Yenching Global Symposium Confirmed Speakers

The Yenching Global Symposium (YGS) Executive Committee is working hard to make sure the most distinguished speakers attend the event to share their thoughts about China with our delegates. Many of them have already confirmed. They are a very diverse team with a wide range of interests. Would you like to learn more about them?

Wu Yiran (吴逸然) is the CEO of, a peer-to-peer lending website. Before starting the company, he worked for Merrill Lynch in London and Hong Kong before joining private equity fund TPG in Beijing. He was included in the Forbes’ 30 under 30 list in 2014, the greatest gathering of young game changers, movers and makers.

Hervé Machenaud has been the Chairman for Asia­-Pacific operations at Electricité de France (EDF) for over 10 years. EDF is the leading European company in the generation and distribution of electricity, especially nuclear. He is developing partnerships with major Chinese companies to boost China’s nuclear grid.

Professor Wang Jisi (王缉思) is the President of the Institute of International and Strategic Studies at Peking University and a former Global Scholar at Princeton University. For over seven years, he has been a member of the Foreign Policy Advisory Committee for the Foreign Ministry of China. He is also honorary President of the Chinese Association for American Studies.

Joerg Wuttke is the President of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China. In addition, he is the Vice-President and Chief Representative of BASF China, based in Beijing. Since 1997, Mr. Wattle has been responsible for guiding the company’s investment strategies for China, negotiations on large projects, and government relations.

Guo Li (郭雳) is a Professor in the Law Department of Peking University. His educational background includes a Doctoral degree in International Law at Peking University and an LL.M in International Finance at Harvard University. From 2003 to 2005, he was Postdoctoral Researcher at Guanghua School of Management of Peking University.

Cheng Lesong (程乐松) is a Professor of Philosophy at Peking University. He has received his Ph.D. from the Department of Cultural and Religious Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His research focuses on Daoism and theories of religious studies, including the history and thought of Daoism during the Wei-Jin and Nanbeichao periods, contemporary Daoist ritual, as well as Anthropological approaches to religious studies.

Professor Zhang Qingmin (张清敏) is the Chair of the Department of Diplo-macy at Peking University. He is the author of China’s Foreign Relations, U.S. Arms Sales Policy toward Taiwan: a Decision-Making Perspective, Contemporary China’s Diplomacy, and a founding editorial board member of Foreign Policy Analysis (in the U.S.). He has also been on the editorial board of The Hague Journal of Diplomatic Studies since 2012. His teaching experiences abroad include lectures at Tokyo University, Niigata University, University of Palermo and the London School of Economics and Politics.


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