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Welcoming remarks by Governor György Matolcsy

“Learning without thinking is a useless effort. Thinking without learning is dangerous.” These are the wise words of Confucius which we quoted during the closing remarks of the Budapest Eurasia Forum last year. And now, we are here again to learn and think – we are just about to host the next session of this unique event series, the Budapest Eurasia Forum 2022. Over the past months, the world has witnessed significant changes in the course of the pandemic again, and an inevitable shift to “living with” the COVID-19 has been taking place. The Forum also tries to keep pace with these developments as we strive to hold a hybrid event this autumn and bring back at least some of the personal exchanges to discuss the future of Eurasia together.

Although medical science, resilient healthcare systems and good governance might allow us to return to “normal life”, this will obviously never be the same as it was before 2020. The community of the Budapest Eurasia Forum is committed to finding new opportunities and solutions in this “new normal”, and this is again reflected in our core topics chosen for 2022: sustainability and competitiveness. The Forum is titled “Sustainable Growth and Cooperation”, and it poses the question: “How to Win the 21st Century?”. So, this year, our distinguished speakers will revolve around two key economic concepts which, although widely discussed, still need deeper understanding and fresh interpretations.

Why could not we extend our thinking about sustainability and competitiveness to include cooperation as a key ingredient? This sounds quite justified if we acknowledge that success depends as much on connectivity as on a country’s own features and capabilities. The Budapest Eurasia Forum 2022 will uncover many aspects of connectivity and linkages: we will discuss the possibility to create new financial hubs and enhance their networks, the elements of successful export and foreign investment strategies, as well as the role of megaregional integrations. Moreover, our speakers will take stock of the latest developments in supply chains and a special field of accumulating human capital: people-to-people exchanges. All these topics will obviously be examined against the background of digitalization, sustainability and circular economy as core concepts of our age.

Just a quick look at different economic and social policies is enough to ascertain that the agenda of the 2022 Forum resonates well with the initiatives of many Eurasian countries. Thus, I firmly believe that our event will contribute to forging new international partnerships and advancing existing ones. I wish you all a thoughtful discussion and please remember the Chinese proverb: “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now”.

György H MATOLCSY

Confirmed speakers

 

György H Matolcsy

Governor
Magyar Nemzeti Bank

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György H Matolcsy

Governor
Magyar Nemzeti Bank

Dr. György Matolcsy serves his second term as the governor of Magyar Nemzeti Bank, the central bank of Hungary. He was nominated to the position in 2013 and his tenure was renewed in 2019 for another 6 years. Since 2013 he is also a member of the Fiscal Council. Prior to his current position he was minister of national economy between 2010-2013. In 2007 he founded the Hungarian Economic Development Institute, which he headed for 3 years. Between 2000-2002 he was Hungary’s minister of economic affairs. Mr Matolcsy is the author of the Széchenyi Plan, a comprehensive strategy aiming to promote the economic growth in Hungary.
He was director of the Institute for Growth (2002-2010) and its predecessor organisation, the Privatisation Research Institute from 1995 to 2000. From the end of 1998 he has been a member of the economic advisory body of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.
Starting in 1991 he spent 3 years as a member of the Board of Governors at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) representing the Hungarian Government. In 1990 he joined the Office of the Prime Minister and served as the personal economic advisor to Prime Minister József Antall.
Acknowledging his efforts in promoting economic development in Hungary, he was awarded the Barankovics Commemorative Coin in 2013.
He graduated at Karl Marx University of Economics in 1977 and obtained his Doctorate degree in 1984.
Mr. Matolcsy is actively involved in educational activities. He is a frequent lecturer at top foreign and Hungarian universities. He is an honorary doctor at the University of Debrecen and the University of Kaposvár, and honorary member of Fudan Development Institute (FDDI) of Fudan University and of the FDDI International Advisory Board of Shanghai Forum.
Mr Matolcsy is the author of numerous publications, articles and books. His most recent book, Economic Balance and Growth was published in 2015, whereas his other books include Bringing Up the Rear (Éllovasból sereghajtó; 2008), American Empire (Amerikai birodalom; 2004), and Our Living Memories (Élő emlékeink; 2003).

