Wednesday, October 14, 2015
6:00 p.m.

Social Welfare: Does It have a Place in China's Evolving Economy?

Featuring Zhigang Yuan
Professor, Fudan University, School of Economics
Former Dean, Fudan University, School of Economics

Moderated by Qin Gao
​​Professor, Graduate School of Social Service, Fordham University

Casa Italiana, Il Teatro  1161 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10027
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; lecture starts promptly at 6:00 p.m. Reception to follow.

China's government has made it clear that improving its social safety net is a priority. The aim is not to just reduce inequality and improve well-being but also to expand household consumption and improve social stability. Zhigang Yuan, a renowned macroeconomist on China, will offer insight on how those programs are designed to meet China's realities, how they dovetail with other aspects of the next stage of China's reforms, and what financial and other obstacles must be overcome.

Registraton is required. Please register here.


Wednesday, October 7, 2015
6:30 p.m.

The “New Normal” in China’s Economy and
Financial Industry

Featuring Weihua Ma
Chairman, National Fund for Technology Transfer and Commercialization
Former Executive Director, President and CEO, China Merchants Bank

Moderated by Wei Jiang
​​Arthur F. Burns Professor of Free and Competitive Enterprise
Director, Chazen Institute of International Business
Columbia Business School

Waldorf Astoria, Louis XVI Suite,  301 Park Ave, New York, NY 10022
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.; lecture starts promptly at 6:30 p.m. Reception to follow.

A turbulent stock market and slowing economic growth has China-watchers worried. But don't count it out yet. Dr. MA Weihua, former President and Chief Executive Officer of China Merchants Bank and currently Chairman of National Fund for Technology Transfer and Commercialization (NFTTC), will offer his singular perspective on China's future prospects. He’ll introduce financial innovations that have resulted from the “new normal” of China’s economy, and what financial innovations such as peer-to-peer lending mean for the country's shift toward a healthier and more sustainable economic growth.

During his tenure as President of China Merchants Bank, Ma steered the institution from near-insolvency to dominance in China’s banking sector, and from a small local bank in South China to one of the 50 biggest banks in the world. While other banks focused on commercial lending, Ma spearheaded consumer-focused products such as mobile cell-phone banking and a dual-currency credit card. In this special presentation, Mr. Ma will identify the key trends and nascent developments that will shape China's economy for the long term.

Registraton is required. Please register here.