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E-CONFERENCE 2020

 

The Budapest Eurasia Forum 2020 E-Conference was the second event of the Budapest Eurasia Forum event series, which began its journey in 2019. The concept reflects to MNB’s efforts towards increasing its involvement in the international dialogue and enhance the professional cooperation among various members of the economic community.
Located in the heart of Europe, Hungary is well-positioned to serve as an intellectual hub for experts from various countries and increase its contribution to the cooperation between Europe and Asia. In line with this concept the Budapest Eurasia Forum event series intends to serve as high level professional platform for academics, decision-makers, and business leaders from across Eurasia. The Pre-Forum Session of the Budapest Eurasia Forum was successfully organised in October 2019 with the participation of high-ranking experts from China, Russia, Singapore, and Kazakhstan, among others.
The unprecedented challenges of 2020 highlighted the importance of global solidarity and cooperation, therefore strengthened our belief that the dialogue should continue despite the hurdles caused by the pandemic. As a result, the Budapest Eurasia Forum was organised in a digital format in 2020, on 27th October. The E-Conference was titled “Eurasian cooperation in the post-pandemic era” and it included a high-level opening ceremony, followed by 3 professional panels. The panel topics recalled the core areas of the Forum concept, such as geopolitics, multilateral cooperation, finance, economics, innovation, education, and connectivity.

EURASIAN COOPERATION IN THE POST-PANDEMIC ERA

 
 

27th October 2020

The aftermovie of the Budapest Eurasia Forum 2020 E-Conference

Report on the Budapest Eurasia Forum 2020 E-Conference

On 27 October 2020, following the 2019 Pre-Forum Session, the Central Bank of Hungary (Magyar Nemzeti Bank, MNB) organised the Budapest Eurasia Forum Conference for the second time, and this time under the title of “Eurasian cooperation in the post-pandemic era”. We are living in an ever-changing and dynamic era, in which unilateralism and the need for multilateral cooperation, protectionism and free trade, and the impact of a global technological revolution are present at the same time. Ensuring long-term sustainable development and growth is a key shared challenge for the countries of the region in this new era, for which multidisciplinary dialogue is essential, with particular emphasis on the geopolitical aspects of common goals. Enhancing the dialogue between Europe and Asia is significant not only from the perspective of 21st century megatrends, but also regarding the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and multilateral cooperation. To this end, the MNB's series of conferences launched last year aim to provide a platform for European and Asian decision-makers and experts to enhance cooperation and dialogue. The forum's professional programme featured high-level decision-makers and recognised experts from China, Singapore, South Korea and several European countries on geopolitics and multilateral cooperation, the economy and finance, the future of smart cities and enhancing digital literacy.

PROGRAMME

 

TUESDAY, 27 OCTOBER 2020

High-level opening ceremony

Welcome speech:
György H MATOLCSY
Governor, Magyar Nemzeti Bank

Guest speakers:
Xiaochuan ZHOU
Vice Chairman, Boao Forum for Asia
Former Governor of PBOC
Péter SZIJJÁRTÓ
Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Hongbo WU
Special Representative of the Chinese Government on European Affairs

Coffee break

PANEL 1. The rise of Eurasia – How COVID-19 may reshape geopolitics and multilateral cooperation

PANEL 1. The rise of Eurasia – How COVID-19 may reshape geopolitics and multilateral cooperation

Building relations between countries and nations is a traditional and core element at the level of the international community. The power of geopolitical decision-making processes can deeply determine the future development of the Eurasian economics and financial relations after COVID-19, owing to the possibility of an even more comprehensive and fruitful cooperation. At the level of the global protection against the common and invisible enemy, the Eurasian countries showed the strength of partnership, support and helpfulness.

Today, the so-called ‘Health Silk Road’ is one of the key channels for the medical and technological cooperation in the world. To recover from global crisis after pandemic requires international cooperation, therefore multilateral institutions have a key role as well in creation and execution of strategies in economical reopening and sustainable development since they are authorized to give guidance on necessary changes in all sphere including in economy, society and governance as well.

Amid the novel coronavirus, Eurasia became the epicentres of the current geopolitical transformation processes, and the improvement can be endless. Regarding to the current global uptrend of the sustainable development goals and achievements, the further improvement of the Eurasian geopolitical liaisons can produce adequate common solution ways.

This panel is organized to exchange experiences on crisis management and collect the latest information about the upcoming geopolitical trends and issues influenced by pandemic, furthermore, to ensure a platform to share thoughts and scientific results in connection with the prospective outcomes of the transcontinental Eurasian partnerships after COVID-19.

