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The Economist's 36th annual The World In... publication, a compilation of predictions for the year ahead, explores some of the world's most pressing issues for 2021. The World in… provides readers with a unique global perspective on the upcoming year, across the spheres of business, finance and economics, technology, sport, media, arts, culture and beyond. Which predictions for 2020 were accurate and which weren't? Perhaps an unusual question for a most unpredictable year, but still worth considering.

What lies ahead for 2021, particularly for China? We will share our predictions for China's Year of the Ox and hope to also hear yours. Hosted by our Economist Corporate Network China Director Mattie Bekink and with Shanghai Director Guoxiong Zhang, we predict you will have a great evening!

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


6 PM - 6:30 PM
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Cocktail party


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

    Mattie Bekink

    China Director of The Economist Corporate Network

    Mattie Bekink is responsible for the Economist Corporate Network’s China strategy, including programme development and client servicing across China. She also provides support to all Economist Corporate Network programmes worldwide with a China component.

    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 senior executives from businesses, universities and non-profit organisations on China policy, strategy, public affairs, and corporate social responsibility. 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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  • Dr. Guoxiong Zhang (Network Director in Shanghai of The Economist Corporate Network)

    Dr. Guoxiong Zhang

    Network Director in Shanghai of The Economist Corporate Network

    Dr. Zhang is the Network Director of the Economist Corporate Network at Shanghai. He is also leading the Economist Corporate Network's economic and business research in China.

    Before joining The Economist Group, Dr. Zhang was an Assistant Professor of Economics at Antai College of Economics and Management, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He was also a Visiting Scholar at Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. Dr. Zhang has extensive research experience in the Chinese economy, particularly China's monetary and fiscal policies, from both academic and policy perspectives. His research journey on the Chinese economy started at the Asian Development Bank in 2011. As a faculty member at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Dr. Zhang leads two state-funded research projects as the principal investigator. Dr. Zhang's research has been presented at numerous international academic conferences and published in several prominent academic journals. At Shanghai Jiao Tong University, he taught macroeconomics and finance.

    Dr. Guoxiong Zhang graduated from the University of California, Irvine, with a Ph.D. in Economics and an MS in Statistics. He also holds a BA in Economics from Zhejiang University.

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