Shamshad AKHTAR

Former Governor, State Bank of Pakistan
Care Taker Finance Minister of Pakistan

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Shamshad AKHTAR

Former Governor, State Bank of Pakistan
Care Taker Finance Minister of Pakistan

Dr. Shamshad Akhtar served as Federal Finance Minister of Pakistan holding multiple economic portfolios in the caretaker government and as the Governor, State Bank of Pakistan. As the Under-Secretary General of the Economic and Social Commission of the Asia and Pacific (UNESCAP) and the United Nations Secretary General’s Senior Special Advisor on Economics and Finance, Dr. Akhtar oversaw the development and implementation of the sustainable development agenda including economic, social, environmental and finance work of the UN Department of the Economic and Social Affairs. During her term at UN, she was UN Secretary General’s Sherpa for Development and the Finance and Central Bank tracks. Among others, she was closely involved in the development and implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda (SDG), the Ad-dis Ababa Financing frameworks and work on the Paris Climate Accord and ensured closer alignment of G20 development agenda with the 2030 SDG agenda. Dr. Akhtar served as the Vice President, Middle East and North Africa at the World Bank, and Di-rector General of Asian Development Bank (ADB). She also served as the Special Sr. Advisor to the President of ADB. Dr. Akhtar is recipient of Asia’s Best Central Bank Governor from Emerging Markets and the Ban-ker’s Trust awards. In 2008, The WALL STREET JOURNAL ASIA recognized her as one of Asia’s top ten professional women. Recently in 2020, she has been awarded the HUM Women’s Le-adership Global Award. Dr. Akhtar in now serving as the Chairperson of few Boards in Pakistan: The Pakistan Stock Exc-hange, the Pakistan Institute of Corporate Governance, Sui Southern Gas Company Ltd. responsible for transmission and distribution company, Karaandaz a nonprofit organization and joint venture sponsored by the FCDO-Bill Melinda and Gates Foundation to promote financial and digital finan-cial inclusion etc. Dr. Akhtar serves on couple of Government’s advisory committee. At Global level she has been appoin-ted to the Council of Advisors of the Boao Forum for Asia after serving as Sherpa of the forum. She remains engaged in both global and national policy dialogues and is the Global Advisor for the Belt and Road Initiative, cochaired G20 Think Tank group on Infrastructure and Sustainable Investment and as Advisor to Shanghai Forum.

Eng Chye TAN

President
National University of Singapore

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Eng Chye TAN

President
National University of Singapore

Professor Tan Eng Chye was appointed President of the National University of Singapore (NUS) on 1 January 2018. Professor Tan is a passionate and award-winning educator. He was a pioneer architect of the current academic system in NUS, and has seeded many initiatives such as the Special Programme in Science, University Scholars Programme, University Town Residential College Programme, Grade-free Year, and Technology-enhanced Education. Professor Tan is a member of the Singapore’s Future Economy Council, which is tasked with driving the growth and transformation of the country’s future economy. He is on the boards of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR); National Research Foundation (NRF); and NUS High School of Mathematics and Sciences. He is the Chair of Universitas 21, a leading global network of 27 research-intensive universities. Professor Tan received the Public Administration Medal (Gold) at Singapore's National Day Awards in 2014 for his outstanding contributions to education. He was awarded the Wilbur Lucius Cross Medal, which honours exceptional alumni in the areas of scholarship, teaching, academic administration and public service, by Yale University in 2018. Professor Tan was also conferred an Honorary Doctor of Science from the University of Southampton in 2018 in recognition of his achievements as “an innovative and exceptional teacher, and then as a distinguished and respected leader in academia”.

Jeffrey D. SACHS

University Professor, Director
Center for Sustainable Development, Columbia University

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Jeffrey D. SACHS

University Professor, Director
Center for Sustainable Development, Columbia University

 

Michael MAINELLI

Chairman
Z/Yen Group Limited

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Michael MAINELLI

Chairman
Z/Yen Group Limited

Michael is a qualified accountant, securities professional, computer specialist, and management consultant, educated at Harvard University and Trinity College Dublin with his PhD from the London School of Economics. Originally a research scientist in aerospace (rocket science) and computing (architecture & cartography), he became a senior partner of accountants BDO Binder Hamlyn and a director of UK Ministry of Defence research. During a mergers & acquisitions spell in merchant banking with Deutsche Morgan Grenfell, he co-founded Z/Yen, the City of London’s leading think-tank, promoting societal advance through better finance and technology. Z/Yen is renowned for its Global Financial, Green Finance, and Smart Centres indices. He is Emeritus Professor & Life Fellow at Gresham College where he created the Long Fi-nance initiative asking “when would we know our financial system is working?”. Mi-chael is Senior Independent Director of the United Kingdom Accreditation Service and non-executive Director of a listed mining firm, Fellow of Goodenough College, Honor-ary Fellow of King’s College London, and Visiting Professor at UCL’s Bartlett School. His book The Price Of Fish: A New Approach To Wicked Economics And Bet-ter Decisions, won the Independent Publisher Book Awards Finance, Investment & Economics Gold Prize. He is active in ten livery companies, an Alderman of the City of London and late Sheriff of the City of London 2019-2021, with charity interests in the environment, education, and care.

Xuetong YAN

Dean
Institute of International Relations, Tsinghua University

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Xuetong YAN

Dean
Institute of International Relations, Tsinghua University

YAN Xuetong is a university distinguished professor of Tsinghua University and foreign member of Russia Academy of Science. He is serving as the Dean of The Institute of International Relations at Tsinghua University and the Secretary General of the World Peace Forum. He obtained Ph. D from University of California, Berkeley in 1992 and was named as one of world's Top 100 public intellectuals by the American journal Foreign Policy in 2008. He is the founder of IR moral realism and the only Chinese political scientist listed in Most Cited Chinese Researchers by Elsevier during 2014-2019. Some of his books were translated into English, Japanese, Korean, Hindi, Farsi and Albanian.

