Experts from the business community, international organizations, and research institutions will identify emerging patterns and trends; discuss issues and problems revolved around these topics; and, more importantly, use the experience gained to explore possible trade and development policy framework at national and international level to facilitate the insertion of small and medium firms from least and low-income developing countries into global value chains.

Mr. Yi Xiaozhun

Mr. YI Xiaozhun has been a Deputy Director-General at the World Trade Organization since October 2013. He oversees the Market Access, Intellectual Property, Economic Research and Development, and Trade in Services Divisions.

He has a vast amount of work experience in world trade and economics, both as a senior government official and as the Ambassador of China to the WTO.

He represented China as a key negotiator during the entire process of China's WTO accession, during which he was both an important witness and contributor.

During his career in the Chinese Mission in Geneva, Mr. Yi was elected Chairman of the Working Party of the Accession of the Lao PDR, and exerted his effective leadership in the Laos' obtainment of WTO membership.

Prior to his tenure as the Chinese WTO Ambassador, Mr. Yi was the Chinese Assistant Minister and, subsequently, Vice Minister of Commerce in charge of multilateral and regional trade negotiation and cooperation. He played a leading role in negotiating numerous Chinese Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) including the China-ASEAN accord, China's first FTA, and strengthened co-operation within APEC, ASEM, UNCTAD, the OECD, 10+3 (ASEAN + China, Japan, Korea), the East Asian Summit (EAS), and related high-level meetings. He also worked as a diplomat at the Chinese Embassy in the USA for more than four years from the late 1980s to the early 1990s.


Mr. Hubert Escaith

Hubert Escaith is World Trade Organization's Chief Statistician. He started his career as a researcher for the "Centre de Recherche Economique et Statistique" at Toulouse University (F), then joined the United Nations in 1982 as an economist. His first international posting was in Baghdad (Iraq) where he dealt with agricultural development and food security for the Middle East. He moved to Latin America and the Caribbean from 1988 to 2006 where he held various positions related to analytical and quantitative aspects of development economics, trade and regional integration in Mexico and in Chile. His last post with the UN was of Director of the Division of Statistics and Economic Modelling at ECLAC (Santiago, Chile). He is an Associate Researcher at the Development Economics and International Finance research branch of the "Groupement de Recherche en Economie Quantitative d’Aix-Marseille", Aix-Marseille University (F).

Hubert holds a Master in Economics from Aix-Marseille University (F), a Doctorate in Mathematics Applied to Economics from Toulouse University (F) and a Master Degree from ESSEC Business School (Paris-Cergy, F).

Mr. Ludovico Alcorta

Director of UNIDO’s Research, Statistics and Industrial Policy Branch (PRF/RSI)

Prior to joining UNIDO Dr. Alcorta served as a Professor in Economics of Technology and Innovation and Associate Dean for Research at the Maastricht School of Management, was a Research Fellow at the Institute for New Technologies, United Nations University and worked as an Economist for Latin America at the Economist Intelligence Unit and Midland Bank (part of the HSBC group). He has performed consultancy work for the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and for UN’s Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). Ludo is an Affiliated Professor at the Dusseldorf Business School, in Germany; Universidad Católicadel Peru in Lima; University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, China; and,the University of Maastricht, the Netherlands. Dr. Alcorta is currently amember of the Advisory Board, Technology and Management for Development Centre, University of Oxford, UK.

Ludo has published extensively in the areas of new technologies, innovation, industrialization and development, including in journals such as World Development, European Journal of Development Research, Research Policy, Oxford Development Papers, Industry and Innovation, Energy Efficiency, Structural Change and Economic Dynamics as well as in China’s Economic Research Journal. He has recently co-edited Pathways to Industrialization in the Twenty-First Century: New Challenges and Emerging Paradigms,Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2013.

Dr. Alcorta holds a Bachelor and Master in Economics from Universidad del Pacífico, Lima, as well as a Master of Philosophy in Development Studies and a PhD both from the University of Sussex, Brighton, UK.


