Main Conference Speakers

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Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana

Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) 

Prior to joining ESCAP, Ms. Alisjahbana was Professor of Economics at Universitas Padjadjaran in Bandung, Indonesia, a position she assumed in 2005. She joined Universitas Padjadjaran as a lecturer in 1988. Since 2016, she has served as Director for the Center for Sustainable Development Goals Studies at Universitas Padjadjaran and Vice Chair of the Indonesian Academy of Sciences.

She also serves on the Governing Board of the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA), and member of the Indonesian Academy of Sciences (Akademi Ilmu Pengetahuan Indonesia – AIPI), the Forum of Statistics Community (Forum Masyarakat Statistik or Advisory Council of the Indonesian Statistics), the International Advisory Board of the Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies and Council Member of the Regional Science Association International (RSAI).

From 2009 to 2014, she was Minister of National Development Planning and the Head of the National Development Planning Agency (BAPPENAS), Indonesia. She served as Co-chair of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation from 2012 to 2014. From 2009 to 2014, she was Alternate Governor of the World Bank and Alternate Governor of the Asian Development Bank representing the government of Indonesia. In 2016, she was a member of the High Level Independent Team of Advisors to support the ECOSOC Dialogue on the longer term positioning of the United Nations Development System in the context of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development.

Ms. Alisjahbana has been involved in various research projects and consultancies to the United Nations University/Institute for Advanced Study in Tokyo, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Australia, the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), the European Commission, and the International Labor Organization (ILO).

Ms. Alisjahbana earned her Bachelor degree in Economics and Development Studies from Universitas Indonesia, Indonesia, a Masters degree in Economics from Northwestern University, USA and a Ph.D in Economics from University of Washington, USA. She was awarded the Mahaputra Adipradana Order (Bintang Mahaputra Adipradana) from the Republic of Indonesia, honorary brevet from the Indonesian Navy and honorary flight wing from the Indonesian Air Force.

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Sanaa Abouzaid

Country Manager for Central America, International Finance Corporation, World Bank Group

Sanaa Abouzaid is the International Finance Corporation (IFC) Country Manager for the Central America Region. Based in Panama City, Ms. Abouzaid leads IFC’s operations in Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala.

Ms. Abouzaid has extensive private sector development experience having worked across investment and advisory services operations for more than seventeen years. Prior to her current appointment, she was the Regional Corporate Governance Lead for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region at IFC.

Ms. Abouzaid has been working with private sector companies in many regions, including Latin America and the Caribbean, MENA, Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa. She helped these companies develop and improve their corporate governance practices in order to enhance their performance, solidify their market reputation, and improve their access to external financing.

Ms. Abouzaid is a family business governance expert and the author of several publications, including, the “IFC Family Business Governance Handbook”, a guide on best corporate governance practices for family-owned companies. The Handbook has been published in English and subsequently translated into twenty additional languages.

Ms. Abouzaid holds an MBA in Finance and Investments from the George Washington University and a BBA in Finance and Accounting from ISCAE. She speaks English, French, Arabic, Spanish, and Italian.

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Alex Bernhardt

Global Head of Sustainability Research, BNP Paribas Asset Management

Alex Bernhardt, Global Head of Sustainability Research, is a noted expert in sustainable finance. In his role, Alex is responsible for ESG research and integration across BNP Paribas Asset Management and plays an important role in driving the firm’s overall sustainability research agenda, thought leadership and thematic fund development.

Prior to BNPP AM, Alex spent 16 years at Marsh McLennan (NYSE: MMC), a $17B revenue (2020) professional services conglomerate. His final MMC role was as internal strategy consultant, designing cross-business strategies to address climate resilience, sustainability and the catastrophe protection gap.  Between 2015-2020, Alex led Mercer Investment’s Responsible Investment advisory business in North America, where he undertook ESG integration work with the boards and investment committees of institutional investors of all types and sizes. He was a co-lead contributor to Mercer’s Investing in a Time of Climate Change research (models released in 2015 and 2019) and undertook related consulting assignments for institutional investors across North America with over $800B of portfolio assets. While at Mercer, Alex served as a member of the firm’s Global Strategic Research Committee and the Sustainability Committee for the firm’s Sustainable Opportunities private market fund-of-funds and (co)authored several research publications on subjects as wide-ranging as turnover in equity markets and infrastructure investment in Africa.

Prior to joining Mercer, Alex was a Senior Vice President at MMC operating company Guy Carpenter, where he founded and ran the firm’s GC Micro Risk Solutions® division focused on designing and developing index-based micro(re)insurance programs for development banks, microfinance institutions and insurers. 