Deborah ELMS

Founder and Executive Director
Asian Trade Centre

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Xuetong YAN

Founder and Executive Director
Asian Trade Centre

Dr. Deborah Elms is the Founder and Executive Director of the Asian Trade Centre (ATC) and the President of the Asia Business Trade Association (ABTA). Concurrently, she is a member of APCO’s International Advisory Council, the G20 Trade and Investment Research Network, and the Advisory Board of the Trade and Investment Negotiation Adviser (TINA) at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP). Dr. Elms has extensive experience working with governments, international organizations, and businesses and is one of the leading experts on trade policy in the region. She was also active in her past leadership posts in international trade groups having served on the Trade and Investment Council of the World Economic Forum (WEF) from 2017 to 2019, the International Technical Advisory Committee of the Global Trade Professionals Alliance (GTPA), as well as being the chair of its Working Group on Trade Policy and Law. Prior to her current role, Dr. Elms was head of the Temasek Foundation Centre for Trade and Negotiations and Senior Fellow of International Political Economy at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Dr. Elms received a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Washington, an MA in international relations from the University of Southern California, and bachelor’s degrees from Boston University. Dr. Elms frequently appears in the media to provide expert analysis on trade issues in the region and publishes the Talking Trade Blog.

Byung-il CHOI

President
Korea Foundation for Advanced Studies

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Byung-il CHOI

President
Korea Foundation for Advanced Studies

Dr. Choi has been serving as the President of Korea Foundation for Advanced Studies (KFAS) since September 2020. He is also a professor and the former Dean of the Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS), Ewha Womans University. He is a renowned scholar in the field of international trade and US-China relations, and a seasoned trade negotiator. His academic excellence led him to various leadership positions, including the President of the Korea Economic Research Institute (2011-2014), a think tank representing the Korean business sector. He served as the President of the Korean International Economic Association, the President of the Korean Association of Trade and Industry Studies, and the President of the Korea Association of Negotiation Studies. Prior to joining Ewha GSIS as a founding faculty in 1997, he was the Korean chief negotiator for the WTO basic telecom negotiations (1994-1997). He also negotiated service agreement and the telecom annex at the Uruguay Round, the Korea-US telecom agreement, and the Korea-EU telecom agreement. He played an instrumental role in transforming the Korean telecommunication sector from monopoly to competition, thus providing the basis for the ‘IT Korea’. Dr. Choi led the initiative of APII (Asia Pacific Information Infrastructure) with a view of bridging the information divide in the Asia-Pacific region. His contribution in the international area awarded him the two medals of excellence from the Korean government. Based on his negotiating experiences, he pioneered the teaching of conflict resolution at the university in Korea through collaboration with Professor Roger Fisher from Harvard. His negotiation class is one of the most sought-after classes among students and professionals. Dr. Choi is a well-known public intellectual. He has regularly contributed his opinion-editorial in Korea’s major newspapers. His interview has also appeared in the Financial Times and the Wall Street Journal. He has written several best sellers, including the US-China Competition: Who will Rule the World (2019), the KORUS FTA: Against All Odds (2006). He has actively shared his ideas with the public policy community. He was a member to various advisory councils for the Korean government, including the National Economic Advisory Council for the President of Korea, Trade Negotiations Advisory Council, Inter-Korea Relations Council, and Advisory Council for the Ministry of Foreign Affair and Trade. He was visiting professor at George Washington University, Grinnell College and Ghent University. He received his B.A. from Seoul National University with magna cum laude in 1982, and Ph.D. in economics from Yale in 1989. His doctoral thesis advisors were Paul Milgrom and Bengt Holmstrom; both received Nobel Prize in economics.

Henry T. TILLMAN

Founder
Grisons Peak Services, China Investment Research

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Henry T. TILLMAN

Founder
Grisons Peak Services, China Investment Research

 

Jun QIAN

Executive Dean and Professor
Fanhai International School of Finance, Fudan University

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Jun QIAN

Executive Dean and Professor
Fanhai International School of Finance, Fudan University

Jun Qian is Professor of Finance and Executive Dean at Fanhai International School of Finance (FISF), Fudan University. Prior to joining FISF, he was Professor of Finance and Director of the DBA/EMBA/EE programs at the Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Before returning to China in 2013, he was a tenured finance professor at the Carroll School of Management, Boston College. His research papers have been published in top academic journals including Journal of Finance, Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Financial Economics, and Management Science. Professor Qian is an Associate Editor of Frontiers of Economics in China and was on the editorial board of Review of Finance. He recently published a book entitled The Power of China’s Financial System. He served as a visiting, guest, or special-term professor at MIT's Sloan School of Management, the Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania, Stanford Graduate School of Business, School of Economics and Management of Tsinghua University, among other institutions. He also serves as an independent director of China CITIC Bank, a member of the Academic Committee of the Capital Market Research Institute of the Shanghai Stock Exchange, and one of the first group of international financial legal experts of the Shanghai Higher People's Court.

