Past Themes

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  4. 2018
  5. 2017
  6. 2016
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  10. 2012
  11. 2011
  12. 2010
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  15. 2007
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Rebuilding Trust and Sustaining Progress During a Transformative Age

Date: 2021/4/17

Panels: Investment, Healthcare, Technology, Finance, Consumer, Ventures, China-U.S. Commercial Relations, Post-COVID Global Investment, Healthcare Transformation in a Post-COVID Economy


Speaker Highlights:

Kevin Rudd – 26th Prime Minister of Australia

Zhang Wenzhong – Founder and Chairman, Wumart Group

Graham Allison – Former Assistant Secretary of Defense; Douglas Dillon Professor of Government, Harvard Kennedy School

Anna Fang – Founding Partner and CEO, ZhenFund

Fred Hu – Founder and Chairman of Primavera Capital; Director, China Entrepreneurs Forum

George Fu Gao – Director, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Feng Li – Founding Partner of Frees Fund

James Liang – Co-founder and Chairman,

Neil Shen – Founding & Managing Partner, Sequoia Capital China

Kishore Mahbubani – Former Chair of UN Security Council


HCCF leadership: Peng Zhu, Mike (Zhuohan) Shao

A Global Decade

Date: 2020/5/06-5/10

Panels: Business, Globalization, Healthcare, Finance, Venture


Speaker Highlights:

Dongsheng Chen – Founder, Chairman and CEO, Taikang Life Insurance

Zhang Wenzhong – Founder and Chairman, Wumart Group

Anna Fang – Partner and CEO, ZhenFund

Ambassador Chas W. Freeman – Former U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia; Chief Interpreter, Nixon’s 1972 visit to China

John Oyler – Chairman, Co-founder, and CEO, BeiGene

Lee Zhang – Chairman and CEO, China iKang Healthcare

Jiwei Lou – Standing Committee member and Chairman of the Committee of Foreign Affairs, the 13th CPPCC National Committee


HCCF leadership: Allison (Kangrong) Zhang, Thomas (Qilong) Xin

A Global Community, One Shared Destiny

Date: 2018/4/12-4/14

Panels: Finance, Entertainment, Pharma, Technology, Philanthropy, Arts, Culture, New Retail, International Relations and Development, Music, Entrepreneurship


Speaker Highlights:

Kevin Rudd – 26th Prime Minister of Australia; President, Asia Society Policy Institute; Chairman, International Peace Institute

Larry Culp – CEO, General Electric

Jin Liqun – President, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)

Ma Weihua – Chairman, China Entrepreneur Club; Chairman, National Fund for Technology Transfer and Commercialization (NFTTC); Former Executive Director, President and CEO, China Merchants Bank

Shirley Young – Chair, U.S.-China Cultural Institute; Former Founding Chairman, Committee of 100

Zhang Wenzhong – Founder and Chairman, Wumart Group


HCCF leadership: Leo Liu, Yufeng Ling



The Power of Our Times

Date: 2018/4/6-4/8

Panels: International Relations, Infrastructure, Entertainment, Technology, Environment, Finance, Culture, Blockchain


Speaker Highlights:

Ray Dalio – Founder, Bridgewater Associates

Vincent Fang – lyricist, long-term collaborator with Jay Chou

Amb. J. Stapleton Roy – Former Assistant Secretary of State, Former US Ambassador to China

Da Hongfei – Founder, NEO

Wang Xiaochuan – CEO, Sogou


HCCF leadership: Alex Lin, Michael He

Sharing the Road Ahead

Date: 2017/4/21-4/23

Panels: US-China Relations, Art, Education and Philanthropy, Entertainment, Entrepreneurship, Disruptive Technologies, Economics and Finance, Diplomacy, Sustainable Development, Manufacturing


Speaker Highlights:

Henry Paulson- Former Secretary of Treasury, USA

Mark Cuban- Entrepreneur and Owner of the Dallas Mavericks

Chen Dongsheng – Chairman and CEO, Taikang Life Insurance

Lei Jun- Founder, Chairman and CEO of Xiaomi

Arianna Huffington- Founder & CEO, Thrive Global Founder, the Huffington Post

Neil Shen – Founding and Managing Partner, Sequoia China

Lucy Peng Lei – Former Chairwoman, Ant Financial

Hugo Shong – Founding Partner of IDG Ventures

Geling Yan – Famous Writer


HCCF leadership: Jiang Li, Zara Zhang

Riding the Waves of China’s New Normal: Talent, Investment, and Technology

Date: 2016/04/8-04/10

Panels: Women in Leadership, Angel, Art, Music, PE, Healthcare, Society, Finance, Entertainment, Tech, Startup, Manufacture, Time Turner


