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Last summer policymakers in China were so dismayed by chatter of young people escaping intense work pressure (996 or otherwise) and opting to "lie flat" that the term was banned on social media. This summer, even as China's broader urban unemployment rate has eased slightly, youth unemployment has soared to record levels. Young Chinese jobseekers are faring worse than their peers in other major economies. And with 10.8m college graduates looking for work this year – about 18% more than in 2021 – this challenge will not be abating anytime soon. Meanwhile, companies feel as though the race for talent – both finding and retaining qualified employees – has never been tighter in China.

Join us for a multifaceted analysis of talent management in China, looking at the data but also going beyond it to consider how companies can best succeed in this critical area.


8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Registration and Networking
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Presentation, panel discussion and Q&A
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Coffee and Networking


  • Mattie Bekink (China Director of Economist Intelligence Corporate Network)

    Mattie Bekink

    China Director of Economist Intelligence Corporate Network

    Mattie Bekink is responsible for the Economist Intelligence Corporate Network’s China strategy, including programme development and client engagement across China.

    Ms Bekink has extensive experience in the public, private and policy sectors. Prior to joining The Economist Group, she was the Executive Director of the Fulbright Commission in the Netherlands. She also ran an eponymous consulting business, advising businesses, universities and non-profit organisations on China policy, strategy, public affairs, and CSR. Ms Bekink practiced law at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, has worked with the US-Asia Law Initiative at NYU Law School and the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative China Program, and served in the legal department at General Motors China.

    Ms Bekink has a BA in International Relations from Stanford University and a JD from the Georgetown University Law Center.

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  • Professor Lu Lin (Head of Organization Management Department at Antai College of Economics & Management, Shanghai Jiao Tong University)

    Professor Lu Lin

    Head of Organization Management Department at Antai College of Economics & Management, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

    Professor LU Lin received her PhD from City University of Hong Kong. She is the head of Organization Management Department in Antai College of Economics & Management, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Her research interests include knowledge management, cross-cultural management and team creativity. She has been a visiting scholar to the Sloan School of Management, MIT. She has published in journals including Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Organizational and Occupational Psychology, Management and Organization Review, Journal of World Business, etc. Professor Lu has served as Associate Editor for Journal of Managerial Psychology, Editorial Review Board member for Management and Organization Review, a member of Asia Associate of Management, and reviewer for a number of international and domestic academic journals. Professor Lu has rich experience of consulting and training for companies such as Alibaba, Bao Steel, Coca Cola, Fresenius Medical, Haier Group, Novartis, YihaiKerry, and Mercedes-Benz, etc.

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  • Caroline Yang (HR leader for Kimberly Clark China)

    Caroline Yang

    HR leader for Kimberly Clark China

    Caroline Yang, HR leader for Kimberly Clark China, has over 26 years’ experience in Human Resource at MNCs, based in Shanghai.

    Ms Yang has facilitated Kimberly Clark China grew from 2 Billion to 12 Billion in 10 years, had its baby care category taking up leader position in China. through exceptional culture of high performance and learning, its employee productivity stays above upper quartile of the market, and turnover being lower than half of market medium.

    Ms Yang served Allianz, Unilever including China and two years in the Netherlands, and was full time mother for two years before joining Kimberly Clark.

    Ms Yang is a key advisor of Human Resource Committee of CEIBS.

    Ms Yang has a BA in Business from Shanghai University and an EMBA from CEIBS.

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  • Rupert Forster (Senior Managing Director, Mainland China of PageGroup)

    Rupert Forster

    Senior Managing Director, Mainland China of PageGroup

    Rupert is Senior Managing Director for Michael Page’s Mainland China business. This includes all PageGroup’s brands including Page Executive, Page Personnel, Page Contracting and Page Outsourcing.

    After graduating, Rupert spent five years in technical and commercial positions in the industrial sector. On joining Michael Page in the UK, Rupert was responsible for setting up our industrial practices, relocating to China in 2011.

    Since moving to China, Rupert has led various businesses for the Group, focusing on delivering the right culture, local leadership depth and operational capability, in order to deliver the best possible customer experience.

    Under his leadership, Page China business grows rapidly and now consists of specialists with coverage across all corporate functions and industry sectors for professional level hiring, including executive leadership, management and entry-level professionals. Services it offers include search & selection, interim/contracting solutions and recruitment process outsourcing (RPO).

    Looking to the future, Rupert and his team are also making significant investments including applying innovative technology and digital products to enhance our customer experience, as well as best practice on issues relating to DEI and ESG, with a view to achieving sustained high-performance for our customers.

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  • Jens Ewert (Senior Partner at Deloitte)

    Jens Ewert

    Senior Partner at Deloitte

    Jens Ewert, a Senior Partner with Deloitte China, has over 30 years of working experience in the professional services, based in Shanghai since end 2002 – he has been a member of Deloitte China Eastern Region Management team since then. Jens is the national leader for Deloitte China Life Science & Health Care Industry, leading a dedicated industry team comprising over 1000+ partners and professionals. He also covers our multidisciplinary service offering to Multinational Companies in China.

    Jens has received the ‘Magnolia Silver Award’ from the Shanghai Government in September 2021, recognizing foreign business leaders for their special and outstanding contribution to the City’s development. He is also a Board member at the EUCCC Shanghai and the National Vice-Chair of the Investment Working group at the EU Chamber in China.

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Ballroom, 2F, The Sukhothai Shanghai

380 Weihai Road, Jing'an District
Shanghai, China

If you have any questions please contact Lili Liang

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