Arturo BRIS

Director
IMD World Competitiveness Center

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Arturo BRIS

Director
IMD World Competitiveness Center

Arturo Bris (www.arturobris.org) is Professor of Finance at IMD. He is the author of several books, a frequent speaker at international conferences and appears regularly on international media outlets. He also leads the world-renowned IMD World Competitiveness Center and is an award-winning teacher and program director. His work has also been published in the most prestigious academic journals, including the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics, the Review of Financial Studies, the Journal of Legal Studies and the Journal of Business, and he has had articles published in the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, and Handelsblatt among others. His areas of expertise include corporate finance, corporate governance, financial regulation and competitiveness. As Director of the IMD World Competitiveness Center, he works with governments all over the world assessing, measuring and managing the competitiveness of countries. The WCC produces trusted annual rankings on economies’ competitiveness, and under his leadership it has expanded its coverage by adding new rankings on talent, digital competitiveness and smart cities. Bris is a member of the Strategic Committee of Debiopharm Investment and the International Advisory Council of the Wealth Management Institute in Singapore, and is academic advisor to the Blue Whale Foundation, a decentralized ecosystem enabling the self-employed to thrive by capturing a fair share of the value they create. He also serves as a member of the International Advisory Board of CENTRUM Graduate Business School in Peru, and of the Supervisory Boards of the Kyiv International Economic Forum and the International School of Lausanne. He is also a research associate of the European Corporate Governance Institute and a research fellow of the Yale International Institute for Corporate Governance. Prior to joining IMD in 2005, he was the Robert B & Candice J. Haas Associate Professor of Corporate Finance at the Yale School of Management.

Bruno LANVIN

President
Smart City Observatory

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Bruno LANVIN

President
Smart City Observatory

Distinguished Fellow, INSEAD President, IMDs Smart City Observatory Co-founder and Director, Portulans Institute Founder and co-founder : Network Readiness Index (World Economic Forum/INSEAD), Global Innovation Index (WIPO/Cornell/INSEAD), Global Talent Competitiveness Index (INSEAD/Adecco/Accenture), Smart City Index (IMD, SUTD). Brief Biography: Dr Bruno Lanvin has been teaching in various first-tier universities in the US and Europe (Michigan State University, INSEAD e.g.), where he has been leading various strategic efforts and thought leadership initiatives (eg as Executive Director for eLab, European Competitiveness and Global Indices). Initially a mathematician and a specialist of international trade, his research and publications have focused on information technology, innovation and talent strategies. He has over forty years of experience in advising governments and large corporations, including twenty years at the United Nations and ten at the World Bank. During his ten years at the World Bank, he held various high-level positions, in which he contributed to assisting a large number of organization s and governments in designing their knowledge and high-level education strategies. He also worked with the European Commission on various aspects of Europe’s skills and re-skilling policies and strategies. Since 2001, Dr Lanvin has been co-authoring The Global Information Technology Report (NRI), the Global Innovation Index Report (GII), and the Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI), the Smart City Index Report, and of the award-winning book ‘Sixteen Shades of Smart’. Over the last decade, his research has very much focused on education and talent policies as a tool to accelerate growth. Through his responsibilities as a board member of various private and public organizations, he was able to heighten interest for education and talent strategies, and to promote the strategic formulation of knowledge strategies. He holds a BA in Mathematics and Physics, an MBA (HEC, a PhD in Economics (Paris I)-La Sorbonne), and is an alumnus of INSEAD (IDP-C) and MIT (Beyond Smart Cities Certificate). A frequent speaker at high-level meetings, he has been a member of numerous boards for many years, including those of ICANN, IDA-Infocomm, GovTech, IP-Watch, AAID, Kazakhstan’s Presidential Board on ICT Strategy, and the Bin Rashid Foundation for Government Innovation. He has also been a frequent speaker at the World Economic Forum, and chaired the Forum’s Global Advisory Group on ‘Future of Government’.

Róbert ÉSIK

CEO
Hungarian Investment Promotion Agency (HIPA)

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Róbert ÉSIK

CEO
Hungarian Investment Promotion Agency (HIPA)

Róbert Ésik is an economist and a finance & investment analysis expert. He graduated at the Corvinus University of Budapest and earned a master’s degree at the Université Panthéon Assas in Paris. He spent almost 15 years in various positions at the largest ICT companies of the world, such as Alcatel, Siemens, Nokia and Amazon. As the country director of Nokia Solutions and Networks he played a key role in the Hungarian subsidiary becoming one of Nokia’s most important technology development centres. Since October 2014 he has been directing the Hungarian Investment Promotion Agency (HIPA). Róbert’s professional, as well as personal ambition is to further promote his homeland as a favourable investment location and by so doing contribute to Hungary’s economic and social development.