Alex received a BA from the University of Puget Sound, holds several (re)insurance accreditations and has held FINRA Series 7 and Series 63 licenses.  Alex is regularly quoted in financial industry press and has been ranked one of the 20 most influential individual consultants globally in the Sustainable and Responsible Investing category by the Independent Research in Responsible Investment (IRRI) Survey.

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Steven Billiet

CEO APAC and Head of Global Client Group

Steven Billiet is armed with considerable experience in the asset management and financial services industry, and his career spans over 27 years, of which 18 years are Chief Executive Officer roles at business entities of global organisations in Australia, Hong Kong, India, Singapore and Taiwan.  

Since joining BNP Paribas Asset Management (BNPP AM) in 2020 as Chief Executive Officer Asia Pacific and Head of Distribution Asia Pacific, Steven has successfully refocused the firm’s Asia Pacific business by accelerating commercial traction within wholesale distribution in the region; and contributed to expanding the strategy in China, which will remain a key growth area for the business.

As the Head of Global Client Group, he is instrumental in spearheading the firm’s business development strategy to become a leading provider of quality investment solutions for individual, corporate and institutional investors; while maintaining focus on delivering sustainable returns for clients in line with BNPP AM’s core values and culture.


Steven joined BNPP AM from J.P. Morgan Asset Management, where he spent six years as CEO for Singapore.  Prior to this, he worked at ING Investment Management, as CEO of Taiwan, then Australia and subsequently Singapore.  He joined ING Investment Management from ING Vysya Bank where he was Head of Private Banking and Bancassurance, having previously been ING Investment Management’s Head of Product Development and Sales for Belgium.  Steven has a Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of Ghent, Belgium, and a Master’s Degree in Financial Management from the Vlerick Business School, also in Ghent.

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Barbara Buchner

Global Managing Director and Executive Director, Climate Finance, Climate Policy Initiative

Dr. Barbara Buchner is Global Managing Director of Climate Policy Initiative, and Executive Director of its widely renowned Climate Finance programme. Named one of the 20 most influential women in climate change, Barbara advises leaders on climate, energy, and land use investments around the world. 

Barbara directs the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance, (the Lab) and its sister programs in Brazil and India. The Lab’s public-private approach solicits, shapes, and tests cutting edge climate finance instruments that resolve financing barriers hindering alternative energy, adaptation, and land use projects. Instruments from the Lab have mobilized over 2 billion US dollars for sustainable development in developing countries in just five years.

She is also the lead author on CPI’s Global Landscape of Climate Finance, which has set the benchmark for climate finance tracking. She is on the Advisory Board of the BCFN Foundation, the Evaluation Board of the World Economic Forum’s Sustainable Energy Innovation Fund, and a member of the One Planet Lab.

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Mariana Escobar Uribe

Head of Sustainable Finance, Superintendencia Financiera de Colombia

Mariana Escobar Uribe is an Advisor to the Financial Superintendent of Colombia responsible for the SFC’s Green Finance and Climate Risk strategy. Marian joined the SFC in 2018 to support the design of the innovation strategy of the SFC. Before working in the SFC, Mariana served as Deputy Director of Postal Affairs at the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology of Colombia and as an adviser on inclusion at the Department of Social Prosperity. She also worked at Citi Colombia as Sustainability Manager and representative of Citi Foundation in Colombia. Mariana holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations from Bentley University and a Master’s in International Affairs and Development from Columbia University.

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Chris Faint

Head of Division & Head of the Bank’s Climate Hub, Bank of England

Chris heads up the Bank’ of England’s climate hub, which has responsibility for developing and implementing the institution’s strategic approach to climate change and he is a Bank representative in the NGFS. Chris has been particularly focused on the PRA’s supervisory statement on financial risks arising from climate change and the development of a system-wide climate change stress test.

Beyond climate, Chris has responsibilities spanning the authorisation, supervision, and analysis of firms operating as investment banks in the UK.

Prior to working at the Bank, Chris held roles at HM Treasury and Ernst and Young, where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant.

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Kevin P. Gallagher

Professor of Global Development Policy, Boston University

Dr. Kevin P. Gallagher is a professor of global development policy at Boston University (BU), where he directs the Global Development Policy Center (GDP Center. The GDP Center’s mission is to advance policy relevant research for financial stability, human wellbeing, and the environment on a global scale. 