Mr. Nobuya Haraguchi

Nobuya Haraguchi is Industrial Research Officer at the Research, Statistics and Industrial Policy branch of UNIDO in Vienna. He led a research team for the production of UNIDO Industrial Development Report 2013, Sustaining Employment Growth: The Role of Manufacturing and Structural Change. He has published widely on structural change, patterns of manufacturing and industrial policy and practice. Recently, jointly with Wim Naudé and Adam Szirmai he was editor of the book Structural Change and Industrial Development in the BRICS, published byOxford University Press in 2015. Before joining UNIDO, he taught macroeconomics at St. John’s University in the United States. He holds a PhD from the University of London.

Ms.Annalisa Primi

Dr. Annalisa Primi is Senior Economist at the OECD Development Centre (Paris, France) in charge of analysis and policy advice on innovation and industrial development. She is the Head  of the OECD Policy Dialogue Initiative on GVCs, Production Transformation and Development. She has been the lead-economist for the OECD (2013), Perspectives on Global Development 2013: Industrial policies in a Changing World.  She joined the OECD in 2009, and previously to the Development Centre, she worked as economist for the Directorate of Science, Technology and Industry and for the Directorate for Public Governance and Territorial Development. From 2003 to 2009 she was Associated Expert Economic Officer at the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (CEPAL), in Santiago, Chile. Her work focuses on the linkages between innovation, production development and intellectual property and the role of the state in shaping development trajectories. She has extensive experience in targeted policy support and technical assistance in emerging and developing economies on innovation and industrial policies. She has a record of official and academic publications (cfr. OECD (2013), Start-up Latin America: promoting innovation in the region; OECD (2012), Industrial Policies and Territorial Development: lessons from Korea; co-author of Intellectual Property and Industrial Development: a Critical Assessment, in Cimoli, Dosi, Stiglitz (eds.) 2009, Industrial Policy and Development, Oxford University Press). She holds a PhD in Economics from School of Business and Economics of the University of Maastricht, The Netherlands, a Master Degree International Cooperation and Economic Development from the University of Pavia (Italy) and a Degree cum laude in Economics of Institutions and Financial Markets at the University of Tor Vegata (Rome, Italy).

Ms. Soo Yeon Kim

Soo Yeon Kim is Associate Professor of Political Science at the National University of Singapore. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale University and B.A. in Political Science and International Studies from Yonsei University. Soo Yeon Kim’s main research area is trade politics. She is the author of Power and the Governance of Global Trade: From the GATT to the WTO (2010, Cornell University Press). Her current research focuses on production networks, multinational firms, and the politics of free trade agreements in Asia. Soo Yeon Kim’s recent publications include “Regionalization in Search of Regionalism: Production Networks and Deep Integration Commitments in Asia’s PTAs” (2015, in Andreas Dür and Manfred Elsig, eds. Trade Cooperation: The Purpose, Design and Effects of Preferential Trade Agreements, Cambridge University Press) and “Deep Integration and RTAs” (2015, in Lisa Martin, ed. The Oxford Handbook of the Politics of International Trade, Oxford University Press).  

Mr.Johnannes Bernabe

Johannes Bernabe is a Senior Fellow at the Geneva-based International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development, one of the world's leading knowledge brokers in the field of international trade. He likewise remains a practicing lawyer, until recently as a Senior Partner with the firm Ocampo Manalo Bernabe Valdez Lim. Prior to these, Mr Bernabe was a trade negotiator for the Philippines at the WTO (World Trade Organization) and was the Philippines' legal adviser on trade issues in Geneva. As such, he led the country in negotiations on, among others, the GATS (General Agreement on Trade in Services), TRIPS (Trade-Related Intellectual Property Rights) and the WTO Dispute Settlement Understanding. During his time in Geneva, Mr Bernabe was the coordinator and spokesperson for ASEAN on Services trade and TRIPs issues. He was likewise the Chairman of the WTO's Working Party on Domestic Regulation from 2003-2004. Over the last decade, Mr Bernabe has advised and worked with policy makers and stakeholders in more than a dozen countries and regional groupings in Asia, Africa and the Middle East on issues covering Services, Dispute Settlement, Non-Tariff Barriers, WTO negotiations and regional trade agreements. Mr Bernabe graduated cum laude with a degree in Economics and subsequently Law at the University of the Philippines. He took further studies in Law at the University of London and in Public International Trade Law at the International Development Law Institute in Sydney.