Guiying SUN

Chief Executive Officer
Credit Guarantee and Investment Facility

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Guiying SUN

Chief Executive Officer
Credit Guarantee and Investment Facility

Ms. Guiying Sun has been the Chief Executive Officer of Credit Guarantee and Investment Facility (CGIF), a trust fund of Asia Development Bank since August 2019. Prior to joining CGIF, she was Deputy General Manager of the Investment Management Department of the Export-Import Bank of China, serving simultaneously as CEO, Board Director, and Investment Committee (IC) member of the China-CEE (Central Eastern Europe) Investment Cooperation Fund Management Co. She also held important positions in managing funds like China-Japan Environmental Protection Fund (CJEP), CCGRF, CASREV funds etc. She has been General Manager of the Chongqing Export-Import Credit Guarantee co. from 2011-2015. Ms. Sun holds both a Master of Science in Economics and Development Economics from Nottingham University and a Master of Finance from Central University of Finance and Economics.

Chris HUMPHREY

Executive Director
EU-ASEAN Business Council

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Chris HUMPHREY

Executive Director
EU-ASEAN Business Council

Chris Humphrey is the executive director of Singapore-based EU-ASEAN Business Council, a key business association that advocates for the interests of EU businesses operating in ASEAN. It is formally recognised as such by the European Commission and the ASEAN Secretariat. Chris began his varied professional career as a UK civil servant where, amongst other things, he was Assistant Private Secretary to a Minister and an Air Services Trade Negotiator covering the Asia Pacific region. After leaving the civil service, Chris moved to the private sector working initially in the government and external relations teams at two British airlines in the UK, before moving to Shanghai, China with Virgin Atlantic where he headed up the airline’s China operation and oversaw the rapid expansion of their business in China. Whilst in Shanghai, Chris also sat on the Executive Committee of the British Chamber of Commerce. Chris then joined a UK-based security and defence group where he led their Asia Pacific team for over five years and was instrumental in them getting contracts with the Japanese and Singapore governments and also with SOEs in China. More recently, Chris has been acting as a consultant assisting start-ups in Asia with their business and corporate development before joining the EU-ASEAN Business Council in June 2014. With over 20 years of experience of either working for or dealing with governments and regulatory authorities, Chris is available to provide key insights, lead discussions or comment on topics including: • ASEAN integration • European business presence in SEA • Infrastructure financing • EU-ASEAN trade relations • EU economic and political developments Chris is a regular on the ASEAN conference circuit, appearing at conferences and seminars covering ASEAN’s integration agenda as well as trade and investment issues. He has also appeared on the BBC’s Asia Business Report; CNBC’s Asia Street Times; Channel News Asia’s Conversation With; 938Live Radio News; and Channel News Asia news reports.

Mehmet H. BILGIN

Chair
Euro-Asia Forum in Politics, Economics and Business

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Mehmet H. BILGIN

Chair
Euro-Asia Forum in Politics, Economics and Business

 

Chunling LI

Director, Juveniles and Social Issues Research Office
Institute of Sociology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS)

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Chunling LI

Director, Juveniles and Social Issues Research Office
Institute of Sociology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS)

 

Jung Cheol SHIN

Professor of Higher Education
Seoul National University

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Jung Cheol SHIN

Professor of Higher Education
Seoul National University

Jung Cheol Shin is Professor of Higher Education at Seoul National University. He served for the Korea Ministry of Education about 20 years before he joined Seoul National University as professor in 2006. His research interests are higher education policy, knowledge and social development, and academic profession. He is Editor in Chief (with Hugo Horta) of the book series Knowledge Studies in Higher Education. His book publications include University Rankings (2011), Institutionalization of World-Class University (2012), The Dynamics of Higher Education Development in East Asia (2013), Teaching and Research in Contemporary Higher education (2014), The Future of the Post-Massified University at the Crossroads (2014), Mass Higher Education Development in East Asia (2015), Doctoral Education for the Knowledge Society (2018), and Higher Education Governance in East Asia (2018), and The International Encyclopedia of Higher Education Systems and Institutions (2020). He is expanding his work from academic research to more socially-oriented work such as consulting for developing countries, especially higher education governance reforms, management and leadership development in the South East Asia and the South Asia in collaboration with the Asian Development Bank.

Christoph NEDOPIL

Associate Professor Practice in Economics
Fudan University

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Christoph NEDOPIL

Associate Professor Practice in Economics
Fudan University

Dr. Christoph NEDOPIL is Associate Professor of Practice in Economics and Director of the Green Finance & Development Center at the Fanhai International School of Finance (FISF), Fudan University. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Central University of Finance and Economics (CUFE) in Beijing, China, and a Visiting Faculty at Singapore Management University (SMU). Christoph regularly contributes to policies, strategies and advisory services to accelerate the application of sustainable finance for governments, financial institutions, enterprises and civil society. He works with the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED), the Chinese Ministry of Commerce, as well as various private and multilateral finance institutions (e.g. ADB, IFC, UNESCAP) and international governments. He is the lead author of the UNDP SDG Finance Taxonomy, the Green Development Guidance Baseline Study of the BRI Green Development Coalition under the Chinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment, and has authored four books, dozens of articles, and research reports. Christoph is serving as board director and supports various companies in scaling sustainability in businesses and finance. Christoph is quoted regularly in Bloomberg, Financial Times, Reuters, Science. Before joining FISF, he served as Director for the IIGF Green BRI Center in Beijing, and worked in over 15 countries with the World Bank. Christoph holds a Master of Engineering and a PhD in Economics from the Technical University Berlin, as well as a Master of Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School.

