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Global Leader Series Economic Forum
a Tremendous Success


The Global Leader Series Economic Forum held on 16 October proved a great success, filling the Grand Ballroom of Kowloon Shangri-La with over 600 participants and drawing an impressive array of eminent speakers and attendees. Titled 'The Rise of the Asian Century', the forum featured four world-renowned economists: Prof. Liu Mingkang, former Chairman of the China Banking Regulatory Commission; Prof. Robert C. Merton, 1997 Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences and School of Management Distinguished Professor of Finance at MIT Sloan School of Management; Prof. Lawrence J. Lau, Chairman of CIC International (Hong Kong) Co., Limited; and Prof. Fred Hu, Chairman of Primavera Capital Group. Before a captivated audience, they knowledgeably presented their views on the challenges and opportunities of Asia’s economic and financial development as China continues to gain prominence. 


Hosted by CUHK Provost Prof. Benjamin Wah and Dean of the CUHK Business School Prof. T. J. Wong, the event enjoyed additional distinction with the presence of the Honourable Mr. John C. Tsang, Financial Secretary of the HKSAR Government, to deliver an opening address. The extraordinary occasion was also noteworthy for officially establishing the ‘CUHK Business School Development Fund’, and forum sponsors posed for a group photo to commemorate this significant moment. All proceeds contributed to the forum were directed to the development fund, ensuring the world-class excellence of the Business School continues to benefit future generations.


The inspiring talks by Prof. Liu, Prof. Merton and Prof. Lau offered penetrating analyses of the Asia-Pacific financial industry and traced the history of Asia’s rising influence. The highlight came when Prof. Hu joined to facilitate an informative discussion. The four scholars conducted intelligent exchanges with one another on 'How to Capitalise on Asia’s Surging Economic and Financial Growth'. Their thought-provoking dialogue drew thunderous applause from the audience.


Prof. T. J. Wong stated, "We are very fortunate to have gathered four top-notch scholars and business practitioners to be our speakers and panellists to expound on the phenomenon ‘the rise of the Asian Century’, a highly relevant topic today. I also wish to express my heartfelt gratitude to the Honourable Mr. John Tsang for sharing his insights and to our generous sponsors for supporting our vision and the new 'CUHK Business School Development Fund'."


The high-profile golden jubilee forum attracted a diverse and international audience comprising influential business, academic and diplomatic leaders, including Mrs. Margaret Leung, Director of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited; Dr. Peter Lam, Chairman of Hong Kong Tourism Board; Mr. David Fong, Managing Director of Hip Shing Hong Group of Companies; Mr. Sun Xiangyi, Deputy Secretary-General of the Department of Economics in Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the HKSAR; and Counsellor Chen Haiping, Director-General of the Department of International Organisations and Conferences in Commissioner’s Office of China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the HKSAR. Other eminent guests included Hong Kong-based diplomats from the Consulates General of Finland, Germany, Russia, Sweden and the United States; and our distinguished alumni such as Mrs. Dorothy Sit, Executive Director of Hang Seng Bank; Mr. John Chu, Executive Vice President and Group Chief Investment Officer of AIA Group; Ms. Lily Fong, Commissioner of the HKSAR Census and Statistics Department; Dr. Eva Lam, Executive Director of West Kowloon Cultural District Authority; Mr. Bankee Kwan, Chairman of CASH Financial Services Group Limited; Mr. Peter So, Managing Director of CCB International; Mr. Chan King Cheung, Chief Editor and Director of Hong Kong Economic Journal Company Limited; Ms. Daisy Cheng, Managing Director of BNP Paribas Bank; and Mr. Lau Sai Yung, Executive Chairman of Union Alpha Group.


We would like to convey special thanks to the following sponsors for generously supporting the forum and the 'CUHK Business School Development Fund':


Gold Sponsors

  • EY
  • Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants

  • PwC

Silver Sponsors

  • The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, Hong Kong
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants

  • Mr. Antony and Mrs. Amy Hung

  • Mr. Jung-Tsung Wei   

Bronze Sponsors

  • Mr. Thomson Cheung
  • Convoy Financial Services Limited

  • CUHK Business School BBA Alumni Association

  • CUHK Business School Taiwan Alumni Association

  • HGI Capital Holdings Limited

  • Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited

  • Ms. Norris Lam

  • Mr. Charles Y. W. Leung

  • Mr. F. C. Lo      


Organised by the CUHK Business School’s Alumni and Corporate Affairs Office, the Global Leader Series comprises inspiring talks from influential global leaders. The forum is the largest of the series this year celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the CUHK and the Business School. 


The Honourable Mr. John C. Tsang, Financial Secretary of the HKSAR Government and forum guest of honour, delivers the opening address


Four world-class economists engage in an insightful panel discussion. From left: Prof. Lawrence J. Lau, Prof. Robert C. Merton, Prof. Liu Mingkang, and Prof. Fred Hu (moderator)


A full house of over 600 participants from business, academic and diplomatic ranks attended the high-profile golden jubilee forum 



Featured speakers and event sponsors pose for a group photo to commemorate the special occasion. On the front row: Prof. Fred Hu (3rd from left), Prof. Liu Mingkang (4th from left), Prof. T. J. Wong (5th from left), the Honourable Mr. John C. Tsang (centre), Prof. Benjamin Wah (5th from right), Prof. Robert C. Merton (4th from right), and Prof. Lawrence J. Lau (3rd from right)


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