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The Future of Trade

An Asia House conference

HKEX Connect Hall, Hong Kong
30 October 2019


The Future of Trade Conference: HKEX Connect Hall, 30 October, 9:00AM - 2:00PM

The Asia House Future of Trade conference explores the forces shaping global trade, investment, technology and policy, and comes amid growing uncertainty in the world economy. 


Asia House is bringing the Future of Trade dialogue to Hong Kong at a crucial time for the city, where the ongoing crisis has raised concerns about Hong Kong’s future as a global financial centre and its role in world trade.



Ongoing tensions between the US and China are disrupting trade flows and fuelling fears of a currency war. Relations between Japan and South Korea continue to worsen, while rivalries between India and China are jeopardising the race to complete RCEP – a trade deal that could incorporate a third of global GDP.  The WTO is under fire with demands it be reformed, as the established rules-based order comes increasingly under strain.  


The slowdown in China’s economic growth and talk of a possible global recession are high on the agenda of policy-makers as they navigate dramatic geopolitical shifts. Meanwhile, in stark contrast to slowing global growth, the digital revolution is accelerating across Asia, with innovations in FinTech and e-commerce transforming the business and regulatory environments and challenging existing business models.

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Mrs Carrie Lam, GBM, GBS, Chief Executive of Hong Kong SAR, will make the keynote speech at the conference. The Chief Executive will speak on Hong Kong’s position and future in global trade.

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The Conference

Conference Sponsors

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The Asia House Future of Trade conference takes place at the iconic HKEX, one of the world's leading capital markets, which recently made headlines for its ambitious bid to takeover its London counterpart

HKEX Connect Hall

1/F, Exchange Square Block 1 And 2, Central, Hong Kong




Asia House is convening senior leaders from business and policy to examine the key issues and share forward-looking analysis on their likely impact on the future of trade. 


In a major keynote speech, Lord Stephen Green, Chairman of Asia House and former Chairman of HSBC, will explore the economic and geopolitical shifts taking place across Asia today, and how they will reshape and refocus the future global order.

“Asia House will bring together global thought leaders to assess what lies ahead for trade in the midst of unprecedented shifts in the global order. It builds on Asia House’s previous events in Hong Kong, Dubai and Singapore, which provided a platform for debate on some of the most pressing issues of our time.


“We believe this is an important moment to be holding such a dialogue in Hong Kong, and we look forward to engaging with the business community to explore the issues shaping the future of trade.”


- Lord Green, Chairman of Asia House



Conference Chair


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Mrs Carrie Lam, GBM, GBS

Chief Executive of Hong Kong SAR

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Lord Stephen Green

Chairman, Asia House

Former Chairman, HSBC


Ambassador Robert Holleyman 

President and CEO, Crowell & Moring International and former US Deputy Trade Representative


Alicia García Herrero

Chief Economist for Asia Pacific, Natixis


Anne Ruth Herkes

Former State Secretary at German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

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Iris Pang

Economist, Greater China,

ING Bank

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Lukas Petrikas

Managing Director and Head of Innovation Lab, HKEX

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James Kynge

Editor, Tech Scroll Asia,

Financial Times


Charles d'Haussy



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Julian Vella

APAC Regional Head - Global Infrastructure Advisory, KPMG

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Steven Okun

Senior Advisor,

McLarty Associates


Ada Li

Vice President - Senior Credit Officer,

Moody's Investors Service

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Fergal Whyte


Arup Group

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Michael Lawrence

Chief Executive, Asia House

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Jessica Lam

Group Head of Strategy,



Through a mix of keynote speeches, one-to-one Q&As and panel discussions, the conference will explore the forces shaping the Future of Trade. 

Registration and networking breakfast

Opening remarks

  • Michael Lawrence, Chief Executive, Asia House

Opening keynote speech

  • Mrs Carrie Lam, GBM, GBS, Chief Executive of Hong Kong SAR

The Future of Trade


Global trade is facing unprecedented challenges. The US-China trade war, tensions between Japan and South Korea and a weakening global economy are disrupting trade flows, destabilising markets and seeing growth forecasts cut across Asia and beyond. At the same time, the digital revolution is reshaping the trade landscape, creating new business models and regulation challenges. This session will consider how these forces will impact on Asia - a major engine of growth for the world economy and a key focus for international businesses and policymakers. It will explore the geopolitical and macroeconomic forces at work to offer predictive analysis on the future of trade. The discussion will also examine Hong Kong’s role in regional and global trade amid a turbulent period for the Special Administrative Region.