MODERATORS

 

Prof. Dr. Zoltán CSÉFALVAY

Head of Center for Technology Futures
School of Economics, Mathias Corvinus Collegium

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Prof. Dr. Zoltán CSÉFALVAY

Head of Center for Technology Futures
School of Economics, Mathias Corvinus Collegium

 

Paolo BORZATTA

Member of the Board
European House Ambrosetti

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Mihály Patai

Member of the Board
European House Ambrosetti

Paolo Borzatta is Member of the Board of The European House – Ambrosetti. He is an expert in corporate strategy, international strategy, city and territorial strategy, creativity in strategy. He assisted several of the world’s largest companies in the development of their strategies. He has worked and lived in the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia, and China. In the last years, he has also been involved in strategic projects in Asia and in Africa. A substantial part of his advisory activity has been devoted to assisting European and Chinese enterprises in entering (respectively) the Chinese and European markets. After having received his degree in Nuclear Engineering from Politecnico di Milano in 1970, he was assistant professor of Subnuclear Physics at the University of Milan. In 1975, he got an MBA from Manchester Business School. After his academic career, he has served as Executive President of the Plastic Pipe Division of Dalmine. In 1984, he started his professional activity as a strategy consultant. The European House - Ambrosetti is a professional Group, operating since 1965 providing strategy consulting, strategic scenarios, and studies to European and Asian institutions and enterprises. In addition, it organizes high-level content-based events.

Elena ROVENSKAYA

Program Director
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

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Elena ROVENSKAYA

Elena Rovenskaya is Program Director of the Advancing Systems Analysis (ASA) program at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Laxenburg, Austria. She has background in applied mathematics. Her scientific interests lie in the fields of optimization, decision sciences and mathematical modeling of complex socio-environmental systems. As the ASA Program director, Rovenskaya is leading a team of 85+ scientists who work on new systems analytical methods, which enable higher levels of agility to support policy and societal decision making. Among many other projects and activities, Elena Rovenskaya led a project on Challenges and Opportunities of Economic Integration within a Wider European and Eurasian Space (2014-2020), which focuses on plausible futures of economic cooperation in the Greater Eurasian space and interplay between different integration processes in the region.

Márton UGRÓSDY

Director
Institute of Foreign Affairs and Trade

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Csaba Kandrács

Director
Institute of Foreign Affairs and Trade

DrMárton Ugrósdy is the director of the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade in Budapest, Hungary. His research interests cover transatlantic issues, energy security, and US foreign policy in Central and Eastern Europe. He joined IFAT in 2015 as a part-time research fellow. Before his assignment at IFAT, Márton worked as the editor-in-chief of Kitekintő.hu, at the time Hungary’s only online news portal dealing exclusively with international relations for seven years. Márton is a graduate of Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest with a major in political science, where he also received the prestigious Republican Scholarship for academic excellence twice during his studies. He earned his PhD from the Doctoral School of Political Science and International Relations at Corvinus University of Budapest, where he also works as a part-time lecturer. He is an alumnus of the Hungarian-American Enterprise Scholarship Fund, which allowed him to gain work experience at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC.

Gergely SALÁT

Associate Professor, Head of the Department of Chinese Studies
Pázmány Péter Catholic University

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Gergely SALÁT

Associate Professor, Head of the Department of Chinese Studies
Pázmány Péter Catholic University

After graduating at the Peking No. 55 Middle School in 1995, he studied Chinese Language and Culture at the Department of Chinese Studies of Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) and graduated in 2001. In 2006 he obtained a Ph.D. degree with his thesis related to Chinese legal history. He started his teaching career at the College of Foreign Trade in Budapest in 1997. Since 1998 he has been continuously teaching at the Department of Chinese Studies at ELTE in Budapest. He started to work full-time at the Department of Chinese Studies of Pázmány Péter Catholic University (PPCU) in 2013. He became head of the department and director of the Modern East Asia Research Group in 2014 and served as the head of the Institute of International Studies and Political Sciences between 2018 and 2021. He was elected a member of the Committee of Oriental Studies of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in 2014, elected as secretary of the Committee in 2017, and vice-chairman in 2021. Ha has been working as a senior researcher at the Institute of Foreign Affairs and Trade since 2020. His main research area is the history of Chinese law and institutions, contemporary Chinese domestic and foreign politics, as well as international relations in East Asia.

TOP QUOTES FROM THE E-CONFERENCE 2021

 

In our view, and there is a consensus on that, all central banks and all central bankers, have their duty to encourage and to help, to support, and to accelerate the transition of our countries and economies from the old world to the new one.

György Matolcsy
Governor of the Magyar Nemzeti Bank

We see the opportunity for Eurasia to become a hub of green multilateralism.

György Matolcsy
Governor of the Magyar Nemzeti Bank

We need the fusion of Asian and Western models of innovation to solve all the challenges ahead of us.

