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Amid global environment with intensifying political tensions, military conflicts, and trade frictions, business leaders across the globe are facing a more volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) environment than ever before. The Chinese market, which had come to be valued for stability and growth, is not immune from the current uncertainty especially as the country struggles to balance restrictive pandemic control policies and maintaining economic stability. A recent study conducted by scholars from Northwestern University, Stanford University and the University of Chicago indicates that the uncertainty level of China's economic policy since the onset of Covid-19 is about twice that of five years ago, and almost five times that of 2001, when China joined the WTO.

What are the main uncertainties firms operating in China currently face? How do such uncertainties influence business? How should a visionary business leader respond?

Mr. Chen Wu, Managing Director of The Economist Global Business Review, will consider the challenges imposed by this period of unprecedented uncertainty and how to stay resilient during difficult times.

This event will be a Chinese event, and simultaneous interpretation will be provided.

在全球日益加剧的政治对立、军事冲突和贸易摩擦下,各国的商业领袖正面临着前所未有的充满了波动性、不确定性、复杂性和模糊性(VUCA)的外部环境的挑战。曾经以稳定和持续增长而受到重视的中国市场也不能幸免于当下的外部趋势,尤其是当中国政府在严格的疫情管控和维持经济稳定之间艰难寻找平衡点的时候。来自西北大学、斯坦福大学和芝加哥大学的学者最近进行的一项研究表明,自新冠疫情爆发以来,中国经济政策的不确定性水平约为五年前的两倍,并且几乎是 2001 年中国加入世界贸易组织时的五倍。

当前中国营商环境中存在的主要的不确定性都有哪些? 这些不确定性会如何影响企业的经营与发展?有远见的商业领袖应该如何应对?



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12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Registration and Networking
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Presentation and discussions


  • Joanna Zhu (Greater China Managing Director of CEVA Logistics)

    Joanna Zhu

    Greater China Managing Director of CEVA Logistics

    Joanna has more than 28 years of working experience in multinational freight forwarding companies, and during her career, she has been working in various management roles. Prior to CEVA Logistics, she has held various managerial positions in Kuehne+Nagel for over 10 years. In 2013, she joined CEVA as Greater China Head of Air Freight and has been appointed as CEVA Regional Managing Director since 2020.

    With profound knowledge of logistics, she was invited to share key insights influencing the American business in China with Trump administration, Members of Congress, key think tanks during 2020 Amcham Doorknock meeting.

    Joanna was graduated from Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, specializing in Finance. She also completed AMP program in CEIBS.

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  • Chen Wu (Managing Director of The Economist Global Business Review)

    Chen Wu

    Managing Director of The Economist Global Business Review

    Wu Chen is the managing director for GBR (The Economist Global Business Review), responsible for curating content for GBR, content translation, and GBR’s social media in China. Prior to that role, he worked for EuroFinance as editorial director, Asia. He earned his master degree from the School of Global Policy & Strategy, UCSD, and E. W. Scripps School of Journalism of Ohio University.

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  • Elton Huang (China Tax Leader, Central China Markets Leader, Shanghai Office Lead Partner at PwC China)

    Elton Huang

    China Tax Leader, Central China Markets Leader, Shanghai Office Lead Partner at PwC China

    Elton Huang brings over 20 years of experience serving government, Chinese companies and multinational companies. Since 1995 when he joined PwC shanghai, Elton has completed a number of overseas assignments in London with the European M&A Group and in San Jose, California in the US. Elton has wealth of experience in tax planning, investment and financing structuring and has been leading a professional team in serving Chinese companies to invest overseas.

    Elton is the lead Partner of PwC Shanghai. He is also the Vice Chairman of Shanghai Association of Enterprises with Foreign investment; Shanghai Services Federation Committee Member and advisor to the Shanghai Municipal Government. Elton is a board member of Shanghai Charity Foundation – United Way Fund.

    Elton graduated from Shanghai Jiao Tong University and received an EMBA from CEIBS (China-Europe International Business School). Elton enjoys running marathon and ultra trail race.

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  • Weisi Xie (Shanghai Director of The Economist Intelligence Corporate Network)

    Weisi Xie

    Shanghai Director of The Economist Intelligence Corporate Network

    Weisi Xie is the Shanghai Director at the Economist Intelligence Corporate Network (EICN), and is responsible for engaging with top executives in the region on key economic and political issues as well as industry-specific analysis to support their businesses in the dynamic Chinese market.

    Mr. Xie served as an Assistant Professor of Economics at Shanghai Jiao Tong University before joining EICN. As a trained trade economist, his teaching and research mainly focused on the fields of international trade, industrial economics and economic development, with a particular emphasis on China’s economy in a global perspective. He also possesses extensive expertise in the non-profit sector through work experience with think tanks and international organizations, including the Shanghai Institute for National Economy and the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva, Switzerland, where he contributed to multiple government counseling projects and policy studies. His work has appeared in leading academic journals as well as major economic policy publications.

    Mr. Xie has a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a B.A. in International Business from Southwestern University of Finance and Economics.

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