Panel discussion

Moderator:
Mihály PATAI
Deputy Governor, Magyar Nemzeti Bank

Discussants:
Mehmet Huseyin BILGIN
Vice President, Eurasia Business and Economics Society
Zhimin CHEN
Vice President, Fudan University
Pierre HEILBRONN
Vice President of Policy and Partnerships, EBRD

Coffee break

PANEL 2. Well-balanced and sustainable growth in Eurasia after COVID-19 – Changes, prospects and the future

PANEL 2. Well-balanced and sustainable growth in Eurasia after COVID-19 – Changes, prospects and the future

The sudden outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease has frozen the global economy and the financial system has already felt a dramatic impact, presenting the toughest financial and economic outlook in decades. The world’s economic and financial system are deeply vulnerable to disruption due to global supply chains and distribution networks. Given this interdependency, once the pandemic ends, more fundamental changes are likely to emerge both in the economic and financial sector.

The pandemic has shed the light on the need for a more sustainable economy and Covid-19 should serve as a warning for climate change as these risks pose severe impact on the economy and financial system. Taking into consideration the deterioration in the international outlook, productivity of the Eurasian economics is the key to rebuild the predictable growth and deepen the partnerships at transcontinental level. As for the financial sector, the world is heading for another kind of banking system. After the financial crisis of 2008, the financial system experienced the emergence of digital and FinTech services which can change the traditional role of the banking system and payments as well and the recent pandemic can accelerate this process.

The aim of the panel is to illuminate the effect of Covid-19 to the economic and financial structure, as well as the possibilities and challenges regarding the development of these sectors.

Keynote speech

Kyuil CHUNG
Deputy Governor, Bank of Korea
Qi ZHANG
Director General, Department of Foreign Economic Relations
Development Research Center of the State Council of China

Panel discussion

Moderator:
Barnabás VIRÁG
Deputy Governor, Magyar Nemzeti Bank

Discussants:
Bofei HU
Deputy General Manager of International Business Department, China Construction Bank
Danae KYRIAKOPOULOU
Chief Economist and Director of Research, OMFIF
Sopnendu MOHANTY
Chief Fintech Officer, Monetary Authority of Singapore
Changchun MU
Director General of the Institute of Digital Currency, People’s Bank of China

Coffee break

PANEL 3. Smart cities for a healthy future? Innovation in urbanisation and the importance of digital literacy

PANEL 3. Smart cities for a healthy future? Innovation in urbanisation and the importance of digital literacy

It is fair to say that the global spread of COVID-19 had the most significant impact on big cities, where population density increases the possibility of virus transmission. Social distancing, as one of the keywords of 2020 might get harder to guarantee in megacities, but certainly not impossible. The need of decreasing people-to-people contacts highlighted the importance of technology in cities, smart solutions. Technological developments have proved to be essential in modern city management: the incorporation of ICT and cutting-edge technology in city planning and urban development has major contribution to efficiency, sustainability and welfare and as we observed in recent months, health as well.

The panel discusses the acceleration of smart city developments due to the COVID-19 and possible implications for the future. But smart cities require a smart population too, one that is capable of adapting to the usage of cutting-edge technologies in the everyday life. This leads to the need of modernising the educational system, partly to increase digital literacy and specially to provide highly trained professionals for the job market, to create and implement solutions that keep up with the latest trends.

Keynote speech

Jianduan JIANG
Director General, China Construction Fifth Engineering Division Corp. Ltd.
China State Construction and Engineering Corporation
Eng Chye TAN
President, National University of Singapore

Panel discussion

Moderator:
Norbert CSIZMADIA 
President, PADME

Discussants:
Leena ILMOLA-SHEPPARD
Senior Scientist, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis
Li JIN
Executive Vice President, Fudan University
Bruno LANVIN
President, Smart City Observatory
Jung Hoon LEE
Chair of Smart City Committee, Seoul Metropolitan Government
Professor, Yonsei University

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).

Xiaochuan Zhou

Vice Chairman
Boao Forum for Asia
Former Governor of PBOC

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Xiaochuan Zhou

Vice Chairman
Boao Forum for Asia
Former Governor of PBOC

Dr. Zhou Xiaochuan was born in January 1948. He is President of China Society for Finance and Banking, Vice Chairman of the Boao Forum for Asia and China’s Chief Representative to the Boao Forum.
He received a PhD degree in system engineering in economics at Tsinghua University in 1985. From November 1986 to September 1991, Dr. Zhou was a member of the State Commission for Restructuring the Economic System. In the period, he was also a member in the State Council Leading Group on Program of Restructuring the Economic System and a Deputy Director of the Research Institute of Economic Structural Reform in 1986 and 1987; from December 1986 to December 1989, he was Assistant Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Co-operation (which is now the Ministry of Commerce). From 1991 to 2002, he served on a number of positions, including as Vice President of the Bank of China, Administrator of the State Administration of Foreign Exchange, Deputy Governor of the People’s Bank of China, President of the China Construction Bank, and Chairman of the China Securities Regulatory Commission. From December 2002 and March 2018, he was Governor of the People’s Bank of China. From January 2003 to June 2018, he was Chairman of the Monetary Policy Committee of the People's Bank of China. From March 2013 to March 2018, he was vice chairman of the 12th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.
Dr. Zhou Xiaochuan is a member of the Group of Thirty (G30) and Chinese Economists 50 Forum.