Speaker Highlights:

Wang Zuji – President, China Construction Bank

Elaine La Roche – Former CEO, China International Capital Corporation

Sheng Xitai – Founder, AngelPlus

Yan Lan – Managing Director, Lazard (Greater China)


HCCF leadership: Penny Ni, Scarlett Yin

Unfolding the Chinese Dream

Date: 2015/04/24-04/26

Panels: Asset Management / Evolution of China’s Travel Industry, Media and Entertainment in an Era of Change / Global Corporate Strategy, China’s Cultural Renaissance / Approaches to the Chinese Consumer Market / Fashion in China: Setting the Trend / Trains, Panels, Cranes: Made in China / Digitizing China’s Future


Speaker Highlights:

Ross Perot, Jr. – Chairman Perot Systems

Lei Zhang – Chairman Hillhouse Capital

Fred Hu – Chairman, Primavera Capital

Su Mang – Former CEO, Trends Media Group

Yu Weiping – Vice President, China CNR Corporation


HCCF Leadership: Co-presidents: Eric Ziyao Wang; Sabrina Castenfelt


Can China Lead?

Date: 2015/04/18–04/20


Speaker Highlights:

Yi Huiman – Chairman, China Securities Regulatory Commission

Dongsheng Li – Chairman and CEO, TCL Group

 Guangchang Guo – Chairman, Fosung Group

 Charles Xiaojia Li – Chief Executive, HKEX

Bob Xu Xiaoping – Founder, ZhenFund

Yan Yan – Managing Partner, SAIF Asia


HCCF Leadership: Co-presidents: Eric WangHelen Shi

Visions for a New Decade

Date: April 12-14

Panels: Chinese Business /  Development, and Innovation / China Entrepreneurship: Opportunities and Challenges / International Joint Venture and Post-Merger Integration Challenges / New Media and Social Development / Advancing the Core Competence of China / Urban Development and Transformations; / Advancing Healthcare Reform with Public-Private Ownership / Sustainable Growth for Chinese Manufacturing / Trends in the Private Equity Market


Speaker Highlights:

Chen Dongsheng – Chairman and CEO, Taikang Life Insurance

Wang Shi – Chairman, Vanke Group

 Tan Xuguang – Chairman, Shandong Heavy Industry

 Xiao-Li Meng – Dean of GSAS, Harvard University

 Zhao Wei – President, Macau University


HCCF Leadership: Co-presidents: Yueran Ma, David Pickeral

Looking Forward

Date: April 13-15

Panels:Winning in China’s Surging Consumer Market / Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship / Overseas Expansion and Cross-Border M&A / Sustainable Urban Development in China / China in Modern Media / Blooming Healthcare Business in China / Economic Reform in China / Investments and Business Financing in China /  In a World of Prolonged Depression


Speaker Highlights:

 Yu Minhong – Founder, Chairman & CEO, New Oriental

 Guo Guangchang – Chairman of the Board, Fosung Group

 Anthony Leung – Greater China Chairman, Blackstone Group

Tian Yuan – Founder and Chairman, China Entrepreneurs Forum

Mao Zhenhua – Former Dean, Institute of Economics of Renmin University China


HCCF Leadership: Jack Chen, Adam Nguyen

A Century of Revolution

Date: 2011/04/08-04/10


Speaker Highlights:

Chen Dongsheng – Chairman and CEO, Taikang Life Insurance

Wang Zhongjun – Founder and Chairman, Huayi Brothers Media

Ma Weihua – Former Chairman, China Merchants Bank

Guo Guangchang – Chairman, Fosung Group

Barry Lam – Founder and Chairman of Quanta Computer

Zhang Weiying – Economist


HCCF Leadership: Jack Chen, Lily Zhu

PRC After the Sixties

Date: 2010/04/16-18


Speaker Highlights:

