Past Event

The Columbia China and the World Forum

August 7, 2021
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM



Time: 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (Beijing)

We would like to inform you that the 2021 Columbia China and the World Forum is moved to a fully online format.

The 2021 Columbia China and the World Forum is hosted by the Greater China Student Union at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), under the guidance of Columbia SIPA and Columbia Global Centers | Beijing.

This student-run, non-partisan annual forum is dedicated to exchanging constructive insights on key issues affecting the global community in the spirit of friendship and cooperation. First initiated in 2017, the Forum has featured more than 150 guest speakers with 2,000 attendees and more than 100 media partners. Last year, the online views exceeded 1,000,000.

This year, focusing on the international situation in the post-epidemic era, the Forum will include four expert panels, Economics and Finance, Technology, Energy and Environment, and Media, Communications, and Education, all of which are aimed to address our theme topic, "Embrace Uncertainty and Refine the Future: Empower New Growth Momentum in China and the World".

The diverse and inclusive backgrounds of participants will provide multi-dimensional communication and learning opportunities, which also offer unlimited possibilities for personal growth.



(Speakers in alphabetical order)

9:00 a.m. - 9:10 a.m. | Opening Remarks

  • Merit Janow, Dean of School of International and Public Affairs; Professor of Professional Practice in International Economic Law and International Affairs, Columbia SIPA; Faculty Advisory Committee member, Columbia Global Centers | Beijing

9:10 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. | Opening Ceremony Keynote Speeches
-- Embracing Change and Restarting Multidimensional Communication for Common Prosperity

  • Thomas Christensen, Professor of International and Public Affairs, Columbia SIPA; Director of the China and the World Program at Columbia University
  • Jeffrey Sachs, University Professor and Director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University
  • Zhe Sun, Visiting Senior Research Scholar of International and Public Affairs; Advisory Board Member of Columbia Global Centers | Beijing
  • Lan Xue, Dean of Schwarzman College, Tsinghua University; Advisory Board Member of Columbia Global Centers | Beijing
  • Lan Yang, Co-founder and Chairperson of the Sun Media Group and the Sun Culture Foundation; Advisory Board Member of Columbia Global Centers | Beijing; Columbia SIPA Alumna

10:00 a.m. - 10:20 a.m. | Keynote Speeches on Economics and Finance
-- Investment for Growth: Informationisation and the Risk of High Global Inflation

  • Feng Li, Founding Partner of FreesFund; Former partner of IDG

10:20 a.m. - 11:20 a.m. | Panel on Economics and Finance
-- Post-Epidemic Global Economic Recovery and Financial Stability

  • Yusheng Hao, Chief Representative of NASDAQ China; Co-President of Nankai University Alumni Association in Beijing;
  • Zhiqi Li, Vice Chairman of the Committee of Economy of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference; Vice-Chairman of the Beijing Federation of Industry and Commerce
  • Feng Li, Founding partner of FreesFund; Former partner of IDG
  • Yuanyuan Pan, Associate Fellow Institute of World Economics and Politics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
  • Shangjin Wei,  N.T. Wang Professor of Chinese Business and Economy and Professor of Finance and Economics at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and Graduate School of Business
  • Hongcai Xu, Deputy Director and Economic Policy Committee of China Association of Policy Science; Senior Research Fellow at Center for Sino-US Relations; Chief Economist of Financial Headlines (Caijing Toutiao)
  • Sitao Xu, Chief Economist and Partner of Deloitte China

11:20 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. | Panel on Science and Technology
-- Technology Iteration and Cross-Border Science and Technology Exchange in the New Policy Form

  • Yuanpu Huang, CEO of EqualOcean and President of the EqualOcean ThinkTank
  • Xinze Liu, Senior Partner of Beijing Poly Way Law Firm; Member of Expert Committee of China Council for the Promotion of International Trade
  • Bing Wu, Founder and CEO of Shimo Documents; Columbia Engineering Alumnus
  • Siqing Xu, Founding Partner and CEO of Alpha Startups
  • Changyin Zhou, Founder and CEO of Vistring Inc.; Columbia Engineering Alumnus

12:20 p.m. - 14:10 p.m. | Break

14:10 p.m. - 14:30 p.m. | The Opening Show of the Afternoon Session of the Forum

14:30 p.m. - 15:30 p.m. | Panel on Energy and Environment
-- Focusing on the Development and the Cooperation Opportunities in Carbon Neutrality and New Energy

  • Dong Guo, Adjunct Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs; Associate Director of the Research Program on Sustainability Policy and Management at Columbia University's Earth Institute
  • Xiheng Jiang, Vice-President of Center for International Knowledge on Development, Development Research Center of the State Council
  • David Sandalow, Inaugural Fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy, Co-Director of the Energy and Environment Concentration at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University
  • Jianjun Tu, Visiting Fellow at SIPA Center on Global Energy Policy; Senior Advisor at Agora Energiewende
  • Qinhua Xu, Vice President of National Academy of Development and Strategy, Professor of School of International Relations, Renmin University of China
  • Sheng Yan, Visiting Fellow of the Center for Global Energy Policy at SIPA, Columbia University; Columbia SIPA Alumnus

15:30 p.m. - 16:00 p.m. | Break

16:00 a.m. - 16:20 a.m. | Keynote Speeches on Culture, Education, and Media

  • Yanli Li, Executive Principal of Beijing Huijia Private School, Vice-President of CISA

16:20 p.m. - 17:20 p.m. | Panel on Culture, Education, and Media
-- Important and Urgent All-Round Education Under the New Social Conditions

  • Jihua Hu, Professor and Doctoral Advisor of Business School, China University of Political Science and Law
  • Yanli Li, Executive Principal of Beijing Huijia Private School, Vice-President of CISA
  • Boyu Ning, Founding Partner of Blue Elephant Capital; Stanford GSB Alumnus
  • Yue Zeng, Founder of Chengzhi Education; Columbia TC Alumna
  • Yingnan Zhu, Founder and CEO of WonderCV; Columbia College Alumnus