Péter Szijjártó

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Hungary

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Péter Szijjártó

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Hungary

Born on the 30th of October 1978 in Komárom.
He got a degree in Foreign Affairs at the Budapest University of Economic Sciences and Public Administration in 2002.
He has been a Member of Parliament for Fidesz since 2002 and began his fifth term in the Parliament in 2018.
He was the Communications Director of Fidesz from 2006 to 2010, then became the Prime Minister’s Spokesperson from 2010 to 2012. He was State Secetary for Foreign Affairs and External Economic Relations at the Prime Minister’s Office from 2012 to 2014.
In June 2014, he was appointed as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He is the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary since the 23rd of September 2014.
He is Roman Catholic, married and has two sons. He used to be a registered futsal player, playing in two 1st division and eighty-five 2nd division games between 2011 and 2016.

Hongbo Wu

Special representative on European Affairs
Chinese Government
Former UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs

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Hongbo Wu

Special representative on European Affairs
Chinese Government
Former UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs

Career diplomat, born in May 1952 in Shandong Province, China, graduated from Beijing Foreign Studies University and pursued his postgraduate studies at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. He is a native of Shandong province, married, father of a daughter.
Currently President of China International Public Relations Association since 2017, Co-Director of the Institute for Sustainable Development Goals (TUSDG) at Tsinghua University since 2018 and Special Representative of the Chinese government for European Affairs since 2019.
2012—2017 UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs
2009—2012 Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People's Republic of China to the Federal Republic of Germany
2007—2009 Assistant Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
2005—2007 Director-General, General Office of Ministry of Foreign Affairs
2004—2005 Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People's Republic of China to the Republic of the Philippines
2002—2004 Deputy Commissioner, Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China in the Macao SAR
2000—2002 Director-General, Department of Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
1999—2000 Deputy Director-General, Department of West European Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
1998—1999 Chief Representative, Chinese Delegation, Sino-British Joint Liaison Group
1997—1998 Counsellor, Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign of the People's Republic of China in the Hong Kong SAR
1995—1997 Representative, Chinese Delegation, Sino-British Joint Liaison Group
1991—1995 Director, First Secretary, Department of Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Kyuil Chung

Deputy Governor
Bank of Korea

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Kyuil Chung

Deputy Governor
Bank of Korea

Kyuil Chung is a Deputy Governor of the Bank of Korea. His research interests lie in the areas of international capital flows, the nexus between monetary policy and financial stability, and reform of the international monetary system. Since joining the Bank in 1987, he has held various positions, some of which include Director General of both the Economic Statistics Department and the Office of International Affairs, and Deputy Director General of the Economic Research Institute. He has written numerous papers published by Economic Policy, Economic Modelling, the National Institute Economic Review, Tsinghua Financial Review, the IMF, and the BIS. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis.

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. He is the University’s 5th president, and the 23rd leader to head Singapore’s ol-dest higher education institution.
Prof 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 Sci-ence, University Scholars Programme, University Town Residential College Programme, Grade-free Year, and Technology-enhanced Education.
Prof 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 also on the International Advisory Council of the Southern University of Science and Technology in China, and an advisor with the think tank The Conference Board.
Prof 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 admi-nistration and public service, by Yale University in 2018. Prof 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”.

Li Jin

Executive Vice President
Fudan University

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Li Jin

Executive Vice President
Fudan University

Dr. Li JIN is the Executive Vice President in Fudan University, Dean of Shanghai Medical College and Director of Human Phenome Institute. He systematically investigated the genetic diversity of human population, including genetic structure, population differentiation, migration route, population mixing and environmental adaptation of East Asians. He also studied the complex evolutionary relationship among gene-phenotype-environment and revealed the evolutionary mechanisms underlying the human phenome.
He received his doctoral degree in genetics from the University of Texas and is an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He is an external member of Max-Planck Society and served as a board member of Human Genome Organization (HUGO). He is a co-organizer of the Pan-Asian SNP Program, a co-founder and board member of International Human Phenome Consortium (IHPC), and a co-founder of CAS-MPG Partner Institute of Computational Biology, National Center of Human Genome at Shanghai, and Fudan Taizhou Institute of Health Sciences.
He has been awarded the Chen Award for Distinguished Academic Achievement by HUGO, the Ho Leung Ho Lee Foundation Award for Science and Technology Achievement, Second Prize for National Natural Science Award (twice) among others. He serves as editorial board member for nine international academic journals, and he is the Vice President of the Chinese Anthropological Society and Genetics Society of China.