György Matolcsy
Governor of the Magyar Nemzeti Bank

As China is establishing a new development pattern featuring „dual circulation”, the Eurasian economies are regaining confidence and recovering steadily.

Guoli Tian
Chairman and Executive Director, China Construction Bank

New development means new opportunities. New opportunities lie in connectivity, and we need to open a new chapter in economic and trade cooperation

Guoli Tian
Chairman and Executive Director, China Construction Bank

I believe green finance will keep injecting „oxygen” into green transformation and push forward the green low-carbon and sustainable development of the global economy.

Guoli Tian
Chairman and Executive Director, China Construction Bank

When it comes to the level of technological development, the East has totally closed the gap which used to be there, compared to the level of development of the so-called West.

Péter Szijjártó
Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Hungary

Hungary belongs to those countries which look at these progressive developments on the East as they are offering opportunities for us, as we have done a lot in order to make the Hungarian economy competitive during the recent years, we are absolutely interested in a free and fair global trade.

Péter Szijjártó
Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Hungary

We don’t like the approach which tries to portrait this new situation as the start of a new cold war. We do believe that we need to make friendship with the Eastern countries, or at least partnership based on mutual respect and mutual interest.

Péter Szijjártó
Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Hungary

With just 9 years left to 2030, we must act now as a global community. We must accelerate the slow-moving transformations towards greater sustainability and equity.

Zhenmin Liu
Chairman and Executive Director, China Construction Bank

Regional cooperation, as addressed at this forum, is important to promote mutually beneficial outcomes for countries, while also serving global collaboration and progress towards SDGs.

Zhenmin Liu
Chairman and Executive Director, China Construction Bank

Central banks started to change their thoughts about climate change and there is a clear trend that central banks are moving into a more greener and greener direction.

Barnabás VIRÁG
Deputy Governor, MNB

We have to prepare for innovative solutions on the one hand but on the other hand never forget the lessons from the history.

Barnabás VIRÁG
Deputy Governor, MNB

As policy makers are phasing out stimulus measures they might find it is more difficult to coordinate between monetary and fiscal policies.

Gang YI
Governor, PBOC

We should enhance policy coordination and cooperation on important global issues such as climate change.

Gang YI
Governor, PBOC

People need to open up their boxes and become more holistic.

David MARSH
Chairman and Co-Founder, OMFIF

Climate change and population ageing are probably episode and government should establish policy measures to avoid future disaster.

Yang Su PARK
Director General, Bank of Korea

We have a minimum tripolar world system today.

Parag Khanna
Bestseller Author, Expert of International Relations, Geopolitics

Competitive connectivity will potentially contribute to a new geopotical equilibrium.

Parag Khanna
Bestseller Author, Expert of International Relations, Geopolitics

Infrastructure is coming a key geopolitical arena in the next years

Parag Khanna
Bestseller Author, Expert of International Relations, Geopolitics

The new geopolitics is not only focusing on territorial issues, but also infrastructural dimensions

Parag Khanna
Bestseller Author, Expert of International Relations, Geopolitics

USA and China has the most important bilateral relations in the world

Rana Mitter
Professor of the History and Politics of Modern China, Director of the University of Oxford China Centre, University of Oxford China Centre

It is crucial what will happen regarding the climate change in Eurasia

Rana Mitter
Professor of the History and Politics of Modern China, Director of the University of Oxford China Centre, University of Oxford China Centre

Central-Asia is a bridge for Eurasia

Roza Nurgozhayeva
Former Vice President-General Counsel and Professor of Law, Nazarbayev University

The Belt and Road Initiative is a tool for the Chinese foreign policy to support the developing countires in the world.

Wang Huiyao
Founder and President, Center for China and Globalization (CCG)

One of the legacies of the sudden external shock we have seen last year is that digitalization projects, first of all digitalization, you can't survive without it.

Christopher Mattheisen
General Manager, Microsoft Hungary

Data is the new oil. If you look at the winning companies out there, they are the companies that integrate data and AI into all of their processes.

Christopher Mattheisen
General Manager, Microsoft Hungary

If you look at the winning companies out there, they are the companies that integrate data and AI into all of their processes.

Christopher Mattheisen
General Manager, Microsoft Hungary

Focus on the innovation. Be part of the change, don’t wait for the change.

Radoslaw Kedzia
Vice President of Huawei CEE & Nordic region

Those companies who will adapt the digitalization will prevail in the market and those who will not, will diminish.

Radoslaw Kedzia
Vice President of Huawei CEE & Nordic region

5G together with AI and with the big data are the 3 foundations of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Radoslaw Kedzia
Vice President of Huawei CEE & Nordic region

Let's hope we can focus on developing ourselves because history of humanity is a history of development.

Radoslaw Kedzia
Vice President of Huawei CEE & Nordic region

Lot of these eurasian large powers emerging, not just China and Russia, but other Eurasian powers as well, they see more incentives to work together, to diversify their economic or technological dependencies, but also to create a certain degree of technological sovereignty.

Glenn Diesen
Professor, University of South-Eastern Norway

Technology is no longer just an industry on its own, it has really become the underlying infrastructure of, I think esentially all industries.