Dr. Gallagher is the author or co-author of The Case for a New Bretton Woods: Reforming Global Economic Governance for Prosperity and the Planet, The China Triangle: Latin America’s China Boom and the Fate of the Washington Consensus, Ruling Capital: Emerging Markets and the Reregulation of Cross-border Finance, The Dragon in the Room: China and the Future of Latin American Industrialization, The Enclave Economy: Foreign Investment and Sustainable Development in Mexico’s Silicon Valley, and Free Trade and the Environment: Mexico, NAFTA, and Beyond.

Dr. Gallagher serves on the United Nations Committee for Development Policy and the  Think Twenty International Finance Task Force to the G20. He has served on the U.S. Department of State’s Investment Subcommittee of the Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy and the National Advisory Council on trade policy at the Environmental Protection Agency. He has been a visiting or adjunct professor at the Paul Nitze School for Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University; El Colegio de Mexico in Mexico; Tsinghua University in China; and the Center for State and Society in Argentina.


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Vitor Gaspar

Director of the Fiscal Affairs Department, International Monetary Fund

Mr. Gaspar has been Director of the Fiscal Affairs Department at the IMF since 2014. He was Portuguese Minister of State and Finance from 2011–13, and has held various positions in European and Portuguese institutions, including head of BEPA at the European Commission, director-general of research at the European Central Bank, director of Economic Studies and Statistics at the Central Bank of Portugal, and Director of Economic Studies at the Portuguese Ministry of Finance.

Mr. Gaspar holds a Ph.D. and a post-doctoral agregado in Economics from Universidade Nova de Lisboa; he graduated from Universidade Católica Portuguesa.

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Balázs Horváth

Chief Economist for Asia-Pacific, UNDP

Balázs Horváth is Chief Economist for Asia-Pacific in UNDP.  He led the drafting teams producing flagship reports in the region, notably on the Social and Economic Impact of COVID-19 in Asia-Pacific, on addressing this impact through Social Protection, and on Economic Aspects of Climate Change. He also led the production with distinguished Chinese counterparts of flagship reports in China on Harmonizing Investment and Financing Standards, and on Low-Carbon Development. Prior to this, he worked as Director of UNDP’s Seoul Policy Centre, UNDP Country Director in South Sudan, and in various other capacities in UNDP and the IMF. Balázs is Hungarian and holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

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MA Jun

Chairman of the Green Finance Committee, China Society for Finance and Banking; President of Institute of Finance and Sustainability; Co-Chair of the G20 Sustainable Finance Working Group

Dr. Ma Jun is currently the Chairman of the Green Finance Committee, China Society for Finance and Banking, President of Institute of Finance and Sustainability, Co-Chairman of the G20 Sustainable Finance Study Group, and the former member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the People’s Bank of China.

As a leader in the field of green and sustainable finance, Dr. Ma Jun also serves as the sustainable finance special adviser of the United Nations Environment Programme, Chairman of the regulatory working group of NGFS, the Director of Beijing Green Finance Association, the Director of Hong Kong Green Finance Association, and many other public welfare duties.

From 2017 to 2020, Dr. Ma Jun served as the Director of the Research Center of Finance and Development, Tsinghua University National Institute of Financial Research, the Director of the Research Center of Green Finance Development, Tsinghua University National Institute of Financial Research. During his tenure as Chief Economist of the Research Bureau of the People’s Bank of China from 2014to 2017, Dr. Ma Jun led the drafting of the Guidance of Green Finance in China and promoted the formation of a global green finance consensus under the G20 platform.

From 2000 to 2013, he served as Chief Economist, Head of China and Hong Kong Strategy, and Managing Director of Greater China at Deutsche Bank. From 1992 to 2000, he served as a senior economist at the World Bank and an economist at the International Monetary Fund. From 1988 to 1990, he worked as a research fellow at the Development Research Center of the State Council of China. Dr. Ma Jun has published more than a dozen books and hundreds of articles on macroeconomic, monetary policy, environmental economics and green finance.

Dr. Ma Jun received his Master’s degree in Management from Fudan University in 1988, and a PhD. in Economics from Georgetown University in 1994.


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Paul Milon

Head of Stewardship, Asia Pacific, BNP Paribas Asset Management Hong Kong

Paul Milon joined BNP Paribas Asset Management (BNPP AM) in January 2008 and has more than thirteen years of experience in the asset management industry. In his current position, he leads BNPP AM’s stewardship activities in Asia Pacific. This includes direct and collaborative corporate engagement, as well as working with policymakers on key issues relating to sustainable finance and investment. Paul works closely with Asian investment teams to better integrate environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) criteria in investment decisions, including through engagement with portfolio companies. He is the co-chair of the Asia Investor Group on Climate Change (AIGCC) Engagement & Policy working group.