Mr. Gaurav Nayyar

Gaurav Nayyar is an Economist in the World Bank’s Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice. Previously, he was an Economics Affairs Officer in the Economic Research Division of the World Trade Organization, where he co-led the 2013 World Trade Report on the Factors Shaping World Trade in the Future. Gaurav holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Oxford, where he was a Dorothy Hodgkin Scholar. His other alma maters include the London School of Economics and Political Science, the University of Cambridge and St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi. Gaurav’s research interests lie primarily in the areas of economic growth, structural transformation, trade, industrialization and poverty reduction, and he has published in a variety of academic journals on these issues. He has also authored a book, entitled, ‘The Service Sector in India’s Development’, published by Cambridge University Press.

Ms. Deborah Elms

Ms. Deborah Elms is the Executive Director of the Asian Trade Centre in Singapore.  She is also a senior fellow in the Singapore Ministry of Trade and Industry’s Trade Academy. Previously, she was head of the Temasek Foundation Centre for Trade & Negotiations (TFCTN) and senior fellow of international political economy at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Her research interests are negotiations and decision making, and her current research involves the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) negotiations and global value chains. She has provided consulting on a range of trade issues to governments including the United Arab Emirates, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Taiwan, and Singapore. Dr. Elms received a PhD in political science from the University of Washington, a MA in international relations from the University of Southern California, and bachelor’s degrees from Boston University.

Ms. Mia Mikic

Ms. Mia Mikic is heading the Trade Policy and Analysis Section of the Trade and Investment Division in UN ESCAP. She also coordinates the Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade (ARTNeT), an open network of research and academic institutions and think-tanks in Asia-Pacific. Previously, she was Professor of International Economics at the University of Zagreb, and Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland. She is the author of International Trade (Macmillan, 1998), co-authored Trade Statistics in Policy-making (United Nations, 2009) and has contributed chapters to several edited volumes and reports and published a number of journal articles and other papers. Her current work focuses on the impacts of preferential and multilateral trade liberalization, services trade liberalization, non-tariff protection, Aid for Trade and evidence-based policy-making in trade. She has masters in International Business from the St. Mary’s College of California and a doctorate in Economics from the University of Zagreb.

Mr.Chen Deming

Chen Deming, Male, Han nationality, born in March 1949, Shanghai origin, began to work since April 1969, joined the CPC in September 1974, holds a bachelor degree of business management from International business school, master degree of economics, PhD of Management from Nanjing University. Mr. Chen was alternate member of the 17th CPC Central Committee, Minister of MOFCOM, Secretary of Party Leadership, Deputy Director of General Office of Department of Commerce of Jiangsu Province, Manager of SUSHI. Currently, Mr. Chen work as President of Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits.

Mr.Li Guanghui

Mr. Li Guanghui, Vice President of CAITEC-MOFCOM, Ph.D holder and Senior Fellow. Since the participation in commerce research from 1993, he has contributed to a number of decision-making seminars of central government, drafting of policy papers and formulating of plans and key subject researches on commerce. Comrade Li Guanghui used to be the presenter of the 19th assembly study by the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, lecturing about the acceleration on free trade zone construction. Comrade Li Guanghui published nearly one hundred papers on People’s Daily, Economic Daily, International Trade newspapers and magazines. And also participated in and conducted Feasibility Research Report on 10+1 Free Trade Zone, Feasibility Research of Sino-Vietnam Cooperation Area by UNDP, Commerce Development of the 11th Five-year Plan, China-Mongol Mid-and-Long-term Trading Development Strategic Research, China-Korea Mid-and-Long Term Trading Development Plan, Strategic Thinking Research on China’s Trading Relation During the 12th Five-year Plan, Decision Making for the Strategic Emerging Industry of Department of State, Opening-up and Developing Plan Along the Borders and more than 50 national and provincial subjects. He wrote Strategic Research on Integration for Northeastern Region, Strategy of China’s Free Trade Zone, Strategy and Practice of China’s Science & Technology Rejuvenate Trading etc. He used to receive over 20 awards such as Outstanding Youth of MOFCOM, the 1st Prize of Research Findings on Commerce.