 Changle Liu – Chairman & CEO of Phoenix TV

 Tian Suning – Chairman, CBC Capital

 Ren Zhiqiang – Chairman of Huayuan Group


HCCF Leadership: Yichen Shen, Yiming He

Keeping Up the Momentum

Date:  April 10-12

Speaker Highlights:

 Chen Dongsheng  – Chairman & CEO, Taikang Life Insurance

 Charles (Xiaojia) Lia  – Former Chairman, JP Morgan China

Deng Feng – Founder of Northern Light Venture Capital


HCCF Leadership:Yichen ShenYiming He

Building Chinese Confidence

Speaker Highlights:

Wang Shi – Chairman,Vanke Group

Guo Guangchang – Chairman, Fosung Group

Gong Fangxiong – Former CEO of JP Morgan Asia Pacific

Stephen A. Greyser – Professor at Harvard Business School


HCCF Leadership Victor Li  – Director of Hony Capital

China Inc.: Building on China’s Boom

Date: April 7th

Panels: 14 panels


Speaker Highlights:

Hugo Shong – Founding Partner of  IDG Ventures

Emmanuel Maceda – Former Chair of Bain & Company Asia

Erh Fei Liu – Former Chair of Merrill Lynch Asia-Pacific

Joe Fuller – Founder & CEO, Monitor Group

Li Jiaxiang – Former Director of the Civil Aviation Administration of China


HCCF Leadership:

Xi-xi Deng – Managing Director, Haitong International Securities Group

Bill Wang – Vice President at Giant Interactive Group Inc.


China’s Next Phase

Date: March 25-26


Speaker Highlights:

 Dominic Barton – Global Managing Partner for McKinsey, 2009-2018

Zhu Yunlai – CEO of China International Capital Corporation

Adam Wagstaff – Chief Economist, World Bank

Feng Xiaogang – Movie Director


HCCF Leadership: Sijin Cheng

Copious Comsumption: China’s Appetite

Speaker Highlights:

Fred Hu – Chairman of Primavera Capital

Pan Shiyi – Chairman of SOHO China

Steve Fludder – Former President of GE Power China


HCCF Leadership:

Roger Cheng  – Chief Investment Officer of CCB International Medical Industry Equity Investment,

Frank Qian

China’s Quest for Balanced Development

Speaker Highlights:

YuanLi Liu – Founder and Director, Harvard School of Public Health China Initiative


HCCF Leadership:

Wang Tao  – Professor of Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance

Catherine Ying  –Co-president of China Media Capital

Transition: Exploring China’s Path Forward

HCCF Leadership:

Qin Zhi – Former Chief Executive Office of Autohome, Zhang Minhua,

Roger Wu President and Chief Financial Officer of Mercer China

Conference theme: Sustainable Growth

Speaker Highlights:
Jack Ma – Chairman, Alibaba Group
Liu Mingkang – Former Chairman of China Banking Regulatory Commission
Zhao Xuejun – President, Harvest Fund Asset Management

HCCF Leadership:
Sun Qian – Partner of Sequioa Capital China
Li Yong – Partner of Aurora Private Equity

China and the World Trade Organization

HCCF Leadership:

Zhang Junni  – Associate Professor of Peking University Guang Hua School of Management

Pan Haidong  – Founder, Chairman and CEO of

Going Digital: the future of the Internet in China

Speaker Highlights:

 John Holden – President & CEO of the US-China Strong Foundation

HCCF Leadership: Chen Jin, York Lo

Sino-US Relations

HCCF Leadership:

Larry LaiExecutive Director of Keytone Ventures

Wen ZhiminChief Strategy Officer of Dacheng Fund Management Co, Ltd

Faith HuangChief Operating Officer of iKang Healthcare Group, Inc

The Asian Financial Crisis

Speaker Highlights:

Li Zhaoxing – Former Minister of Foreign Affair of China

Jin LiqunPresident of the Asian Infrastructure Investment BankFormer Deputy Minister of Finance of China

Zhou Xiaochuan – Former Head of The People’s Bank of China


HCCF Leadership:

Lee Zhang Co-founder and Co-president, Founder and Chairman of iKang Healthcare Group, Inc

Li Bo


Past Speakers

Zhou Xiaochuan

Zhou Xiaochuan has served as the Governor of the People’s Bank of China from 2002 to 2018. Zhou spent his career working in China’s leading trade and finance organizations. He served as the vice-governor of the People’s Bank of China and governor of the China Construction Bank. In 2000 he was appointed as the Chairman of the China Securities Regulatory Commission. Zhou was a member of the 16th and 17th CPC Central Committees. He graduated from Beijing Chemical Engineering Institute with a bachelor’s degree in 1975 and Tsinghua University with a Doctorate Degree in 1985.