Zhimin Chen

Vice President
Fudan University

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Zhimin Chen

Vice President
Fudan University

Prof.Dr. Chen Zhimin is Vice President of Fudan University, Shanghai, China. He is a Changjiang Scholar and a Jean Monnet Chair of European foreign policy. He is a member of the Steering Committee of the Paris Peace Forum. He chairs the International Politics Committee of the Chinese High Education Association. His research interests include international relations theory, diplomacy studies, Chinese foreign policy and EU studies. His major publications in Chinese include: China, the United States and Europe: Cooperation and Competition in a New Trilateral Relation (2011, first author); Contemporary Diplomacy (2008, first author); Foreign Policy Integration in European Union: An Mission Impossible? (2003, first author); Subnational Governments and Foreign Affairs(2001). He also co-edited (with David Zweig) China's Reforms and International Political Economy (Routledge, 2007).He published in Journal of Common Market Studies, Asia Europe Journal and Journal of Contemporary China, etc. Professor Chen received all his degrees from Fudan University. He was a visiting fellow at Harvard University (1996-1997), also visiting scholar at Queen’s University, University of Durham, Lund University, Sciences Po. and Keio University. He was made a Chevalier dans L’Ordre des Palmes Academiques by the French Government in 2006.

Changchun Mu

Director General of the Institute of Digital Currency
People’s Bank of China

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Changchun Mu

Director General of the Institute of Digital Currency
People’s Bank of China

Mr. MU Changchun is appointed Director-General of the Institute of Digital Currency, People’s Bank of China in July, 2019. Mr. Mu joined the People’s Bank of China in 1995. From 1995 to 2004, he worked for the International Department and his responsibilities covered multilateral and bilateral cooperation and coordination with international organizations and foreign central banks. From 2004 to 2006, he was appointed as Senior Advisor to the Executive Director of the Constituency Office, representing Canada/China /Korea/Kuwait/Spain in the African Development Bank. In 2006, He rejoined the International Department. From 2010 to 2017, he served in a number of positions, including Assistant to the Governor and then the Deputy Director-General of the Executive Office. In 2017, he was appointed as Deputy Director-General of Payment & Settlement Department. Mr. MU is a member of CPMI, a member of FSB Financial Innovation Network, and also a member of IMF High-level Advisory Group on Finance and Technology. Mr. Mu graduated from Renmin University of China with a BA in Economics in 1995 and earned his Master’s degree in Applied Finance from Macquarie University, Australia in 2000.

Sopnendu Mohanty

Chief FinTech Officer
Monetary Authority of Singapore

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Sopnendu Mohanty

Chief FinTech Officer
Monetary Authority of Singapore

Sopnendu Mohanty is responsible for creating development strategies, public infrastructure and regulatory policies around technology innovation. Mohanty has spent over 20 years in various leadership roles globally in technology, finance and innovation. He has co-authored several patented works in area of retail distribution of the financial sector.
Mohanty extensively engages with ecosystems of various jurisdictions on innovation, policy making, and tech enabled financial services. He is on the Institutional Investor’s list of influential FinTech global dealmakers. Mohanty has been recognised internationally as a FinTech thought leader and he was recently named the Market Reformer of the Year by IFL, Euromoney.

Qi Zhang

Director General of the Research Department of Foreign Economic Relations
Development Research Centre of the State Council of China

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Qi Zhang

Director General of the Research Department of Foreign Economic Relations
Development Research Centre of the State Council of China

Zhang Qi, Senior Research Fellow, Director-General of the Research Department of Foreign Economic Relations at the Development Research Centre (DRC) of the State Council of China.
She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Laws from Peking University in China and Master’s degree in Economic Policy Management from Columbia University in the US. She joined the DRC in 1991 and was sent by DRC to work in the Economic Research Bureau at OECD as a short-term consultant for half a year in 1999~2000;She was an visiting Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School in 2015.
Her major research interests cover the areas: China’s foreign economic management system and opening-up policy, foreign trade and cross-border investment, special economic zones and free trade zones/port, regional economic integration(RTAs), multilateral trade regime and global economic governance, etc.

Jianduan Jiang

Director General
China Construction Fifth Engineering Division Corp. Ltd.
China State Construction and Engineering Corporation

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Jianduan Jiang

Director General
China Construction Fifth Engineering Division Corp. Ltd.
China State Construction and Engineering Corporation

Mr. Jianduan Jiang, born in 1969 in Fuzhou, Fujian Province, is a member of the CPC and a senior economist. He graduated from Xiamen University. He is now the General Director of China Construction Fifth Engineering Division Corporation Limited.
Resume:
2000.06-2005.06, Manager of the Second Branch of the Third Construction Company of China Construction Seventh Engineering Division Corporation Limited.
2005.06-2005.12, Deputy General Manager of the Third Construction Company of China Construction Seventh Engineering Division Corporation Limited.
2006.07-2009.04, General Manager of the Third Construction Company of China Construction Seventh Engineering Division Corporation Limited.
2009.04-2012.08, Deputy General Manager of China Construction Seventh Engineering Division Corporation Limited and General Manager of the Third Construction Company of China Construction Seventh Engineering Division Corporation Limited.
2012.08-2016.05, Deputy General Manager, Board of Director and General Manager of China Construction Seventh Engineering Division Corporation Limited.
2016.05-2018.04, Board of Director, Deputy General Manager, Chairman and General Manager of CSCEC Strait.
2018.04-2020.05, General Director of China Construction Seventh Engineering Division Corporation Limited.
2020.05 to now, General Director of China Construction Fifth Engineering Division Corporation Limited.

