corporate Network)

Alfredo Montufar-Helu

Beijing Director of The Economist Corporate Network

Alfredo is responsible for overseeing The Economist Corporate Network in Beijing. Based in China since 2013, he has focused on analysing the business implications of policy, economic and political developments for companies investing and operating in China, and in the broader Asian region. This with the aim of distilling complex issues and conveying clear takeaways on how to capture business opportunities and respond to emerging challenges.

Before joining The Economist Corporate Network, Alfredo was Associate Director for KPMG's Global China Practice, where he led and contributed to numerous thought leadership projects, including flagship reports, customised business briefings, and policy proposals for Chinese authorities. He also played a large role in events programming and outreach, including leading the design and coordination of high-profile events aimed at senior executives. Prior to that, Alfredo worked for J Capital Research, Eurasia Group and the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Alfredo has a Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) from Georgetown University, and a BA in Political Science and International Relations from Mexico's Center of Research and Teaching in Economics (aka. CIDE).