Former Governor and Party Secretary of the People’s Bank of China

Jin Liqun

President of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

Li Zhaoxing

Li Zhaoxing was a member of the 11th NPC Standing Committee and has served as the Foreign Minister of the People’s Republic of China. He graduated from Peking University. From 1985 to 2007, he has served on important posts such as the deputy director-general, director-general, and spokesperson of Department of Information, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Vice Minister of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China to the United States of America, and Foreign Minister of the People’s Republic of China.

Former Foreign Minister of the People’s Republic of China

Kevin Michael Rudd

Kevin Rudd, Australia’s 26th Prime Minister, held office from 3 December 2007 to 24 June 2010, and for 11 weeks in 2013. While attending Australian National University, he majored in Chinese language and Chinese history, and became proficient in Mandarin. In February 2014, he was named a Senior Fellow with John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, leading a major research effort on Sino-US relations at Harvard’s Belfer Centre for Science and International Affairs.

Former Prime Minister, Australia

Arianna Huffington

Founder, The Huffington Post

Hank Paulson

Henry M. Paulson, Jr., is a businessman, China expert, conservationist and author. He is the founder and chairman of the Paulson Institute, and co- chairman of the Latin American Conservation Council of The Nature Conservancy. Paulson served as the 74th Secretary of the Treasury under President George W. Bush, from July 2006 to January 2009. Prior to that, he had a thirty-two year career at Goldman Sachs, serving as chairman and chief executive officer beginning in 1999. Earlier in his career, he was a member of the White House Domestic Council as well as a staff assistant at the Pentagon. Today, he serves as chairman of the Paulson Institute at the University of Chicago, which aims to advance sustainable economic growth, a cleaner environment and cross-border investments in the United States and China. A “think and do” tank founded in 2011, the Institute’s work is comprised of programs, advocacy and research with partners around the globe. A lifelong conservationist, Paulson was Chairman of The Nature Conservancy Board of Directors and, prior to that, founded and co-chaired the organization’s Asia-Pacific Council. In 2011, he founded and continues to co-chair the Latin American Conservation Council, comprised of global business and political leaders. He also co-chaired the Risky Business Project from 2013-2017, a non-partisan initiative that quantified and publicized the economic risks of climate change in the United States. In his best-selling book, On the Brink, Paulson describes his experiences as Treasury Secretary fending off the near-collapse of the U.S. economy during the Great Recession. His most recent best-seller, Dealing with China, details his career working with scores of China’s top political and business leaders and witnessing the evolution of China’s state-controlled capitalism. Paulson graduated from Dartmouth College in 1968 and received an M.B.A. from Harvard University in 1970. He and his wife, Wendy, have two children and four grandchildren.

74th U.S. Secretary of Treasury

Jack Ma

Jack Ma is a Chinese business magnate who is the founder and executive chairman of Alibaba Group, a family of successful Internet-based businesses. He is the first mainland Chinese entrepreneur to appear on the cover of Forbes. In 2014, he was ranked as the 30th most powerful person in the world in an annual ranking published by Forbes. In 2015, Asian Award honored him with the Entrepreneur of the Year award. In 2010, Ma was selected by Forbes Asia as one of Asia’s Heroes of Philanthropy for his contribution to disaster relief and poverty.

Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, Alibaba Group

Yi Huiman

Chairman, China Securities Regulatory Commission

Chen Dongsheng


Mr. Chen Dongsheng is the founder and chairman of Taikang Life Insurance Corp., Ltd, a Beijing-based, China-incorporated life insurance company that is the ninth largest life insurer by premium income in China. Founded in 1996, Taikang Life Insurance now has end-of-year total assets totaling 350 billion yuan and 35 branches throughout China. Mr. Chen is also the founder of China Guardian Auction Company and serves as its President. He has been a Director at Mountain China Resorts Holdings of China Auction Association.