Pierre Heilbronn

Vice President of Policy and Partnerships
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

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Pierre Heilbronn

Vice President of Policy and Partnerships
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Pierre Heilbronn is a member of the EBRD Executive Committee leading on the Bank’s economic, policy and reform agenda, including its coordination within country strategies and with European member states and institutions, managing bilateral and multilateral donor partnerships and ensuring an inclusive engagement of the civil society.
Before joining the EBRD in November 2016, he was deputy chief of staff for France’s Minister of Economy and Finance. Before that, he served as the European advisor of the French Prime Minister and acting General Secretary for European Affairs. Earlier in his career, he assisted in the creation of the European External Action Service. As acting head of Cabinet of the European Commissioner for External Relations and Management of Development Aid, he worked on the Neighborhood policy and on the management of EU development aid at the programming cycle.
Pierre Heilbronn started his career in the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Department of European cooperation) and the Ministry of Finance.
He graduated from the Institut d’Etudes politiques de Paris and the Ecole nationale d’administration (ENA). He holds a Master of Economics from Cambridge University and a Master of European studies from the College of Europe of Bruges. He also studied in Yale University and Georgetown University.

Bofei Hu

Deputy GM of International Business Dept.
China Construction Bank

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Bofei Hu

Deputy GM of International Business Dept.
China Construction Bank

Ms. Hu Bofei, Deputy GM of International Business Dept. of China Construction Bank, Member of Cross Border RMB Committee under China Society for Finance and Banking. Ms. Hu undertakes responsibilities for international cooperation, matchmaking and cross border RMB business in the bank. First joined CCB in 1999, she had been working in Custody Services Dept. for 18 years, and has rich experience in the field of Chinese stock market infrastructure, mutual fund, and global custody services. She had served as a Member for International Business Committee of Asset Management Association of China, and actively participated in the schemes of opening up capital market to foreign institutional investors.
Ms. Hu received both Bachelor’s & Master’s Degree in International Finance from the Central University of Finance & Banking in China.

Jung Hoon Lee

Chairman
Smart City Committee
Seoul Metropolitan Government

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Jung Hoon Lee

Chairman
Smart City Committee
Seoul Metropolitan Government

Jung-hoon (John) LEE is currently Professor of Technology & Innovation management at the Graduate School of Information, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea. He is recognized as one of leading smart city experts around globe and has been involved in several leading smart city national initiatives and projects. He is currently serving as the chairman of Smart City Committee for the Seoul Metropolitan Government and the board of members of Seoul Digital Foundation, the think-tank institution for Smart City policy development. At national level, Prof. LEE is also serving as a member of National Smart City Committee and also chairman of Specialist Committee for Public Data & Usage in the National Open Data Strategy Council, Republic of Korea. He also worked as an external consultant for both for UN ESCAP & OECD and also training executive-level of civil servants around the globe including the World Bank, G20 and developing countries. In recent years, he was involving on smart city masterplan strategy, citizen engagement platform & living lab implementations for major metropolitan cities and published ‘Global Smart Cities Index Report’. Prof. LEE is currently taking a leading role of PMO for national smart city R&D project particularly involving index development, service design based on design thinking and crowdsourcing based citizen engagement and Smart Mobility (I-MoD) challenge project with Hyundai Motors for next three years with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure & Transport. He is taking several roles as frequent session chairs, speakers and panelist of international smart city conferences including Smart City World Congress & Expo and World Smart City Asian Summit. Prof. LEE received Ph.D. from the Cambridge University and also visiting scholar at Stanford Graduate School of Business and visiting academic fellow at Cambridge University, U.K.
Linkedin:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/lee-jung-hoon-b486a4109/?originalSubdomain=kr

Bruno Lanvin

President
Smart City Observatory

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Bruno Lanvin

President
Smart City Observatory

Dr Bruno Lanvin is the President of the Smart City Observatory. He is also Executive Director of INSEAD’s Global Indices, founder and CEO of D&L Partners, and co-founder and director of Portulans Institute. He has exercised senior responsibilities at the World Bank and in the United Nations.
Since 2002 he has been co-authoring the Global Information Technology Report (INSEAD-World Economic Forum); he is currently the co-editor of the Global Innovation Index Report (INSEAD-WIPO-Cornell University); he was the founder of a significant number of other key global indices and reports, including the Global Talent Competitiveness Report (GTCI), the Smart City Index (SCI) and the PICSA Index.
Dr Lanvin holds a BA in Mathematics and Physics from the University of Valenciennes (France), an MBA from Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) in Paris, and a PhD in Economics from the University of Paris I (La Sorbonne) in France. He is also an INSEAD alumnus (IDP-C). A frequent speaker at high-level meetings, he advises a number of global companies and governments around the world on technology, innovation, talent and AI matters, and has been a member of numerous boards, including those of IDA (Singapore), ICANN, GovTech (Singapore), the Mohammed Bin Rashid Center for Government Innovation (United Arab Emirates), IP-Watch, inter alia.