Prior to that, Paul held various positions within BNP Paribas Asset Management in Hong Kong and Paris. As ESG Specialist, he successfully established our Sustainability Centre’s presence in Asia. Before that, he was a senior investment specialist within our Fundamental Active Equities teams. In this role, he oversaw the strong growth of BNPP AM’s Indian equities capability for international clients. Paul was also responsible for consultant relations in Asia, and launched and managed the award-winning BNPP AM Investment Academy in the region. Before relocating to Hong Kong, he worked as an ESG analyst in the Sustainability Research team in Paris.

Paul holds a Master’s in Management with a major in Entrepreneurship from the EDHEC Business School in France. He is a SASB FSA (Fundamentals of Sustainability Accounting) Certificate holder.

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Irene Monasterolo

Assistant Professor of Climate Economics and Finance, Vienna University of Economics and Business

Irene Monasterolo, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Climate Economics and Finance at the Institute for Ecological Economics, Vienna University of Economics and Business, and a visiting research fellow at Boston University, USA. Irene holds a Ph.D. in Agri-food Economics and Statistics from the University of Bologna, and two post-docs in Cambridge (UK) and Boston (USA).

Irene’s research focuses on i) climate stress-test to price climate transition risk scenarios into countries’ competitiveness, risk and financial stability, ii) macroecological Stock-Flow Consistent models of the transition to a sustainable bioeconomy, iii) univariate and multivariate financial econometrics models to assess market’s pricing of carbon stranded assets, iv) stakeholders’ knowledge co-production to identify barriers and opportunities to scaling-up sustainable finance.

Irene has extensive experience in developing policy-relevant academic research on how to align the financial system to the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement. Irene has contributed to develop the first climate stress-test methodology applied to development banks and central banks’ portfolios that introduces climate into financial risk metrics (CLIMAFIN-tool), and the EIRIN Stock-Flow Consistent behavioural model to assess financial and distributive effects of green fiscal, monetary policies and green bonds. Her research has been published on top-ranked academic journals, such as Nature Climate Change and Climatic Change.

In addition, Irene has been working as a consultant for major development banks (e.g. World Bank, European Investment Bank, Inter-American Development Bank) on climate change mitigation and adaptation, and sustainable agriculture in the Caribbean, the Wester Balkans and Eastern Europe.

She leads the Research Area “Environment-Economy Interactions” of the European Association for Evolutionary Political Economy (EAEPE), of which she is also a council member since 2018.

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Najwa Mouhaouri

Head of the Green Finance Unit, Bank Al-Maghrib


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Hannah Wanjie Ryder

CEO, Development Reimagined

Hannah Wanjie Ryder is CEO of Development Reimagined, a pioneering African-owned International Development Consultancy with headquarters in China, and offices in Kenya and the UK. As a private sector firm with a mission for sustainable development and poverty reduction, her firm provides strategic advice and practical support to African, Chinese, and international clients on issues ranging from debt financing, the Belt and Road Initiative, to Africa’s growth markets, green growth, and China’s foreign aid. A former diplomat and economist with close to 20 years of experience, Ms Ryder is also a Senior Associate at the Washington DC-based Centre for Strategic International Studies and a member of UAE’s International Advisory Council on the New Economy. She also plays various advisory roles for the United Nations, was a co-author of the 2006 Stern Review and helped design and negotiate the US$100bn climate finance commitment written into climate accords. Hannah is the recipient of numerous awards, has featured in the FT and is a sought-after speaker and writer. She is frequently quoted in the media and her own writing has appeared in publications around the world including Project Syndicate, Africa Business Magazine, Quartz Africa and the Diplomat, and she has been interviewed by the BBC, Bloomberg, Al Jazeera, New York Times, and others.

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Emily Shuckburgh

Director of Cambridge Zero, University of Cambridge

Dr Emily Shuckburgh is Director of Cambridge Zero, the University of Cambridge’s major climate change initiative. She is also Reader in Environmental Data Science at the Department of Computer Science and Technology and leads the UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training on the Application of AI to the study of Environmental Risks (AI4ER).

She is a mathematician and climate scientist and a Fellow of Darwin College, a Fellow of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, an Associate Fellow of the Centre for Science and Policy, a Fellow of the British Antarctic Survey and a Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society.

She worked for more than a decade at the British Antarctic Survey where she led a UK national research programme on the Southern Ocean and its role in climate (ORCHESTRA), and was deputy head of the Polar Oceans Team and head of the Data Science Group. Prior to that she undertook research at École Normale Supérieure in Paris and at MIT. She has also acted as an advisor to the UK Government on behalf of the Natural Environment Research Council.

