China Focus 2020

Public Affairs, FinTech, Diplomacy, 5G, Branding, Crisis and more

The Global Communication Summit 2020 includes a special focus on China: the world’s most fascinating market presents special challenges and opportunities for corporate communications professionals, and our programme this year includes expert first-hand insights into communications and business in China, from both a Chinese and Western perspective.

Speakers

Joy Tan

Joy Tan

Senior Vice President of Public Affairs
Huawei Technologies
Joy Tan, a highly respected global communications executive at one of the world's most valuable brands, is responsible for setting the public relations, corporate social responsibility, brand reputation and government relations agenda for Huawei Technologies USA. Widely recognized for her efforts that helped Huawei become one of the most powerful global players in technology, overtaking Sweden's Ericsson and Apple in the U.S. as the world's second largest telecoms-equipment and mobile device maker. With effective management and an excellent performance across all financial indicators, Huawei's business has remained robust in 2019.

In 2017, Tan received the SABRE Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement at the Holmes Report's annual Asia-Pacific awards ceremony and she has remained on the Holmes Report Influence 100 list consecutively for the past five years. Before joining Huawei, Tan worked at Verizon, where she was responsible for consumer strategy and digital marketing, and at TXU Energy, where she led customer acquisition efforts in the newly deregulated energy markets.
Peko Wan

Peko Wan

Chief Ecosystem Officer
Pundi X
Peko Wan is the Chief Ecosystem Officer for Pundi X, a leading blockchain-based smart device and solution company. Peko is responsible for growing and strengthening the decentralized ecosystem. She facilitates strategic partnerships as well as drives initiatives to deploy Pundi X solutions globally. She has over 15 year experience in the IT industry. Prior to Pundi X, Peko was the Head of Communications, Asia for Opera Software and she led the global PR activities for Opera Max, a leading data management and saving app for Android users.
Cynthia Chan

Cynthia Chan

Head of Corporate Communications, Greater China
Covestro
Cynthia Chan is Head of Corporate Communications, Greater China for Covestro, a world-leading supplier of high-tech polymer materials. With solid professional experience and proven business acumen, she aspires to drive communications to the next level and drive a unique culture for the company which became independently in Frankfurt in 2015. Chan has worked with APAC based multinationals across a variety of sectors, including finance, technology and retail during her tenure at award-winning global PR agencies prior to Covestro.
Dr. Constantin Birnstiel

Dr. Constantin Birnstiel

Global Head of Group Communications,
Merck
As a professional communicator, Constantin Birnstiel started his career in the mid 90s at global engineering giant Siemens. After holding several managerial positions in communications and investor relations, his last position was Global Head of Media Relations. In 2011 Constantin left Siemens to support the spin-off of the lighting manufacturer OSRAM. In his role, he accompanied the successful transaction and market implementation of the new stand-alone company as the Global Head of Communications, Governmental Affairs and Investor Relations. In 2015 Constantin was asked by the German giant utility E.ON to accompany the separation of its conventional energy generation and trading business into a new company, Uniper, which – in his role as Global Head of Corporate Communications and Investor Relations – he helped to successfully publicly list it in 2016.
Mid of 2017, Constantin joined DAX-listed Merck KGaA, a leading science and technology company, as Global Head of Group Communications.
Kerstin Lohse-Friedrich

Kerstin Lohse-Friedrich

Director of Communications
Mercator Institute for China Studies
Kerstin Lohse-Friedrich is responsible for external and internal communications at the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS). Prior to taking on this position, she worked at German television studio ARD-Hauptstadtstudio, reporting on economic, financial and foreign policy. From 2000 to 2005, she was the founding bureau chief of the ARD studio in Shanghai. She also worked on the editorial team of the radio program SWR2, where she was a senior editor and radio presenter. She studied Sinology and Political Science in Heidelberg, Beijing and Leiden (the Netherlands) and holds a master’s degree in Political Science and China Studies/Sinology from Heidelberg University and a MBA in Communication and Leadership from Quadriga University, Berlin.
Jia Song

Jia Song

Principal
West meets East Business Consulting
Jia Song is Principal of West meets East Business Consulting, a consultancy firm providing western companies with market entry services to China. Jia is also the founder and president of the German-Chinese High-Tech Alliance e.V., a non-profit organization with the objectives to improve the exchange, mutual understanding and cooperation between scientists, entrepreneurs, startups and corporates, mainly in the fields of machine learning, green tech, life sciences, smart manufacturing, fintech and e-mobility. Prior to this, she worked as a consultant in transaction advisory at EY. Jia also gained professional experiences in trade and investment between China and Germany.
Noah Barkin

Noah Barkin

Visiting Academic Fellow
MERICS
Noah Barkin is a Berlin-based journalist who specialises in Europe's relationship with China. His work has appeared on Reuters, where he worked as a bureau chief, regional news editor and roving Europe correspondent, as well as in The New York Times, The Atlantic and Foreign Policy, among other publications. Over the past year, he has been focused on the impact of the US-China competition on transatlantic relations, delving into the 5G debate and emerging technology questions, as a visiting fellow at the Mercator Institute for China Studies in Berlin and the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies in Washington. He is the author of a book on the euro. A native Californian, Noah has a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and French from UC Berkeley and a Master's in International Affairs from Columbia University.
Dr. Yu Jie

Dr. Yu Jie

Senior Research Fellow on China, Chatham House / Head of China Foresight and Research Fellow
London School of Economics and Political Science
Dr Yu Jie is Senior Research Fellow on China at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, focusing on the decision-making process of Chinese foreign policy as well as China’s economic diplomacy. She speaks and writes frequently at major media outlets such as BBC, Financial Times, and regularly briefs senior policy practitioners from the EU institutions,the G7 member governments and advised the Silk Road Fund in Beijing, as well as FTSE-100 major corporates. Yu Jie has testified at the UK House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee and International Trade Committee; was head of China Foresight at LSE IDEAS and taught “Politics, Philosophy and Economics” at LSE. Prior to LSE, she was a management consultant, specializing in Chinese state-owned enterprises investments in Europe and Chinese market entry strategies for European conglomerates at the London Office of Roland Berger Strategy Consultants. Dr Yu has been recognized as a 'Leading Woman' of the London School of Economics for her contribution in teaching and engaging the debates on China’s foreign affairs.