Danae Kyriakopoulou

Chief Economist and Director of Research
Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum

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Danae Kyriakopoulou

Chief Economist and Director of Research
Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum

Danae Kyriakopoulou is Chief Economist and Director of Research at the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF) based in London, and also serves as Chair of OMFIF’s Sustainable Policy Institute. Her research focuses on areas relevant to global public policy and investment institutions such as central banks, sovereign funds and public pension funds. These range from monetary policy and financial regulation to reserve management, investment policy and governance. She is a frequent speaker and contributor on these themes in international publications, conferences and the media. Previously, she was Managing Economist at the Centre for Economics and Business Research. She has also served as Economic Adviser to the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and has worked at the Bank of Greece. She holds a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics and an MSc in Economics for Development from Oxford University.

Mehmet Huseyin Bilgin

Vice President
Eurasia Business and Economics Society

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Mehmet Huseyin Bilgin

Vice President
Eurasia Business and Economics Society

Mehmet Huseyin Bilgin is a full professor of economics at Istanbul Medeniyet University (Turkey). He is the Founder and Vice-President of Eurasia Business and Economics Society (EBES); Chair of the Euro-Asia Forum in Politics, Economics and Business (EAFPEB); Founder and Chairman of the Board of the Istanbul Economic Research Association (IEAD); and Country Cluster of the Global Labor Organization (GLO). During his academic career, he has worked in many international institutions: A Visiting Professor and/or Scholar at the Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis (USA); Jacksonville University (USA); Zagreb University (Croatia); Nanyang Technological University (Singapore); and National Research University - Higher School of Economics (Russia).
He has taken active roles in many leading academic journals. Among others, he is the Subject Editor at the Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions & Money (SSCI); Associate Editor at the International Review of Economics & Finance (SSCI), Singapore Economic Review (SSCI), International Journal of Islamic and Middle Eastern Finance and Management (SSCI), and Eurasian Economic Review (Scopus); and member of the Editorial Review Board at the Small Business Economics (SSCI) and the International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal (SSCI); and member of the Editorial Board at the Investment Analysts journal (SSCI).
He has published in many reputable journals including Economic Letters; The World Economy; Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions & Money; Emerging Markets Review; International Review of Financial Analysis; Finance Research Letters; Applied Economics; Eurasian Business Review; and Singapore Economic Review. His research fields are macroeconomics, international economics, and international finance.

Leena Ilmola-Sheppard

Senior Scientist
International Institute For Applied Systems Analysis

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Leena Ilmola-Sheppard

Senior Scientist
International Institute For Applied Systems Analysis

Dr. Leena Ilmola-Sheppard has been working as a Senior Scientist in the International Institute For Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in the Advanced Systems Analysis Program, Laxenburg, Austria since 2009. She is responsible for development of the qualitative systems methods and decision-maker connections. Currently her main research interest is digitalization and its impact on the structures of the global economy; she is the IIASA PI of the six year PVN research project. She was nominated to a position of a special advising expert of the Finnish Prime Minister’s Office’s Toimi-project and she has been an expert for the Futures Committee of the Finnish Parliament.
Leena Ilmola-Sheppard is a Founding Member and a Scientific Coordinator of the Global X-Network. The GXN is an international network of researchers studying uncertainty since 2012. Dr. Ilmola-Sheppard has a business background; she is a co-founder and CEO, Fountain Park Inc., 2004-2009, a software company in San Jose California, Founder and CFO, Fountain Park Oy, 2000-2001, a software method development company in Helsinki Finland.

MODERATORS

 

Barnabás Virág

Deputy Governor
Magyar Nemzeti Bank

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Barnabás Virág

Deputy Governor
Magyar Nemzeti Bank

Deputy Governor of the Magyar Nemzeti Bank responsible for monetary policy and financial stability. From 2015 until his appointment as Deputy Governor he served as Executive Director of the MNB responsible for monetary policy and economic analysis. Between 2013 and 2015 he was Director of the MNB responsible for economic analysis. From 2003 he worked as an Analyst at the MNB. Prior to that he taught at the Budapest University of Economics and State Administration (today Budapest Corvinus University) and was an Analyst at the Ministry of Finance. In 2017 he was awarded the Popovics Prize. He completed his studies at the Budapest University of Economics and State Administration.

Mihály Patai

Deputy Governor
Magyar Nemzeti Bank

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Mihály Patai

Deputy Governor
Magyar Nemzeti Bank

Dr. Mihály Patai has been Deputy Governor of the Magyar Nemzeti Bank (The Central Bank of Hungary), and Member of the Monetary Council from 22 April 2019. Until April 2019 he was the President of the Hungarian Banking Association, and the Chairman&CEO of UniCredit Bank Hungary since 2006. From 1996 to 2006, he was Chairman&CEO of Allianz Hungaria Insurance. From 1993 to 1995, he served as Executive Director of Kereskedelmi Bank, and from 1988 to 1993, he worked as assistant to the Executive Director of World Bank.
He graduated from the Budapest University of Economics. He studied under scholarships in London, Vienna and Moscow.
He is the Chairman of the Budapest Stock Exchange, Chairman of the Board of Directors at GIRO Zrt. and Vice President of the Hungarian Economic Association.

