Asia-Europe Leaders’ Cooperation Dialogue

First Edition
The Westin Excelsior Roma, (Via Vittorio Veneto, 125)
December 4-5, 2018

Asia Europe Leaders Dialogue | 2018

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A partnership between
The European House – Ambrosetti and Boao Forum for Asia

The World is going through an historic change that will redefine its geopolitical and geo-economic balance for the next few centuries.

The new silk roads are playing a key role in shortening the distance between Asia and Europe, while creating a space of economic dynamism and interconnectivity in the once isolated Central Asia.

Within Asia, China is leading the way towards a new cycle of opening up which is already affecting current World investment trends, trade patterns, and that will ultimately redesign the economic world governance, as we know it. The growth of China’s geopolitical influence, together with the progressive internationalization of its economy – and the subsequent leveraging on its financial models – will inevitably require a rebalancing of the actual equilibrium.

In a time when the new American isolationist wave is widening the Atlantic Ocean, Europe needs to prepare itself to embrace the change, understand how to sensibly reposition its equilibrium towards East, and build the founding of its new Renaissance.

The European House – Ambrosetti and the Boao Forum For Asia (BFA), the leading platforms connecting businesses and institutions respectively within Europe and Asia, are joining forces to establish a long term common platform for European and Asian elites to strengthen connections, build trust and share a joint vision on future cooperation across Eurasia.

Participation in the Dialogue is strictly reserved to CEOs and upon invitation only.

Former Governor of People’s Bank of China and Vice Chairman of the Boao Forum for Asia H.E. Zhou Xiaochuan will lead the Chinese delegation, while selected current and former BFA board member will lead delegations from their respective countries

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Confirmed Speakers (as of November 23, 2018)

Esko Aho (former Prime Minister of Finland and Innovation Expert); Silvana Ballotta (CEO, Business Strategies); Li Baodong (BFA Secretary-General, former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of China); Paolo Borzatta (Senior Partner, The European House – Ambrosetti); Alexei Chekunkov (CEO, Far East Development Fund); Chen Feng (Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors, HNA Group); Giulio De Metrio (Chief Operating Officer, SEA Group); Valerio De Molli (Managing Partner and CEO, The European, House – Ambrosetti); Lorenzo Fioramonti (Italian Deputy Minister for Education, Research and Innovation); Enrico Giovannini (Founder, Italian Alliance for Sustainable Growth); Jiang Xu (President, Bank of China Milan Branch); Enrico Letta (Dean of the Paris School of International Affairs, Sciences Po; Former Prime Minister of Italy); Li Bo (Vice Chairman, All-China Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese); Li Xengxin (Global News Editor and Editorial Member, Caixin Media); Liu Bing (Co-President, Hengchang Litong Investment Management); Ma Jun (Director of the Center for Finance and Development, Tsinghua National Institute of Financial Research); Peter Mandelson (President, Policy Network; former European Commissioner for Trade); Chris Marlin (Founder and President, Lennar International); Mariangela Pira (Anchor, SKY Italy); Romano Prodi (Former Prime Minister of Italy and President of the European Commission); Beniamino Quintieri (Chairman, SACE); Surakiart Sathirathai (Chairman of APRC, Former Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand); Mario Sechi (Editor-in-Chief, WE World Energy Magazine, ENI); Giovanni Tria (Minister of Economy and Finance, Italy); Xiao Ming (Senior Vice President, President of International Sales, ZTE Corporation); Zhang Guohou (Executive Vice President, CHN Energy); Zhou Xiaochuan (BFA Vice Chairman; Vice Chairman of the 12th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference; former governor of the People’s Bank of China).

Exclusive closed door high level round tables between
Asian and European leaders

Partners of the Dialogue will enjoy exclusive access to a closed-door roundtable with the Dialogue’s VIP guests from Asia and Europe. This exclusive meeting will be a privileged moment to discuss about the leading technology and industry trends.

The roundtable will be followed by a Gala dinner hosted by the co-organizers strictly reserved to the most distinguished guests. The Gala dinner will take place at the Pinacoteca del Tesoriere, providing further opportunities for networking and interaction.


About Boao Forum For Asia


The Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) is a non-governmental and non-profit international organization headquartered in China. It is the most prestigious and premier forum for leaders from government, business, and academia in Asia and other continents to share vision on the most pressing issues in this dynamic region and the world at large. BFA is committed to promoting regional economic integration and bringing Asian countries even closer to their development goals. Initiated in 1998 by Fidel V. Ramos, former President of the Philippines, Bob Hawke, former Prime Minister of Australia, and Morihiro Hosokawa, former Prime Minister of Japan, Boao Forum for Asia was formally inaugurated in February 2001. Each spring, the Forum’s Annual Conference brings together approximately 10 presidents and prime ministers, 80 ministers and heads of international organizations, 50 economists, 150 Fortune – 500 companies, 1600 business delegates and 800 editors & journalists from Asia and around the world for a 4-day, informal and peer-to-peer dialogues on the most pressing issues.