YGS 2018 is Just Days Away

The Yenching Global Symposium (YGS) is thrilled to announce programming and speakers confirmed for the four-day event held on Peking University’s historic campus in Beijing.

Welcoming delegates and scholars to the Symposium at the Opening Ceremony will be Dean Yuan Ming, Dean of Yenching Academy, and Li Jing, the Global Head of Enrollment, Marketing and Communications at Whittle School and Studios. Besides professional panels and targeted talks, new activities scheduled for this year’s programming include: a research gala where scholars present their individual research and passion projects; an inaugural concert featuring “The Oriental Beauty Youth Orchestra of Wuhan”; an intellectual scavenger hunt through Beijing’s hutongs; and site visits to China’s first children’s rights NGO and a leading online English-learning platform, VIPKID.

The Symposium’s Economy panel will feature local experts discussing global structural reforms in response to One Belt One Road and China’s impact on the global economic balance. These experts include Gordon Liu, Professor of Economics at Peking University Guanghua School of Management and Director of PKU China Center for Health Economic Research (CCHER); Alicia Giron, the former President of the International Association for Feminist Economics and a member of the High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment of the United Nations; and the panel’s moderator, Ted Plafker, an accredited correspondent in the Beijing Bureau of The Economist and contributor to the South China Morning Post, Boston Globe, Washington Post, Science, International Herald Tribune among other news stations.

Speakers on the Environment panel will discuss China’s impact on the global environment. This panel features Ma Tianjie, the Managing Editor of China Dialogue’s Beijing Office and former Greenpeace Program Director for Mainland China; Li Jing, senior reporter at the South China Morning Post and China Daily; Lucy Hornby, the Deputy Bureau Chief for the Financial Times in Beijing, where she covers politics, the economy and the environment; and the panel’s moderator, Erin Wong, the Deputy Director of the Beijing Energy Network.

Exploring health as a tool for non-traditional diplomacy among other topics, the Health panel features Kelvin Khow, the Technical Officer of the Tobacco Free Initiative at the WHO Representative Office in Beijing; Tang Kun, a global health researcher at the Department of Global Health at Peking University; and Yin Daoxin, the China Editor of The British Medical Journal.

Speakers on the Entrepreneurship panel will discuss the experiences and challenges of entrepreneurship in China; they include Enoch Li, a social entrepreneur and founder of BEARAPY whose mission is to reduce burnout and mental health issues in the community and workplaces; Matthias Niedenfuhr, Assistant Professor for Chinese Studies and Business Ethics at Tübingen University in Germany; Lila Kidson, an Israeli student entrepreneur at Peking University who is Vice-President of the news media company “Ychina”; and the panel’s moderator, Rosana Pinheiro Machado, Professor of Social Sciences at Federal University of Santa Maria, Brazil.

Finally, YGS is excited to announce the speakers of its Education panel, who will be conversing about the education philosophies from two ancient civilizations: Wang Caigui, a third-generation New Confucianist who is the Founder and President of Wenli Academy; Luigi Miraglia, an Italian latinist and classicist who founded the Accademia Vivarium Novum; and the panel’s moderator, David Moser, Associate Dean of Yenching Academy and co-host of the Sinica Podcast. Wrapping up the conference at the Closing Ceremony will be He Yafei, former Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs and previous ambassador of China in the United Nations Office at Geneva.

The Yenching Global Symposium is set to begin in just a few days, when more than 250 delegates, speakers, and attendees will converge at Peking University’s Yenching Academy. For more information and the latest updates, keep up with YGS on its website yenchingsymposium.org or via Facebook.