In 2016 she was awarded an OBE for services to science and the public communication of science. She is co-author with HRH The Prince of Wales and Tony Juniper of the Ladybird Book on Climate Change.

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Terry Townshend

Fellow, Paulson Institute

Terry Townshend is a Beijing-based wildlife conservationist with a background in environmental economics and environmental law. He is a Fellow of the Paulson Institute and, in 2020, co-authored a groundbreaking study called “Financing Nature: Closing the Biodiversity Financing Gap”. Since 2016 he has worked with ShanShui Conservation Center, a local NGO set up by Professor Lu Zhi at Peking University, to set up the first community-based wildlife watching project on the Tibetan Plateau with a community of yak herders, and is an advisor to the Beijing Municipal Government on biodiversity. He runs the Birding Beijing website, celebrating the birds and wildlife of China’s capital city, and initiated citizen science projects to track some of Beijing’s iconic birds, including the Beijing Swift and Beijing Cuckoo, both of which were discovered to migrate to southern Africa. Terry also serves on the Global Advisory Group of BirdLife International, the largest conservation partnership in the world.

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Cobus van Staden

Senior Researcher, Foreign Policy Programme, South African Institute of International Affairs

Cobus van Staden is a senior researcher focusing on Africa-China relations at the South African Institute of International Affairs. He is also the co-host of the China in Africa podcast and the director of research and analysis at the China-Africa Project.

Yao wang


Director General, International Institute of Green Finance (IIGF)

Professor Yao WANG is the Director General of the International Institute of Green Finance (IIGF). She also serves as Deputy Secretary General of Green Finance Committee (GFC) of the China Society for Finance and Banking, as Secretary General of the Green Securities Committee (GSC) of the Securites Association of China, as fellow at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), as advisor to the Sustainable Finance Programme at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at the University of Oxford and as consultant for the Luxembourg Stock Exchange.

She was awarded by Asiamoney China Green Finance Awards 2019 “the Outstanding Contribution to Development of Green Finance in China”.

Professor WANG worked in investment banks for 7 years, before she became a faculty of Central University of Finance and Economics (CUFE) in 2006. She did her post-doctorate at Bank of Beijing from 2008 to 2010. From 2010 to 2011 she was a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University. Professor WANG is interested in Green Economy, Sustainable Finance, Climate Finance and Green Finance. She is the author of several publications on climate finance and green finance, such as Carbon Finance: Global Vision and Distribution in China (China Economic Publishing House, 2010), and Climate Finance (China Economic Publishing House, 2013).

Her co-authored book “Research on the Carbon Finance Mechanism Supporting the Development of China’s Low Carbon Economy” won a nomination award for the Seventh China National Outstanding Publication.

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Anzetse Were

Senior Economist, FSD Kenya

Anzetse Were is a development economist with over ten years of experience working in Africa on Economic Research, Analysis and Strategy Development with a focus on Macroeconomics, Manufacturing, Private Sector Development, the Informal Economy, Finance Systems, Digitisation, Green Finance, and Trade and Investment. She has a Master’s in Economics from the University of Sydney (Australia) and a Bachelor’s degree from Brown University (USA). Over her career Anzetse has worked with and advises African governments, private sector, development finance institutions, non-profit organisations, as well as academia and think tanks. She is currently Senior Economist at FSD Kenya.

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Ye Tanfei

Senior Inspectorate Advisor of the Policy Research Bureau, China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission


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ZHAO Zheng

Deputy General Manager of International Department, SINOSURE China

Having devoted her long time career life specifically in the realm of export credit insurance since she joined SINOSURE in 2003. Zhao Zheng has a deep understanding of the industry and accumulated rich experience in the field of reinsurance, devoting herself to improving reinsurance and overall risk management mechanism to increase underwriting capacity and optimize financial results, through key positions as team director of Reinsurance of Risk Management Dept for over 11 years.

Zhao Zheng joined International Dept as Deputy General Manager in 2015, and now is responsible for international networking development/outreach, through participation in international forums and international organizations such as the Berne Union (the leading global association for the export credit and investment insurance industry), promoting the practical cooperation with leading international credit insurers and the in-depth research on international rules and best practices related to officially supported export credits, and management of SINOSURE’s overseas offices.

Zhao Zheng obtained her Master’s degree majoring in MIBA from the University of Hamburg, Germany, and had training and working experience in Euler Hermes Germany. She obtained a Bachelor’s degree in International Finance from the University of International Business and Economics. She also worked for China Minmetals Corporation before joining SINOSURE.

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