Event Details

The 2020s were destined to be dangerous. The West's share of world GDP has fallen towards 50% for the first time since the 19th century. Countries such as India and Turkey believe the global institutions created after 1945 do not reflect their concerns. China and Russia want to go further and subvert this system. Their club - the enlarged BRICS bloc (now including Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Iran) - clearly has more than one eye on upsetting US political and financial hegemony. Though America's economy is still pre-eminent, its unipolar moment has ended. And its allies in Europe and Japan are in relative economic decline.

The year of the dragon started with wars raging in Africa, Europe and the Middle East. And shipping is under attack in the Red Sea, threatening new transport and commodity price spikes. These crises are explosive in their own right. Combine them with a presidential race in America and 2024 promises to be a make-or-break year for the post-1945 world order.

Join our most dynamic programme ever, with leading thinkers and business leaders, as we assess the multifaceted implications of this mulipolar disorder.

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.


4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Registration and networking
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Keynote and Panel Discussion
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Dinner and networking


  • Marjo Crompvoets (Consul-General, Shanghai at Consulate-General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Shanghai)

    Marjo Crompvoets

    Consul-General, Shanghai at Consulate-General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Shanghai

    Ms. Marjo Crompvoets is a diplomat with over 26 years of experience in International Affairs, with a focus on Asia and Oceania. Her expertise is founded on an MA International Relations from University of Groningen and an MA in Chinese Languages and Cultures. Since joining the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1996, she has gained extensive policy experience at several departments of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague, as well as practice on the ground at several missions. From 2010 to 2015 she was the Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy in Seoul, until 2019 Consul General in Guangzhou and since 2021 she is Consul General in Shanghai.

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  • Tom Rafferty (Head of Global Forecasting and Economics at The Economist Intelligence Unit)

    Tom Rafferty

    Head of Global Forecasting and Economics at The Economist Intelligence Unit

    Tom is a seasoned analyst who delivers high impact global research and insight. He identifies the economic and geopolitical themes that will shape the global business landscape and leads the development of powerful, data-driven forecasts that make a difference for clients. A sought after presenter of the EIU’s global outlook at keynote events, Tom enjoys sharing his views in boardroom settings and appears regularly in media.

    Tom draws on more than a decade of experience as an analyst at EIU, much of it spent working in China. He is a published expert on China’s political economy and has conducted in-depth research on issues such as supply chains and geopolitical risk across Asia. Prior to EIU, Tom held research and policy roles in organisations including the UK Parliament and Oxford Analytica. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Oxford.

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  • Professor Xu Xianchun (Former Deputy Commissioner at National Bureau of Statistics (NBS))

    Professor Xu Xianchun

    Former Deputy Commissioner at National Bureau of Statistics (NBS)

    Professor Xu Xianchun was Deputy Commissioner of the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) of China from July 2006 and March 2017. He spent 31 years working at the NBS, and served as Director-General of the Department of National Accounts before becoming the Deputy Commissioner.

    Dr Xu is currently an advisor of the China Finance 40 Forum (CF40). He also severed as Distinguished Fellow at National School of Development of Peking University, and a Professor at the School of Economics and Management of Tsinghua University.

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  • Jason Jiang (General Manager of Mysteel International Business)

    Jason Jiang

    General Manager of Mysteel International Business

    Jason is the General Manager of Mysteel Global, overseeing the product and business development of Mysteel‘s international operations. Mysteel, China’s leading commodity market data and intelligence service provider, offers unparalleled first-hand data, empowering smart decision-making for both domestic and international market participants. Prior to this role, Jason was in charge of the strategic planning at Mysteel. Jason brings a versatile skill set and a rich international background in information and data technology, supply chain management, and strategic planning in commodity industry.

    Jason holds a MBA degree from the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) and a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Tsinghua University.

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  • Carlo Diego D’Andrea (Vice President of the European Chamber and Chairman of the Shanghai Board; Founding Partner and Managing Director, D'Andrea & Partners)

    Carlo Diego D’Andrea

    Vice President of the European Chamber and Chairman of the Shanghai Board; Founding Partner and Managing Director, D'Andrea & Partners

    Founder and Managing Partner of D’Andrea & Partners Legal Counsel, and Founder of DP Group.

    Graduated in Law at the University of Teramo (Italy), he then subsequently obtained a Masters’ degree in Corporate Advisor at LUISS University in Rome and a Diploma in Chinese Studies at Nanjing Normal University and is a member of the Italian Bar Association.

    Mr. D’Andrea arrived in China in 2005 and is fluent in Italian (mother tongue), English, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish. He mainly deals with cross-border mergers and acquisitions, assistance in ODI/FDI and intellectual property rights. He is also acting as National Vice President of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China.

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

    Dr. Weisi Xie

    Shanghai Director of 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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