  • Chaired by Michael Lawrence, Chief Executive, Asia House

  • Ambassador Robert Holleyman, President and CEO, Crowell & Moring International and former US Deputy Trade Representative

  • Alicia Garcia Herrero, Chief Economist for Asia Pacific, NATIXIS

  • Anne Ruth Herkes, Former State Secretary, German Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy

  • Iris Pang, Economist, Greater China, ING

Coffee break


The FinTech Revolution – New Dynamics in Global Trade 

Several markets across Asia are trying to position themselves as leaders in FinTech. This session will analyse their progress and consider Hong Kong’s efforts to stay ahead of the FinTech curve amid intense regional competition and regulatory challenges. The rise of crypto currencies will be considered within the wider currency context, including the use of central-bank issued stablecoin and the internationalisation of the RMB. The panel will also discuss the Greater Bay Area, which China aims to transform into the world’s leading tech hub, rivalling Silicon Valley and driving China’s future growth. How realistic are these ambitions, and what are the barriers to success?


  • Chaired by Michael Lawrence, Chief Executive, Asia House 

  • Lukas Petrikas, Head of Innovation Lab, HKEX

  • James Kynge, Global China Editor, The Financial Times

  • Charles d’Haussy, Director Strategic Initiatives, Consensys

  • Jessica Lam, Group Head of Strategy, WeLab


Sustainable Infrastructure in Asia and Beyond 

Asia’s infrastructure gap is a significant barrier to growth, prompting governments across the region to prioritise investment opportunities across transport and energy solutions. China is aiming to meet some of the demand through its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), but the programme is not without critics. This session will explore the role of sustainable investment in BRI infrastructure and energy across ASEAN and beyond, and the opportunities arising for the private sector in meeting this need.

  • Chaired by Michael Lawrence, Chief Executive, Asia House

  • Julian Vella, Head of Infrastructure for Asia Pacific, KPMG

  • Steve Okun, Senior Advisor, McLarty Associates

  • Ada Li, VP Senior Credit Officer, Moody’s

  • Fergal Whyte, Director, Arup

Closing keynote

  • Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint, Chairman, Asia House

Lunch and networking will follow the conference

8.15 am

9.00 am

9.10 am

10.30 am

11.20 am

12.00 pm

12.45 pm

9.40 am



The 2019 Asia House Global Trade Dialogue follows previous international conferences, which brought thought leaders together to discuss trade, investment, policy and technology.

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DUBAI 2019

More than 350 delegates from 100+ organisations

Keynote speeches from:

  • His Excellency Abdulla Al Saleh, Undersecretary for Foreign Trade, UAE Ministry of Economy

  • His Excellency Sultan Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO, DP World

Panel sessions featuring thought leaders from HSBC, Dentons, Innoway and IBM

Official endorsement from UAE Ministry of Economy, and held in association with the Government of Dubai.

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More than 300 delegates from 100+ organisations

Keynote speeches and presentations from:

  • His Excellency Chan Chun Sing, Minister for Trade and Industry, Singapore (right)

  • Dr Kai-Fu Lee, Chairman and CEO, Sinovation Venture

  • Maya Hari, Vice President Asia Pacific, Twitter

Panel sessions featuring thought leaders from the WTO, Government of Vietnam, Monetary Authority of Singapore, IBM, Prudential, Arup and Singapore Economic Development Board.


More than 250 delegates from 150+ organisations


Keynote speeches from:

  • The Hon Carrie Lam, Chief Executive of Hong Kong SAR 

  • His Excellency Bambang Brodjonegoro, Minister for National Development Planning, Indonesia

  • His Excellency Dr Lim Hong Hin, Deputy Secretary-General, ASEAN

  • The Hon Dr Ceferino Rodolfo, Undersecretary for Industry Development and Trade Policy, Philippines

Panel sessions featuring thought leaders from the AIIB, MTR, ABP, Sunwah Group, DHL, the Government of Vietnam, UOB and the Financial Times.

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The Asia House Future of Trade conference offers a major opportunity for organisations to position themselves at the heart of the global trade debate at an event attracting high-profile media coverage. There are a range of sponsorship options for organisations that want to take advantage of these opportunities and work with us on the conference programme.

Benefits include:

  • Prominent speaking role for senior representatives to help position brands on the issues that matter to them

  • Support in organising bilateral meetings during the conference

  • Branding across conference and promotion materials

  • Major profile raising opportunities through media coverage and conference publications


Supporting Partners

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