August 2018
Expert Speakers

*Plus £15 Booking Fee

Sponsored by Bournemouth Borough Council


We’re all aware that the world is constantly changing and that this brings opportunities. On an international scale, China is still growing faster than most other economies. It is investing in an international infrastructure plan called the Belt and Road to maximise its economic opportunities for the 21st century and beyond. At a national and local level, relationships are being developed with China to create and develop further trade, cultural and political opportunities.

We are pleased to announce “China: Embracing Innovation” conference 2018, proudly sponsored by Bournemouth Borough Council and is free to attend. This conference will bring business leaders, civic leaders and other major stakeholders from West and East together, to explore the opportunities opening up through these relationships, and the Belt and Road plan. Keynote speakers from China and Bournemouth will be outlining their visions and future plans. There will be workshops for attendees to share their experiences and learn more about doing business in China.

This conference, brought to you by Bournemouth Borough Council and supported by Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry, brings together a range of international speakers and leaders on innovation and global trade to discuss the incredible opportunities China offers, enabled by the ground-breaking Belt and Road initiative. As well as taking a macro-economic and strategic perspective in the morning session, during the afternoon our speakers will also offer businesses sound, practical advice on doing business in China, including investigating new markets, e-commerce, understanding cultural issues and sourcing supply chains.



The morning will focus on the practicalities of identifying new markets and looking at the actual steps businesses should take when seeking to trade in China. Business opportunities are being created by China’s investment in the ambitious Belt & Road programme, which will boost trade with China and stimulate economic growth across Asia and beyond. The session will be an interactive, question time style panel session with the audience encouraged to take part and share their experiences and knowledge. It will be followed by a networking lunch.

09:30-09:40 Mayor of Bournemouth remarks
The Mayor of Bournemouth opens the event
09:40-09:50 Introduction & Welcome
An introduction and warm welcome to China: Embracing Innovation 2018 by Bournemouth West MP Conor Burns.
09:50-10:10 Strategic Collaboration in Developing Talents between UK and China
Keynote: Strategic Collaboration in Developing Talents between UK and China by Boshu Liang, Chief Representative of UK Office, China State Administration of Foreign Expert Affairs
10:10-10:30 Internationalization and Innovation: Case of Peking University
Keynote: Internationalization and Innovation: Case of Peking University by Prof Guy Liu, Head of the UK Campus of Peking University HSBC Business School
10:30-11:10 Doing business in China panel
An interactive panel session with the theme ‘Doing business in China’ with panel guests; Keith Gymer (Stratagem IPM Limited), James Southwood (Kintetsu), Roger Zhang (Huafa Group), Jamie Shaw (China Britain Business Council), Mr Jamie Sergeant (Crowd)
11:10-11:30 Comfort Break
First break of the conference, supported by Jimmy’s Iced Coffee
11:30-12:30 UK-China Business: Different perspectives
Roundtable session on the theme UK-China Business: Different perspectives with guests; Richard Li-Hua (Founder of China Embracing Innovation Theory), Jeff Mostyn (Chairman of AFC Bournemouth), Ting Wang (Vice President, Outlook China), Professor Yinshan (Tang, Vice Dean (China), Henley Business School, Reading University), Prof Xudong Gao (Chief Professor, Schwarzman College, Tsinghua University).
Lunch & Networking
Conference lunch and networking session

The afternoon of the conference will feature several renowned experts from China who will discuss the economic growth that can be achieved through the development of closer relationships between the East and West and the cultural and political opportunities ahead.

13:30-13:50 From Culture Integration to Embracing Innovation
Keynote exploring Culture Integration to Embracing Innovation presented by Ting Wang, Vice President of Outlook China.
13:50-14:10 Football and Collaboration between UK and China
Jeff Mostyn, Chairman of AFC Bournemouth presents a keynote on Football and Collaboration between UK and China.
14:10-14:30 Decoding the Past 40 Years: The Fast Development of China
Prof Yinshan Tang, Vice Dean China, Henley Business School, Reading University provides an extensive insight in to the fast development of China.
14:30-15:00 Comfort Break
Afternoon break before final conference sessions begin
15:00-15:20 The Rise of China’s High-Speed Rail
A keynote on the rise of China’s High-Speed Rail development presented by Prof Xudong Gao, Chief Professor, Schwarzman College, Tsinghua University.
15:20-15:40 Embracing Innovation and Strategic Opportunity Period of Bournemouth
Professor Richard Li-Hua, Founder of China Embracing Innovation Theory presents their keynote on embracing the innovation and strategic opportunity period of Bournemouth.
15:40-16:00 Future Relationships
Bill Cotton, Ting Wang, Eddie Coope & Richard Li-Hua discuss the next steps in the unique partnership discussed today between Bournemouth & China
16:00-16:15 Closing Remarks
MP Tobias Ellwood, Bournemouth East MP closes China Embracing Innovation 2018 with his closing remarks.
16:30 Drinks Reception at Hilton Hotel
Join us after the conference for a drinks reception supported by Conker Gin at the Hilton Hotel.