• Date

    Friday, 8 February 2019

  • Time

    08:30 - 18:00 (GMT +01:00)

  • Location

    Zurich University, Aula (KOL-G-201)

About this event

China has emerged from the Financial Crisis of 2008 as the fastest growing world power. Its ascent is changing the prevailing world order. The ramifications of these changes are felt across the globe. The ensuing US-China trade frictions are only one precursor of the significance of these changes. Erasmus China Business Centre and Swiss-Asian Chamber of Commerce are gathering colleagues from business, economics, politics, and academia to organize an annual Identitat-Global Forum. This forum analyses the economic and geopolitical impact of these changes on the Global Economy. The view must not be myopic and bilateral, the focus should rather be ; on Asia on the one side and Europe on the other. In order to deal with the importance of the topic,  ECBC and SACC are cooperating with renowned experts from Academia, Politics and Business. This year's conference is themed around The Changing World – Europe and China. It will focus on subjects such as the Trade War, Disruptive Technologies, The Changing World Order, The Belt Road Initiative, and further topics as they might emerge in the run up to the conference. The Forum aims to become The annual event where protagonists of all stripes and colors may voice their concerns and visions on neutral ground. Switzerland is uniquely positioned to be the birthplace of this dialogue.



08:30 Check-in

09.00 – 09:10

Welcoming notes by Dr. Ying Zhang and Dr. Urs Lustenberger

09:10 – 10:40

Panel A: A world order in flux:  how does it change due to China?

  • Prof Dr. Bill Fischer, Professor of Innovation Management, IMD, Lausanne and former president and dean at CEIBS (the China Europe International Business School, Shanghai).
  • Professor Dr. Patrick Ziltener, Professor Sociology, University of Zurich
  • Ulrich O. Birch, China & Asia focus - Interim Management & Advice, Basserdorf
  • Sir Joe Bossano, Former Chief Minister of Gibraltar

Chair: Dr. Ying Zhang, Professor of China Business and Economics, RSM, Erasmus University

Break and network 10.40 – 11.10

11.10 – 12.30

Panel B: Economic interdependence and mutual suspicion

Trade War and Technological disruption: influence by the world powers’ movement

  • Professor Florin Baeriswyl, Professor of Brand Strategy & Design, Fudan SIVA, Shanghai/Zürich
  • Dr. iur. Karl Pilny, CEO, Asia21 GmbH, Küsnacht
  • Dr. rer. pol. Christian Etter, former Delegate for Trade Agreements of the Swiss Federal Government and Ambassador at SECO, Independent Consultant International Trade, Berne
  • Dr. Guoyong Liang, Economic Affairs Officer, UNCTAD
  • Dr. Manuel Baigorri, Bloomberg, Deals Reporter (online)

Chair: Dr. Urs Lustenberger, Chairman of SACC

Lunch Break 12.30 – 13.30

13.30 – 15.00

Panel C: The Belt & Road Initiative – opportunity or threat to Europe?

  • Sir Joe Bossano, Former Chief Minister of Gibraltar
  • Prof. Dr. Reiner Eichenberger, University Friburg
  • Mr. Pino Musolino, President, North Adriatic Sea Port Authority
  • Prof. Changqi Wu, Huanghua Business School, Peking University
  • Philipp Boksberger, CEO of CEIBS in Zurich Campus & Board Member of SCCC

Chair: Dr. Ying Zhang, Professor of China Business and Economics, RSM, Erasmus University

Break and networking 15.00 – 15.30

15.30 – 17.00

Panel D: Pushing back? Investment restrictions for Chinese investors in Europe and the difficulties of Europeans investing in China

  • Dr. Daniel Kalt, Chief Economist & Regional Chief Investment Officer UBS Switzerland
  • Tuck Seng Low, Senior Advisor EUTEC, Zurich
  • Martin Pfister, PhD, Dipl. Mach.-Eng. FH, CEO/President/Owner, INSYS Industriesysteme AG, Bern
  • Marco Toni, Partner, attorney-at-law. LL.M., Loyens & Loeff Switzerland LLC, Zurich

Chair: Dr. Urs Lustenberger, Chairman of SACC

17.00 Closing 

Networking and apéro 17.10 – 18:00



Please register at Eventbrite https://bit.ly/2CYcing

Attendees from Erasmus University will also be provided with the promotion code “ECBC” when they pay for the registration and will get discount by 100 Fr.