Mr.Liu Shiguo

Liu Shiguo is a Senior Fellow of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), Director of Editorial Department, Yearbook of World Economics. He began to work at the Institute of World Economics and Politics (IWEP) with the CASS at June 1998. Liu Shiguo received his BA (1995), MA (1998) and Ph.D in economics (2009) from School of Statistics of Renmin University of China. He was a visiting scholar at UC Berkley during 2004-2005. He majors in Economic Impact of GVC AND its policy implications, impact of FDI on income inequality in host economies, macro-econometric modeling, Balance of payment and monetary &financial statistics as well as application of financial flow-of-funds accounts.

Mr.Zhang Chunhua

Mr. Zhang Chunhuang, Male, born July 1972, native of Heyuan, Guangdong, non-party member, has the MBA degree of Renmin University of China. His first job backed to 1994, and now he is the Chairman of Shenzhen China Brilliant Supply Chain Service Co., Ltd., Director of Shenzhen Logistics and Supply Chain Management Association, and President of Shenzhen Qianhai Supply Chain Service Industry Association.

Mr.Zhou Guohui

Mr. Zhou Guohui, Male, has the MBA degree of the University of Wales, Vice President of Shenzhen Logistics and Supply Chain Management Association, Vice President of Shenzhen Enterprise Confederation and Shenzhen Entrepreneur Association, Executive Vice President of SGCC, the founder of Eternal Asia Supply Chain Management Ltd., the 1st listed supply chain company in China, and his current tile is the Chairman and General Manager of Eternal Asia as well as an expert practitioner in supply chain management.

Ms.Xu Ping

Ms. Xu Ping is the General Manager of Henan Bonded Logistics Center, the President of Austria (Asia) Logistics Group and Hong Kong Future Bright Group, the President of Henan Supply Chain Management Association and Vice President of Hungary Henan Chamber of Commerce. 1994-1995 dispatched to Hungary on the behalf of Henan Foreign Trade Co.,; 1995-1998 started up her own business in Europe; 1998-2008 set up large scale logistics companies in Austria, France and Germany; 2005-2006 came back to China to incorporate Henan Aikeer Industrial Development Co., Ltd; 2008 until present, purchased Hong Kong Gao Peng Group and becomes the General Manager of Henan Bonded Logistics Center as a big share holder, in the same year, set up Mainland-Taiwan International Logistics Industrial Development Co., Ltd. The Henan Bonded Logistics Center has implemented the operation of supply chain management actively promoted by Party Central Committee, Henan Provincial Party Committee and Henan Provincial Government, and fostered the trade platform for the cross-border e-commerce, striven to develop cross-border trade businesses and achieved admirable and glorious results.

Mr.Zhang Jiamin

Mr. Ka Mun Cheung is the Managing Director of Li&Fung Ltd and L&Fung Research Center of Fung’s Group, in charge of group research and mainland China business development etc. Mr. Cheung’s research fields cover supply chain management, mainland China and Asian trading economy and regional development strategies.

Fung’s Group (previously as Li&Fung Group) is a Hong Kong based multinational firm, its affiliated companies run 4 core businesses on trading, logistics, distributions and retail. Fung’s businesses spread around 40 economy bodies in the world. The turnover in 2014 surpassed USD22.6 billion and 45000 employees. Harvard University, Stanford University and Wharton Business School all conducted case researches on the affiliated Li&Fung Trading’s supply chain management, network operation and value chain business modal.

Mr.Lin Zhiying

Gordon LAM is currently a Committee member of Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference 11th Zhongshan Committee, Member of China State Council’s Chinese Association of HK & Macau Studies. He was a Part-time Member of the Central Policy Unit of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China. He is a Member of Hong Kong Young Elites Association and Chinese Academy of Governance Hong Kong Industrial & Commercial Professional Alumni Association.