Norbert Csizmadia

President of the Board of Trustees
Pallas Athéné Domus Meriti Foundation

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Norbert Csizmadia

President of the Board of Trustees
Pallas Athéné Domus Meriti Foundation

Norbert Csizmadia (PhD) is the President of the Board of Trustees at the Pallas Athéné Domus Meriti Foundation (PADME) and the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the John von Neumann University of Kecskemét. He is a geographer and expert in economic strategy, regional and urban development, and geopolitics. He is the author of the book, Geofusion – The Power of Geography and Mapping of the 21st Century and Editor-in Chief of HUG (Hungarian Geopolitics) magazine. He is a Member of the International Advisory Board of the “Belt and Road and Global Governance” in the Fudan Development Institute, Shanghai. He is the independent director of Bank of China Hungary.
He was the executive director of the Magyar Nemzeti Bank (Central Bank of Hungary) in charge of economic strategy and planning from 2013 to 2016. From 2012, Norbert Csizmadia was State Secretary for economic planning coordination in the Ministry for National Economy. From 2010, he was the head of the Strategic Think Tank and later the Deputy State Secretary for economic planning. He was Secretary of the Economic Consultation from the autumn of 2005. He was co-author and coordinator of the discussion paper “Vision Hungary 2025” and Chief coordinator of the development of the New Széchenyi Plan (2010-2020). From 2004, he was a member of the Team Europe expert committee established by the European Commission in the topic of regional policy. From 2000, he was the head of the Deputy State Secretariat for Regional Economic Development in the Ministry for National Economy.

TOP QUOTES FROM THE E-CONFERENCE

 

We are at the very beginning of a new historic chapter, the Age of Eurasia, and close down the Atlantic era.

György MATOLCSY
Governor, MNB

Our main goal is to support the emergence of the new age, and its main characteristic: long-term sustainability.

György MATOLCSY
Governor, MNB

COVID-19 showed real Eurasian solidarity, a new kind of solidarity between the East and the West

György MATOLCSY
Governor, MNB

At this critical juncture our nations can only find solutions through joint action rather than standing alone.

Xiaochuan ZHOU
Vice Chairman, Boao Forum for Asia; Former Governor of PBOC

In the post-COVID era the digital economy must be continued and developed even faster.

Xiaochuan ZHOU
Vice Chairman, Boao Forum for Asia; Former Governor of PBOC

We Hungarians look at the new era not only as a challenge, but a chance as well; a chance to become more competitive and be even stronger.

Péter SZIJJÁRTÓ
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Hungary

We are interested in a strong European Union, and we believe that strengthening the Eurasian coopeations would strenghten the EU itself.

Péter SZIJJÁRTÓ
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Hungary

The world must uphold and pursue an approach of common, comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable security.

Hongbo WU
Special Representative of the Chinese Government on European Affairs

We need to tackle development deficits with a new vision of innovation driven, coordinated, green, open and inclusive development.

Hongbo WU
Special Representative of the Chinese Government on European Affairs

What we need is better governance, greater openness and closer cooperation.

Hongbo WU
Special Representative of the Chinese Government on European Affairs

As two major forces, two big markets and two great civilizations, China and Europe have acted in the spirit of mutual support and solidarity and engaged in close cooperation.

Hongbo WU
Special Representative of the Chinese Government on European Affairs

Pandemic crisis will change trends in international relations, and cooperation among Asian and European countries is crucial.

Mehmet Huseyin BILGIN
Vice President, Eurasia Business and Economics Society

The potential of CEE region and Turkey is the bridge role and strategic position for global trade, global production, global energy security and also migration issue. If the countries have a close cooperation they have the chance to use the potential.

Mehmet Huseyin BILGIN
Vice President, Eurasia Business and Economics Society

This crisis is about resilience, is about challenges, but it is also about opportunities, and one huge opportunity that this crisis brings up is acceleration of digitalization.

Pierre HEILBRONN
Vice President of Policy and Partnerships, EBRD

The issue of cooperation is more relevant than before the crisis. (…) We (EBRD) believe that building routes that bring resilience in supply chains should come from both sides, from Asia to Europe, but also from Europe to Asia.

Pierre HEILBRONN
Vice President of Policy and Partnerships, EBRD

Greening of BRI and focus on green and energy strategy is really fundamental.

Pierre HEILBRONN
Vice President of Policy and Partnerships, EBRD

The future must be negotiated based on cooperation, mutual understanding, negotiated agreements must happen.

Mihály PATAI
Deputy Governor, MNB

The COVID-19 recession is likely to go beyond a simple economic recession and bring about massive changes in the overall economic and social structure.

