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Thu, April, 30 8:30 pm

COVID-19’s Impact on the Chinese Economy and Lessons for Europe

Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business


We are pleased to invite everyone to this fascinating talk hosted by the prestigious Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB), organized in partnership with Asia House, on Thursday, 30th April 2020, at 8:30 PM – 10:15 PM (Beijing Time).

This online webinar will reflect on the BCI’s findings for the month of April and assess the impact of COVID-19 on Chinese businesses and the economy. CKGSB Associate Dean and Professor of Economics Li Wei will present on the BCI’s findings and shed light on the economic fallout of COVID-19 in China.

Following the presentation, this webinar will convene other leading experts on the Chinese economy and Chinese enterprise to join Professor Li in the discussion. Alongside examining how the pandemic will affect China’s economic growth, the panel of experts will also discuss the impact it will have on its relationship with Europe.

The speakers are CKGSB Professor of Economics and Associate Dean of MBA Program Prof. Li Wei, NATIXIS Chief Economist Alicia Garcia-Herrero, and CKGSB Alumni and Caixin Global Managing Director Li Xin.

Event Details

  • Topic: COVID-19’s Impact on the Chinese Economy and Lessons for Europe
  • Host: Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business
  • Partner Organisation: Asia House
  • Date: Thursday, 30th April 2020
  • Time: 8:30 PM – 10:15 PM (Beijing Time) | 8:30 AM – 10:15 AM (US EDT) | 1:30 PM – 3:15 PM (BST)
  • Language: English
  • Platform: Zoom (Link will be sent through email before the event)


Register here. We will confirm your registration by email, and send you the webinar login details.

About the Talk

The impact of COVID-19 has sent shockwaves across the global economy, with stock markets dropping to levels not seen since the 2008 financial crisis. The first hit by the ongoing pandemic was China, which now appears on track to stage the first recovery among leading economies. Many are now looking to China not only to understand the impact of the virus and plot a path to recovery but also to see if the world’s second-largest economy will take a leadership role in the global revival to come.

Widely followed as a key indicator of Chinese executives’ sentiment on China’s macroeconomic environment, the Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business’ (CKGSB) Business Conditions Index (BCI) provides an index of business conditions and economic trends throughout China. Against the backdrop of the dual health and economic COVID-19 crisis, the BCI – which has been running monthly since September 2011 – has fallen to an all-time low.

The Agenda

8:30 PM – Introductory Remarks:

Asia House Chief Executive and Moderator Michael Lawrence

8:35 PM – Presentation:

China’s Economic Outlook amidst the COVID-19 Outbreak

Li Wei, Professor of Economics, Associate Dean of MBA Program, Director of the Case Center, CKGSB

9:05 PM – Panel Discussion

  • Li Wei, Professor of Economics, Associate Dean of MBA Program, Director of the Case Center, CKGSB
  • Alicia Garcia Herrero, Chief Economist, NATIXIS
  • Li Xin, Managing Director, Caixin Global
  • Michael Lawrence, Chief Executive of Asia House (Moderator)

10:00 PM – Q&A with participants

10:15 PM – End

About the Speakers

Prof. Li Wei

Professor of Economics
Associate Dean of CKGSB MBA Program,
Director of CKGSB Case Center
Director of CKGSB China Economy and Sustainable Development Center
Ph.D., University of Michigan

Dr. Li Wei is Professor of Economics, Associate Dean of English MBA, Director of the Case Center, and Director of the China Economy and Sustainable Development Center at CKGSB. He formerly served as a professor at the Darden Graduate School of Business, University of Virginia.

Previously, he was a research associate at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Studies and taught at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.

His areas of expertise include Financial Markets, Macroeconomics, and Market Competition.

Alicia Garcia-Herrero

Chief Economist, NATIXIS

Alicia García Herrero is a Senior Fellow at European think-tank BRUEGEL. She is also the Chief Economist for Asia Pacific at Natixis and a non-resident Research Fellow at Madrid-based political think tank Real Instituto Elcano. She is currently an Adjunct Professor at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and a member of the advisory board of Berlin-based China think-tank MERICS. Finally, Alicia is an advisor to the Hong Kong Monetary Authority’s research arm (HKIMR) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) as well as a member of the board of the Hong Kong Forum and co-founder of Bright Hong Kong.

In previous years, Alicia held the following positions: Chief Economist for Emerging Markets at Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA), Member of the Asian Research Program at the Bank of International Settlements (BIS), Head of the International Economy Division of the Bank of Spain, Member of the Counsel to the Executive Board of the European Central Bank, Head of Emerging Economies at the Research Department at Banco Santander, and Economist at the International Monetary Fund. In addition, Alicia has always combined her professional career with academia, having served as a visiting Professor for John Hopkins University, China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) in Shanghai, and Carlos III University in Madrid.

Alicia holds a Ph.D. in Economics from George Washington University and has published extensively in refereed journals and books. Alicia is also very active in international media (Bloomberg and CNBC among others) as well as social media (Twitter, LinkedIn, and Weibo). As recognition of her leadership thoughts, Alicia has recently been nominated TOP Voices in Economy and Finance by LinkedIn.

Li Xin

Vice President, Caixin Media
Managing Director, Caixin Global

Li Xin is Vice President of Caixin Media and Managing Director of Caixin Global, leading the company’s global news and intelligence services, as well as Caixin’s international branding and global events. Before Caixin, she was the Managing Editor of the Chinese Wall Street Journal and Chinese Dow Jones newswire.
This is her second stint at Caixin, where she was formerly the Managing Editor of Caixin: China Economics & Finance, an English-language magazine, and Caixin Online at Caixin Media.

In 2006, she founded Caijing Magazine’s first bureau in the United States, as a correspondent of politics and economics. Li was a documentary producer at China Central Television between 2001 and 2004. Li holds a bachelor’s degree from Tsinghua University, a master’s degree in the journalism school of the University of Missouri-Columbia, and an Executive MBA degree from Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business. She is an Aspen China Fellow and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network, as well as a member of the International Media Council at the World Economic Forum. She is the co-chair of China Council for World Economic Forum Future Councils.

Li is an avid public speaker, moderated panels at international conferences such as the World Economic Forum, DLD and Caixin Summit, on topics of China’s economy and finance, tech, environment and women leadership, and spoke on journalism, China’s economy and overseas investment at conferences at Oxford University and Global Editor’s Network.

About Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB)

Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB) is China’s first independent, faculty-governed and non-profit business school. Founded in 2002 with support from the Li Ka Shing Foundation, CKGSB’s mission is to cultivate business leaders with a global vision, a humanistic spirit, a strong sense of social responsibility and an innovative mindset.

CKGSB has a campus in Beijing, teaching sites in Shanghai and Shenzhen, and representative offices in Hong Kong, London, and New York. The school offers innovative MBA, Finance MBA, Executive MBA, Business Scholars Program (DBA) and Executive Education programs.

You can learn more about CKGSB here.


This accelerated English language 14-month MBA program helps young professionals transform into global business leaders with a strong understanding of China and other emerging economies.

Participants will tap into unique mentoring opportunities that will connect them to the Who’s Who of business in China as they learn from some of the best academics in one of the most dynamic markets in the world.

The CKGSB MBA Program is known as “The Entrepreneur’s MBA“, and gives students access to a wide community of highly successful founders in China. You can learn more about the CKGSB Chuang (Founders) community here.

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