Chairman and CEO, Taikang Insurance Group

Lucy Peng Lei

Former Chairwoman, Ant Financial

Ray Dalio

Ray Dalio is the founder, co-CIO and co-Chairman of Bridgewater Associates and the author of Principles, a New York Times #1 Bestseller and Amazon #1 Business Book of 2017. Bridgewater is a leading global asset manager and largest hedge fund in the world with more than $160 billion in assets under management. The firm has been named the 5th most important private company in the U.S., according to Fortune Magazine, and has made more money for its clients than any other hedge fund, according to LCH Investments. As a global macro investor, Ray has become a valued advisor to policy makers throughout the world leading him to be named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by TIME Magazine and described as the Steve Jobs of investing by CIO Magazine and Wired. Ray and China have an extensive relationship and he has been intimately involved in its economic and philanthropic development since first visiting the country in 1984.

Founder, Co-CIO and Co-Chairman, Bridgewater Associates

Stephen A. Schwarzman

Stephen Schwarzman is an American business magnate and financier. He is the chairman and CEO of the Blackstone Group, a global private equity firm he established in 1985 with former US Secretary of Commerce Pete Peterson. The business, which later expanded into leveraged buyouts, now manages over $350 billion in assets and trades on the New York Stock Exchange after a $4 billion initial public offering in 2007. As an active philanthropist, he has pledged or given away $350 million to support his alma mater, Yale, Chinese university Tsinghua, and the New York Public Library.

Co-Founder, The Blackstone Group

Hugo Shong

Co-Chairman of IDG Capital IDG

Lei Jun

Lei Jun is a renowned Chinese technology entrepreneur and angel investor. Mr. Lei founded Xiaomi Corporation in 2010, assuming the position of Chairman and CEO. He is also Chairman and co-founder of Kingsoft Corporation, which successfully went public in 2007. In addition, Mr. Lei also founded, which was sold to Amazon in 2004. In 2011, Mr. Lei founded Shunwei Ventures and is currently its Founding Partner and Chairman. Shunwei focuses on mobile internet, IOT and rural internet investment opportunities. As an angel investor, Mr. Lei has helped build over 20 companies such as  Duowan (YY), UCweb, and Lakala etc., of which YY was listed on NASDAQ at the end of 2012. Mr.Lei has succinctly summarized his Internet way of thinking into “Focus, Perfection, Speed and Word of Mouth”.  Equipped with this powerful philosophy, Xiaomi led by Mr. Lei is disrupting and reshaping a lot of industries, including smartphones, set top boxes, televisions, and routers. At the same time, he has invested in many Xiaomi ecosystem companies in an effort to promote and drive the New “Made In China” movement.

Founder, Chairman and CEO, Xiaomi

Pan Shiyi

Co-founder and Chairman, SOHO China

Mark Cuban

Chairman, Mark Cuban Companies

Fred Hu

Fred is a respected economist whose research interests include macroeconomics, international finance and capital markets. He served at the International Monetary Fund, and he has advised the Chinese government on financial reform, SOE restructuring, and macroeconomic policies. In addition to holding several corporate directorships, Fred is Chairman of the Nature Conservatory’s China Board, a Trustee of the Yale-China Association, a director of the China Medical Board, a member of the Advisory Committees for Harvard University, the Stanford Center for International Development, and the Jerome A. Chazen Institute of International Business at Columbia University. Fred is also a co-director of the National Center for Economic Research at Tsinghua University.

Founder and Chairman, Primavera Capital

Liu Zhen

Senior Vice President, Bytedance

Lei Zhang

Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Hillhouse Capital Group

Neil Shen

Founding Partner, Sequoia China

Ma Weihua

Former President of China Merchants Bank

Wang Shi

Founder and Honorary Chairman, Vanke Group

Su Mang

Former Chairwoman and Editor-in-Chief, Harper's Bazaar

Yan Geling


Erza F. Vogel

Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences, Emeritus, Harvard University

Graham Allison

Douglas Dillon Professor of Government, Harvard University

Stephen Orlins

President, National Committee on United States-China Relations

Xiao-Li Meng

Former Dean, Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Bob Xu Xiaoping

Founder, ZhenFund

Hans Tung

Managing Partner, GGV Capital

Liu Wen


Vincent Fang



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