Kyuil CHUNG
Deputy Governor, Bank of Korea

The visions of the Korean New Deal are to transform Korea from a fast follower to a first-mover, from a carbon-dependent economy to a low carbon economy, and from an unequal society to an inclusive society.

Kyuil CHUNG
Deputy Governor, Bank of Korea

By making bolder and more pre-emptive investment, Korea will pursue digitalization in society, economy, education, industry and medicine, in an effort to become the world's digital leader.

Kyuil CHUNG
Deputy Governor, Bank of Korea

Central banks need to respond more actively to the wider use of digital currencies in the private sector.

Kyuil CHUNG
Deputy Governor, Bank of Korea

The world economy has ended the period of super-globalisation.

Qi ZHANG
Director General, Department of Foreign Economic Relations, Development Research Center of the State Council of China

A more open and prosperous China that embraces cooperation and win-win concepts, is bound to create more business opportunities for Eurasia and countries around the world.

Qi ZHANG
Director General, Department of Foreign Economic Relations, Development Research Center of the State Council of China

The pandemic will not end globalisation, but reshape globalisation. Countries are paying more attention to security issues rather than efficiency in building up industrial chains.

Qi ZHANG
Director General, Department of Foreign Economic Relations, Development Research Center of the State Council of China

The complementary Asian and EU economies have the common pursuit and aspiration of open development and safeguarding the rule-based multilateralism.

Qi ZHANG
Director General, Department of Foreign Economic Relations, Development Research Center of the State Council of China

During COVID-19 and post-COVID, there is a shift from efficiency and productivity to resilience and sustainability.

Sopnendu MOHANTY
Chief FinTech Officer, Monetary Authority of Singapore

Retail CBDC allows you to leapfrog the expensive real-time gross settlement system for small countries who may be economically challenged to build expensive retail payment systems.

Sopnendu MOHANTY
Chief FinTech Officer, Monetary Authority of Singapore

A sustained post-pandemic recovery will require global action.

Danae KYRIAKOPOULOU
Chief Economist and Director of Research, OMFIF

I hold very positive views about globalisation, the only thing is how you do it. In this new era, (…) you have to change to new models, new platforms.

Bofei HU
Deputy General Manager of International Business Department, China Construction Bank

There are several turning points for a central bank to consider introducing CBDC.

Changchun MU
Director General, Institute of Digital Currency, People’s Bank of China

…while the global pandemic of COVID-19 is accelerating such changes, the trend towards a multi-polar world is becoming more and more obvious.

Jianduan JIANG
Director General, China Construction Fifth Engineering Division Corp. Ltd. China State Construction and Engineering Corporation

The above innovative practises convince us that the true wave of digitalization will be reflected in the emergence of smart cities.

Jianduan JIANG
Director General, China Construction Fifth Engineering Division Corp. Ltd. China State Construction and Engineering Corporation

We believe that such communication and cooperation can bring diversified, autonomous, balanced and sustainable development to each other.

Jianduan JIANG
Director General, China Construction Fifth Engineering Division Corp. Ltd. China State Construction and Engineering Corporation

… the Singapore Government realized that there is a need to quickly step up the various digital transformation initiatives, there's no returning to the pre-covid era and we have actually to move much faster.

Eng Chye TAN
President, National University of Singapore

… a native cloud architecture will facilitate a service 4.0 economy where technology would augment the workforce.

Eng Chye TAN
President, National University of Singapore

We should try to look for more commonalities rather than differentiation because a smart city needs to be connected to communicate and to connect.

Eng Chye TAN
President, National University of Singapore

I think the role of public value of smart city becoming even greater than before during this pandemic.

Jung Hoon LEE
Chairman of Smart City Committee, Seoul Metropolitan Government; Professor, Yonsei University

A smart city should be able to enable people live in the environment with the least exposure to infectious diseases.

Li JIN
Executive Vice President, Fudan University

Shanghai is no doubt one of the smartest cities in managing the COVID-19 and one of the key factors of this success is the local governments, businesses, communities successfully working together to utilize ICT technology to overcome this challenge.

Li JIN
Executive Vice President, Fudan University

I believe a smart city will lead to a healthy city and only a healthy city can keep the city economically dynamic and attractive to business.

Li JIN
Executive Vice President, Fudan University

The role of cities in the future will be significantly different from what we had in the pre-COVID era.

Bruno LANVIN
President, Smart City Observatory

Cities can play significant role in restoring trust and cooperation across national borders. Globalisation needs be redefined, it has to go beyond nation states.

Bruno LANVIN
President, Smart City Observatory

Talent will be at the core of what smart cities can be and do. It is today cities that have become the main magnets for talent, much more than countries.

Bruno LANVIN
President, Smart City Observatory

When we are using and utilizing technology for smart cities we are increasing interdependencies as well.

Leena ILMOLA-SHEPPARD
Senior Scientist, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

At the end of the day it is consumer behaviour that is defining our success in sustainable features.

Leena ILMOLA-SHEPPARD
Senior Scientist, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

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