He is currently an Adjunct Professor at the China Renmin University Business School, Adjunct Professor of Zhejiang University Management School, Adjunct Professor of Beijing Capital University of Economics and Business College of Business Administration, Distinguished Fellow at the China Business Models Research Institute of the School of Economics and Management at Tsinghua University, Distinguished Fellow, Centre for Information Economy & Policy at Sun Yat-Sen University, Distinguished Fellow at the Modern Distribution Research Centre of Jinan University, Guangdong, China, and a Part-time Research Fellow at the Research Institute of Circulation Economy of Guangdong University of Finance and Economics. He is also Deputy Secretary-General of the Asia Council of Supply Chain, Vice Chairman of China Commerce & Economy Society, Vice Chairman of Guangdong Society of Commercial Economy, Deputy Secretary-General of the Society of Guangdong Logistics & Supply Chain, Vice-Director of the Expert Committee of Guangdong Provincial Association of Grain Sector, etc.

He has authored a number of books in China covering global trade, supply chain management and Pearl River Delta economies. He has been advisor and consultant to a number of Chinese regional governments on global trade and supply chain management since 2010.

Mr.Zhu Xianfu

Mr. Zhu Xianfu, Male, Han Nationality, CCP Member, born in 1963, university graduate and senior economist, current title is the Chairman and Secretary of Party Committee of Henan Topin Group, the 11th Congressman of Henan Province, the Committee Member of Planning and Fiscal Budget Audit Committee, and the 12th Congressman of Henan Province. Comrade Zhu is also the Executive Member of ACFIC, Vice President of China Meat Association and subsequently granted the title of the Leader of National Rural Young Enrichment and honorary title of Meritorious Entrepreneur in China Meat Industry.

Henan Topin Group was founded in 1993, headquartered in Xu Chang, Henan. The Xianyi Holdings are composed of Henan Topin Group, Henan Xianyi Supply Chain and Henan Xianyi Cyber Technology, targeting the industrial internet O2O fresh and perishable supply chain provider and committed to build an intellectual fresh and perishable supply chain ecosystem. The food industrial chain of the Topin Group range from husbandry, food process manufacturing and food service. Xianyi Supply Chain runs a flow supply chain which covers cold chain professional service and temp-controlled supply chain value-added services; Xianyi Cyber Technology operates a B2B fresh and perishable e-commerce platform which is the largest vertical such platform in China. And the company has achieved a number of 1st place among the trial enterprises on the convergence of internet and industry.

Mr.Liu Yuefu

Mr. Liu Yuefu, the Preisident of Beijing Dongfang Guoxing Architecture Design Institute, the CPPCC member of Xicheng District, Beijing. Since he resigned from the public servant position in 2001, he created his own business and manage it by holding a principal of well-being oriented, outstanding performance and harmonious coexistence. And through the recent 2 decades of enterprise rapid development, the company has accumulated over 1000 project design and consultations, and the products spread around more than ten provinces and autonomous regions and become the most active and influential design institute. In 2013, the U.S. Branch company was incorporated in the State of Washington, U.S. and built an international high-end design team composed of the meritorious designers from the U.S., Italy and Australia etc. And the company has been in charge of the design projects in the fields such as hotels, offices, commercials, houses and cultural&education etc.

By importing and exporting the architectural talents of China and abroad, and networking between the home institute and the U.S. Branch, a lucrative revenue has been obtained from global value chains and so as to a better economic and social benefits. In 2014, Mr. Liu was invited to participate in APEC Global Value Chains Public and Private Dialogue Conference, and well recognized by stakeholders.

Mr.Hou Kepeng

Mr. HOU Kepeng, Shenzhen Furniture Association

Mr. HOU Kepeng, male, born in 1964, Chinese North-easterner, is currently vice chairman & secretary general of  Shenzhen Furniture Association, president of Shenzhen Furniture Design Institute, chief editor of “Shenzhen Furniture”, visiting processor of Nanjing Forestry University, and etc. Mr. Hou is qualified national registered safety engineer and safety evaluation engineer. His research area is hazardous geology.

