Day 1 London : Monday, 10th June 2019
Opening ceremony

Keynote speakers:

  • H.E Liu Xiaoming, People’s Republic of China Ambassador to the United Kingdom of the Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • Graham Stuart MP, Minister for Investment, Department of International Trade
  • Long Yongtu, Former Chinese Vice Minister of Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation; Co-Chairman of the Sino-International Entrepreneurs Federation
  • Lord Edward Garnier QC, Former Solicitor General for England and Wales; Advisory Council Member of the Sino-International Entrepreneurs Federation

Plenary session

Theme one: How can Chinese and European companies partner to better navigate recent global events?

What underlying implications does Brexit, China-US trade tensions and the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement have on trade and investment between China and Europe? What effects has China’s opening up policies had on China-Europe business in the first decade of the new century? And what new changes can be expected in 2020? For Chinese companies with a global vision and foreign companies seeking to engage with China more, how can they best utilise such global forces and China’s foreign policies? As well as shelter from the risks?


  • Tony Dong, Executive Director and China Coordinator, Sino-International Entrepreneurs Federation


  • Long Yongtu, Former Chinese Vice Minister of Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation; Co-Chairman of the Sino-International Entrepreneurs Federation
  • Annette Nijs, Chair of the Executive Board of Business School Netherlands; Former Cabinet Minister of Ministry Education, Culture and Science, Netherlands; Advisory Council Member of the Sino-International Entrepreneurs Federation
  • Stephen Perry, Chairman of the 48 Group Club
  • Wei Ran, Chief Executive Officer of China Structural Reform Fund Corporation
Networking break
Plenary session

Theme two: How can financial institutions from China and Europe work together to better support multilateral trade and investment? 

From a banking and finance perspective, what are the main difficulties that Chinese companies are facing when doing business in Europe? And vice versa? In what ways can Chinese and European financial institutions work together to make it easier for their client companies to conduct international business? What innovative financial services will be released in 2020?


  • Lord Neil Davidson QC, Former Advocate General for Scotland; Advisory Council Member of the Sino-International Entrepreneurs Federation


  • Sir Gerry Grimstone, Former Chairman of Barclays Bank; Former Chairman of Standard Life Aberdeen; Advisory Council Member of the Sino-International Entrepreneurs Federation
  • Ren Zeping, Chief Economist of Evergrande
  • He Longcan, Secretary-General for China Association for Public Companies
  • Douglas Hansen-Luke, Executive Chairman, Future Planet Capital
  • Cai Dajian, Founder and Chairman of GTJA Investment Group
Networking lunch
SIEF announcements and signing ceremony


  • Jack Huo, Executive Director and Chief Representative in Australia, Sino-International Entrepreneurs Federation
Keynote speech

Keynote Speakers:

  • Rt Hon Gordon Brown, Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom; United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education
  • Ai Luming, Founder and Chairman of Wuhan Dangdai Technology Industry Group; Governing Council Member of the Sino-International Entrepreneurs Federation
Plenary session

How can financial institutions from China and Europe work together to better support multilateral trade and investment?

What has each Mayor’s respective cities done to support foreign investment and help local businesses expand internationally? How has technological advancements – such as big data, internet of things and cloud computing – affected companies entering into a foreign market? What new initiatives can be expected from each of the cities in 2020?

Q&A from business leaders.


  • Zoe Zhang, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of Sino-International Entrepreneurs Federation


  • Sun Bin, Vice-mayor of Jinan Municipal Government; Member of Party Leadership Group of Jinan Municipal Government
  • Sun Qijun, Standing Committee of Baoding Municipal Committee; Deputy Mayor of Municipal Government; Member of Party Committee of Municipal Government
  • Ma Weigang, State-Owned Assets Supervision & Administration Commission of Qingdao Municipal Government Director 
  • Representative from Bristol
  • Paul Dennett, Executive City Mayor of City of Salford
Networking break
Plenary session

Transition and development

China is transforming from a low-cost labour provider to a leader in smart manufacturing. This trend is accelerated by ‘Made in China 2025’. What does this mean for Chinese manufactures? How will it affect manufacturers in Europe? Moreover, how can companies from the two regions work together to create synergy and win-win partnerships?

China is also going through another major transformation - strengthening its protection for the environment. Due to this, some traditional manufactures in China are overhauling their businesses. They seek to utilise their existing capabilities for new and more sustainable ventures. Under this context, what collaborative opportunities exist for Chinese and European companies?

Keynote Speakers:

  • Jim Qian, Senior Vice President, Fosun Group; Chairman and President, Fosun Tourism and Culture Group


  • Zhang Xiaobei, President of Guanghua Culture and Media Group; President of Nouvelles D’Europe


  • Jiang Peisheng, Chairman and Deputy Secretary of the Party Committee of Qingdao Huatong State-owned Capital Operation (Group) Co., Ltd.
  • Mike Hughes, Zone President of UK & Ireland, Schneider Electric
  • Li Yonggang, Chairman of Shandong Xiaoya Group
  • Gao Shaohe, Party secretary, Board director and general manager of Shandong Jinzhong Science and Technology Group
Roundtable meeting
Sino-European cooperation (technology & innovation)
Financial services and capital investment (co-hosted with DIT)


Introducing Chinese delegates
Introducing DIT

Presentation of UK Organizations:

1. Octopus Investments on investing in renewable energy
2. Equitix on infrastructure investment and private-public partnerships
3. Zouk Capital on investing in EV charging infrastructure
Smart city (co-hosted with DIT)


Introducing Chinese delegates
1. Sustainer on sustainable
2. Bristol City Leap Programme
3. Aberdeen Hydrogen Development Programme
4. Pivot Power
Gala dinner

Day 2 London & Edinburgh : Tuesday, 11th June 2019
Concurrent breakout sessions

I Industrial: Institute of Directors

116 Pall Mall, St. James’s, London SW1Y 5ED

II Cultural: Cartier

175-177 New Bond St, Mayfair, London W1S 4RN

Day 3 Edinburgh : Wednesday, 12th June 2019
Roundtable meeting

I Roundtable on future cooperation for infrastructure and BRI

Scotstoun House, South Queensferry EH30 9SE

II Roundtable on Economic Development and Investment

Saltire Court, 20 Castle Terrace, Edinburgh, EH1 2EN

III Financial investment followed by a Scotland- Shandong Partnership Workshop

Calton Square, 1 Greenside Row, Edinburgh EH1 3AN
Networking lunch
Company visit: whisky tasting
Scotland dinner

Assembly Rooms, 54 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2LR

Day 5 Dublin : Friday, 14th June 2019
Ireland forum

Killashee Hotel, Kilcullen Road Naas County Kildare W1K 1QA

I Opening Ceremony
II Plenary Session
III Signing Ceremony
Networking lunch
Panel discussion

I Education
II Finance
III Healthcare and Medtech
Traditional Irish performance
Gala dinner