Sixuan Li
Founder of ViaVia Shopping & Financial Commentator at CCTV Business

There is definitely a growing need for sustainable investment.

Dániel PALOTAI
Executive Director, IMF

The Budapest Eurasia Forum has developed into an important platform of high-level professional dialogue for Eurasia to deepen cooperation and achieve fruitful outcomes.

Qiang NI
Vice Governor, Hainan Provincial People's Government

As the most densely populated continent with the vastest land area and closest interconnection among countries, Eurasia possesses huge potentials for development.

Qiang NI
Vice Governor, Hainan Provincial People's Government

Eurasia is our common continent. We have two continents: Europe and Asia, but actually, physically, from a land point of view, we are sharing only one continent which is Eurasia.

Paolo BORZATTA
"Member of the Board, The European House Ambrosetti"

I see a lot of commonalities between the Western strategies for innovation and the Asian strategies.

Paolo BORZATTA
"Member of the Board, The European House Ambrosetti"

Creativity is directly connected with diversity of ideas that are exchanged.

Paolo BORZATTA
"Member of the Board, The European House Ambrosetti"

First of all, you need roads. Road is a metaphor. You need infrastructure to connect people, not only physically, but also in the cloud and the internet.

Paolo BORZATTA
"Member of the Board, The European House Ambrosetti"

The success of every venture is based on three things: the timing, the place and the harmony of the team (…). For me, (…) Eurasia today means (…) the right place (…), and we should create harmony among the people of both sides of Eurasia.

Paolo BORZATTA
"Member of the Board, The European House Ambrosetti"

We should create harmony among the people of both sides of Eurasia: Europe and Asia.

Paolo BORZATTA
"Member of the Board, The European House Ambrosetti"

There is chance for Central Europe to be a big hub of electro-mobility.

"Mateusz RYKAŁA"
Vice President of the Management Board, Katowice Special Economic Zone

Future is based on well-educated people.

"Mateusz RYKAŁA"
Vice President of the Management Board, Katowice Special Economic Zone

The only opportunity to create added value is thinking out of the box every day.

"Mateusz RYKAŁA"
Vice President of the Management Board, Katowice Special Economic Zone

China is facing a critical time of digital upgrade and digital transformation.

David ZENG
"Director of Corporate Affairs, Merck Holding (China) Ltd."

As China continues to comprehensively reform and open up, pilot free trade zones meet high standards to achieve high-quality development.

Zongxian FENG
"Professor and Chief Expert of BRI, Xi’an Jiaotong University"

Green transition should be a cooperation between countries, on a continental level, on Eurasian level and global level as well

Tamás Baranyi
Deputy Director, Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade

China is very consistant on climate change, it want to push forward the global standard, and understands its role.

Simon Tay
Chairman, Singapore Institute of International Affairs

China is not an arrogant country how some in the West think, it is aware of its vulnerabilities and needs to work with other countries. It is not habit for big countries to work easily with others.

Simon Tay
Chairman, Singapore Institute of International Affairs

Financial institutions are critical development partners to achieve sustainability goals.

Asel Nurakhmetova
Advisor, AIFC Green Finance Centre

There is not enough conversation is happening on green transition, so its good that the Eurasia Forum is happening and the Hungarian central bank is playing a very active role among other players.

Linda Zeilina
Founder and CEO, International Sustainable Finance Centre

China is not just catching up and filling the gaps, but China has been really playing a breaking role between the developed world and developing countries in terms of creating a consensus around what is best practice in green developments.

Wenhong Xie
Head of China, Climate Bonds Initiative

[…] Our partnership with Hungarian universities really helps us to catch the trend in research and education, so that we can move up in the level of education and research.

Zhimin CHEN
Vice President, Fudan University

Digital education, not as it means of delivering education, but rather the outcome of aquiring certain set of digital skills to survive in this new digital era.

Paul CHEUNG
Director of Asia Competitiveness Center

E-learning is easy, hybrid learning is easy, how do you get adult workers to aquire new skills to adapt to the new economy, that is difficult!

Paul CHEUNG
Director of Asia Competitiveness Center

Lifelong education is going to be the way to took over the future, to adapt to the new economy and to aquire new skills.

Paul CHEUNG
Director of Asia Competitiveness Center

We are educating students for the jobs which are not existing today. So we have to adapt the higher education to the times and to the needs the society.

Sandra KUČINA SOFTIĆ
President of European Distance and E-learning Network (EDEN)

Our duty in higher education is to be able to educate innovative, digital students who will be able to be life-long learners, and who will be able to fully participate in the society.

Sandra KUČINA SOFTIĆ
President of European Distance and E-learning Network (EDEN)

The human resources I would say the most important, we should always invest in people, not only in technology.

Sandra KUČINA SOFTIĆ
President of European Distance and E-learning Network (EDEN)

Part of the effort for the digitaliztation of the economy has to be to provide equal opprotunity, equal acccess.

Timothy O'CONNOR
Director of the Center of Competency, National University of Science and Technology MISIS (NUST MISIS)

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