Mr.Huang Jingkai

Mr. HUANG Jingkai, completed certificate courses of MBA in Tsinghua University, holds  dual bachelor degree, Legal professional,  board membership, and senior sommelier qualification. He owns theoretical and practical experience in logistics value chain, creation of factor markets, and etc.

Mr. Huang used to work as chairman assistant, director of strategic development center of Tempus Group, and chairman of Tempus Wines. He is currently member of the 6th Standing Committee of the National People' s Congress in Futian District of Shenzhen, board member of Tempus Group, president of Shenzhen Tempus Logistics Co., Ltd., executive director of China National Association for Liquor and Spirits Circulation, vice-chairman of Guangdong provincial alcohol industry association.

Mr.Pan Nongfei

Andy Pan, partner and ecosystem Vice President of DJI Innovations, is responsible for communication with oversea partners, construction and expansion of camera drones’ ecosystem. Prior to joining DJI, Mr. Pan served as director of Wechat hardware platform, international sales regional director, product director in internet or software companies.

Mr.Zhao Shukai

Mr. ZHAO Shukai, President of Shenzhen Huaxunfangzhou Technology Co., Ltd., served as deputy director of China Guanghua Foundation and general manager of  Beijing Jinghongjiaxin Investment Co., Ltd. Mr. Zhao is currently a China Youth Business tutor, deputy secretary general of China Foundation for Development of Financial Education and researcher of Securities Market Policy Research Institution of Peking University, holding abundant experience in enterprise operation and management, venture capital, non-profit foundation management, capital operation areas.

Mr.Chen Haiquan

Mr. Chen Haiquan is the Ph.d holder of Chuo University, professor of Jinan University, Ph.d mentor and also the President of Asia-Pacific E-commerce Research Academy and Guangdong Modern Logistics Academy, and Vice President and Secretary-General of Guangdong Logistics and Supply Chain Society, Deputy Secretary-General of China Marketing Society. He is also the scholar of Alibaba Living Water Program, member of think-tank, Non-Executive Director of Hengteng Cyber Group, the Independent Director of Guangzhou Friendship Group, Guangzhou Jiacheng International Logistics and Guangdong Wellfull Group. And also the industrial consultant or decision making expert to local governments such as Huangpu District and Liwan District of Guangzho, Shunde District of Foshan and Guzhen of Zhongshan etc.

Ms.Zheng Yanling

Ms. ZHENG Yanling Associate Professor

1982-1992 taught in Harbin University .

1992-2003 Section Chief and Division Chief in Heilongjiang Provincial Department of Transportation

2000-2002 Recommended by Ministry of Transport of the PRC to take a full scholarship exam organized by Carl Duisberg Centren(CDC) of German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Mrs. ZHENG took advanced courses of Modern Logistics in Germany and was in charge of the project team.

2003-present Serve as Secretary General of Shenzhen Logistics and Supply Chain Management Association. She is also the member of the Committee of Global Value Chain Experts of MOFCOM, the Committee of Experts of Shenzhen, the Review Committee of Shenzhen Mayor Quality Award, and the Advisory Committee of Logistics Consultancy of Shenzhen Municipal People’s Government, consultant and independent director  of many enterprises.

Since joining in Shenzhen Logistics and Supply Chain Management Association, Ms. ZHENG leads the secretariat staffs to concentrate on Industrial research and service to promote industry transformation and upgrading. Abundant advices and industry development reports related to  industry development policy, business model innovation, industry current situation and development trend are provided and win a good reputation in the industry. Hundreds of projects delegated by national ministries and commissions, regional governments and industry enterprises are undertaken to contribute to development and upgrading of logistics and supply chain service industry of Shenzhen and even China. She has published Shenzhen Supply Chain Management Industry Development Report, Economy & Management Press, and Driving Value with Supply Chain Management, China Renmin University Press(Mandarin) and Cengage Learning(English).